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David Pogue
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17 Dec 2007 Missing Manuals

With Leopard, Apple has unleashed the greatest version of Mac OS X yet, and David Pogue is back with another meticulous Missing Manual to cover the operating system with a wealth of detail. The new Mac OS X 10.5, better known as Leopard, is faster than its predecessors, but nothing's too fast for Pogue and this Missing Manual. It's just one of reasons this is the most popular computer book of all time.

Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition is the authoritative book for Mac users of all technical levels and experience. If you're new to the Mac, this book gives you a crystal-clear, jargon-free introduction to the Dock, the Mac OS X folder structure, and the Mail application. There are also mini-manuals on iLife applications such as iMovie, iDVD, and iPhoto, and a tutorial for Safari, Mac's web browser.

This Missing Manual is amusing and fun to read, but Pogue doesn't take his subject lightly. Which new Leopard features work well and which do not? What should you look for? What should you avoid? Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition offers an objective and straightforward instruction for using:

  • Leopard's totally revamped Finder
  • Spaces to group your windows and organize your Mac tasks
  • Quick Look to view files before you open them
  • The Time Machine, Leopard's new backup feature
  • Spotlight to search for and find anything in your Mac
  • Front Row, a new way to enjoy music, photos, and videos
  • Enhanced Parental Controls that come with Leopard
  • Quick tips for setting up and configuring your Mac to make it your own
There's something new on practically every page of this new edition, and David Pogue brings his celebrated wit and expertise to every one of them. Mac's brought a new cat to town and Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition is a great new way to tame it.

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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (17 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059652952X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596529529
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 17.9 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column and an online video. His daily blog, "Pogue's Posts," is the Times's most popular blog. David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News and a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His trademark comic tech videos appear each Thursday morning on CNBC. With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 60 titles. David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's been profiled on both "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes."

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David Pogue is one of America's best-selling how-to authors, with nearly 3 million books in print. David is the creator of the Missing Manual series and the weekly computer columnist for The New York Times.


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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the cover 25 Mar 2008
By Choosy
Format:Paperback
I recently bought an iMac with Leopard pre-installed. Coming from a PC this operating system was a revelation, and even though I was immediately able to get to work on the Mac, some 'education' on the operating system was needed.

I have read this book from cover to cover (leaving out some of the techier sections) although had no intention to do so. This was not a slog even though it runs to over 800 pages - it does not read like a manual and the style is very chatty in a good way - good for what could have been a very dry introduction to this operating system. It really does cover just about everything you are ever likely to need to "make your Mac sing, dance,and stand on its head". It is packed with information about organising your Mac, the free software, controlling accounts, networking etc and is fully cross referenced with additional useful material on the Missing Manual website. An absolute must for newcomers to the Mac, I can unreservedly recommend.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bulky guide but useful 30 April 2008
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As a new migrant from Windows XP, I had absolutely no idea how clever the Mac OS X Leopard operating system was until I picked up this book. There are so many hidden features that it takes a serious user manual to ferret them out. Unfortunately, Apple provide just a tiny little white booklet and expect you to spend hours online searching their website for tips. Call me old-fashioned but I prefer hard copy to flicking back and forth between help screens and the work I am doing (even if it is easier with a Mac than a PC).

The step by step instructions are particularly useful to those who are sitting in front of a Mac for the first time. There's also some useful information about third party software which can enhance a Mac further; for example, if the user wants to run Windows alongside Mac OS X on the same computer. There's also advice about customising Leopard as well.

Yes, this is a heavy book and, yes, it does become a little anecdotal in places, but I recommend it to anyone who wants to unleash the full power of Leopard.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny 14 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback
As a Mac newbie, I assumed there was no right-click option, but this book told me what I didn't even know about that within a few pages. In fact it's almost worth 20 quid to get my right-click working again!!

Ironically one of the strengths of the book is that it's not scared to debunk the much-trumpeted '300 new features' of Leopard, among them a Russian spellchecker and a Word of the Day screensaver.

Nicely pitched, well laid out with an easy-to-read style. It's proving indispensible for me, and I would totally recommend it to anyone new to Macs / OS X.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 18 Jan 2008
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As a recent convert to Mac I love it. How many times have you bought books to help you work out how to do stuff or fix things on windows and then realized that you actually need a PHD to read the dame thing???
Well with this book there comes a refreshing change. It's easy and straight forward which is also the same as using a Mac. I would have given it 5 stars except there is no real mention on the use of the iWeb program. However this is the book to have for the Mac!!! Go get it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expansive... 6 Mar 2008
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If you're new to Macs then this book is for you. It starts off each chapter explaining the basics, then moves on to more detail as the chapter progresses. There are tons of stuff to learn not only for those new to Macs but those new to Leopard. In the absense of any detailed printed manuals from Apple, this really should have been included in the box.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for any mac owner 26 Jun 2008
By A. J. Parkes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Having recently taken the plunge to buy my first Mac computer, although the operating system (Leopard) is easy to use, the way of doing things is slightly different. To help me fully migrate, I purchased this book.

This book is a mine of information covering all aspects of the Mac OS, from the very little things like minimising windows to the more complex things like Automation etc. It explains everything in great detail and has lots of screen grabs and illustrations to help. It is clearly laid out and very well indexed, so if you are stuck on an item, you can find the solution rapidly.

This book resides by my computer "just in case" and is highly recommended.

Also, the book is that thick, that you can even use it as a step ladder when not needed.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It!! 29 Dec 2007
Format:Paperback
If you are new to Macs, especially new to OS X 10.5 (Leopard), you should buy this book.

893 pages of facts, hints, overviews and clear explanations of everything - from simple 'how to' right through to the more complex (if there is a complex side to OS X) side of Leopard. Prior to buying this book I bought two other Leopard books...I should have waited and just bought the Missing Manual - so should you!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent. Clear and interesting. 2 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
Yeah this is awesome. It can't be easy to make an instruction manual for an operating system interesting, but the author does it somehow. And the detail is great. I've been able to tell experienced MAC OS users a thing or two from having read this book. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mac User
Just installed Leopard in a PowerMac G4, old I know, but still a good system. Unfortunately, Macs do not come with manuals, but with the 'Missing Manuals' series you learn... Read more
Published 18 months ago by K. W. Maeer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Reference Manual of all things OS X Leopard
Good for dipping into when necessary as I have been using Macs since 1997, nevertheless well written and well explained
Published 19 months ago by RBC
4.0 out of 5 stars Mac OS X Leopard
Upgraded my Powerbook G4 to this operating system which has so many different features than my old system, so this was very handy. Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars mac os x leopard The Missing Manual
Brilliant - just what I needed to make the shift from my pc windows to my iMac. Already found out how to activate the right click mouse and understand how the keychain operates. Read more
Published on 3 April 2010 by Ap Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Easing the pain of transition
I bought this some time after I shifted from my PC to an iMac. I wish I had bought it immediately. It would have done a lot to ease the pain of transition. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2010 by G. Foley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Manual Mac OSX Leopard
This seems to be the most up-to-date book although the latest version of the Mac operating system is Snow Leopard 10.6. This leopard has not yet reached the colder climes. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2010 by Sally Gordon-Boyd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual
A very good book with everything you could possibly ever want to know about your Apple laptop and how it works. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2010 by Ruth Blemell
4.0 out of 5 stars A complete guide to the Mac OS X Leopard
This manual will be very useful for those who are new to Apple and also those updating from previous. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2009 by Matthew Culley
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to learn Mac OS X quickly, this book was very helpful
It's a little basic for me, but it's very well written and I would recommend it for less experienced users. Read more
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