Advice from this leading Mac authority helps you if you're new to the Mac and need to get up to speed fast. For starters, you definitely need to know a few basics about the software suite that came with your iMac or iBook. Try spreadsheets and word processing, and then add drawings and charts. But if you really want to impress your peers, whip out your AppleWorks paintbrushes and palettes. And you'll be fully wielding your new creation tool when you set up an address book database, design a Web page, or build a business presentation.