Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training
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Getting your game on


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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

with Christopher Breen

Video: Getting your game on

If you've used an iOS device, you might be familiar with a little something called Game Center. It's kind of a social networking service that also allows you to challenge other people to play games, as well as brag about your scores. A version of Game Center is now found on the Mac, and it works a little something like this. So let's give it a go. Here's Game Center and here is my Me screen, and indeed, I am The GAMERATOR, and I'm gaming the system. If I wanted to, I could change my status, Return, and now I have a new status.
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  1. 1m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
  2. 6m 56s
    1. Installing Mountain Lion
      6m 56s
  3. 47m 16s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      4m 11s
    2. Touring the Finder
      3m 29s
    3. Staying current with Software Update
      2m 52s
    4. Configuring Gatekeeper settings
      3m 17s
    5. Getting on the Internet
      5m 36s
    6. Setting up iCloud
      4m 55s
    7. Understanding AutoSave and documents in the cloud
      4m 42s
    8. Configuring Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring your printer
      3m 39s
    10. Protecting your data with Time Machine
      4m 28s
    11. Learn your way around the Mac App Store
      5m 34s
  4. 11m 17s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      6m 6s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 11s
  5. 23m 35s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 15s
    2. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      9m 38s
    3. Examining the basic system preferences
      2m 42s
  6. 1h 13m
    1. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      5m 49s
    2. Modifying Language & Text settings
      4m 5s
    3. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 18s
    4. Getting notifications
      4m 38s
    5. Configuring displays and AirPlay
      2m 20s
    6. Using Energy Saver
      6m 1s
    7. Setting up Bluetooth wireless devices
      3m 39s
    8. Sharing files on a network
      6m 1s
    9. Configuring sharing
      6m 28s
    10. Editing your users and groups
      6m 48s
    11. Setting rules with Parental Controls
      7m 4s
    12. Taking notes with Dictation & Speech
      6m 0s
    13. Exploring the Accessibility settings
      5m 54s
    14. Listening with Sound
      2m 53s
  7. 36m 2s
    1. Organizing your business with Mail
      12m 42s
    2. Scheduling time with Calendar
      8m 32s
    3. Keeping tabs with Contacts
      5m 30s
    4. Tracking your tasks with Reminders
      3m 39s
    5. Staying in touch using Messages
      5m 39s
  8. 37m 18s
    1. Tracking your documents in TextEdit
      7m 3s
    2. Looking up words in Dictionary
      1m 56s
    3. Keeping notes with Notes
      3m 48s
    4. Working with images in Preview
      6m 14s
    5. Working with PDFs in Preview
      4m 27s
    6. Installing fonts with Font Book
      4m 42s
    7. Posting a note in Stickies
      1m 55s
    8. Adding things up with Calculator
      4m 46s
    9. Organizing apps with Launchpad
      2m 27s
  9. 34m 5s
    1. Navigating the web
      3m 38s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      4m 49s
    3. Using Reading List
      2m 4s
    4. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 44s
    5. Viewing and saving PDFs
      3m 24s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      2m 20s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      1m 59s
    8. Working with preferences in Safari
      11m 1s
    9. Managing your Internet footprint
      3m 6s
  10. 8m 48s
    1. Playing media in QuickTime
      4m 15s
    2. Recording videos with QuickTime
      4m 33s
  11. 10m 13s
    1. Video conferencing with FaceTime
      3m 38s
    2. Taking pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 47s
    3. The great utility of Image Capture
      2m 48s
  12. 12m 40s
    1. Writing a simple Automator workflow
      4m 15s
    2. Creating an Automator application
      2m 20s
    3. Setting up an Automator calendar workflow
      2m 31s
    4. Creating an Automator service
      3m 34s
  13. 22m 1s
    1. Managing processes in Activity Monitor
      5m 13s
    2. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      8m 58s
    3. Taking care of your passwords
      4m 1s
    4. Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp
      3m 49s
  14. 14m 57s
    1. Creating a boot drive
      3m 19s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      4m 5s
    3. Exploring troubleshooting techniques
      7m 33s
  15. 19m 35s
    1. Getting your game on
      4m 1s
    2. Integrating with Facebook and Twitter
      2m 38s
    3. Advanced tips and tricks
      9m 35s
    4. Sharing files with AirDrop
      3m 21s
  16. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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Watch the Online Video Course Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training
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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Mountain 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, master gestures, and achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, Calendar, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, performing maintenance operations using Disk Utility, and offers time-saving techniques for using the Mac efficiently. Along the way, Christopher reviews the 200+ new features in Mountain Lion, which gives even experienced Mac users a valuable head start.

Topics include:
  • Installing Mountain Lion
  • Setting up and syncing iCloud
  • Configuring Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
  • Setting rules with Parental Controls
  • Jotting down info with Notes
  • Viewing and saving PDFs, text documents, and images
  • Using Safari to browse the Internet
  • Playing and recording videos with QuickTime
  • Video conferencing with FaceTime
  • Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp
  • Downloading widgets
  • Sharing files with AirDrop
Subjects:
Business Education + Elearning
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Christopher Breen

Getting your game on

If you've used an iOS device, you might be familiar with a little something called Game Center. It's kind of a social networking service that also allows you to challenge other people to play games, as well as brag about your scores. A version of Game Center is now found on the Mac, and it works a little something like this. So let's give it a go. Here's Game Center and here is my Me screen, and indeed, I am The GAMERATOR, and I'm gaming the system. If I wanted to, I could change my status, Return, and now I have a new status.

I could also change my photo if I wanted to. If I click on Account, I could view my account, I could sign out, and I could sign in with a different one. Currently, if you look here, you see I have three games, so let's click on Games and see what I have got. I have Pocket Planes. Let me see, how good I am at that? Oh, let's see, I believe out of 1,974,916 people, I am the worst person in the world at this game, which is shocking. So let me click on that, and I'm number one of my friends, and the reason I am is because I have no friends, and let's do something about that.

Again, here are the games that I have that are Game Center compatible. And then I have some recommendations up here. So, what happens is Game Center keeps track of the kind of games you play and then it will recommend some to you, the idea of being that if you click on them, you'll be taken to Mac App Store and hopefully you will purchase those games. So it's an advertising vehicle. Go to Friends, any Friends? No, no Friends. Well, I guess I'll just sit here and wait until I get a friend request and then maybe I can be friends with somebody.

Oh, Ian wants to be my friend. He is so awesome. Okay. So now, I'll go to Requests. Wow! Ian Martin is THE BIG KA-IAN. He wants to be my friend. If I want Ian to be my friend, of course, and I do, I will click Accept. However, if Ian and I are not getting along, I can just ignore him and he just goes away, but I'm going to accept it because, again, I want him to be my friend. When I look at Requests now, I have no other requests, that was the single one I got. I look in Friends. Look, I've got a Friend! And indeed I do, and it is Ian.

We can look at the games we have in common and it appears that Chess, we have in common, and so far, I've done nothing with Chess at all. And Ian Martin has OS X games too. He has Alien March. If I click on Free, I can see how he's done with that. Here's his ranking, he's doing okay, but then on to the right, you can see how many players are playing this thing, and these are the ranked players, and it's over 53,000. You can see the kind of points that they've gotten. Also, you can look at things like Achievements, Players, so on and so forth.

So, there's a lot of information about individual games in there. You can also challenge other people to games, and they can challenge you, and when that happens, there's a Challenges Area. Currently, I have no challenges, but if did, let's say Ian was playing Angry Birds and he'd racked up three stars on every level. And so, he could issue a challenge to me and say, "Hey, apparently you're not doing all that well on Angry Birds, but you could do better. I challenge you to do better than me on this particular level." And I can meet that challenge. And then -- This is kind of this bragging bit that I talked about.

If I do better than him, then I can brag back to him and spike the ball and say, "Ah ha ha! I did better than you did." So, there you go. When you go through this, on your home screen, you will see other popular games here. If you click on them, you'll be taken to the Mac App Store to download games. This is a very rough and ready version of what Game Center can do for you. I suggest that, if you are into Mac games, you spend a lot of time in Game Center. Invite people who are your friends. Also, look at the recommendations.

There may be people you've heard of who aren't currently your friends, go ahead and invite them, and you will have a richer gaming experiences.

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