Apple's .Mac service (pronounced dot Mac) offers everything Mac OS X users have come to expect: an attractive, intuitive interface and a wealth of features with all the underlying power you'll ever need. .Mac includes web mail, an online contact management system, storage space, a fully customizable web site of your own, and much more. On your first tour of this suite of subscriber-based services, you'll be delighted by how easy and convenient .Mac is to use. But you'll soon discover that there's a lot more to .Mac than meets the eye!Inside .Mac will help you get the most out of Apple's new Internet services. This handy, quick reference offers a clear overview of the entire .Mac package and many of its not-so-obvious features. You'll learn how to set up and manage your account quickly and without fuss. Each .Mac service is discussed in an objective, no-frills fashion that'll show you how to use--and what to expect from--iDisk, web mail, your personal web site, and everything else that .Mac offers. The book covers:
Setting up your .Mac account: a guided tour to getting started with .Mac
Using your iDisk: a detailed look at using iDisk, its directories, the iDisk utility and more
Mac Software: a look at what's included in the software directory, including Virex anti-virus software, the Backup utility, Mac Slides Publisher, and third-party software
.Mac Email: everything you need to know, on configuring your settings to adding additional email accounts
Building a HomePage: an overview of HomePage options that covers uploading files, publishing iPhoto libraries, protecting your site, and publishing and announcing your site
Synchronizing Your Mac with .Mac: learn how to set up and sync your Address Book, iCal Calendars, and more using iSync
From enthusiastic new users to hardcore Mac geeks, anyone who uses .Mac will want to get the most from their subscription service. Inside .Mac is the only book that shows you how. There's no better way take control than with this handy guide.
.Mac’s Core Services
Chapter 1 Setting Up Your .Mac Account
Before You Sign Up
Your First Stop: System Preferences
Changing Your .Mac Password
Setting an iCal Event to Change Your .Mac Password
Renewing Your .Mac Membership
Chapter 2 Inside Mac.com
Managing Your .Mac Account
Forget Your Password?
The .Mac Services Sidebar
The .Mac Learning Center
Chapter 3 Using Your iDisk
The iDisk’s Filesystem
Mounting the iDisk
iDisk Public Folders
Unmounting an iDisk
Mounting an iDisk on a Mac OS 9 System
The iDisk Utility
Chapter 4 .Mac Mail
Two Ways to Check Your .Mac Mail
Using .Mac’s Web-Based Mail
Setting Mail’s Preferences
Working with Mail
Using the Address Book with .Mac
Protecting Your Mac
Chapter 5 Using Virex
Finding and Installing Virex
Scanning Attachments in Mail
Virus Scanning from the Terminal
Chapter 6 Using Backup
What to Back Up?
Where to Back Up?
Backup’s Cans and Can’ts
Finding and Installing Backup
Backing Up to an iDisk
Backing Up to CD or DVD
Backing Up to a Drive
Restoring Files from a Backup
When a Backup Fails
.Mac and Your Digital Life
Chapter 7 Building a .Mac HomePage
Planning Your HomePage
What You Can’t Do with a .Mac HomePage
What Goes Where on Your iDisk
HomePage Styles and Themes
Creating Your Main Page
Creating a Photo Album Page with iPhoto
Sharing Files on your HomePage
Creating an iMovie Page
Creating a Movie Page with iMovie 4
Password-Protecting Your HomePage
Announcing Your HomePage
Adding a Favicon to Your HomePage
Rolling Your Own
Learning More About Web Design
Chapter 8 Blogging with iBlog
What Is a Blog?
Building Your Blog
Chapter 9 Using iSync with .Mac
Overview of iSync
Registering Your Mac with the Sync Server
Performing Your First Sync
Chapter 10 Slide Shows and iCards
Creating a Public Slide Show
Appendix .Mac’s Keyboard Shortcuts
Safari’s Keyboard Shortcuts
Appendix Common iDisk Error Codes
Appendix Installing and Using the iDisk Utility for Windows XP
Chuck Toporek cut his teeth on a Mac II system when he got his first job in publishing in 1988, and has been using them ever since. Chuck is a senior editor in charge of the Mac OS X/Apple Developer Connection (ADC) series for O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. He is also the author/editor of the Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide, co-author of Mac OS X in a Nutshell, and author of the upcoming title, Inside .Mac.
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The animals on the cover of Inside .Mac are Eskimo dogs, also known as huskies. This dog stands between 20 and 27 inches high and can weigh anywhere from 60 to 100 pounds when fully grown. Its coat can be of any color and its eyes are brown, blue, or gold, or a combination of all or some of these colors. An Eskimo dog has a thick coat of fur, which helps it tolerate temperatures as low as 90 degrees below zero.Eskimo dogs are workers, having a long history as sled dogs, both pulling and racing sleds. They have great physical endurance and an instinctual desire to run. Because of this, owners should make sure to allow these dogs plenty of outside time for exercise, but should also ensure that their dogs are not left to roam free, as they may run off too quickly. These dogs are very intelligent and loving. They have a considerable amount of energy and thrive when allowed to be around other dogs. Mary Brady was the production editor and the copyeditor for Inside .Mac. Emily Quill and Claire Cloutier provided quality control. Julie Hawks wrote the index.Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book. The cover image is an original engraving from Royal Natural History. Emma Colby produced the cover layout with QuarkXPress 4.1 using Adobe's ITC Garamond font.David Futato designed the interior layout. This book was converted by Julie Hawks to FrameMaker 5.5.6 with a format conversion tool created by Erik Ray, Jason McIntosh, Neil Walls, and Mike Sierra that uses Perl and XML technologies. The text font is Linotype Birka; the heading font is Adobe Myriad Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont's TheSans Mono Condensed. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano and Jessamyn Read using Macromedia FreeHand 9 and Adobe Photoshop 6. The tip and warning icons were drawn by Christopher Bing. This colophon was written by Mary Brady.
This book is terribly outdated. Had I known that it was published in 2004, well before iLife '06, I would not have bought it. Some material remains valid, but a good portion is simply obsolete. This is a shame, since the book is well written, and I'm certain it was quite valuable when the information was current.
I bought this book along with a .Mac account and have found it to be somewhat useful, but nothing extraordinary, sorry to say.
What I find most detrimental to this book is the NUMEROUS typos. It is sloppily edited, if it was edited at all. There are some chapters where you cannot read 3 pages without coming across 2 or more typos. A few here and there is understandable, if unprofessional. But the HUGE number of typos in this book make it embarrassing.
I think it's worth a look, but not at full price. Hence, the merely average rating.