Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Pogue Press
Released: October 2011
Pages: 932

With Lion, Apple has unleashed the most innovative version of Mac OS X yet—and once again, David Pogue brings his humor and expertise to the #1 bestselling Mac book. Mac OS X 10.7 completely transforms the Mac user interface with multi-touch gestures borrowed from the iPhone and iPad, and includes more than 250 brand-new features. This book reveals them all with a wealth of insight and detail--and even does a deep dive into iCloud, Apple's wireless, free syncing service for Macs, PCs, iPhones, and iPads.



  • Perfect for newcomers. Get crystal-clear, jargon-free introduction to the Dock, the Mac OS X folder structure, Safari, Mail, and iCloud.
  • Go in-depth. Learn how use key new features such as full-screen apps, Mission Control, the new Mac App Store, Launchpad, Resume, Auto Save, Versions, AirDrop, and more. Are you even more of a power user? Learn to set up a network, make a Lion flash drive, and even learn the basics of Lion's underlying Unix.

There's something new on practically every page of this new edition, and David Pogue brings his celebrated wit and expertise to every one of them. Apple's brought a new cat to town, and Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual is the best way to tame it.

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    5.0

    OS X Lion's definitive reference book

    By André

    from Montreal, Québec, Canada

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      Comments about oreilly Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual:

      As mentioned on the cover, that book should have been in the box. In fact, this is by far the most complete and detailed book on Mac OS X Lion I have yet seen.

      It is my second Missing Manual on Mac. I really like the concept. And those who know David Pogue's style won't be surprised by his humor. They will find clear explanations of all the features of Lion, more than 250... We've all read all sorts of tips and comments on Lion on all sorts of websites, but here all that information is organized, easy to find and understandable. As always, Pogue makes a good use of illustrations and put a special attention to use only the ones that best suits its objectives.

      I particularly appreciate the section on iCloud, a complete chapter on innovative feature. And the wait was worth it. All you need to know is there, clearly explained.

      Mac OS X The Missing Manual is, in my opinion, the definitive reference on Lion and I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend. I even think of getting the digital version, just to be able to access its content from my iPad.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Bargain, Pogue's Best Yet

      By Hartley Jim the editor

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        Comments about oreilly Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual:

        I do not know how he did it! This complete Missing Manual was the first Mac OS X Lion book that I saw announced, and yet it includes iCloud.

        It tells you what is in Lion and how to use it, and it lists what has been left out of Lion so you will not look for it.

        

Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual begins with "The Mac Becomes an iPad," describing the foundation of the Mac O S X Lion revolution. It goes  immediately into "The New Lion Landscape," with Launchpad, Full Screen Mode, Safari, Full-Screen Apps, and Mission Control. That is in just the first 14 pages! What follows is the complete readable useful manual that we have come to expect from David Pogue. 


        Many people are going to want both the printed copy of Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual, and an eBook version. They may prefer to read the paper version, and it will be impressive on their book shelf, but it will be a lot easier to carry and hold the eBook version. It is easy to find what you want to know in both well indexed and organized versions, but it may sometimes be quicker to search the eBook version. 

        

I can hardly wait to see, "The Missing CD page for Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual," which "will be here shortly." 


        This is the manual that is to big to fit in the box. If you are looking for a bargain, Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual gives you far more pages with more information for your dollar. As expected, David Pogues' humor adds to the reading enjoyment. 


        This is, in my opinion, David Pogues best Missing Manual yet. It deserves to be the best selling Mac book for the tenth year straight.

        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great reference to Lion

        By jsuda

        from Rochester NY

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          Comments about oreilly Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual:

          I have reviewed or at least read every Mac OS X Missing Manual since the Panther version of 2003 and I have said pretty much the same thing about them all–you can't get a better written or more useful manual anywhere. This volume covers the latest Apple desktop operating system, OS 10.7, generally referred to generally as "Lion." It also covers the cloud-based server iCloud, Apple's successor to Mobile Me.

          The Missing Manuals utilize a fantastic template of structure, graphical features, unusually useful appendices, and terrific writing style. The book describes the features of the operating system; illustrates with plentiful graphics, charts, screenshots; supplements with many extras in sidebar discussions like Power User Tips, Nostalgia Corner, and Gems in the Rough; adds value by providing great practical suggestions on how best to use the features efficiently and thoughtfully; and adds dollops of wit and humor throughout.

          In the latest volume, Mr. Pogue covers the 250 or so new features of Lion, highlighting the features which converge Apple's desktop and mobile device operating systems–touch gestures using the trackpad and Apple's Magic Mouse and the new iPad-like interfaces called Launchpad and Home page. The mobile designs introduce a new way to work on the desktop which will appeal to new users but probably veterans as well. Pogue comprehensively discusses both the new and older ways to run the system and applications.

          The book also explains the new iCloud server features and how to transfer from the old (but still ticking) Mobile Me with great suggestions on substitutes for the handful of missing features.

          In nearly every section he points out in detail how 10.7 differs from earlier systems, even in the smallest ways. This writing is comprehensive and systematic. He shows how one can revert to the older ways of doing things and even how to use older applications--even OS 9 programs --using shareware Sheep Saver--as Apple has removed the Rosetta code which allowed newer Macs to run the old applications.

          There are sections on the new file transfer program protocol, AirDrop, the App Store, iTunes Match, the new Mission Control merging features of the previous operating system--Exposé, Dashboard, and Spaces, the PDF signature trick using Preview, as well as how to make a boot disk because Apple no longer gives you one.

          As in all the Missing Manuals, the book covers in detail the free applications provided, the networking components, installation, troubleshooting, Windows/Mac comparisons, and more, all written to service the needs of new and veteran users.

          Kudos to Mr. Pogue as no one does manuals any better.

          (FTC disclosure (16 CFR Part 255): The reviewer has accepted a reviewer's copy of this book which is his to keep. He intends to provide an honest, independent, and fair evaluation of the book in all circumstances.)

          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Makes the Lion roar

          By Ken

          from State College, PA

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          This is, as Pogue's previous Mac OS X books, a true gem. Few things are omitted, that I can find, and so much is included that is really clearly presented

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