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Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manualby David Pogue
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It's little wonder that longtime Windows users are migrating in droves to the new Mac. They're fed up with the virus-prone Windows way of life, and they're lured by Apple's well-deserved reputation for producing great all-around computers that are reliable, user-friendly, well designed, and now--with the $500 Mac mini--extremely affordable, too.
Whether you're drawn to the Mac's stability, its stunning digital media suite, or the fact that a whole computer can look and feel as slick as your iPod, you can quickly and easily become a Mac convert. But consider yourself warned: a Mac isn't just a Windows machine in a prettier box; it's a whole different animal and a whole new computing experience.
If you're contemplating--or have already made--the switch from a Windows PC to a Mac, you need Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition. This incomparable guide delivers what Apple doesn't: everything you need to know to successfully and painlessly move to a Mac.
The latest reprint of this book has been updated to reflect the new generation of Mac models that run on Intel chips. There's even a new appendix that guides you through the installation of Windows XP on your Macintosh (using adapter software like Boot Camp or Parallels), so that you have the best of all worlds: a single, beautiful machine that can run 100 percent of the world's desktop software.
Missing Manual series creator and bestselling author David Pogue teams up with 17-year-old whiz kid and founder of GoldfishSoft (www.goldfishsoft.com) Adam Goldstein to cover every aspect of switching to a Mac--things like transferring email, files, and addresses from a PC to a Mac; getting acquainted with the Mac's interface; adapting to Mac versions of familiar programs (including Microsoft Office); setting up a network to share files with PCs and Macs; and using the printers, scanners, and other peripherals you already own.
Covering the latest in Mac OS X v.10.4 "Tiger," Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition explains the hundreds of innovative new features to the Mac OS and how you can understand and make the very most of each.
Whether you're a novice or a power user, Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition, teaches you how to smoothly and seamlessly replace (or supplement) your Windows machine--in a refreshingly funny and down-to-earth style--with a mighty Mac.
Book News Annotation:
For the increasing number of Windows converts to Macintosh computers, Pogue (New York Times tech columnist) and Goldstein (the whiz kid author of Applescript: The Missing Manual) offer an undocumented crash (pardon the expression) course in Mac fundamentals and tips for making the switch to the latest edition. They note that PCs and Macs can even coexist via networks and shared Internet connections.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Book News Annotation:
For the increasing number of Windows converts to Macintosh computers, Pogue (New York Times tech columnist) and Goldstein (the whiz kid author of Applescript: The Missing Manual) offer an undocumented crash (pardon the expression) course in Mac fundamentals and tips for making the switch to the latest edition. They note that PCs and Macs can even coexist via networks and shared Internet connections. Annotation Â©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Maybe you've been persuaded by Apple's "Switch" ad campaign. Maybe you've been seduced by the sleek, sculpted lines of today's Macs. Or maybe you're just fed up with windows. In any case, there's never been a better time to switch to Mac OS X Panther--and there's never been a better book to help you do it.
This funny, authoritative guide takes an honest approach to the three challenges involved in crossing from Microsoft's worldview to Apple's:
* Transferring your stuff. Moving files from a PC to a Mac by cable, network, or disk is the easy part. But how do you extract things like your email, address book, calendar, Web bookmarks, buddy list, desktop pictures, and MP3 files? Now you'll know.
* Re-creating your software suite. The big-name programs (from Microsoft, Adobe, and others) are available in both Mac and Windows versions, and their documents require no conversion on the Mac. But hundreds of other programs are available only for Windows. This book describes the Macintosh equivalents and explains how to move data to them.
* Learning Mac OS X Panther. Once you've moved into the Macintosh mansion, a final task awaits: Learning your way around. Fortunately, you're in good hands with the author of Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, the #1 bestselling guide to Mac OS X Panther.
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition offers warm, witty writing and reveals the shortcuts, surprises, and design touches that make the Mac the most passionately championed computer in the world.
About the Author
itter screen name is Pogue. He lives in Connecticut.
Table of Contents
The Missing Credits Introduction Part One: Welcome to Macintosh Chapter 1: How the Mac Is Different Chapter 2: Windows and Icons Chapter 3: The Dock, Desktop, Toolbar, and Sidebar Chapter 4: Programs and Documents Part Two: Moving In Chapter 5: Five Ways to Transfer Your Files Chapter 6: Transferring Email and Contacts Chapter 7: Special Software, Special Problems Chapter 8: Hardware on the Mac Part Three: Making Connections Chapter 9: Getting Online Chapter 10: Mail and Address Book Chapter 11: Safari, iChat, and Sherlock Part Four: Putting Down Roots Chapter 12: Accounts and Security Chapter 13: System Preferences Chapter 14: The Freebie Programs Chapter 15: Installation and Troubleshooting Part Five: Appendix Appendix A: The "Where'd It Go?" Dictionary Colophon
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