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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; Panther Edition edition (December 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735713898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735713895
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,885,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

If you've been using Mac OS 8 or OS 9 and you want to start using Mac OS X Panther today (and we literally mean today), there is no easier way than this ingenious new book from Mac Design magazine's Editor-in-Chief Scott Kelby. Here's how the book works: on the left page, it shows how you did a particular task back in Mac OS 9; and on the right page it shows you exactly how it¿s now done in Mac OS X (Panther). It couldn't be easier.

The whole book, every page, is in crisp full color, with clear concise, plain-English descriptions that let you start using Mac OS X today, immediately, without having to learn the whole operating system first. It's like having a friend nearby with all the answers--when you get stuck, and wonder "how to I do that in Mac OS X?" just turn to that task and there it is--the left page shows the old way, the right page shows the new way. If you¿re one of those people who believe (like we do) that the best ideas are the simple ones, you'll absolutely love this book!

If you want to start using Mac OS X today, if you want to unlock its power, stability, features and fun today, this is the book that will do it. There are no in-depth explanations about networking, no UNIX commands or how to hack the system, and no detailed descriptions of how it all works and why. In short, it's not a "tell me all about it" book--it's a "here's how to do it" book, and that's why it works so amazingly well.

Plus, if you look up how to do a particular task, and Mac OS X offers new features, new shortcuts, or new options that weren't available in Mac OS 8/9 (and there are plenty in Panther), Scott includes those too, using the same right to the point, conversational writing style that made his "Mac OS X Killer Tips" book a smash bestseller! We can't imagine an easier, faster, or more fun way to convert to Mac OS X, and really start using it today.

About the Author

Scott Kelby is president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and is editor-in-chief of both Photoshop User magazine and Mac Design magazine. Scott serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair for the PhotoshopWorld expos. Scott is the author of the best-selling Photoshop Down and Dirty Tricks books, and other titles.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joaquin Menchaca on May 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for novice users accustomed to Mac OS 9. The design is most impressive, clearly and attractively displaying on the left side: OS 9, and one the right side: OS X Panther. There are countless illustrations and explanations on how you do it in OS 9, and then the equivalent way to do it on OS X.
This book isn't totally perfect as there are some missing important parts, such as:
- cannot create groups like in OS 9, as this is only available through the GUI in OS X server, or through the command line and NetInfo in regular OS X.
- states that extensions doesn't need to be managed, but this is untrue, as there are extensions and preferences that sometimes cause headaches (under the /Users/UserName/Library umbrella of directories). This is controlled through System Preferences, or through command line.
- doesn't mention file type and creator, which is still used in OS X. This causes major problems and headaches infrequently, but often enough. There are ways to handle this using "Open With" in right click or Get Info, and in other extreme cases using Developer command line tools GetFileInfo and SetFile.
Overall this is a good general guide, but it does omit (maybe conveniently) some important essential missing features that do not give OS X such a rosy outlook. Some missing features, like the app switcher menu can be re-introduced through freeware and shareware.
In Conclusion, any user familiar with OS 9, and wants to know how to do the same thing in OS X, this is THE book. I highly recommend it. The design is really nice and intuitive, and the book is easy to read. Some things missing, but maybe we can prod the author to do a PowerUser version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beth A. Mostello on September 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
This was the best tool for the switch from OS 9 to 10. It was easy to follow and for a mac lover like me.
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Photographer, author of "The Digital Photography Book" series & longtime Photoshop book author. Editor/Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, President of the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) co-host of the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid." Co-host of "Photoshop User TV" and Conference Technical Chair of the Photoshop World Conference & Expo. Sleep is over-rated. ;-)