A detailed yet accessible explanation of Apple's Mac computers and OS for novice owners and users based on the PC-oriented book Brilliant Computer Basics. The release of Mac OSX Leopard, with its revolutionary new Boot camp software that allows both Windows and Mac OSX to be run on the Mac simultaneously is widely expected to increase the presence and popularity of the Mac in the Home PC market. This is already growing with the increase in popluarity of digital photography and image processing, and digital music downloading for the ipod, for which the mac is seen as being the optimum choice. With this growth the number of fisrt time users of macs is increasing and this book with give the novice user getting a mac as a home computer, or migratng from a Windows Pc, a huge head-start in understanding how to use and maintain their mac, and to become familiar with the OS and applications. The book assumes nothing on the part of readers -- though some tasks are explained in context for those migrating from Windows. The book provides a basic armoury of skills necessary to use the Mac confidently, efficiently and productively straight from the box.
Brilliant series features: *Brilliant guides provide the quick, easy-to-access information that you need ...* Detailed index and troubleshooting guide to help you find exactly what you need to know * Each task is presented on one or two pages * Numbered steps guide you through each task or problem * Numerous screenshots illustrate each step *"See Also ..." boxes point you to related tasks and information in the book *"Did you know ?..." sections alert you to relevant expert tips, tricks and advice
Table of Contents
Table of Contents -- Brilliant Mac Basics, 1e 1. All in the family 1 Mac mini 3 iMac 5 Mac Book 7 Mac Book Pro 9 OS X 10 2. Welcome to the Finder 13 Finder basics 14 Manipulating the Finder 17 Getting busy 20 More windows 25 The menu bar 28 The Dock 32 Universal Access 34 Fonts and Font Book 36 Restart and shutdown 38 3. Files and folders 41 The tree house 42 A Home from home 45 Working with files and folders 47 The big squeeze 59 Search and retain 62 Back up and burn 65 4. The OS X applications 71 What and where? 72 OS X applications 80 And the rest... 93 5. iLife 08 97 Get organised 98 iCal alarms 103 Working with To Do items 105 Sharing calendars 107 Tune in, no drop out ... 111 Copying (ripping) audio from CDs 118 Browsing, organising and backing-up tracks 120 Picture this 125 Editing images 129 Sharing pictures 137 Making movies 142 Working with video 145 Burning DVDs 150 Watch and write 153 A place of your own 155 Going live 159 Music maestro 163 Building a song 168 6. Customising 177 System and software 178 Customising OS X 183 Look and feel 187 Doctoring the Dock 192 7. Talk to the world 195 Getting online 196 Email 201 Surf the web 214 .Mac, your world online 222 Instant messaging with iChat 226 The alternatives 232 A Mail alternative 235 8. Networking and security 241 Networking your Mac 242 Connecting via Bluetooth 249 Sharing OS X 252 9. A voyage of discovery with Darwin 265 Time line 266 Meet Darwin 267 Where now? 272 Moving on 274 Managing directories 276 The permission system 282 Changing permissions 285 Working with files 288 Behind the scenes 293 Text control 298 Shell scripting 301 Useful Unix 303 10. Maintenance and troubleshooting 313 Online updates 314 Vital statistics 318 Working with disks 325 An alternative start-up drive 329 Jargon Buster 335 Troubleshooting guide 337 Index 341