Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook
A Dictionary for Strangers in a Strange Land
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 1999
Pages: 326

Like travelers in a foreign land, Mac users working in Windows or Windows users working on a Mac often find themselves in unfamiliar territory with no guidebook. Crossing Platforms: A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook, with information presented in a translation dictionary-like format, offers users a handy way of translating skills and knowledge from one platform to the other. Whether it's explaining the difference between Macintoshaliases and Windows shortcuts or explaining how a Windows user would go about setting up Internet access on a Mac, this book provides readers a simple means to look up familiar interface elements and system features and learn how that element or feature works on the other platform.Crossing Platforms: A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook includes:

  • A general introduction to the key differences between the Mac and Windows
  • A to Z sections for each platform: one section where Mac users look up familiar Macintosh terms to find the equivalent function in Windows along with an explanation of the differences; and another section where Windows users find familiar Windows terms with pointers to the Macintosh equivalent along with full descriptions of how the function works on the Mac and important differences between the two platforms
The complete translation dictionary-like reference book,Crossing Platforms: A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook provides a simple solution for everyone who has been confused and frustrated by the arbitrary and sometimes capricious differences between the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. This book bridges the Mac-PC knowledge gap many users are faced with when work or preference demands the use of both a PC and Mac. Whether you already know the Macintosh or Windows, this book helps you navigate in the other operating system using your existing skills and knowledge.
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    Comments about oreilly Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook:

    This first edition (1999) is from OS8 to Win98 times, hardly OSX-SnowLeopard to Win7. It should be updated. It would also be better if download versions were available so one could have it on screen.

     
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    This is a great book if the two platforms you are concerned with are Windows and Mac OS 8.x/9.x. However, the book hasn't been adapted to Mac OS X, so it seems incomplete to me. Hopefully, the authors are working on a new edition that compares Windows ME/2K/XP with Mac OS X.

     
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    An absolutly essential book, at least for Macusers. Many of us are confirmed in our

    choice of operating systems but find ourselves in a cross-platform world. I find their approach unique , very handy to use,and invaluable in translating to a different platform. I can't tell you how much time and frustration it saved me, for instance in just one area -- comparing keyboard shortcuts.

     
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    Crossing Platforms: A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook Review

    By Kirk McElhearn

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    Comments about oreilly Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook:

    As a translator, and Mac user, I was delighted to see that Adam Engst and David Pogue, who are, in a way, the Strunk and White of Macintosh journalism, released this original book. As a translator first, it is an essential reference book for terms on both platforms. But as a Mac user, confronted with Windows often (I do own a PC as well) this answers all my questions about how best to understand the different philosophies of the two operating systems. Well written, clear and efficient, this book is really excellent. If you work with both platforms, don't hesitate to get it. The only drawback I found was the lack of an

    index. In spite of that, I couldn't recommend it more.

     
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    I do cross platform support for a living, and knowing both platforms' jargon has been the basis for my success. I've also read Pogue's and Engst's independent work -- and am extremely happy at their collaboration. This is very objective and will help those who must positively speak on both the Win and Mac side.

     
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    As usual, David Pogue crosses platforms with his wit & style. It feels as though one isreading a humorous tome,but in fact, one is learning essential facts and gaining knowledge. Any other author would bore us to death, but Mr. Pogue doesn't even make us feel that we are learning. I have to give this 100 stars, 5 is just not enough.

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