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Mac OS X Secrets (Bible) Paperback – July 9, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0764542282 ISBN-10: 0764542281 Edition: Panther Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Bible (Book 97)
  • Paperback: 1080 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Panther Edition edition (July 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764542281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764542282
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,086,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The all-new update to the ever-popular Macintosh classic has arrived! Totally rewritten and enhanced to cover the latest release of OS X Panther, Mac OS X Secrets is packed with invaluable advice and secrets on every aspect of Macintosh computing and Mac products. Featuring the latest updates on hardware, software technology, the Internet, applications, and utilities, this book delivers the hottest–and often undocumented–techniques for trouble-shooting problems and optimizing power and productivity.

The companion Web site contains a complete list and links of Mac Secrets software, searchable versions of all chapters from the book, updated information as needed, and more!

Your Insider’s Guide to:

  • The dock and its secrets (see Chapter 3)
  • Setting up your Mac for multiple users (see Chapter 6)
  • iTunes®, iPhoto™, iMovie®, and iDVD™ (see Chapters 13, 14 &15)
  • Instant messaging and iChat (see Chapter 19)
  • Building a Web site (see Chapter 21)
  • Digital cameras and scanners (see Chapter 25)
  • Cross-platform networking (see Chapter 30)

About the Author

Benjamin Levisay is a founding partner of MacDoctors, an Apple and Adobe reseller and service provider in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, providing highly specialized hardware and networking solutions, along with consulting and training services for the graphic arts community. Levisay is a frequent lecturer and trainer.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gary Miller on September 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
This encyclopedic 1,044-page book is written for all levels of OS X users. It provides great easy-to-read introductory explanations about each OS X topic covered before launching into more in-depth information. It is well illustrated with hundreds of screen shots and other graphics to help you quickly absorb its wonderfully useful information. Though, containing so much information, you may end up using the book like I did: something to browse for topics of particular interest. Since it covers so much-a virtual encyclopedia-I particularly liked having the very detailed 36-page index to guide me to sections of particular interest.

Overall, the book is conveniently organized into 5 parts that carry you progressively into more in-depth OS X topics that will allow you to optimize our use of this incredible system now in its Panther edition. Further, this book also includes great basic information about many other related topics such as digital cameras, networking, and lots more. To follow is a summary of how this thick but user-friendly book is organized and what to expect in its various parts.

Part I gives you a good basic understanding of Panther laying out great secrets and techniques to let you use it to maximum efficiency. The sections explaining the Doc and System Preferences are nicely done and I learned a lot. There was much to learn, even about the Apple menu which itself is quite sophisticated.

Part II moves to secrets for various applications, including word processing, desktop publishing, graphics, sound and more. It also provides insights into using AppleScript to automate some of your operations. As a beginner to OS X, I may not use this now but it is great to understand what's possible.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven Amin on August 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Mac Secrets is the book you read, not when you want to learn the ins and outs of OSX, but when you want to have fun and explore individual areas of Panther.

This book is great for introducing you to the finer points for which you use your mac. The chapter on graphics provides and excellent introduction to the requirements of sending a file to service provider or just posting an image on the web. The chapter on automation shows the latest implimentations of Applescript and UI Scripting. The chapter even includes a cool script you can use with Sherlock and Safari to look up info on your favorite band. The book focuses not on the drudgery that learning a new os can be, but the features that you excited about it's capabilities.

This book is a great jumping off point for beginners, good for intermediate users, and makes for an excellent companion book to any of the "bible' type books on OSX. You can sit with it for hours, or just bust it out when you want to learn a few quick tricks. This book is wonderful, informative, and even, at times, funny. You can't beat the amount of fun info this very affordable book provides.
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