Apple continues to improve the subscription-only .Mac service for its over half a million members.

Last night the company delivered a slick new interface for accessing tutorials and other helpful information within its .Mac Learning Center.

The company is also offering members a free chapter from a forthcoming book from O'Reilly called "Inside .Mac".

The .Mac Learning Center now offers brand-new comprehensive .Mac tutorials. Topics include using .Mac Mail to using HomePage: the service also offers new guides to iLife ’04 and Keynote. A selection of Mac OS X 10.3 tutorials is also available.

.Mac Support has also now been fully integrated into Apple's online support and includes email assistance. The new .Mac section features information pages and FAQs for each .Mac application and service, a system status indicator, community discussion boards, and direct searching of the AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Additional assistance is also available using an email form.