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Mac Kung Fu: Over 400 Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for Apple OS X (Pragmatic Programmers) [Paperback]

Keir Thomas

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9 Dec 2012 1937785076 978-1937785079 2

Squeeze every drop of juice from OS X with over 400 quick and easy tips, tricks, hints and hacks in Mac Kung Fu: Second Edition . Exploit secret settings and hidden apps, push built-in tools to the limit, radically personalize your Mac experience, and make "it just works" even better. In addition to core OS X technologies, this significantly revised and expanded update to the best-selling first edition dissects new OS X Mountain Lion tools such as iCloud, Notifications, Reminders, and Calendar.

Mac Kung Fu: Second Edition will blow your mind with secret hacks never before made public and little-known tricks that will change the way you work forever. From big tasks through everyday jobs, this book will improve your productivity and refine your workflow. You'll customize and manage the OS X interface, boost the power of built-in apps, efficiently handle the filesystem, implement important security tricks, and much more.

Working with files in iCloud? We have tips to help. Managing program windows on your desktop? Hacks will make life easier. Creating reminders or notes? Use our tricks to make the process more productive. Emailing, tweeting, browsing, printing, word processing, testing and exploiting hardware, working with photos, movies, and documents... There's no area Mac Kung Fu: Second Edition doesn't touch upon, making it a unique and utterly necessary addition for any Mac lover's bookshelf.

Each tip is deliberately short and readable, often detailing things even Mac Geniuses don't know, and you can dip in and out whenever you want. Most tips take less than a minute to complete, yet the results last for a lifetime of better computing.

What You Need:

A Mac running OS X Mountain Lion and above.

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 2 edition (9 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937785076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937785079
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 19.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,835,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""All levels of Mac users will enjoy this book. I particularly like the types of tips that the book offers that boost productivity, customize the working environment, and just make using a Mac more fun!""--Fred Daoud, Author of "Stripes...and Java Web Development Is Fun Again"""Mac Kung Fu, Second Edition contains a plethora of excellent Mac advice. It is accessible to new users, and even experienced Mac enthusiasts will find ways to make their lives simpler and more efficient.""--Loren Sands-Ramshaw, Orglist""Keir Thomas has compiled one of the most useful and interesting assembly of Mac tips and tricks available today. Packed with how-to insights and easy-to-follow steps, Mac Kung Fu, Second Edition is a knowledgeable guide to have by your side every step of the way."""" --Mike Riley, Advanced technologist and author of "Programming Your Home"

About the Author

Keir Thomas is an award-winning author with more than ten computing books to his name, two of which have been published through Pragmatic Bookshelf. A former computer magazine editor, his work has been published around the world and translated into many different languages. He has blogged professionally for the MacWorld and PCWorld websites, among others. He previously wrote the best-selling Ubuntu Kung Fu for Pragmatic Bookshelf.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for doing more with a Mac 23 Feb 2013
By Bakari Chavanu - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been a Mac user for almost 20 years, and I write a lot about OS X features and related software. While I'm already familiar with about half the tips in this book, there are some useful how-to's like creating your own Safari extensions that I plan to try.

I would say that most of the tips in this book are very practical for anyone wanting to get more out his or her Mac. While the book could have used more screen shots, the written instructions are easy to understand. There are lots of Terminal hacks in the book, but I found most of them to be user interface changes that are not useful to me; but it is fun to be familiar with the Terminal.

I suggest flipping through the book and highlighting tips you think will enhance your workflow.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars read it cover to cover but didn't highlight many tips 11 Jan 2013
By Brian Tarbox - Published on
I've read other books by this author and so came to this one with positive expectations. I'm been a programmer for 30 years on Windows and Linux but converted to the Mac about nine months ago. I figured this book would help fill in some of the tribal knowledge about how the mac works.

My approach to reading a book like this is to just start reading and then highlight tips I'd like to remember later on. While I found a number of tips that seemed somewhat interesting none of them seemed interesting enough to highlight.

Given how many tips were of the form "you can access feature X via shift-command-3" I was surprised not to find a summary table of these keyboard shortcuts (I got the Kindle version, perhaps they're only in the print copy??).

I was surprised that several of the most powerful (and hidden) behaviors of the OS were either not covered or were buried. First example is multiple workspaces and three finger swipe between them. After reading the whole book I went back and Kindle searched for three finger swipe and multiple workspace and didn't get anything. Second example is that you create folders by dragging files on top of each other. These are the kind of things that are considered so obvious to Apple users that no one mentions them, except they aren't really obvious if you come from a different OS.

So, I'll keep the book around and browse through it some more I guess but it didn't rock my world.
5.0 out of 5 stars tips and other useful information, an easy read 9 July 2014
By Paul DeVore Jr - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Outstanding reference for shortcuts, tips and other useful information, an easy read!
5.0 out of 5 stars All the tips pros need to know 5 April 2013
By D. Greenbaum - Published on
While the Mac is generally perfect as is with its intuitive interface and easy to understand menus and help screens, a group of Mac users simply want more out of their systems. They know the Mac can do more, but can't quite figure out what they need. Similarly, the Mac has annoyances and quirks a user has learned to live with, but might like the Mac even more if they could only change some aspect of how it works. This book is for that group!

The ideal audience of this book is an intermediate Mac user who isn't afraid of making changes to program settings or going into terminal and typing a command or two. Knowledge of UNIX or programming isn't required, just an adventuresome attitude and a willingness to learn.

Most of the tips were commands and functions I never knew existed and wasn't looking for them but now that I've found them I couldn't imagine life without them. For example, a simple terminal command will turn off that annoying question about using TIme Machine on a new hard drive when it's plugged in. Another amazing tip is being able to show the full path names of file locations in the title bar. Saves me the confusion of knowing which disk is the original and which is the copy.

Probably all of these commands, tips, and tricks can be found online somewhere but Kung Fu puts it all together from a reliable source so you can take your Mac skills to the next level.

Pros: Amazing tips and tricks
Cons: No blackbelt issued at the end
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you NEED a book for your Mac, get this one. 15 Jan 2013
By C. Pultz - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A friend requested a book to help him learn how to use his new Mac after leaving Windows. I have been using a Mac since the 80's, so he turned to me. Since I respect that we all learn differently, I connected him with this text. It seemed to be the best of the options.
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