Synopses & Reviews
Is Windows giving you pause? Ready to make the leap to the Mac instead? There has never been a better time to switch from Windows to Mac, and this incomparable guide will help you make a smooth transition. New York Times columnist and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue gets you past three challenges: transferring your stuff, assembling Mac programs so you can do what you did with Windows, and learning your way around Mac OS X.
Why is this such a good time to switch? Upgrading from one version of Windows to another used to be simple. But now there's Windows Vista, a veritable resource hog that forces you to relearn everything. Learning a Mac is not a piece of cake, but once you do, the rewards are oh-so-much better. No viruses, worms or spyware. No questionable firewalls, inefficient permissions, or other strange features. Just a beautiful machine with a thoroughly reliable system. And if you're still using Windows XP, we've got you covered, too.
If you're ready to take on Mac OS X Leopard, the latest edition of this bestselling guide tells you everything you need to know:
- Transferring your stuff -- Moving photos, MP3s, and Microsoft Office documents is the easy part. This book gets you through the tricky things: extracting your email, address book, calendar, Web bookmarks, buddy list, desktop pictures, and MP3 files.
- Re-creating your software suite -- Big-name programs (Word, Photoshop, Firefox, Dreamweaver, and so on) are available in both Mac and Windows versions, but hundreds of other programs are available only for Windows. This guide identifies the Mac equivalents and explains how to move your data to them.
- Learning Leopard -- Once you've moved into the Mac, 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 the Macintosh.
Moving from Windows to a Mac successfully and painlessly is the one thing Apple does not deliver. Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition
is your ticket to a new computing experience.
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. (Note to people who've already bought the book: This appendix is available as a free PDF download from missingmanuals.com.)
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 ofswitching 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.
For readers switching from a Windows PC to a Mac, this incomparable guide delivers what new users need to know to successfully and painlessly move to a new system.
About the Author
David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.
Table of Contents
The Missing Credits; ; Introduction; What Mac OS X Gives You; What Mac OS X Takes Away; About This Book; The Very Basics; Welcome to Macintosh; Chapter 1: How the Mac Is Different; 1.1 Power On, Dude; 1.2 That One-Button Mouse; 1.3 On, Off, and Sleep; 1.4 The Menu Bar; 1.5 Finder = Windows Explorer; 1.6 Dock = Taskbar; 1.7 Menulets = Tray; 1.8 Keyboard Differences; 1.9 Disk Differences; 1.10 Where Your Stuff Is; 1.11 Window Controls; 1.12 Terminology Differences; Chapter 2: Folders, Dock, and Windows; 2.1 Getting into Mac OS X; 2.2 The Four Window Views; 2.3 Icon View; 2.4 List View; 2.5 Column View; 2.6 Cover Flow View; 2.7 Quick Look; 2.8 The Dock; 2.9 The Finder Toolbar; 2.10 Getting Help in Mac OS X; Chapter 3: Files, Icons, and Spotlight; 3.1 Renaming Icons; 3.2 Selecting Icons; 3.3 Moving and Copying Icons; 3.4 Aliases: Icons in Two Places at Once; 3.5 Color Labels; 3.6 The Trash; 3.7 Get Info; 3.8 The Spotlight Menu; 3.9 The Spotlight Window; 3.10 Customizing Spotlight; 3.11 Smart Folders; Chapter 4: Documents, Programs, and Spaces; 4.1 Opening Mac OS X Programs; 4.2 The New, Improved "Alt-Tab"; 4.3 Exposé: Death to Window Clutter; 4.4 Spaces: Your Free Quad-Display Mac; 4.5 Hiding Programs the Old-Fashioned Way; 4.6 How Documents Know Their Parents; 4.7 Keyboard Control; 4.8 The Save and Open Dialog Boxes; 4.9 Two Kinds of Programs: Cocoa and Carbon; 4.10 The Cocoa Difference; 4.11 Universal Apps (Intel Macs); 4.12 Installing Mac OS X Programs; 4.13 Dashboard; 4.14 Web Clips: Make Your Own Widgets; Moving In; Chapter 5: Eight Ways to Transfer Your Files; 5.1 Transfer by Apple Genius; 5.2 Transfers by iTornado; 5.3 Transfers by Disk; 5.4 Transfers by Network; 5.5 Transfers by File-Sending Web Site; 5.6 Transfers by Email; 5.7 Transfers by iDisk; 5.8 Transfers by Bluetooth; 5.9 Where to Put Your Copied Files; 5.10 Document-Conversion Issues; Chapter 6: Transferring Email and Contacts; 6.1 ; 6.2 A Reminder That Could Save You Hours; 6.3 Transferring Your Outlook Mail; 6.4 Transferring Your Outlook Address Book; 6.5 Transferring from Outlook Express; 6.6 Transferring Your Eudora Mail; 6.7 Transferring Your Eudora Address Book; 6.8 Email Settings; Chapter 7: Special Software, Special Problems; 7.1 ACDSee; 7.2 Acrobat Reader; 7.3 ACT; 7.4 Ad Subtract (Pop-up Stopper); 7.5 Adobe [your favorite program here]; 7.6 America Online; 7.7 AIM (AOL Instant Messenger); 7.8 Children's Software; 7.9 Earthlink Total Access; 7.10 Easy CD Creator; 7.11 Encarta; 7.12 Eudora; 7.13 Excel; 7.14 Firefox; 7.15 Games; 7.16 Google Desktop Search; 7.17 ICQ; 7.18 Internet Explorer; 7.19 iTunes; 7.20 Kazaa; 7.21 Limewire; 7.22 MacAfee VirusScan; 7.23 Microsoft Access; 7.24 Microsoft Money; 7.25 Microsoft Office; 7.26 Microsoft Publisher; 7.27 Microsoft Visio; 7.28 Minesweeper; 7.29 MSN Messenger; 7.30 NaturallySpeaking; 7.31 Netscape; 7.32 Newsgroup Readers; 7.33 Norton AntiVirus; 7.34 Norton Utilities; 7.35 Notepad; 7.36 Outlook/Outlook Express; 7.37 Paint Shop Pro; 7.38 Palm Desktop; 7.39 Picasa; 7.40 Pocket PC; 7.41 PowerPoint; 7.42 QuickBooks; 7.43 Quicken; 7.44 RealPlayer; 7.45 RssReader; 7.46 Skype; 7.47 SnagIt; 7.48 Solitaire; 7.49 Street Atlas USA; 7.50 TaxCut, TurboTax; 7.51 WinAmp, MusicMatch; 7.52 Windows Media Player; 7.53 WinZip; 7.54 Word; 7.55 WordPerfect; 7.56 Yahoo Messenger; Chapter 8: Windows on Macintosh; 8.1 Boot Camp; 8.2 Windows in a Window; Chapter 9: Hardware on the Mac; 9.1 Printers and Printing; 9.2 Managing Printouts; 9.3 Faxing; 9.4 PDF Files; 9.5 Fonts--and Font Book; 9.6 Digital Cameras; 9.7 Disks; 9.8 Burning CDs and DVDs; 9.9 iTunes: The Digital Jukebox; 9.10 DVD Movies; 9.11 Keyboard; 9.12 Mouse; 9.13 Monitors; 9.14 Time Machine; 9.15 .Mac Sync; The Mac Online; Chapter 10: Internet Setup; 10.1 Network Central--and Multihoming; 10.2 Broadband Connections; 10.3 Dial-up Modem Connections; 10.4 Switching Locations; 10.5 Internet Sharing; 10.6 .Mac Services; 10.7 Internet Location Files; Chapter 11: Mail and Address Book; 11.1 Checking Your Mail; 11.2 Writing Messages; 11.3 Stationery; 11.4 Reading Email; 11.5 The Anti-Spam Toolkit; 11.6 RSS Feeds; 11.7 Notes; 11.8 To Dos; 11.9 Address Book; Chapter 12: Safari and iChat; 12.1 Safari; 12.2 Tips for Better Surfing; 12.3 Tabbed Browsing; 12.4 iChat; 12.5 Text Chats; 12.6 Audio Chats; 12.7 Video Chats; 12.8 Sharing Your Screen; 12.9 iChat Theater; Putting Down Roots; Chapter 13: Accounts, Parental Controls, and Security; 13.1 Introducing Accounts; 13.2 Creating an Account; 13.3 Parental Controls; 13.4 Editing Accounts; 13.5 Setting Up the Login Process; 13.6 Signing In, Logging Out; 13.7 Sharing Across Accounts; 13.8 Fast User Switching; 13.9 Four Mac OS X Security Shields; Chapter 14: Networking, File Sharing, and Screen Sharing; 14.1 Wiring the Network; 14.2 File Sharing; 14.3 Accessing Shared Files; 14.4 Networking with Windows; 14.5 Screen Sharing; Chapter 15: System Preferences; 15.1 The System Preferences Window; 15.2 .Mac; 15.3 Accounts; 15.4 Appearance; 15.5 Bluetooth; 15.6 CDs and DVDs; 15.7 Date and Time; 15.8 Desktop and Screen Saver; 15.9 Displays; 15.10 Dock; 15.11 Energy Saver; 15.12 Exposé and Spaces; 15.13 International; 15.14 Keyboard and Mouse; 15.15 Network; 15.16 Parental Controls; 15.17 Print and Fax; 15.18 QuickTime; 15.19 Security; 15.20 Sharing; 15.21 Software Update; 15.22 Sound; 15.23 Speech; 15.24 Spotlight; 15.25 Startup Disk; 15.26 Time Machine; 15.27 Universal Access; Chapter 16: The Free Programs; 16.1 Address Book; 16.2 AppleScript; 16.3 Automator; 16.4 Calculator; 16.5 Chess; 16.6 Dashboard; 16.7 Dictionary; 16.8 DVD Player; 16.9 Exposé; 16.10 Font Book; 16.11 Front Row; 16.12 GarageBand; 16.13 iCal; 16.14 iChat; 16.15 iDVD; 16.16 iMovie, iPhoto; 16.17 iTunes; 16.18 Mail; 16.19 Photo Booth; 16.20 Preview; 16.21 QuickTime Player; 16.22 Safari; 16.23 Stickies; 16.24 System Preferences; 16.25 TextEdit; 16.26 Time Machine; 16.27 Utilities: Your Mac OS X Toolbox; Appendixes; Installation and Troubleshooting; Getting Ready to Install; Three Kinds of Installation; The Basic Installation; The Upgrade Installation; The Clean Install ("Archive and Install"); Erase and Install; The Setup Assistant; Troubleshooting; The "Where'd It Go?" Dictionary; ; The Master Mac OS X Secret Keystroke List; ; Colophon;