Mac OS X Power Hound: Teach Yourself New Tricks

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Mac OS X has captured the attention of consumers and programmers alike with its ability to run existing Mac programs along with Unix and Open Source software. The latest version, Panther, includes more than a hundred new features and improves many of the technologies underlying Mac OS X, including graphics and the Unix-based core. With more than 500 power tips and tricks for Mac aficionados like yourself, Mac OS X Power Hound, Panther Edition helps you unleash the power of Panther.Mac OS X Panther is a complex ...

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Overview

Mac OS X has captured the attention of consumers and programmers alike with its ability to run existing Mac programs along with Unix and Open Source software. The latest version, Panther, includes more than a hundred new features and improves many of the technologies underlying Mac OS X, including graphics and the Unix-based core. With more than 500 power tips and tricks for Mac aficionados like yourself, Mac OS X Power Hound, Panther Edition helps you unleash the power of Panther.Mac OS X Panther is a complex and powerful operating system with a personality all its own. To make your computing experience with Panther as efficient and enjoyable as possible, you need to learn its secrets, appreciate its idiosyncrasies, and be able to customize it to your needs and wants. Author Rob Griffiths shows you how.Creator and editor of the extremely popular Mac OS X Hints Web site (www.macosxhints.com), Griffiths knows Panther inside and out. His Mac OS X Power Hound lifts the hood on the sleek and elegant, Formula-One-powered operating system and delivers over 500 high-octane secrets in every conceivable category, including the Desktop and Finder, iApps, Mac OS X programs, Mastering the system and Terminal, and much more.Consider this book your pit crew, helping you find easier, faster, and better ways of using the Finder, the Dock, the assortment of programs that come with Mac OS X, and a bunch of programs that don't. And if you want to become your own master mechanic, it also includes two rich chapters on Unix, the engine under Mac OS X's hood.With this collection of stand-alone hints, notes, tips, and tricks—every one of them organized, indexed, tested for compatibility with the latest version of Mac OS X 10.3, and, in many cases, illustrated—you'll rapidly progress from an anybody-can-do-this user to a power user.

As it turns out, Mac OS X Panther harbors just as many delicious secrets as any system that came before--users just have to know where to find them. Inside, readers will find 560 high-octane secrets in every conceivable category, including The Desktop and Finder, iApps, Mac OS X Programs, Mastering the System, and Terminal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596008185
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/25/2004
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 578
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Griffiths is the creator of the Mac OS X Hints site, a database of over 3,500 tips on using OS X.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
Acknowledgements;
Introduction;
How this Book Works;
Some Experience Required;
About → These → Arrows;
Gaffes and Goofs;
Some Groundwork;
Chapter 1: Designing Your World;
1.1 Startup and Shutdown;
1.2 Display and Sound;
1.3 Window Tricks;
1.4 Menulets;
1.5 Setting Up;
Chapter 2: The Finder and Desktop;
2.1 Finder Basics;
2.2 Navigating the Finder;
2.3 Aliases;
2.4 The Finder Toolbar;
2.5 Working with Files and Folders;
2.6 Desktop Interior Design;
Chapter 3: The Dock;
3.1 The Dock Makeover;
3.2 Working with the Dock;
3.3 Random Acts of Coolness;
Chapter 4: Programs;
4.1 Managing Programs;
4.2 Exposé;
4.3 General Productivity;
4.4 Printing, Fonts, and Text;
4.5 Classic;
4.6 Troubleshooting;
Chapter 5: System Preferences;
5.1 System Preferences;
5.2 Accounts;
5.3 CDs & DVDs;
5.4 Date & Time;
5.5 Desktop & Screen Saver;
5.6 Keyboard;
5.7 Software Update;
5.8 Speech;
5.9 Universal Access;
Chapter 6: Networking;
6.1 Making Connections;
6.2 .Mac and iDisk;
6.3 Remote Connections;
6.4 File Sharing;
Chapter 7: Mail;
7.1 The Mail Window;
7.2 Reading Mail;
7.3 Sending Mail;
7.4 Troubleshooting;
Chapter 8: iTunes;
8.1 Mini Modes;
8.2 The iTunes Music Store;
8.3 Navigating iTunes;
8.4 The Visualizer;
8.5 Songs and Playlists;
8.6 Smart Playlists;
Chapter 9: iPhoto 4;
9.1 The Basics;
9.2 Libraries;
9.3 Film Rolls;
9.4 Albums;
9.5 Books;
9.6 Working with Other Programs;
Chapter 10: The Other iApps;
10.1 iCal;
10.2 iChat;
10.3 iDVD;
10.4 iMovie;
Chapter 11: Other Apple Goodies;
11.1 Address Book;
11.2 Apple System Profiler;
11.3 Calculator;
11.4 ColorSync Utility;
11.5 Disk Utility;
11.6 Font Book;
11.7 Image Capture;
11.8 Keynote;
11.9 Preview;
11.10 Printer Setup Utility;
11.11 Stickies;
11.12 TextEdit;
Chapter 12: Web Browsers;
12.1 Hints for All Browsers;
12.2 Internet Explorer Hints;
12.3 Safari Hints;
12.4 OmniWeb Hints;
12.5 Mozilla, Netscape, Camino, and Firefox Hints;
12.6 Camino-Only Hints;
Chapter 13: Other Applications;
13.1 Acrobat Reader 6;
13.2 BBEdit;
13.3 DragThing;
13.4 Microsoft Office 2004;
13.5 Photoshop and Photoshop Elements;
13.6 Quicken;
13.7 SnapzPro X;
Chapter 14: Add-Ons Worth Adding;
14.1 Make Mac OS X Feel Like Mac OS 9;
14.2 Program Launchers and Switchers;
14.3 Expanding Your Mac OS X Experience;
14.4 Other Programs;
14.5 Explore the Possibilities;
Chapter 15: Useful Unix Hints;
15.1 Unix Basics;
15.2 Terminal Shortcuts;
15.3 Window Administration;
15.4 Manipulating Commands;
15.5 Administering the Mac;
15.6 Finder-Terminal: A Joint Venture;
15.7 Cool Commands;
15.8 Troubleshooting via Terminal;
15.9 Terminal Help;
15.10 Fun Stuff;
Chapter 16: Intermediate Unix Hints;
16.1 Terminal for Productivity;
16.2 File Sharing Hints;
16.3 Remote Access Hints;
16.4 FTP Hints;
16.5 Shell Hints;
16.6 X11 Hints;
16.7 Apache and Web Hints;
Colophon;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2004

    nice tips on browsers

    So the Pogue Press is expanding! This book offers to backup your knowledge of OS X and Apple's official documentation, the latter of which Griffiths clearly believes is inadequate. So he puts in tons of hacks that may come in handy. You should pay attention to the section on browsing. IE and Apple's own Safari are discussed, along with remarks for any other browser that you might install. For most of us, browsing the net is now automatic. So Griffiths gives hints on how to use your browser. Capabilities that you might not have been aware of. Given the large amount of surfing that you do, a careful study of his tips might produce real productivity gains. The only omission is a substantive discussion of using OS X with wireless networking. No mention at all of WiFi, and only a glancing comment on AirPort. I realise that these need external devices, and so might be considered somewhat outside the scope of a single Mac running OS X. But still wireless is so important nowadays, and Apple helped pioneer this for the mass market. Maybe another book in this series addresses the issue?

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