Presuming you are running MacOSX
on you new machine... You have several choices. Here are two:
1) If you just want the photos on the CD or DVD, insert the blank CD or DVD into the CD/DVD drive. In a couple of seconds, it will appear as "untitled" on the right side of the desktop - and at the same time, you will likely get a dialog box asking what you want the OS to do (open an application of your choice). Just select "Finder" and proceed. Locate the pictures on your hard drive that you want on the CD/DVD. Option-drag them to the CD/DVD. You will notice that there is a white + in a green circle when you option-drag on the CD/DVD. That means it is making a copy of the file (photo) onto the CD/DVD. You will also see on the Finder window - on the left side, at the bottom of all the icons, your "untitled" CD/DVD - and to the right of it, a little round Black and yellow "burn disc" icon... At this point, it you click ONCE on the word "untitled" you will highlight the word and be able to name the disc whatever you want (withing reason on the number of characters). When all the pictures you want to burn to the CD/DVD are on the CD/DVD, click on the black and yellow "burn disc" icon.
2) The other thing you *could* do is add all your photos to iPhoto. You can make albums and slide shows and split the photos by topic, date, whatever... then, use the icons at the bottom to burn to disc.
I know you've been in a pc environment. there is no separate "burn" application on a Mac (unless you install it... like Toast). You don't need to make it difficult. CDs are pretty cheap, try burning something on one to see how easy it is!
Congratulations on your wise acquisition.
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