Mac OS X, Tiger Edition: The Missing Manual

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596009410
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2005
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.68 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Copyright;
The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
Acknowledgments;
The Missing Manual Series;
Introduction;
What's New in Tiger;
About This Book;
About → These → Arrows;
The Very Basics;
Part I: The Mac OS X Desktop;
Chapter 1: Folders and Windows;
1.1 Getting into Mac OS X;
1.2 Windows and How to Work Them;
1.3 The Three Window Views;
1.4 Icon View;
1.5 List View;
1.6 Column View;
1.7 Logging Out, Shutting Down;
1.8 Getting Help in Mac OS X;
Chapter 2: Organizing Your Stuff;
2.1 The Mac OS X Folder Structure;
2.2 Icon Names;
2.3 Selecting Icons;
2.4 Moving and Copying Icons;
2.5 Aliases: Icons in Two Places at Once;
2.6 Color Labels;
2.7 The Trash;
2.8 Get Info;
Chapter 3: Spotlight;
3.1 The Spotlight Menu;
3.2 The Spotlight Window;
3.3 Customizing Spotlight;
3.4 The Find Command;
3.5 Smart Folders;
Chapter 4: Dock, Desktop, and Toolbar;
4.1 The Dock;
4.2 Setting Up the Dock;
4.3 Using the Dock;
4.4 The Finder Toolbar;
4.5 Designing Your Desktop;
4.6 Menulets: The Missing Manual;
Part II: The Mac OS X Desktop;
Chapter 5: Documents, Programs, and Dashboard;
5.1 Opening Mac OS X Programs;
5.2 The "Heads-Up" Program Switcher;
5.3 Exposé: Death to Window Clutter;
5.4 Hiding Programs the Old-Fashioned Way;
5.5 How Documents Know Their Parents;
5.6 Keyboard Control;
5.7 The Save and Open Dialog Boxes;
5.8 Three Kinds of Programs: Cocoa, Carbon, Classic;
5.9 The Cocoa Difference;
5.10 Installing Mac OS X Programs;
5.11 Dashboard;
Chapter 6: Back to Mac OS 9;
6.1 Two Roads to Mac OS 9;
6.2 Classic: Mac OS 9 on Mac OS X;
6.3 Restarting in Mac OS 9;
6.4 Three Tricks for Faster Switching;
Chapter 7: Moving Data;
7.1 Moving Data Between documents;
7.2 Exchanging Data with Other Macs;
7.3 Exchanging Data with Windows PCs;
Chapter 8: Automator and AppleScript;
8.1 Introducing Automator;
8.2 Building Your Own Workflow;
8.3 Workflows as Programs and Plug-ins;
8.4 Getting Started with AppleScript;
Part III: The Components of Mac OS X;
Chapter 9: System Preferences;
9.1 The System Preferences Window;
9.2 .Mac;
9.3 Accounts;
9.4 Appearance;
9.5 Bluetooth;
9.6 CDs & DVDs;
9.7 Classic;
9.8 Dashboard & Exposé;
9.9 Date & Time;
9.10 Desktop & Screen Saver;
9.11 Displays;
9.12 Dock;
9.13 Energy Saver;
9.14 International;
9.15 Keyboard & Mouse;
9.16 Network;
9.17 Print & Fax;
9.18 QuickTime;
9.19 Security;
9.20 Sharing;
9.21 Software Update;
9.22 Sound;
9.23 Speech;
9.24 Spotlight;
9.25 Startup Disk;
9.26 Universal Access;
Chapter 10: The Free Programs;
10.1 Your Free Mac OS X Programs;
10.2 Address Book;
10.3 AppleScript;
10.4 Calculator;
10.5 Chess;
10.6 Dictionary;
10.7 DVD Player;
10.8 Font Book;
10.9 iCal;
10.10 iChat, iSync;
10.11 iDVD;
10.12 Image Capture;
10.13 iMovie;
10.14 Internet Connect;
10.15 iPhoto;
10.16 iSync;
10.17 iTunes;
10.18 Mail;
10.19 Preview;
10.20 QuickTime Player;
10.21 Safari;
10.22 Sherlock;
10.23 Stickies;
10.24 System Preferences;
10.25 TextEdit;
10.26 Utilities: Your Mac OS X Toolbox;
Chapter 11: CDs, DVDs, and iTunes;
11.1 How the Mac Does Disks;
11.2 Burning CDs and DVDs;
11.3 iTunes: The Digital Jukebox;
11.4 DVD Movies;
Part IV: Extreme iPodding;
Chapter 12: Accounts, Firewalls, and Security;
12.1 Introducing Accounts;
12.2 Creating an Account;
12.3 Paren'tal Controls;
12.4 Editing Accounts;
12.5 Setting Up the Login Process;
12.6 Signing In, Logging Out;
12.7 Logging Out;
12.8 Fast User Switching;
12.9 The Root Account;
12.10 Permissions;
12.11 Six Mac OS X Security Shields;
Chapter 13: Networking;
13.1 Wiring the Network;
13.2 File Sharing;
13.3 Networking with Windows;
13.4 Dialing In from the Road;
Chapter 14: Graphics, Fonts, Printing, and Faxing;
14.1 Mac Meets Printer;
14.2 Making the Printout;
14.3 Managing Printouts;
14.4 Printer Sharing;
14.5 Faxing;
14.6 PDF Files;
14.7 Fonts—and Font Book;
14.8 ColorSync;
14.9 Graphics in Mac OS X;
14.10 Screen-Capture keystrokes;
14.11 The Finder Slideshow;
Chapter 15: Sound, Movies, Speech, and Handwriting;
15.1 Playing Sounds;
15.2 Recording Sound;
15.3 QuickTime Movies;
15.4 Speech Recognition;
15.5 The Mac Reads to You;
15.6 VoiceOver;
15.7 Ink: Handwriting Recognition;
Chapter 16: Terminal: Doorway to Unix;
16.1 Terminal;
16.2 Navigating in Unix;
16.3 Working with Files and Directories;
16.4 Online Help;
16.5 Terminal's Window Preferences;
16.6 Terminal Tips and Tricks;
16.7 Double-Clickable Unix Tools;
Chapter 17: Fun with Terminal;
17.1 Changing Permissions with Terminal;
17.2 Enabling the Root Account;
17.3 Nine Useful Unix Utilities;
17.4 Where to Go from Here;
17.5 Putting It Together;
Chapter 18: Hacking Mac OS X;
18.1 TinkerTool: Customization 101;
18.2 Redoing Mac OS X's Graphics;
18.3 Replacing the Finder Icons;
18.4 Rewriting the Words;
Part V: Mac OS X Online;
Chapter 19: Internet Setup, .Mac, and iSync;
19.1 The Best News You've Heard All Day;
19.2 Connecting by Dial-up Modem;
19.3 Broadband Connections;
19.4 AirPort Networks;
19.5 Switching Locations;
19.6 Multihoming;
19.7 Internet Sharing;
19.8 .Mac Services;
19.9 iSync;
19.10 Internet Location Files;
Chapter 20: Mail and Address Book;
20.1 Setting Up Mail;
20.2 Checking Your Mail;
20.3 Writing Messages;
20.4 Reading Email;
20.5 The Anti-Spam Toolkit;
20.6 Address Book;
Chapter 21: Safari, iChat, and Sherlock;
21.1 Safari;
21.2 iChat;
21.3 Sherlock;
Chapter 22: SSH, FTP, VPN, and Web Sharing;
22.1 Web Sharing;
22.2 FTP;
22.3 Connecting from the Road;
22.4 Remote Access with SSH;
22.5 Virtual Private Networking;
Part VI: Appendices;
Appendix A: InstallingMac OS X 10.4;
A.1 Getting Ready to Install;
A.2 Four Kinds of Installation;
A.3 The Basic Installation;
A.4 The Upgrade Installation;
A.5 The Clean Install;
A.6 Erase & Install;
A.7 The Setup Assistant;
A.8 Uninstalling Mac OS X 10.4;
Appendix B: Trouble shooting;
B.1 Problems That Aren't Problems;
B.2 Minor Eccentric Behavior;
B.3 Frozen Programs (Force Quitting);
B.4 The Wrong Program Opens;
B.5 Can't Empty the Trash;
B.6 Can't Move or Rename an Icon;
B.7 Application Won't Open;
B.8 Startup Problems;
B.9 Fixing the Disk;
B.10 Where to Get Troubleshooting Help;
Appendix C: The "Where'd It Go?" Dictionary (Mac Version);
C.1 ~ATM control panel;
C.2 Appearance control panel;
C.3 Apple DVD Player;
C.4 Apple Extras;
C.5 Apple (a) menu;
C.6 Apple Menu Options control panel;
C.7 AppleCD Audio Player;
C.8 AppleScript;
C.9 AppleTalk control panel;
C.10 Application menu;
C.11 Audio CD AutoPlay;
C.12 Balloon Help;
C.13 Battery Level;
C.14 Button View;
C.15 Chooser;
C.16 Clean Up command;
C.17 Click-and-a-half;
C.18 CloseView;
C.19 c-Drag to scroll an icon-view window;
C.20 Shift-c-3, Shift-c-4;
C.21 Collapse box;
C.22 ColorSync control panel;
C.23 Contextual Menu Items folder;
C.24 Control panels;
C.25 Control Strip control panel;
C.26 Date & Time control panel;
C.27 Desktop clippings;
C.28 Desktop printers;
C.29 Dial Assist control panel;
C.30 Disk First Aid;
C.31 Draggable window edges;
C.32 Drive Setup;
C.33 Edit menu;
C.34 Eject;
C.35 Empty Trash;
C.36 Encrypt;
C.37 Energy Saver control panel;
C.38 Erase Disk;
C.39 Extensions;
C.40 Extensions Manager control panel;
C.41 Favorites;
C.42 File Exchange control panel;
C.43 File menu;
C.44 File Sharing control panel;
C.45 File Synchronization control panel;
C.46 Find Similar Files;
C.47 Finder (the application);
C.48 Finder Preferences;
C.49 Fonts folder;
C.50 FontSync;
C.51 Force quitting;
C.52 General Controls control panel;
C.53 Get Info;
C.54 Graphing Calculator;
C.55 Grid Spacing;
C.56 Help menu;
C.57 Hide commands;
C.58 Info Strip;
C.59 Infrared control panel;
C.60 Internet control panel;
C.61 Internet Utilities;
C.62 iTunes;
C.63 Key Caps;
C.64 Keyboard control panel;
C.65 Keychain Access control panel;
C.66 Label command;
C.67 Launcher control panel;
C.68 Location Manager;
C.69 Locked;
C.70 Mac Help;
C.71 Mac OS Runtime for Java;
C.72 Map control panel;
C.73 Memory control panel;
C.74 Modem control panel;
C.75 Monitors control panel;
C.76 Mouse control panel;
C.77 Multiple Users control panel;
C.78 New Folder command;
C.79 Note Pad;
C.80 Numbers control panel;
C.81 Open Transport;
C.82 Picture 1, Picture 2…;
C.83 Pop-up windows;
C.84 Preferences folder;
C.85 PrintMonitor;
C.86 Put Away command;
C.87 QuickTime Settings control panel;
C.88 Quit command;
C.89 Remote Access;
C.90 Reset Column Positions;
C.91 Restart;
C.92 Script Editor;
C.93 Scripting Additions;
C.94 Search Internet;
C.95 Security;
C.96 Set to Standard Views;
C.97 Sherlock;
C.98 Show All;
C.99 Show Clipboard;
C.100 Show warning before emptying Trash;
C.101 Shut Down;
C.102 Shutdown Items;
C.103 Simple Finder;
C.104 SimpleSound;
C.105 SimpleText;
C.106 Size box;
C.107 Sleep;
C.108 Smart scrolling;
C.109 Software Update control panel;
C.110 Sorting triangle;
C.111 Sound control panel;
C.112 Special menu;
C.113 Speech control panel;
C.114 Spring-loaded folders;
C.115 Startup Disk control panel;
C.116 Startup Items;
C.117 Stationery Pad;
C.118 Stickies;
C.119 System file;
C.120 System Folder;
C.121 TCP/IP control panel;
C.122 TCP/IP, AppleTalk;
C.123 Text control panel;
C.124 Trackpad;
C.125 USB Printer Sharing;
C.126 View menu;
C.127 View Options;
C.128 Warn before emptying;
C.129 Web Pages folder;
C.130 Web Sharing control panel;
C.131 Window collapsing;
C.132 Zoom box;
Appendix D: The "Where'd It Go?" Dictionary (Windows Version);
D.1 About [This Program];
D.2 Accessibility Options control panel;
D.3 Active Desktop;
D.4 Add Hardware control panel;
D.5 Add or Remove Programs control panel;
D.6 All Programs;
D.7 Alt key;
D.8 Automatic Update;
D.9 Backspace key;
D.10 Battery Level;
D.11 BIOS;
D.12 Briefcase;
D.13 Calculator;
D.14 Camera and Scanner Wizard;
D.15 CDs;
D.16 Character Map;
D.17 Clean Install;
D.18 Clipboard;
D.19 Command line;
D.20 Control Panel;
D.21 Copy, Cut, Paste;
D.22 Ctrl key;
D.23 Date and Time;
D.24 Delete Key (Forward Delete);
D.25 Desktop;
D.26 Directories;
D.27 Disk Defragmenter;
D.28 Disks;
D.29 Display control panel;
D.30 DLLfiles;
D.31 DOS prompt;
D.32 Drivers;
D.33 End Task dialog box;
D.34 Exiting programs;
D.35 Explorer;
D.36 Favorites;
D.37 Faxing;
D.38 File Sharing;
D.39 Floppy Disks;
D.40 Folder Options;
D.41 Fonts;
D.42 Help and Support;
D.43 Hibernation;
D.44 Internet Explorer;
D.45 Internet Options;
D.46 IRQs;
D.47 Java;
D.48 Keyboard control panel;
D.49 Logging in;
D.50 Mail control panel;
D.51 Maximize button;
D.52 Menus;
D.53 Minimize button;
D.54 Mouse control panel;
D.55 My Computer;
D.56 My Documents, My Pictures, My Music;
D.57 My Network Places;
D.58 Network Neighborhood;
D.59 Notepad;
D.60 Personal Web Server;
D.61 Phone and Modem Options control panel;
D.62 Power Options;
D.63 Printer Sharing;
D.64 Printers and Faxes;
D.65 PrntScrn key;
D.66 Program Files folder;
D.67 Properties dialog box;
D.68 Recycle Bin;
D.69 Regional and Language Options control panel;
D.70 Registry;
D.71 Run command;
D.72 Safe Mode;
D.73 ScanDisk;
D.74 Scheduled Tasks;
D.75 Scrap files;
D.76 Screen saver;
D.77 Search;
D.78 Shortcut menus;
D.79 Shortcuts;
D.80 Sounds and Audio Devices;
D.81 Speech control panel;
D.82 Standby mode;
D.83 Start menu;
D.84 StartUp folder;
D.85 System control panel;
D.86 System Tray;
D.87 Taskbar;
D.88 Taskbar and Start Menu control panel;
D.89 "Three-fingered salute";
D.90 ToolTips;
D.91 TweakUI;
D.92 User Accounts control panel;
D.93 Window edges;
D.94 Windows (or WINNT) folder;
D.95 Windows logo key;
D.96 Windows Media Player;
D.97 Windows Messenger;
D.98 WordPad;
D.99 Zip files;
Appendix E: Where to Go From Here;
E.1 Web Sites;
E.2 Free Email Newsletters;
E.3 Advanced Books, Programming Books;
Appendix F: The Master Mac OS X Secret Keystroke List;
Colophon;

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    Posted June 11, 2006

    Macx OS X Missing Manual (Tiger)

    Review of Mac OS X The Missing Manual Tiger Edition Rating 5 Stars Pubishler : Pogue Press/ O¿ Reilly By Marty Grauer, Fresno Macintosh Users Group. About just over 1 1/2¿ thick, this manual covers everything pertaining to OS X 10.4 (Tiger) which Apple should have covered. I teach Basics for the User Group and other individuals and I have picked up much information from this book. All aspects of this OS are covered including some of the Apple programs coming with it. I couldn¿t find anything not covered which you will find on your computer after loading this OS. There are bits of info which were new to me as well as much which was not, but remember I teach this to beginners of Macs. I believe this manual should be with every owner of a Macintosh. Even after using Tiger ever since it came out, I still find this a most useful manual and go to it frequently for reference and always pick up something new. Marty Grayer, Fresno MUG.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2006

    Mac OS X Tiger, The Missing Manual

    Mac OS X Tiger Edition of The missing Manual, by David Progue, and through Pogue Press / O¿Reilly. My rating is 5 stars. Apple expects one to use their on-line help. Which is never adequate for me. The purpose of this book is to serve as the manual which never came with Tiger, but should have. This book is designed from the beginner on up (readers of every evel of expertise). It is intended for Tiger users ( 10.4.4). I am now using 10.4.6. OS X 10.4 Tiger is the basic system. The .1, to .6 are the different updates Apple releases for the repair of bugs and making other items more compatible. Apple releases these updates as needed for correction of problems brought to their attention. There is more in this issue than the first issue as this one deals with Tiger, a more involved OS than the first. Tiger has mamy more features and therefore more pages.This book claims not to have any page the same as the first issue. Also covered are items included with tiger such as: Dashboard, Automaker, Spotlight, Exchanging data with other Macs, Apple Script, iCal, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, printers, Faxing, Safari, Mail and much much more. It also covers System Preferences. I highly recommend this book both as a source of knowledge but also to keep as a reference for future browsing. Since most people remember about 10% of what they learn, they can always use this book as a refresher. Marty Grauer, Fresno Mac Users Group.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    Another Pogue Winner!

    The Missing Manual Tiger by David Pogue ------- Just the Appendixes C and D make this book worth the price...They tell Mac (Appendix C) and Windows (D) folks where things are in Tiger versus their previous operating system.----- It covers the new features in detail: Spotlight - what¿s the keyboard shortcut to open spotlight how to search when you only know part of a word (usable also in text edit). He explains how to set preferences, how to keep certain items private, changing sort order, etc. Then he goes on to explain how to use the Find command (you can do much more detailed searching using Find).----- Dashboard is another new Tiger feature that is covered in great detail. Dashboard is triggered by pushing the F12 key, but I have a laptop and F12 is the eject key, However by holding down the Fn key AND F12 I can open Dashboard. Did you know that you can refresh widgets by holding command and clicking R, open more than one copy of a widget and open the widget bar with the command = keystroke? Each of the 14 standard widgets are described in detail. He mentions a shareware program that will let you have a widget open while you¿re using another program. Do you share your computer? Learn how and where to install widgets so they¿re available to everyone, or just to you!----- Another major item Apple features in Tiger is Automator. This lets you build a series of actions just by dragging tiles in the right order. Remember AppleScript that let you build instructions for a repetitive task? This is a simpler version. For the average user, one of the more useful actions might be in Safari to get text from a web page, or make a list of all the URLs from a web page, or the combine PDF files.----- Security has been improved. Don¿t know what a firewall is, let alone how to configure it? Pogue explains this is layman¿s terms. Don¿t know what the Root account is? Don¿t mess with it, but understand it and learn how to activate/deactivate it ( it comes on page 455. Need to understand permissions and be sure they¿re set correctly -he has pages of data on how to do this. During a download, when Tiger says ¿this contains an application, do you want to continue?¿ you can expand that box to see what program it refers to, thus preventing spyware from being downloaded. In addition, if you are installing, it will also ask for permission. In addition to the Secure Empty Trash, Disk Utillity can super erase ALL free disk space. Don¿t want the people who share your computer to see where you¿ve been surfing (make that present a surprise), turn on Private Browsing in the Safari menu before you begin. ----- Since this book is over 800 pages, I can¿t review all of it for you. However, I find it an INDISPENSIBLE Macintosh tool. I always find the answer I need in Pogue¿s books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    CATCH A TIGER BY THE TAIL

    The Tiger version of Mac OS X only builds on the successes of previous Mac OS X versions. Author David Pogue has done an outstanding job of providing intermediate to advanced Mac users with a book that is very concise, technical in depth, contains many useful examples and provides tutorials. Pogue begins by prompting you to look at folders and windows. Next, the author shows you how to organize your files, folders, aliases, etc. ... into a Mac OS X Home folder. Then, he offers a way to find and open files by using Spotlight (the start feature of Tiger (Mac OS X)) in a fast and efficient way. The author continues by showing you how to use and control the most dramatic elements of Mac OS X. In addition, the author next deals with getting accustomed to the way programs, documents and dashboards relate to each other in Mac OS X. He also shows you how to flip back into Mac OS 9. The author next leads you through a broad range of data-exchange mechanisms. Next, the author introduces you to Automator and AppleScriipt. Then, he guides you through the entire System Preferences program, panel by panel. The author then presents a conciese crash course on how to use free programs. Next, he discusses CDs, DVDs, and iTunes. Then, he introduces you to the concepts of accounts, firewalls and security in general. The author continues by explaining how Apple designed a networking system that was simple enough for the laptop owner who just wants to copy things to a desktop Mac when returning from a trip, yet secure and flexible enough for the network designer at a large corporation. He next tackles printing, faxing, fonts, graphics, ColorSync, and the new desktop slideshow. Then, he covers the creative pursuits of creating and using sound as well as, playing and editing movies. The author next shows you how to find your footing and decide whether or not you like the feel of Unix. He then offers guided tutorials for performing more specialized tasks--some of which you can't do in the Finder. Next, he shows you how to hack Mac OS X. The author continues by showing you how to set up broadband connections that are always on. Next, he discusses the ins and outs of the Mac OS X mail and address book. Then, he tackles the motley crew of Safari, iChat and Sherlock one by one. Finally, he explores the various advanced methods of manipulating your own Mac from the road, including remote access technologies like long-distance file sharing, FTP, SSH, and virtual private networking (VPN). With the preceding in mind, the author has done an excellent job of providing an all encompassing manual that should have originally accompanied Mac OS X version 10.4. At the end of the day, he has accomplished in this book, what most would consider impossible--providing the reader with: coverage of new Tiger features in depth standard Mac features that contain more tips and tricks clever uses for old ideas and, greater context borne of the passage of time.

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