AppleWorks 6 : The Missing Manual Paperback – 11 May 2000
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Over the years since AppleWorks (previously ClarisWorks) was first launched by Apple, it has undergone a transformation from a reputation as the Swiss Army Knife of software to a fully integrated and powerful suite of applications which should meet the needs of any home office. However, as the sophistication of the software has increased, the accompanying printed manual has shrunk, to the point where AppleWorks 6 comes with a slim leaflet and a less-than-ideal online electronic guide. This is a trend which David Pogue, award-winning Macworld columnist and author of numerous books including the ...For Dummies series, has noted with concern. He has responded by launching the Missing Manual series of books.
In AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual, authors Jim Elferdink and David Reynolds cover every aspect of Apple's flagship software suite. The book is divided into three broad sections covering an introduction to the basics of each of the AppleWorks modules (Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Drawing, Painting and Presentation), a description of the advanced properties of each, and a guide to using the powerful integration between the modules. The Integration chapter, in particular, provides examples of just how powerful AppleWorks has become. What AppleWorks really excels at is being able to produce documents with pictures, tables and even QuickTime movies integrated into text documents with ease. It is also this type of integration which really needs a full manual with examples if you want to learn how to use these features with ease. Illustrated throughout with screen shots taken direct from the program, this book will guide anyone from beginners to power users through making the most of the AppleWorks software.
AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual will be of equal interest to PC users, since the application itself is also available for the PC and all the features described in the book are applicable on both platforms. Armed with this book, it is possible to do most things you might expect from Microsoft Office with AppleWorks--at a fraction of the cost. --Daniel Jardine
"Provides the printed manual which AppleWorks so badly needsnot because its unfathomable, but because its a powerful suite with many features." -- MacFormat, May 2002
The Missing Manual is a must-have for anyone who wants to get the most out of this program..there's really no excuse not to buy it. -- Charles W. Moore, Applelinks, May 2002
Do yourself a favour. If you use Appleworks 6 and you want to use it to its fullest, buy this book. -- Jack Dolby, Club Mac of Hampton, Jan 2003
This is a bargain. Consider it if you're fed up with trawling through Appleworks online help files. -- Mac Format, Feb 2003
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This is a book you can take to a coffeehouse to read even without the computer program in front of you for reference. The writing style is relaxed, clearly laid out, and substantive. It isn't laugh-out-loud funny like David Pogue's writing (the creator of this series), but it has moments of humor and,, most important, has that perspective of taking all things with some humor. It covers everything you want it to cover - all the nuts and bolts how-tos of all the areas of Appleworks. Additionally, the authors anticipate what our problems are likely to be....and answer them so I can understand. (Right off, iIfound the answer to a problem I've had printing out spreadsheets; thank you, thank you). I found the layout to be easy on the eyes and on the mind - I could find what I needed easily. There is a thorough section on installation and upgrade scenarios - which I find most valuable. And there is an excellent troubleshooting section. The authors deal honestly with the problems that Appleworks6 frist presented - its strengths and weaknesses, what was flawed and what was fixed, what was lost, and what is gained. Their honesty, which makes them credible, coupled with their knowledge gave me the info I needed to decide whether this was the right application for my needs. Here is the advantage of buying a manual not written by the manufacturer.
Finally, a womderful dimension to this book, which truly delightes me, is how strongly the vision of possibilities comes across, of how to take this application beyond how I've previously used word processing and spreadsheets programs, to be more creative, more time efficient, more cost efficent, to ways I hadn't thought of or known of...this is exciting stuff and makes the book feel like a two parter - first the part where you master the how-to-use-this-program part and then the mind-expanding-fun-part of "wow, what you can do with this you are only just beginning to know." This is one good manual!
I am so delighted with this book in every way; I hope these authors will continue to write for us; I would look forward to anything they would produce.
AppleWorks 6 has a word processing, graphics, database, web design, spreadsheet, and slide-show functions in a single, integrated application. Plus, it comes free with your iMac and eMac computers.
Like a good Swiss Army knife, AppleWorks 6 has a smart interface design and smooth integration with various AppleWorks 6 modules. Plus, it's accompanied by templates, art libraries, and fonts--and no printed instructions. AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual is the book that should have been in the box.
Pages Worth Bookmarking
Page 279 - Clippings Artist in a Box
Page 310 Replacing the Font Menu with Buttons
Pages 365-366 MacLinkPlus, importance of RTF and Appleworks 6.1 (in Mac OS X, 6.2) You are eligible for the Missing Manual Discount at 60% off the street price for MacLinkPlus.
Page 394 - Properties, Compact filing card.
Page 395 - AppleWorks 6 Macros under Mac OS X cannot be created or played.
Page 397 - Script Menu
Page 441 - Colophon
The authors regret that they did not write their book in AppleWorks 6. The blame goes to the publishing industry staffers and the mistaken premise that Adobe Pagemaker 6.5 accepts nothing but Microsoft Word.
RTF (Rich Text Format) is the "Rosetta Stone" needed for translating word documents to Mac OS programs and Windows non word applications such as Microsoft Works. Note: Adobe PageMaker 6.5 for the Mac works very well with RTF (Rich Text Format).
The authors place emphasis AppleWorks 6 interface, its Internet hooks, the Starting Points window, and the Presentation module.
Part by part coverage. The early chapters delve very deeply into the six core AppleWorks modules, including 85 pages on the word processor alone.
Power tools. Much of AppleWorks's power comes from its macros, templates, assistants, customizable Button bar, and web-based clip-art libraries.
Document exchange. File import and export transfers.
Troubleshooting. The authors freely acknowledge the AppleWorks's program's weaknesses--and offer work around solutions.
Missing was a Quick Table of Contents. Also, missing was saving files into Microsoft Word documents as RTF (Rich Text Format).
Missing was the mentioning of Spreadsheet Menus on page viii of the Table of Contents Appendixes (should have between Word Processing Menus and Database Menus).
AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual treats AppleWorks as a serious productive tool. AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual shows the Mac user how to get the most out AppleWorks. The manual has over 250 illustrations, a 2,000-entry index, and a menu-by-menu explanation of every command.
This is, without a doubt, the best written manual I have ever read ( and I have been forced to read a lot of them !). The humour in this book is downright addictive and I found myself taking the book to bed so that I could get a few chuckles before I fell asleep. The turns of phrase and asides are just plain funny - not geek attempts at humour.
I cannot imagine using Appleworks without this trusty manual by my side. I hope that the writers keep producing works of this quality - I will be sure to buy them.
I also found out that I can create Powerpoint-like presentations and html web pages in addition to word processing, databases, spreadsheets and drawing. Now I don't feel so bad in not buing Office V.X and will probably never miss it!
One part of the book that I use often is Appendix A. It lists the meanings and functions of EACH menu item in EVERY Apple Works module. For a newbie it's a godsend to have all that information in one place instead of trying to remember where you read what 'Mount iDisk' means and how to activate it. I imagine it would be helpful for even experienced uses as there are SO many menu files.
If you want to learn how to do something in AppleWorks, pick up this book. Not only will you find out how to do it, but you'll have fun and probably learn something else along the way.
The best part of the book is the coupon located in the back of the book for MacLinkPlus at a reduced price. What a bonus!
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