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About the Author
David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.
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OS X Mavericks being 10th major update of Apple's Unix-based operating system is the software you cannot purchase on DVD/CD or flash drive - you have only possibility to download it.
This means that the user won't get any printed instructions for its usage, except those you can download (and then print) from the vendor website that describe some of the basic functionalities; or you can turn to help system that lacks examples and any kind of tutorials.
And it's precisely in these areas Missing Manual series of books shines, unburdened by the pressure of information that have to be written in official manuals, offering countless examples, tutorials and how-to tips.
OS X Mavericks MM is intended for those users who are already familiar with OS X operating system on intermediate level, though those who are beginners can also use it thanks to small sidebar articles "Up to Speed" that offers great advices for novice users due to which they'll soon cease to feel like rookies.
If you're seasoned Mac user, there is no need to worry because you can also find it helpful due to similar articles called "Power Users' Clinic" that offer advanced tricks, helpful technical tips and many shortcuts that facilitate your work.Read more ›
Mr. Pogue is popularly known as a great explainer and is developing a reputation as a great efficiency expert as well. The latest iteration of the Manuals covers OS X Mavericks (10.9) and is filled with examples, tips, and illustrations of how to be as efficient as possible using a Mac computer, as well as detailing and explaining nearly every feature of the operating system, both documented and undocumented.
I've read (and reviewed) every one of those books and have been delighted to learn dozens of new ways to use the system beyond just learning about the new features of each version of OS X. Pogue details the (usually) several ways to do things but nearly always offers a quicker, easier option, usually keyboard versus mouse-based. (See Appendix D, the Secret Keystroke List for 8 pages of shortcuts.) He has evolved his already Great Template for itemizing and explaining comprehensively the features, components, and technologies of each system towards offering more and more user perspectives, expert insights, and practical tips to being more efficient.
I don't know how much time or effort he puts into developing each book but it must be substantial. How else to find out about all of the undocumented features unless one either gets a cheat sheet from Apple or spends days (weeks? months?) Command, Control, Option, and Shift clicking all over the user interface to discover new and mostly useful things.Read more ›
Right at the beginning of this book is a list of the main new features of Mavericks. For those who are interested mostly in that, it makes it easy to go look up more detail on the features they want to learn. For Mac beginners, you can learn everything about how a Mac operates starting with (for example) the various views—icon, list, date, column view and coverflow. David Pogue, the author tells you how each of those views can be helpful in different situations. You can learn how to burn CDs and DVDs, use the dock, and find out what each application does (that is installed with OSX Mavericks) such as Calendar, Preview, iTunes and so on. Networking, printing, sharing and iCloud are all covered. With 880 pages, you can imagine there is a lot of information.
David Pogue, one of my favorite Mac authors and New York Times tech columnist, always writes with humor and doesn’t use technical jargon to explain everything. It is easy to understand.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Finally! I also wondered about certain features of Mavericks, and now here are the answers written so an average user can understand it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alesis
As always, POGUE tells you all you need to know...well, almost. I needed to know more about Voice over, he promised that was comin but it neer did. Read morePublished 6 months ago by G. lawley
He is THE person to read on APPLE programs. Engaging, easy to read and yet concise and to the point. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael Wenzler