Sunday, December 30, 2012

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Book Review: OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide


This is the best book out there for the intermediate Mac user who wants to know “What can Mountain Lion do for me?” Beginners need not apply here and this isn’t a how-to book. It’s a list of the more technical functions and implementations and in particular what’s new in Mountain Lion. No fluff here, it’s all good.
This is the type of book every help desk should have handy for a quick reference to common questions of end users. The table of contents and index lets you quickly find the function you need and typical of the pocket series: an appendix with useful keyboard shortcuts.
A short review for a book short on pages but long on information
Pros: includes just the essentials
Cons: not for novices
Five out of Five Dogcows

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Book Review: The OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide


If you are already familiar with the Mac but want to know the key features in order to maximize your usage of this new cat, this is a great book for you. The OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide covers those functions you are most likely going to use and may not be as intuitive as they seem
Missing from this book is handholding and screenshots as this is all meat without any fat weighing the book down. The table of contents helps the reader hone in on the topics and functions they will be most interested in without long-winded explanations. While all of Mountain Lion’s 200 new features aren’t covered a large number are covered with just enough detail to make them useful such as Airplay, Notifications, and dictation.
Need to get up to speed on Apple’s latest cat quickly? This is the book for you.
Pros: Straightforward and right on target
Cons: Not a comprehensive guide
Four out of Five Dogcows

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Book Review: OS X Mountain Lion the missing manual


Books in the Missing Manual series are consistently the most comprehensive books for novice and intermediate users. In its usual brilliance, this hefty volume covers most every feature of the new operating system along with a few tips and tricks along the way.
As Apple makes minor revisions to its operating system, Pogue has gotten a bit lazy in updating screen shots and some information in the book. Numerous screenshots show pictures from Lion and earlier operating system versions. A novice user might get confused by these subtle variations. This edition, more than any other edition I’ve seen in Missing Manuals had errors caused by not updating certain sections.
That being said the major new features are covered extremely well and the guide to dictation was valuable. The chapter covers the exact syntax of commands and expertly discusses what dictation can and can’t do. I would have liked to see more direct highlights of new Mountain Lion features so readers could hone in if they are upgrading from Lion.
New users might be overwhelmed by the depth and breadth of the book. It covers most every function and doesn’t easily sort out what you “need” to know and what is “nice” to know.
Overall a great tome on everything OS X Mountain Lion, but be careful about the errors.
Pros: Great coverage of Mountain Lion
Cons: Occasional annoyances referencing Lion features
Four out of Five Dogcows