OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide
The Ultimate Quick Guide to OS X
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2012
Pages: 272

Get the concise information you need to start using OS X Mountain Lion, the latest version of the Mac operating system. This handy guide goes right to the heart of the OS, with details on system preferences, built-in applications, utilities, and other features.

Once you’re familiar with the fundamentals, use this book as a resource for problem-solving on the fly. You get configuration tips, lots of step-by-step instructions, guides for troubleshooting, and other advice—all in an easy-to-read format.

  • Learn what’s new, including improved iCloud integration and other iPad-inspired features
  • Discover how working with multiple devices is easier and more streamlined with Mountain Lion
  • Get a guide to the Finder, Dock, user accounts, and other essentials
  • Use Mountain Lion’s system preferences to customize your Mac
  • Take advantage of OS X applications, such as FaceTime and Time Machine
  • Manage passwords and secure your data
  • Work more efficiently with a complete list of keyboard shortcuts
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    5.0

    A quick but comprehensive overview

    By Rabih Sukka

    from Beirut, Lebanon

    About Me End User, Maker

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    Pros

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

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      Comments about oreilly OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide:

      It's no secret that I am a fan of O'Reilly's books. Having switched to a Mac for my personal computing needs three years ago, I had upgraded my machine to OS X Snow Leopard when that release became available a couple of months later.

      One month ago, I became an early adopter of the latest release of Mac OS X: the much-awaited OS X Mountain Lion, which promises to bridge the gap between your Mac and iOS5, the operating system that powers the iPad and iPhone. The new OS X release adds features that are found in iOS5 such as Reminders, Launch Control, Notes and iCloud integration, for instance. But how do you find out about all those new features, as well as the numerous improvements? Is there a reference that you can use, without having to haul a 800-page tome around?

      This is where the OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide comes to the rescue. It is small enough to carry around, and is destined to two sets of readers:
      •The veteran Mac user who wants to learn all about the new OS, after having upgraded from OS X Snow Leopard (keep in mind that you cannot upgrade from earlier versions);
      •The long-time Windows user who has recently switched to the Mac and wants to find out all about the Mac operating system - all in one place.

      Starting with the new features, and after a quick overview, Chris takes you on a comprehensive tour of everything inside OS X Mountain Lion, from Applications to system Preferences and Utilities. You will find chapters dedicated to password security, troubleshooting, installation (and data migration) as well as a glossary of special keyboard shortcuts. I found this last chapter of particular interest, since Mac users have long prided themselves about having much more shortcuts available to them than their Windows peers – and after reading the supplied shortcut tables, I tend to agree!

      Technically minded users who want to dig deeper will have to get a bigger reference. Network configuration, for example, is beyond the scope of a Pocket Guide – Chris clearly states so. The explanations are sprinkled with witty humor all through the book. This is a guide that you will enjoy reading, and it can be finished in a couple of days.

      This rich but concise reference is one that you will want to keep on your desk. It is a quick read, and if you need a rapid overview of OS X Mountain Lion – even if this is your first Mac – along with a healthy dose of witty humor, it's really all you need.

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      5.0

      A Quick Guide with Great Information

      By Hartley the Editor

      from Lyndonville, VT

      About Me Retired

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        Comments about oreilly OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide:

        This quick guide provides basic information to help you get started with OS X Mountain Lion with its many features, and the applications that came with it.. I found many useful simple tips that I probably would not have found anywhere else. it includes trouble shooting help if there are problems. It held my interest, and inspired me to explore more of the features in Mountain Lion. I enjoyed Chris Seibold's writing and humor.

        The only error I fond is in the Preface, It is neither damaging nor a detraction because it makes an interesting story. Chris Seibold tells us that Dawn Mann edited this entire book using only Quick Look and Messages. The error, "For example, if you click the File menu while running TextEdit, you'll see a long sequence of symbols for the "Paste and Match Stye" shortcut, as shown in Figure P-1. The illustration shows the File menu, but Paste and Match Style is not there because it is in the Edit menu.. It makes you wonder about how the Quick Look and Messages process worked, and whether that had anything to do with the one error.

        There are many more good tips than I expected in a pocket guide. Here are just three examples:

        For many years there has been a special program to compress files and folders into zip files. One of the many tips in OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide is how simple and quickly you can do it in Mountain Lion.

        I was learning to work the way Apple wants us to using Mountain Lion, but something was not working right and I had to turn my second monitor off. OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide has the explanation.

        OS X Mountain Lion provides help in password management, and how you may be able to find that password you forgot.

        I recommend OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide by Chris Seibold for some darn good reading, information, and inspiration. It is a small guide to the care, feeding, and use of OS X Mountain Lion for beginners to experts.

        I requested a review copy of this book for our Macintosh User Group raffle.

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        4.0

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        By Macquest

        from Jefferson City, MO

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        Comments about oreilly OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide:

        This is the book that I used to carry in my back pocket for quick reference. Now, I access via my iPad 3 (ePub version) for easier storage and guidance. It is much smaller, uses color sparingly (particularly blue), and covers most Mountain Lion features in about 70 pages in move of an overview format. I wish the line spacing were tighter, and the paragraph spacing wider for more pronounced transitions and delineations, thus making the reading flow better. The illustrations, notes, warnings, and text seem well-balanced throughout. Quick Reference is definitely the achieved goal of this treasure.

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