Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training
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Adding and reading RSS feeds


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Video: Adding and reading RSS feeds

Earlier I mentioned something called RSS and RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a way to view news headlines for a site that supports the RSS standard and the way you can tell if a site supports RSS is up in the Address bar, you will see this blue RSS entry. So what does this really look like in practice. Well we go to My Faves, we'll go to MacWorld because I know they have an RSS feed. And here's RSS. Click on the RSS button and you get a page that shows you just the headlines for the stories on that page.
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  1. 1m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
  2. 12m 53s
    1. Installing Leopard
      12m 53s
  3. 31m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with the Apple mouse and keyboard
      4m 38s
    2. Understanding the Mac desktop
      9m 37s
    3. Exploring the Apple menu
      6m 26s
    4. A tour of the Mac OS interface
      6m 25s
    5. Enabling Time Machine and running software updates
      4m 17s
  4. 33m 4s
    1. Getting familiar with the Finder
      6m 26s
    2. Windows and their elements
      6m 54s
    3. Customizing the Finder
      6m 36s
    4. Gathering file information
      4m 8s
    5. Working with contextual menus
      2m 33s
    6. Understanding the Open and Save dialogs
      2m 59s
    7. Using Help
      3m 28s
  5. 11m 39s
    1. Searching with Spotlight
      3m 36s
    2. Working with the Spotlight Search window
      2m 33s
    3. Using Spotlight with System Preferences
      3m 13s
    4. Creating Smart Folders
      2m 17s
  6. 11m 59s
    1. Moving and copying files
      3m 11s
    2. Spring-loaded folders and the Dock
      3m 7s
    3. Spaces
      5m 41s
  7. 12m 49s
    1. Introduction to the Dock
      2m 0s
    2. Creating Stacks
      3m 28s
    3. Configuring the Dock
      2m 18s
    4. Working with Trash and Eject
      5m 3s
  8. 42m 37s
    1. Configuring Personal System Preferences
      11m 39s
    2. Configuring Hardware System Preferences
      7m 13s
    3. Configuring Internet System Preferences
      6m 39s
    4. Configuring System System Preferences
      17m 6s
  9. 3m 50s
    1. Understanding printing options
      3m 50s
  10. 28m 3s
    1. Introduction to iLife '08
      2m 5s
    2. iPhoto
      4m 24s
    3. GarageBand
      5m 36s
    4. iWeb
      4m 10s
    5. iMovie
      7m 44s
    6. iDVD
      4m 4s
  11. 11m 6s
    1. Using TextEdit
      7m 25s
    2. Using the Dictionary
      3m 41s
  12. 16m 38s
    1. Working with images in Preview
      10m 7s
    2. Working with PDF files
      6m 31s
  13. 33m 21s
    1. Introduction to Safari
      5m 53s
    2. Working with the Address bar
      5m 21s
    3. Working with Bookmarks
      5m 7s
    4. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      3m 31s
    5. Saving web pages with Safari
      3m 10s
    6. Viewing PDFs
      3m 21s
    7. Configuring Safari Preferences
      4m 14s
    8. Creating Web Clips
      2m 44s
  14. 7m 56s
    1. Working with Dashboard widgets
      7m 56s
  15. 16m 12s
    1. Introduction to the Address Book
      7m 23s
    2. Address Book tips and tricks
      5m 30s
    3. Creating Smart Groups in the Address Book
      3m 19s
  16. 15m 8s
    1. Introduction to iCal
      7m 35s
    2. Working with multiple calendars
      2m 0s
    3. Sharing your calendars
      5m 33s
  17. 35m 27s
    1. Introduction to Mail
      2m 29s
    2. Creating an email account
      3m 18s
    3. Sending and receiving email
      5m 28s
    4. Personalizing Mail settings
      5m 14s
    5. Sorting email with Rules
      4m 17s
    6. Sorting email with Smart Mailboxes
      3m 3s
    7. Junk email
      5m 53s
    8. Working with To Dos, Notes, and RSS
      5m 45s
  18. 19m 35s
    1. Setting up an AIM account in iChat
      4m 55s
    2. Text, audio, and video chatting
      7m 40s
    3. Sharing files with iChat Theater
      7m 0s
  19. 39m 46s
    1. Introduction to iTunes
      7m 22s
    2. Playing and ripping an audio CD
      4m 34s
    3. Creating Playlists and Smart Playlists
      6m 44s
    4. Tagging files
      6m 46s
    5. Using the iTunes Music Store
      10m 22s
    6. Working with video in iTunes
      3m 58s
  20. 31m 16s
    1. Using Photo Booth
      6m 38s
    2. Using Front Row
      6m 26s
    3. Introduction to DVD Player
      5m 4s
    4. Using QuickTime Player
      5m 47s
    5. Using QuickTime Pro
      7m 21s
  21. 12m 43s
    1. Using Time Machine
      6m 24s
    2. Introduction to Disk Utility
      6m 19s
  22. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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With the release of the Leopard operating system for Macs, Apple has added or updated more than 300 features. In Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen explores each of Leopard's vital features. He walks viewers through the installation, then goes over how to use the interface and navigational elements, work with the Dock's stacking feature, and take advantage of the iLife applications, Safari, and Mail. These tutorials are designed for people who are new to the Mac or who are upgrading to the Leopard operating system.

Topics include:
  • Installing and getting familiar with Leopard
  • Using the Finder and getting file information
  • Searching with Spotlight and creating Smart Folders
  • Organizing files
  • Configuring the Dock
  • Choosing System Preferences
  • Exploring iLife applications
  • Working with Safari
  • Customizing widgets
  • Personalizing Mail settings
  • Playing and ripping an audio CD in iTunes
  • Using Disk Utility to keep the Mac healthy
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Adding and reading RSS feeds

Earlier I mentioned something called RSS and RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a way to view news headlines for a site that supports the RSS standard and the way you can tell if a site supports RSS is up in the Address bar, you will see this blue RSS entry. So what does this really look like in practice. Well we go to My Faves, we'll go to MacWorld because I know they have an RSS feed. And here's RSS. Click on the RSS button and you get a page that shows you just the headlines for the stories on that page.

I mouse over them and noticed the line appears indicating that this is a link. RSS feeds are a very easy way to scan the headlines of a busy site. If you visit a lot of sites during the day for example you go to a news site. And we'll go to one. Go to News > CNN. And we click RSS, Top Stories because they offer a couple of different feeds, and here are CNN's headlines. Again we can just select the headline. If we wanted to read the full story, we would click on that headline, and there we are seeing the entire story.

I go back to look again at the RSS feed. Read more will also take me to the full story. Once in an RSS feed like this, you'll see some options. For example, I can e-mail this story to somebody if I want to. I can add it to an online web site such as Digg. I can share it on FaceBook and other kinds of options. Within the RSS feed I can also search for articles. I can decide how long the article length is going to be, either little, shorter, really short, so I see just the headlines, or are as much of the description as the RSS feed offers. I can sort by date, by title, by source, and I can also look at new stuff. I can look at recent articles and go back by date. So all of them Today, Yesterday, Last Seven Days, This Month. I can look by source, and I can look at these actions. So if I've had this RSS feed sitting up here for while I can update it so I can get the latest stories.

And if I've had this page up for while I can update it so that it shows me the most recent material. You can also save RSS feeds if you like to. So you can click the icon in the Address bar and you can just drag it over to where you like, and I've put it in My Favorites. I click OK. And now that RSS feed is part of my favorites. So I'll go back to MacWorld. I'll look at its RSS feed. It will now become part of my favorites. I'll go to Wikipedia.

And let's see if I can get back to MacWorld and its RSS feed. Here it is. It's in my favorites and notice the 20, that tells me how many headlines are available to me and you can also see that in the feed where it says 20 on the right side. So the number of headlines available to you will be shown here. And now we'll go back to our home page, and in our next video we'll look at saving and mailing web pages.

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