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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2013
This book is a marketing brochure for Mac products. If you want to know HOW to do things on the Mac you'd be better off typing your queries into Google. For example, I wanted to know how to back-up documents on iCloud. The chapter tells you how great iCloud is, and all the great things it can do with music and photos but nothing about documents (is it just me who still uses their computer mainly for work?). Of course there's plenty of info about how you can buy more iCloud space and give Apple more money. Information that I couldn't find on the Apple site, or in this book, or anywhere, is that iCloud isn't really a back-up facility for documents and files - how foolish I was to think that it was (apart from you kind of get that impression from the hype and Apple don't advertise the fact that it's not very good for this function). I found out that iCloud isn't really for back-up storage of work-type documents from an Internet forum. Don't get me wrong, this doesn't make me like my lovely Mac computer any less. But as I've had iCloud pushed in my face from every angle/device, perhaps the simple point and commonly asked question about backing up documents should have been covered in this book. I haven't used this book to tackle any other more complex tasks . . . think I'll go directly to the Internet nerds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2013
I was given a mac without any instructions. This has been a life saver. It gives you the tips that allow you to get the best from this remarkable machine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2013
Does what it says and found it to be most useful. Would recommend to any first time Mac user, well worth the cost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2014
I downloaded this to my Kindle and the book is good but the images and illustrations are faint and small and even when making the text larger I cannot read the images. This made the book a little unusable and I now wished i'd gone for the paper version instead
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2013
Well worth buying if you are new to Macs. Written by someone who clearly knows what he is talking about. Just a pity that he tries to pad out the text with rather wet jokes.
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on 6 November 2013
I love my Apple Mac to bits, but all the more so thanks to this excellent reference book. I am far from new to computers, but if I had never seen a Mac before, Edward Baig's book would tell me all I need to know - right from how to switch it on! In my own case, this book has introduced me to so many of the amazing hidden extras that a Mac offers, which I might never have known were there, but which make working on my Mac even more efficient and enjoyable. The text is friendly and chatty - if you don't like a little humour, it's not for you - but I love it, because it makes it an amusing read - high praise for a text book! I should also mention the detailed index, which is so comprehensive that when you hit a problem or have a query, it's easy to find the solution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not too sure how helpful I've found this book. Don't really like the jokey text. I've only had my Mac since 10th January, so it's early days yet!
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on 4 December 2013
The way you work through the book leads from completing one task into another, then ties them together. I realise there is a vast difference between an Apple Mac and Microsoft, and have approached the book by gleaning help from the book as a complete novice. So far it is providing a lot of help, only half way through the book - by the end (and with plenty of practice) I hope I will no longer be a novice.
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on 13 July 2014
Having made the move away from a Windows desktop to a Mac I purchased Mac for Dummies as a back-up whilst still finding my way around this new system. As with all Dummies publications they are there if you get stuck, can't really say I have needed it though ..... Yet!
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on 7 January 2014
So far it has proved very helpful with everything it covers. A few basic things have not been mentioned and have to be discovered by trial and error. ( I am downloading Parallels Desktop 9 at the oment which I hope will enable me to run Windows XP also and without re-booting at change-overs. My BT Broadband is so slow the download is progressing at 30KB/sec. not the 1 or 2 MB I should have in my remote area.) To anyone starting newly with a Mac I think this book is an essential. Some of the light-hearted banter seems a bit superfluous but definitely cheerful!
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