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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, lots of content and easy to read, 29 Nov 2012
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Rob Lambert (Winchester, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition (Missing Manuals) (Paperback)
This review is part of the Oreilly blogger review scheme.

I've been running on a MacBook Pro now for a few months after being on Windows for many years, and I thought I'd mastered much of what the Mac has to offer but after reading this book I realised there was plenty still left to explore.

Like all books aiming to appeal to a vast audience with a range of different skills and interests, there were sections that were not suited to my needs. There were some sections where I knew some of what was being talked about and there were sections that were insightful and very useful. I suspect this would be the case for many readers.

The chapters are often accompanied by useful and suitable graphics where needed. The language is very simple to understand and the author does a good job of explaining complicated processes and jargon. The book is very easy to dip in and out of as needed. It's quite a long book and there is a lot of content to get through. It's a great value book for those moving to the Mac from PC.

Overall it is a good book that is easy to read, easy to understand but ultimately the value will come down to how relevant each chapter and section will be to you. Recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant reference for those considering or who have made the switch, 21 Jan 2013
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If some sources are to be believed, and I have no reason to doubt their comments, retailers are seeing a significant increase in Mac computer sales. There is one clear reason for this change of fortune for two of the major companies in computing, and that is Windows 8!

Windows had a reputation that it made it possible to move from one version to the next relatively painlessly. Although there were some changes, they were not major and did not, in the main, require a major change in working methods and cause utter confusion to many. Windows 8 has achieved that and, although a dedicated Windows devotee almost from Day One and until now, I have now made the switch. One thing that many may not miss is the frequent and often highly numerous patches and updates that are a feature of Windows. One they may welcome is the Mac's simplicity of use and that some hardware that could, but often did not, work with Windows will almost always work out-of-the box with Macs. Bluetooth devices are a prime example!

The use of a Mac does require some working changes and some things are achieved in a wholly different manner. However, OS X has a reputation for robustness, consistency and ease of use. The purpose of this book is to introduce the new or potential switcher to those changes. The differences may be subtle or extreme and some of the familiar utilities and applications do not have direct Mac equivalents. Some, however, do.

The biggest difference is in OS X which has its roots in Unix, previously an operating system found in major business and university computing but not on the home user's desktop. Apple have changed that, adding a highly attractive and usable graphic interface which was not a million miles apart from what preceded it on the older PowerPC generation, which I did use for some considerable time. OS X has some of the same but a lot that is totally different - I cannot say new as much of it has now been around for several years.

O'Reilly's Missing Manual series is a respected series of titles, many of which relate to software of one type or another, although some are hardware-based. I had read some or most of two previous editions of this book, much of which has been substantially or completely re-written. It is up-to-date in that it relates to the Mountain Lion release but not necessarily to the most current update. The book concentrates mostly on the Mac approach although comparing often with Windows. It also includes a detailed chapter on installing and using both Windows software and Windows itself on the Mac as well as in-depth coverage of the more day-to-day issues of using the installed software, setting it up for the Internet, creating Accounts and also customising it to personal needs.

The book has 16 major chapters each dealing with a separate topic, starting with a simple introduction to Mac computer models and their respective features and their differences. It then proceeds through the operating system basics, setting it up and finally to using it. What the book is not is a comprehensive bible for OS X, Macs or anything that is otherwise Mac-related. Its purpose is to help those moving, or thinking of moving, to a Mac to get past the initial and immediate issues and situations they are likely to encounter, and to answer the majority of the questions they may otherwise ask. Although not a small book in the number of its pages, it is neither too brief or over-detailed. Sometimes, you may have the hunger to further investigate some aspect and there are often suitable titles from O'Reilly and other publishers that will probably meet those needs. Having previously considered, but not then committed to, a system switch I had read earlier editions of this book to a varying extents and I have more awareness of OS X thanks to those books than would otherwise be possible.

The book is highly recommended for those who are or may soon be considering a move to Mac.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really should have been in the box, 22 Feb 2013
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This is my favourite series in computing reading source and have never failed me and have no reserve in recommend it to any new and intermediate users
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal, 16 Dec 2013
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How to learn lots about the mac, especially when you are new to it, loads of very useful tips. Indispensible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mac manual, 3 Dec 2013
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Having changed to a Mac, finding a good can sometimes be difficult, this one is good with lot of information, which I like.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Switching to the MAC, 22 Nov 2013
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The book is extremely comprehensive & I would have given it 5 stars except that I found it unable to help me resolve a MAIL problem (able to receive Emails but not send them). However this may have been my unfamiliarity with iMAC methods because I managed to resolve the problem later.
As a manual there is more within than most of us will ever require!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable guide, 9 Sep 2013
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The title is true, it is the missing guide. Intelligently written without techno guff. Highly comprehensive and rewarding to have to hand
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4.0 out of 5 stars book for mac, 28 Jun 2013
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This is excellent as I know nothing about the Mac when I bought the mac Book Pro , use it as a reference
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Switching to the Mac Mountain Lion, 30 Jan 2013
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Purchsed to assist when upgrading from MacMini To me it is a "must have" I have used it on limited occasions when I get lost and it resolved my problems. Quite explicit and in none technical language .
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