Mac OS X, Tiger Edition: The Missing Manual [NOOK Book]


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 ...

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449379070
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/12/2005
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 866
  • File size: 16 MB
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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, and his email address is

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Folders and Windows 15
Ch. 2 Organizing your stuff 55
Ch. 3 Spotlight 87
Ch. 4 Dock, desktop, and toolbar 115
Ch. 5 Documents, programs, and dashboard 139
Ch. 6 Back to Mac OS 9 199
Ch. 7 Moving data 217
Ch. 8 Automator and AppleScript 229
Ch. 9 System preferences 263
Ch. 10 The free programs 307
Ch. 11 CDs, DVDs, and iTunes 401
Ch. 12 Accounts, firewalls, and security 429
Ch. 13 Networking 477
Ch. 14 Graphics, fonts, printing, and faxing 503
Ch. 15 Sound, movies, speech, and handwriting 535
Ch. 16 Terminal : doorway to Unix 573
Ch. 17 Fun with Terminal 601
Ch. 18 Hacking Mac OS X 625
Ch. 19 Internet setup, .Mac, and iSync 637
Ch. 20 Mail and address book 663
Ch. 21 Safari, iChat, and Sherlock 705
Ch. 22 SSH, FTP, VPN, and Web sharing 739
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  • Anonymous

    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


    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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