OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2013
Pages: 880

What do you get when you cross a Mac with an iPad? OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Its 200 new features include Mac versions of iPad goodies like Maps, iBooks, and iTunes Radio—but not a single page of instructions. Fortunately, David Pogue is back, with the expertise and humor that have made this the #1 bestselling Mac book for over 11 years straight.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Big-ticket changes. Finder tabs. Finder tags. App Nap. iCloud Keychain. iTunes Radio. Maps. iBooks. Automatic app updating. If Apple wrote it, this book covers it.
  • Nips and tucks. This book demystifies the hundreds of smaller enhancements, too, in all 50 programs that come with the Mac: Safari, Mail, Calendar, Notification Center,Messages, Time Machine…
  • Shortcuts. Meet the tippiest, trickiest Mac book ever written. Undocumented surprises await on every page.
  • Power users. Security, networking, build-your-own Services, file sharing with Windows, even Mac OS X’s Unix chassis—this one witty, expert guide makes it all crystal clear.

There’s something new on practically every page of this edition, and David Pogue brings his celebrated wit and expertise to every one of them.

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5.0

A Must Have Mac Resource

By Dennis

from Cupertino CA

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    Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

    Great resource with through answer not found elsewhere

     
    5.0

    Awesome book

    By jamesw2965

    from Philadelphia

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      Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

      I am finding the book to be very informative.

       
      5.0

      Yet Another Great Missing Manual

      By Bill

      from Melbourne, Australia

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      • Explanation Of Wifi
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        Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

        I have this Missing Manual on my iPad so that I can solve problems appearing on my computer without breaking the computer workflow. This is the most useful of all reference manuals I own on any subject. It is up to the usual standard of David Pogue, whose ability to explain things in layman's language is second to none.
        I really can't think of anything I don't like about it.

         
        5.0

        WOW!!!

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        from Granby, Qc Canada

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          Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

          In this book, nothing is missing: just discover a completely bare OS. The only negative point, the covering of Apple Events; but that's the subject for an entire book!
          It's not my first book in this series: I've never been disappointed...

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not What I Wanted

          By g_ford

          from Alberta Canada

          Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

          I purchased this manual to help me run and understand some of the programs on the Mac and it was no help what so ever. I tried looking in the index for iMovie, and there were two pages with no information on how to create a movie (page 411 & 623). I also tried to use the manual for I Photo and again no information on how the program works. Its all just trial and error. This book is not good for me.

           
          5.0

          Just Starting

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                Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

                Delivery was overnight...incredible.

                Can't really comment. At 860 pages not anywhere near finished. But very handy so far for dealing with specific problems. The comprehensive nature appears to mean that there is an answer to any difficulty. In some senses, the most valuable aspect to the volume.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great, comprehensive reference

                By Madmathman

                from San Diego, CA

                Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

                Full disclosure:  I received this free for review for a local Mac User Group.

                I'm a big fan of David Pogue and his sometimes corny sense of humor. Computer operating system reference manuals aren't prime fodder for entertaining writing, but his style more than makes up for a dry subject.

                This review is for the e-pub version downloaded for use on the iPad.  A great advantage of the digital version is easy searching, especially with bookmarks and highlighted passages. At 880 pages the printed version is unwieldy in size and weight, while the e-pub version on the other hand is a pleasure to use despite being 1800+ pages long in portrait mode.  Another cool feature, iBooks automatically opens up where you left off, very convenient if reading in a non-linear fashion.

                The book is divided into six major sections:
                1. OS X Desktop
                2. Programs in OS X
                3. Components of OS X
                4. Technologies of OS X
                5. OS X Online
                6. Appendixes

                The Intro provides a brief rundown of major new features in Mavericks, e.g. Finder tabs and tags, new applications (iBooks and Maps), iCloud keychain, etc. A minor quibble: it would have been nice to include links to their respective sections in the book. Anyway, once there I found his detailed descriptions and step-by-step procedures excellent, especially useful on Finder tabs and tags, and setting up iCloud keychain.

                Pogue states that this book is primarily aimed at advanced beginners/intermediate Mac fans, and I think that is a fair assessment. It would probably be overwhelming for a complete novice — but that's what Personal Setup Assistance at the Genius Bar is for. In the text there are "Up to Speed" sidebars for newbies, and "Power User's Clinic" sidebars for more advanced users.

                What makes The Missing Manual such a great value is its comprehensiveness.  Even for features that aren't specifically new to Mavericks, Pogue's thorough explanation of all the features of OS X presents ideas I wouldn't have thought to ask about.  Case in point: using the shift-option keys allow smaller increments for sound/brightness. I really like knowing this feature that I never would have looked into before.

                Bottom line: get it! If you're new to Mac or just new to Mavericks, a quick search will find the answer you seek. Even if you are fairly comfortable using Mavericks, you're sure to find some neat tips and tricks. Maybe start with the sections on AppleScript, Automator, and Services.

                 
                4.0

                First rate

                By Dave S

                from Toronto, Canada

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                Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

                The rating should really be about 4.6. I did not give it five stars because of the occasional minor lapse. A lapse which has not been fixed in the latest electronic edition occurs on page 248. The list of dictation formatting commands omits the "tab key" command. For instance, if you say "tab key tab key tab key", you will get three tabs. You may want to adjust the tab width in the individual applications that you use with dictation.

                I've used OS X for a while, so I haven't read the whole manual. I use it mostly as a reference, to look up specific things. I like to do quick key word/phrase searches in the electronic copy, then read what I've found in the paper copy, which I prefer. Very handy.

                All in all, a terrific product.

                 
                5.0

                Just one word - GREAT!

                By Basil Fawlty

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                • Fun To Read
                • Fun To Read Without Being
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                • Short But Full Of Tips
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                  Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

                  I really like Oreillys missing manuals. Have it for iWorks and Macericks.

                  Might be an idea for Apple to give this with their products.

                  Apple are really self-explanatory in their way of making hard/software but with this manuals you learn so many small features and after some time you just realize how much you missed by just starting to use the products.

                  For me it is the same feeling as when I got my first glasses 35 years ago, I could see before but now I can see perfect!

                   
                  4.0

                  Missing Manual Delivers, As Always

                  By Paul

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                    Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

                    I upgraded to Mavericks - BUT - not before ordering the manual that Apple should just finally hire David Pogue to write.

                    Had it open on the iPad - then in the new Mavericks iBooks app as I tweaked and configured, learned and applied, and finally, digested most of what I needed to know about Mavericks.

                    Thanks again Mr. Pogue. Thanks again O'Reilly books for making it easy.

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