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Mac Kung Fu: Over 300 Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for OS X Lion (Pragmatic Programmers) Paperback – 25 Nov 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (25 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356821
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,897,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Keir Thomas is an award-winning author with over ten computing books to his name. A former computer magazine editor, his work has been published and translated around the world, and he has blogged professionally for the MacWorld and PCWorld websites. He previously wrote the best-selling Ubuntu Kung Fu for Pragmatic Bookshelf.

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Format: Paperback
Points about the book

1.Book is well written and not much of gibberish included just simple and easy to follow instructions.
2.Lots of diagram and screen shot provided for better explanations.
3.Total 315 tips included in book.

Plus points.
1.No need to download any add-ons or any other software to use this book or to use tips mentioned in book.
2.Screen shots provided where needed.
3.If any special key used that is also highlight by bold font that really helps.

Negative point.
1.Book has some tips for which you need to open terminal application and then need to type some commands, which is ok for some one with bit of experience with terminal application, but for novice I won't recommend.

Overall it is really good book for new tips for Mac OS X Lion.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8fe1cf90) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fd36b70) out of 5 stars Clever book! 13 Dec. 2011
By Andrew Kavanagh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mac Kung Fu jumps right into unknown tips and tricks utilizing the very helpful
but mostly overlooked Terminal app. The variety of scripts suggested to run in Terminal
will have you feeling like a hacker in no time as you change many of the settings on your Mac.

Various keyboard shortcuts including the shortcuts for common symbols and characters
will noticeably speed up your everyday monotonous tasks.

Terminal hacks and keyboard shortcuts not enough for you?
Automator is also introduced, and I find the batch process of renaming a series of photos particularly helpful.
Also general preference changes are scattered throughout this book, with some of my favorites on using the Spotlight search feature.

This is a clever book with lots of great tips, tricks, hints, and hacks!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fd38d80) out of 5 stars Awesome book for the beginning or intermediate user 9 Jan. 2012
By TexDr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is really good to view several hundred Mac tips that really work. Of the 300 and something tips, I found a little less than half appeal to me, only because they aren't my interest right now, not because the tips aren't any good.I think it's a good little book to have in your library for Macs. It's not something you will be pulling out every day, not will you constantly be leaving the book in the corner. I'd suggest my method. Go though the entire book and highlight the tips you find useful and implement them. If you are pretty technical, you could probably expand these tips for even more personalization

I would buy this book again!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ffe91b0) out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 8 Dec. 2011
By Angelica2727 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was blown away by this book. Just awesome. I've been using a Mac since 2008 but I learned all kinds of new things. There's also loads of secret commands that let you totally personalise your Mac. The author does an excellent job of explaining everything in really simple language too. Highly recommended. I don't think there's any other book like this out there.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fd69c18) out of 5 stars Very Useful and Informative 5 April 2012
By 2239 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been using Macs since 1986 and have read dozens of books about using Macs, and I have found this book extremely useful and informative. I have never read this type of books before.

Usually I only find ten or twenty useful tips out of one hundred tips listed in such kind of books. But this book is full of useful tips. It is true that there are some basic tips (about 20%, maybe) but there are lots and lots of tips that are useful, interesting, and sometimes enjoyable.

Let me give you an example. I did not know that you can drag the document name displayed on the title bar of a document window so that you can open the document with another application. It is very handy!
HASH(0x8fd69d44) out of 5 stars Chop sockey for Macs :) 16 Aug. 2012
By Marte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had just bought a Mac Mini that came with Lion, and was looking for a good book of hints and tips that weren't the usual everyday stuff. I got this book from the library to see if it was what I was looking for, and it was! I hadn't even read half of it before I went to Amazon and bought a copy for myself.

I think this will still be a valuable reference for people who have Mountain Lion. Don't pass it by if you've got the newer OS. It's worth it.
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