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Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) is packed with goodies, big and small. In 17 full-color lessons, legendary Mac author Robin Williams helps you unearth those goodies -- and make the most of them.
If you’ve just bought a new Mac, she’ll show how to migrate your files. If you’re upgrading an old Mac, she walks you through that, too. You’ll tour Tiger’s applications, from Safari to iChat, and learn how to personalize your Mac to your heart’s content. Williams uncovers new features everywhere, from iCal automated email notifications to private browsing in Safari and PDF annotations in Preview. (Did you know TextEdit can now read Word files?)
There’s a full section on the big things that are new in Tiger. To begin with: Spotlight, for finding what you need in a hurry (and then keeping your search results handy and up-to-date, using Smart Folders). There’s Dashboard, for placing important information and tools at your fingertips (know the weather in London at all times, or when your significant other’s flight is landing). There’s iChat AV, which now lets you run audio chats with up to 10 people at once (and video chats with up to four). There are Safari RSS newsfeeds.
Then, our favorite: the Automator. In just 20 pages, Williams will teach you how to quickly build automated workflows to get work done faster, even when you’re not there. (No programming: not even AppleScripting!) For instance, you could set up Automator to automatically send out birthday greetings to your friends and colleagues, using information you’ve already stored in Address Book and Mail. Elegant, efficient, fun: Ain’t that a Mac? Bill Camarda, from the July 2005 Read Only