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David Pogue
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October 30, 2011 1449397492 978-1449397494 1

With Lion, Apple has unleashed the most innovative version of Mac OS X yet—and once again, David Pogue brings his humor and expertise to the #1 bestselling Mac book. Mac OS X 10.7 completely transforms the Mac user interface with multi-touch gestures borrowed from the iPhone and iPad, and includes more 250 brand-new features. This book reveals them all with a wealth of insight and detail--and even does a deep dive into iCloud, Apple's wireless, free syncing service for Macs, PCs, iPhones, and iPads.

  • Perfect for newcomers. Get crystal-clear, jargon-free introduction to the Dock, the Mac OS X folder structure, Safari, Mail, and iCloud.
  • Go in-depth. Learn how use key new features such as full-screen apps, Mission Control, the new Mac App Store, Launchpad, Resume, Auto Save, Versions, AirDrop, and more. Are you even more of a power user? Learn to set up a network, make a Lion flash drive, and even learn the basics of Lion's underlying Unix.

Theres something new on practically every page of this new edition, and David Pogue brings his celebrated wit and expertise to every one of them. Apple's brought a new cat to town, and Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual is the best way to tame it.


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About the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.


Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 932 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (October 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449397492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449397494
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,085 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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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch reference to Lion November 8, 2011
Format:Paperback
I have reviewed or at least read every Mac OS X Missing Manual since the Panther version of 2003 and I have said pretty much the same thing about them all-you can't get a better written or more useful manual anywhere. This volume covers the latest Apple desktop operating system, OS 10.7, generally referred to generally as "Lion." It also covers the cloud-based server iCloud, Apple's successor to Mobile Me.

The Missing Manuals utilize a fantastic template of structure, graphical features, unusually useful appendices, and terrific writing style. The book describes the features of the operating system; illustrates with plentiful graphics, charts, screenshots; supplements with many extras in sidebar discussions like Power User Tips, Nostalgia Corner, and Gems in the Rough; adds value by providing great practical suggestions on how best to use the features efficiently and thoughtfully; and adds dollops of wit and humor throughout.

In the latest volume, Mr. Pogue covers the 250 or so new features of Lion, highlighting the features which converge Apple's desktop and mobile device operating systems-touch gestures using the trackpad and Apple's Magic Mouse and the new iPad-like interfaces called Launchpad and Home page. The mobile designs introduce a new way to work on the desktop which will appeal to new users but probably veterans as well. Pogue comprehensively discusses both the new and older ways to run the system and applications.

The book also explains the new iCloud server features and how to transfer from the old (but still ticking) Mobile Me with great suggestions on substitutes for the handful of missing features.

In nearly every section he points out in detail how 10.7 differs from earlier systems, even in the smallest ways.
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103 of 112 people found the following review helpful
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Spanning more than 900 pages, this type of book is aimed primarily at the advanced-beginner to intermediate level users of the Mac operating system.

It is printed in black and white, and its topic coverage has more breadth and depth than typical Mac OS X user manuals, such as Mac OS X Lion On Demand, Mac OS X Lion: Visual Quickstart Guide, and Mac OS X Lion: Peachpit Learning Series. The aforementioned books are guides/tutorials, whereas the Missing Manual is a more comprehensive and technical reference. A comparable book to the Missing Manual would be Mac OS X Lion Bible, which is of similar size and coverage. Information density per page is high and there is no color, as well as fewer and smaller size graphics/screenshots. Although this is a thick book of technical nature, David Pogue's often witty and non-textbook-like writing style makes it easy even for beginners.

To determine your most suitable book, you can examine the contents, layout, and organization of each book by clicking "Click To Look Inside" on the book's Amazon page. You can also assess the amount of book revision/update by searching for Lion-specific features such as FaceTime, Mission Control, iCloud, etc. and see how much information can be found.

I have purchased the Mac OS X Missing Manual series for Leopard, Snow Leopard, and now Lion. For the first two, I had preferred buying the paper version, but this time I chose the Kindle format instead. I not only save about 30% compared to the paper-based book, I also enjoy the convenience and vastly increased usability. There is no bulk and weight of the physical book.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting the most out of Mac OS X Lion November 3, 2011
Format:Paperback
For anyone who has read David Pogue's Missing manual OS X series knows the quality and value of the book and Missing Manual OS X Lion is no exception.

Pogue's easy, and humorous writing style make this series the easiest to read. Having read a lot of dry technical books I really appreciate this.

Pogue kept the sidebar subjects in Lion like "gems in the rough" that walks the user through using keyboard shortcuts as an alternate to using the mouse. "Up to speed" walks the user through finding things faster. FAQ's. "Power Users clinic" This side bar walks the users through things like creating their own icons to how to more effectively search and run queries based on specific criteria and doing more granular searches then using Spotlight by it's self. etc. I have found these sidebar's to be very useful over the years.

All of the new key functionality is covered in Missing Manual Lion like: Airdrop, launch pad, Mission control, Face time, Resume, iCloud, Lion server as well as some existing features that have been enhanced like accessibility, system preferences. printing, auto saving, time machine, networking etc.

Where this series continues to excel at is security and networking, being an IT guy this is very important. I think though that the basic user will find a wide range of topics that Missing Manual Lion covers will be invaluable.

A lot of the book is a rehash of the Snow Leopard book and that's ok, A lot of the value in Missing Manual Lion is in the new features. In the past the Missing Manual books have geared a little more to the technical side but series really has transitioned to something more of a users manual which I think works well. It makes it a better book for most users. Pogue keeps this series at about 900 pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helps a lot
This has helped a lot with my mac. It is the first time I have ever used one and the book explains a lot.
Published 1 month ago by BL
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource for transition from PC to Mac
I bought this for my 81-year-old father, who just received a hand-me-down Mac desktop to replace his faltering Windows system. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NB1
5.0 out of 5 stars Mac OS X Lion manual
So far what I have read has been helpful as I bought my computer used with no manual and I never used a Mac before.
Published 4 months ago by Edward Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Always learning more on my Apple items. This book is very good about explaining all parts of the Mac OS X Lion. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 5 months ago by Brenda S. Geist
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book and easy to use
The book is fantastic for someone like me who needs step by step guide to using their computor and so easy to use
Published 7 months ago by Marcia Phillibert
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful tool
David Pogue is always helpful, full of interesting and informative tips as well as good information regarding the basics and navigation.
Published 7 months ago by internet addicted
5.0 out of 5 stars David Pogue at doing what he does best , writing about Mac products ....
This man is the best at describing anything needed for the Mac products .
I haven't had the opportunity to read all this and apply but will soon as possible , and so far he is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by LUVZ 2 READ
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
Plus-es are Too Numerous To Count (TNTC). Drawbacks... one. I bought it so late that Apple came out with Mountain Lion before I got done with the book.
Published 10 months ago by Sparkys_Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Right name for the book
This manual is as advertised. I kept it on my desk as a quick reference. Now I need one for Mountain Lion.
Published 10 months ago by carl jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Mac Manuel
As you do not get a manual with the Mac desktop computer, this 'Missing Manual' is a must, its only 2' thick and can also be used as a door stop. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. A. Jackson
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