Mac OS X Applications

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Overview of applications in OS X, plus how permissions work.


  • 1. Mac OS X Applications Presented by ArrowQuick Solutions Wednesday, July 16, 2003

2. Internet Mail

  • Mail application comes with Mac OS X
    • Junk mail filtering
    • Powerful and flexible mail rules
    • Handles multiple accounts (.Mac, POP, IMAP)
    • Drag and drop attachments
    • Inline display of photos, movies, & PDFs
    • Integrated with system wide address book
    • Spell checking is part of Mac OS X

3. Internet Mail

  • Junk Mail Filtering
    • Mail comes with sophisticated built-in junk mail filtering that uses technology to identify and nail junk mail messages
    • Simple controls are available to train Mail to agree with your view of whats junk and whats not
      • The Junk button in the Toolbar lets you label any junk messages
      • The Not Junk override that appears on any message labeled as Junk.
    • When youre satisfied that you and the filter are agreeing, checking the Automatic option which sends everything the filter identifies straight to a junk mail folder

4. Internet Mail

  • Mail Rules
    • When email comes to your Inbox, rules can automate tasks:
      • Identify junk mail and mark it automatically
      • Move and organize messages into specific folders
      • Play sounds to notify you of a message
      • Automatically reply, redirect, or forward the message
      • Flag or delete the message
    • Rules are defined in the Mail Preferences

5. Internet Mail

  • Setting Up Mail Account
    • Must have Internet Service Provider setup mail account
    • In Mail, the following pieces of information are needed:
      • Account Type (most likely POP)
      • Description (Perrys KDSI Email)
      • Email Address ( [email_address] )
      • Full Name (Perry Lund)
      • Incoming Mail Server: (
      • User Name (lundpj)
      • Password (********)
      • Outgoing Mail Server (

6. Address Book

  • Features
    • Each card can hold, display & label all your information
    • Click on an address to ask the Web for a map showing the location
    • Click on a home page URL to launch the web site
    • Click on an email address to send a message
    • iSync software from Apple will synchronize Address Book to Palm Pilot or Bluetooth-equipped cell phone
    • Address Book is built on the industry standard vCard format for storing contact information

7. iChat - Instant Messaging

  • iChat delivers control over your instant messaging
    • Built-in compatibility with AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), you have immediate access to the more than 150 million members of America Online
    • The Attach button lets you transmit any kind of file, and photos are displayed right in the message window
    • There is a range of formatting options available
    • A log file is kept that lets you check what youve said and makes it easy to collaborate
    • Chat works seamlessly with the built-in Mail and system wide Address Book applications.

8. Safari - Web Browser

  • Safari, the Mac OS X default Web browser, offers you outstanding performance.
    • HTML Page Load
    • JavaScript performance
    • Application load time
  • New in Safari
    • Safari is Mac OS X default browser
    • AutoTab loads folders quickly
    • Sync your bookmarks with iSync
    • Available in all Mac OS X languages
    • Increased standards compatibility

9. Safari - Web Browser

  • Built in Google Search
  • The SnapBack button returns you to the point where you last typed a URL
  • Bookmark menu lists URLs found in Address Book
  • Website accounts & passwords stored in KeyChain
  • Safari also cleans up after itself when downloading files
  • Automatically can eliminate popup windows

10. iMovie 11. iMovie (version 3.0.3)

  • iMovie (video capture & editing)
    • Control DV camcorder via FireWire interface
    • Import video from camcorder
    • Import audio sources from CD / MP3 / AIFF / iTunes
    • Import graphics from iPhoto
    • Special effects and titling available
    • Export to camcorder or transfer to iDVD
    • With experience and practice, iMovie can do 90% of most video work a professional would do
    • iMovie is free!

12. iMovie (version 3)

  • iMovie (video capture & editing)
    • Special effects:
      • Aged Film, Letterbox, Lens Flare, Electricity
      • Add pan and zoom effect to digital still images
    • 30 title styles:
      • Control the timing of titles, typeface, and color
      • Titling can be previewed
    • Audio controls:
      • There are now three audio tracks (used to be 2)
      • Customization of volume levels on all three audio tracks
      • New audio effects from Skywalker Sound

13. iMovie (version 3)

  • iMovie (video capture & editing)
    • Chapter Markers
      • For use with your DVD projects; lets iDVD create scene selection menus so your viewers can jump directly to their favorite scenes
    • Send your iMovie to DVD
      • The moment you save your movie, its ready for iDVD no more export processes.
    • Additional Plug-in and Effect
      • Video Plug-ins
        • Gee Three, Vitrix, CSB Digital, eZedia
      • Audio Effects
        • Audiodish, Hollywood Edge

14. Mac OS XiMovie Demo

  • iMovie (video editing)
    • Import some video clips
    • Arrange in editor
    • Apply title
    • Apply special effect
    • Apply transitions
    • Play movie

15. iPhoto 2

  • iPhoto:application for importing, organizing, editing and sharing digital photographs
    • Enhance button lets you instantly correct any photo thats too dark, too light, or overexposed
    • Correct red-eye, crop photos, and even change color photos to black and white
    • Retouch wand can be used to make blemishes disappear
    • Create your own coffee-table books

16. iPhoto 2

  • New in iPhoto 2:
    • Archive your iPhoto Library to CD or DVD
    • One-button Enhance improves your photos
    • Expanded email support for mail clients
    • New .Mac screen effects share your slideshows
    • New printing templates to suit your needs
    • Integrated with iTunes, iMovie, & iDVD in package called iLife

17. Mac OS XSoftware

  • Mac OS X Additional Software
    • AppleScript (programmable scripting)
    • iCal (manage your calendars)
    • iSync (synchronize digital contact information)
    • AppleWorks (productivity software)
    • Final Cut Express (professional video editing)
    • Keynote ( presentation software)
    • Others at:

18. Break Time 19. Mac OS X Permissions

  • The Basics
    • Permissions are the foundation of a multi-user file system like Mac OS X and UNIX
    • Users and groups identify you & files you own
    • Permissionsmark your turf
      • The files you can see and change
      • The programs you can run
    • Permissions areapplied individually to each fileand define who can read, write, and execute it.

20. Mac OS X Permissions

  • Users and Groups
    • A user is someone with an account on MacOS X
      • Users have name, password, and are able to login
      • Users have unique identity on machine
      • Users have home directory for personal files
      • Password is proof of identity
    • A group is organizational unit to which any number of users may belong.
      • Each user must belong to a least one group
      • MacOS X specifies a primary group automatically
      • Groups associate a group of users to a group of files

21. Mac OS X Permissions

  • Every file in the file system has a set of permissions that define who can access the file, and how. Access is defined for three classes of user:
    • theuserowner
    • thegroupowner
    • everybody else - termedothers .
  • And each user is allowed, or disallowed from:
    • reading the file
    • writing to the file (or changing it in any way)
    • executing the file (applicable to applications / programs).

22. Mac OS X Permissions

  • Anatomy of Permission (using Terminal program)
    • Character / text based tool for looking at file system
    • Used before nice graphical interfaces existed in UNIX

23. Mac OS X Permissions

  • Anatomy of Permission (using Terminal program)
    • d at left end represents that the file is a directory / folder
    • - at left end represents that file is just that - a file
    • First set of rwx marks are permission for owner
    • Second set of rwx marks are permissions for group
    • Third set of rwx marks are permissions for others
    • If an r,w,or x are missing, the permission is not granted

24. Permissions

  • Changing Permissions on Folders
    • Reason: tighter or looser security
    • Quick Summary of Typical Settings
      • Full access by everybody: wide open access
      • Give, but dont take: other users can put things in the folder, but can not actually open the folder
      • Look, but dont touch: Users can open and copy files from inside folder, but they can not put anything in or save any changes they make to items in folder

25. Permissions

  • Changing Permissions Graphically
    • Select folder, and press Command - I
    • Click triangle for Ownership & Permissions
  • The lock prevents accidentally change of owner and group, while still allowing access to be changed.

26. Mac OS X Materials

  • Books
    • Mac OS X Missing Manual by David Pouge
    • Mac OS X Unleashed by J. Ray
    • Mac OS X Hints by Rob Griffiths
  • Training Materials
    • Mac OS X Hands-On Training by Garrick Chow
    • MacAcademy Mac OS X 4 volume CD set

27. Mac OS X 10.3 News

  • The Finder puts you at the center of your Mac with iTunes-like navigation.
  • Slick new Expos quickly tiles open windows and reveals files on your desktop.
  • iChat AV offers video chat and audio calls with no extra long distance charges.
  • Quickly log another user into your Mac without quitting applications.

28. Mac OS X 10.3 News

  • FileVault: Secure your home folder with encryption a spy would love, AES-128.
  • Find, organize and manage all the fonts on your Mac in the new Font Book.
  • Fax anyone in your Address Book from any application that prints.
  • Panther also improves many of the technologies underlying Mac OS X including graphics and Windows network compatibility

29. Mac OS X Q&A Ask you questions!


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