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John Tollett , Robin Williams
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June 18, 2005 0321335902 978-0321335906 2
Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps: A Guide to iLife 05, .Mac, and More is a companion volume to Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, Tiger Edition. Together they continue the tradition of Robin's classic guide to the Mac OS, The  Little Mac Book. Because Apple now provides a long list of useful applications with Mac OS X, its state-of-the art operating system, it's impractical to cover all of the Mac OS in one volume. This book gives you detailed explanations and tutorials of the main applications that Mac OS X installs on your computer. In addition, you'll learn how subscribing to a .Mac account can enhance your digital lifestyle. John and Robin cover each application in detail in the clear and friendly style for which their award-winning books are known. Through tutorials, tips, and techniques you'll learn how to use each of the powerful apps--both individually and as part of an integrated, interactive suite.

Whether you're a new or veteran user, you'll welcome this book's easy approach to all that's new (and not so new) in Tiger's application collection. You'll find an entire chapter on GarageBand 2, Apple's newly  updated consumer-level music-making software. You'll also learn everything about getting on the Internet and using email, including the greatest Web browser, Safari; the way-cool iChat AV, which adds audio and video to instant messaging;  iTunes, which includes access to the revolutionary Apple iTunes Music Store; iCal, Apple's sleek and shareable calendar application; Dashboard, the handy strip of desktop "widget" applications (including stock tickers, RSS feeds, address book, and more );  iMovie, Apple's newly updated  movie-making software with HD capabilities and advanced editing tools,  and much more.


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About the Author

Robin Williams has written more than 20 award-winning and best-selling books, including The Little Mac Book, The Non-Designer's Design Book, and the previous edition of this volume. John Tollett is a designer, art director, and illustrator, as well as the co-author of several books with Robin, including the previous edition of this popular volume.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (June 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321335902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321335906
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,245,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Mac Apps September 20, 2004
If you are familiar with other books by Robin Williams then you know how useful and valuable they are to the Mac user. And if you have recently purchased a new Mac with OS X installed, then this book should be a tremendous asset in helping you to learn the many applications that are installed or available. Cool Mac Apps is an easy to follow, step-by-step instructional book with a vast amount of illustrations that are displayed just the way you see them on your monitor. Every button or control in the illustration is fully explained and the material is presented with the novice in mind. Each application that Mac OS X installed is covered in detail in a chapter of its own, making it easy to skip around to the areas of greatest interest. The first section covers the iLife 04 applications - iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie, iDVD, and Garage Band. The how to instructions are covered in such a manner that they are easy and fun to follow and will teach you how to get the most out of your photos and music and will help you get connected to the digital world. The second section of the book is devoted to the applications that are available if you subscribe to a .Mac Account. These include iDisk, iCards, Home Page, iMac Web Mail, iSync, .Mac Slides Publisher, Virex, and Backup. That is a lot of applications for $99 and this book does a great job of explaining how to use each and every one. The last section covers the other Mac OS X applications - iCal, Safari, Mail & Address Book, and iChat & Rendezvous. This section is devoted to helping you get the most out of the World Wide Web. As stated on the front cover, this is indeed 17 manuals in one book! This is the book I would like to have had included with my new iMac.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll love this book May 4, 2005
Reviewed by club member, Lola.

The day I bought my first Macintosh-many years ago-I asked the salesman to recommend a book to get me started. Without hesitation, he handed me Robin William's "Little Mac Book," saying it probably was all I'd need, and he was right. After verifying that the author was not, in fact, the famous actor (indeed, is the other gender), I went on to fall in love with Robin William's easy to understand style and thoroughness, which has now put many of her books on best-selling and award-winning lists.

After writing several paragraphs of this review, I realized I can't say it much better than the back cover of the book itself. Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps is a companion volume to Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, Panther Edition (a title that is almost longer than the very first Little Mac Book, which was 8 pages). Basically, the Mac now comes with so many useful applications that it needs 2 volumes to cover it all now.

It maintains the clear writing style that Robin Williams and John Tollett are known for. Although it is assumed that the reader has read the Mac OS X and can navigate around the Mac interface, nothing else is taken for granted. Everything in each window of the 17 apps is explained, usually with several illustrations showing the progression of steps.

I am not a novice Mac user, but neither am I a geek or power user. I haven't bought the OS X volume because I could figure most of it out by myself (chorus: that's because the Mac is so intuitive...) But there are always tips and tricks to learn, and so Cool Mac Apps is good reference for the intermediate user, and well as an introduction for the novice.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lot in One Book November 26, 2004
Billed as 17 manuals in one book, this book contains what are effectively stant alone manuals for:

iLife: iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie, and iDVDOS X: Mail, Address Book, iCal, iChat and Rendezvous, and Safari

Mac: iDisk, HomePage, WebMail, Backup, iSync, Slides Publisher, and Virex

More: AppleWorks Word Processing, Database, Spreadsheet, Painting, Drawing, and Presentation, plus OmiGraffle, FAXstf, and Inkwell.

The nice thing about an overall book like this one is that you get a quick overview, enough to get started on any of these applications. It may turn out that you want individual books on some of them, but if you don't know what they do you won't know if you need that application or not.

The book is written with a nice mix of technical with commentary that explains what that particular application is trying to do. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Reference Source August 14, 2006
As we have all come to expect from Robin Williams, this book is written in a clear, precise manor. The illustrations are all very helpful. I particularly like the way the windows of each application are illustrated with details about each item within the window.

I have been using OSX for over two years now and thought I knew my way around each of these applications, but I was able to learn a lot of easier ways to do things . I have also learned that there were a lot of the features that I was not even coming close to using to their full potential. I have been using iCal, iTunes, and iPhoto on an almost daily basis, so these new tips and techniques are a real timesaver for me.

I was really surprised at how much new knowledge I gained on using Safari. I am on the internet on a daily basis and just took the browser for granted. The quick Tips section was very helpful. The section on RSS feeds opened up a whole new world of information for me.

Cool Mac Apps is a must have reference book that every MAC user needs in their personal library. I would give this book an excellent rating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAC MUST HAVE
A must have for Mac Addicts!! I learned so much and the format is quick and easy to read. Just Macaliscous!
Published on October 10, 2008 by Kenneth J. Kozak
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential desk reference for Mac OSX Leopard
After half a dozen years as a Mac traitor who got dragged kicking and screaming into the Windows-only world at work, I'm retiring from the work world and switching back to Mac-only... Read more
Published on June 4, 2008 by Robert Speake
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT WAY TO START!
I switched to MAC about one month ago, bought the book the next day and found it very helpful. I went through it page by page and it was easy to read and understand and it was more... Read more
Published on May 31, 2007 by Paul J. Cosenza
5.0 out of 5 stars The Coolest
Can these people write, or can they write? Thier books are always easy to follow, and presented in an entertaining fashion as well. Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by Linda Constantine
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Mac Apps
Book is very informative, easy to understand and use. I bought this book for school (I don't own a mac), but there were many things I learned about iTunes (only non Mac program I... Read more
Published on August 6, 2006 by T. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Offers some nifty short-cuts, tricks, and customized set-ups
John Tollett and Robin Williams' Cool Mac APPs: A Guide To iLife 05, .Mac And More may sound familiar: it's in its second edition now, and continues to back Williams' Little Mac... Read more
Published on September 5, 2005 by Midwest Book Review
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Mac Apps
These authors provide us with an astonishing range of moves to make the best use of new platforms and software. Their books are clear and direct, and this one is no exception.
Published on August 12, 2005 by John L. Meyer II
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