The Little Mac iApps Book

The Little Mac iApps Book

by John Tollett, Robin Williams
     
 

The Little Mac Book has taught a generation of readers how to use the Mac and spawned a best-selling series of Little Books that remove the fear from learning by adopting a gentle, non-techie approach to technical topics. It¿s hard to call a book little, however, when it becomes so thick and chock-full of info that it takes two people to lift it¿which

Overview

The Little Mac Book has taught a generation of readers how to use the Mac and spawned a best-selling series of Little Books that remove the fear from learning by adopting a gentle, non-techie approach to technical topics. It¿s hard to call a book little, however, when it becomes so thick and chock-full of info that it takes two people to lift it¿which is exactly what would have happened if author Robin Williams had tried to fit a detailed discussion of Apple¿s powerful OS X iApps into her latest edition of The Little Mac Book¿called Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, Jaguar Edition. Thus was born this handy companion volume: The Little Mac iApps Book.

The Little Mac iApps Book provides detailed coverage of each powerful iApp that Mac OS X installs on your computer: Mail, iCal, iChat, Rendezvous, iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie, Preview, and iDVD. Through tips, techniques, and tutorials, best-selling authors John Tollett and Robin Williams teach not just how to use the individual iApps, but how to use them together and interactively. The book also discusses the benefits of setting up a .Mac account¿all in the friendly, funny, unintimidating style you¿ve come to expect from this popular series. If you want to tap the power of Mac OS X¿s iApps¿whether you¿re a beginner or a veteran Mac user¿you need this book.

Editorial Reviews

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We recently raved about The Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, Jaguar Edition. But we mentioned that Mac OS X 10.2 offers so many goodies that Robin Williams had to move her iApps coverage to a new companion book, The Little Mac iApps Book. That book’s just arrived, and we recommend it highly.

Williams’s longtime collaborator John Tollett covers pretty much every significant application that comes with a contemporary Mac. And all the significant applications that come with your $99 .Mac membership. There are even chapters on easily downloadable third-party applications that fill key gaps in your Mac toolset.

Tollett starts with expert coverage of the four core “iApps”: iPhoto (everything from burning photo CDs to creating QuickTime slideshows). iTunes (play, burn, send to iPod). iMovie and iDVD (step by step through your first projects).

You’ll find coverage on Mac OS X (Jaguar)’s mail and address book applications, iCal calendaring, iChat and Rendezvous. This is also one of the first Mac guides we’ve seen that cover Safari, Apple’s nifty new browser.

This is the stuff you really want to know about Safari. Importing your bookmarks. Organizing them (way easier in Safari than Internet Explorer). Using Safari’s integrated Google search. Using Apple’s innovative SnapBack, which gives you a “breadcrumb trail” back to the browsing path you intended to follow before you got distracted. Integrated Rendezvous-enabled features that fetch Web addresses from anywhere on your network. And -- yes! -- the pop-up exterminator. Thank you, Apple!

Apple keeps introducing more .Mac applications, and Tollett keeps writing about them. iDisk (including handy Public Folder Access). iCards (free, customizable electronic postcards for every occasion: birthday, business, and “just because”). HomePage (an incredibly easy way to publish a Web site without also publishing horribly intrusive, embarrassing advertising). Mail (elegant and flexible: Think of it as a better Hotmail for Mac users). Virex antivirus protection. iSync for synchronizing with your other Mac (or iPod or Palm OS device or Bluetooth-enabled cell phone).

If you’ve sprung $99 for .Mac, you can also download Apple’s elegant and quick Backup software. (You do back up, right? No? Start. Please.) Tollett walks you through retrieving and installing Backup, archiving your files online or to CD or DVD, and using QuickPicks to find the important files you might otherwise miss. Stuff like iCal calendars, Address Book contacts, Keychain passwords, and iTunes playlists.

Every AppleWorks module gets its own chapter -- and this might be enough coverage to save you from buying a separate AppleWorks book. This is the meat and potatoes stuff: formatting and editing documents, building and using databases, creating spreadsheets, drawing, and using AppleWorks’ presentation capabilities, which are all many presenters will ever need.

Need to create diagrams (especially since there’s no Mac Visio nowadays)? Tollett covers the impressive OmniGraffle. Send faxes? There’s a chapter on FaxSTF X. Use Inkwell handwriting recognition? That’s here, too. This is an impressive roundup of an equally impressive stable of Mac OS X applications. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321187475
Publisher:
Peachpit Press
Publication date:
03/20/2003
Series:
Little Book Series
Pages:
487
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

John Tollett is an illustrator, art director, and designer with more than 30 years of experience in the graphic design world. He has co-written several books with Robin, including Robin Williams Design Workshop. Robin Williams is the author of more than 20 best-selling and award-winning books, including The Little Mac Book, The Non-Designer¿s Design Book, The Non-Designer¿s Web Book, and Robin Williams Web Design Workshop. Through her writing, teaching, and seminars, Robin has influenced an entire generation of computer users in the areas of design, typography, desktop publishing, the Mac, and the World Wide Web.

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