OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: 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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    4.0

    Missing Manual Delivers, As Always

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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.

       
      4.0

      Great help

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        Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

        Very glad I bought this book. Really useful as a reference source. Clearly written.
        Section on Preview could be expanded.

         
        5.0

        The missing manual impressed me AGAIN!

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          Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

          I am one of the many elderly 'secular' iMac users who really appreciates the 'down to earth, grass roots' grammar you use in your Missing Manuals - being neither IT 'Techies' nor 'Nerds'. The clear instructions in your manuals guide me safely on as I drift from one OS X operating system to the next - thank you O'Reilly ..keep it up.

           
          5.0

          This is the manual Apple could have

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          Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

          This is an example of the Classic OS manual , and how it should be done.
          I can higely recommend it, both to the novice and the expert user coming from another environment (windows).
          It's the size of "war and peace", but packed with information about OSX 10.9.X
          I think this is going to be the reference manual i will go back to. All the information can be found on Apple Support site or Google ,but In my every day work with OSX this is the manual that gives me the overview I need when working with a modern OS ( OSX, Linux, Unix .
          "i'm an expert, but not on every thing"
          Remember this book this book comes in many flavors ( Paper , Ebook ,Reference book) . So think about how you use it . The Paper Bog is a good all round choice , but i prefer my Kindle ebook when reading linear content ( one or more chapters ) . But nothing beat an iPad or Mac when using it as a reference manual , to help you her and now.

           
          5.0

          David Pogue's OSX guides are the best

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          Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

          I have been using David Pogue's guides to OSX since I started with iMacs when Tiger wasjust released. They are by far the best guides to OSX I have seen. They are clear and logically laid out. They only use techy language when really necessary. Above all, they are ecxellently indexed so that, if I'm looking for a "how to" and it's not obvious which chapter I should consult, then I'm sure to find it in the index.

          At 800+ pages they are comprehensive, but don't be daunted. You'll probably only ever need to read a fraction of them!

           
          5.0

          Excellent as usual

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            Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

            I used the book to help transfer applications and files from my backup drive and set up Admin accounts, and to settle confusion about main admin account. Couldn't have done it without the Missing Manual book. I have used this series of books on other Mac operating systems and it always comes through for me.

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            Great book

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              Using the ebook version is very handy. This book continues the great tradition of the "Missing Manual" series of books. It is a very helpful book for all MacOS users who have upgraded to Mavericks....

               
              5.0

              Great reference

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                Good reference, good index. Notes are very helpful

                 
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                  Clear, complete.

                   
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                  Comprehensive coverage easy to hard

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                    Comments about oreilly OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual:

                    As a new convert to MAC, starting with Mavericks, it was important to go through a fairly steep learning curve. Virtually every question I had was answered by the book. The basic information is there but deeper information is also present, so it doesn't drop you when you have become proficient. I started computing in the mid 1960s and have become fairly proficient with Windows. I wanted to build my ability with a MAC quickly. This book helped a lot.

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