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Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Snow Leopard Edition [Paperback]

David Pogue
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19 Dec 2009 Missing Manuals

Is Windows giving you pause? Ready to make the leap to the Mac instead? There has never been a better time to switch from Windows to Mac, and this incomparable guide will help you make a smooth transition. New York Times columnist and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue gets you past three challenges: transferring your stuff, assembling Mac programs so you can do what you did with Windows, and learning your way around Mac OS X.

Learning to use a Mac is not a piece of cake, but once you do, the rewards are oh-so-much better. No viruses, worms, or spyware. No questionable firewalls, inefficient permissions, or other strange features. Just a beautiful machine with a thoroughly reliable system. Whether you're using Windows XP or Vista, we've got you covered.

If you're ready to take on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the latest edition of this bestselling guide tells you everything you need to know:

  • Transferring your stuff -- Moving photos, MP3s, and Microsoft Office documents is the easy part. This book gets you through the tricky things: extracting your email, address book, calendar, Web bookmarks, buddy list, desktop pictures, and MP3 files.


  • Re-creating your software suite -- Big-name programs (Word, Photoshop, Firefox, Dreamweaver, and so on) are available in both Mac and Windows versions, but hundreds of other programs are available only for Windows. This guide identifies the Mac equivalents and explains how to move your data to them.

  • Learning Snow Leopard -- Once you've moved into the Mac, a final task awaits: Learning your way around. Fortunately, you're in good hands with the author of Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, the #1 bestselling guide to the Macintosh.

Moving from Windows to a Mac successfully and painlessly is the one thing Apple does not deliver. Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Snow Leopard Edition is your ticket to a new computing experience.



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  • Paperback: 652 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (19 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596804253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596804251
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 18 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,470 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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About the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well thumbed must have for Mac converts 9 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I'm a recent Mac convert and I needed this book. My new iMac didn't come with a manual, and whilst many things are intuitive, as a former PC user, I did need some help. What is great about this book is that it tells you what things are for as well as how to do them. It translates PC terminology into Mac-speak. It does take a few weeks to get completely familiar with how a Mac works, and I've had this book on my desk as a handy reference. The section on moving my iTunes is particularly well thumbed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing Manual has *missing* info 21 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
D Pogue writes a truly excellent guide to the Mac.
BUT - a very large *but* - he does not begin where the beginner's actual needs are! Anyone coming from Windows to Mac - with the correct Missing Manual - will find he assumes you know so much more about Apple Mac than you possibly could. I spent ages fruitlessly looking for 'font book' for instance - so simple to any mac-user - but not to a newbie!
2] the other missing bit - which really is crucial - is a far better Index
There is plenty of helpful info here - you cannot grasp it when you are a new user - and unless you can cope with the total overload of trying to read the entire manual in search of what you need, you cannot find this info quickly and easily.
Looking at other reviews, it is clear that the 1-star ones are from people who have had this problem. so let's hope the publisher will employ a really thorough Indexer; and encourage David Pogue to do a first chapter which is a real 'beginner's guide'.

However - when you have explored your Mac, used it for a while and got used to some of the new ways of doing things, THEN come back to the Manual, and bless the day you bought it. Everything you want to know how to do *better* is there, waiting for you to have the questions ready to ask.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to the Mac 9 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
Being completely new to Apple Macs I was keen to get a guide to using them (finding comparable features to Windows - e.g. 'I know how to do this in Windows, how do I do this on a Mac?') so I could hit the ground running. It is well written and a bit jokey in places but it keeps the tone light. I have it on my desk as a 'ready reference' rather than it being a book you actually read through. I suppose you could Google most questions you may look up in this book but myself personally I like to look things up in a book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the true novice 27 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I had hoped that this book would help a true first time novice to Imac, but if you don't already know imac terminology, even the index is difficult. You spend so much time looking at different items from the index before you find the topic you want
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Resource 17 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
Worth a read if you're considering switching although there are numerous ways to learn how to switch - be nice if the book didn't make you look like a fool the first time you come to TRY and find the power button on a new iMac!!!

If you have an iPhone already i would suggest taking a look at the app store it'll cost you a couple of quid for the same item and you can make notes and annotation in it at the same time.

There does howver seem to be a couple of bits that don't work as described and haven't figured out why even after having a mac for 6 weeks. None the less a good book for newbies to Macs.
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