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Discover OS X Lion and unleash the power of your Mac
Ready to roar with your Mac running OS X Lion? Whether you just got your first Mac or recently upgraded, the Mac's newest operating system will make your life easier in amazing new ways. With this handy guide from Mac expert Bob LeVitus, you'll have your Lion jumping through hoops in no time!
Make friends with Lion — explore the Desktop, menus, windows, and icons, and perform basic tasks
Herd all your cats — organize your files and use the free iCal, Address Book, and Mail to manage your contacts, calendar, and e-mail
Get purrfectly connected — set up your Internet connection, surf with Safari, and import your media to iTunes and iPhoto
Be productive — set up a network; create, share, and print documents; and keep your Mac safe and sound
Your very own Time Machine — discover how easy it is to back up and restore important information automatically using Lion'sTime Machine
Open the book and find:
How to set up your keyboard, mouse, and other hardware
Tips for navigating with Multi-Touch Gestures
How to work at warp speed with Mission Control and Launchpad
Details about running Windows on your Mac
How iCal helps you manage appointments and projects
Simple steps for networking your Macs
Maintenance and troubleshooting solutions for your Mac
Work with the Dock, Launchpad, and Mission Control
Go online, set up your e-mail, and surf the Web with Safari
Enjoy music, movies, DVDs, and digital photos on your Mac
About the Author
Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus is among the world's leading authorities on the iPad, iPhone, and Mac OS X. He's been one of the Mac community's most trusted gurus for almost 20 years and has written or cowritten more than 60 books. He is also a columnist for the Houston Chronicle and The Mac Observer.
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Product Title: "Switching to a Mac for Dummies"
Author: Arnold Reinhold
Price: $21.99 USA
Publisher/Distributor: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
Pro: This book was constructed so that a non-computer literate could find, learn and use it effectively during the confusing process of switching from a PC to a Mac.
Con:Needed a good light and strong reading glasses to see the figures inserted in the texts. But when following along with your computer it makes it easier. There were some miss allocations. Such as figure 5-1, the current application was being called iChat instead of Finder. In the discussion of IPhoto, the term ITunes was used several times inadvertently. But ignoring that, even I was able to understand how to use the application.
Moose Rating 1-5 (5 highest): 5
The book's real strength is in the step by step organization of the information. It can help you decide IF you want a Mac; what KIND of Mac do you want; and HOW to set the computer up. Once you have made the decision to switch, you are told how to more smoothly transfer your information from your old PC to the Mac. Security issues are discussed. Ultimately, you are informed as to your choices of how to most securely dispose of your old PC to avoid making public your private files. Then it goes on to the specifics of running the computer with all the tricks to master the most from the machine. Including the various programs that are available on the machine, or available on the internet (either free or for purchase) to help you do anything you could dream you would need while using your new Mac. I was able to even easily use the index and go back and read again the specific areas I needed to re-read to really be able to use the information.
I will give you specific examples on how valuable this book has been in the progression of my development as a new Mac owner.
I switched to a Mac Book Pro in June of 2007. The process was very frustrating as I could not even figure out how to enlarge anything I was working on. Coming from a PC, I was used to grabbing any part of the frame work of the program I was working on to make it larger or smaller. The email "page" on the Mac was so small that it was not functional. Asking for help at the store where it was purchased was a joke. The clerk told me that the Mac had such a good resolution screen, that it was fine the image was small. It was also very clear! This was to enable me to use several applications at once. But if I wanted, they could figure out how to reduce the resolution of the screen for me. Obviously, I searched for another clerk. Then I found out about the lower right hand region has small diagonal lines on the Mac that was the ONLY location for expanding the viewing of the item. If I had had this book, I would have saved myself lots of time and frustration!
Since there is no manual with the Mac Book Pro, I tried to figure out how to work the programs alone. Then my husband read in the paper about the Alaskan Apple User Group having a meeting about Internet Security. Since I was not sure what needed to be done, and I was used to having to buy "protection" for my computer, I went to the November meeting. Then I found out that you could also check out programs to learn about the machine on CD's, or you could possibly do reviews of new information. At the December meeting I gained enough confidence that I asked about this book, and found I could do a review on it if I could read it in 25 days. Talk about an incentive to encourage myself to become educated to make my life easier!
Despite the fact that I had advanced past the decision making time of PC versus Mac and had already set up my machine, this book continued to be very appropriate for me in learning how to actually use and understand what I was really seeing in terms of programs and abbreviations. Normally on my PC when I had used the "HELP" functions, I could never describe or use terms that would elicit any proper response from "HELP." I believe that truly computer literate people have an entirely different language. Without this language, you can not ask questions. This is the first time I have read a book "for Dummies", and I feel that I have finally got a chance to ask "the proper question" in order to get the right answer from "HELP."
Chapter 5 : Mac OS X for Windows Users:
This was very important in explaining the difference between "Window's-Speak" and "Mac-Speak". I was really missing the information I got from the "Control Panel", and had not a clue that it was renamed "System Preferences!" The Table 5-1 gives a nice delineation of these differences. The discussion about "Backspace versus Del versus Delete" was enlightening. Delete on the Mac is really delete! If you want to remove the characters in front of the insertion point (blinking line), you merely press the fn (function) key plus the Delete key and the items to the right are deleted. Very logical, but without this book, I would not have had a clue! The use of two fingers tapping on the trackpad, or the choice to use" control and click" to obtain a "Right Click" was extremely helpful when I did not have my external mouse attached to my laptop. The information on the Finder was a little frustrating because it did not initially disclose that the cool "Finder cover-flow view" must only be on the 10.5 (Leopard) version. Since I have trouble looking at the Figure 5-8, it took me awhile to notice I did not really have the 4th choice to click on. I had had the experience of working on many applications and trying to bounce back and forth. To do so, I was trying to click on a portion of the window to bring the application forward. I needed to shrink, expand and try to move them around to slightly different locations to perform the tasks I wanted. On Page 98, I learned how to press the command key plus the tab key. This brings a docking station like display of the applications you are using. You merely press the tab repeatedly until you land on the application you want, and it brings it to the forefront. Then I learned about the "Expose'" with F9 separating the open windows, F 11 making all the open windows "scurry to the edges so that you can see the desktop. Click in the empty desktop so that you can see the Finder." The mere repeating of the button restores your screen how you were using it. Pretty clever! With your discussion on the Time Machine that is available on OSX 10.5 (Leopard) on the ability to do backups significantly impressed me. I had to hire a computer geek to format my external hard drive to do my back ups on my PC. I could never understand the process fully to retrieve data off the back up. With the ease you described, I believe I will seriously consider purchasing the new Leopard program.
Chapter 6: Moving Your Files from Your PC to the Mac:
If I had not read this book I would have been unable to prepare this article in the .txt format as requested. I would have used the TextEdit program with the .rtf format that was the default position. Without reading Page 129, would be clueless, nor would I have known about the clever "secure trash", nor the Disk Utility on my Mac. The latter cleans up my previously used regularly trashed items that could be still floating around in my Mac. Concern over security on my old PC was addressed by this book. Unfortunately, my PC was no longer able to boot up and I could not take advantage of the ideas to move documents over to my Mac. But taking it to a computer store, they were able to get some of the files off even though they could not really get the computer to fully boot. I did learn how to dispose of the remnant of my PC so I have a method to permanently prevent others from taking further information off the computer.
Chapter 7: Switching Application:
In exploring the IWork application, I was trying to access the tour to explore "Keynote and Pages". However, something went wrong and the "tour" did not start. I tried pushing esc (escape) and command + Q for Quit, and nothing helped. I went back to the "magic page" inside the front cover of this book and found the solution! It was command+option+W, and the window that was locked up in front of me went away! Later I was able to take the tour and see what was offered and I found out that there was an extra charge if I wished to use the program I life '06. Since there is now an I life '08 I will obviously wait.
I wish that I had read this book before I bought the Mac version of Office. I was very intrigued with the information that the Mac has ability to write to .doc. Also with the information that you could use websites such as Google for documents and spreadsheets. Even downloading to your Mac with formats such as .doc, .xl, .csv, .pdf, .rtf, etc. provides lots of other options. However, by not having this information before making my choice, I was not able to know what was fully available in order to let go of my habit of using PC paraphernalia.
I have been frustrated not knowing how to view items sent to my email account from my friends who still have PC's. I wasn't sure what application was needed to open the files of .wma or .wvm that were so easily opened on my PC. I was fearful that accepting "application" changes on the emails without knowing what the problem really was. On Page 147, you solved my problem with a free download. I read in the book that the reason the Mac is safer from viruses is that we have to give approval for each change in an application. This is different from the PC as it requires a high level integration of all processes working together. This makes them susceptible to viruses and worms to do their magic without interference. This now gives me a much better sense of control over what goes into my Mac computer.
Chapter 8: Getting Your Mac On Line:
My original POP wasn't protecting me from enough Spam, so I had discontinued it. Then I couldn't use the Apple Mail program. So sending emails from various programs was no longer possible. Page 146 told me how to change my Apple Mail program to interface with my Google mail site.
Chapter 10: Staying Secure in a Connected World:
This chapter explores how to make your computer private. The explanation of how passwords can be rated in strength, and the use of the Password Assistant to help, along with the delineating of nicknames for the special characters gives a practical solution to the never ending problem of "Which password to use?", and "How can I remember it?" This chapter gives the specific method of how to use the "Secure Trash" and how to do the write over methods from the Disk Utility.
Chapter 11: The Sweet iLife Suite:
IPhoto has been a function that I have played with, and even been successful at making slideshows and DVD's. I was able to pull music from my iTunes. My friends and family commented how much more fun it was watching the DVD's that I made with the templates. Without too much trouble I was able to fill the drop zones with photos and have the slideshows for the chapters. But I was not fully using the display on the iPhoto as I had not explored the method in the right lower corner slider to change the size of the photo selection. Thank you for the added information. I like the concept that the original files are in the Library, and that whatever albums, folders or slideshows you do with the photos are not really adding to the repeated use of actual space of the photos. I had been afraid of using GarageBand, but with your explanation about the possibilities I am interested in exploring this option. Your suggestion of "GarageBand for Dummies" would definitely be on my list to buy.
Chapter 12: Enjoying Other OS X Goodies:
Your discussion of Widgets gave me more options. I find that I have some trouble enjoying the games I have as Widgets simply due to the very small size. I do not have the Spaces option with Expose' (Figure 12-3). Again, I suspect it must be on the 10.5 version without being specified. My 10.411 has "Dashboard and Expose'". I practiced using the spotlight finding a slideshow I made and was very impressed to watch it flip through files and quickly locate the selection! I was able to use a Smart Folder to help me with a subject I needed to group from various applications. Thanks again!
Chapter 13: Oops, It's a PC: Running Windows on Your Mac:
With your book it is first time I have learned how to use a new computer more effectively. The major complaint I have always had with the "Windows PC Versions" is the long start up and shut down cycles. My husband got a brand new computer and it takes forever on Vista. It is just the operating system, not really all the items you ultimately put on the computer. I am grateful that the Mac starts rapidly and shuts down when I ask it. Not even having to go through shutting each program down individually. Therefore, thanks but no thanks for the Virtual possibilities.
Chapter 14: Switching with the Whole Family in Mind:
Since I turned 60 yesterday some of your options did not apply. However, you have really solved my "Widgets'" problem! I was able to set up the Zoom option for when I wish it to be used! No one else I talked to had come up with any solution! I also played with the voice over and had lots of laughs! But it is nice to know that auditory support is possible.
Chapter 15: Switching Your Business to Macs:
I had an old Access home made scheduling program that would be scary to try and change. You suggested trying "Wine-ing", but will wait until I feel braver. Since you gave options since Access in not on Mac I would need to be really brave. Most likely, I will just leave the old Windows program running.
Chapter 17: Desktop to Dashcode: OS C Advanced:
The File System Structure helped me define where I should go and where I should not go in the files. The history of the development of computers in increasing speed and decreasing size is amazing. I look forward to having access to the ZFS file system in the future!
The last three chapters are called "The Part of Tens". Quick ways to troubleshoot, tricks to use on your Mac and ways to use your old PC. Funny, wild and practical ideas for us to use. The Glossary at the back is helpful and the Index is very useable.
I'm not sure what mark Reinhold was shooting for but he clearly missed it. The book is overwhelming yet inadequate and in some places just wrong! As an example, Reinhold said you can't run Appleworks on newer Macs. That is simply untrue. But why would someone switching to the Mac ever care about older version of Appleworks? Based on the contents of the book, it was more akin to "New Macs for Dummies". Reinhold covered PC to Mac issues as well as Mac to Mac issues. While that's nice, why would a PC user need that info? It creates an information overflow that makes the book harder to read and confusing for new Mac users.
While I realized Reinhold did not intend the book to be funny, I had to laugh at some of the topics he covered. Few users switching to the Mac need to know that back in the 1980s some PCs used MicroChannel Architectures (MCA) and Macs used NuBus. This minutae reminds me of the sketch on Airplane when the air traffic controller is asked how we got into this crisis, and he starts talking about dinosaurs creating oil and people buying expensive cars. Funny on a big screen, but not for a dummies book. That's just an example of the massive overkill of useless information. Is the author prepping people for an appearance on a trivia show?
Too much information isn't that bad so long as critical information is included and Reinhold simply failed to deliver on critical information. In particular I am comparing his book to the Missing Manual series of the same title and the Dummies version seems like a really poor rough draft of the Missing Manual. When people switch computers from either Mac to PC or PC to Mac they are most concerned about their data (including pictures and music), their emails and address book, and their favorites. Reinhold comes up with rather elaborate Rube Goldbergesque style ways of moving the information, but way beyond the skills (or budgets) of the average switcher. He also fails to cover how to convert email from PC to Mac, which is a top question for switchers.
Those topics Reinhold covers well are horribly disorganized and hard to follow with few, if any, illustrations or screen shots. You simply have to take his word for what he's saying and use your imagination. I asked typical "How do I?" question on the Mac and none were covered. A new PC user might be calling Microsoft after reading this book asking for reconciliation.
Sorry for such a harsh review. I'm sure Reinhold knows his stuff and was simply trying to be helpful. Switching is a relatively new topic. Apple had to make a Newton before it could make the iPhone and I'm sure version 2.0 of this book will be much better. Skip this one though.
Pros: Interesting for trivia buffs, might increase Windows sales and Apple returns.
Cons: Disorganized, inconsistent coverage. Hard to read and follow.
There are a lot of forums and sites dedicated to Macbooks but I've found them difficult to navigate, so having this as a resource has been very helpful. He assumes that you have no previous knowledge using Mac OS, so everything is explained.