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Put Your Mac to Work: Top Automation Tips
By Neale Monks
Jun 29, 2007
Computers are good at doing the repetitive tasks that humans find annoying. Neale Monks looks at some of the best ways to automate your Mac.
The iTunes Store
Jun 25, 2007
Making the Most of Apple Mail
By Neale Monks
Jun 15, 2007
At first glance, Mail seems to be a simple e-mail client, but there is quite a lot of power beneath its Spartan exterior. In time-honored Apple fashion, though, you do have to root around a bit to really get the most out of Mail. Neale Monks shows you how to use Mail's filters to keep out more spam along with other useful Mail tricks that you’ll soon find yourself using all the time.
The Top Five Microsoft Office Alternatives for Mac Users
By Ryan Faas
Jun 15, 2007
Need the functionality of Microsoft Office on your Mac, but can't afford its hefty price tag? Tired of waiting for a universal version of Office for your Intel Mac? Ryan Faas gives the ins and outs of some low-cost and free alternatives.
Creating Interactive Movies with QuickTime Pro
By Brian Gary, Steve Martin, Jem Schofield
Jun 8, 2007
QuickTime container files can hold much more than just audio and video. In fact, you can add entire layers of interactivity to your media. Wiring your movies transforms the audience's experience from merely watching the movie play to playing with the movie while watching it. In this sample chapter, you'll learn how to create autoloading Web pages, clickable Web links, chapter tracks, custom skins, and slideshows to make your QuickTime movies truly hands-on experiences.
Take Back Your Mac's Hard Drive: The Best Ways to Reclaim Disk Space
By Ryan Faas
Jun 8, 2007
Do you feel like your Mac is always running short of hard drive space? And you can never quite figure out how it all got used up? Ryan Faas is your guide to not only finding out where all those gigabytes went but also how to get them back.
Shockproof Guide to Working Safely on Your Mac
By Marc Asturias, Moira Gagen
Jun 1, 2007
Whether the computers you're taking care of belong to you, a customer, or a large group, this sample chapter provides the information you need to approach any situation safely and with the proper tools. In this one-hour lesson, you'll learn about the risks to you and the computer when you service computers, as well as general maintenance tasks you might perform during the "verify repair" step in the Apple General Troubleshooting Flowchart. While these may seem like unrelated topics, safe workstations and conscientious work practices are all part of keeping computers, customers, and yourself happy.
The Power of Preview: Ten Tricks for Getting More Out of Apple's Little PDF Viewer
By Neale Monks
Jun 1, 2007
Can you dump Photoshop in favor of Preview? Probably not, but Preview is a little gem of a program capable of doing far more than you might imagine, says Neale Monks.
Creating a Home or Small Office Server Using Apple's AirPort Extreme Base Station
By Ryan Faas
Jun 1, 2007
Looking to set up centralized file and printer sharing for your home or office? Want to avoid sacrificing performance of any of your computers or suffering the hassle of setting up a server? Apple's AirPort Extreme offers a simple, cross-platform, one-stop solution that includes incredible performance. Ryan Faas shows you why AirPort Extreme's amazing combination of features for a relatively low price point is a great tool for your home or small business.
The Art of TextEdit
By Neale Monks
May 4, 2007
Need a fast and easy-to-use word processor/page layout program with lists, styles, tables, advanced typography, and support for multiple languages? Ladies and gentlemen, Neale Monks wants to introduce you to TextEdit, which is a viable, attractive alternative to heavyweight word processors.
The Top Five Add-ons for Apple's iPhoto
By Ryan Faas
May 4, 2007
Ever since its initial introduction, Apple's iPhoto has been a great tool for anyone with a digital camera. As great as iPhoto is, however, longtime users with libraries containing thousands of photos know that the application does have some areas that need enhancing to make it more powerful and seamless for today's digital photographers. Ryan Faas gives his top five iPhoto plug-ins and helper applications to help tame your iPhoto library and expand your iPhoto experience.
Creating Interactive Movies
Apr 30, 2007
Alternate Authentication Methods Under Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server
By Ryan Faas
Apr 27, 2007
Using smart cards or similar products can greatly enhance the security of a network and of individual workstations (including portable computers and those used for remote access). Ryan Faas shows you how to implement these alternatives to static usernames and passwords on the Macs in your network.
Mac OS X Business Tools: There Are More Than You Think
By Ryan Faas
Apr 20, 2007
Macs have never been considered business machines and yet record numbers of small and mid-size businesses are running on Mac OS X today. Ryan Faas illustrates why the idea that Macs aren't up to the needs of business computing is indeed a myth by pointing out top business tools that exist for Mac users.
To Server or Not to Server: Does Your Small Business Need to Invest in Mac OS X Tiger Server?
By Ryan Faas
Apr 13, 2007
So you started your small business with a single Mac and now you're adding more Macs and more employees. Does that mean you need Mac OS X Server? Ryan Faas helps you decide whether a full-blown Mac server gets you the best bang for your buck or whether other small business solutions will ultimately be more cost-effective.
Top Five Media Tools for Apple TV Owners
By Ryan Faas
Mar 30, 2007
So you've got your Apple TV hooked up and all your music, photos, and video from the iTunes Store are at your fingertips. But what about other video, like the clips you took with your cell phone or that you found on YouTube? Not to worry, with these top five tools, Ryan Faas shows you that you can access your iTunes purchases and much more using the Apple TV.
Mac OS X Security Part 2: The Mac Forensic Toolkit
By Ryan Faas
Mar 23, 2007
Part 1 of Ryan Faas' security series discussed the processes behind investigating inappropriate or criminal activities using data forensics, including the importance of not contaminating evidence by acquiring and working with forensic-quality disk images of affected hard drives. This article moves from the basic methods for performing a forensic investigation under Mac OS X to profiling the various tools that are available to perform such investigative work.
Get Acquainted with Font Book
By Sharon Zardetto Aker
Mar 16, 2007
Font Book is Tiger's font-management utility. Its obvious purpose is to install and remove fonts without your having to run around to all the Fonts folders, but it can do so much more. To do anything beyond blindly installing a font, however, you need to know at least the basics of Font Book, which are all covered in this sample chapter.
Mac OS X Security Part 1: Investigating Security Breaches and Illegal Use
By Ryan Faas
Mar 16, 2007
Knowing how to investigate a security breach, potential crime, or policy violation on a Mac computer or server is crucial for understanding the incident and building a chain of evidence that clearly identifies the culprit. In this article, Ryan Faas describes data forensic methods as they apply to Mac OS X and shows you how to ensure that evidence on a compromised Mac is not contaminated during an investigation.
Zune Software Basics
By Bart G. Farkas
Mar 16, 2007
Someone once said, "Behind every great man is a great woman." In the case of the Zune, a great piece of software behind the Zune helps it rise to lofty levels in the realm of digital media players. This chapter looks at the Zune software, what it can do, and how best to use it.

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