Upgrading to Mac
OS 10.4 Tiger
By Tom Negrino
A Visual QuickProject Guide from Peachpit Press,
ISBN: 0321357566; Published: Jun 22, 2005;
Dimensions 7 X 9; Pages: 144; Edition: 1st.
- What the Book is About
- Upgrading to Mac OS 10.4 Tiger
is an addition to the "Visual QuickProject Guide" series from Peachpit
Press. The first 34 pages (about a quarter of the book) deal with the upgrade process.
The second quarter of the book gives brief outlines of configuration choices to make
after performing an operating system upgrade to Tiger (OS X 10.4). The last half
the book is devoted to highlights of Tiger's new features.
The author stresses the importance of doing preliminary checks of system capability,
drivers, and utilities, and then doing a thorough backup.
- Target Audience
- The language is simple and
highly readable. There are many clear illustrations and screen shots. The target
audience is novice/newby, but there are enough interesting tidbits scattered throughout
the section on Tiger's new features that the book could be helpful even to experienced
- What to Expect
- The title of the book strikes
me as somewhat misleading, since only one quarter of the book actually deals with
the upgrade process. Several of the new features of Tiger discussed in the last half
of the book were new to me. There are some recommendations on the book's main topic
- how to setup for and perform an upgrade to Tiger - with which I disagree. For example,
he recommends the basic "Upgrade" as the preferred option when choosing
which type of upgrade to do. I have always used "Archive and Install" as
a safer option. I was also disappointed not to get an explanation of the best approach
to installing an OS 9 system, if Classic support is needed. The author states only
that a pre-existing OS 9 install might still be usable, and that Apple no longer
sells the installer and one would need to find it on eBay. I came away from the book
with questions on several key points, such as what preparatory steps are really essential
before performing an upgrade.
Given the formatting constraints
of the QuickProject guide, the brief text sections take on even more importance than
in a longer work. These sections are (for the most part) clear and direct, with the
kinds of visual cues one would expect - numbered lists, text-color highlights, and
lots of screen shots.
The author stresses the importance
of doing preliminary checks of system capability, drivers, and utilities, and then
doing a thorough backup. The description of the upgrade choices is fairly clear,
but could have been more detailed, given the stated purpose of the book.
- The discussion of Tiger's
new features is not only the longer, but also the better half of the book. He has
detailed sections on customizing Finder window opening, the Finder window sidebar,
and the Finder window toolbar. I also appreciated his tips on Safari's new features
and Preview's enhancements.
He devotes a full chapter to Spotlight, from which I learned several new features.
I was especially intrigued to see the screenshot of the literal use of Spotlight
to shine a circular light on found items in a search of the System Preferences pane.
- Mac Guild Grade
- C (Good)
- Final Words
- The book provides a basic
introduction to upgrading to Tiger, with a step-by step approach. The second section
offers choices for different ways to configure the system once installed. Some readers
may disagree with some recommendations or wish for more detail, but the excellent
section on Tiger's new features makes this a worthwhile book for many users, both
new and experienced.