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Mac OS X Snow Leopard Pocket Guide: The Ultimate Quick Guide to Mac OS X (Pocket ref / guide) 1st Edition

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The Ultimate Quick Guide to Mac OS X

About the Author

Chris Seibold is an engineer, writer, and cartoonist residing in Knoxville, Tennessee. As an engineer, he has tackled such diverse processes as powder coating and hot dog casing manufacture. As a writer, he has focused on computing and written for a variety of online and traditional media, including serving as Senior Contributing Editor for the Apple Matters web site and contributing hacks to iPod and iTunes Hacks, with a talent for making the complex accessible to the interested but harried user. As a cartoonist, he has produced both cartoon strips and editorials. Chris also managed to spend some time working producing radio shows relating to sports. As soon as he hits television, the trifecta will be complete. Chris lives with his wife, young son, and what is quite possibly the world's dimmest canine. He has a degree in Physics from the University of Tennessee but has yet to find work involving frictionless inclined planes.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket ref / guide
  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (October 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596802722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596802721
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,734,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Hartley J. Jackson on October 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Mac OS X Snow Leopard Pocket Guide is as advertised a great guide that is conveniently small to Snow Leopard and its new features. It opens with a quick guide to what is new in Snow Leopard including a new feature in Preview to import images through a scanner. Combining that with improved sharing and we now can, I hope, use our scanner with both of our iMac and our MacBook.

Chapter 2 is provides more information than unsophisticated users need about installing Snow Leopard and migrating data to it.

Chapter 3 is a quick guide to Snow Leopard itself beginning with the Menu bar. Services under the Apple Menu has been redone in Snow Leopard. When you have a new application to drag to the Applications file, just drag it to Applications in the Side Bar. Click and hold on any open application in the Dock to display all the open windows for that application. There is a lot of information that is new in this little book as well as reminders of features I forget to use such as command-tab.

Chapter 4 is a quick guide to troubleshooting the more common problems. Chapter 5 covers what is new and what you want to know about the System Preferences including Sharing. Chapter 6 includes some information about each of the many applications and utilities that come with Snow Leopard. Chapter 7 is about MobileMe which is useful only if you have MobileMe. Chapter 8 is primarily about passwords which I believe is all most people really need to know about Security on a Mac except for using some common sense. The final chapter 9 includes the keyboard commands and how to access the special characters - very useful information in a easy to use format.

This book provides a look at what is new in Leopard and a concise reference for information when you need it. A lot of book in a compact package for a small price.
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Has all the essentials. Not as comprehensive as the The Missing Manual, but that's too big to read through. This book is great for anyone new to Mac as a thorough introduction and is great for anyone except a Mac expert for a quick reference.
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A great book, but it's difficult to find things using its index... the page numbers in the index are not correct, sometimes they are 10's of pages off! I can't give this many stars because of that. Sorry. I've spent hours trying to find what I'm looking for because of this.
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I just finished reading this from cover to cover. I would have to say, it is probably the best introduction book I have read to any version of Mac OS X.

Pro's:
It's size - packed full of information, yet not overwhelming.
Great reference for those new to the Mac.
Great keyboard shortcut reference for anyone who uses a Mac.

Con's:
Typo's, and I mean I stopped counting after 50!
Grammatical error's! Enough of them to annoy you!
Technical error's, however nothing not easily figured out on your own.

All in all, it's a great introduction read for anyone new to the Mac!
I would have given it 5-Stars, had it not been for the laziness exhibited by the editors!
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A well written concise guide explains the main features of Mac OS X Snow Leopard clearly, logically and quickly. I keep a copy in both cars to read while waiting at appointments. 219 narrow pages gets to the point quicker than the usual 1000 pages. Inexpensive and great for starters. Get one with other orders to get over the Amazon $25 free shipping limit! A handy gift for Mac friends.
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This little book paid for itself the first time I opened it. It has earned itself a space on my desk beside my Mac.
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I purchased the pocket guide as an ebook via the iTunes App Store for $1.99. After skimming it, I realized it is useful as introductory material. But, I still purchased David Pogue's OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual for more thorough information last night. I will finish the pocket guide before starting the big book, and, keep it on my iPhone as a quick reference. If you don't read ebooks, I would consider it worthwhile to purchase this book in paperback to get an overview of Snow Leopard.
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This is a clear and concise guide to Apple's Snow Leopard version (10.6.8) of it's OS X. You can pay more for a more detailed manual, but this has about 99.9% of what you need to quickly and competently take advantage of the features found in Snow Leopard. A good guide. Worth more than the price.
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