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Mac® Bible by Dwight Spivey

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Appendix A. Popular Third-Party Applications and Utilities

Whether you've just unboxed your shiny new Mac or have just installed the latest and greatest version of Mac OS X, when you first boot up the computer and begin browsing its contents, you may be impressed—and possibly overwhelmed—by the quantity of applications and utilities Apple has seen fit to bestow on their finest customers. Certainly by this point in the book you've learned how to put most of those programs to good use, and some of you may even be asking, "Is this all there is?"

Well, the emphatic answer to that question is a resounding, "No way, my friend!" There are more programs and utilities floating around in the Mac universe than you can imagine. Indeed, most people who have been shackled to their Windows-based PC for most of their life are burdened under the false assumption that there just isn't much software out there for the Mac. The fact is, there is a ton of software for your Mac. Is there as much software written for the Mac as there is for PCs? No. But having said that, how many different applications and utilities do you need to choose from to perform a given job? Two? Ten? One hundred? For example, if you want to find a good third-party FTP client, how many choices do you really need? While there may be only 10 to 20 to select from on the Mac, and many more times that number for the PC, you will ...

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