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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.
Once upon a time, video calls were considered science fiction. But today, thanks in part to Apple technology, they're increasingly commonplace. We're going to look at one of those technologies now and it's called FaceTime. Now, FaceTime was originally used with the Apple's iPhone, but it's now bundled with the Mac OS, and you need to be connected to the internet to use it. Let's give it a try. So I will launch it from Spotlight. There it is, and my camera turns on, and here I am back on screen.
So what's your seeing now is the FaceTime interface. You'll see a list of my contacts along the right side of the screen. If you look below, I can add Favorite contacts. You can recent calls I've made, and then my Contacts. So, let's suppose I want to add somebody to my Favorites. I'll click on their name and you see this Add to Favorites button. Click there, let's take a look at Favorites, and they're indeed is John Doe. If I want to get rid of that contact, all I have to do is click on minus, and they're out of there.
So, let's make a call. Go back to All Contacts. Let's see who should I call? I think I'll give Ian a call. So here is Ian. I can contact him via his email address. So I click on that address, and we make the call. Hey Ian! How are you doing? Hi Chris. Okay. Well, Ian is a man of few words as you can tell. Couple of things that we can look at while we're in this window. One, very important is the mute microphone button.
Now at this point, Ian can't here a thing I am saying. What's really important when using this view is that you want to be able to talk but keep a smile on your face because you can say terrible, terrible things about people. I could something about, well Ian's personal grooming habits, for example, and he can't hear anything I'm saying as long as I keep smiling, everything is cool. So, let me turn the mic back on. Ian I was just telling how awesome you are to our audience. So, that was great. One other thing I can do in here.
I can flip it into full screen so I can really get a good look at him. Take that back down. I can also move my preview window around if I want to. And I can end the call. So, that was the end of our call with Ian. Now, I'm going to ask Ian to call me so you can see what it looks like when I receive a FaceTime call. So we'll just wait for Ian to give me a buzz. There he is. Now I can Accept his call or I can Decline it.
I will go ahead and accept. Hey! Hey how are you? How are you doing? Hi Chris. See, again, a man with a limited amount of dialogue, but he gets the job done. So I will end that call. Now let's take a look at Recents, and you can see here is Ian and it shows that we've recently spoken. And that's generally the idea of FaceTime. Couple of other things, if you want to add a contact click on the plus button.
You can add your contacts there. And again, you could contact people a couple of different ways. One is if they have an iPhone, you can enter their phone number. You could contact them that way, or again, any email address, enter that, you can make a FaceTime call that way. This is a very cool technology and it's great now that we can talk face to face, and that's FaceTime.
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