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Staying current with Software Update

From: Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

Video: Staying current with Software Update

Although you may have just installed a fresh copy of Lion, there is 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 iWork suites. It also issues security updates that are important to help keep your Mac secure. For these reasons you should run the software update as soon as you install Lion, and here's how you go about it. The Apple menu is the easiest way. Just click on the Apple menu and choose Software Update.

Staying current with Software Update

Although you may have just installed a fresh copy of Lion, there is 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 iWork suites. It also issues security updates that are important to help keep your Mac secure. For these reasons you should run the software update as soon as you install Lion, and here's how you go about it. The Apple menu is the easiest way. Just click on the Apple menu and choose Software Update.

You could also go to System Preferences, click Software Update, and click the Check Now button. Your computer, which has to be connected to the Internet, will then search Apple's update servers. Up pops a message indicating that there are indeed some updates. I always check Show Details, because I want to know what Software Update intends to install on my Mac. In this case we've got a few iLife updates plus there is an update to OS X. One thing to notice about that update to OS X is this little triangle next to it.

That indicates that when you install this update, you are going to have to restart your Mac. So whenever you see that triangle, understand that at the end of the update you will be asked to restart your Mac. Now in this case, I am not going to update them right now. You can also update things directly from Apple's website, and you do that by selecting the Update menu and then Go To Apple's Downloads Page. That will launch Safari. It will take you to the Downloads page and then you can choose the updates that you'd like to download.

But what's the advantage of doing this if you can use Software Updates instead? Let's suppose that you are working in a business where you have a really fast Internet connection and at home you have a really slow Internet connection. Well, as long as you have approval from your boss naturally, it would be a wise thing to download a huge update on your work computer and then copy that update to a hard drive or a key drive or something and they take it home and perform the update there. This way not only can you can use your company's bandwidth, but it happens much faster. We are going to quit Safari, because we are not going to do it that way.

Now note that when you install an update, if there's an application that's running that's going to be updated, you are likely going to be prompted to quit that application. Now maybe that after you've installed updates, there are more updates for you to install. So what happens is Software Update will run, it will download the latest stuff and then it will check again to make sure that there isn't something else you need. So in some cases you may download a security update for example and then another application will become available to you because it needed that security update to be in place.

Software Update isn't the only place that you can find updates for your software. So we are going to quit Software Update, and I will get out of System Preferences and we are going to take a look at the App Store, which again is found under the Apple menu. Now you know that you download Lion from the App Store, but you can also purchase apps from the App Store, and when you purchase these apps from the App Store, updates become available through the App Store, through the Updates tab. So I will click on Updates and it turns out, hey look, there is a new version of Angry Birds with two new episodes, and I can hardly wait to get them, but I won't make you sit through that download.

So we won't do it right now, but if I wanted to, click on Update, it would download and then I could have the new version of angry birds. Another cool feature here is the Purchases tab. Click on this and you can see every application that you've purchased through the App Store. This is useful, because if you have multiple computers, you can then go to this Purchase tab and you can download Apps that you've already purchased on a different computer. So for example, if I wanted a copy of OS X Lion server that I've purchased elsewhere and put it on this computer, all I'd have to do is click Install.

It would install to this computer and I'd be ready to go. So it's a nice way to keep track of your purchases plus be able to download them on multiple computers, or if you've lost that application on your current computer, you can download it again to your current computer. So quit the App Store. And with that your Mac should be completely up-to-date.

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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