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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Mac OS X Lion Paperback – Aug 2 2011
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From the Back Cover
Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something and skip the long-winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you'll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 150 OS X Lion tasks. Each task-based spread covers a single technique, sure to help you get up and running on OS X Lion in no time.
You'll learn to:
Play music and make movies or DVDs
Use Launchpad and Mission Control
Communicate via e-mail or FaceTime®
Connect an iPod®, iPhone®, or iPad®
Network with OS X Lion
Designed for visual learners
Two-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modules
Succinct explanations walk you through step by step
Full-color screen shots demonstrate each task
Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks
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I cannot recommend this book.
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So why in the world did I give it four stars? Even though I've been working with computers, including software development, since the days when a single computer filled a small room, I'm relatively new to Macs. And this book does do a creditable job of an overview of the OS and the apps. Yes, it's very "Dick and Jane." You have to try not to be offended when it tells you things that any near-computer-illiterate would know. You have to scan each page looking for nuggets. The nuggets are there ... they really are. They are easy to find, because a huge amount of effort has gone into creating a good visual presentation. If you are not familiar with an app, you can go through the appropriate section of the book in just a few seconds and save yourself some trial and error.
In summary, the book is well organized and designed to make information easy to find and to absorb. If you're computer literate enough to be reading this review, I can't imagine how you could find anything in the book that would be too difficult for you. It is a simple book, but that is partly because the author does a good job of simplifying. The book falls right in line with Apple's own philosophy of simplicity. Even so, this is not necessarily a book for the simple.
All the best,
It is quite the opposite of every other "Teach Yourself something Visually" book I ever bought. The series is typically outstanding. It is only in this instance that the result was unfortunate. I was quite dependent upon the strength of the series, and assumed that they did a quality review of the books for some sort of standard of delivery or quality.
It is supposed to be a book for someone who has never used a computer, or for that matter a mac. However, the first chapter starts out discussion word documents (which assume someone knows what MS\Word is and has it installed), and spreadsheets (see comment about MS/Word, and insert MS/Excel).
The chapter that teaches you how to log into the computer, and set up your preferences is CHAPTER 11 (not chapter 1).
The sequence of the book is poor, the content is either frequently confusing to the new user.
The person who received this book as a gift was fortunate to have a data processing professional in the house, and also have access to hands on, in person, lessons at the apple store.
as a reference material, for a refresher or looking things up, the book is almost acceptable.
as an entry point, it is very sub-standard.
Sadly, I will never again purchase either a book from this author, or from this series, without first reviewing the content of the book in person.
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