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10. The Free Programs > Your Free Mac OS X Programs

Your Free Mac OS X Programs

You’ve got a broad assortment of programs in the Applications folder in the main hard drive window. The Applications→Utilities folder holds another couple dozen mini-programs that handle such workaday jobs as setting up printers and network connections, fixing problems on your hard disk, and monitoring the behind-the-scenes processing performed by your Mac whenever you launch and run programs.

All of these programs have been either written expressly for Mac OS X (Cocoa applications) or adapted for it (Carbonized—see Three Kinds of Programs: Cocoa, Carbon, Classic). This chapter guides you through every item in your new software library, one program at a time. (Depending on your Mac model, you may find other programs in your Applications folder. Apple occasionally includes software of its own, or from other companies, to spice up the collection for, say, iMacs or Power Macs.)


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