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What is .Mac?

What is .Mac?

.Mac: Formerly known as iTools, .Mac (pronounced dot mac) is a suite of services and tools, described below, that have been expanded from the iTools features. Membership is $99 a year. To sign up for a .Mac account, go to www.apple.com, click the “.mac” tab at the top of the page, then click “Join Now.” Or you can sign up for a free 60-day trial membership. After you’ve signed up, log in with your new member name and password.

.Mac email accounts (an IMAP email account with a “mac.com” address) have up to 15MB of storage space on Apple’s servers (you can buy more on their web site). You can also add up to ten “email-only” accounts.

Webmail is a browser-based email service that enables you to read or send your email using an Internet browser. From any computer anywhere in the world, go to www.mac.com, log in, and click the Webmail icon.

iDisk is your personal storage space on Apple’s servers—now 100 MB of storage, and you can buy more. Store whatever you want on it—backup files on it, place files there for others to retrieve, allow others to put files there for you, serve a web site, publish iCal calendars, and much more. Access your iDisk from any Mac or Windows-based PC. Your iDisk also contains a folder from Apple that contains lots of goodies and extras, such as copyright-free music that you can add to your iMovies or anywhere else, games, software, and more.

iDisk Utility provides levels of control on your iDisk. You can open a Public folder of another .Mac member, set permissions that allow someone else to put files in your iDisk Public folder, add password protection to the Public folder on your iDisk, and open the iDisk of another .Mac member, using their member name and password.

Backup is software that makes it easy to back up your important files. You can back up to multiple CDs or DVDs when file sizes are too large to fit on one disc, back up to your own iDisk, and schedule automatic backups of selected items.

iSync software keeps your calendar and address book information synchronized between multiple Macs or other supported devices, such as a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, an iPod, or a PDA (personal digital assistant) device that uses the Palm operating system (such as a Palm or Handspring).

iCal is a great personal calendar application that helps you manage and organize your time. You can even share your calendars online (useful for families or businesses), or subscribe to other calendars (like from sports teams or bands on tour). Use iSync (above) to synchronize calendars that exist on multiple computers.

.Mac Slides Publisher is a small application that creates a personalized screen saver slide show and publishes it to your iDisk. Jaguar users can subscribe to screen savers that other users have published. See details on pages 333–336 in this book.

Member games and more: With a .Mac account, you can download free games, Apple and Mac OS X software, and other goodies that Apple stores on your iDisk.

Virex anti-virus software protects your Mac from evil, man-made infections. You can regularly download the latest “Virex Definition Updates.”

Support gives you access to tips and tricks, discussion boards, FAQs (frequently asked questions), the AppleCare Knowledge Base, feedback, and Help links.

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