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Using Mac OS X Applications

Mac OS X comes with several accessories, built-in applications that, while not as feature-rich as many applications sold separately, are extremely useful for completing basic tasks. A frequently used list of Mac OS X applications is provided here. However, you can view a complete list of installed applications in the Applications folder on your hard disk drive. The Applications folder also contains a Utilities folder with additional applications you can use to perform specialized functions, which are detailed more in later chapters.

Frequently Used Mac OS X Applications

Program

Description

Address Book

Stores names, addresses, and other contact information

AppleScript

Automates tasks using a programming language

Automator

Automates tasks using workflows and no programming

Calculator

Performs arithmetic calculations

Dashboard

Provides a screen for mini-program called widgets

Dictionary

Provides an illustrated dictionary and thesaurus

Directory

Provides access to shared information about people, groups, location and resources.

DVD Player

Plays sound, music, and video

Font Book

Installs, previews, and manages fonts and font collections

Front Row

Provides an entertainment system to play music, movies, TV shows, and podcasts

iCal

Keeps track of calendar appointments

iChat

Sends and receives instant messages to online contacts

Image Capture

Transfers images from your camera to your computer

iSync

Compares information on your computer and devices and updates them to be the same

iTunes

Plays digital sound files

Mail

Provides e-mail, newsgroup, and directory services

Photo Booth

Takes pictures and adds visual effects

Preview

Views, rotates, resizes, crops, and converts image files

QuickTime Player

Plays and edits media located on your computer, a CD, or Internet

Safari

Displays Web (HTML) pages

Spaces

Organizes windows into groups, known as spaces, for individual projects

Stickies

Creates notes for reminders, lists, and messages

TextEdit

Creates, edits, and displays text, Rich Text Format, and Word documents

Time Machine

Backs up everything on your computer

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