How to Install Software on a Mac


Installing applications on Mac OS X is really easy compared to other devices. However, the approach taken can be confusing at first for many users. There are generally three basic steps when installing a piece of software; Acquire, Un-package, Install. In addition to the instructions presented here, software publishers usually give additional notes with their software that will help you more about the installation of their products. Acquisition, First the software must be acquired. It could be downloaded from a Web site or stored on a CD. Websites like MacUpdate and VersionTracker can be particularly useful for finding software to download. The Get Mac Apps tool is a very important as a first step to perform an automatic installation of substantial applications, before proceeding with individual installations.
Un-package, before any software can be installed, it must first be un-packaged. If you are installing from a CD or any other kind of disk then you can generally just insert the disk into your machine and skip this step. In order to make a downloaded program smaller, software publishers often compress their programs by packaging them in all manner of ways like zipping files, stuffit files or disk images. Installation is the final step of the process is to actually install the software where you want it. Software publishers will give the installation of their software one of two methods. They will give you the application pack to install, or provide an installer.
Installing new software from a disc, just insert the CD or DVD in your computer’s disc drive. Usually, a software installer is opening automatically. If not, double-click the disc icon on your desktop and in the resulting window; look for a file with the word “installer” in the title. Double-click the file to open the installer and follow the onscreen instructions to install the software. You will need to enter an administrator name and password to install software. If your Mac does not have a disc drive, you can share the disc to your computer from a different computer via Remote Disc.
Installing or updating software from a downloaded file, many software installers and updaters that you download from the Internet are disk image files. After you download any file from a website, an installer window will appear. If you don’t see an installer window, double-click the downloaded disk image file to mount the disk image on your desktop. Double-click the disk volume that appears and then double-click the installer or updater file to start the installation process. If you see an application instead of an installer, go to “Installing software from a downloaded file that doesn’t have an installer”. Follow the instructions on the screen to install or update the software. You will need to enter an administrator name and password to install or update software.
Installing software from a downloaded file that doesn’t have an installer, after downloading software, if an installer window doesn’t open automatically or you don’t see a file with the word “installer” anything with the same name when you manually mount the disk image, simply install the software by dragging and dropping the file or folder from the disk image to the Applications folder on your Mac. These types of files already have all the necessary files pre-installed and don’t require a proper installer to install it—or an administrator name and password.

How to Install Software on a Mac

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