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BTO130 Lab 2 (due Tue Oct 13)


BTO130 Lab 2
Due on Tuesday October 13 at the beginning of class

 

BTO130 Lab 2 (Apple Mac platform and Mac OS X operating system)

Assigned on Thu Oct 8 (Section A) / Fri Oct 9 (Section B) 
Due on Tuesday October 13 at the beginning of class
Grade value is 2% of your final course grade

Write your answers in the spaces provided, and return this document to your professor.

 

Objectives

This lab has the following objectives:

  • To familiarize you with a Macintosh
  • Introduction to Mac OS X
  • Finder operations
  • Application and utility operations 

This document will be printed and distributed in class. You will need to write answers in the spaces provided below.

Do your own work. Follow the College’s Academic Honesty policy.

 

Getting started

Power on your computer, and login if necessary. Most of the class/lab Macs use a generic user "cs" with no password. (Library Macs typically require you to enter your My.Seneca credentials.)

 


 

Screen captures

To complete this lab, you must capture some screen images. You will then send the images to me by email. This section teaches (reminds) you how to do this on a Mac.

You have three screen area capture options:

  1. Capture the screen
  2. Capture a selected window
  3. Capture a selected rectangular area

You have two options for saving your screen area capture:

  1. On the desktop, as a PNG image
  2. On the (in-memory) clipboard, ready for pasting

The following table tells you how to do it. The ⌘ symbol is the Mac’s "command" key. The ⇑ symbol is the "shift" key.

  Save to
the desktop
Save to
the clipboard
Screen

⌘-⇑-3
(command shift 3)
Your capture is then saved to the desktop

Press the Ctrl key in addition to the other keys
Then you can ⌘-V (paste) the clipboard’s contents to a suitable location

Selected window

⌘-⇑-4
The mouse pointer’s appearance changes (to a "locator")
Move the pointer over the window you want to capture
Press the spacebar, and the pointer’s appearance changes (to a "camera")
Click the mouse
Your capture is then saved to the desktop

As above
Selected rectangular area

⌘-⇑-4
The mouse pointer’s appearance changes (to a "locator")
Click-and-drag the pointer over the rectangular area
When you release the mouse button, your capture is then saved to the desktop

As above

 

The desktop

In OS X, the Finder is the graphical user interface. When you login, the desktop appears. Notice the menu title (upper-left area); it will say Finder in bold type. (As you know, Explorer implements this functionality in Windows.) Depending upon the saved desktop state of the previous user session, you may, or may not, have a Finder window on your desktop. If you don’t, press ⌘-N to open one.

If you open a new Finder window (⌘-N, or File > New Finder Window), you will notice a "home" icon, with a user name beside it, in the left-side folder list. Click it, and you will see the contents of your user profile. Notice that this is organized in a way similar to a Windows Vista user profile.

 

Internet browsers

The College Macs have two internet browsers installed: Apple Safari, and Mozilla Firefox. They work in a familiar way to their Windows versions, after considering operating system differences. For example, when you place the cursor in a text entry field, and you want to select the existing content in order to replace it, you press ⌘-A (select all), and then begin typing. While this is similar to Windows’ Ctrl+A, the Windows Shift+Home (or End) won’t work – instead, use Command+right-arrow.

Make sure that you can use a Mac browser effectively. You will need to use one to logon to My.Seneca and send me a message with attachments (described below) to earn marks in this lab exercise.

 

Compare Mac OS X and Windows operations 

In this part of the lab exercise, you will report on some comparisons of Mac OS X and Windows operations. The comparisons will focus on locating and using operating system features and functions. In some comparisons, you will simply write your findings in the space provided, and in others, you will capture some information (graphical or textual) and send it to me by email.

Finding and running applications

If you open a new Finder window, you will notice Applications in the left-side folder list.

Locate Microsoft Word, start it, and create a document. At the top of the document, type your name, and today’s current date and time. Save the document (in your Documents folder), and close it. Keep the document open, because you will add more content to it later.

Where does the document get saved? __________________________________________

Locate TextEdit. Start it with a keyboard shortcut. Similar to above, at the top of the document, type your name, and today’s current date and time. Save the document (in your Documents folder). Keep the document open, because you will add more content to it later.

What keyboard shortcut did you use to start the application? __________________________________________

Finding and running utilities

Switch to a Finder window. On the Go menu, select Utilities. (Notice the keyboard shortcuts. All begin with ⌘-⇑; then A, U, C, H, or K.)

Locate Activity Monitor, and start it.

Which Windows utility offers similar functionality? __________________________________________

Screen capture only the the Activity Monitor window, and save it to the desktop.

Select one of the running processes (maybe the TextEdit process or the Word process). Click/select Inspect. Screen capture only the process’ inspection window, and save it to the desktop.

In the list of utilities, locate Terminal, and start it. Login to matrix or phobos.

Screen capture only the Terminal window, and save it to the clipboard. Paste it into the Word document you started above, and save the document again using a keyboard shortcut.

What keyboard shortcut did you use to save the document? __________________________________________

Get info

In Finder, show your Documents folder. Locate the TextEdit document that you are working on.

Show the Get Info dialog. Expand its General, More info, Name & Extension, Preview, and Ownership and Permissions sections. Screen capture only the document’s Get Info window, and save it to the clipboard. Paste it into the TextEdit document, and save the document again.

What keyboard shortcut did you use to show Get Info? __________________________________________ 

 

Completing this lab exercise

Save and close your Word and TextEdit documents.

Write your name on the upper-right of this lab’s first page, and then submit it to your professor by the due date and time.

Send your professor an email as follows:

  • The subject line will be: BTO130 Lab 2 attachments
  • Attach the screen captures and documents that you created above

You’re done. Logout (or stay to explore more about Mac OS X).

______________________________________________________________

 

Conclusion

Hope you enjoyed your tour of the Mac OS X.

Remember that you can access the College Macs any time you want. Feel free to explore!

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