Synopses & Reviews
The all-new update to the ever-popular Macintosh classic has arrived! Totally rewritten and enhanced to cover the latest release of OS X Panther, Mac OS X Secrets is packed with invaluable advice and secrets on every aspect of Macintosh computing and Mac products. Featuring the latest updates on hardware, software technology, the Internet, applications, and utilities, this book delivers the hottest–and often undocumented–techniques for trouble-shooting problems and optimizing power and productivity.
The companion Web site contains a complete list and links of Mac Secrets software, searchable versions of all chapters from the book, updated information as needed, and more!
Your Insider’s Guide to:
- The dock and its secrets (see Chapter 3)
- Setting up your Mac for multiple users (see Chapter 6)
- iTunes®, iPhoto™, iMovie®, and iDVD™ (see Chapters 13, 14 &15)
- Instant messaging and iChat (see Chapter 19)
- Building a Web site (see Chapter 21)
- Digital cameras and scanners (see Chapter 25)
- Cross-platform networking (see Chapter 30)
The Macintosh has a dedicated user base of 25 million strong. It’ s new operating system, Mac OS X is like no Mac operating system that has gone before. It is built upon Unix underpinnings, and sports an entirely new user interface, Aqua. Although Apple has taken pains to make it easier for existing Mac users to adapt to the new system, by virtue of its “ Classic” compatibility feature, there will be a number of potential problems in doing a casual upgrade.
The arrival of the second major upgrade to Mac OS X, version 10.2, or Jaguar, created in an additional pent-up demand to adopt or upgrade, fueled by Apple’ s incredibly adept publicity machine. The Panther version of OS X is expected to ship in the late summer / early fall of 2003!
"- Definitive, totally rewritten, and updated version of the Secrets bestseller, featuring in-depth coverage of ""Panther,"" the newest OS X release
- Packed with thousands of little-known and undocumented techniques for troubleshooting problems and optimizing power and productivity
- Appraises hundreds of Mac products, from Apple's latest
- CPUs to cutting-edge Mac peripherals to classic and new
- Mac applications
- Companion Web site contains a complete list of and links to Mac Secrets software, a searchable version of the book, new searchable chapters posted on a regular basis, PDFs of past editions, and more
- Author is a columnist for Gannett News Service and USA Today and a contributing editor for CNET, and has written hundreds of articles for such publications as MacAddict, MacHome, MacUser, and Macworld"
This definitive, totally rewritten, and updated version of the Secrets bestseller features in-depth coverage of Panther, the newest OS X release. Packed with thousands of little-known and undocumented techniques for troubleshooting problems and optimizing power and productivity, the book appraises hundreds of Mac products.
- Definitive, totally rewritten and updated version of the all-time Mac bestseller!
- Features complete, in-depth coverage of the latest release of OS X, Panther!
- Covers new OS features.
- Covers all of the latest Mac hardware and software technology.
- Packed with thousands of little-known and undocumented techniques for troubleshooting problems and optimizing power and productivity.
- Presents an unbiased and authoritative appraisal of hundreds of Mac products, from the latest CPUs from Apple, to cutting-edge Mac peripherals, to classic and new Mac applications.
- Provides the most definitive and comprehensive information available for every aspect of using the Mac.
Benjamin Levisay is a founding partner of MacDoctors, an Apple and Adobe reseller and service provider, providing highly specialized hardware and networking solutions, along with consulting and training services for the graphic arts community. Levisay is a frequent lecturer and trainer.
This rewritten and updated version of Mac "Secrets" features in-depth coverage of the OS X release, "Panther". It has thousands of little-known and undocumented techniques for troubleshooting problems and optimizing power and productivity, and a companion Web site that's kept up to date.
About the Author
Benjamin Levisay is a founding partner of MacDoctors, an Apple and Adobe reseller and service provider in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, providing highly specialized hardware and networking solutions, along with consulting and training services for the graphic arts community. Levisay is a frequent lecturer and trainer.
Table of Contents
Part I: Dissecting Mac OS X.
Chapter 1: The Elements of Mac OS 10.3.
Chapter 2: Putting Power in the Apple Menu.
Chapter 3: The Dock and Its Secrets.
Chapter 4: The Power of System Preferences.
Chapter 5: Secrets of the Utilities Folder.
Chapter 6: Secrets of Setting Up Your Mac for Multiple Users.
Part II: Application Secrets Revealed.
Chapter 7: The Raw Essentials of a Mac Program.
Chapter 8: Word Processing and Desktop Publishing.
Chapter 9: Getting Graphic with Your Mac.
Chapter 10: Mac OS X Speech Secrets.
Chapter 11: Putting Your Mac on Autopilot.
Part III: Secrets of Apple’s Digital Lifestyle Applications.
Chapter 12: Mac OS X Application Overview.
Chapter 13: “The Beat Goes On” with iTunes, GarageBand, and the iPod.
Chapter 14: iPhoto.
Chapter 15: Get Rolling with iMovie 4 and iDVD 4.
Chapter 16: Syncing Your Life with Your Mac.
Part IV: Getting Online and Staying Safe and Sane.
Chapter 17: An Overview of Online Options.
Chapter 18: E-Mailing and Web Browsing the Apple Way.
Chapter 19: The Secrets of Instant Messaging and iChat AV.
Chapter 20: Using .Mac and Your iDisk.
Chapter 21: A Crash Course on Building Your Own Web Site.
Part V: Connection Secrets: Peripherals and Networking.
Chapter 22: Printing and Faxing.
Chapter 23: Making Sense of Mac OS X Fonts.
Chapter 24: Macintosh Hardware Part by Part.
Chapter 25: Digital Cameras and Scanners.
Chapter 26: CD-ROM and DVD: The World of Optical Drives.
Chapter 27: FireWire, USB, and IDE: Do We Still Need SCSI?
Chapter 28: PCI and Other Slots.
Chapter 29: Networking.
Chapter 30: Mac/Windows Cross-Platform Networking.
Chapter 31: Under the Hood: The World of Unix.
Chapter 32: Troubleshooting.
Appendix: Third-Party Software and Web Resources.