- Series: For Dummies (Computers)
- Paperback: 404 pages
- Publisher: Wiley Publishing; 8 edition (May 7, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764556568
- ISBN-13: 978-0764556562
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,177,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Macs For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) 8th Edition
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Whether you have inherited an older Macintosh or just bought a brand-new one, you'll get more from it with the assistance of Macs for Dummies. In addition to the fundamental information that has put generations of Mac users on the right track, this latest edition of a long-standing bestseller incorporates information about the newest Mac developments, including Mac OS 8.5 and the iMac.
On top of author David Pogue's coverage of the system itself and Mac hardware, Macs for Dummies shows you how to use all the most popular Mac application programs, including AppleWorks (also known as ClarisWorks) and Microsoft Office. There's also an excellent glossary that helps you figure out jargon you may encounter in manuals and on the Internet.
This book would be better if Pogue had included more about creating local area networks (LANs) for Macs--such networks are popping up in homes and small offices everywhere. Setting up Mac LANs is so easy, it seems unnecessary to relegate information about it to More Macs for Dummies, as Pogue and his publisher have done. But by itself, the information here is extremely valuable, especially for people totally new to computing. Macs for Dummies makes you feel welcome in the Mac community. --David Wall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Release the power of Macs newest OS and multimedia tools!
Work with files, set up a printer, use the iLife® suite, get online, and more
The Mac has become famous as the worlds friendliest computer, but this handy guide will smooth out any rough spots that might arise in your relationship. It takes you from the initial turn-on all the way to cruising the Internet, adding music with iTunes®, fixing problems and it even helps you get some work done!
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
Discover how to:
- Set up your Mac and establish a password
- Navigate the desktop and Dock
- Edit home movies
- Go wireless
- Burn CDs and DVDs
- Perform basic maintenance
Top customer reviews
Here in my small town, in the last few months I've had a number of requests for help from Mac people. The local Mac guy isn't getting rave reviews at the moment -- possibly because he has too much work -- so the requests for help that I've referred to him have been bouncing back to me.
Before I took any of these people's money, I wanted to make sure that (1) a computer is still a computer and (2) Macs had not totally morphed into something unrecognizable since I last used one. The book convinced me that the answer to (1) is "yes" and the answer to (2) is "no" (but OS X may change that). This book was a VERY fast read, and gave me those answers.
For me the most valuable part of this book were the two chapters on troubleshooting. They were well written, and certainly covered the range of Mac problems I remember from the IIcx. Time will tell if they cover the range of problems the Mac users here are having right now.
I'm trying to decide which book to read next: the O'Reilley book on Macs for PC people/PCs for Mac people, or the Dummies series book on upgrading and fixing Macs. Obviously one (maybe both) will eventually be necessary.
For the person just starting out with a Mac -- or starting out with computers who is thinking about a Mac -- I think this book would be absolutely first rate. And the book seems to have done the job I required of it just about as painlessly as possible!
It gets five stars from me!!
Most recent customer reviews
Yes good, but could be better.
More pictures....and colour please.