Review - 2 OSX Books
The Little Mac
OS X Book OS 10.1
- By Robin
Mac OS X:
The Missing Manual
- By David
Review By Ken
As we all now know, the next version of FCP that ships will be
for OS X only. It's the end of the road for FCP and OS 9. So,
like it or not we are all going to have to learn OS X. Recently
I reviewed Mac
OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide By Maria Langer. This is a
great little book to get you started with OS X and covers just
enough ground to acquaint you with the Macs new operating system.
Having said that, I soon found
that I wanted (read needed) to have a better, more detailed understanding
of OS X. To this end I purchased two more OS X books. 'The Little
Mac OS X Book' and 'Mac OS X: The Missing Manual'. To be sure,
there are dozens of OS X books in the stores. I picked these
two because I knew the authors names and the publishers. They
are different in layout, style and their approach, but both of
these books are excellent and do the job well. Both books are
for Mac OS 10.1.
The Little Mac OS
Published by Peachpit Press
By Robin Williams
ISBN 0-201-74866-5 ©
List price: $29.99 U.S.
Don't let the title fool you, this
is no small book, not just in page count but the size of the
book as well. The pages are quite large and this facilitates
the use of large images. The art work in the book is exceptionally
good. Screen shots abound, they are nicely referenced and many
carry full captions detailing what is going on. This is important
because we are seeing some of these OS X windows for the first
Robin William has written a 'how-to'
guide in the Peachpit Press tradition, which covers OS X completely
as well as all the new features in Mac OS X. Proper attention
is also given to the new iApplications that ship with OS X and
has very thorough chapters on Word Processing using the new TextEdit
software and Document printing. Many things have radically changed
in OS X, Fonts being one of them. In this book, 27 pages are
devoted to Fonts in OS X, Font management and includes large
printouts of all the actual fonts that ship with OS X.
This is a well rounded book that
covers OS X in a complete manner. This book works equally well
for both the beginner and experienced Mac user. The last chapter
in the book, 'Where Did It Go' for experienced Mac OS 9 users
is very helpful for those of us moving from a solid knowledge
of OS 9 to the uncharted waters of OS X.
Mac OS X: The Missing
Published by O'Reilly
By David Pogue
ISBN 0-596-00082-0 ©
List price: $ 24.95 U.S.
I have been reading David Progue's
writings for many years now, I like the way he writes. His complete
understanding and knowledge of the Mac shows. This book depends
less on screen shots and art work although there is an adequate
amount to illustrate the points of the text.
As you read and work your way through
this book you will notice that as new features are discussed
there are constant references to the old way of doing things
in OS 9. This is very helpful for anyone coming from OS 9 as
we learn what old features are gone, changed or replaced by new
Mac OS. There is also an appendix 'Where Did It Go' that looks
at each item that has changed in OS X.
This book has more technical depth
and goes to some of the under pinning of the new Mac OS. There
are two chapters that cover the Unix base of OS X and a rather
extensive look at 'Terminal Mode' which allows the user to alter
the way OS X works at the core Unix level. There is also a full
chapter on 'AppleScript' with many samples of Scripts to work
The book is well laid out with
a logical and straight forward approach to familiarizing the
reader with OS X. Interspersed throughout the book are sidebar
comments (tips) that provide additional information helpful in
learning OS X.
As I said at the start, both of these books
are excellent. They are both well written and cover OS X completely.
Both books work for people coming from OS 9 and for people who
are new to the Mac and are just starting off with OS X.
The 'Little Mac OS X' Book has excellent
art which is so well annotated that you can simply look at the
screen shots and captions and learn the material. There is also
some humor which makes learning OS X a bit more fun. 'Mac OS
X: The Missing Manual' is equally well done but goes into OS
X in greater depth, is more technically oriented, but is not
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