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Mac at Work by David Sparks

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Chapter 4

The Internet and Your Mac

One of the reasons for the resurgence of the Mac OS X platform is the Internet. As we do more of our computing through Web browsers and Internet portals, our operating system becomes less important. When you read the New York Times on the Internet, it doesn’t care whether you are using Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X to do so. This gives Mac workers the freedom to use Mac OS X. This chapter explains the best ways to access the Internet from your Mac.

The Web Browser Options

Although Internet Explorer rules Windows, there are several browsing applications on the Mac OS X. Three of the most popular Mac browsers are Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.

Apple Safari

877005 ma0401.tif Safari (free; www.apple.com/safari), shown in Figure 4-1, ships on every new Mac. Safari, designed by Apple, includes the best Mac OS X Internet browser integration. For example, Safari works out of the box with the built-in Mac OS X downloads stack. It also works natively with Apple’s Mail application, allowing you to e-mail a link or contents of a page. You can even save photos from Safari directly to iPhoto. Safari is also very automation-friendly and accepts instructions from Automator and AppleScript, both of which are explained in Chapter 24. Safari also integrates the Mac OS X Dashboard with the Web clippings feature that turns a Web page into a Mac OS X Dashboard widget ...

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