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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.
We know that Safari is a solid Web browser, but you can also use it to open more than webpages. You can also open some of the Mac's local files and I'll show you how to do that. You can do this because of the plug-ins installed with Safari. So look under the Help menu, look at Installed Plug-ins, and we'll scroll down a bit and we'll see the QuickTime Plug-in 7.7.1. Now that may change in the version you have, if there's an update to QuickTime. The idea is look at the left here and you could see all these various media types that can be opened with this plug-in.
So let's see how that works. I'll go to my Documents folder, move this over this way, and let's play an audio file. (Music playing) We're rocking out to the Jellybricks. Now a movie. (Music playing) )Female Speaker: Welcome to Hansel and Petal. We are full service florist specializing in weddings and corporate events.) Here's Crabby McCrableton.
Also you can open PDF files. I'll drag one of those over. Now note this about PDF files. When you do this, you see the little window at the bottom. This allows you to zoom in and out. You can also choose to open the PDF in Preview by clicking that button, and here's our PDF file. And if you want, you can download a PDF to the Download folder. Now this makes very little sense given that this is a local file. However, if you were on the Internet and you found a PDF file, you could click on this button and then download the PDF to your Downloads folder.
So in that case, it's helpful. Couple of things to note. You can't drag multiple files into a Safari window because it can only open one file at a time. And if something won't open, you can try dragging it into the address bar and see if that works a little bit better. So I'll drag my movie up into the address bar. (Music playing) And you can tell that this is a local file because it reads file:/// and then it shows the path name to that media file.
That shows you that you're working with the local file. So what good is this when you likely have a perfectly fine application to open these files? Well, sometimes it's easier to just drag in a file that you want to preview with Safari rather than going to all the trouble to open it in a separate application. And that's media files in Safari.
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