Utilities folder

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  1. imabs

    imabs Active Member

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    What are the uses of the apps in the Utility folder.

    Disk Utility is for reformating, repair and verification of Harddisk. that's all i use. how about the other apps, what's their use for you?

    i'd like to know from you. Thanks.
     
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    I use Directory Utility to manage access to the different directory services (e.g., Active Directory) on our WIndows-based network at the office. And Network Utility mostly to 'ping' sites or servers that I'm having a problem with (i.e., to chekc if the'yre up).

    You could use Keychain Access to view and manage (clean up) the saved passwords and other certificates that Safari and other apps use. As for the rest of the apps, I rarely get to use them, if at all.
     
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    Activity Monitor - Let’s you know what is going on with your computer. It can let you know where your memory and CPU is being used most. This is useful when there is an app that won’t quit or a document that can’t be trashed because it is “in use.” Fire up Activity monitor and you can kill that process.

    Airport Admin Utility - The application will let you configure your Apple Airport products.

    Airport Setup Assistant - This app is used when you first set up your Airport product. It’s an easy wizard for setup.

    Audio MIDI Setup - You can use Audio MIDI Setup to configure the audio input and output devices you use with your computer, such as microphones and audio playback equipment.

    Bluetooth File Exchange
    - If you have a cell phone or PDA with bluetooth, this application makes it very easy to send files back and forth. This is a great way to take your photos off of your phone, or to add ringtones to your phone.

    Colorsync Utility - This app gives you access to to Apple’s Colorsync specs. In this app you can set different profiles. There is also a nifty calculator that can convert between RGB and CMYK.

    Console - This gives you a “behind the scenes” look at your Mac. While you see all the pretty pictures and graphics of Mac OS X, there is a ton happening in the background. Console lets you watch that. It’s especially helpful to see error or status messages.

    Digitalcolor Meter - If you are preparing your work for professional printing and you have an Apple monitor, you can use DigitalColor Meter to match the color on your screen against several industry standards.

    Directory Access - Lists the different kinds of services that Mac OS X can access. The list includes directory services, which give Mac OS X access to user information and other administrative data stored in directory domains. The list also includes kinds of network services that Mac OS X can discover on the network.

    Disk Utility - There is all kinds of power in the Disk Utility. Here you can reformat a disk, check and fix permissions, and so many other things.

    Grab - will let you “grab” screenshots of your Mac. Of course, you can already do this with key combination, but Grab does have one nice feature. You can do a timed grab. Start the timer and ten second later the Mac will grab a screenshot.

    Grapher - It lets you create 2D and 3D graphs from equations.
    OS 9 came with a graphing calculator. OS X versions before Tiger had no graphing options. But, with Mac OS X Tiger, we now have Grapher.

    Installer - You’ve probably used Installed a hundred times and didn’t know it. Whenever you download a new application that comes in a package or a metapackage, Installer makes it possible to install that application.

    Keychain Access - It gives you access to the keychain. Anytime you save a password to a site or a server or anything on the Mac, it is stored in the keychain. If you forget one of those passwords and it isn’t filling in automatically, you can access keychain with this application and find your password.

    Migration Assistant - This is simply one of the most amazing applications. If you’ve ever purchased a new Mac and migrated from your old one, this is the app you used. You can also use it to get a use from a different machine.

    Netinfo Manager - Netinfo is the built-in Mac OS X directory system. It stores information about users and resources and makes it available to Mac OS X processes that want to use it. This application helps you manage it.

    Network Utility - It makes it easy to ping machines, lookup name server and DNS, do traceroutes, port scans, etc. It also is a quick way to find info on your Network interfaces. (e.g., ethernet, airport, etc)

    ODBC Administrtator - This will give you access to database management systems using Open Database Connectivity standards.

    Printer Setup Utility - When you get that new printer and hook it to your Mac, this app comes to the rescue. It will lead you along to get the printer working.

    System Profiler - If you need information about your Mac, here is the place to come. It will tell you about your RAM and your drives and your processors and anything thing else you’d need.

    Terminal
    - This is the gateway to the true power of Mac OS X. It is a terminal emulator that will let you use the Unix base of Mac OS X. I use this most often to connect via SSH and to set the crontab of my machine, but there are thousands more reason to use it.

    VoiceOver Utility - Voiceover is a Mac OS X feature that lets you interact with your Mac via voice. It will read the text of websites, email, and documents. It also allows you to control your Mac using audible commands.

    Thanks to this site: http://www.freemacblog.com/exploring-the-utilities-folder-on-your-mac/ :cool:
     
  4. imabs

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    thanks guys. this is a post worth remembering. i not used to read the whole Mac Manual. i just learned to use them through others with a mac.
     

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