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Chapter 1. Transforming Your Mac

Chapter 1. Transforming Your Mac

Bill of Materials

Mac OS X Tools and Apple Software

  • System Preferences (/Applications)

  • Terminal (/Applications/Utilities)

  • The defaults command-line utility (/usr/bin)

  • iPhoto (/Applications)

  • QuickTime Pro (/Applications; QTPro registration required)

  • Mac OS 9, installed on your Mac for use in Classic mode

Third-Party Software

Web Sites

When you contemplate modifying or customizing your Mac, don't disregard the basics. Some of the simplest changes you can make are the most evident and, therefore, the most overlooked. You can make a lot of aesthetic changes to your Desktop without diving too deep. Sure, you can change the background image of your Desktop or decide which screensaver you want to use, but what if you want something more? What can you do to set your Mac apart from everyone else's?

This chapter shows some ways you can customize your Mac OS X system to suit your sense of style, and points you in the direction of resources you'll need. You'll learn how to alter the default set of application icons, add new Desktop patterns, and even modify the style of the windows that Mac OS X throws at you. Don't settle for the tried and (now) dull Aqua interface—add a little spice to your Mac.


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