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Part of the Against The Clock Series! Already popular in corporate training environments!

  • All books in this series are built with the same pedagogical structure, designed to be used separately or in sets.
  • Project-based instruction lets users learn the basics of the software programs while they complete real-world projects.
  • All books are two-color & spiral bound for easy use and reference while working at the computer. All titles work for software across hardware platforms—both Mac and Windows.
With the release of OS-X (System 10) for the Macintosh workstation, Apple Computer has taken a dramatic leap forward to the world of preemptive multitasking, built-in support for a wide range of multimedia objects, and an underlying UNIX platform. Mac Os X offers the reader an in-depth look at the core kernel of the new OS - Aqua. With unparalleled support for Internet connections, digital video, audio, QuickTime, and other rich media technologies, Mac Os X is also capable of handling older software in Classic mode. Mac Os X provides insight into every aspect of this powerful new computing platform from Apple - and is sure to please even the most diehard Macintosh user.

Ellenn Behoriam is the President and founder of Against The Clock, which has its roots in on-site training in many of the nation's leading publishing, design, prepress and printing companies. Today, Ellenn and her staff, along with dozens of professional writers, educators, illustrators, and artists collaborate via a worldwide network to develop, illustrate, test, and publish courses for the Prentice Hall Against The Clocklibrary. The group is dedicated to delivering the most helpful and well thought out series available for the graphic arts industry.

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Students in computer arts will learn Mac OS X by doing exercises, activities, and projects in this wire-bound book/CD-ROM tutorial. Coverage includes the Macintosh operating system, the dock, applications, text, security, mail and the Internet, settings, printing, and iTools. The CD-ROM contains fonts, data files, and other resource files for exercises and projects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130973450
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: Against the Clock Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Getting Started 1
Introduction 3
1 The Macintosh Operating System 5
2 The Working Environment 21
3 The Dock 63
4 Applications 73
5 Text 105
Review #1 121
6 Users and Security 123
7 Mail and the Internet 141
8 Settings 165
9 Printing 189
10 iTools 207
Review #2 223
Glossary 224
Index 227
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The Against The Clock series has been developed specifically for those involved in the field of computer arts, and now - animation, video and multimedia production. Many of our readers are already involved in the industry in advertising and printing, television production, multimedia and Web design. Others are just now preparing for a career within these professions.

This series will provide you with the necessary skills to work in these fast-paced, exciting and rapidly expanding fields. While many people feel that they can simply purchase a computer and the appropriate software and begin designing and producing quality presentations, the real world of high-quality printed and Web communications requires a far more serious commitment.

The Series

The applications presented in the Against The Clock series stand out as the programs of choice in professional computer arts environments.

We've used a modular design for the Against The Clock series, allowing you to mix and match the drawing, imaging, multimedia and page-layout applications that exactly suit your specific needs.

Titles available in the Against The Clock series include:

Macintosh: Basic Operations
Windows: Basic Operations
Adobe Illustrator: Introduction and Advanced Digital Illustration
Macromedia FreeHand: Digital Illustration
Adobe InDesign: Introduction and Advanced Electronic Mechanicals
Adobe PageMaker: Introduction and Advanced Electronic Mechanicals
QuarkXPress: Introduction and Advanced Electronic Mechanicals
Microsoft Publisher: Creating Electronic Mechanicals
Microsoft PowerPoint: Presentation Graphicswith Impact
Microsoft FrontPage: Designing for the Web
MetaCreations Painter: A Digital Approach to Natural Art Media
Adobe Photoshop: Introduction and Advanced Digital Images
Adobe Premiere: Digital Video Editing
Macromedia Director: Creating Powerful Multimedia
Macromedia Flash: Animating for the Web
Macromedia Dreamweaver: Creating Web Pages
File Preparation: The Responsible Electronic Page
Preflight: An Introduction to File Analysis and Repair
TrapWise and PressWise: Digital Trapping and Imposition

Icons and Visuals

Throughout this book you will encounter a number of icons shown in the sidebars. They are designed to identify four different categories of sidebars: teacher comments, pitfalls and potential problems, keyboard shortcuts, and hands-on activities.

Pay close attention to the sidebar notes - you will find valuable comments that will help you throughout this book and in your everyday use of your computer. The standard icons are:

  • The Pencil icon indicates a comment from an experienced operator or instructor. Whenever you see the Pencil icon, you'll find corresponding sidebar text that augments or builds upon the subject being discussed at the time.
  • The Bomb or Pitfalls icon indicates a potential problem or difficulty. For instance, a certain technique might lead to pages that prove difficult to output. In other cases, there might be something that a program cannot easily accomplish, so we might present a workaround.
  • The Pointing Finger icon indicates a hands-on activity—whether a short exercise or a complete project. Note that sometimes this icon will direct you to the back of the book to complete a project.
  • The Key icon is used to point out that there is a keyboard equivalent to a menu or dialog-box option. Key commands are often faster than using the mouse to select a menu option. Experienced operators often mix the use of keyboard equivalents and menu/ dialog box selections to arrive at their optimum speed.

Support Materials

For the Reader

A variety of resource files have been included. These files, necessary to complete the hands-on activities may be found on the CD-ROM within the RF_MacOS_X folder.

For the Instructor

The Instructor's CD-ROM includes various testing and presentation materials in addition to the files that are supplied with this book.

  • Overhead Presentation Materials are provided and follow along with the book. These presentations are prepared using Microsoft PowerPoint, and are provided in both native PowerPoint format and Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF).
  • Test Questions and Answers are included on the Instructor's CD-ROM. These questions may be modified and/or reorganized and are provided in RTF format for placement and in Acrobat (PDF) format.

Book Walk-Through

  • Chapter openers provide the reader with specific objectives.
  • Periodic Reviews allow the reader the opportunity to refresh what they've learned and determine their progress.
  • Sidebars and hands-on activities supplement concepts presented in the material.
  • A comprehensive glossary allows the reader to reference many of the terms discussed in the book.
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