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Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual [Paperback]

by David Pogue
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Book Description

December 15, 2007 059652952X 978-0596529529 1
With Leopard, Apple has unleashed the greatest version of Mac OS X yet, and David Pogue is back with another meticulous Missing Manual to cover the operating system with a wealth of detail. The new Mac OS X 10.5, better known as Leopard, is faster than its predecessors, but nothing's too fast for Pogue and this Missing Manual. It's just one of reasons this is the most popular computer book of all time. Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition is the authoritative book for Mac users of all technical levels and experience. If you're new to the Mac, this book gives you a crystal-clear, jargon-free introduction to the Dock, the Mac OS X folder structure, and the Mail application. There are also mini-manuals on iLife applications such as iMovie, iDVD, and iPhoto, and a tutorial for Safari, Mac's web browser. This Missing Manual book is amusing and fun to read, but Pogue doesn't take his subject lightly. Which new Leopard features work well and which do not? What should you look for? What should you avoid? Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition offers an objective and straightforward instruction for using:
  • Leopard's totally revamped Finder Spaces to group your windows and organize your Mac tasks
  • Quick Look to view files before you open them
  • The Time Machine, Leopard's new backup feature
  • Spotlight to search for and find anything in your Mac
  • Front Row, a new way to enjoy music, photos, and videos
  • Enhanced Parental Controls that come with Leopard Quick tips for setting up and configuring your Mac to make it your own
There's something new on practically every page of this new edition, and David Pogue brings his celebrated wit and expertise to every one of them. Mac's brought a new cat to town and Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition is a great new way to tame it.

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About the Author

David Pogue is one of America's best-selling how-to authors, with nearly 3 million books in print. David is the creator of the Missing Manual series and the weekly computer columnist for the New York Times.

Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059652952X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596529529
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column and an online video. His daily blog, "Pogue's Posts," is the Times's most popular blog. David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News and a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His trademark comic tech videos appear each Thursday morning on CNBC. With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 60 titles. David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's been profiled on both "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes."

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310 of 317 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Pogue press December 18, 2007
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Pogues' books on Mac keep getting better and better. This book covers all of the features in Leopard in detail. For those that have used Tiger the missing manual will not be disappointed at all by this book.

For the new Mac user this book covers all of the essentials to get started. It also gives you the tools to go in depth with Leopard. For the experienced Mac users there is still so much valuable information here to make it well worth the purchase. All of the applications that come with Tiger are covered in good detail. Dash board, Spotlight, Apple remote desktop, Sherlock, iTunes, iSync, iChat .Mac, Safari RSS for internet feeds, iDVD, iChat, iPhoto, iCal, iMic, iMovie, iDisk, iSync and iTunes, Apple Script and Image Capture to name a few.

Also covered in detail is converting from Windows to Mac for the new Mac user.
Creating user accounts is covered along with file and directory permissions, configuring the user environment and user preferences, passwords and other elements of security.
The Intel chip set is covered in detail.

There are a myriad of new features and features that have been changed or have been enhanced. There are so many new features that are not intuitive in Leopard. This book helps you through these with ease. Throughout the book there are There are lots of well placed screen shots to guide you.

The book is methodically laid out in an order that makes sense. It is filled with tips and how to's. For the user coming from Windows to Mac this book will be a tremendous help. It will really simplify things that could be fairly daunting. Even for the veteran Mac user this book will be very handy.
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My iMac should have come with this manual December 22, 2007
As a new iMac owner and a refugee from the Windows world, I've found this book to be invaluable for figuring out the inner workings of my new machine. I originally thought that I wouldn't need a book, that everything would be intuitive and easy to understand. But there are some things that you just need a book for, learning the keyboard shortcuts, what each application does, what the file structure looks like, etc.

This book is very entertaining and fun to read. Pogue has a good sense of humor and does a great job pointing out the features of this OS. I've found countless "Oh, that's how you do it!" tips so far, from the mundane "How do you right-click?" to the expert "How do I share the network with my Windows XP, Vista, and various Linux machines?" He covers it all--and I mean ALL.

I can't recommend this book highly enough, especially for new computer users and those of us switching from Windows machines. I'm Windows, Unix, and Linux certified up the wazoo, and even I needed this book to get me going. There are so very many tips and tricks that you will learn--things that make sense and which enhance your experience with this well-crafted OS. Every penny spent on this book will have been well worth it.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No better Manual for OS X Leopard January 3, 2008
The preeminent general reference source for Mac OS 10 has always been the "Missing Manual Series" written by David Pogue. The latest iteration in the series is its Mac OS 10 Leopard Edition, completely revised, and it is the biggest, most comprehensive, and most useful of all the editions in the series. It covers the OS X desktop and file system, the free applications included with the OS X installation, the system components and technologies, networking and online features and components, and includes welcome appendices on installation, troubleshooting, Windows/Mac comparisons, and a "Master Keystroke" list.

Every one of the editions has been exceedingly well-designed and written combining serious treatment of subject content with style, wit, and humor, as well as honest evaluation and critique of features of the Mac operating system. All of the OS X Missing Manuals have addressed issues for a broad range of users, from the lightly experienced, the intermediate, and for power users. For the most part, however, the primary focus of each edition has been on the less experienced users. This has changed with the Leopard edition.

There seems to have been a deliberate effort to make the book more appealing and useful to upper-end users without losing any utility at all for others. There seems to be more material for power users- -there are more "Power Users Guides" providing advanced information and techniques, more UNIX references for those willing and able to take avail of the UNIX kernel underlying the operating system, more identifications of keyboard shortcuts, and more disclosure of undocumented and advanced features than in previous editions.
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! December 26, 2007
David Pogue writes well, but what's special about this is that it covers details that most authors wouldn't bother with. I've been a Mac OS X user since 2003, and upgraded to Leopard the moment it was available and yet I was absolutely astonished by how much I learned - this is just packed with tips!

As an old Unix hand, I was happy to see that David included an excellent chapter on Terminal and Unix in general; too many Mac books ignore the Unix underpinnings or gloss over it.

Definitely recommended for anyone using Leopard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pogue's the MAC Master
Always reliable. I have several of his MAC books, all quite thick & full of details. There's very little you might seek that you won't find in this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jan Cambria
3.0 out of 5 stars not tech savy
I guess I can't say a lot since I've not really dealt into this book. I am overwhelmed by it. I'd really like someone to sit next to me and go through the whole book with me while... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kim
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I am old and in spite of teaching online courses effectively, I struggle with technology; more step one, step two would be helpful. Read more
Published 5 months ago by william Hoyt
5.0 out of 5 stars the missing manual
i have yet to read thru the entire book but what i have read has definitely come in handy. i recommend buying it.
Published 6 months ago by GCook
5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Manuals Are Great Helpers
This was my first 'Missing Manual', but certainly has not been my last. Whenever I get stuck trying to figure out a program, I now look for it's 'Missing Manual.
Published 10 months ago by F Jane Hagan
4.0 out of 5 stars My leopard is gone now
This is an old manual, came in handily sometimes, I have now graduated to the next system .. No longer need it
Published 11 months ago by Joyce A. Wenk
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK
Published 14 months ago by bwana41
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent handbook
I am a MAC person and I needed a manual for this OSX. I have several other manuals by the same authers
Published 16 months ago by D. Bischel
2.0 out of 5 stars User friendly Apple, BAH Humbug
Just like all these manuals. So big you can't find anything. Perhaps I am just too dumb for today's technology. I still prefer WINDOWS XP. I'm an old dog who cannot learn new trix.
Published 16 months ago by Paul D. Van Voorhees
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Product as Advertised, Good Price, Packed well and Fast Ship. Nice Transaction would do it again.

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Published 16 months ago by Michael Pharo
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