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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 880 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449362249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449362249
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,506 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."

Customer Reviews

Pogue really knows OS X!
Ren
A quick glance at this book shows that this offers everything I'll need to know to get up and running.
D&D
A very easy, well written and yet comprehensive manual to read.
John Frehse

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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
"OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual" written by David Pogue is latest edition in "Missing Manual" series that provide excellent and detailed information for all applications and devices that had the good fortune these unofficial guides been issued for their usage.

OS X Mavericks being 10th major update of Apple's Unix-based operating system is the software you cannot purchase on DVD/CD or flash drive - you have only possibility to download it.
This means that the user won't get any printed instructions for its usage, except those you can download (and then print) from the vendor website that describe some of the basic functionalities; or you can turn to help system that lacks examples and any kind of tutorials.
And it's precisely in these areas Missing Manual series of books shines, unburdened by the pressure of information that have to be written in official manuals, offering countless examples, tutorials and how-to tips.

OS X Mavericks MM is intended for those users who are already familiar with OS X operating system on intermediate level, though those who are beginners can also use it thanks to small sidebar articles "Up to Speed" that offers great advices for novice users due to which they'll soon cease to feel like rookies.
If you're seasoned Mac user, there is no need to worry because you can also find it helpful due to similar articles called "Power Users' Clinic" that offer advanced tricks, helpful technical tips and many shortcuts that facilitate your work.
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69 of 88 people found the following review helpful By John Bell on March 23, 2014
Format: Paperback
As a 25 year advanced Windows user I got fed up with the morass at Microsoft (Windows 8, virus issues, corporate arrogance-&-spying etc etc) and I jumped onto Apple’s bandwagon. I always read the complete literature on any new software or new OS that I purchase and this brought me to Switching to the Mac, Mavericks Edition, published Feb 2014.

Having read the entire book I feel qualified to review this tome of 750 pp.

By the time I had read 200 pages I had encountered 45+ keyboard shortcuts and/or trackpad gestures that did not work. By page 300 I discovered the problem — I saw screenshots that do not exist in Mavericks. Little, if any, of this book is about Mavericks but is a compilation of prior OS’s (Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, Lion etc). In the rush to get this book to market and capture marketshare O’Reilly Media, Inc. misnamed this book in order to line their pockets at the expense of unwary Apple users.

The writing is both verbose and ‘muddy’, making it difficult to see the forest for the trees. Additionally, the writing is so vague that I had to birddog everything in this book to check its accuracy and frequently found it incomplete and sometimes incorrect. Every ~ 2-3 pages I left the book to experiment with my MacBook and found inadequacies or outright errors. I found a wealth of information on youtube.com (especially PC Classes on Line with its outstanding Mac tutorials) as well as Apple dedicated web sites (MacWorld, MacLife etc) and I found Apple users more than generous with their suggestions, shortcuts etc.

This book gives no instructions about the bundled programs (Pages, Numbers & Keynote) nor does it offer suggestions on how to explore Mac related issues. The author mentions [...] - The Missing CD’s.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John A. Suda VINE VOICE on January 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
Awesome. Awesomer. Awesomest! That pretty much describes the quality progression of David Pogue's series of Missing Manuals covering the Apple Macintosh's OS X operating system. He's written over a half dozen of the Manuals and each new one seems to be better than the last.

Mr. Pogue is popularly known as a great explainer and is developing a reputation as a great efficiency expert as well. The latest iteration of the Manuals covers OS X Mavericks (10.9) and is filled with examples, tips, and illustrations of how to be as efficient as possible using a Mac computer, as well as detailing and explaining nearly every feature of the operating system, both documented and undocumented.

I've read (and reviewed) every one of those books and have been delighted to learn dozens of new ways to use the system beyond just learning about the new features of each version of OS X. Pogue details the (usually) several ways to do things but nearly always offers a quicker, easier option, usually keyboard versus mouse-based. (See Appendix D, the Secret Keystroke List for 8 pages of shortcuts.) He has evolved his already Great Template for itemizing and explaining comprehensively the features, components, and technologies of each system towards offering more and more user perspectives, expert insights, and practical tips to being more efficient.

I don't know how much time or effort he puts into developing each book but it must be substantial. How else to find out about all of the undocumented features unless one either gets a cheat sheet from Apple or spends days (weeks? months?) Command, Control, Option, and Shift clicking all over the user interface to discover new and mostly useful things.
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