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Macworld Mac OS X Hints Superguide, Leopard Edition
Discover over 200 tips for Mac OS X, Mail, Safari, and more, including Terminal basics and beyond!
In this colorful title, Rob Griffiths, editor of the MacOSXHints.com Web site, presents a cornucopia of over 200 tips to help you get the most out of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Culled from MacOSXHints.com, and with additional content from other Macworld experts, the book covers a wide range of topics and user experience, from basic tips any Mac user can easily implement to power user tweaks that go way beyond the basics, employing Terminal, Automator, and AppleScript to maximize your Mac's mileage.
Rob covers a lot of territory, with tips relating to new Leopard features like Screen Sharing and Spaces, others that cover existing features like screen savers and keyboard shortcuts, and hardware-related tips for printing and working with discs. He also helps you get the most out of standard Apple applications, including Mail (find and remove large attachments from your mail store), iCal (learn how to add and work with URLs easily in events), Safari (want to invoke bookmarks with voice commands?), and iTunes (check out the AppleScript to update podcasts manually), as well as iChat, Preview, and Dashboard.
If you've wondered about using Unix commands in Terminal to customize your Mac beyond what the graphical interface offers, or if you've wanted to get more comfortable with Terminal, the book provides a nice foundation. It covers the basics of using Terminal and has a generous collection of tips sprinkled throughout that will get you typing (or pasting) simple command strings in order to tweak your Mac in useful and interesting ways. It also has info for those who are already comfortable with Terminal, covering new commands in Leopard, searching from the command line, and more.
We encourage you to download the free 14-page sample to see what it looks like, since it is rather different from our Take Control design. If you plan to print, print a few test pages from the sample first in case you wish to consider Macworld's $19.95 print version, which has higher-resolution images than are feasible in an ebook.
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About the Authors
The Macworld Mac OS X Hints Superguide, Leopard Edition was written by Rob Griffiths, with contributions from Christopher Breen, Andy Ihnatko, Joe Kissell, Greg Knauss, Ted Landau, Kirk McElhearn, and the readers of MacOSXHints.com.
Back in the fall of 2000, I was making the transition from Mac OS 9 to OS X and finding the new operating system both complex and a bit unintuitive. In particular, I kept getting tripped up by features that weren't documented on Apple's Web site or covered in OS X's help files. Being somewhat geeky by nature, I decided to create a Web site where I could keep track of all the little tips, tricks, and hidden features I was discovering in OS X. That way, I could easily access the tips from any machine I happened to be using. And because I knew I wasn't the only one out there exploring the inner workings of Apple's new operating system, I built the site so others could post their own OS X tips and insights.
I had no grand aspirations for the Web site; I merely hoped it would serve as a useful resource for OS X tidbits. Over the last eight years, however, that little site—MacOSXHints.com, in case you haven't guessed by now—has grown into a collection of more than 10,000 OS X tips, covering every major release from the initial public beta through 10.5. (Along the way, the site also changed the direction of my career; Macworld purchased it and hired me in 2006.) The site still focuses on demystifying OS X's hidden features and sharing useful knowledge that you won't find in any help files. And with thousands of contributors from across the globe, it offers a constantly growing collection of OS X knowledge—all freely searchable.
But the site's not perfect. Many of the tips assume a high degree of familiarity with OS X and fairly deep technical knowledge—especially tips involving Terminal. And searching through more than 10,000 hints to find the one you really want can be complicated, to say the least. That's where this book comes into play. We've scoured not just MacOSXHints.com, but also Macworld.com, to find the most useful tips and tricks for OS X 10.5 users. We've also rewritten them all in a clear, straightforward fashion, complete with screenshots, to make them as easy to use as possible.
The tips in this book cover almost every corner of Leopard, from customizing the Finder to unlocking hidden System Preferences to speeding up Safari. Whether you're a power user looking to bend OS X to your will, or a relative newcomer hoping to get more from your OS, these tips will give you the inside scoop you're craving. And we encourage you to share the wealth—post your own discoveries and tips at www.macosxhints.com.
—Rob Griffiths, Editor, MacOSXHints.com
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