- Series: Missing Manual
- Paperback: 912 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 059652952X
- ISBN-13: 978-0596529529
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 214 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual 1st Edition
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David Pogue is one of America's best-selling how-to authors, with nearly 3 million books in print. David is the creator of the Missing Manual series and the weekly computer columnist for the New York Times.
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For the new Mac user this book covers all of the essentials to get started. It also gives you the tools to go in depth with Leopard. For the experienced Mac users there is still so much valuable information here to make it well worth the purchase. All of the applications that come with Tiger are covered in good detail. Dash board, Spotlight, Apple remote desktop, Sherlock, iTunes, iSync, iChat .Mac, Safari RSS for internet feeds, iDVD, iChat, iPhoto, iCal, iMic, iMovie, iDisk, iSync and iTunes, Apple Script and Image Capture to name a few.
Also covered in detail is converting from Windows to Mac for the new Mac user.
Creating user accounts is covered along with file and directory permissions, configuring the user environment and user preferences, passwords and other elements of security.
The Intel chip set is covered in detail.
There are a myriad of new features and features that have been changed or have been enhanced. There are so many new features that are not intuitive in Leopard. This book helps you through these with ease. Throughout the book there are There are lots of well placed screen shots to guide you.
The book is methodically laid out in an order that makes sense. It is filled with tips and how to's. For the user coming from Windows to Mac this book will be a tremendous help. It will really simplify things that could be fairly daunting. Even for the veteran Mac user this book will be very handy.
There are several informational snippets:
Power user's guide: Explains the more technical details of the subject being described.
Frequently asked questions: This is pretty self explanatory.
Work around workshop: These sections detail why you can't do something but then gives you a work around.
Gem in the rough: Shows you how to share with other Mac and non Mac machines.
Up to speed: These sections walk you through speeding up your machine and various applications.
Not quite as much humor in this book as with other books in the Missing manual series perhaps because of the depth and breadth of the material covered. As with all Pogue press books this is very easy read. It is detailed but not cumbersome. There are so many new features in Leopard that this book is a must. Pogue press consistently produces the best Mac books and this is no exception. 5 Stars for the Beginner to intermediate user 4 stars for the advanced user.
So what about the book? Well, it's pretty easy to adjust to the directory and file structure of a Mac as opposed to Windows but it is different. The instructions that come with the Mac are pretty minimal and poor. Yes, you learn the basics quick but if you don't read this book and learn what Leopard can really do you are missing about 80% of what a Mac is really about. It's a long book that covers everything there is to know about the Mac and Leopard. You may only want to refer to chapters that you need to know more about. It's a reference book. But reading it from cover to cover is the only way to truly understand and take full advantage of this computer and operating system. This is truly the Missing Manual that should of been included with the computer. It is well worth the money to buy this book. There are so many mouse clicks, key strokes and ways to do things easily and quickly that it opens up another world to your Mac. You can do everything from a mouse, or the keyboard or any way you are comfortable with. If you use your Mac a lot you will speed up what you can do with the shortcuts that this book describes. I find it very cumbersome to go back to a Windows computer.
If you only use your computer for email and the Internet then maybe you won't benefit from this book. If you do a lot of file manipulation, pictures, video, music you will definitely want to get this book and learn WAY more than what you can get out of the box and by poking around trying to learn the programs.
I don't give you this information to brag, since many people have done far more than I, but to let you know that I have read quite a few technical books. I have probably read 40-50 computer books over the years and this book is the best that I have ever read. The author (David Pogue) is very thorough. He covers the OS in very great detail from What's new in Leopard, Folders and Windows, Unix command line, the iLife apps, and Hacking the Mac, amongst others. Every topic that I needed to learn regarding OS X was readily available and easy to find.
Mr. Pogue has included historical information that provides background about the development of the MAC OS, but it is more than just history, he uses it to explain design choices as well. This really helps know the WHY's as well as the hows. I really appreciate that and it helps to understand the reasoning behind Apple's design choices.
This book is great for new computer users, but also for people that really like to get "under the hood" of the OS and learn the nitty gritty details. I highly recommend this book.