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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.
Safari is not only a web browser, but also an RSS reader. RSS means really simple syndication and it's a way to quickly read a list of headlines and story topics on websites that support RSS feeds. It works this way. So I'll launch Safari. I'll go to a website that has an RSS Feed. I have one that I've recently visited and here is the RSS button. Now when I click on there, it will show me the RSS feeds for that site. So if a site has an RSS feed, you will see this box.
if it doesn't, you won't. Now it gives me the option to view it in two forms. RSS Feed or Atom Feed. We're going to choose RSS Feed. Atom is just another way of getting these kinds of headlines. Below you see summary items from that website. So you'll see the headline and you may see a blur below that. You'll also see artwork in many cases. This is not the full article. You can change the article length if you like by using the Article Length slider. So you can see less information or you can see more.
You can use a search field to look with in the RSS Feed to see if there's something you like. You can also sort in other ways. So now we're sort of by Date, Title, Source, New, and so on. You can also look for recent articles. All, Today, Yesterday, Last Seven Days, and so on. You can bookmark an RSS Feed just as you can any other URL. So let's press Command+D to create a bookmark. Notice this is a little different than we've seen with other bookmarks. In this case, you name your bookmark. Now, you can not only add your bookmarks to Safari and choose where you want to put it, but you can also add it to Mail.
So I click Mail and I click Add. Now let's go to Mail and see what's happened. Here is Mail and here is the RSS entry within Mail. Mail can also act as an RSS reader. Here's the RSS Feed from Apple's Hot News and as we've just added, here is the lynda RSS. All I have to do is select an item within Mail and I can see that item that's related to that RSS Feed. Pretty slick! If I want to read the full article, all I have to do is click on the headline and here we are.
So the full article linked from the RSS Feed. Now this is a reasonably slick way to view RSS feeds. Personally, I continue to use a dedicated RSS reader for this kind of thing, but then I have a lot of feeds I'd like to read in dedicated newsreader such as NetNewsWire or Reader, which I find a better way to go, but if you like to glance it just a few feeds, Safari plus Mail is a very good option.
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