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  • Paperback: 776 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (Dec 22 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596006152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596006150
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 17.6 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,285,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emma Story on Jan. 18 2004
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It shouldn't really surprise anyone that David Pogue has once again produced an unqualified success in the third edition of Mac OS X: The Missing Manual. Since OS X came out, I've read and reviewed some dozen Mac books, but when it comes time to pick a single volume to recommend to friends making the switch, I invariably choose Pogue's. It's true that OS X beginners can understand it without any problems, but that shouldn't suggest that it's somehow too simple for veteran users - it's just that the text is exceptionally clear, meaning that even beginners won't find it too scary or confusing. While other books are bigger (Mac OS X Unleashed) and others are written specifically for a more advanced audience (Mac OS X Power Tools), the Missing Manual is the best all-purpose book on the subject, and one that should be in the library of pretty much anyone who runs OS X.
As I see it, there are really two groups of people who might be wondering whether or not they ought to buy Pogue's new Panther book: Mac users who own a previous edition of the Missing Manual, and those who don't. For the latter folks, the short answer is yes - you should buy this book. And for the former, the short answer is probably. Keeping in mind that all the various online retailers offer significant discounts on the book, and that you can also get 30% off if you've registered a previous edition with O'Reilly, it's going to only wind up costing you about twenty bucks, and it's definitely worth it. The book hasn't just been updated to reflect changes and new features in Panther - it's also been updated to reflect reader feedback on previous versions, including things like more information for people migrating from Windows, and mini-manuals on some of the iLife applications.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 29 2004
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It's this simple: you can't go wrong with David Pogue. His stuff is always very useful, practical, and interesting. Not to metion funny. I've used Macs since '95, and he's taught me most of what I know and I've had fun learning it. There are other good sources and authors out there, but if you're looking to buy one instructional/ reference book - you've found it. I've read reader reviews criticizing the length of this tome, but that just means you can just pick it up every now and then and find something you haven't seen yet. I even find myself buying the new edition every time this particular (OS X) series is updated. This book can be a great part of the whole Mac experience.
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Macs are wonderful machines, but their ease of use can be deceptive. Most users can figure out how to do basic functions; but there is so much more that can be done with a little guidance.
Apple, however, provides little documentation - and the online Help files are of marginal value at best.
As a result, a good manual is pretty important to help you get the most out of your machine (and there is way more under the hood than most users realize). Pogue's Missing Manuals are beautifully written and easy to follow, and truly are the manuals that should have shipped in the box! Highly recommended!
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You know what? English is not my first language, but I speak it fluently. For people like me it is quite annoying when the writer is using "synonyms" option in their word processing program every time just to look coooool... Here:
1. When I saw this book I said when I opened the package - "Oh my God!" It was huge!
2. I opened it, and instantly felt a deep feeling of appreciation for an ease of use. David - thank you for valuing MY TIME!
3. It is funny in many places! What a relief!! Entertaining and useful at the same time.
4. It explains everything! C'mon! I was reading some picture manual recently and it was really hard! I got lost after Chapter 1 (with all cool looking pictures around)...
5. Just buy it - trust me, it's worth every dollar you invest.
And finally....
Mac Rules!!!
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I'm pretty experienced with OS X, but I knew there were a lot of changes with Panther, so I figured this book was a good buy. I've read previous "Missing Manual" stuff by Pogue (as well as some of his other books) and went into this one expecting no less.
And I was not disappointed.
I've been using Panther now since November, and picked up this book at the same time. And it still sits on my desk as a reference, because I haven't been able to commit all the tips and help to memory. This is also a pretty good book for users new to OS X, but as an experienced user, Pogue points out all the little tips and tricks that make OS X a dream to use.
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By glass1748 on April 15 2004
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I have been using Macs since OS 6 was the operating system. Now, several years and many operating systems later, I finally broke down and purchased this "how-to" Mac book. It's gigantic and I certainly wasn't going to sit down and start reading. I put it on the night table and one night I looked up a topic and there was the answer to my query! That was encouraging. Then the next night, I picked up the tome again and started leafing through the topics in which I was interested. To my surprise and chagrin, I was learning new Mac stuff. You think you know it all and then another system comes along and screws with the status quo. Oh well...
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