Mac OS Advanced:
Visual QuickPro Guide
By Maria Langer
291 pages, $24.99 US
When I first heard that
I was going to receive a Visual QuickPro Guide, I thought, I don't have Visual QuickPro.
I quickly realized that this is a style of computer book that provides a new way
and a quick way to learn a particular topic with a hands on approach. After reading
the introduction I was excited by the thought that a person who is a true Mac enthusiast
wrote this book.
- What the Book is About
- This book covers Mac OS X
10.1 specifically. It's broken up into 12 chapters and an appendix:
- Moving Up to Mac OS X
- The Classic Environment
- Unix Basics for Mac OS
- Unix Security & Utilities
- Multiple Users & Security
- AppleScript & Mac OS
- System Preferences
- Mac OS Utilities
- Speech Features
- Level of Reading
- According to PeachPit, this
book is considered intermediate/advanced. I would consider this book to be an intermediate
level book. If you use your Mac for the purpose of surfing the net, printing up a
letter, doing email, and music, then this book will take you far beyond the use of
your Mac. If you are the curious type and want to know the in's and out's of how
to get your Mac to maximize its potential, then you've come to the right starting
- What to Expect from the
- If you haven't looked at Mac
OS X yet, then for a seasoned Mac User, this definately is the book for you. I was
able to gauge my own level of knowledge of Mac OS X by reading through the book.
I found in some areas, I was highly proficient, and other areas I found myself learning
more, especially in the area of AppleScript. This is by far the most concise manual
to Mac OS X that I have seen!
- Highlights of the Book
- I personally think that the
best parts of the book are within the first 6 chapters. I specifically think that
the chapter on Unix Security & Utilities is worth noting. As our Macs continue
to find themselves connected to the Internet with high-speed connections and many
people including your family members start to use your Mac, the importance of security
becomes paramount. This chapter lays down a good foundation and understanding into
the Unix aspect of security.
Other highlights are the high level of screen shots used to demonstrate the "how-to"
aspect of the book. You are not only guided through doing different tasks, but are
shown what you can expect to see.
- Mac Guild Grade
- A - Outstanding
- Final Words
- This is the book for people
who want to really have a good understanding of Mac OS X and the Aqua GUI. It is
concise in its presentation. It gives you the essentials without filling the book
with fluff. I think that most people will find something useful from Applescript
to Unix shell, and everywhere in between.