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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Peachpit Learning Series 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321635389
ISBN-10: 0321635388
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About the Author

Robin Williams is the author of more than 25 bestselling and award-winning books, including The Little Mac Book, The Non-Designer's Design Book, The Non-Designer's Web Book, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Peachpit Learning Series. Through her writing, teaching and seminars, Robin has influenced a generation of computer users in the areas of design, typography, desktop publishing, the Mac, and the Web.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (September 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321635388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321635389
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,536,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Hartley J. Jackson on September 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent guide to using Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and its applications. Its topics are well illustrated and presented clearly so, like the Mac, they just work.

The topics range from getting to know the Finder Window and using the Dock to Trouble Shooting Your Internet Connection. The applications that come with Snow Leopard are included. iLife and iWork applications are not included.

I enjoyed the great many little features such as control-click an item in the Trash to get an action menu including "Put Back" to restore the item to its last location, and Command-double click any folder in any view to open it in a new separate window. And, try this one yourself, Control-click on any word in TextEdit, or in Pages, for a contextual menu to search for it in Google.

There is excellent coverage of the integration of features in Snow Leopard. As and example the end of a section on Mail lists how it is integrated with Parental Controls, Address Book, iChat, iCal, MobileMeSync, TextEdit, Safari, and Dashboard.

There are instructions for using new Snow Leopard features such as Shared Files, and for retrieving old versions of files using Spotlight in Time Machine.

I was impressed by "Robin and John's Personal Troubleshooting." It provides a description of steps to take in a logical order to resolve most computer problems, except, it says, when you hear your hard disk make a noise and it is time to get to your repair shop.

If you want a quick reference guide to mastering snow leopard that covers most interests, I believe this is one mighty good choice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barebones on February 22, 2010
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Robin Williams never ceases to amaze. As a Mac user for many, many years, it's always wonderful to pick up her latest and see what the new Mac brings. The format is easy to follow and if I need to find how to do something quickly, it's easy to do. Kudos to Ms. Williams and Mr. Tollett.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By snuffer on December 14, 2009
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Good information for a novice user. Organized as a tutorial, with lesson in each chapter. Not much advanced stuff here.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James R. Feil on October 26, 2009
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Since "The Mac Is Not a Typewriter", Robins Williams writes the most reader/user friendly books about how to deal with computers particularly the Macintosh. If she writes the book, I buy it.Amazon has the best prices and delivery system
Jim Feil
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rollis on August 17, 2012
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__This is my second Robin Williams computer book. I like her style and the way she explains the subject. I have had a MacBook Pro for several years and I want to upgrade to OS 10.6, Snow Leopard. Ms Williams text will cover most everything I will ever do with the Mac. Not a book for the professional developer, but just right for beginner, intermediate users.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis O. on March 6, 2013
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I've been a Windows guy for many years. I retired recently so I purchased an iMac out of curiosity. My Mac came with the Snow Leopard operating system, so I bought this ebook. I then installed the free Kindle reader on each of my computers so I could read it no matter which device I was at. I'm nowhere near finished reading it, yet have learned a lot already. The explanations are clear and the colored snapshots help further clarify the subject matter.
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Oops, she did it again. Not really oops, but Robin Williams is the muse that inspires you to learn more about your Mac and how to use it more effectively and this book continues to deliver.

OS X Lion is a significant change in the way you interact with your Mac and for previous Mac users these changes can be a bit intimidating. This book assumes basic knowledge of Macs and computers. No hand holding about how to turn it on or how to use the mouse. You should already be experienced with computing, but not necessarily a Mac. This should be a "switchers" bible, although it doesn't make direct reference to PC to Mac transition, it does tell you how to do typical tasks such as email, browsing and file management on he Mac platform.

The book takes the reader through the key aspects of Lion such as the Finder, iCal, Address Book and the slew of other programs that come with it such as TextEdit, Preview and iChat and incorporates how new features such as Gestures, Resume, and Mission Control changes the Mac experience for the better.

Rounding out the end of the book are chapters about how to use system wide features such as data detectors and pdf as well as some great guides to troubleshooting and personalizing your Mac and most important, Time Machine backups.

Typical of anything Robin Williams is involved in, this book has a vivid, elegant and simple layout that makes for an enjoyable read. Too often tech books are either terribly text heavy or have so many screen shots that you feel like you are reading a comic book. Mac OS X Lion dances that line between the two quite well. Excellent examples with detailed textual descriptions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 007 on November 22, 2013
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Well-written and useful. I've been using Snow Leopard since it came out (several years ago) and was surprised to learn exactly how much I didn't know!
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