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Macworld Mac Basics Superguide, Leopard Edition
Firm up your Mac know-how with help from the experts at Macworld!
Written for folks who want to master more of the basics, the Macworld Mac Basics Superguide covers finding your way around on a Mac, using the Dock, configuring your Mac, printing, searching, troubleshooting, and more. You'll find getting-started tips on using Safari, Mail, Address Book, iChat, Dashboard, and Preview, and you'll learn how to install and update software. Bonus! Includes a write-up of 24 useful third-party utilities that can enhance your Macintosh experience!
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About the Authors
The Leopard edition of the Macworld Mac Basics Superguide was written by Mark H. Anbinder, Christopher Breen, Dan Frakes, Glenn Fleishman, Rob Griffiths, Joe Kissell, Ted Landau, and Kirk McElhearn.
We're very lucky here at Macworld. In both print and on the Web, we've got an amazingly diverse readership. Among our readers are some incredibly geeky, tech-savvy people who can write programming code in their heads and disassemble a MacBook Pro with only a paper clip. But we've also got a lot of readers who consider themselves novice Mac users and who avidly read what we write in order to flex and improve their Mac skills.
Believe it or not, this book is for both kinds of readers. If you're someone who's struggling with the basics of operating a Mac, or someone who's a new user of Mac OS X, the Mac Basics Superguide book will get you up to speed.
This book is filled with easy-to-follow, detailed tips and information about using the Finder and the Dock, switching between programs, using Apple's Spotlight search tool, opening and saving your files, and setting up system preferences and user accounts. We've tossed in some basic security and troubleshooting advice to keep your Mac up and running smoothly. And our own Dan Frakes, who pens the Mac Gems column in print and on the Web, has assembled a list of 24 great low-cost programs that will enhance your Mac experience.
So that covers the novice users. But what about those geeky Mac experts? Why is this book for them?
The answer is simple: It's for them because it helps everyone they know. It's for all of their friends and family members who use them as the be-all, end-all Mac resource. The reality is, a Mac expert can only be in one place at any given time. This Mac Basics Superguide can always be around as a handy reference when there's no flesh-and-blood expert nearby. And with any luck, the expert will also be getting fewer calls as his or her friends and family start to master their Macs on their own.
Or to put it another way, this is the book I gave to my mom so that she could figure things out on her Mac when I'm not available to help.
With this edition of the Mac Basics Superguide, we've updated the entire book to reflect the changes in Apple's latest version of Mac OS X, "Leopard." Leopard adds some exciting new features and makes some changes to the familiar Mac interface. This book covers it all. And if you find yourself wanting more, please consider the other books in our Superguide series, Total Leopard and Mac OS X Hints, Leopard Edition.
I hope you enjoy the book—no matter which kind of Mac user you are.
—Jason Snell, Editorial Director, Macworld
San Francisco, May 2008
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