Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2012
Pages: 764

Ready to move to the Mac? This incomparable guide helps you make a smooth transition. New York Times columnist and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue gets you past three challenges: transferring your stuff, assembling Mac programs so you can do what you did with Windows, and learning your way around OS X.

Learning to use a Mac is not a piece of cake, but once you do, the rewards are oh-so-much better. You won't find questionable firewalls or inefficient permissions. Just a beautiful machine with a thoroughly reliable system. Whether you’re using Windows XP or Windows 7, we’ve got you covered.

  • Transfer your stuff. Moving files from a PC to a Mac is the easy part. This guide gets you through the tricky things: extracting your email, address book, calendar, Web bookmarks, buddy list, desktop pictures, and MP3 files.
  • Re-create your software suite. Big-name programs from Microsoft, Adobe, and others are available in both Mac and Windows versions, but hundreds of other programs are Windows-only. Learn the Macintosh equivalents and how to move data to them.
  • Learn OS X Mountain Lion. Once you’ve moved into the Macintosh mansion, it’s time to learn your way around. You’re in good hands with the author of Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, the #1 bestselling guide to OS X.
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4.0

Straightforward guideline

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Too basic

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  • Novice
  • Student

Comments about oreilly Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition:

I use this book to quickly understand the differences between Mac and Windows, and to grasp the advantages and features of the Mac. This book contains a detailed description of the Mac, it is suitable for the novice. You can safely discard your old computer into Mac's arms. But if you are a power user, this book may be too simple for you.

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Captured my interest immediately

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    Comments about oreilly Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition:

    This book captured my interest from the very first chapters where David described The Mountain Lion difference: I wanted to jump in and start using my new operating system immediately. This was so exciting as using my Mac I could do that before worrying about moving my data across or thinking about applications I might want to use.
    I couldn't resist; I started trying out my new system after reading the Introduction to the book. It was great to be able to start learning without the worry of installing programs -- everything I needed was there ready to go.
    But there was real work to be done so it was back to the book for some assistance. As if the author had read my mind the next few Chapters explained how the Mac is different.
    Part 2 took me through the various options for transferring my data to the Mac and assisted me to decide which programs I needed so that I could do the same sort of work that I did when using Windows. I have an iPad so was particularly pleased to be shown where Mountain Lion is similar to iOS.
    When I first saw the size of the book I worried that I may not be able to read and understand all the information. I was pleasantly surprised -- a comprehensive index and many screen shots really helped. Learning to use a Mac and Mountain Lion was easier than I had imagined with the help of Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition. The book guided me through every step and seemed to be able to predict what I needed to know at just the right time.
    Although written for someone moving from a PC to the Mac I imagine this book would also be of value to someone moving from an earlier Mac operating system. In fact friends who have used a Mac for some time have learned new ways of doing things from this book.

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