Although very Mac-like in some ways, Mac OS X is different enough that it has a bit of a learning curve. The “manual” that comes with the next generation operating system is pretty darned skimpy. Thankfully, two new books are out that can help you get up to speed on Mac OS X in no time at all.
Maria Langer’s “Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide,” at US$18.99, is a great “primer” for Mac OS X. With lots of screenshots and graphics, it offers detailed instructions on how to install, configure, and use the operating system and its accompanying software. And if you’re upgrading from a previous version, you’ll appreciate the special section that showcases the similarities and differences between Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
Langer is a veteran Mac author, having written for “MacToday,” “FileMaker Pro Advisor,” and “Mac Addict.” She also produced the newsletter, “Macintosh Tips & Tricks,” for Giles Road Press. “Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide” (ISBN 0-201-70900-7) has 264 pages and can be purchased from
For even more details, tips, and tricks regarding Mac OS X, check out “Mac OS X for Dummies” 0-7645-0706-0) by Bob LeVitus and Shelly Brisbin. Designed for beginner and intermediate users, it covers everything from “Navigating Mac OS X” to “Troubleshooting Mac OS X.” Graphics and a generous portion of humor make the $21.99, 360-page book a fun and educational read.
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Mac OS X for Dummies ” online.
LeVitus, a well known columnist and speaker in the Mac world, has written 33 computer books, including the “Macworld Office 98 Bible” and “Mac OS 9 For Dummies” among others. Brisbin has also co-written, among other things, “Mac Answers: 2nd Edition.”