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Mac OS "X Panther" All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies


7 books in 1 - your key to taming the Panther!

Your one-stop guide to setting up OS X and using the latest Panther features

Wow - a whole set of OS X guides under one cover! All the new stuff is here, like iChat AV, Fast User Switching, and all the iLife(TM) applications including iTunes4, Expose, and the ...

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7 books in 1 - your key to taming the Panther!

Your one-stop guide to setting up OS X and using the latest Panther features

Wow - a whole set of OS X guides under one cover! All the new stuff is here, like iChat AV, Fast User Switching, and all the iLife(TM) applications including iTunes4, Expose, and the latest incarnations of the Finder(TM) and Apple Mail. Customize your Panther, explore the digital hub, check into AirPort, and enjoy it all!

The Dummies Way
* Coverage of the essentials and beyond
* Explanations in plain English
* "Get in, get out" information
* Thumbtabs and other navigation aids
* Tear-out cheat sheet
* A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:
* Navigate OS X and run programs
* Make repairs with Disk Utility
* Set up multiuser accounts
* Use iTunes and iPod(TM)
* Expand Internet storage with iDisk
* Upgrade your internal hard drive

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764543258
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 740
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark L. Chambers has been an author, computer consultant, BBS sysop, programmar, hardware technician, and unabashed Mac OS X fan. He’s the author of more than 15 computer books including Teach Yourself Visually™ the iMac® and CD & DVD Recording For Dummies. His books have been translated into 12 different languages so far. mark welcomes all comments and questions about his books. You can reach him at

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Table of Contents


Book I: Introducing Mac OS X.

Chapter 1: Shaking Hands with Mac OS X.

Chapter 2: Navigating and Running Programs.

Chapter 3: Basic OS X Housekeeping.

Chapter 4: Using Sherlock 3: It’s Elementary.

Chapter 5: Keeping Track with the Address Book.

Chapter 6: The Joys of Maintenance.

Chapter 7: Using Classic Mode.

Chapter 8: Getting Help for the Big X.

Chapter 9: Troubleshooting the X.

Book II: Customizing and Sharing.

Chapter 1: Building the Finder of Your Dreams.

Chapter 2: Giving Your Desktop the Personal Touch.

Chapter 3: Delving Under the Hood with System Preferences.

Chapter 4: You Mean Others Can Use My Mac, Too?

Chapter 5: Setting Up Multi-User Accounts.

Chapter 6: Sharing Documents for Fun and Profit.

Book III: The Digital Hub.

Chapter 1: The World According to Apple.

Chapter 2: Jamming with iTunes and iPod.

Chapter 3: Focusing on iPhoto.

Chapter 4: Making Magic with iMovie.

Chapter 5: Burn Those DVDs! Using iDVD 3.

Chapter 6: No, It’s Not Called “iQuickTime”.

Chapter 7: Turning Your Mac into a DVD Theater.

Book IV: The Typical Internet Stuff.

Chapter 1: Getting on the Internet.

Chapter 2: Using Apple Mail.

Chapter 3: Staying in Touch with iChat AV.

Chapter 4: Expanding Your Horizons with iDisk.

Chapter 5: Going Places with Safari.

Chapter 6: Staying Secure Online.

Book V: Networking in OS X.

Chapter 1: Setting Up a Small Network.

Chapter 2: Using Your Network.

Chapter 3: You May Even Need AppleTalk.

Chapter 4: Going Wireless.

Chapter 5: Sharing That Precious Internet Thing.

Book VI: Expanding Your System.

Chapter 1: Hardware That Will Make You Giddy.

Chapter 2: Add RAM, Hard Drive Space, and Stir.

Chapter 3: Port-o-rama: Using USB and FireWire.

Chapter 4: I’m Okay, You’re a Printer.

Chapter 5: Programs That You’ve (Probably) Gotta Have.

Book VII: Advanced Mac OS X.

Chapter 1: . . . And UNIX Lurks Beneath.

Chapter 2: AppleScript Just Plain Rocks.

Chapter 3: Forget Hal! Talking and Writing to Your Macintosh.

Chapter 4: Hosting a Web Site à la OS X.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2004

    Somewhere between okay and disappointing.

    This rather large book (just over 700 pages) is a guide for using the newest Macintosh operating system, Panther, that is now installed in all new Apple computers. It is a reference book, and the structure is the same as other 'For Dummies' books. Various icons (targets, ribbons on fingers, smoking bombs) are used to emphasize important points. The sides of the book have shaded thumb tabs that help with finding chapters more easily. In the front of the book there is a very useful tear-out 'cheat sheet' for keyboard shortcuts. The book is divided into seven 'mini books', one each devoted to a general category pertaining to the operating system (such as customizing one's desktop and user preferences, internet applications, networking). However, I found a significant problem with the author's organization of several of these sections. Problems seemed to start with the first mini book; what was intended to be an introduction to the basics of the operating system was rather chaotic in it's presentation. As a user new to Macs, I anticipated guidance through the toolbars and the desktop dock in an orderly manner. For instance, I would have appreciated some descriptions of the functions under the TextEdit toolbar (which I happen to be using to write this critique). However, such guidance is not included for most of the toolbars in the operating system, and the first introduction to TextEdit in this book is how to get the computer to talk. As a new user, I am much more concerned how to manipulate text files for useful purposes rather than gimmicks. Also, in the first mini book, the subject matter jumps around from starting programs, to internet searches (for finding flight information, for instance), to using the address book, to troubleshooting techniques. I think a much more useful approach would have been for the author to 'walk' us through each icon included in the dock first. It would seem to me to be more practical in the first few pages to orient new users on the features of the Finder function rather than describing how to keep track of eBay auctions. There were some significant omissions that I found troubling. For instance, I could find only a single paragraph on using the iCal function (which is a home and business calendar organizer). However, in the 'mini book' for system expansion, there are several pages devoted to trackballs, joysticks, and drawing tablets. To me, this is a significant loss of focus by the author. The reason I did not rate this book lower is that the author seemed to get on the right track with chapters devoted to desktop customization, setting system preferences, using the iLife programs (such as iTunes), and networking. These sections constitute the majority of the content on the book. However, I feel there could have been more information included on day to day use of even these programs (such as customizing iTunes playlists) that are covered in better detail in other, smaller books. Overall, it is probably an okay book for the new user, but the new user is still going to need to use additional resources for much of the orientation needed to use Panther to its fullest.

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