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- Setting up your computer quickly with the guided setup process
- Using Dictation to turn your spoken words into text
- Taking advantage of the Auto Save improvements
- Sharing data with iCloud
- Mirroring your Mac to a television
- Creating to-do events with Reminders
- Keeping track of game progress with Game Center
- Browsing with the improved Safari
- Becoming familiar with the Power Nap and new privacy features
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Notes is yet another iOS application that's made its way to Mountain Lion. However, unlike the mobile version of Notes and Apple's long-in-the-tooth Stickies application, this version of Notes is reasonably versatile, like so. So we'll launch Notes and you can see something similar to the iOS's Notes app. Along the left side of the window is a list of notes that you have created, and to the right is the contents of the selected note. If you go to the View menu and choose Show Folder List or click the Show Folder List button on the bottom of the window, you'll see a third pane, which includes all the accounts that you have that support notes, that is, all the IMAP email accounts you use.
Unlike other Mountain Lion applications, Notes uses IMAP to transfer notes from device to device rather than iCloud synching. Within this list you can select an account to see the notes it contains. You can additionally create folders. I'll go to File > New Folder, and I've created a new folder within the selected account. To create a new note, just click on the plus button and a note will be created within the selected folder.
Notice when you type the title of the note becomes the first few words that you've entered into the note. You can also move notes between folders. So for example, I have my new note. I can move it into my other Notes folder, and there it is. Composing a note is pretty much what you'd expect. So let's create another note. You just create a new note and start typing the notes area.
What is unexpected and welcome is that you can embed links, files, and images in a note, as well as change the formatting. So for example, I can highlight this text, I can go to the Format menu and choose Font, and you see that I have a choice of three default fonts. So I'll change this from Noteworthy to Marker Felt and then I can change it again to Helvetica. But you can do more than that. Back to Format > Fonts. Choose Show Fonts and I can then apply any font that I have on my Mac.
I can also change the color of the text and I can change its size. Note, however, that you can't set one of these other fonts as a default; you only have those three default font settings. There are a few other things you can do with the formatting. You can align your text left, center, justified, or right. You can change the Writing Direction from Left to Right to Right to Left. You can create a list if you like--so Bulleted, Dashed, or Numbered--and you can change the Indentation.
Now let's talk about embedding. I am going to open Safari, go to macworld.com, and then I can click on the icon of the address and I can drag it into my note. When I do that, this becomes a clickable link. So I'll quit Safari, click on the link, Safari launches, and it takes me to that web site. Similarly, I can drag files into my note. So we'll go to the Finder.
I'll go to my Documents folder. Here is a very important document. Knock that down a couple spaces, and now my file is embedded. If I were then to open this note on a different Macintosh, double-click on that file, it would open. Also, I can embed images. So I'll go to my Pictures folder and I can drag in this beach picture, and here it is. And again, if you were to look at this note on another Mac, the image would be embedded.
Now, you notice that I keep saying Mac rather than iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and that is because, at least as I record this, when notes are synced with your iOS devices, those attachments don't work. You may see them as paperclip icons, but no amount of tapping on them will make them open. Notes, like some other Mountain Lion applications, include a Share button, so when you click on it, you see have you have a couple of options. One is to email the note and the other is to message. So choose Email, Mail launches, and it contains the contents of your note, along with all the embedded objects.
And if I click on Message, the contents of the note will be attached to the message. You'll note, however, that the link appears as text, but my picture is there, and my document is attached as well. To send it I just address it, click on Send, and off it goes. If you would like to add other accounts to the Notes application, all you have to do is to go to System Preferences > Mail, Contacts & Calendars, choose the account that you'd like to sync notes with, and then enable the Notes option.
When you do that, the account will appear in the left panel of the Notes application. And that's Notes in a nutshell.
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