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Mac OS X Snow Leopard For Dummies 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

Learn to:
  • Navigate around the desktop and get to know the Dock

  • Get online, set up an e-mail account, and surf the Web with Safari

  • Enjoy music, movies, DVDs, and digital photos on your Mac

  • Organize and manage files and folders

Get to know Mac OS XSnow Leopard and make the most of your Mac

Whether you're new to the Mac or a longtime Mac-thusiast, you've come to the right place. Snow Leopard has a few new tricks up its sleeve, and Mac expert Bob LeVitus will show you how to use them. This handy guide helps you figure out the nuts and bolts of Mac OS X, covers all the cool stuff, and prepares you for the quirks!

  • The basic tour — learn how to start up your Mac, shut it down properly, keep it safe, and back it up with Time Machine

  • Tame the chaos — organize your life with iCal and your stuff with files and folders, and find what you're looking for

  • Online and loving it — set up your Internet connection and e-mail, manage spam, surf with Safari, and start iChatting

  • Music and multimedia — download and organize songs, movies, and podcasts with iTunes® and create a playlist with Genius

  • Be productive — create documents with TextEdit, print them, make PDFs, and fax

  • Share your Mac — set up a network and share files, printers, and Internet connections

  • Safety first — learn about software updates, firewalls, troubleshooting, and more

Open the book and find:

  • How to customize the Dock and Finder

  • Tips for setting up your keyboard, mouse, and other hardware

  • Steps for getting organized with Spaces

  • How to back up your system with Time Machine

  • Details about running Windows on your Mac

  • How iCal helps you manage appointments and projects

  • Steps for networking your Macs

  • Maintenance and troubleshooting solutions for your Mac

About the Author

Bob LeVitus, aka Dr. Mac, is among the world's leading authorities on the Macintosh and Mac OS X. He's been one of the Mac community's most trusted gurus for almost twenty years, and has written or cowritten more than 45 books. He is also a columnist for the Houston Chronicle and The Mac Observer.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470435437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470435434
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Doug on November 1, 2009
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This book offers a beginners overview of the new Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Topics range from turning on the Mac to simple networking. Bob LeVitus does a great job touching upon most features of the new release. However the nature of the 'For Dummies' books are meant to be kept short and sweet. Some topics I felt could of been discussed in greater detail and some topics could of been slimmed down. He does constantly repeat that the built-in Help will answer most questions and that the Apple website offers a wealth of knowledge. I would liked to have read more on the security and less about the different ways to save a document. This book is very light on the technical workings of the operating system. Mr. LeVitus does include the keyboard shortcuts for everything though.

I am new to Mac's. I found this book useful. The chapter that discussed widgets I found was very informative. Two other chapters I thought were neat were chapter 22 - a list of useful Mac websites and chapter 19 - a brief chapter on how to troubleshoot hardware.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Anthony McNamara on February 3, 2010
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Usually the 'for dummies' series are good, clear, and easy to follow. This is an exception. The book starts off on a very beginners level, but once past the first chapter you will have many unanswered questions, and the text does not anticipate what your problems might be and supplies no way of tracing possible answers. A huge disappointment if you are trying to work out how Snow Leopard works.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Eoll on March 8, 2010
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I have used many "for Dummies" books before and been very happy with them. I was disappointed in this one. It was not by the original author of many of the other books. I found it hard to follow because it didn't have many visual examples. I ended up buying the book "Teach Yourself Visually Mac OS X Snow Leopard," and found it much easier to follow. Diana E.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles I. Maas on January 20, 2011
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Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6), the current version of the Macintosh operating system, is the complex set of software instructions that allow your Apple computer hardware to do all the marvelous things your ask it to do. Learning to use the OS well is crucial to getting the most out of your Mac, but doing so can be a demanding and even intimidating process, especially for new users or those not very technically inclined. This book is crafted to help alleviate apprehension while encouraging the learning process...not by simplifying complex material but by thoughtful presentation and organization.

Twenty years ago, the first of the "For Dummies" series set the tone and established the format for beginner-friendly "how-to" books on technical subjects. Key elements in the approach are to keep discussion upbeat, colloquial, and to a degree entertaining, all the while gently feeding doses of necessary knowledge so that by the end the reader has kept with it long enough to have really learned something of value. Early versions tended to be excessively focused on visual gimmicks (often to the point of distraction, in my opinion), but more recent editions tend to have a more refined, less cartoonish appearance and presentation that is still non-intimidating but makes them more readable and provides a better learning experience in the long run.

Regardless of style, content has to elucidate the subject, and I'm glad to say that the author in this case does a pretty good job of delivering the goods. Starting with "The Basics," he discusses in detail the fundamental operations for startup, appearance and management of the desktop, and use of Finder. From there he moves to "Organization" to explain how best to understand and mange files and folders and placement of data on various media.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nurseman on July 14, 2012
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'Cause that's what I feel like after wasting my money on this book. I've never used the dummy books but after getting a refurbished macbook without a book , I thought this might help. Wrong. It doesn't tell you anything and has few pictures. It precludes that you have vast knowledge of Mac OS X. I can see writing a book about Snow Leopard, but labeling it for beginners and then not starting at the beginning seems like false advertising to me. All this guy seems to do is think up cutsy headers for all the information he doesn't provide. If you are a beginner or not real computer savvy this book is waste of money.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By givpilot VINE VOICE on January 3, 2010
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This review pertains to the Kindle version only... Mac OS X Snow Leopard for Dummies is a 4-5 star book, but the Kindle version greatly disappoints. There are numerous illustrations and screen shots in the book, many of which are crucial to view to put the text in perspective. Unfortunately, the Kindle version, at least the standard Kindle 2, does not portray these illustrations in a readable fashion. While it is possible to position the cursor over the illustration/screen shot and enlarge the image to a more viewable size, the enlarged image is not readable due to very poor resolution -- it becomes very pixelated. I would not purchase this type of book again for my Kindle and would only purchase it in printed form. I had hoped to be able to read the Kindle version while traveling and get a head start to understanding the operating system on my new iMac, but the Kindle version of the book is of little value and a general waste of time to read.

Having said all that, all is not lost. The Kindle DX may show the illustrations in better form due to its larger screen; you DX owners would have to be the judge of that. Also, Amazon lets you load Kindle titles you have purchased onto your PC for free (a small, free software download is required). I did that with this title and it is eminently readable. Therefore, while I can't effectively read this title on my Kindle, it is readable on my Windows laptop.
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