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Burn ISO images to CD and DVD using Disk Utility

Software on the internet is sometimes supplied as a disc image in the form of a .iso file. This is a special type of file that contains everything that is on a CD or DVD and instructions for writing it back to a disc. All you need to recreate the original CD or DVD is some software that can read a .iso file and burn the contents to a CD or DVD-R.

Disk Utility, which is bundled with OS X, is capable of burning .iso images to disc, but it isn't obvious how you go about performing this task. Instead of recreating the original disc you can end up with a disc that contains the .iso file! It isn't that difficult to burn the .iso image once you know how it is done.

Assuming that you have a .iso disc image, perhaps downloaded from the internet, go to the Applications folder then open Utilities and finally run Disk Utility. Select File, Open Disk Image and then select the .iso file wherever it is on the hard disk drive (probably the Downloads folder). Select the .iso image in the left-hand disk list and then click the Burn button in the toolbar.

All the usual burning options are available and you can set the writing speed, choose whether to verify the burned data or not, eject the disk or mount it on the desktop. Just click the Burn button and then go and get a coffee while it does the job.

Build up your font favourites

OS X fontsA large number of fonts are provided with OS X and many more are available to purchase or for free on the internet, but you will probably find that you actually only use quite a small number on a faily basis.

Everyone has their favourite fonts and they will use the same ones for the body text and titles in their documents and publications. Other fonts are used only occasionally.

Instead of hunting for your favourite fonts in the font dialog and having to scroll through a long list of items, you can make the task easier by creating a list of your favourites. You can put the most used five or 10 fonts on the favourites list and then they are easier to find and select.

To create your favourites list, open any application that allows you to select fonts. TextEdit will do. Select Format, Font, Show Fonts. Select All Fonts in the Collections list on the left and then fnd and select your favourite font. Click the gear button at the bottom of the dialog and select Add to favorites. Repeat this for the other fonts that you regularly use. Now you can select Favorites in the Collections list on the left and your favourite fonts are listed. In future, go straight to the Favorites collection whenever you need a font. It'll save time and effort.

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