Chapter 5. Applications and Utilities

What good is a computer without programs to run on it? Apple has included a set of native applications and utilities for Mac OS X, including the famous suite of iApps (iCal, iChat, iSync, and iTunes), along with a bunch of uilities to help you monitor and set up additional gear for your Mac.

There are applications for things such as viewing and printing PostScript and PDF files, basic word processing, sending and receiving email, and creating movies, as well as utilities to help you manage your system.

Use the Finder to locate the applications (/Applications) and utilities (/Applications/Utilities) on your system. You can quickly go to the Applications folder either by clicking on the Applications icon in the Sidebar or by using the Shift--A keyboard shortcut. If you want to be able to get to the Utilities folder quickly, you might consider dragging the Utilities folder icon to the Finder’s Sidebar, or instead using its keyboard shortcut, Shift--U.


Following is a list of the programs found in the Applications directory:

Address Book

This is a database program you can use to store contact information for your friends and colleagues.


This folder contains all the tools necessary for writing AppleScripts. AppleScript is an “English-like” ...

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