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Take Control of .Mac

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Apple's .Mac service provides oodles of features, but are you making the most of your membership? In this 193-page book by Macintosh expert Joe Kissell, you'll find help with all the features, whether you are just getting started and want to customize your .Mac preferences or you've been using .Mac for years but have never tried to use .Mac's advanced capabilities.

Along with covering commonly known capabilities like email and iDisk online storage, Take Control of .Mac explains how to use .Mac's many other powerful features: Groups lets you set up mailing lists and members-only Web sites; .Mac Sync helps you coordinate bookmarks, calendars, contacts, keychains, and more among your Macs; Mail lets you read your account's email in a Web browser; and HomePage lets you make a simple Web site. .Mac also integrates with the whizzy new photo/movie Web Galleries in iLife and Aperture, facilitates iCal-based calendar sharing, and serves as a default host for Web sites you make with iWeb.

Read this book to learn the answers to questions such as:

  • What changed with .Mac's capabilities in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard?

  • How do I use my .Mac email address in my email program on my Mac?

  • Should I use Backup to make backups to .Mac, along with Time Machine?

  • How do I access my iDisk from Windows XP and Vista?

  • Can I run a private mailing list via .Mac Groups?

  • How do I add movies and photos to my Web Gallery?

  • How do I use .Mac to sync my bookmarks and calendar between Macs?

  • What's the difference between creating Web sites with iWeb and HomePage?

  • How can I configure my AirPort Extreme so it will work with Back to My Mac?

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Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Read Me First
    1. Updates
    2. Basics
    3. What’s New in Version 2.0
    4. What Was New in Version 1.3
  3. Introduction
  4. .Mac Quick Start
  5. Get to Know .Mac
    1. What Is .Mac?
    2. Major .Mac Features
    3. Set Up the .Mac System Preferences Pane
    4. Learn to Navigate the .Mac Web Site
    5. Manage Your Account
    6. Upgrade or Convert an Account
  6. Communicate Using .Mac Mail
    1. Access .Mac Mail over the Web
      1. Use the main .Mac Mail page
      2. Work with incoming messages
      3. Compose a new message
      4. Configure .Mac Mail preferences
        1. General Preferences
        2. Viewing Preferences
        3. Composing Preferences
        4. Alias Preferences
        5. Other Preferences
      5. Work with folders on the server
    2. Access .Mac Email Using Apple Mail
    3. Access .Mac Email Using Other Email Clients
    4. Use Email Aliases
      1. Create an alias
      2. Deactivate or delete an alias
      3. Work with aliases on the Web
      4. Work with aliases in Apple Mail
    5. Add Email-Only Accounts
  7. Keep Your Information in Sync
    1. Why Sync?
    2. Syncing Basics
    3. Set Up Syncing
    4. Understand Sync Options
    5. Use the Sync Menu
    6. Synchronize Multiple Macs
    7. Adjust the Data Change Alert
    8. Resolve Synchronization Conflicts
    9. Reset Sync Data
  8. Work with Contacts, Calendars, and Bookmarks
    1. Address Book
    2. .Mac Bookmarks
    3. iCal Calendars
      1. Publish and view calendars
        1. Publish iCal calendars on .Mac
        2. View .Mac-published iCal calendars on the Web
        3. Publish iCal calendars using WebDAV
      2. Subscribe to a published calendar using iCal
      3. Update a published calendar
      4. Unpublish a calendar
  9. Store and Share Files with iDisk
    1. Explore Your iDisk
      1. Read-only folders
      2. Read-write folders
    2. Share Files
      1. Protect your Public folder with a password
      2. Enable or disable write access
      3. Make public files available on the Web
    3. Access an iDisk
      1. Connect using a Web browser
      2. Connect using Mac OS X
        1. Connect to another user’s iDisk
        2. Connect to another user’s Public folder
        3. Troubleshoot connection problems
      3. Connect using Windows
      4. Connect using a WebDAV client
      5. Understand data transfer limits
      6. Divide space between files and email
      7. Buy more space
  10. Back Up Your Files
    1. Decide If .Mac-Based Backup Is Right for You
    2. Install Backup 3
    3. Understand How Backup Stores Your Files
    4. Add a Plan
      1. Add backup items
      2. Add destinations and schedules
    5. Work with Backup Plans
    6. Review Your Backup History
    7. Restore a Backup
  11. Create and Publish a Web Site
    1. Create a Site Using HomePage
      1. Create your first page using HomePage themes
      2. Customize your page
      3. Publish and announce your page
      4. Edit, add, or delete pages
      5. Edit, add, or delete sites
      6. Protect a site with a password
    2. Create a Site Using iWeb
      1. Publish a Web site on .Mac
      2. Publish a blog on .Mac
      3. Protect an iWeb site with a password
    3. Create a Site Using Your Own Tools
  12. Share Your Media from iLife
    1. Understand Web Gallery
    2. Publish Photos from iPhoto ’08
      1. Publish photos to a Web Gallery
      2. Publish photos via iWeb
      3. Subscribe to a photocast
    3. Publish Movies from iMovie
      1. Share movies to a Web Gallery
      2. Share movies to the Media Browser
    4. Publish a Podcast with GarageBand and iWeb
  13. Collaborate Using .Mac Groups
    1. Why Use a Group?
    2. Create a Group
    3. Add Content to Your Group Home Page
      1. Add an image
      2. Add calendar events
      3. Add a slideshow
      4. Add Web pages
        1. Using HomePage
      5. Add other links
    4. Add and Manage Group Members
      1. Invite a member
      2. Cancel an invitation
      3. Delete a member
    5. Modify Group Settings
    6. Edit Your Profile
    7. Contact Another Member
    8. Exchange Messages with the Group
      1. Post a message on the Web
      2. Post a message by email
      3. View and reply to messages
      4. Delete messages
    9. Use the Group iDisk
    10. Transfer Group Ownership
    11. Delete a Group
  14. Access Your Mac Remotely
    1. What Back To My Mac Can Do
    2. Configure Your Macs
    3. Configure Your Router
    4. Get Back to Your Mac
      1. Share another Mac’s screen
      2. Access another Mac’s files
  15. Save Money on Your .Mac Membership
    1. Buy a Retail Box (at Below-Retail Cost)
    2. Become an Affiliate
  16. A. Account Conversion Methods
  17. About This Book
    1. About the Author
    2. Author’s Acknowledgements
    3. Shameless Plug
    4. About the Publisher
    5. Production Credits
  18. Featured Titles