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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 19, 2012
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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.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon November 2, 2012
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All 3 of these books are very helpful but they are targeted at different users. Just as Lion users got used to the new system, Mountain Lion came along and changed some of the newer stuff again.

Teach Yourself Visually is for those who learn by color photos- seeing where to select what, step by numbered step, quick and easy with little explanation. This book is helpful for novices but also great for most Mac people. For Dummies finally has some colored photos but is more text (talking you through when or why you would use a feature). If you are new to the Mac this is the best book for you. The Missing Manual is loaded with details for the medium to advanced user. It contains far more details about the internet, iCloud, and video.

All 3 books fail to cover everything. For example, For Dummies trumps the other 2 for its explanation and shortcuts using Mission Control. With an Apple aluminum keyboard you just hold the Control key while using the Arrow Up to sort by application, Arrow Down to see all the docs in a singular application, and a 2nd Down Arrow to show a horizontal list all recently opened docs. Right/left arrows put a blue outline around the active doc and Enter will bring it to the front.The others steer you toward using F-key combinations. All the books missed the shortcut to activate Save As instead of Duplicate and then rename. In many apps you can hold the option key then click the File Menu. Save As will be a Menu-item. The Missing Manual is the only one that tells you that if you hold a key down you do not get repeating letters but a palette of alternative accented versions of that letter. Also, you can forego buying MS Word by using Text Edit which is compatible.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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There are many manuals and books covering OS X Mountain Lion for Mac users, and in both paper and ebook format. They can range from excellent to not so good, and as one who straddles both the Mac and the Windows PC world, I've accumulated a number of them. Was a bit skeptical when I saw this title, then became pleasantly surprised at how good it is... and not just for beginners, but for upgraders from earlier Mac OS X versions who just want to get into it without all the rhetoric.

To begin with, Teach Yourself VISUALLY OS X Mountain Lion (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech)) is well laid out in a clear and easy to follow fashion, and that's what makes it good. OS X Mountain Lion (version 10.8) is the ninth major release of OS X, and unless you're one of the original OS X 10.8.x Beta-testers with a stack of manuals from Apple, this one offers something for anyone, from true Mac newbies to upgraders such as me. It lives up to its title, and impressively so, in that the reader is encouraged to visually delve into its two-page lessons, which break those "big topics into bite-sized modules."

Even if you've used a Mac for years, this one is better written than many of the others, especially if you want to just get into a topic and accomplish something, and do it without a lot of excess verbal baggage. We all have our favorite references, and for this user, writing this on a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.8.2, I've been through a number of books. The best of these has been Jeff Carlson's The OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide (Peachpit Pocket Guide), Chris Kennedy's OS X Mountain Lion (Tech 102) and OS X Mountain Lion New Features (10-Minute Fixes), also by Chris Kennedy. There have been others, and these have been the best so far, as one can see from the reviews that I've written on each of these.

But this book sets a new standard when it comes to being able to quickly pick up on a particular topic and get right into the meat of it... visually. It's self-teaching method was new to this user, and even for those of us with a history of using Macs for years, there's always something new that can be picked up. Using the Mission Control feature and the Launchpad are good examples. And for those who have yet to set up an iCloud account and start using it, this will help you to get right into it.

Whether you're a new user getting into a Mac for the first time, or one who already has experience with earlier versions of OS X, there's something here for you. Teach Yourself VISUALLY OS X Mountain Lion is recommended for users at all levels, as there's always something new to learn, and this book makes it very easy. This 5-star book is a keeper.

11/8/2012
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 12, 2012
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I've had my first Apple computer for a couple of months; so it's still fairly new to me. I've been trying to make my way through OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual for quite a while, and while it's thorough, it really requires being at a computer and following along with all the tips in order to understand what the author is saying. On the other hand, Teach Yourself VISUALLY OS X Mountain Lion (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech)) is easy to pick up and read anywhere, as the illustrations are very clear; I found this to be an excellent introduction, and I will just use the Missing Manual book as a reference.

If this books gets a second edition I hope the editors will be a bit more careful; there are several instances where the numbered instructions don't have the corresponding number on the illustration or where the text doesn't quite match up with what is shown in the illustration. These are minor, and overall I recommend this book highly as a quick way to learn the basics of OS X Mountain Lion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2013
This book is very simple to follow. It is also very simple information. This will only get you the basic of basic information on how to use the OS X. If you are looking for something where you need any type of clarification you will not find it here. Each section is filled with a lot of pictures and short commands. For example: In the i Cloud chapter it only shows you how to get into i Cloud and what the commands are. It does not explain what the functions of i Cloud are or how to use the program. Many of the instructions are things that you will be able to figure out by using MAC if you are switching from PC. This book is not necessary if you have any computer knowledge. I am no computer expert, I would even say that I am just above beginner and I already had the information that this book taught me. If you are brand new to computers then this may be the book for you. If you have any computer experience then you can afford to skip it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This book will walk the user through the basic operations to get started using the Mountain lion operating system. If your looking for a troubleshooting manual this is not it. There is a section on networking but this portion is only for file and print sharing and connecting bluetooth and other wireless devices. It doesn't cover setting up a network, IP addressing, setting up a wireless router etc. The is anything that talks about the under the hood workings of Snow leopard or Mac hardware.

This book is a good resource for the mac newbie. It covers the basic functionality and is very well laid out. The screen shots are good. They are displayed on the page in a way that makes that particular easy to follow. There are many helpful hints on the most used applications that come with Mountain lion. Each lesson is 2 pages in length with larger screenshots so the text is fairly minimal yet complete and succinct. The steps are numbers in the text and on the screenshot which makes the lesson really easy to follow.

The first section of the book seems like a waste. Part of it is devoted to using Microsoft Office for in Mountain lion ( the office suite doesn't come with the Mountain lion software) and the rest of chapter 1 is logging into social networking sites, how to play a dvd. Probably the most helpful section in chapter 1 was arranging your contacts. The next fourteen chapters were good and covered all of the basics of Snow Leopard that the Mac newbie will need to get started.

This book is for the new Mac newbie or someone who hasn't upgraded since Panther and has gone from the IBM based Mac to the intel based processor machine. I highly recommend this book for the new Mac user. For someone already familiar with Tiger, Leopard or Snow leopard there just isn't much here for you.

Since the books stated audience is for the person new to the Mac technology I give this book a solid 4 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2013
This guide is for beginners only. Just by trial and error you could cover most of what is in this book in a dozen or so hours. The subjects covered are covered with lots of nice pictures, so it is indeed something to teach yourself visually, just as the title says. It's probably best for someone quite new to Macs, maybe someone who hasn't even been around computers much. But it does what it sets out to do nicely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 12, 2012
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I'm a Windows heavyweight, or at least I like to think so. But when it comes to Apple's OS, I'm a weenie. I'm also the curious type, which means I can learn easily by just trying everything out. However, I don't like to waste time. If I'm exposed to the basics of anything, I can take it from there. I just want something that does just that (covers the basics) and does it in an appealing way.

The paper quality is good (some don't care, but that's important to me), the color screen shots and graphics are like watching color TV vs black and white, and you can't go wrong with the step by step instructions.

If these are the things you are looking for, buy this book. If you want something that will take you deeper, you might want to consider other possibilities. But to get you started, this is a great choice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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We bought a new iMac with Mountain Lion about a year ago. Along with the computer we bought an hour of tutoring. And that was helpful. But day to day things would come up that I wanted to know and my tutoring was over. I was left with just figuring it out.

Along came this book!

This book is great, walking me through using Mountain Lion with pictures. In the tutoring I sort of learned how to use my calendar but with this book I am able to now use it to its full potential. I knew there must be a way to repeat an event without retyping it into every date but I could not intuitively figure it out. This book told me how.

This book sits next to my computer and I can reference it when I need to figure out the most efficient way to use my iMac.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2012
Good basic instructional book. Like that across the top of each page is a color bar that changes with each chapter. Written on high quality paper. The only criticism I have is that some of the referrence pictures are to small to read and that detracks from the instructions that you are to follow.
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