If you already own a Mac, this post is probaby not for you — because you already know how easy it is to install a program on your computer. Rather, this post is for those who are contemplating getting a Mac and just aren’t sure how installing a program on a Mac compares to doing so on a PC. As with the vast majority of all things Mac, this process is ultra simple.
- Generally, you will download the application, and it will come in the form of a *.dmg file onto your Desktop.
- You then double-click the *.dmg file, which mounts the disk image, which looks like a little hard drive.
- You then double-click the disk image to view its contents, which will include the application and any “read me” files.
- Finally, drag the application file into your Applications folder.
As a security precaution, Mac OS X will ask you for your password before letting you install any application. Yes, it is a little bit of a pain to have to go through this step each time you install something, but then again, it gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside that your Mac wants to keep itself safe and secure.
Also, if you want to place the application icon in your Dock, you can either (a) drag the application’s icon to the Dock and drop it there or (b) start the application, right click on its icon in the Dock, and select Keep in Dock.
The Silver Mac blog has a great post on installing applications, which includes an illustrated step-by-step guide. If you want to know more (or see this process in action), check it out by clicking HERE.