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ISBN-13: 978-0596100360 ISBN-10: 0596100361 Edition: 2nd

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David Pogue, computer columnist for the New York Times and creator of the Missing Manual series, is the #1 bestselling Macintosh author. Period.

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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2nd edition (September 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596100361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596100360
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,723,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Pogue is the founder of YahooTech.com, having been groomed for the position by 13 years as the technology columnist for the New York Times. He's also a monthly columnist for Scientific American, host of science shows on PBS's "NOVA," frequent public speaker, and a science/tech correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning."

With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles. Having discovered that so many people don't know some of the most fundamental tech techniques on their tech gadgets, he set out in 2014 to write "Pogue's Basics," a single book that attempts to be the driver's ed course for technology.

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 won two Emmy awards, two Webby awards, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He's been profiled on "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on October 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
Before OS X came out, Macintosh users were treated to quite possibly the best OS experience for the past 15+ years, but when OS X was released it was like the wheel had been reinvented but it actually rolled better. With the release of OS X came such great applications such as iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and GarageBand to make a great computing environment that much better. Using these applications is simple enough due to the fantastic engineering that Apple consistently puts out, but in order to get the most out of these apps you need David Pogue's iLife '05: The Missing Manual. Longtime Macintosh supporter David Pogue has written a wonderful guide for all heavy Mac users that love what these applications have to offer and wish to learn and get even more out of them. With this book, Mr. Pogue has achieved exactly that and all Mac users will be very pleased with all that is contained within these pages.

Allotting 700+ pages to write about these 5 applications, this book is overflowing with FULL COLOR images on nearly every page, as this book just jumps out at you saying "Read Me" from the first page you open up. At the low retail price of $29.95 you are getting a great deal with all the information that is contained within, and it's written in a clear, concise manner that all readers will be able to follow and enjoy.

If you use even 1 of the applications mentioned above you should at least take a look at this book. If you use 2 or more it's a helpful companion to have sitting next to your Macintosh and if you use all you would be remiss to not have this in your home.

Great applications, great book, great author, great deal

***** RECOMMENDED
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By H. Foley on October 2, 2005
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This is a great book! I have used iPhoto almost every day since its first release, and I found tips in this book that have made the whole iPhoto experience even more user friendly than it already was. I also use iMovie and iDVD to make slide shows and to edit movies from my digital camcorder. I have purchased other books about iMovie and iDVD, but none was as comprehensive as this one. All of David Pogue's Missing Manual books (I have purchased four others) are written in a humorous, easy to read style that makes sometimes difficult topics simple for even those of us who are not technically inclined. I highly recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2006
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This is a good book for understanding all of the applications included in iLife 05. Note, however, that iLife 06 has been released with a host of new features, and thus depending on whether or not you intend to upgrade, this book may have a limited lifespan of usefulness at this point in time. As of iLife '06, iLife consists of six components: iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand, and iWeb. However, if you intend to stick with iLife 05 for awhile, you couldn't ask for a better guide. Basically, what the author has done is condense his Mac missing manual series of books- iMovie&DVD, iPhoto, iTunes&iPod, and GarageBand - into one volume. I have some of the missing manuals for the individual applications, and I compared the individual books with the applicable sections in this book, and they seem to be equitable in quality. The only thing you are really missing is some of Pogue's insight into using the applications - for example, some pointers on film-making in the case of the iMovie&iDVD book versus this book. There also seem to be more advanced user and customization information in the individual "Missing Manual" books versus this book, so perhaps power-users would be better off buying the individual missing manuals on the applications. I notice that Amazon does not show the table of contents, so I do that here for the purpose of completeness:
PART 1: iTunes
1. Getting Music into iTunes
2. Getting Music out of iTunes
3. Managing Your Music
4. The iTunes Music Store
5. The iPod Connection
PART 2: iPhoto
6. Camera Meets Mac
7. The Digital Shoebox
8. Editing Your Shots
9. The iPhoto Slideshow
10. Prints and Books
11. Photos Online - and Your Network
12. iPhoto File Management
PART 3: iMovie
13.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on November 12, 2005
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This is an excellent book and an exceptional value. It's a good walkthrough of all of the iLife applications, it's in full color, and it's only $30 retail. That's fantastic!

As you would expect, the writing is good, the production is great. Screenshots are used sparingly but well. And the advice in the sidebars is fun as always.

Definitely worth your money. Wow, what a steal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Pearson on March 21, 2006
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iLife '05 is the fifth Missing Manual I've purchased. I find them helpful, informative, and fun to read. The chapter layout is logical and fluid, the index is thorough, and the entire manual is chock full of color (!) illustrations.

The first few chapters will walk the beginner through iTunes and the iTunes Music store. There is even a chapter on managing your iPod.

Next is iPhoto, Apple's image browser-librarian-editor. Like Apple's software, there is more than first meets the eye in these pages.

Section three covers iMovie, from working with your camcorder through producing something worth burning to DVD...leading seamlessly to

Section four, exploring iDVD. Both general concepts and insider-like tips abound.

Section five covers GarageBand. All the above sections are much more accessable and thorough than Apple's Help system. This Missing Manual closes with more than 50 pages of troubleshooting tips for the 5 software titles, and an excellent index.

The whole book is a pleasure to read, browse, or just to hold in the hand (though it's heavy--nothing skimpy about it). I find myself reading some sections completely and diving in for a just a few pages in others. A must have if you own iLife '05--whhich can be had for a song now that iLife '06 is out.
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