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Although Mac OS X comes with many programs and tools offering a wide range of features, at some point you'll probably want to add additional software to your system. In this hour, we talk about how to install additional software in Mac OS X. Even though software installation is not difficult, Mac OS X supports several different methods of doing so.

We also look at software sources and several standout applications that are available for download. Over the next hour, you'll

  • Learn common installation methods

  • Delve into software issues for multiuser systems

  • Discover interesting applications available for your system

Software Sources

When it comes to expanding your collection of software, your first question might be "What are my options?" You'll be pleased to hear that, despite being a relatively new operating system, Mac OS X already has many available applications. The only tricky part is knowing where to find them.

Fortunately, a number of good online libraries feature Mac OS X software. (If you need to learn more about how to get online or how use a Web browser, those topics are discussed in Hours 9, "Setting Up Mac OS X Networking," and 10, "Web Browsing and .Mac. Membership.")

The following sites present the latest and greatest Mac OS X programs that are available for download or on CD-ROM (by purchase):

  • VersionTrackerhttp://www.versiontracker.com/vt_mac_osx.shtml—Updated continually, VersionTracker's Web site is often the first to carry new Mac OS X software. As a nearly comprehensive catalog, it also works as a handy reference guide. To find what you need, just type the name or a keyword for a product into the search field.

  • Mac OS X Appshttp://www.macosxapps.com/—This site features in-depth discussions about new software and uses.

  • Apple's Mac OS X Downloadshttp://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/—Although less up-to-the-minute than the previous two sites, Apple's software compendium is well documented and easily navigated.

Later in this hour, we recommend several interesting applications on these sites that you might want to try.

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