Mac OS X Tiger Pocket Guide (Pocket References) 4th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0596009143
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Book Description

A User's Guide to Mac OS X

About the Author

Chuck Toporek cut his teeth on a Mac II system when he got his first job in publishing in 1988, and has been using them ever since. Chuck is the editor in charge of the Mac OS X/Apple Developer Connection (ADC) series for O'Reilly & Associates. He's also the co-author of the Mac OS X in a Nutshell and Inside .Mac.


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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket References
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 4th edition (June 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596009143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596009144
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,873,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Van Cauwenberg on November 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
In a little over 200 pages, Chuck Toporek discusses the various applications and features that are a part Mac OS X Tiger. As the author acknowledges in his introduction, this book is a good starting point to explore Tiger, but it cannot provide the deeper level of detail that new users of the operating system will want eventually. I would agree with that statement. It is, after all, a pocket guide, and not an exhaustive manual.

With that in mind, Mac OS X Tiger Pocket Guide delivers pretty much on its promise. It goes through virtually every feature that Tiger has to offer; some in greater details than others.

Part V of the book, Applications and Utilities, for example, lists all the applications and utilities available, and very superficially describes their purpose. It does not go into any detail on how to use, say, Mail. The book does, however, go into great detail on how to customize your Mac, based on your personal preferences, in order to make using your machine as pleasant and fast as possible.

Mac OS X Tiger Pocket Guide is terrific for looking up solutions to problems that one may be struggling with. A good chunk of this book consists of FAQ-like steps to follow in order to obtain a certain result. A comprehensive index at the back of the book enables the reader to quickly locate the solution to the problem. In short, as a reference, is excellent.

People who like to work with keyboard shortcuts will find this guide especially useful: if it can be done through a shortcut, it is described in this book

There are screenshots in the book, but they are fairly sparse. Overall, these were well chosen, as the bulk of them illustrate new features, such as Spotlight and Dashboard, though perhaps not necessary.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Edward T. Clark on August 25, 2005
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I particularly like the pocket guide because of its compact size. I refer to it as a quick

reference when I need a fast answer. Mac OS X is a complex operating system and a user Cannot know everything. The pocket guide gets you over the hump in helping one

find the basic concepts of a complex system, especially with the new features such as

Dashboard and Spotlight. The guide is stocked with "Tips and Tricks"
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian Friedrich on November 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
The most important thing that stood out for me with this book is that it contains most of information that longer reference books on the same subject have, but without all the fluff. And then when you consider the low cost of this book, you'll certainly feel like you got more than you paid for here.

Part I presents an excellent and compact overview of Tiger's new features, with enough detail to be understandable and to illustrate how something is relevant, or why it's cool, but without so much information that it defeats the point of reading about it later.

The remainder of the book highlights and explains some of the key components of Tiger, such as System Preferences, Apps and Utilities, and UNIX basics, and then finishes off with some configuration-specific tips. The descriptions of the various features are particularly straight-forward and easy to read, as are the tables, which provide a great reference tool for things like keyboard shortcuts.

Parts II through V of the book are perfect for switchers and new users, with good, fundamental information about the operating system. Somewhat more seasoned, but not expert OS X users, will probably find the most value in parts VI and VII (UNIX basics and configuration). If you're not familiar with the UNIX underpinnings of OS X, then Part VI is good way to dip your toes into this ocean and not get soaked. When you're ready you can then move on to more advanced O'Reilly titles, such as "Learning UNIX for MaC OS X" or even "Mac OS X for UNIX Geeks," both of which are excellent.

The only caveat I offer on this Pocket Guide is that it seems more intuitive to swap the order of Parts II and III (Survival Guide and OS X Basics), but given that the book is more of a reference guide than a cover-to-cover read, this isn't a big deal.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Welch on January 11, 2006
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The new edition of the Mac X Pocket Guide book is designed as a quick reference to the Mac OS X Tiger operating system with special attention to new features. It is a well organized, pocket book style with easy to read table of contents and quick reference guide. It comes complete with overview of the Mac OS X Tiger System and it's new features. It discusses an array of systems and features such as user account, keyboard shortcuts, security issues, menu bar, window controls, the dock, trash, the finder, creating new folders, dashboard, spotlight, system preferences, applications and utilities, unix basics and configuring your Mac. The book was easy to read and provided screen graphics as illustration and shortcuts. One of the best features was it's easy to use reference style so you could look up and read only the specific topic you have interest in at the time. As one example of its efficiency, I was interested in finding out more about dashboard. I quickly looked up dashboard in the table of contents, turned to the appropriate listed page, was provided an overview of dashboard and all it's specifics and how to use them. I found this to be a great guide and have kept it close to my G 5 for quick reference.
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