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Taking Your OS X Lion to the Max

Book Description

The Mac has come a long way, and OS X Lion is the best version yet of Apple's desktop and laptop operating system. Stable, powerful, and versatile, the Mac allows you to do everyday tasks with ease.

Taking Your OS X Lion to the Max walks you through the awesome features and apps standard on the Mac and the new OS X 10.7 Lion to help you become a true power user. You'll discover keyboard shortcuts and gestures to help save time--whether you're on a iMac, Mac mini, Macbook Pro, Air, or other Mac computer

Beginning with the core of OS X - the Finder - Taking Your OS X Lion to the Max outlines many of the new features and powerful revisions that make Lion the best version of OS X yet. The authors, all bloggers at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (, spent countless hours with Lion to show you how to fully leverage your Mac and the new OS X. And, have some fun, too!

What you'll learn:

  • Search your Mac in seconds with customizable Spotlight searches

  • Send files securely and quickly to others on your Wi-Fi network with AirDrop

  • Find a lost or stolen Mac with Find my Mac

  • Browse and purchase useful and fun apps from the Mac App Store

  • Keep your documents updated and safe through Lion's AutoSave, Versions, and revised Time Machine capabilities

  • Harness the power of Launchpad, Mission Control, and multi-touch gestures to customize your Mac working environment

  • Take advantage of conversations, full-screen mode, and search tokens in the revised Mail application

  • Make the most of updates to Lion's other built-in apps, including iCal, Address Book, Photo Booth, FaceTime, Preview, and System Preferences

  • Use the powerful and inexpensive Lion Server app to create a shared work or home computing environment

  • And more...

Who this book is for: Taking Your OS X Lion to the Max is your guide to learning how to tame Apple's Lion for work or pleasure, and a valuable reference for any Mac user.

Table of Contents

  1. Title
  2. Dedication
  3. Contents at a Glance
  4. Contents
  5. About the Authors
  6. About the Technical Reviewer
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
  9. Chapter 1: Finder Basics
    1. Buying Lion
    2. What's New in Lion's Finder
    3. Quick Look
    4. Window Resizing and the Scroll Bar Overlay
    5. Multi-Touch Support
    6. The Magic Mouse and Multi-Touch Gestures
    7. Summary
  10. Chapter 2: File Management and Sharing
    1. The Finder Sidebar
    2. File and Folder Icon Views in the Finder
    3. AirDrop
    4. FileVault 2 and File Encryption
    5. Find My Mac
    6. Screen Sharing
    7. Time Machine
    8. Summary
  11. Chapter 3: The Mac App Store
    1. What Is the Mac App Store?
    2. Launching the Mac App Store
    3. Setting Up and Signing into a Mac App Store Account
    4. Managing Your Account
    5. Exploring the Mac App Store
    6. Anatomy of an App Listing
    7. Redeeming a Code
    8. Using the Mac App Store to Open a File You Don't Have an App For
    9. Summary
  12. Chapter 4: Managing Your Data: Auto Save, Resume, and Versions
    1. Resume
    2. Auto Save
    3. Versions
    4. Summary
  13. Chapter 5: Controlling Your Mac: Launchpad
    1. Opening Launchpad
    2. Navigating Launchpad
    3. Launching an Application
    4. Organizing Launchpad
    5. Adding New Applications
    6. Deleting Applications
    7. What Launchpad Doesn't Do
    8. Summary
  14. Chapter 6: Using Mission Control, Spaces, Exposé, and Dashboard
    1. Summary
  15. Chapter 7: Mail
    1. Mail Setup and Conversion
    2. Mail User Interface
    3. The Mail Toolbar
    4. Reading Mail Messages
    5. Searching Mailboxes
    6. Additional Lion Mail Features
    7. Summary
  16. Chapter 8: Organizing Your Life with Address Book and iCal
    1. Address Book
    2. Creating a New Contact
    3. Creating Groups
    4. Some Tips and Tricks for Using Address Book
    5. Working with iCal
    6. Some Cool iCal Tips and Tricks
    7. Summary
  17. Chapter 9: Browsing the Internet with Safari
    1. Getting Started with Safari
    2. Safari’s Browser Window
    3. Navigation Basics
    4. Eliminating Clutter with Reader
    5. Checking Your Sites at a Glance Using Top Sites
    6. Working with Bookmarks
    7. Managing Downloads
    8. Building Up Your Reading List
    9. Extending Safari with Extensions
    10. Summary
  18. Chapter 10: Communicating in Real-Time with iChat and FaceTime
    1. Communicating with iChat
    2. Setting Up iChat
    3. About Multiple Accounts and iChat
    4. Using Buddy Lists
    5. Text Chatting
    6. Audio Chatting
    7. Video Chatting
    8. iChat Theater and Screen Sharing
    9. The Differences Between FaceTime and iChat
    10. Getting Started with FaceTime
    11. Navigating Your FaceTime Contacts
    12. Making a FaceTime Call
    13. FaceTime Preferences
    14. Summary
  19. Chapter 11: System Preferences
    1. Personal
    2. Hardware
    3. Internet & Wireless
    4. System
    5. Summary
  20. Chapter 12: OS X Lion Server
    1. What’s a Server?
    2. Purchasing and Installing OS X Lion Server
    3. Configuration of Lion Server
    4. Server Admin Tools
    5. Summary
  21. Index