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5.1. 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.


Address Book

This application is a simple frontend to the current user's Address Book database, which stores email addresses and associated information. The 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 data files in ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook.)

If you have a .Mac account, you can use iSync (discussed later) to synchronize your Address Book contacts to your iDisk (stored in /Library/Application Support/Sync/CONT). Once synchronized to your iDisk, your contacts are available online for use with the .Mac web-based Mail. For more information about Address Book syncing, see O'Reilly's Inside .Mac or Apple's .Mac web page (http://www.mac.com).


AppleScript

This folder contains the Script Editor application, which is used for writing AppleScripts, as well as subfolders holding example scripts. If you have installed the Xcode Tools, you can also build applications using AppleScript Studio. To learn more about AppleScript, see O'Reilly's AppleScript: The Definitive Guide.


Calculator

The Calculator is a fully functional scientific calculator. It also has a Paper Tape sheet that allows you to view the math functions, which you can copy and paste into another document window.


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