If you're looking for a book about the Mac OS that goes beyond simple troubleshooting and basic descriptions of your Macintosh, then Mac OS in a Nutshell is for you. Aimed squarely at "power users", this book includes everything from a potted history of the Mac OS back to System 1.0 to the latest features of Mac OS 9--and pretty much everything in between.
Presented as a quick reference guide, Mac OS in a Nutshell covers areas of the Mac OS and Mac usage which are of real interest to people who use their Mac in their professional lives. Powerful features of the modern Mac operating system, such as its built-in colour calibration, AppleScript and multimedia production capabilities, are not only described in detail, but are also presented in the context of real-world working examples--the chapter on Fonts and Printing starts by explaining the origins of display and printing integration in the Mac OS before moving on to describe the various font types, how to manage them and how best to print documents that match what is displayed on your Mac's screen.
One of the great strengths of Mac OS in a Nutshell is that it doesn't try to aim for too broad a readership. The dense, technical style of this book is ideal for use as a quick guide by both professional Mac users and people who support Macs for a living, but doesn't try to take the place of books such as Mac OS 9: The Missing Manual for the average iMac user's troubleshooting needs.
The technical background and history provided by Mac OS in a Nutshell make it more than just a guide, and should ensure that it is a valuable addition to the library of, as it says in the book, "anyone on the path to Mac mastery". --Daniel Jardine
About the Author
Rita Lewis is the bestselling author of more than eleven Macintosh books. Rita began using Macs in 1984 as a part of her job, and has since applied her 15 years of fine arts schooling to the design of web sites and the publication of books about the Mac OS and networking. These varied experiences culminated in the publication of three best-selling books: PageMill 2.0 Handbook (Hayden Books), Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS 8.5 in 24 Hours, and Sams Teach Yourself iMac in 10 Minutes. Rita has a master's degree in cultural anthropology that she has applied to the study of corporate computer marketing departments; she has been preparing all her life to write the definitive Mac OS book. Visit Rita's web site at http://home.earthlink.net/~lewisrf.
Bill Fishman has spent years writing mainframe software manuals in Los Angeles, while secretly supporting all his friends on their Macs. He is pleased that he got to help write a Macintosh book that will actually be read, and is beginning to accept that he is a Macintosh fanatic.