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Mac OS X, Tiger Edition: The Missing Manual
     

Mac OS X, Tiger Edition: The Missing Manual

by David Pogue
 

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You can set your watch to it: As soon as Apple comes out with another version of Mac OS X, David Pogue hits the streets with another meticulous Missing Manual to cover it with a wealth of detail. The new Mac OS X 10.4, better known as Tiger, is faster than its predecessors, but nothing's too fast for Pogue and Mac OS X: The Missing Manual. There are

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You can set your watch to it: As soon as Apple comes out with another version of Mac OS X, David Pogue hits the streets with another meticulous Missing Manual to cover it with a wealth of detail. The new Mac OS X 10.4, better known as Tiger, is faster than its predecessors, but nothing's too fast for Pogue and Mac OS X: The Missing Manual. There are many reasons why this is the most popular computer book of all time.

With its hallmark objectivity, the Tiger Edition thoroughly explores the latest features to grace the Mac OS. Which ones work well and which do not? What should you look for? This book tackles Spotlight, an enhanced search feature that helps you find anything on your computer; iChat AV for videoconferencing; Automator for automating repetitive, manual or batch tasks; and the hundreds of smaller tweaks and changes, good and bad, that Apple's marketing never bothers to mention.

Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition is the authoritative book that's ideal for every user, including people coming to the Mac for the first time. Our guide offers an ideal introduction that demystifies the Dock, the unfamiliar Mac OS X folder structure, and the entirely new Mail application. There are also mini-manuals on iLife applications such as iMovie, iDVD, and iPhoto, those much-heralded digital media programs, and a tutorial for Safari, Mac's own web browser.

And plenty more: learn to configure Mac OS X using the System Preferences application, keep your Mac secure with FileVault, and learn about Tiger's enhanced Firewall capabilities. If you're so inclined, this Missing Manual also offers an easy introduction to the Terminal application for issuing basic Unix commands.

There's something new on practically every page, and David Pogue brings his celebrated wit and expertise to every one of them. Mac's brought a new cat to town and we have a great new way to tame it.

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David Pogue’s Mac OS X: The Missing Manual is now the world’s No. 1 bestselling Macintosh book: still more proof that Mac users appreciate quality! Now, with the release of Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4), Pogue’s systematically updated nearly every page of this book. Thanks to Apple’s new features, this edition’s 100 pages longer. Thanks to Pogue, it’s even more valuable.

Pogue’s coverage runs the gamut from major improvements (Spotlight, Dashboard, Automator) to smaller ones (PDF encryption, the graphing calculator). Automator, in particular, gets its own chapter, and if that doesn’t save you time, we don’t know what will.

Pogue, who writes the "State of the Art" column for The New York Times, knows how to speak to users at every level. And, as one of the world’s premier Mac experts, he’s uncovered scores of tips you just won’t find elsewhere. For instance, he tracks down RSS Visualizer, the screen saver that’s an up-to-the-nanosecond 3D news ticker. You’ll discover new “burn folders” that store aliases of whatever you want to burn onto disc later, without wasting storage space. You’ll even learn where to find drivers for cellphones that aren’t “officially” iSync compatible.

The book starts with a knowledgeable walkthrough of the Mac desktop: logins, folders and windows, file organization, the Dock, toolbars, and running applications. You’ll find solid, knowing coverage of system preferences, and all of Tiger’s free programs -- including the newest iTunes, iDVD, iMovie, and iPhoto. There’s an entire section on the Internet (from Mail and Address Book to Safari, iChat, and Sherlock), plus extensive coverage of networking. “Where’d it Go?” appendices point you to features that were elsewhere in Mac OS 9 or Windows. There’s a complete troubleshooting chapter, and a handy list of keyboard shortcuts. But what really makes this book special is Pogue himself. He's knowledgeable, friendly, funny -- and always on your side. Bill Camarda, from the September 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596009410
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/2005
Series:
Missing Manual Series
Edition description:
3RD
Pages:
866
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.68(d)

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Meet the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. With nearly 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, having written or co-written seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music), along with several computer-humor books and a technothriller, "Hard Drive" (a New York Times "notable book of the year").Pogue is also the creator and primary author of the Missing Manual series of complete, funny computer books, a joint venture with O'Reilly & Associates. Titles in the series include Mac OS X, Windows XP, iPod, Microsoft Office, iPhoto, Dreamweaver, iMovie 2, and many others. His Web page is www.davidpogue.com, and his email address is david@pogueman.com.

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