Mac OS X Panther Hands-On Training

Mac OS X Panther Hands-On Training

by Garrick Chow, Lynda Weinman
     
 

Get up to speed on Apple's latest major release, Mac OS X Panther, and its iLife applications through hands-on exercises and demo movies. Apple has made a great operating system even better with the release of Mac OS X Panther. With Panther, the formerly complicated Finder is set up to work like the easy-to-use iTunes interface, and Expose allows users to quickly

Overview

Get up to speed on Apple's latest major release, Mac OS X Panther, and its iLife applications through hands-on exercises and demo movies. Apple has made a great operating system even better with the release of Mac OS X Panther. With Panther, the formerly complicated Finder is set up to work like the easy-to-use iTunes interface, and Expose allows users to quickly switch among dozens of windows and files. Other upgrades include a new Font Book for managing fonts, ways to manage multiple email threads, and the ability to protect your files from people you don't want accessing them (File Vault). However, it's difficult to use these great tools or know how to burn CDs, work with photos, use no-charge videoconferencing, or instant messaging effectively if you don't understand how to work with the operating system itself. Enter Mac OS X Panther Hands-On Training. Veteran author and trainer Garrick Chow first tackles the operating system--understanding the interface, working with files and folders, installing applications, and printing. Then he tackles the digital goodies: burning MP3s, editing iMovie videos, posting images online. Chow devotes the first sections to grounding readers in skills they'll need to use the OS, and once they're fluent, he provides detailed coverage of the bundled iApps: iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iTools, and iChat. The entire book is filled with hands-on, fully illustrated tutorials and demo movies that get users up to speed quickly.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
All libraries should invest in guides to the newest version of Mac OS X. For beginners, How To Do Everything with Mac OS X Panther starts with new Panther features and OS X's differences from OS 9, before moving through using OS, getting online, using applications, working with digital media features, and troubleshooting and maintenance. In typical Mac evangelist fashion, sidebars show how users benefit from their machines, and an insert highlights several "writers and their Macs." Screen shots, sidebars, shortcuts, cautions, and notes add information; for all libraries. The less thorough Easy Mac OS X v. 10.3 Panther provides full-color screen shots and step-by-step instructions on basics from using the desktop to installing the software. Limited text and large icons make this an approachable introduction for all libraries. Learning UNIX addresses users who want to get "under the hood" of OS, clearly providing the basics of using UNIX on the Mac, why and when to do so, and suggestions for learning more; recommended for larger libraries. More comprehensive than How To Do Everything, Hands-On serves intermediate users with a teach-yourself approach. Its CD contains QuickTime video explanations and exercise files. New Panther features are highlighted, and the text supplies background information to ground its step-by-step exercises and instructions. Appendixes cover applications and utilities, online resources, and a troubleshooting guide; for medium and larger libraries. Its depth may intimidate beginners but will be useful for those seeking to learn their Macs. For intermediate to advanced users, Unleashed covers both the GUI and its UNIX underpinnings, as well as information for network administrators and a thorough discussion of maintenance and security. Cautions and notes add extra info; its comprehensiveness makes it a good choice for larger libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321241719
Publisher:
Peachpit Press
Publication date:
02/19/2004
Series:
Hands-on Training Series
Edition description:
CD-ROM Includes Exercise Files and Demo
Pages:
939
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.63(d)

Meet the Author

Garrick Chow has been using Apple computers since sixth grade, when he was introduced to the Apple IIe. He is a freelance computer instructor who has traveled the country providing on-site training for private corporations as well as state and federal agencies. In addition to being a Mac devotee, Garrick is also an Adobe Certified Expert of Acrobat, and he teaches a wide selection of programs ranging from Macromedia Dreamweaver and Fireworks to Adobe Photoshop and QuarkXPress. In an effort to never hold down a regular day job, he plays bass and writes songs as a member of the pop-rock band The Jellybricks (www.thejellybricks.com). He can often be found playing music when he should be writing, and writing when he should be playing music.

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