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The Mac OS X Conversion Kit: 9 to 10 Side by Side, Jaguar Edition

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Mac OS X JConversion Kit aims to take readers from their old Mac operating system to the new one. There's a lot to learn and a lot to get used to, and this book makes the learning curve as smooth as possible by cataloging the most important things you need to know and showing them in a format Mac users will appreciate; the old way is on the left page, and the new way is on the right page. Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar promises to offer exciting new features that will change how people use their Macs, such as iChat, ...

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Overview

Mac OS X JConversion Kit aims to take readers from their old Mac operating system to the new one. There's a lot to learn and a lot to get used to, and this book makes the learning curve as smooth as possible by cataloging the most important things you need to know and showing them in a format Mac users will appreciate; the old way is on the left page, and the new way is on the right page. Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar promises to offer exciting new features that will change how people use their Macs, such as iChat, improved Unix tools, Bluetooth-enabled contact management software, QuickTime 6, and advanced handwriting recognition. To take full advantage of these new features, Mac users will want Side By Side at their side.

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Yes, it’s still a Mac...and it sure looks great. And it hardly ever crashes, even when you Force Quit. But...where is everything? For longtime Macintosh users, Mac OS X can be a disorienting experience. There’s enough that’s familiar to know this couldn’t be anything but a Mac. The thing definitely carries Steve Jobs’s genes.

But all the tools you knew like your own name -- they’ve moved. Or they’re gone, replaced by entirely new ways of doing things. Maybe the tasks themselves have fallen into the dustbin of history (no need to set virtual memory for your applications, no need for Adobe Type Manager.) Occasionally, you follow the steps you performed yesterday with confidence (use Mac classic’s keyboard shortcut for creating a new folder shortcut)...and something else happens altogether (a new Finder window opens).

Your Mac’s still your friend. But it’s been through a major life-changing experience, plus head-to-toe plastic surgery. What you want is Scott Kelby’s Mac OS X Conversion Kit. This book will show you exactly where everything’s gone -- and how to get as comfortable with your “next” Mac as you were with all the Macs that came before it.

We’ve enjoyed Scott Kelby’s Mac and graphic design books for a long time. He knows the Mac about as well as anyone, and he writes about the Mac with style and humor. This full-color book is about one thing: your OS X transition.

One page tells you how you did it in OS 9. The next page tells you how you do it in OS X. (Which means it isn’t just great for upgraders: It’s great for folks hopping between old and new Macs, and folks hanging out in Classic mode.)

For instance, remember how in OS 9 you added items to the Apple menu for convenient launching? It was a pain, but after a while, second nature (locate the app, click on it, Command-M to create an alias, open Apple Menu Items folder, drop alias there). Now, the Apple menu’s gone, replaced by the Dock. Just drag stuff there. Apps. Web links. Servers. But remember: Apps go on the left, everything else on the right: no fraternizing. (And speaking of the Dock, here’s a bonus shortcut for putting the Calculator there.)

There’s a full chapter on windows, icons, and the like. (Why doesn’t a new window open when you open another folder -- and how do you get one when you want one? What happened to color-coding files and folders? How do you make an alias now?)

On to multimedia: burning CDs, controlling external speakers, playing QuickTime, taking screen captures, viewing graphics with the handy Preview instead of the ancient PictureViewer. You’ll find chapters on the changes in font controls; monitors (now “displays”); and network configuration.

In a chapter on “lost commands,” Kelby covers everything from ejecting disks to getting stuff out of the trash, accessing application preferences to keeping your Mac awake. And if you had any doubts at all about the transition, he concludes with “20 Cool Little Things You Couldn’t Do in Mac OS 9” -- from automatically downloading digital photos to making PDFs from any application. Yes, this OS X, to paraphrase Martha Stewart: It’s definitely A Good Thing. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735713543
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/2003
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Kelby is president of NAPP, the trade organization for Adobe Photoshop users. NAPP has thousands of members around the world. Scott is Editor-in-Chief of both Photoshop User and Mac Design magazines. Scott serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair of the largest Photoshop gathering, Photoshop World. Scott is the author of several top-selling books, Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar Killer Tips, Macintosh... The Naked Truth, Photoshop 7 Down and Dirty Tricks, Photoshop 7 Killer Tips, and The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Apple Menu: There is One, Just Not the One you Remember 4
Ch. 2 Windows, Icons, and Stuff: Does this Really Need a Description? 24
Ch. 3 Customizing your Mac: Setting Up your System to your Taste 56
Ch. 4 Crank Up the Jams: Music, Photos, and Video 82
Ch. 5 Monitors: They're Called Displays in Mac OS X 110
Ch. 6 Fonts and Printing: Perhaps Not the Most Fun Chapter 126
Ch. 7 Networking and the Internet: How Could this be Anything but a Party? 142
Ch. 8 Other Stuff: The Land of Little Lost Commands 164
Ch. 9 Troubleshooting: It's Not a Good Sign if you're Reading this 196
Ch. 10 Don't Freak Out: Installing Mac OS X, and Other Scary Stuff 216
Ch. 11 20 Cool Little Things You Couldn't Do in Mac OS 9 228
Ch. 12 20 Little Things Apple Changed Just to Mess with Your Head: Actually, There's a Method Behind their Madness. At Least that's What We've Been Led to Believe 250
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