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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition Paperback – Dec 22 2003

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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: 17.8 x 4.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,467,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a good book! Of course it includes lots of information you won't find in the help files. So, order this book, a copy of Mac OS X Panther, and a Powerbook - it will change your life forever by bringing you a huge step closer to what personal computing should be all about." Information Security Bulletin, February 2004

About the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. With nearly 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, having written or co-written seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music), along with several computer-humor books and a technothriller, "Hard Drive" (a New York Times "notable book of the year"). Pogue is also the creator and primary author of the Missing Manual series of complete, funny computer books, a joint venture with O'Reilly & Associates. Titles in the series include Mac OS X, Windows XP, iPod, Microsoft Office, iPhoto, Dreamweaver, iMovie 2, and many others. His Web page is www.davidpogue.com, and his email address is david@pogueman.com.

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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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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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This is the third iteration of "Mac OSX: The Missing Manual", by David Pogue. It updates the contents to cover the new features and elements of OS 10.3, known as "Panther" which is touted as having 150 new features. I've already described the previous editions as representing the best of software manual writing and this edition continues that excellence.
The format, structure, and graphical features are the same as the earlier editions, although this volume is a bit larger, at 763 pages, including index. All the important and most popular features of Panther are covered comprehensively, including the new Sidebar navigation feature, the Exposé application "launcher", FileVault encryption, the return of the Labels feature, and fast-user switching. The new applications are covered here also, like the built-in fax program, iChat AV, and the Font Book font manager.
Pogue is best when he provides power-user tips and discloses hidden or little-known features of Panther. The nearly-obscure ColorSync control panel now illustrates gamut spaces in color profiles, for example, and he describes "Pixlet", a new video codec which is a lossless highly efficient video compression tool (supposedly designed for use by Pixar employees and associates only).
Other little-known tidbits include descriptions and insights to some of the Developer tools on the XCode Tools CD . There is an OSX version of Simple Text which includes a sound-record feature, not available anywhere else in Panther or in OSX applications, with the exception of iMovie. A special feature is the addition of mini-manuals on Safari and the iLife applications - iMovie, iPhoto, iChat, and iTunes.
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Look, if you get this book, you will probably not read it all. Not because it is wrong or badly written. But the sheer size...Over 750 pages, covering every aspect of OS X Panther that the author thinks would be useful to even the rawest newbie to a Mac. In some ways, the bulk is one answer to the question posed on the cover, "The book that should have been in the box". Yes, that is a statement, not a question. But implicitly, behind it is the question of why Apple declined to ship a comprehensive manual with the machine. Apple is trying to claw back the market share it once had. One way is to attract newcomers by offering something that is so easy and intuitive that it is self evident. Whereas a book of this length might scare them off.
This leaves an opening that Pogue is readily trying to fill. There are screen captures on most pages, which in no small part adds to the book's heft. But the figures and text explain their subjects well.
Experienced unix users may well find joy here. If you worked on AIX, HPUX, IRIX, Solaris or others, you know that they have basically standardised on the Common Desktop Environment GUI, which is very nice. But OS X is also a unix. Eerie. An alternate universe where there are the familiar terminal windows and command lines. But the GUI has been totally reworked. Logically very coherent and polished, once you get used to it, perhaps with this book to help you.
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