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Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual [Paperback]

David Pogue
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Oct. 29 2009 0596153287 978-0596153281 1

For a company that promised to "put a pause on new features," Apple sure has been busy-there's barely a feature left untouched in Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard." There's more speed, more polish, more refinement-but still no manual. Fortunately, David Pogue is back, with the humor and expertise that have made this the #1 bestselling Mac book for eight years straight. You get all the answers with jargon-free introductions to:

  • Big-ticket changes.A 64-bit overhaul. Faster everything. A rewritten Finder. Microsoft Exchange compatibility. All-new QuickTime Player. If Apple wrote it, this book covers it.
  • Snow Leopard Spots.This book demystifies the hundreds of smaller enhancements, too, in all 50 programs that come with the Mac: Safari, Mail, iChat, Preview, Time Machine.
  • Shortcuts.This must be the tippiest, trickiest Mac book ever written. Undocumented surprises await on every page.
  • Power usage.Security, networking, build-your-own Services, file sharing with Windows, even Mac OS X's Unix chassis-this one witty, expert guide makes it all crystal clear.

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David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I've been using Macs for years and thought I was pretty proficient. When I upgraded to my latest Macbook Pro, and to Snow Leopard, I thought it'd be nice to get to know the OS better. David Pogue lays it out clearly and well, and I found out things I could do that I never even considered and that have now become a part of my regular repertoire. First of all there are the shortcuts. For so many functions, it's just faster to key a command than to find it on the appropriate drop down menu and click. This book lays them all out according to the various tasks you might perform on the Mac, and after just a few days working through a chapter a day, it has literally changed my whole approach to Mac-based projects.

The book introduced me to several other Mac OS X features I'd never used, and never seen a use for, such as "Spaces," which is now something I couldn't live without. I do my browsing in one space and my video editing in another, and my word processing and spreadsheet work in another, and it's easy to shift back and forth between all of these tasks without cluttering my windows.

Highly recommended for new Mac users, or for veterans who, like me, have never fully appreciated the attention to detail and the range of resources available on the Mac OS X, especially Snow Leopard.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual Jan. 17 2010
As a brand new owner of a Mac, I needed a good informative manual. This book is terrific ... there is not one thing I have looked up yet that it hasn't explained in great detail - and you don't have to be a computer "geek" to understand it! I would recommend it highly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mac OSX made clearer March 8 2014
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Very helpful in solving some unknowns. However, Mavericks has now taken over. I will need a new manual for that.
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