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Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual
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With Leopard, Apple has unleashed the greatest version of Mac OS X yet, and David Pogue is back with another meticulous Missing Manual to cover the operating system with a wealth of detail. The new Mac OS X 10.5, better known as Leopard, is faster than its predecessors, but nothing's too fast for Pogue and this Missing Manual. It's just one of reasons this is the most popular computer book of all time. Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition is the authoritative book for Mac users of all technical levels and experience. If you're new to the Mac, this book gives you a crystal-clear, jargon-free introduction to the Dock, the Mac OS X folder structure, and the Mail application. There are also mini-manuals on iLife applications such as iMovie, iDVD, and iPhoto, and a tutorial for Safari, Mac's web browser. This Missing Manual book is amusing and fun to read, but Pogue doesn't take his subject lightly. Which new Leopard features work well and which do not? What should you look for? What should you avoid? Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition offers an objective and straightforward instruction for using:

  • Leopard's totally revamped Finder Spaces to group your windows and organize your Mac tasks
  • Quick Look to view files before you open them
  • The Time Machine, Leopard's new backup feature
  • Spotlight to search for and find anything in your Mac
  • Front Row, a new way to enjoy music, photos, and videos
  • Enhanced Parental Controls that come with Leopard Quick tips for setting up and configuring your Mac to make it your own
There's something new on practically every page of this new edition, and David Pogue brings his celebrated wit and expertise to every one of them. Mac's brought a new cat to town and Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition is a great new way to tame it.

Customer Reviews:

  • Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual
    As a newbie to Mac OS, I needed help quickly and found that the Mac help screens, while useful, were just not getting me up to speed. I guess I'm a "book" guy and missed having a printed manual. I have several "Missing Manual" books in my library, so I didn't hesitate to pick this one up.

    At almost 900 pages, prepare to be overwhelmed at first, but the chapters are lain out in functional blocks that helped me get started in a logical fashion. The book is well illustrated and the index seems comprehensive. As is the trademark of the "Missing Manual" books, the writing is excellent, occasionally a bit irreverent and light hearted, but always focused on the topic. The book is filled with lots of "newbie" tricks and shortcuts, as well as enough information to serve as a reference manual for standard Mac software included in OS X.

    There is no accompanying CD, but all practice file material, listed Web Addresses, and downloadable software are available for download at

    I recommend Mac OS Leopard: The Missing Manual, for all users new to OS X and those that just want a desk side reference guide to OS X Leopard. info
  • Apple manuel
    As I was a first time Apple computer user, had questions when the computer arrived. My brother, an Apple guru from the beginning, said the only book I would need is the one by Pogue. He was very right. Lots of info for a newbie, and lots of info that seems will be valuable once I get more expert in the use of an nonPC. ...more info
  • Too much information
    I was looking for more of a "quick guide". This is great if you are looking for a desk reference book....more info
  • Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual
    Great book for the person who needs to learn more about Mac OS X Leopard. Very easy to use and find needed information. ...more info
  • A must-have book for every mac owner
    I have used Macs for 20 years and I find them very user friendly. When I purchased Leopard I felt confident that it was going to be as easy to use. And I was correct. However, there are lots of new features in Leopard; things that I did not know it could do - cool things! So I researched books until I found the one that I thought would help me become proficient at Leopard. This is THE book. I have learned so much. It is so easy to read and follow. It is has humor, too.

    ...more info
  • Mac Bible
    Nobody writes about Macs better than Pogue, and this volume is really invaluable. It's informative and easy to read. You can't go wrong....more info
  • Mac OS X Leopard
    Very helpful, well written book. I have purchased a number of books by his author and as usual have found his books most informative. Highly recommend if you have Leopard....more info
  • It should indeed have been in the box
    This manual is clearly written and organized. Everything you should know about Mac OS X Leopard is here. But don't think you'll drown into useless details: sections for advanced aficionados are kind of separated while being embedded in the text (this may sound weird, but I'm sure you understood). Lots of humor also.
    You've got yourself a Mac: unless you work at Apple and have developed this OS yourself, you will need this book. Be it only for the jokes.

    Definitely worths the investment....more info
  • Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual
    Obviously, the original series has been turned into mass production. When I switched from the "dark side" and bought my 1st Mac, OS X was on Panther (10.3). I browsed and purchased "The Missing Manual". Even though I am an expert, it was an excellent presentation of Macs and home computing, beginning with the basics, through to medium level system administration. Well laid out, with plenty of examples and illustrations. Logical.
    Not so anymore. Like the "For Dummies" series, this edition has become more confusing in its presentation of the complexity of material. It has less logical order and progression from simple Mac usage topics to system administration. Chapters seem to be a mishmash of topics, that are not always related. Examples are not as clear. Illustrations are not as helpful. And now, having owned 2 Macs, and used them for 5 years, I am even more knowledgeable.
    My advice is to head down to the local bookstore. Browse the shelf of Apple "how to" books. Pick the one that fits your level of expertise and has the most sensible examples/illustrations. Since you are now already at that local bookstore, you ethically owe them the purchase as well.
    Lastly, I gave this book a 3 star, because you can get most of what you will encounter on a Mac out of the book, somewhere....more info
  • Excellebnt book
    IF you are a Mac X user, you need this book. You will find it invaluable. There are so many things X and Leopard will do that you are unaware of.

    Bob...more info
  • It's what was needed...
    David Pogue once more explains all the things we never knew were buried in Leopard....more info
  • Still Great
    I have been reading these "missing manual" books since they came out and they really are as advertised: interesting, useful, funny. This one is no exception. It is a very easy read for the technophobe but is also useful for advanced users. I can't imagine using any other book for my Mac.
    j....more info
  • Love the Book!
    This is the manual that should've been included with the MAC. It has all the IN's & OUT's of the various applications as well as a guide to the hardware. As a new user to the MAC platform I found it very useful and will keep it handy as a reference tool....more info
  • Everything you need
    I bought this when I upgraded from OS 10.4 to 10.5, and had this author's previous book. Basically, it covers pretty much any topic that (I haven't yet come up short when I looked for something), in enough detail to satisfy anyone but a programmer. It's a big book, and I honestly can't imagine finding a reason to buy another...until the next OS upgrade!...more info
  • Great book for a Mac beginner
    I am finding this book very helpful in learning Mac OS X. I come from a heavy Windows backgroud, but I have no problem reading this book and practicing the things that I am learning on a Mac laptop I purchased off of Craigslist. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to learn Mac OS X....more info
  • The Review not included with the manual.
    Excellent guide to Leopard, as was Pogue's manual for Tiger. His step-by-step style is very helpful in accessing and incorporating the new features in MAC OS....more info
  • This is really "The Missing Manual" That should it been included with the Mac OS X
    This book is so detailed. That you will be able to explore and learn the many features that this wonderful Mac OS X software has and barely everybody explores. If you really want to learn about this OS all you have to do is read this manual....more info
  • Too Bulky and Wordy!!
    The book is not crispy enough. It is too bulky to carry. Too wordy to read. Around 800 to 900 pages long, which makes reading a "tough task". Less is more. The typesetting of the book is dull and dry--small point sizes.
    Really doubt if David Pogue actually did all the writing himself, since the writing tone and manner does not sound like him much. He is much more humorous and fun to be with than that!!...more info
  • Great companion to the new Mac OS Leopard software!
    This is definitely the book that should have been in the software box. This is the 4th Missing Manual from David Pogue that I have purchased for my Mac OS upgrades, and all of them have helped me master my software. David's writing is easy to understand and gets straight to the point. I keep it on a shelf only an arms length away form my Mac. I use it constantly as my "Go-To reference guide. Thank you Mr. Pogue....more info
  • Pogue's "missing manuals" are great!
    The title says it all: electronic manufacturers just don't bother to produce detailed instruction manuals any more, and Pogue has admirably filled the gap. This is my third purchase of one of his books, and they have all been consistently invaluable....more info
  • The missing reviews
    This book is good over all but I found it disappointing that there was nothing on iphoto or imovie, they claim it's not part of OS X yet they came with my mac. So make sure you buy those as well if you are interested in learning how to use those programs....more info
  • missing manual
    This is a fantastic book, just what we needed as we were switching from PC to Mac - clear, but detailed enough to really get us going.\

    Helen Brown ...more info