Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide

Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide

by Chuck Toporek

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Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide by Chuck Toporek

Mac OS® X swept many Mac users off their feet with its sharp looking interface and no-nonsense, rock solid Unix® core. Well before its glow had begun to fade, the original Mac OS was replaced with Mac OS X, along with a suite of new applications and system improvements. Now there's Panther, which—like its big cat predecessor, Jaguar—brings lots of improvements to Mac OS X. Some are subtle, like faster boot time, while others are drastic but welcome, such as a much-improved Finder® and iChat™ AV, which brings audio and video chat capabilities to the Mac.While it's still Mac OS X, Panther is definitely a different kind of animal, and mastering it can take a little work. The new Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide provides the information you'll need most in a concise and easy to use format, perfect for putting you at ease with Panther. Thoroughly updated, this slim book introduces you to the fundamental concepts of Mac OS X Panther. It also features a handy "Mac OS X Survival Guide," telling Mac users what's changed from Mac OS 9, and helps Windows® and Unix converts get acclimated to their new OS.Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide provides a roadmap to the latest Mac operating system, including how to use tools as the newly revamped Finder and Dock. The book includes an overview of the System Preferences, as well as an introduction to the Unix shell and the Terminal application. It covers all the essentials, and provides instant help when you need it at your keyboard or on the road.This compact guide also includes a quick reference for creating special characters and a listing of basic keyboard commands. If you need to add or remove a user, correct preferences, log in, log out, tune the Dock, or change passwords, you'll find the information you need easily in a book that really can fit in your back pocket. With more than 250 tips and tricks, this practical, to-the-point book is a small but powerful resource for unleashing the power of Mac OS X Panther.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596006167
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2003
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 4.92(w) x 6.44(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Chuck Toporek cut his teeth on a Mac II system when he got his first job in publishing in 1988, and has been using them ever since. Chuck is a senior editor in charge of the Mac OS X/Apple Developer Connection (ADC) series for O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. He is also the author/editor of the Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide, co-author of Mac OS X in a Nutshell, and author of the upcoming title, Inside .Mac.

Table of Contents

Part I.Mac OS X Survival Guide
Changes to Mac OS X from Mac OS 95
The Apple Menu5
Think System Preferences, Not Control Panels8
Other Missing Items10
Tips for Switchers11
General Tips for Switchers12
Tips for Windows Switchers13
Tips for Unix Switchers15
Part II.Mac OS X Basics
Window Controls17
Window Tips18
The Finder20
The Finder's Toolbar27
The Finder's Sidebar29
Searching from the Finder30
Finder Tips33
Keyboard Shortcuts34
Basic Keyboard Shortcuts34
Startup and Shutdown Keys36
The Dock38
Using and Configuring the Dock39
Dock Tricks41
Mac OS X and the Classic Environment43
Users and Logging In45
Tips for Users46
User Subdirectories50
The root User Account51
Get Info and Setting File Permissions54
Part III.System Tools
System Preferences56
Internet & Network65
Applications and Utilities69
Xcode Tools79
Installing the Xcode Tools79
Overview of the Xcode Tools80
Part IV.Mac OS X Unix Basics
Configuring and Using the Terminal82
Terminal Settings82
Keyboard Shortcuts84
Command-Line Editing with bash85
Emacs Mode86
vi Mode88
Additional bash Shortcuts91
Additional Shell Commands92
Basic Unix Commands96
Part V.Task and Setting Index
Task and Setting Index106
Customizing the System107
Files and Folders112
Fonts and Font Management115
Searching for and Locating Files117
Obtaining Information About the System118
Internet, Web, and Email121
Modems and Dial-Up Networking124
Printer Configuration and Printing130
Maintenance and Troubleshooting134
Special Characters137

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