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Mac OS X Tiger For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Bob LeVitus
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Book Description

Mac OS X just keeps getting better! The newest cat in the pack,10.4 Tiger, has new bells and whistles and terrific updates thatmake it even easier and more fun to use, which is why youwon’t want to miss out on the helpful guidance this book hasto offer.

Written by “Dr. Mac” himself, veteran Macintoshexpert Bob LeVitus, Mac OS X Tiger For Dummies is perfectwhether you’re brand-new to the Mac or you’re alongtime Mac-thusiast. You’ll find sections on

  • Basic Mac usage, including keyboard and mouse, menus, windows,the Dock,  saving and backing up files, and getting around OSX
  • Internet ins and outs, how to print from your Mac, and the howand why of System Preferences
  • How to set up a network, share files, and troubleshootproblems
  • Step-by-step installation instructions for OS X, and a lotmore

Bob LeVitus reaches over a million readers weekly with his“Dr. Mac” column in the Houston Chronicle, andhis books have sold more than a million copies worldwide.  Inthis one, he helps you

  • Find your way around the new Finder, go Web surfing with thecool new Safari browser, and search smarter with Spotlight
  • Use Preferences to personalize your system for the way youwork
  • Handle removable media, including CDs, DVDs, and even classicdevices like zip drives
  • Manage files, use file sharing, and protect your precious data—painlessly
  • Take advantage of Dashboard widgets, navigate nested folders,and make the most of Tiger

With the friendly and expert advice in this book, you’lltame the Tiger in no time.  Then, when you’re ready todelve deeper into some of the specific applications like digitalmedia, check out other For Dummies guides, includingiLife '04 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (ISBN0-7645-7347-0).

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"...with the friendly and expert advice in this book you'll tame the Tiger in no time..." (Mac User, July 2006)

From the Back Cover

Back up regularly, share your Mac, and navigate nested folders

Find your way around the Finder, go on a Web surfin' Safari, and dominate your Dock

Hold that Tiger! Whether this is your first meeting with a Mac or you're a longtime Mac-thusiast, here's how to get up to speed quickly with Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger. From finding the "on" button (it CAN be challenging!) to networking your Mac and backing up your files, it's just what the doctor ordered.

Discover how to

  • Work faster with aliases, icons, and stickies
  • Search smarter with Spotlight
  • Personalize with System Preferences
  • Set up file sharing
  • Use Dashboard widgets
  • Protect your precious data

Product Details

  • File Size: 10882 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,614,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Ronald
Review by Ronald Schoedel

Once again, the "for Dummies" series has come to the rescue of newbies and others who just want to learn more about their Macs. I am not a newbie. I've owned Macs for well over a decade. Even so, "Tiger for Dummies" had some great tidbits of knowledge that I was reading and learning for the first time. I always enjoy reading articles and books by "Dr. Mac" Bob Levitus, too. His style is easy-going and helpful, and he doesn't assume you know more than you likely do.

The true test of a "Dummies" book, however, is how much it helps someone unfamiliar with the Mac become a more efficient and better-informed user. The book is broken down into a number of tasks, and then walks the reader through a task step by step. Playful icons guide the reader through the task, warn of potential pitfalls, clarify matters, and direct the reader to additional software or resources that may be helpful.

"Mac OS X Tiger for Dummies" will help you configure a printer, get on the internet, use cool new internet services, get the most out of the included software on your Mac, and navigate the system preferences, explaining in detail (but not too much detail to bore you) many of the customization options your Mac has available. You will learn about Spotlight and how to find anything on your Mac exceptionally quickly. You will learn about downloading and installing Widgets to complement the ones Apple provides in the default Dashboard. Dr. Mac will also explain to you the Finder and the metaphors common to the Macintosh experience (concepts such as documents, the desktop, folders, windows, icons and menus).
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay but there are better books August 1, 2005
"Dr. Mac" has been a fixture in the Macintosh world for about as long as Macs have been around. He certainly knows his stuff. The problem is that when he shares his knowledge with us he tries to be a standup comic. I know, an appreciation of humor is totally subjective. I actually appreciate LeVitus' Dr. Mac columns, but a style that works well in 500 word articles really wears in a 400 page book.

Geek humor aside, the book rambles. Explanations get filled with asides and interjections making this a kind of shaggy dog story of a computer manual. It does get to the point eventually but sometimes loses me along the way.

This may sound like I hate the book. I don't I'm just mildly irritated. The basic Mac information is all there. Explanations are okay. If you are given the book keep it. It's a decent book, better than some. It's just that there are some excellent Tiger books out there. The Mac OS X Tiger Book by Andy Ihnatko is one I'd recommend first. Close behind is David Pogue's Missing Manual. For an absolute beginner Maria Langer's Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger : Visual QuickStart Guide is a gentle and well conceived manual.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Even if You're Not Really Dumb June 9, 2005
The Mac has a new operating system, the fourth in the kitty cat series, this time called Tiger. You could say that this is version 10.4, but that'd make you sound like a geek or something. As nearly everybody knows by now, OS X (that's X as in Roman Numerals or 10 in Arabic, pronounced ten not X) is the Mac GUI (Graphical User Interface) on top of Unix.

Why, you might be asking, do you need a book if the Mac interface is so easy to use. Because if you just start using it, and using the help screens you don't get a solid overview. You tend to learn what you need for right now and never get around to all the things that you can do if you just realized that you wanted to do them.

Having written a whole bunch of previous books for dummies, this one has benefitted from all the comments made about the previous editions. Dr. Mac doesn't think you're really dumb. He would have liked to name this book Mac OS X Tiger For People Smart Enough to Know They Need Help With It. But alas, there's a publisher who is writting the check to make this book possible, and "... For Dummies" it is.

This review is written in my poor attempt at the sarcash, clever wordplay, shortcuts, awesome techniques, bad puns that the book uses. But I'm not as good a writer as he is, so I'm going to stop now.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get a sense of humor. July 14, 2006
It's sad to see that so many computer users seem to have no sense of humor. I, for one, appreciate a book that approaches such a dry subject with a smirk and lightens the weighty technical jargon with an occasional witty aside.

When I first came to computers, I did start on a Mac and my first technical book was Bob's System 7.5 for Dummies. Were it not for that book- which I chuckled through - I might not be the expert I am today. Quite frankly, had I approached any other witless book, I might have thrown my hands up and said, "to heck with it."

This book is no different. It is peppered throughout with Bob's sense of humor and it makes for a delightful read. I care to not take it so seriously and find cause to ENJOY the experience. To those with no sense of humor, I say, "lighten up."

If you need a good OSX primer that won't bore you to death, this is the book for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
If you have an obsolete Mac running this OS, it's a helpful manual.
Published 3 months ago by Arthur Dent
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is old, but a great resource for Windows users migrating to...
It is well-written and actually fun. At the time of my writing, OS X "Tiger" (10.4.11) is seven years old and is in use, proportionally, as Windows XP is for over-all... Read more
Published 11 months ago by RGM
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my 80-Year-Old Parents
This is the book for someone who knows virtually nothing about the MAC OS X Tiger operating system. My father uses it. Read more
Published on March 29, 2008 by SHELLEY KY
3.0 out of 5 stars Should be Mac OS X Tiger for Beginners ONLY
Really basic stuff. If you're a complete newcomer to computers AND to Mac OS X, then this should fit fine. Read more
Published on June 26, 2007 by Far Horizon
1.0 out of 5 stars I was a dummie to buy this
Today, in May 2007, this is completely out of date. Buy the Pogue book.
Published on May 4, 2007 by Otomar Hajek
5.0 out of 5 stars Mac OS X Tiger For Dummies
Extremely helpful. As a fairly new computer user, I found this book especially helpful because it contains some basic info for the beginner. Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by coddy2201
3.0 out of 5 stars Mac OS X Tiger for Dummies.
Not really needed to due basic things with OS X.
Published on February 19, 2007 by Alan A. Comery
5.0 out of 5 stars And for not so Dummies
Bought my parents their first mac this christmas. And while they are very smart people they were having some issues on the basics. Read more
Published on February 12, 2007 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars "Mac OS X Tiger For Dummies" is for real dummies.
"Mac OS X Tiger For Dummies" is for real dummies, but not for novices who want to learn how to use the Mac. Read more
Published on January 21, 2007 by Mark D. Estrin
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Much
This is not "for dummies" Not very usefull for us trying to switch from windows over OS 10. This looked to me to be just something he wrote in a hurry on a Tuesday afternoon. Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by Terry G. Anderson
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Edward C. Baig is the Personal Technology columnist for USA TODAY and the author of Macs For Dummies, 10th Edition. Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus pens the popular Dr. Mac column for the Houston Chronicle and is the author of Mac OS X® Snow Leopard For Dummies.


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