- Using Mac OS X Applications
- Installing Other Applications
- Launching Applications
- Opening Applications and Files
- Switching Between Applications
- Quitting Applications
- Playing Chess
- Creating an Address Book
- Editing an Address Book
- Managing and Sharing an Address Book
- Adding an Image to an Address Book
- Performing Graph Calculations
- Performing Calculations and Conversions
- Capturing Images with a Digital Camera
- Capturing Screen Shots with Grab
- Previewing Images and PDFs
- Creating Sticky Notes
- Managing Fonts with Font Book
- Activating, Deactivating, and Customizing Fonts
- Working with Dashboard
- Using Dashboard Widgets
- Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets
- Creating a Web Clip Dashboard Widget
Installing Other Applications
Mac OS X comes with a set of applications automatically loaded during the installation of the operating system, and appear on the hard drive within the Applications folder. All other third-party applications need to be installed separately. You can install a third-party application by inserting the software installation CD or DVD and following the instructions, or by downloading the software from the Web to your hard disk, uncompressing the file if necessary, starting the installer (typically in a disk image file, .dmg, which mounts as a disk icon), and following the instructions. In some cases, an installer application is not used to perform an installation. In that case, all you need to do is simply drag the software files to your hard disk, typically in the Applications folder. To uninstall an application, simply drag the icon (or its folder) to the Trash.
Install Third-Party Applications Downloaded from the Internet
- Download the software application from the Web.
The file typically appears on your desktop. If you use Safari to download your application file, it automatically uncompressed it into a disk image file (.dmg), so you don’t have to.
Compressed files use these file extensions: .sit (standard Mac), .zip (standard Windows), .tar (tape archive Unix), .gz (standard Unix), .tar.gz, or .tgz
- If the file is compressed, use the StuffIt Expander application (available at www.download.com) to uncompress the file.
- Double-click the disk image file (.dmg).
A disk icon from the disk image mounts on your desktop.
- Double-click the mounted disk icon to start the installer program, and then follow the instructions.
- Drag the disk image file into the Trash to remove and eject it.