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Great Resource For Visual Learners
on November 19, 2012
The "Teach Yourself Visually" self-help series has become my preferred resource guide to new technology and software. Its simplified no nonsense visual approach to learning new concepts and clarifying confusing dilemmas appeals to my desire for a non-technical text that is jargon free and and visually supportive. The "OS X Mountain Lion" addition to this series should appeal particularly to brand new Mac users as well as to casual users who seek bite sized chunks of information on how to upgrade and utilize the newest Apple operating system.
What impresses me about this helpful guide is the incremental approach as each major element of the Apple software from very basic to more advanced--internet usage, email, calendars, movies, photos, iCloud etc.--is expertly dissected and explained using simple layman's terms with accompanying real screen photos that detail each step discussed. The manual is easy to read and understand, visually stunning and informative, and appropriately structured so that the layman can actually "see" the instructions as an enhanced method of learning and anticipating. Each chapter is color coded and built around a major concept, for example, iCloud and the chapter is then subdivided into usually 2 page step by step instructions to guide the user through each new task completely supported by screen photos of what is being taught. Additionally, there are "notes" and "tips" that provide insight and shortcuts for the interested reader.
I recommend the "Teach Yourself Visually" series to beginners and casual users who need more than a basic manual and I specifically recommend the "OS X Mountain Lion" edition to new and upgraded Mac users. It would have little utility for advanced or longtime users of Apple products. For the beginner and for the casual user, "OS X Mountain Lion" can be effectively utilized as a desktop resource guide for quick "how to" answers to specific questions and operating problems.