Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide

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Mac OS® X swept many Mac users off their feet with its sharp looking interface and no-nonsense, rock solid Unix® core. Well before its glow had begun to fade, the original Mac OS was replaced with Mac OS X, along with a suite of new applications and system improvements. Now there's Panther, which—like its big cat predecessor, Jaguar—brings lots of improvements to Mac OS X. Some are subtle, like faster boot time, while others are drastic but welcome, such as a much-improved Finder® and iChat™ AV, which brings ...

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Overview

Mac OS® X swept many Mac users off their feet with its sharp looking interface and no-nonsense, rock solid Unix® core. Well before its glow had begun to fade, the original Mac OS was replaced with Mac OS X, along with a suite of new applications and system improvements. Now there's Panther, which—like its big cat predecessor, Jaguar—brings lots of improvements to Mac OS X. Some are subtle, like faster boot time, while others are drastic but welcome, such as a much-improved Finder® and iChat™ AV, which brings audio and video chat capabilities to the Mac.

While it's still Mac OS X, Panther is definitely a different kind of animal, and mastering it can take a little work. The new Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide provides the information you'll need most in a concise and easy to use format, perfect for putting you at ease with Panther. Thoroughly updated, this slim book introduces you to the fundamental concepts of Mac OS X Panther. It also features a handy "Mac OS X Survival Guide," telling Mac users what's changed from Mac OS 9, and helps Windows® and Unix converts get acclimated to their new OS.

Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide provides a roadmap to the latest Mac operating system, including how to use tools as the newly revamped Finder and Dock. The book includes an overview of the System Preferences, as well as an introduction to the Unix shell and the Terminal application. It covers all the essentials, and provides instant help when you need it at your keyboard or on the road.

This compact guide also includes a quick reference for creating special characters and a listing of basic keyboard commands. If you need to add or remove a user, correct preferences, log in, log out, tune the Dock, or change passwords, you'll find the information you need easily in a book that really can fit in your back pocket. With more than 250 tips and tricks, this practical, to-the-point book is a small but powerful resource for unleashing the power of Mac OS X Panther.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780596006167
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 4.92 (w) x 6.44 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Chuck Toporek cut his teeth on a Mac II system when he got his first job in publishing in 1988, and has been using them ever since. Chuck is a senior editor in charge of the Mac OS X/Apple Developer Connection (ADC) series for O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. He is also the author/editor of the Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide, co-author of Mac OS X in a Nutshell, and author of the upcoming title, Inside .Mac.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Mac OS X Survival Guide
Changes to Mac OS X from Mac OS 9 5
Tips for Switchers 11
Pt. II Mac OS X Basics
Window Controls 17
Window Tips 18
The Finder 20
Keyboard Shortcuts 34
The Dock 38
Expose 42
Mac OS X and the Classic Environment 43
Users and Logging In 45
Pt. III System Tools
System Preferences 56
Applications and Utilities 69
Xcode Tools 79
Pt. IV Mac OS X Unix Basics
Configuring and Using the Terminal 82
Command-Line Editing with bash 85
Additional Shell Commands 92
Basic Unix Commands 96
Pt. V Task and Setting Index
Task and Setting Index 106
Special Characters 137
Index 141
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