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Mac Kung Fu: Over 300 Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for OS X Lion (Pragmatic Programmers) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1934356821
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About the Author

Keir Thomas is an award-winning author with over ten computing books to his name. A former computer magazine editor, his work has been published and translated around the world, and he has blogged professionally for the MacWorld and PCWorld websites. He previously wrote the best-selling Ubuntu Kung Fu for Pragmatic Bookshelf.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pragmatic Programmers
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (November 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356821
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,021,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew Kavanagh on December 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Mac Kung Fu jumps right into unknown tips and tricks utilizing the very helpful
but mostly overlooked Terminal app. The variety of scripts suggested to run in Terminal
will have you feeling like a hacker in no time as you change many of the settings on your Mac.

Various keyboard shortcuts including the shortcuts for common symbols and characters
will noticeably speed up your everyday monotonous tasks.

Terminal hacks and keyboard shortcuts not enough for you?
Automator is also introduced, and I find the batch process of renaming a series of photos particularly helpful.
Also general preference changes are scattered throughout this book, with some of my favorites on using the Spotlight search feature.

This is a clever book with lots of great tips, tricks, hints, and hacks!
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This book is really good to view several hundred Mac tips that really work. Of the 300 and something tips, I found a little less than half appeal to me, only because they aren't my interest right now, not because the tips aren't any good.I think it's a good little book to have in your library for Macs. It's not something you will be pulling out every day, not will you constantly be leaving the book in the corner. I'd suggest my method. Go though the entire book and highlight the tips you find useful and implement them. If you are pretty technical, you could probably expand these tips for even more personalization

I would buy this book again!
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I was blown away by this book. Just awesome. I've been using a Mac since 2008 but I learned all kinds of new things. There's also loads of secret commands that let you totally personalise your Mac. The author does an excellent job of explaining everything in really simple language too. Highly recommended. I don't think there's any other book like this out there.
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I consider myself an intermediate-to-advanced Mac user. I've used Macs exclusively at home for 5 years now, and have an iPhone, iPad, iMac along with my MacBook.

Despite my Mac knowledge, I was pleased to learn quite a few tips/tricks that were new to me! Usually if such a book had 4-5 tidbits that I could pick up, I'd stumble my way through the book and consider it a success. I am not completely through this book yet, but from lesson 1 (how to display the iTunes track and artist as a hover window when the track changes) onward, all have been practical and easy to implement. And it is written in such a way that (a) a beginner could understand, and (b) it keeps your attention.

If you're looking for a specific tip or trick, check the table of contents first. But if you're looking to increase your overall Mac proficiency and efficiency, GET THIS BOOK!

Jon
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I have been using Macs since 1986 and have read dozens of books about using Macs, and I have found this book extremely useful and informative. I have never read this type of books before.

Usually I only find ten or twenty useful tips out of one hundred tips listed in such kind of books. But this book is full of useful tips. It is true that there are some basic tips (about 20%, maybe) but there are lots and lots of tips that are useful, interesting, and sometimes enjoyable.

Let me give you an example. I did not know that you can drag the document name displayed on the title bar of a document window so that you can open the document with another application. It is very handy!
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I had just bought a Mac Mini that came with Lion, and was looking for a good book of hints and tips that weren't the usual everyday stuff. I got this book from the library to see if it was what I was looking for, and it was! I hadn't even read half of it before I went to Amazon and bought a copy for myself.

I think this will still be a valuable reference for people who have Mountain Lion. Don't pass it by if you've got the newer OS. It's worth it.
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