Learn Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Learn Mac OS X Snow Leopard

by Mike Lee, Scott Meyers
     
 

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You’re smart and savvy, but also busy. This comprehensive guide to Apple's Mac OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard, gives you everything you need to know to live a happy, productive Mac life. Learn Mac OS X Snow Leopard will have you up and connected lickity–split. With a minimum of overhead and a maximum of useful information, you’ll cover a lot of

Overview

You’re smart and savvy, but also busy. This comprehensive guide to Apple's Mac OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard, gives you everything you need to know to live a happy, productive Mac life. Learn Mac OS X Snow Leopard will have you up and connected lickity–split. With a minimum of overhead and a maximum of useful information, you’ll cover a lot of ground in the time it takes other books to get you plugged in.

If this isn’t your first experience with Mac OS X, skip right to the "What’s New in Snow Leopard" sections. You may also find yourself using this book as a quick refresher course or a way to learn new Mac skills you’ve never tried before.

What you’ll learn
  • Discover all the ins and outs of the Finder and Snow Leopard's streamlined workflow.
  • Use the features of Apple’s built–in applications, including Mail, Safari, iCal, Address Book, iChat, Preview, and more.
  • Learn about Snow Leopard’s improved security and reliability, and how to take full advantage of the connected world and a wealth of mobile devices.
  • Administer your computer and network for yourself, your family, or your business.
  • Work with add–on devices via direct connection or wirelessly.
  • Master effective strategies for data backup, recovery, and security.
  • Explore all of Apple’s improved iLife applications, including iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie.
  • Delve into more advanced topics, such as how to take advantage of the Darwin subsystem in Leopard, how to run multiple operating systems on your Mac, and how to cooperate with other operating systems (and help them cooperate with you).
  • Get started with your own Mac OS X development in Snow Leopard
Who this book is for

New Mac users, existing Mac users upgrading from older versions of Mac OS X, and PC users making the switch to Macs. These people share a common desire to learn stuff fast and keep learning! Because this book goes into greater depth than your average Mac OS X guide, it is also excellent for small business owners, user support personnel, and system administrators. There’s even an introduction to Mac OS X development for nascent programmers and the DIY crowd.

Table of Contents
  1. Working in Snow Leopard: The Aqua interface
  2. The File System
  3. Using Spotlight, Exposé, Spaces, and Dashboard
  4. System Preferences
  5. Printing, Peripherals, and Bluetooth in Snow Leopard
  6. Common Mac OS X Maintenance
  7. Backup, Synchronization, and Recovery of Data
  8. Mac OS X Security
  9. Connecting to the Internet
  10. Browsing the Web with Safari
  11. Mail, Address Book, and iCal
  12. iChat
  13. MobileMe
  14. Application Basics
  15. Snow Leopard Applications
  16. iLife ’09
  17. Introducing Darwin and the Shell
  18. Extending the Power of Darwin
  19. Snow Leopard Networking
  20. Working with Remote Servers and Networks
  21. Snow Leopard As a Web Server
  22. Mac OS X Automation with Automator and AppleScript
  23. Mac OS X Development: The Application Frameworks
  24. Mac OS X Development: The Tools
  25. Mac OS X Development: Objective-C
  26. Working with Microsoft Windows and Other Operating Systems

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781430219477
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
632
File size:
10 MB

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Meet the Author

Mike Lee, the world's toughest programmer, is the founder and chief executive officer of United Lemur, a philanthropic revolution disguised as a software company. Mike has had a role in creating many popular iPhone applications, including Obama '08, Tap Tap Revenge, Twinkle, and Jott. Prior to iPhone, Mike cut his teeth and won an Apple Design Award at Seattle-based Delicious Monster Software. Mike is a popular blogger and occasional pundit, and has been seen on Twitter as @bmf. Mike and his wife are originally from Honolulu, but live in Silicon Valley, where they are raising two cats. Mike's hobbies include weightlifting, single malts, and fire. Mike can be contacted at mike@unitedlemur.org.
Scott Meyers has worked in and around the computer industry, beginning as an Apple sales specialist and consultant over 12 years ago, and he has since moved on to various other jobs including web design and development, editing books on web development, open source and Apple technology, and marketing. He is a Select ADC (Apple Developers Connection) Member and a huge fan of Mac OS X, which brings together his love of the Apple's traditionally best-of-class GUI and applications with the unrivaled power of Unix and open source technologies and applications. Scott lives outside of Indianapolis with his wife, two kids, and a cat and a dog. When not working or writing, he enjoys photography, playing guitar, and building amplifiers.

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