Synopses & Reviews
This book offers a simple to read, fast way to discover all that's new in Mac OS X Leopard, and how to make the most of it, whether you are new to the Mac, or simply upgrading from a previous version of Mac OS X.
New additions to the operating system are showcased, including the changes to the Dock and Finder, and new features such as Stacks, Cover Flow, and Quick View introduced, before the book moves on to give a basic guide to using the Mac?creating folders, moving files, installing applications, and burning CDs, for example.
Communication and organization are covered with chapters on Mail and iChat, including information on how to get the most of the latest features such as creating to-do items, and reading RSS feeds in Mail, and sharing screens in iChat. There are chapters that cover Spaces and Time Machine, perhaps the most talked about feature in this release of Mac OS X.
iLife is fully dealt with, with discrete chapters on iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD, and GarageBand, followed with a chapter on iWeb showing how to share your creations, and using Front Row to be entertained by them.
The final chapters of the book give an overview of some more advanced areas of using a Mac, namely how Mac OS X itself works, and also how to develop for the Mac. These chapters are intended only to give a glimpse as to the possibilities?the book is primarily aimed at regular users.
A number of appendices conclude the book, one providing a guide to those users who are switching from Windows, and another that contains a useful list of recommended Mac applications for a wide array of uses.
In the authors own words, This book isn't a bible or tome about how to do anything and everything with Mac OS X. Instead, its goal is to introduce the major features of Mac OS X so you can be up and running quickly.
Mac OS X Leopard Made Easy is a fast-paced tutorial for Mac novices that is organized so that the chapters mimic the icons that the user sees on the screen, making it easy to find what you want. No prior experience is necessary and it is a great way for a PC user to get up to speed on a Mac. Integration with the iLife applications is included so that users can get the most out of integration with the iPod, iTunes, etca ]
In this chapter, I covered the basics of using Spotlight, Mac OS X s systemwide search te- nology. I showed you how Spotlight indexes your files, how you can perform basic queries, and how you can preview your files using Quick Look. You also saw how to restrict certain information from appearing in your Spotlight results using the built-in privacy features, and you learned some tips and tricks that make Spotlight even more useful. The next chapter covers Apple s Mail application and how Mac OS X Leopard makes it easy to read and respond to messages from your friends and family. 3 43 4 MAIL GETTING STARTED WITH MAC OS X LEOPARD There s no doubt that e-mail has changed the way we communicate with friends, family, and coworkers. What used to require a stamp and a few days to transmit can now be sent instantly via the Internet and an e-mail client. Sharing photos, family news, and other types of data has become seamless thanks to e-mail. Apple has bundled a powerful mail client called Mail (or Mail. app) that takes its roots from the NeXTStep origins of Mac OS X. Over the years, Apple has improved Mail s functionality, but never so much as it has in Mac OS X Leopard. Apple has bundled support for storing notes and tasks in addition to your e-mail messages in Mail. It also added support for reading RSS feeds in Mail in addition to Safari."
Getting StartED with Mac OS X Leopard is a simple to read, fast way to learn about the Macintosh. The book starts with an overview of the major changes in this release of the operating system for those who may have used the Mac before, going through all of the items in the user interface so that users of all backgrounds will be at the same level. Thereafter, the book chapters essentially follow the icons you actually see on the screen, one by one, making it very simple to find what you want. In addition, it includes information on the iLife applications that many Mac users will want to know. What you'll learn The new features in Leopard. How to use the Mac and its features. How to integrate the iLife applications. Backing up and securing the Mac Working with Windows on the Mac Networking and security basics Who is this book for? People with light backgrounds on the Mac. They may have used the Mac before, used PCs, or never have used a computer before. Summary of Contents Chapter 1: Mac OS X Leopards New Features Chapter 2: Mac Basics Chapter 3: Spotlight Chapter 4: Mail Chapter 5: Safari and iChat Chapter 6: Dashboard Chapter 7: Expos and Spaces Chapter 8: Time Machine Chapter 9: iCal Chapter 10: iTunes Chapter 11: iPhoto Chapter 12: iMovie and iDVD Chapter 13: GarageBand Chapter 14: iWeb Chapter 15: Boot Camp Chapter 16: Front Row and Photo Booth Chapter 17: Working with Accounts Chapter 18: Networking Your Mac Chapter 19: Mac Security Chapter 20: Under the Hood Chapter 21: Developer Tools Appendix A: Switching from Windows to Mac OS X Software Appendix B: The Mac Apps List
"Getting Started with Mac OS X Leopard" is a simple-to-read, fast way to learn about the Macintosh. The book starts with an overview of the major changes in this release of the operating system and includes information on the iLife applications.