Mac OS X: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2005
Pages: 864

You can set your watch to it: As soon as Apple comes out with another version of Mac OS X, David Pogue hits the streets with another meticulous Missing Manual to cover it with a wealth of detail. The new Mac OS X 10.4, better known as Tiger, is faster than its predecessors, but nothing's too fast for Pogue and Mac OS X: The Missing Manual. There are many reasons why this is the most popular computer book of all time.

With its hallmark objectivity, the Tiger Edition thoroughly explores the latest features to grace the Mac OS. Which ones work well and which do not? What should you look for? This book tackles Spotlight, an enhanced search feature that helps you find anything on your computer; iChat AV for videoconferencing; Automator for automating repetitive, manual or batch tasks; and the hundreds of smaller tweaks and changes, good and bad, that Apple's marketing never bothers to mention.

Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition is the authoritative book that's ideal for every user, including people coming to the Mac for the first time. Our guide offers an ideal introduction that demystifies the Dock, the unfamiliar Mac OS X folder structure, and the entirely new Mail application. There are also mini-manuals on iLife applications such as iMovie, iDVD, and iPhoto, those much-heralded digital media programs, and a tutorial for Safari, Mac's own web browser.

And plenty more: learn to configure Mac OS X using the System Preferences application, keep your Mac secure with FileVault, and learn about Tiger's enhanced Firewall capabilities. If you're so inclined, this Missing Manual also offers an easy introduction to the Terminal application for issuing basic Unix commands.

There's something new on practically every page, and David Pogue brings his celebrated wit and expertise to every one of them. Mac's brought a new cat to town and we have a great new way to tame it.

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Book review: Mac OS X Tiger Edition - The Missing Manual

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There is no reference here to the 13 Printings from the 1st Edition in July 2005 to the 13th in september 2007.

Each has some updated information.

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5.0

Book review: Mac OS X Tiger Edition - The Missing Manual

By Matt Foot

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Mac OS X Tiger Edition _ The Missing Manual

Author: David Pogue

ISBN 10: 0-596-00941-0

ISBN 13: 978-0-596-00941-0

PUBLISHER: Pogue Press/O'Reilly

REVISION: Tenth

REVISION DATE: March 2007

REVIEW DATE: 24 April 2007

REVIEWER: Matt Foot

CATEGORY: Computing

Deceptively simple, a lot like OS X itself, yet very in depth and comprehensive, but in no way overly complex to the point where the reader could become confused.

Caters for both beginners and advanced users alike; in no way patronising, but also unassuming of the beginners level of knowledge.

Gets the point across, using wry humour (without being crass) using simple analogies and examples that are easily understood, relating to real life situations whereby the particular application/feature would become immediately useful to the everyday user of OS X. Procrastination and over-complicating something simple, is something this author has left to other, less skilled writers - (I feel this is very important, as over-explaining is more often than not, extremely confusing to the reader, and can verge on the point of patronising them!).

Extremely well illustrated, without being overdone in such a way as the pictures could take over, and leave the reader trying to figure out everything from illustrations alone. The screenshots are monochrome, but this in no way detracts from the simple tasks and actions they convey to the reader. I found the textual/pictorial balance, to be perfectly struck!.

The overall theme, is fun and intuitive to read, be it chapter by chapter, or more likely dipped into, when need be. The tongue in cheek humour is quirky and amusing, without the author trying to be too funny, in a way that could quite easily distract the reader from the overall point and content of the book; after all, this is a reference book, not a comedy audition, but having said this, the humour does remove the tedium that is all too often the norm, in computing lierature, and make the often stressful learning curve, seem less daunting and less "geeky".

The author has covered how to install Tiger, but in no way is this merely an afterthought of a paragraph. This is done informatively and simply, as a section in it's own right, and even contains an explanation, whereby the user learns to install Tiger onto a Macintosh that doesn't have a DVD-ROM drive, by means of restoring the DVD to an iPod, using another Macintosh, and using the iPod as the installation source. So simple, but I'm sure other books would have left this out _ genius!. How many other publications jump straight into the basics of learning the OS, whilst assuming that the reader's computer came with Tiger pre-installed?. I'd bet, quite a number!.

If a book is to be considered a "Missing Manual", then it MUST tell the reader how to install or re-install the operating system, otherwise this manual would be incomplete.

Summary

From installation of Tiger, to hacking the GUI and learning basic Unix commands, through to changing system permissions, this book is indeed an invaluable asset, and a must have reference for any Macintosh user worth their salt.

To review this book in it's entirity (all 847 pages!) would be nigh on impossible to do. At GBP 21 the value of the content held within FAR outweighs the very respectable price tag, which in all honesty, is an absolute bargain.

Highly recommended _ a book which is truly a "must have" for any Macintosh user today!.

Matt Foot.

 
5.0

Invaluable

By David

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I made the conversion to Mac's about 6 months ago, having always yearned to do so, they are so cool compared to PC's. I checked out a number of Tiger manuals and ended up selecting a copy of David's Missing Manual for Tiger, and have used it constantly since. This is a comprehensive guide to Tiger that has been invaluable. It is well laid out, logical, and easy to follow. This book is a pleasure to refer to and is a fine example of what a manual should be like. I'm sure it would satisfy both newcomers to Mac, such as myself, and longtime Mac users. If David comes out with a Leopard manual, I'm buying one straight away.

 
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A Must-Have: For Review and Study

By Anonymous

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There's an old Apple comercial that shows a Windows PC and a large stack of manuals that come with it contrasted to a Macintosh and its single, thin user manual. It exemplifies the ease-of-use of a Mac as compared to a PC, but in reality, is that single, thin user manual all you need for a Mac? David Pogue, author of the book in review, certainly thinks not, and I'd tend to agree with him.

The retail box of OS X-Tiger contains that relatively thin manual from Apple. Maybe you glanced at it as you pulled the Install DVD out of the box, but I bet you didn't come back to it for OS X help very often! Apple apparently expects the Tiger user to depend on the Mac OS X Help menu or the Apple website to learn about Tiger and, although these are indeed useful sources of information, they simply cannot compare to a hefty tome (about 850 pages) like Mac OS X: The Missing Manual.

The intended audience of this Missing Manual is advanced beginners or intermediate Mac users and I would agree that these groups are well served by this book. Nevertheless, the brand new beginner will find informative side bar "Up to Speed" articles with introductory information and the more advanced user will find "Power User's Clinic" boxes filled with technical tips, tricks and shortcuts intended for the more experienced Macintosh aficionado.

Having read the book cover-to-cover (no small feat, mind you), I found it to be sprinkled with delightfully witty comments that serve as a brief break from the serious and extremely informative text that covers every aspect of OS X-Tiger. Truly all aspects of OS X are covered, from installation to new Tiger features like Spotlight to System Preferences and the use of all of the "free" programs included in OS X. Although you won't become an iLife expert by reading this book's chapters on iTunes, iPhoto, etc., a fine overview of these programs is presented and you'll be able to use them productively with the basics that you learn from Mac OS X: The Missing Manual.

I've been using OS X since it first came out and I feel pretty comfortable using it. Given my long experience with OS X, I didn't expect to learn a lot about it from this book. Yet I was repeatedly surprised at finding tips and tricks previously unknown to me that this book noted about most every aspect of OS X-Tiger.

My one regret is that I didn't take notes or mark up the book as I was reading all the tips that were new to me. There were so many new tips to me that I'm sure that I've forgotten the majority of them already!

This experience leads me to make a recommendation to you about Mac OS X: The Missing Manual. To get the most of it, read it a bit at a time with one of those yellow fluorescent hi-lighter markers in hand and don't be afraid to mark up important information. Then grab the book and sit in front of your Mac and review the information that you've highlighted via hands-on experience at the keyboard. If you do so, I guarantee you'll be a Mac expert when you finish this book.

Mac OS X: The Missing Manual has appendices about OS X installation options, trouble-shooting, "Where'd It Go?" (relative to previous versions of OS X, OS 9 and Windows), tips about obtaining more info and a comprehensive "Master Mac OS X Secret Keystroke List." The index is extensive and inclusive of all of the important topics covered in the book.

Finally, Mac OS X: The Missing Manual also "contains" a missing CD (which really means that no CD-ROM is included), in contrast to many "manual" books of this sort. Instead, the reader is encouraged to visit the MissingManuals.com web-site to view a chapter-by-chapter list of links of the shareware and freeware mentioned in the book. The "missing CD" reduces the cost of the book and provides a method of keeping the software listings up-to-date, so I don't consider the lack of a CD to be a drawback, especially now that most users have high-speed access to the Internet.

Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition is 100 pages longer than the previous Panther edition and the author claims that there is not a single page that hasn't changed since the last edition. So even if you own a previous edition, you should consider purchasing this new Tiger Edition. Apple keeps adding new features to OS X with every new version. Are you using them to your benefit? You may never know about what you are missing until you read Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition! I highly recommend it to each and every one of you...

Reviewer: Jim Macak

Jim is President of Double Click, Inc, the Macintosh Users Group of Milwaukee, WI.

He is an Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist and provides Macintosh help and consulting services in the Milwaukee area as "YourMacDoc."

(http://www.yourmacdoc.com/)

 
5.0

Another Winner from David Pogue

By tucsontutor

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The Missing Manual Tiger by David Pogue

Just the Appendixes C and D make this book worth the price...They tell Mac (Appendix C) and Windows (D) folks where things are in Tiger versus their previous operating system.

It covers the new features in detail: Spotlight - what's the keyboard shortcut to open spotlight; how to search when you only know part of a word (usable also in text edit). He explains how to set preferences, how to keep certain items private, changing sort order, etc. Then he goes on to explain how to use the Find command (you can do much more detailed searching using Find).

Dashboard is another new Tiger feature that is covered in great detail. Dashboard is triggered by pushing the F12 key, but I have a laptop and F12 is the eject key, However by holding down the Fn key AND F12 I can open Dashboard. Did you know that you can refresh widgets by holding command and clicking R, open more than one copy of a widget and open the widget bar with the command = keystroke? Each of the 14 standard widgets are described in detail. He mentions a shareware program that will let you have a widget open while you're using another program. Do you share your computer? Learn how and where to install widgets so they're available to everyone, or just to you!

Another major item Apple features in Tiger is Automator. This lets you build a series of actions just by dragging tiles in the right order. Remember AppleScript that let you build instructions for a repetitive task? This is a simpler version. For the average user, one of the more useful actions might be in Safari to get text from a web page, or make a list of all the URLs from a web page, or the combine PDF files.

Security has been improved. Don't know what a firewall is, let alone how to configure it? Pogue explains this is layman's terms. Don't know what the Root account is? Don't mess with it, but understand it and learn how to activate/deactivate it ( it comes on page 455. Need to understand permissions and be sure they're set correctly -he has pages of data on how to do this. During a download, when Tiger says "this contains an application, do you want to continue?" you can expand that box to see what program it refers to, thus preventing spyware from being downloaded. In addition, if you are installing, it will also ask for permission. In addition to the Secure Empty Trash, Disk Utillity can super erase ALL free disk space. Don't want the people who share your computer to see where you've been surfing (make that present a surprise), turn on Private Browsing in the Safari menu before you begin.

Since this book is over 800 pages, I can't review all of it for you. However, I find it an INDISPENSIBLE Macintosh tool. I always find the answer I need in Pogue's books!

 
5.0

Even better then the Panther manual

By JOe Edwards

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Another superb missing manual from O'Reilly and Dave Pogue

I am building up a shelf full of them and this one came free with my subs to MacWorld!

Its my first very own Mac and the book is essential. I have been supporting my daughter's Powerbook with the Panther Edition although she is now teaching me!

Keep up the good work.

 
5.0

Great book

By Steve Holland

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I just bought my first Mac ever. Old time PC user. I was lost until I got the book in. Could not be without it.

Steve

 
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Where did it go?

By solohans

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The Missing Manual is already beginning to pay for itself. I found the keycaps application that used to be in the Application/Utility folder. Buy a copy and find out where it's hidden. Find out more secret to Tiger too! Great handbook packed with lots of sound info.

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