Switching to the Mac, Tiger Edition: The Missing Manual

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It's little wonder that longtime Windows users are migrating in droves to the new Mac. They're fed up with the virus-prone Windows way of life, and they're lured by Apple's well-deserved reputation for producing great all-around computers that are reliable, user-friendly, well designed, and now—with the $500 Mac mini—extremely affordable, too.

Whether you're drawn to the Mac's stability, its stunning digital media suite, or the fact that a whole computer can look and feel as ...

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Overview

It's little wonder that longtime Windows users are migrating in droves to the new Mac. They're fed up with the virus-prone Windows way of life, and they're lured by Apple's well-deserved reputation for producing great all-around computers that are reliable, user-friendly, well designed, and now—with the $500 Mac mini—extremely affordable, too.

Whether you're drawn to the Mac's stability, its stunning digital media suite, or the fact that a whole computer can look and feel as slick as your iPod, you can quickly and easily become a Mac convert. But consider yourself warned: a Mac isn't just a Windows machine in a prettier box; it's a whole different animal and a whole new computing experience.

If you're contemplating—or have already made—the switch from a Windows PC to a Mac, you need Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition. This incomparable guide delivers what Apple doesn't: everything you need to know to successfully and painlessly move to a Mac.

The latest reprint of this book has been updated to reflect the new generation of Mac models that run on Intel chips. There's even a new appendix that guides you through the installation of Windows XP on your Macintosh (using adapter software like Boot Camp or Parallels), so that you have the best of all worlds: a single, beautiful machine that can run 100 percent of the world's desktop software.

Missing Manual series creator and bestselling author David Pogue teams up with 17-year-old whiz kid and founder of GoldfishSoft (www.goldfishsoft.com) Adam Goldstein to cover every aspect of switching to a Mac—things like transferring email, files, and addresses from a PC to a Mac; getting acquainted with the Mac's interface; adapting to Mac versions of familiar programs (including Microsoft Office); setting up a network to share files with PCs and Macs; and using the printers, scanners, and other peripherals you already own.

Covering the latest in Mac OS X v.10.4 "Tiger," Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition explains the hundreds of innovative new features to the Mac OS and how you can understand and make the very most of each.

Whether you're a novice or a power user, Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition, teaches you how to smoothly and seamlessly replace (or supplement) your Windows machine—in a refreshingly funny and down-to-earth style—with a mighty Mac.

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Most Windows users who switch to the Mac never look back. But that doesn't mean the switch is always easy at first. There are zillions of little differences to figure out, and some big ones, too (and we don't just mean the relative absence of viruses and spyware). Switching to the Mac, Tiger Edition: The Missing Manual can smooth out every bump on your learning curve.

Your head guide: New York Times tech columnist David Pogue, who's demystified more technologies for more people than just about anyone else in human history. Pogue and Adam Goldstein start with the stuff Mac newbies will confront first. How do I 'right-click' with a one-button mouse? How do I use my favorite shortcut key combos on this Mac keyboard? How do I make the Mac interface look a bit more familiar?

Along the way, they clue you into some terrific, elegant, Mac-only features. Example: the ability to color-code files and folders and use your color coding to organize your information any way you'd like. Example #2: Mac's Spotlight file search, everything Windows' file search tool should've been, but wasn't.

Once you've settled in, you'll learn how to move your furnishings in: your data (from Outlook email to Quicken and QuickBooks files); your software (or the nearest Mac counterparts); your settings (including mail, IM, and Internet configurations); and your hardware. You'll tour the Mac's many free programs, from Chess to Sherlock, and get troubleshooting help for those rare moments when you'll need it. There's even a glossary of Windows jargon mapped to its Mac equivalent. It won't be long before you think you were born using a Mac. Bill Camarda, from the November 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596006600
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.25 (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.

Adam Goldstein runs GoldfishSoft, a shareware company that makes games and utilities for Mac OS X. Adam is the author of AppleScript: The Missing Manual and was a technical editor for O'Reilly's best-selling Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, and an editor for Mac OS X Panther Power User. When he's not writing books or code, Adam attends high school in New Jersey, where he is captain of the Debate and Quizbowl teams and an editor of the school paper.

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Table of Contents

  • The Missing Credits
  • Introduction
  • Part One: Welcome to Macintosh
    • Chapter 1: How the Mac Is Different
    • Chapter 2: Windows and Icons
    • Chapter 3: The Dock, Desktop, Toolbar, and Sidebar
    • Chapter 4: Programs and Documents


  • Part Two: Moving In
    • Chapter 5: Five Ways to Transfer Your Files
    • Chapter 6: Transferring Email and Contacts
    • Chapter 7: Special Software, Special Problems
    • Chapter 8: Hardware on the Mac


  • Part Three: Making Connections
    • Chapter 9: Getting Online
    • Chapter 10: Mail and Address Book
    • Chapter 11: Safari, iChat, and Sherlock


  • Part Four: Putting Down Roots
    • Chapter 12: Accounts and Security
    • Chapter 13: System Preferences
    • Chapter 14: The Freebie Programs
    • Chapter 15: Installation and Troubleshooting


  • Part Five: Appendix
    • Appendix A: The "Where'd It Go?" Dictionary


  • Colophon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2006

    'THE BIG MAC ATTACK!'

    Are you tired of Windows and want to switch to MAC OS X but don't really know very much about it, except for what you've seen and heard on Apple's Switch ads? Well, you're in luck! Author David Pogue, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that will help you do it. Pogue, begins by covering the essentials of Macintosh. Then, he discusses the actual process of hauling your software, settings, and even peripherals across the chasm from the PC to the Mac. The author continues by showing you how to find your Internet settings on the old Windows machine--and, where to plug them in on the Macintosh. Finally, he shows you how to set up private accounts for people who share a single Mac, navigate the System Preferences program, and operate the 50 freebie bonus programs that come with Mac OS X. This excellent book is intended by the author as a more in-depth guide to Mac OS X. Thus, in keeping the preceding in mind, this book reveals the shortcuts, surprises, and design that makes the Mac computer the most coveted IT tool in the world!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2007

    A MUST for switchers!

    Here is another must-have from the O¿Reilly Missing Manual series. Switching to the Mac is a hot topic these days not just because the overall Mac experience is superior, but it¿s much more secure from malware and other online nastiness. Now that Boot Camp and Parallels allow users to run Windows on the Mac, the arguments against switching are few. This book may well push those fence sitters over the edge. David Pogue and Adam Goldstein explain what the Mac gives you (lots!) ¿ and what it taketh away (not much). With the Mac, you gain stability, strong security, advanced networking, true plug- and-play and simpler everything. When you switch, you may lose a few apps and access to some peripherals. The book deals with the basics about how a Mac is different in hardware, how to get online and an exploration of the iLife apps as well as Mail, Safari, etc. There are in-depth explanations of Accounts, System Preferences and other things that the new user will need to know. This is no lightweight glossing over of the subject matter it¿s over 500 pages of detailed informative material that the new Mac user will want on the reference shelf. One of the well-considered features is a dictionary titled, ¿Where did it go?¿ Here you can look up ¿Alt Key¿ or ¿Task bar¿ and find the Mac equivalents. If you are a switcher or are considering switching, this is definitely the place to start. If you are looking for a gift for a new Mac switcher, this is something that will be greatly appreciated. Highly recommended. --Curt Blanchard

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