Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Beyond the Basics

with Christopher Breen
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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Beyond the Basics
Video duration: 0s 6h 15m Intermediate


It's easy to jump online and be productive with Mac OS X, but it's also easy to stop there. Many users haven't explored the depth and richness of this powerful operating system and the applications that come with it. In Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Beyond the Basics, Chris Breen helps those who are already comfortable with Mac OS X discover new features in everyday applications like Mail, iCal, and Safari. He also explores the often overlooked "power user" tools, including Terminal, Disk Utility, and Automator, and provides troubleshooting and maintenance tips.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the interface Configuring the firewall and other security settings Adding a Bluetooth device and transferring files Networking and sharing files Setting up AirPort Base Station Filtering mail with Rules Creating complex iCal events Importing, exporting, and sharing contacts Using Activity Monitor, Keychain Access, and other utilities Changing permissions and enabling a root user Syncing devices with iSync
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- [Voiceover] Welcome to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Beyond the Basics. I'm your instructor, Christopher Breen from Macworld. And I'm happy to be here with you, talking all about Leopard. In this title, we go beyond the basics to cover some of the most essential parts of Mac OS X. For example, we talk about customizing the interface. Mac OS X 10.5 is very customizable, and right off the bat we get in there and tweak some settings to make your Mac easier to work with.

Next up, Advanced System Preferences. We've been into System Preferences on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training, but now we go beyond the basics, and really dig into the System Preferences, and show you how to tweak the Mac within an inch of it's little digital life. Mail, iCal, and Address Book. Sure you can use these things now. But there are lots of ways you can customize these things to make them more powerful and more useful to you. Yes, we're going on Safari again. We'll go into greater depth about bookmarks, learn how to cover your browsing tracks, and use Safari with files stored on your Mac to enhance it in useful ways.

And we dig deep into the Utilities Folder, showing us some of the powerful capabilities built into the Mac, tucked away in this powerful folder. Within there, we take a long look at Disk Utility. This innocent sounding utility does more stuff than you can imagine, including repairing your Mac's hard drive, formatting and partitioning a hard drive, creating software raids, working with disk images, and burning CDs and DVDs. Terminal, you may have heard that UNIX lies beneath the surface of OS X.

While it may seem complicated to some, there are some very useful things you can do with Terminal. I give you a tour and show you some helpful things to do with it. And then there's Automator. For just about forever, it's been possible to automate your Mac with a scripting language called AppleScript. Problem is, AppleScript is not accessible to a lot of people, but Automator is, and I show you how to use it. In Essential Training, you skipped over a few applications, and now it's time to take a look. We look at Calculator, Font Book, and iSync. And finally, troubleshooting.

Nearly perfect though your Mac and OS X may be, sometimes bad, or at least confusing things can happen. We'll go over common problems, and offer solutions. So settle in with your Mac and get ready to go Beyond the Basics with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

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