Part 3. Installing and Using Applications

It’s the programs that make using your Mac worthwhile, whether they’re the applications that come with Mac OS X (such as Preview, TextEdit, and Safari) or the ones you buy and install yourself (such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, or your favorite games). Apple even sells two collections of programs designed just for home and business users, called iLife (with iMovie, iTunes, and the like) and iWork (featuring Pages, for page layout, Numbers for spreadsheets, and so on).

Some programs come with a special installer program that puts all their pieces in the right places. Other programs are so simple that you can just drag and drop them into your Applications or Utilities folder. You can store programs ...

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