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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