Sunday, May 31, 2009

Book Review: The Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide by Chuck Toporek




The Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide is designed to be a quick overview of the "gotta know" features of OS X. This is not a how-to guide or a step-by-step book; it is what we call in the biz "quick and dirty," give me what I need to know as quickly as possible. This book answers the typical questions an intermediate to advanced user needs to know when switching over to or supporting Leopard. There is no fluff in this book and very few pictures or illustrations. This is not a beginners book, but an ideal book for support technicians or people who don't want to have to contact a support technician. The book assumes a strong background in Mac fundamentals.

Primarly, Toperoek takes you through key functions of the UI such as the Finder, Dock, System Preferences, and the Leopard apps that had signficant changes. He briefly describes each function in Leopard and all the options related to it. This book helps you answer the question of "How do I" and "What does this function do?" Short, sweet and to the point. It's includes the 20% of the Leopard functions you'll use 80% of the time If you ever wanted to know the keyboard shortcut to any command in Leopard, it's in this book. The index is almost as powerful as Apple's Spotlight function and quickly allows you to hone on the questions you need answered.

A short review for a short 200 page half-sized book, but like the magna carta it is short yet very valuable!

Pros: Excellent overview of key Leopard functions geared towards intermediate and advanced users
Cons: No tutorials or pictures, but the technical Illuminati don't need such things.

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