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Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition
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Is Windows giving you pause? Ready to make the leap to the Mac instead? There has never been a better time to switch from Windows to Mac, and this incomparable guide will help you make a smooth transition. New York Times columnist and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue gets you past three challenges: transferring your stuff, assembling Mac programs so you can do what you did with Windows, and learning your way around Mac OS X.

Why is this such a good time to switch? Upgrading from one version of Windows to another used to be simple. But now there's Windows Vista, a veritable resource hog that forces you to relearn everything. Learning a Mac is not a piece of cake, but once you do, the rewards are oh-so-much better. No viruses, worms or spyware. No questionable firewalls, inefficient permissions, or other strange features. Just a beautiful machine with a thoroughly reliable system. And if you're still using Windows XP, we've got you covered, too.

If you're ready to take on Mac OS X Leopard, the latest edition of this bestselling guide tells you everything you need to know:

  • Transferring your stuff -- Moving photos, MP3s, and Microsoft Office documents is the easy part. This book gets you through the tricky things: extracting your email, address book, calendar, Web bookmarks, buddy list, desktop pictures, and MP3 files.

  • Re-creating your software suite -- Big-name programs (Word, Photoshop, Firefox, Dreamweaver, and so on) are available in both Mac and Windows versions, but hundreds of other programs are available only for Windows. This guide identifies the Mac equivalents and explains how to move your data to them.

  • Learning Leopard -- Once you've moved into the Mac, a final task awaits: Learning your way around. Fortunately, you're in good hands with the author of Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, the #1 bestselling guide to the Macintosh.
Moving from Windows to a Mac successfully and painlessly is the one thing Apple does not deliver. Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition is your ticket to a new computing experience.

Customer Reviews:

  • Just right for the switch to Mac from a veteran Windows XP user
    With the advent of yet another Windows version, and the professed capability to have Windows and Mac OS on the same computer, I have made the switch (or more accurately, are in the process of divorcing Windows). This easy to read and well indexed reference has been just enough information to get me from my IBM Thinkpad with Windows XP to the MacBook Pro running Windows XP in a VMware Fusion virtual machine. It is amazing to have the Windows toolbar at the bottom of the screen and the Mac doc on the side.

    It doesn't have all the answers, but with the documentation that accompanies the VMware Fusion I have all I've needed, and not too much fluff or technical verbage in the way. I stumbled into the book while traveling, but it is the one I needed to make the transition smooth, yet keep an understanding of how it works at the user level.

    The perfect addition to the sparse (but necessary) manuals that accompany your new Mac, and a copy of VMware Fusion. ...more info
  • Made the trip over to apple way easier
    The Mac operating system may be more logical & stable than Windows, but starting from scratch on a Mac can be difficult. This book does an excellent job of using what we already know from Windows and explaining how to do it on a Mac. I love that David really takes the time to explain the reasoning behind the Mac way of thinking; it helps with the learning curve. It is easy to read, progresses logically from beginning to end, and with a great index continues to be a valuable reference. Would absolutely buy this again, and plan on purchasing it for anyone else I know who is switching. As a bonus, several items are available from the book's website, both manuals and helpful programs....more info
  • switching to the mac
    great reference book and step instructions for mac 10.5. makes using the new os. 10.5, a delightful experience with right on topics and shortcuts. should have been included by apple with the purchase of the duel core processor and upgraded os...more info
  • Good packaging
    I have to strongly disagree with the reviewer here who suggests buying the "Leopard Edition Missing Manual" instead. Yes, there is duplication of content here, but there is also content that is NOT in the other book, and I think a Windows Switcher is going to be much happier with this book than the other. In an ideal situation, I'd give them both and have them read this first.

    Sure, it could have been done better, and maybe there really is no need for two thick books. Maybe all the "switcher" stuff should be taken out of the "regular" book and all the "this is the way a Mac" works stuff should be taken out of this - then the two could and should be sold as a set for those who need or want both. Certainly both these books could use some trimming; they are fat and hard to handle.

    This is the book I'd give my wife if and when I can get her to give up her Windows PC (I hate that stupid thing and cannot wait for it to die!). She'll be much happier with this than she would be with the other book.

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  • a must-have for new mac owners
    An excellent reference manual for those of us who are new to macs. After years of being personally programmed to 'think like a PC,' a manual like this makes it easier to begin to 'think like a mac.' Thanks for the help with this conversion :)...more info
  • Almost everything I needed
    I bought a MacBook in December after decades of PC's and have loved it except for a few irritating issues- like grouping files and pictures and some program issues with Keynote. I had exhausted the internet help and local resources for the irritating problems I was having. I got this book and it solved all my major irritations and directed me to other resources where needed.

    My only complaint is that it is written from a Mac philosophy and I speak PC. I was completely confused when I got to the Quick keys for non-mouse shortcuts. One major issue is Go. What does that mean? It's the first step in a number of procedures and if it's explained I can't find it- why isn't it in the index, so dummies like me can find it?

    The Leopard system and Mac programs are great, but there really does need to be more help with the transition for most of us....more info
  • Perfect for the long time Windows User
    As a 20 year Windows user I purchased the new imac along with this book. So far everything I have needed to make the transition has been covered in the book. I am thrilled with the new imac, operating system, and Apple way and I hope books like this one will get others to make the switch....more info
  • Missing Manual missing the Missing CD
    A year ago, after careful consideration and a lot of research, I decided to take the plunge and after many years of Windoze (since 3.1), I decided to to try a Mac. I bought "Switching to the Mac" to ease some of the pain of the transition, which it most certainly has done. There is a wealth of information in this book that is very helpful in switching over.

    I would have given this book a much better review except for two things. First, many of the tips on getting information and files from my Windoze machine over to the Mac simply didn't work as promised. I did eventually get most of it over, but some of it, like my Outlook Express address book I never got over. I had to reenter it manually. Overall, getting data from one to the other was not nearly as easy as I expected it to be from Pogue's book.

    The second major flaw is the "Missing CD" referred to throughout the manual. They claim that the information that could have been put on a CD and included with the book, and which would have driven the price of the book up several dollars, is not included, to keep the price down, but is available online. Simply put, it's not. I tried to find and download two of the promised articles, and couldn't find or download them. I send a complaint to Missing Manuals publishers, and I got an apologetic reply promising me they'd find and direct me to the articles. They never did.

    I'd have been a lot happier with book if they had just left the CD out, without any hollow promise that there was extra material available online.

    In spite of my issues, this is, basically, a good, well written and fairly complete manual. I recommend it with these two caveats:

    1. Don't believe that getting data from a Windoze machine to a Mac is as easy as it is portrayed in the book. Sometimes, even when a number of alternatives are given, they work, and sometimes they don't.

    2. The "Missing CD" is still missing.

    I'm now getting ready to purchase an iPhone, and am considering the Missing Manual as a possibility. But I'm not believing for a second that the "Missing CD" promised therein will actually be there.
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  • Excellent Info
    This book has really helped me to decide that the switch from a PC to a MAC will be worth it. I highly recommend this book to anyone considering such a switch....more info
  • Necessity For The Windows Divorcee
    For anyone that is not familiar with the wonderful, easy world that is the Apple Macintosh, consider yourself a poor, ignorant soul. Ever since the first Macintosh computer was launched in 1984, the Mac has been the most user-friendly computer available to the masses, and with the newest operating system X Leopard Edition, the same is true, only times X!!!

    For existing Windows users who have decided to make the switch because they got their slick new iPod and loves the way it works or they just got a look at a Mac recently and decided it was for them this is the perfect manual for making the switch!!

    Covering basics like getting e-mail up and running, importing bookmarks, listening to music, viewing digital pictures and all the other important parts of everyday personal computing is all contained in this book. Written by the amazing David Pogue, every topic is covered in an easy to read manner and this manual is chock full of images on nearly every page!!

    For all recent Mac OS X users or people who have made the switch, this book truly SHOULD have been in the box with the OS. It's an incredibly well-written resource, and while it's full of hard data and examples, it's really fun at the same time!!

    ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED...more info
  • Great resource for...
    Very helpful resource to ease your pain during switching from PC to mac. Even mac users can earn me details....more info