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Internet Software

Mac OS X comes with a number of network-enabled programs. This chapter covers six applications that work specifically with the Internet to gather information, messages, and make your online life easier:

Mail— (Path: /Applications/Mail)—Apple's first e-mail offering since the delightful (and deceased) Cyberdog project (unless you count Claris Emailer). This e-mail application features IMAP/POP3 support, HTML/RTF e-mail, dynamic filtering, and a frightfully modern interface.

Address Book— (Path: /Applications/Address Book)—A companion application to Mail, the Address Book stores contact data, including images. Address Book can also query LDAP servers to locate addresses.

Sherlock— (Path: /Applications/Sherlock)—Sherlock allows both local (disk) searches as well as multi-search engine queries on popular e-commerce, news, and entertainment sites.

QuickTime Player— (Path: /Applications/QuickTime Player)—The QuickTime Player provides access to digital media, either on your local drives or streamed via the Internet. QuickTime is more than just movies—it's MP3 files, WAV files, images, and interactive applications.

iTunes— (Path: /Applications/iTunes)—Introduced in early 2000, iTunes can tune hundreds of Internet radio stations. For those with MP3 collections, iTunes can be used to rip songs from CDs, connect to MP3 players, and burn your own music CDs.

Keychain Access— (Path: /Applications/Utilities/Keychain Access)—Keychain Access is both an application and an API that users and programmers can employ to store system passwords and other information. Keychain Access encrypts all stored data within a file called a keychain and provides easy global access to it by unlocking the keychain when needed.


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