Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2005
Pages: 528

It's little wonder that longtime Windows users are migrating in droves to the new Mac. They're fed up with the virus-prone Windows way of life, and they're lured by Apple's well-deserved reputation for producing great all-around computers that are reliable, user-friendly, well designed, and now--with the $500 Mac mini--extremely affordable, too.

Whether you're drawn to the Mac's stability, its stunning digital media suite, or the fact that a whole computer can look and feel as slick as your iPod, you can quickly and easily become a Mac convert. But consider yourself warned: a Mac isn't just a Windows machine in a prettier box; it's a whole different animal and a whole new computing experience.

If you're contemplating--or have already made--the switch from a Windows PC to a Mac, you need Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition. This incomparable guide delivers what Apple doesn't: everything you need to know to successfully and painlessly move to a Mac.

The latest reprint of this book has been updated to reflect the new generation of Mac models that run on Intel chips. There's even a new appendix that guides you through the installation of Windows XP on your Macintosh (using adapter software like Boot Camp or Parallels), so that you have the best of all worlds: a single, beautiful machine that can run 100 percent of the world's desktop software.

Missing Manual series creator and bestselling author David Pogue teams up with 17-year-old whiz kid and founder of GoldfishSoft (www.goldfishsoft.com) Adam Goldstein to cover every aspect of switching to a Mac--things like transferring email, files, and addresses from a PC to a Mac; getting acquainted with the Mac's interface; adapting to Mac versions of familiar programs (including Microsoft Office); setting up a network to share files with PCs and Macs; and using the printers, scanners, and other peripherals you already own.

Covering the latest in Mac OS X v.10.4 "Tiger," Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition explains the hundreds of innovative new features to the Mac OS and how you can understand and make the very most of each.

Whether you're a novice or a power user, Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition, teaches you how to smoothly and seamlessly replace (or supplement) your Windows machine--in a refreshingly funny and down-to-earth style--with a mighty Mac.

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Invaluable for experienced PC users!

By Chuck Thomas, Bowling Green Area Microcomputer Users Group

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Comments about oreilly Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition:

Having recently switched from PC-only to being a Mac and PC user, I was anxious to see if this 514-page book would ease my transition and continue to be helpful for some time. It far exceeded my expectations and has proven to be invaluable.

The introduction begins with a clear list of the advantages of switching to Mac: 'What the Mac OS Gives You' and "What it Takes Away." (The latter section actually lists advantages like the lack of viruses!) In the first chapter entitled, "How the Mac is Different," the authors describe each feature of the Mac OS and, wherever possible, relate that difference to the windows action, command, or location.

The second chapter provides a thorough description of windows and icons, the third acquaints the user with the Dock, Desktop, and Toolbars, while the fourth chapter completes the introductory material with extensive coverage of Programs and Documents, including different OS views, running older programs, and installing new programs.

The rest of the book is devoted to clear and extensive descriptions of four areas: 1) A chapter on each of the software products that ships with OS X 10.4 (Tiger), 2) Hardware on the Mac, including disks, memory, monitors (including dual monitors), printers, modem, etc., 3) Other topics like networking with PCs & other Macs, utilities that ship with Tiger, the firewall, etc., and 4) Installation & Troubleshooting, which is a short chapter due to the reliability of the Mac and the simple procedures for installing software in OS X.

Following these chapters is a very helpful appendix entitled "The Where Did It Go? Dictionary," which describes how each feature of Windows can be accomplished with Tiger. The second appendix describes the procedures for running Windows on a Mac in either dual-boot or parallel mode.

The writing style is informal, clear, and consistently focused on describing the Mac's features from the viewpoint of a Windows user. The book uses a logical format, bold sub-headings, and occasional, gray textboxes containing useful tips. There are frequent, screen shots to illustrate OS X features under discussion, but they are not overdone. Finally, the Index is very complete, thus allowing the reader to use the book as a reference tool. As a result, I found it remarkably enjoyable and easy to skim the book, reading in depth the things that were new, skimming the familiar parts, and saving some topics for a later time, when I'm ready to tackle them.

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Switching to the Mac

By Stephen Brown

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This was my first "missing manual" title and in less than an hour I had solutions to problems making my new Mac and my old PC's play nice that I had spent many hours of frustration working on. If you are new to a mixed Mac and PC world or moving to the Mac this it only information source you will need. I don't think this will be my last "missing manual." I hope that the "leopard" is ready when the OS is released!

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Windows Mobile on a Mac

By Joan

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Comments about oreilly Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition:

Love the book. It's been my bible since my new Macbook Pro arrived last week.

Just wanted to add some info. I have a Palm (Verizon) Treo 700w that runs WM5. The book refers to PocketMac as a solution, but PocketMac doesn't support the Treo 700w (yet).

Howerver, a search of the Palm site found the following: http://kb.palm.com/SRVS/CGI-BIN/WEBCGI.EXE?New,kb=PalmSupportKB,CASE=obj(40913),ts=Palm_External2001

and a link to http://www.markspace.com/

Thanks again for a great reference and I hope this info helps others missing their PDAs :)

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Essential reference for switchers!

By Curt Blanchard

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Title: Switching To The Mac, Tiger Edition

Author: David Pogue and Adam Goldstein

Publisher: O'Reilly, Pogue Press

ISBN-10: 0-596-00660-8; ISBN-13: 978-0-596-00660-0

Reviewed by: Curt Blanchard, Tucson Macintosh Users Group

Date: 1/2/07

Here is another must-have from the O'Reilly Missing Manual series. Switching to the Mac is a hot topic these days not just because the overall Mac experience is superior, but because it's much more secure from malware and other online nastiness. Now that Boot Camp and Parallels allows users to run Windows on the Mac, the arguments against switching are few. This book may well push those fence sitters over the edge. David Pogue and Adam Goldstein explain what the Mac gives you (lots!) _ and what it taketh away (not much). With the Mac, you gain stability, strong security, advanced networking, true plug-and-play and simpler everything. When you switch, you may lose a few apps and access to some peripherals.

The book deals with the basics about how a Mac is different in hardware, how to get online and an exploration of the iLife apps as well as Mail, Safari, etc. There are in-depth explanations of Accounts, System Preferences and other elements that the new user will need to know. This is no lightweight glossing over of the subject matter; it's over 500 pages of detailed informative material that the new Mac user will want on the reference shelf. One of the well-considered features is a dictionary titled, "Where did it go?" Here you can look up "Alt Key" or "Task bar" and find the Mac equivalents.

If you are a switcher or are considering switching, this is definitely the place to start. If you are looking for a gift for a new Mac switcher, this is something that will be greatly appreciated. Highly recommended.

--Curt Blanchard

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