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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.
Lion comes with some great software, but it doesn't have everything that you need or certainly not everything that you might want. So how do you get new software and how do you install it? That's what I'm going to show you now. Apple would love it if you would click on the Apple and choose App Store and honestly, App Store has some terrific software in it and it's organized in various ways. Featured. We're going to look at Top Charts. I'm going to find a popular free app, how about Evernote? You see where it says Free.
That tells you what it costs. Absolutely nothing! However, if you're going to buy something, up here we're looking at Aperture, that's $80. So click on the Price, Install App, and the app will install. So Launch Pad appears and it shows you the application launching. You see the icon bouncing up and down that indicates that something has been downloaded to Launch Pad. At this point, all I have to do to run the program is single click it and it launches. And we'll quit the App Store.
Again, the App Store has some great software, but it doesn't have everything available to you. So you may wish to go out onto the Internet and find software there, and we can do that by going to Safari. Let's get a copy of Firefox. This is another browser that's similar to Safari. Click on Download. When we do this, up pops the software and it will appear in our Downloads list.
When it becomes available, you see the Downloads folder pop-up and down a little bit, and we'll look in that folder and sure enough, here is Firefox. I'm going to open that folder. And this is called a disk image. Now here's one way to think about a disk image. Imagine you hold in your hand a CD. That's your disk image. Now you can't play the music on this disk image just from your hand. You have to put it into something, so you have to put it into a player. So you have to get the music out of the disk in order to play it.
That's kind of what the disk image is about. So I'm going to double-click on this disk image and inside, you'll find the good stuff. So I'm inside the image now and here's Firefox, my application. Some application installers will do what they've done with Firefox, which is very nice. They show you an image of the application, a little arrow, and then an image of your Applications folder. To install this application, as hinted in the picture, all I'd have to do is click, drag on the application, bring it over to the Applications folder, and then it's installed.
However, you may not see this picture and if you don't, what are you going to do? Well, you have to get into your Applications folder somehow. That's pretty easy to do. Find a window, look for Applications in the sidebar, and drag the application there and that's just what I'll do now. So I'll take Firefox, drag it to Applications, let go, and it's installed. So I look into Applications, there's Firefox. Launch it by double-clicking on it. Yes, indeed I do want to open it, and at that point I would go through configuring Firefox, but that's not what this course is really about.
So I'll quit Firefox, close these windows, quit Safari. You're done installing, but that disk image is still mounted. So let's open a new Finder window. If we scroll down, we'll see devices, and here is the Firefox disk image. To eject it, click on the Eject arrow and it's gone. And that's locating and installing applications under Lion.
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