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Mac Secrets 1st Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0470637883
ISBN-10: 0470637889
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From the Back Cover

Mac Secrets is the ultimate insider's guide to making the most of your Mac. This unique book takes you behind the scenes of being a Mac owner and reveals everything you need to know to make sure your Mac works just right for you. You'll learn from Mark Hattersley's years of experience in the Apple community as he cuts through the hype to deliver you straightforward, little-known advice on making the transformation from Mac user to Mac genius. You'll discover the differences between a PC and a Mac, what's new and what's important with each Mac model, how to optimize the latest OS for your needs, and tips for taking advantage of the Mac's features and functionality. Mac Secrets encourages you to take a bite out of Apple's exciting Mac platform and make it your own.

The Insider's Guide to:

  • Buying a Mac and setting it up

  • Customizing startup

  • Switching from a PC to a Mac

  • Maximizing the Mac OS® X software and utilities

  • Keeping your Mac healthy

  • Upgrading and personalizing your Mac

  • Securing and backing up all your data

  • Managing, editing, and sharing photos and movies

  • Troubleshooting and recovery

  • Enhancing your Mac with an iPad or iPhone®

  • Syncing your data and devices with MobileMe

The Secrets series reveals:

  • Authoritative information in highlighted areas

  • Exceptional advice in the margin notes

  • Unique insight from years of author experience

  • Rarely revealed tips and techniques

  • Invaluable shortcuts and workarounds

  • Insider TipsExpert advice to help you optimize performance

  • Valuable Insights Eye-opening descriptions of poorly documentedor undocumented features and procedures

  • Unbeatable Advice Real-world workarounds and little-known tipsand techniques

About the Author

Mark Hattersley is Editor in Chief of the Macworld group in the UK where he oversees Macworld UK, MacVideo, iPad & iPhone User, and Digital Arts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470637889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470637883
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If own or will own a MAC -buy this book.

The "Mac Secrets" title suggests it will give you insider tips for an expert user, but in my opinion this book is far better than that.

It is PERFECT for the new MAC user, and for the potential MAC user, and even the kind-of-experienced MAC user . . . If you use a MAC and still bug friends, colleagues, or IT folks for help sometimes. . .then this is a good book to get!

This book is very readable. It has only a little of the typical Mac Hype and is written in a fresh, clear manner that walks the reader through practical topics like: how to buy a MAC (this was much better than I expected; and I will certainly use his recommended approach when I buy my next Mac), how to set up your MAC and get it going, how to use you MAC, and how to make using it effective and (maybe) even fun.

It even covers some pretty useful pointers for firewalls, security software, passwords, and of the more challenging issues for ITunes, IPhoto and some other programs. I really liked the customization tips and the references or pointers to freeware or shareware that can even make the MAC experience better.

If you are transitioning from Windows/DOS PC systems, this is an especially good book, even though it does not focus on the specific differences. This book's approach is to discuss most of the MAC set up and user options, and in doing so it covers most of the questions or aspects that (we) (former) DOS users would typically ask about --for example how to use keyboard shortcuts, (xwindows) command line options/ alternatives. The book even gives some pretty clear insights on how to figure out and best use the MAC desktop (and therefore, how to configure the MAC desktop).
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Mac Secrets would be a very useful guide for newcomers to Macs - and even experienced users are likely to have a lot to learn here. What it covers aren't really insider's tricks, as the title implies, but it's more a guide to developing the kind of common sense that's necessary to use a Mac efficiently. (In fact, I think "Mac Common Sense" might even be a better title for the book). The nice thing about Macs is that they make it very easy to accomplish the basics, so that you almost don't need to know anything to get started. Still, there are lots of shortcuts and tricks that aren't so obvious, and the main aim of this book is to make them obvious.

The book is clearly written and well organized, starting with very basic things like how to select a Mac and optimize it for specific needs, and ending with a quick primer on how to begin programming Macs for specific tasks you use often. It's not as thorough as, say, the Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual - but it's got a more intuitive organization than that book. Whereas the "Missing Manual" covers everything you could possibly want to know about the Mac's operating system, this book covers what you're likely to need to know to get up and running and then to use it very well, and covers it in step by step and clear fashion. I expect most users wouldn't bother going through "The Missing Manual" in its entirety - but would find this one much easier to traverse. I've been working with Macs for about ten years now, and so I didn't find much here that was new to me, but a lot of what this book covers I didn't know for the first few years as a Mac user, and I wish I had.
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After switching from a PC to Macbook I was looking for a nice informative book that would point out the different ways of doing things on a Mac compared to a PC. I read several other books and lost interest in them fast. I found this one to be the best read. Easy to follow, informative and really detailed. Was hard to not read from start to finish. Nicely done.
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