Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2003
Pages: 776

Apple says that Mac OS X 10.3 introduces 150 new features--but that's not really true. In fact, "Panther" includes many more than that. It's faster, more polished, and much more efficient. But it still comes without a manual.With 300,000 copies in print, the first two versions of this book became industry bestsellers. Now David Pogue brings his humor and expertise to this completely rewritten, greatly expanded edition. It covers:

  • Getting started. The early chapters demystify the Dock, windows, and the unfamiliar Mac OS X folder structure--an ideal introduction.
  • New technologies. Mac OS X 10.3 brings breakthroughs in window management (Expose, the Sidebar); security (File Vault, Secure Empty Trash); and productivity (faxing, Fast User Switching).
  • Bonus software. Panther comes with over 50 free programs--and this book gives you expertise in all of them. This beefed-up edition includes all-new mini-manuals on iMovie, iDVD, iPhoto, iChat AV, and Safari.
  • Basics of Unix. You can completely ignore Panther's Unix core. But if the command line intrigues you, this book offers a gentle introduction.
  • Finding familiar features. Two "Where'd It Go?" Dictionaries make it easy for Mac OS 9 and Windows refugees to look up a traditional feature--and find out where it went in Mac OS X 10.3.
As always, Mac OS X: The Missing Manual offers warm, witty writing, and bursts with the shortcuts, surprises, and design touches that make the Mac the most passionately championed computer in the world.
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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition Review

By John Suda

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This is the third iteration of "Mac OSX: The Missing Manual", by David Pogue. It updates the contents to cover the new features and elements of OS 10.3, known as "Panther" which is touted as having 150 new features. I've already described the previous editions as representing the best of software manual writing and this edition continues that excellence.

The format, structure, and graphical features are the same as the earlier editions, although this volume is a bit larger, at 763 pages, including index. All the important and most popular features of Panther are covered comprehensively, including the new Sidebar navigation feature, the Expose application "launcher", FileVault encryption, the return of the Labels feature, and fast-user switching. The new applications are covered here also, like the built-in fax program, iChat AV, and the Font Book font manager.

Pogue is best when he provides power-user tips and discloses hidden or little-known features of Panther. The nearly-obscure ColorSync control panel now illustrates gamut spaces in color profiles, for example, and he describes "Pixlet", a new video codec which is a lossless highly efficient video compression tool (supposedly designed for use by Pixar employees and associates only).

Other little-known tidbits include descriptions and insights to some of the Developer tools on the XCode Tools CD . There is an OSX version of Simple Text which includes a sound-record feature, not available anywhere else in Panther or in OSX applications, with the exception of iMovie. A special feature is the addition of mini-manuals on Safari and the iLife applications - iMovie, iPhoto, iChat, and iTunes.


Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition Review

By Alan Webster

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When Apple comes out with a new version of their operating system, the first thing I think is "I hope David Pogue gets out his book soon". "His book" is the Missing Manual series he has created to fill the void that Apple has created by not including a manual in the box OS X Panther comes in. Even if Apple had a manual, I doubt it would be as good or complete as this one is.

You can run Panther without a reference, but you only scratch the surface of what it can do. I consider Pogue's book a reference book, because at 740 pages of small type, I don't think you are going to read it cover to cover and remember much of it. I remember when the first "MacBible" came out (I think it was for System 6) I could read all of it, but times have changed. Apple's OS X is not just for running Word Processors, MacPaint & MacDraw. Now we have the Internet, e-mail, digital photos and movies. Things we did not even think of just 10 years ago. Who would have thought that we would have music and photo files on our Macs? Whole collections of them. The biggest sound files I had in OS 6 was a clip of Homer Simpson saying "Computers can do that?" and "Doh".

With all these new capabilities "under the hood" of Panther, "Mac OSX: The Missing Manual , Panther Edition" has to be large. It starts with the very basics of using Panther, continues on with mini-manuals on how to use iMovie, Mail, iTunes, Safari, iPhoto, iDVD, iChat, iCal, and any other "i" you can come up with. Then you can move up to the more advanced- how to make Applescripts, share files, and even dabble in UNIX. It is fun to thumb through the book and try out different things too. David Pogue doesn't just tell you how things work, he also tells you how well they work in Panther. This can save you from the maddening "why isn't this working?". When you know someone else has run into the same problem, you won't keep trying to make it work.

I recommend all David Pogue's books. I consider this one essential.


Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition Review

By Murray Massin

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First there was Cheetah, Mac OS 10.0

Then Puma, Mac OS 10.1

Then Jaguar, Mac OS 10.2

Now there is Panther, Mac OS 10.3

Each built for speed and camparatively light compared to an elephant. However,this December, 2003 book, and only the First Edition, is a dinosaur of 762 pages. It has 21 Chapters and 6 appendices. The amount of material rivals The Bible, only this religion is called the Macintosh Operating System, put together by the Apple Computer Corp.

Although in fact, Panther is a revision or update of the previous Mac Operating systems called X, it stands alone on its own four dynamic feet. However, its underneath platform is a basis called Unix, which with the otherX Systems, separates it from all of the previous ones started by Steve Jobsand Steve Wosniak in 1984. With his innate sense of humor, Pogue calls the entire X series "Steve Jobs 1.0 ", because Jobs originated and supervised its birth and development by Apple Computer Co.

To explain the need for such a gigantic volume, it covers not only the latest, but all the previous items in the in Apple's 10 series. There is a study of the Dock, iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, iSync, iDVD, along with the way to use the new Sherlock, Mail, and Address Book.

For people new to the Mac Computer, this Manual is a necessity. For people whose new computer started with OS 10.2, this book is very good reference for the many changes. For those old timers , still secure with the OS 8 series, this manual is a "must". Without it their computer will never get "userfriendly."This reviewer doubts if anyone can read the entire book without being hypnotized or frustrated, but it should be nestled next to their computer ready for instant reference.

David Pogue has world wide reputation as a Mac advocate. Every, lecture, class, and symposium that he delivers is a sellout. His numerous Missing Manuals, are well organized, well documented, and are written in non-technical language that is easy to read. At a publishers price of $29.95 it is a bargain, because to learn Panther, this book is all you need.

Review by Murray A. Massin.

Laguna Woods Macintosh Users Group in Laguna Woods , Ca

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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition Review

By Michael Bean

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Upgrading to Panther?

I upgraded to Panther and wanted to learn more about Mac OS X 10.3.2. As there is no manual that comes with Panther I decided a book was in order. I have read several outstanding Pogue books in the past and thought his "Mac OS X Panther Edition" might be a good place to start.

What Will You Learn?

Reading this manual you will learn a lot of information about new Panther features, changes in the way some items work and lots of tips and tricks. Some of the items discussed in the first two chapters are working with folders, different views, labels, icons, aliases, new trash features, Get Info, search bar, the find command, keyboard shortcuts, right click menus, creating a zip archive and a lot more. Did you know you can customize the toolbar on the top of your Folders? Did you know you can use the toolbar as a dock substitute? Page 110 shows you how.

Applications in Mac OS X

Chapters 4-7 deal with using Apple applications in Panther. You will learn the basics of using an application in Mac OS X and about Expose. Learn what F9, F10, and F11 do for your arrangement of desktop folders on page 127. You will also learn several useful finder shortcuts and navigation tips. Another nice book feature is a web site setup at that provides links to all of the shareware tools discussed in this useful Panther manual. You will learn how to setup, launch and use programs in Classic. Next, you can install the Apple Script menu and learn what scripts come with Panther and how to make your own.

The Components of Mac OS X

In this section you will learn about system preferences. On page 235 you can learn how to take pictures out of a screen saver to use as a desktop picture. Page 246 shows you how to use the Character Palette. Page 258 will show you how to access system preferences from the sidebar or the dock. Page 340 teaches you how to burn a multisession CD on a CD-R disk using Disk Utility. Page 352 shows you secret keystrokes for using Apples DVD Player effectively including fast forward.

Technologies of Panther

Chapters 11 through 17 cover security, networking, printing, faxing, sound, unix and hacks. Page 372 explains how to use an iPod as your home directory. Page 375 shows you how to establish an open firmware password, for those that need tight security. Page 376 tells you what to do if you forget your password. Page 385 shows you how to enable a Root user. Page 390 explains how to setup a FireWire network. Page 410 shows you how Macs and PCs can both show up in the MSHOME network folder. Page 414 shows you how to create and setup groups. Page 418 teaches you how to lock the keychain, manage it and use it effectively. Page 422 shows you how to setup your printer and share it in a variety of ways. Page 468 explains Macintosh Speech Recognition and how you might use it. Page 483-531 discusses the unix Terminal and teaches you navigation using unix along with several useful unix commands.

If you are looking for a book that will help you learn about the many features in Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, this book will do it. It may take you a few days to get through this 700 page wonder, but you will know Mac OS X Panther much better than when you started.

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