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6.1. Applications

This section very briefly touches on Mac OS X's standard-issue productivity and utility applications, even though some of them (such as iMovie) are sophisticated enough to have entire books written on them already.

Acrobat Reader

This Adobe program lets you browse PDF files. Note that Apple's Preview application is the system's default application for opening PDF files. Acrobat Reader, however, contains more PDF-specific features, such as the ability to follow in-document hyperlinks or search for text within the document.

If you prefer to use Acrobat Reader instead of Preview, then call up any PDF file's Info window in the Finder (see Section 2.6), set Acrobat Reader 5.0 as its application (as shown in Figure 6-1), and then click the window's "Change All..." button.

Figure 6-1. Changing the default PDF viewer


This folder contains applications for creating and running AppleScripts, as well as subfolders holding example scripts. See Chapter 11 for more on AppleScript.

Address Book

A simple frontend to the current user's Address Book database, which stores email addresses and associated information. This database is primarily used by Apple's Mail application, but other applications run by the same user can read from and write to it as well. (The actual database exists as binary files in ~/Library/Addresses.)


The Calculator application that ships with Jaguar has a fully functional scientific calculator, compared to the simple four-function calculator that shipped with earlier versions of the Mac OS. Calculator also has a Paper Tape sheet that allows you to view the math functions, which you can copy and paste into a document.



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