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Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide Paperback – November 16, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0596529819 ISBN-10: 0596529813 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 5th edition (November 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596529813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596529819
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,801,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chuck Toporek is a long-time Mac user. When not strapped to his desk, editing the latest tech book, he can be found riding his mountain bike, writing, out taking pictures somewhere, or watching cartoons.

Customer Reviews

Overall, I'd recommend this book for those new to Macs.
E. F. Paredes
I'll give it three stars because there's nothing WRONG with it, no inaccuracies that I noticed, nothing misleading or badly done; it's just too little and too basic.
Anthony Lawrence
Great little book for reference when you are on the road...It packs snugly with your laptop...
Julie Nelson

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By John A. Suda VINE VOICE on December 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mac OS 10 Leopard: Pocket Guide is another in the O'Reilly series of competently-done, nicely produced, easy-to-use guides to consumer software and hardware. This book is a guide to using Apple's latest computer operating system, OS 10.5, popularly known as "Leopard."

Leopard has hundreds of new improvements over its predecessor although most of them are merely tweaks and revisions of existing features. There are, however, 150 new features and this book highlights the major ones like Time Machine, the backup program; Spaces, the virtual desktop view; Stacks, the look inside folder in the Dock; QuickView, the mini viewer; and Cover Flow, the new navigation tool.

Author, Chuck Toporek, is a Mac geek and an experienced writer who has designed the book for new users to the Mac and for existing Mac users who need to get up to speed with Leopard . He writes clearly and succinctly. After an introduction to Leopard, the book provides a basic guide to setting up a Leopard computer for use and configuring the user, network, security and system preferences and settings. There is a list of most of the Leopard-included applications and utilities with brief descriptions of them. The most significant applications comprise the iLife suite of web browser, mail, calendar, chat program, and others.

The author covers all of the basic matters dealing with using Leopard, but there is nothing covered in depth. For that, one can refer to O'Reilly's "Missing Manual" series book on Leopard.

The Pocket Guide is a quick and easy read, but most likely useful as a handy reference when needed. It has numerous illustrations and, screenshots, tables and charts, and a dozen or so pages of keyboard shortcuts for system and application usages.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tim Robertson VINE VOICE on December 17, 2007
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Like previous versions of Chuck Toporek's Pocket OS X guides, Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide packs a lot of useful information into a compact format. If you travel a lot you might find yourself thinking of this little book as a handy security blanket.

New features of OS X, such as Time Machine, Spaces, Quick Look, and Stacks are covered in Chapter 1 along with changes to Finder, iChat, iCal, and Mail. A reader who is new to Leopard (and aren't we all?) may find it reassuring to have a copy of Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide with them as a memory-jogger on how to use new features.

Chapters 2 and 3 are devoted primarily to Mac OS basics, shortcuts and, security issues and features. Readers who are new to the Mac will find many of their questions answered here. For more experienced users, the Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide will help them sort out new wrinkles that Leopard has introduced.

For example, the built-in Help menu in OS X now has a Search field. Leopard has introduced some changes to the Dock, such as Stacks and a Downloads folder. Spotlight has become faster with Leopard and is capable of doing more comprehensive searches. Spotlight can even search attached external FireWire drives. Readers who gave up on using Spotlight with Tiger may want to give another try, and the Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide gives succinct instructions in its use.

Chapter 4 is devoted to System Preferences. Even here you may find that Leopard has thrown a few curve-balls that are covered in the Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide. The Security pane has new features, such as the ability to disable the IR sensor of a MacBook or MacBook Pro to avoid vulnerability to external devices.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By college_student on December 17, 2007
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I have been an Apple/Mac user for over 20 years and I have to say I have gone through the various upgrades wo looking at them and without really exploring all the new features. I never learned how to use "smart folders" and other such features. I just upgraded my eMac to Leopard and purchased a MacBook with Leopard installed and when I started seeing that there were hundreds of new features and such features as "Time Machine," "Photobooth," (is that new?), "Spaces," "Stacks" etc. I thought it is time to bring myself into the 21st century.So I purchased this book, something which I find to be short and sweet, very helpful and well worth the $10 and cents.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Lawrence VINE VOICE on December 10, 2007
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I hate to be negative about an O'Reilly book because they have brought so many really excellent titles to us. However, this book is nearly pointless: it really doesn't offer much more than the booklets that come packed with your Mac or OS X upgrade.

The earlier review here suggested it might be useful for new users or Windows switchers - maybe, but again, I can't see it being very useful. And I definitely don't see it sitting close at hand as a reference..

Gosh, I hate finding nothing to praise here, but that's the way I see it. I'll give it three stars because there's nothing WRONG with it, no inaccuracies that I noticed, nothing misleading or badly done; it's just too little and too basic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Markow on February 8, 2008
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This book is really good for anyone with a Mac. You can learn the basics if you are a new Mac user, and you can learn the important functions of the new Leopard operating system without all of the unnecessary technical details.
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More About the Author

By day, Chuck Toporek is a Documentation Wrangler with The Omni Group in Seattle. His former posts include Lead Editor in the Developer Publications group at Apple, Senior Acquisitions Editor for Addison-Wesley, an imprint of Pearson Education, Inc., and as a Senior Editor with O'Reilly Media, Inc. Chuck has written books for Mac users for O'Reilly Media and irregularly posts stuff to his blog, at chuckdude.com.

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