My Review of Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual

Originally submitted at O’Reilly

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…

Keep This Book At Your Side

By gregorywest from Sarnia, Ontario, Canada on 4/2/2010

 

5out of 5

Pros: Easy to understand, Accurate, It Goes The Extra Mile, Helpful examples

Best Uses: Good Book – All Mac Users, Novice, Intermediate

Describe Yourself: Educator, Tech Columnist

Review: by Gregory West
prospector16@gmail.com
Member of the Computer Operators 
of Marysville & Port Huron (COMP)
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Mac OS X Snow Leopard
The Missing Manual

by David Pogue
Published by O’Reilly Media Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-0-596-15328-1
Pages: 885
USA: $34.99 / CDA: $43.99
missingmanuals.com

Anyone who owns a Mac knows there is a lot inside such a small computer. Such is the case for Leopard’s upgrade: Snow Leopard. If you are simply satisfied in checking emails and surfing a few websites this book is not for you.

However, if you want to get the most from your Mac computer and want to learn all the “little” inside tricks and tips, as well as explore Snow Leopard’s functionality, this book is definitely for you.

The book is divided into six parts. Pogue covers the most essential needs on your Mac: Folders and Windows, Organization, Spotlight features, to using using a third party software: Parallels, to run other operating systems such as Windows. In fact all of Snow Leopard’s features are detailed in easy to follow text, sidebars, tip boxes and more. The manual ends with a new beginning. Part six is where you find the Appendixes that detail the installation, troubleshooting and a special part for “Where to Go From Here”.

Simple things such as a notice pop-up to “Submit to Apple” are explained as they come up in the various sections of the book. The “Color Picker” is detailed and leaves nothing to the imagination inside special boxes marked: “Up To Speed”. Each explanation offers screen shots that are not only easy to follow, but are easy to see.

To help make us feel like a pro, Pogue has set out boxes marked: “Workaround Workshop” where the information goes the extra mile in plain ordinary words so that we can understand and use the tricks the pros use. Another box is called: “Gem In The Rough” wherein information for us wannabe geeks can boast about. These separate boxes add a tad of entertainment, given Pogue’s good sense of humor and provide valuable tips that would otherwise be passed by.

This book is not a sit and read book, but you can – I did. It is meant to pickup and look for a troubling item, a new program to learn, or simply increase your Mac knowledge base so that your Mac computing will be much more enhanced. I highly recommend this book to sit right next to your computer while you keep on learning and finding new and exciting ways to use your Mac.

(legalese)

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