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Book Description

Nov. 16 2007 0596529813 978-0596529819 1

No matter how much Mac experience you have, Mac OS X Leopard requires that you get reacquainted. This little guide is packed with more than 300 tips and techniques to help you do just that. You get all details you need to learn Leopard's new features, configure your system, and get the most out of your Mac. Pronto.

Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide offers an easy-to-read format for users of all levels. If you're a Mac newcomer, there's a Survival Guide that explains how to adapt, and a chapter on Mac OS X's key features. Experienced Mac users can go right to the heart of Leopard with chapters on system preferences, applications and utilities, and configuring. In all, plenty of tables, concise descriptions, and step-by-step instructions explain:

  • What's new in Leopard, including the Time Machine
  • How to use Leopard's totally revamped Finder
  • All about Spaces and how to quickly flip between them
  • How to search for and find things with Spotlight
  • How to use Leopard's enhanced Parental Controls
  • Handy keyboard shortcuts to help you be more efficient
  • Quick tips for setting up and configuring your Mac to make it your own
If you're ready to tame Apple's new cat, this is the guide you want.

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Chuck Toporek is a long-time Mac user. When not strapped to his desk, editing the latest tech book, he can be found riding his mountain bike, writing, out taking pictures somewhere, or watching cartoons.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little reference book especially for Windows switchers Dec 6 2007
By John A. Suda - Published on
Mac OS 10 Leopard: Pocket Guide is another in the O'Reilly series of competently-done, nicely produced, easy-to-use guides to consumer software and hardware. This book is a guide to using Apple's latest computer operating system, OS 10.5, popularly known as "Leopard."

Leopard has hundreds of new improvements over its predecessor although most of them are merely tweaks and revisions of existing features. There are, however, 150 new features and this book highlights the major ones like Time Machine, the backup program; Spaces, the virtual desktop view; Stacks, the look inside folder in the Dock; QuickView, the mini viewer; and Cover Flow, the new navigation tool.

Author, Chuck Toporek, is a Mac geek and an experienced writer who has designed the book for new users to the Mac and for existing Mac users who need to get up to speed with Leopard . He writes clearly and succinctly. After an introduction to Leopard, the book provides a basic guide to setting up a Leopard computer for use and configuring the user, network, security and system preferences and settings. There is a list of most of the Leopard-included applications and utilities with brief descriptions of them. The most significant applications comprise the iLife suite of web browser, mail, calendar, chat program, and others.

The author covers all of the basic matters dealing with using Leopard, but there is nothing covered in depth. For that, one can refer to O'Reilly's "Missing Manual" series book on Leopard.

The Pocket Guide is a quick and easy read, but most likely useful as a handy reference when needed. It has numerous illustrations and, screenshots, tables and charts, and a dozen or so pages of keyboard shortcuts for system and application usages. There are also dozens of "Tips" spread throughout which provide practical guidance to new users.

Although the book is pitched for all levels of users, I think geeks and even semi-geeks would feel it's too basic. New computer users and especially the rising millions of Windows switchers should find it quite useful.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars David Graham's Review Dec 17 2007
By Tim E Robertson - Published on
Like previous versions of Chuck Toporek's Pocket OS X guides, Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide packs a lot of useful information into a compact format. If you travel a lot you might find yourself thinking of this little book as a handy security blanket.

New features of OS X, such as Time Machine, Spaces, Quick Look, and Stacks are covered in Chapter 1 along with changes to Finder, iChat, iCal, and Mail. A reader who is new to Leopard (and aren't we all?) may find it reassuring to have a copy of Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide with them as a memory-jogger on how to use new features.

Chapters 2 and 3 are devoted primarily to Mac OS basics, shortcuts and, security issues and features. Readers who are new to the Mac will find many of their questions answered here. For more experienced users, the Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide will help them sort out new wrinkles that Leopard has introduced.

For example, the built-in Help menu in OS X now has a Search field. Leopard has introduced some changes to the Dock, such as Stacks and a Downloads folder. Spotlight has become faster with Leopard and is capable of doing more comprehensive searches. Spotlight can even search attached external FireWire drives. Readers who gave up on using Spotlight with Tiger may want to give another try, and the Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide gives succinct instructions in its use.

Chapter 4 is devoted to System Preferences. Even here you may find that Leopard has thrown a few curve-balls that are covered in the Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide. The Security pane has new features, such as the ability to disable the IR sensor of a MacBook or MacBook Pro to avoid vulnerability to external devices. Another notable change is that Firewall is now in the Security panel, instead of the Sharing panel of previous versions of OS X.

There are some new wrinkles in the Screen Saver pane of the Desktop and Screen Saver panel such as the ability to opt for a Slideshow, Collage, or Mosaic. There is a new Time Machine preference panel to turn Time Machine on or off and specify a drive to make backups to. There is brief, but sufficient, information in Chapter 4 to guide readers to the many facets of System Preferences.

Chapter 5 provides only brief descriptions of the many applications and utilities that are bundled with OS X. The diminutive Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide would have turned into a big and weighty tech manual if each application and utility was covered in detail, but the chapter is useful for pointing them out. Unless a reader has made an intensive study of the Applications folder, he may be unaware of some of the gems lurking there.

Chapter 6 is titled Configuring Your Mac. This just might be the chapter that saves the day for road warriors, with information about things such as finding the MAC address of their Airport card, switching to an Airport network after disconnecting the ethernet cable from their laptop, sharing a modem or ethernet connection with other Macs, maintenance and troubleshooting, and sharing a USB printer over an Airport network. This chapter also contains information about networking and connecting to a Windows server, using a .Mac account, fonts and font management, and basic settings for customizing a system. Topics in Chapter 6 are covered very succinctly but with just the information a reader might need to get out of a jam.

Chapter 7 is simply a table of special characters and their key mappings, and Option-key commands for creating accented characters. There is also mention of the Keyboard Viewer application. A world that seems to be getting smaller has increased the need for many special and accented characters.

Many OS X features are the same as they were in previous versions, and these are covered in sufficient detail to jog readers' memories or help out if they need to venture into unfamiliar territory. A tiny book that fits in a back pocket can't be expected to compete with a full blown tech manual that is four times its size, has twice as many pages, and outweighs it by a factor of ten. But the big bruiser gets left home while Toporek's compact tome makes a great traveling companion. It might just get you out of a jam if you need to do something on your Mac that you have forgotten or are unfamiliar with. Given the size and weight constrains that Toporek was working with, he has done an admirable job of packing this little book with useful information.

Turns out that after purchasing the book it isn't even necessary to carry it, small as it is, to get the benefits. O'Reilly provides a coupon code good for 45 days of free access to an online edition at Safari Books Online. Now THAT is really lightweight take-along support! Might still be a good idea to bring the analog pulpware-substrate version in case you run into a snag getting online.

Even power users may find themselves referring to Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide from time-to-time. Scenario: you are on the road and need to contact a prospective business partner in Norway. You've forgotten how to type an umlaut! No problem if you've got Chuck's little gem. Mr. Überbucks will appreciate it. Or maybe you forgot how to go from Quick Look to full screen slideshow to give a client a peek at the contents of a folder full of projects you've been working on for them. Chuck has you covered there too. Examples are numerous. Hard to know what tips you'll need or when you'll need them. With Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide along for the trip you've at least got a fighting chance of finding an answer.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great help for someone who never learned the basics Dec 17 2007
By college_student - Published on
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I have been an Apple/Mac user for over 20 years and I have to say I have gone through the various upgrades wo looking at them and without really exploring all the new features. I never learned how to use "smart folders" and other such features. I just upgraded my eMac to Leopard and purchased a MacBook with Leopard installed and when I started seeing that there were hundreds of new features and such features as "Time Machine," "Photobooth," (is that new?), "Spaces," "Stacks" etc. I thought it is time to bring myself into the 21st century.So I purchased this book, something which I find to be short and sweet, very helpful and well worth the $10 and cents.
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing useful here Dec 10 2007
By Anthony Lawrence - Published on
I hate to be negative about an O'Reilly book because they have brought so many really excellent titles to us. However, this book is nearly pointless: it really doesn't offer much more than the booklets that come packed with your Mac or OS X upgrade.

The earlier review here suggested it might be useful for new users or Windows switchers - maybe, but again, I can't see it being very useful. And I definitely don't see it sitting close at hand as a reference..

Gosh, I hate finding nothing to praise here, but that's the way I see it. I'll give it three stars because there's nothing WRONG with it, no inaccuracies that I noticed, nothing misleading or badly done; it's just too little and too basic.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide Jan. 23 2008
By Julie Nelson - Published on
Great little book for reference when you are on the road...It packs snugly with your laptop...

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