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Staying current with Software Update

From: Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

Video: Staying current with Software Update

Although you've just installed a fresh copy of Mountain Lion, there's a good chance that you don't have the latest and greatest Apple software running on your Mac. Apple routinely offers updates to not only its operating system, but other applications such as those in the iLife and iWorks suites. It also issues security updates that are important to help keep your Mac secure. For these reasons, you should run Software Update as soon as you install Mountain Lion, and here's how to go about it. In the old days, you'd go to System Preferences and then click on Software Update.

Staying current with Software Update

Although you've just installed a fresh copy of Mountain Lion, there's a good chance that you don't have the latest and greatest Apple software running on your Mac. Apple routinely offers updates to not only its operating system, but other applications such as those in the iLife and iWorks suites. It also issues security updates that are important to help keep your Mac secure. For these reasons, you should run Software Update as soon as you install Mountain Lion, and here's how to go about it. In the old days, you'd go to System Preferences and then click on Software Update.

At this point, you'd click on Show Updates. I'm going to show you the other way to do it, which is more convenient, but before we leave this system update preference, I want to show you a couple of options. The first is that you can automatically check for updates. So turn that on and then you can choose to download newly available updates in the background or it will install just system data files and security updates. You can turn both those things off if you like, or again turn this off all together. You can also automatically download the apps that you've purchased on other Macs. So, for example, if I had this account on one of my other Macs, I purchase it on that Mac, those apps would automatically download to the Mac I'm using now.

At this point, I'll leave all that off and quit System Preferences. So the Mountain Lion way to do this is really to go to the Apple Menu and choose Software Update. This launches the Mac App Store and takes you to the updates area. In this case, you see that I have one update available. If I had more than one update available, there would also be a button that said Update All and that would download everything. When there's an update available, you'll often see a More link, click on that to see what else is available to you.

If I then wanted to install these updates, I simply click on Update, and at this point, I won't. While we're here in the Mac App Store, I want to show you one other thing, which is the Purchases tab. Within this tab, you'll see all the applications that you have purchased with this particular account. And you see I have a couple of options. For example on this Mac, I have the option to download another copy of Mountain Lion, and I do that just by clicking on Download. Or I have other applications that I purchased that aren't on this Mac, and to install them, I would just click on Install.

They download and then they would be installed to my Mac. But suppose you're looking for some older software that isn't in the Mac App Store, I'll quit the Mac App Store, we'll launch Safari. I'll go to support.apple.com/downloads and in this case, let's say Mac OS and Software. When I do this, you see that there are other updates available, some Supplemental updates, an Aperture update, QuickTime update, you can go back through time and find older updates from this website.

So if the Mac App Store doesn't have what you're looking for, check out this site. And with that, your Mac should now be completely up to date.

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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

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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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