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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.
We know that Safari is a solid web browser, but you can use it to open more than web pages. You can also open some of the local files on your Mac. And some of this is possible because of the plug-ins installed by default with Safari, and you could see list of those by going to the Help menu and then choosing Installed Plug-ins. So you see a variety of things that allow you play media within Safari. So let's try a few of those things. I'll go to my Documents folder and I'll grab an image and I'll drag it into Safari.
So it's an image viewer. How about taking an audio file? How about a video file? So as you can see, Safari can open a variety of media files, but it won't always do it using the Open File command.
You can try, but as you can see, some of them are grayed out, meaning you can't open them up. I've already shown you that you can open up PDF files and in some cases you can open text files as well. If dragging to a page won't work, you can also try dragging into the address bar. That sometimes will open a file when dragging to the main window doesn't. And note that you cannot drag in multiple files, so only one file per web page. So, what good is this when you likely have perfectly good applications to open these files? Well, sometimes it's easier to just drag in a file that you want to preview in Safari, rather than going to the trouble to open it in a separate application or even to use Quicklook. And that's media files within Safari.
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