REVIEW: "Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide", Chuck Toporek
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"Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide", Chuck Toporek, 2008, 0-596-52981-3,
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Chapter one looks at what is new in the Leopard version of the Mac's
OS X operating system. The wording is rather odd in places, and,
unless you are well familiar with previous versions it may be
difficult to know whether the feature under discussion is completely
new, or a modification to an existing application. Fundamental
operating concepts and terms are presented in chapter two, and these
include some items that may be new to Mac users, some that may be
important for understanding the overall system, and still others that
are simply pieces of trivial fluff. Similarly, chapter three's review
of basic operations has no overt indication of novel functions, and
mixes vital and insignificant details without clear notice. Figures
are sometimes separated from explanations by a few pages. Some
interpretations rely on advanced knowledge of the system, while others
have no tutorials at all. (Why can't the Spotlight index files that
haven't been created with graphical tools?) Under Microsoft Windows
"System" is one of the tools in the Control Panel: chapter four lists
the various Mac control panels (setup options) that are amalgamated
into the System Preferences. Chapter five catalogues a number of
applications and utilities that have been covered in previous chapters
(without adding any new information). Troubleshooting setup choices
is dealt with in a "Frequently Asked Questions" style, in chapter six.
Chapter seven is a list of special characters that can be generated
using keyboard combinations. (Why they are vital to computer
operations is not mentioned.)
For those new to the Mac, or to Leopard, this guide can get you
started quickly, but the intermediate reader will outgrow it almost as
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