Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training
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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training

with Christopher Breen

Video: Enabling Time Machine and running software updates

Now you know your way around your Mac and I know you just can't wait to get in here and start doing things with it. But there are a few things that I'd like you to do before you start mucking around with your Mac. And the very first thing I want you to do is get up... No, no, stick around for a while so you can hear what I have to say, but after I say this and get up, go to your local store that sells external hard drives. That may be your Apple store or a local electronics store for example, or do it online. Order yourself an external USB or FireWire drive. You do need to know to ask somebody, I need an external FireWire or USB drive, because I'm running Leopard and I'd like to use the feature called Time Machine.
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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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Watch the Online Video Course Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training
7h 9m Beginner Nov 27, 2007

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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
Subject:
Business
Software:
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Author:
Christopher Breen

Enabling Time Machine and running software updates

Now you know your way around your Mac and I know you just can't wait to get in here and start doing things with it. But there are a few things that I'd like you to do before you start mucking around with your Mac. And the very first thing I want you to do is get up... No, no, stick around for a while so you can hear what I have to say, but after I say this and get up, go to your local store that sells external hard drives. That may be your Apple store or a local electronics store for example, or do it online. Order yourself an external USB or FireWire drive. You do need to know to ask somebody, I need an external FireWire or USB drive, because I'm running Leopard and I'd like to use the feature called Time Machine.

They'll take care of it. Ah you're back, good. Now you've got your external hard drive. I want you now to plug it in to your Mac either USB port or the FireWire port depending on the kind of drive you've purchased. Now look what happens. You've plugged it in and Leopard is so smart and Time Machine is so brilliant that it knows you've just plugged in an external hard drive and it asks you, Do you want use External hard drive to backup with Time Machine? Yes, I do. Yes thanks very much. So just use your mouse and click on Use as Backup Disk, and up pops the Time Machine interface. We're going to explore this in greater depth later, so we don't need to look at the intimate details of it now. Just know the Time Machine is going to take all your files and back them up to this hard drive.

This is a good thing to have happen because, let's suppose you've taken pictures of your child. The first three years of your child, and these precious memories you've taken movies of this child, and someday like all mortal things, your Mac's hard drive dies. It's just completely dead. What happened to all those pictures? What happened to the movies? Well they're gone and the reason they're gone is because you didn't back them up to another medium. So the marquis feature of Leopard is that they provide this thing called Time Machine, which is a very sort of sexy interface for a backup program and it happens automatically. So I want to protect your data, and it wanted to do it from the get-go, and that's why we've done this.

So you can go to System Preferences and choose Quit System Preferences. Don't worry Time Machine is going to continue working even in the background. So that's step one. There's one other thing I'd like you to do. Take your mouse. Go up to the upper left corner to the Apple menu and choose Software Update. This launches the Software Update application, and what's happening now is as long as you have an Internet connection, Software Update will go out to the Web and it will find updates for your Mac. You notice in this update, there's an update to iTunes, and there's an update to QuickTime. This is a very nice thing to have happen because Apple burned that DVD, they recorded that DVD in their factory and they shipped it to you, and time has elapsed since that happened. Now since you've installed Leopard and maybe since you've installed some other applications from Apple, Apple has released some updates this is a very quick and simple way to make sure that your Mac is up to date.

So even if things appear in this list that you have no clue about their purpose, just go ahead, trust me, and install these items. In this case we've got iTunes and QuickTime here. Now some of these updates that come down, some will require you to restart your Mac and some of them won't, and the way to tell is this little leftward pointing triangle here. And at the bottom of the window it tells you: Restart will be required when you install this update. So if you're in the middle of a big project and you don't want to take the time to restart your Mac, you don't have to install that right now. The easy way to make that not happen is to select this check box. It means don't install it now, please. Don't even look for it.

The next time you run Software Update it will appear again and it will give you the option then to check that and install it the next time.

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