Mac OS X Leopard: Beyond the Manual

Mac OS X Leopard: Beyond the Manual

by Mike Lee, Scott Meyers
     
 

Good computer books make assumptions about the reader: what they do and don’t know when they pick up the book, and what they want to know when they put it down. For each reader this could be very different; therefore, a book that suits one person may not be the best for another. Mac OS X Leopard: Beyond the Manual makes some assumptions too,

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Overview

Good computer books make assumptions about the reader: what they do and don’t know when they pick up the book, and what they want to know when they put it down. For each reader this could be very different; therefore, a book that suits one person may not be the best for another. Mac OS X Leopard: Beyond the Manual makes some assumptions too, ones that tend to differ from other Mac OS X books.

First of all, we assume that you have used a computer in that past: that you know how to use a mouse and you know the proper place to stick a DVD to get it to play in your computer. We won’t be showing you these things. (We will, however, demonstrate to our Mac converts how to “right click” on a trackpad with only one button!).

Second, we assume you know what you want to do with your computer. We won't waste your time showing you specifically, step–by–step how to order a pizza from Pizza Galaxy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Safari (though, when you’re done with this book we think you’ll be able to do this just fine... if such a place exists, anyway).

Finally, we assume that you are a reasonably intelligent person who realizes the value of such phrases as “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime” and can imagine how that might apply to a computer book.

If this sounds like you, then we think you'll find this book rewarding.

Inside you will find everything you need to get up to speed with Mac OS X Leopard including:

  • Using the standard included Leopard applications including Mail, Safari, Preview, and more
  • Taking advantage of the Darwin subsystem in Leopard
  • Learning all the ins and outs of the Finder and Leopards improved interface
  • Administering your computer for yourself and for others
  • Working with other computers and operating systems from you Mac
  • Configuring the network to take full advantage of the powerful networking capabilities in Leopard
  • Working with add on devices via USB,Firewire, and Bluetooth
  • Effectively implementing data backup, recovery and security
  • Getting started with OS X development in Leopard

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Editorial Reviews

After a somewhat longer wait than anticipated, Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” has arrived -- and plenty of longtime Mac users are rushing to upgrade. Mac OS X Leopard: Beyond the Manual will help them quickly uncover all of Leopard’s goodies and take control of this new cat’s sleek, stunning power.

Author Scott Meyers discusses everything power users will want to know about Leopard, from its revamped Dock and new Stacks feature to the new Cover Flow view; Spaces virtual desktops to Apple’s nifty Time Machine automated backups. There’s detailed coverage, also, of many advanced features that have been in OS X for awhile, but you might not have gotten the most out of yet (for instance, Spotlight searches, Exposé, and all the iLife applications, including iMovie HD and GarageBand).

Meyers started his computer career as an Apple Sales Specialist and Consultant; these days, among other things, he’s an elite developer. So you won’t be surprised that he spends a good deal of time on Leopard’s technical underpinnings. Whether you plan to code applications, use Mac OS X’s powerful Unix and Web tools, or integrate your Mac into an enterprise environment, you’ll appreciate all that coverage.

It’s not every Leopard book that contains coverage of virtualization. Or development with XCode and Interface Builder. Or installing Darwin apps. Or running the Apache Web server with PHP, MySQL, and even Ruby on Rails. Or VPNs (and even connections with Windows Remote Desktop). This one has all those technical goodies, and more. No wonder it’s called “Beyond the Manual.” Bill Camarda, from the January 2008 Read Only

From the Publisher
From the reviews:

"Chapters illustrate the basic features of Leopard using screen shots and table listings of commands … . I would recommend this book as a good starting point for someone who wants to find out about the development tools available in Leopard." (P. Spoerri, Computing Reviews, Vol. 50 (1), January, 2009)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590598375
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
12/17/2007
Series:
Beyond the Manual Series
Edition description:
1st Corrected ed. 2008. Corr. 4th printing 2007
Pages:
598
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 9.25(d)

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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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