iMovie The Missing Manual – Review

On September 26, 2014, in Apps, Audio, Book Review, iMovie, iOS, iWork, Review, Video, by Mark Sealey

iMovie The Missing Manual
Author: David Pogue
O’Reilly Press
ISBN-10: 1491947322
ISBN-13: 978-1491947326
Price: Ebook: $33.99
Print: $39.99
Print and Ebook: $43.99

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The “Missing Manual” series, of course, aims to fill gaps that many pieces of software (may) leave by having no – or an inadequate – manual. iMovie The Missing Manual (O’Reilly) looks at Apple’s venerable movie editing software.

The status (in and out of the iLife suite), pricing, versioning, naming, scope, purpose and popularity of Apple’s own iMovie have all varied significantly since the software’s introduction in 1999.

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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

By occasional contributor to, Susan Klement

I’m not what you would call a power user of my MacBook but I’m always intrigued by the new bells and whistles when there’s an upgrade to the operating system. Journalists David Pogue and Ed Mendelson raved about Mountain Lion and someone, I can’t recall who, said one didn’t need to wait for any bugs to be removed from OS 10.8, so I decided to purchase it almost right away.

It took about an hour and a half, all told, to install Mountain Lion on my somewhat aging (late 2009) MacBook and the installation seemed to go very smoothly. Others reported that the installation went much faster, but they probably have newer, more powerful machines.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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Mac OS X Lion, The Missing Manual
Book Review

On February 6, 2012, in Book Review, Mac OS X, by Sam Negri

Mac OS X Lion, The Missing Manual
By David Pogue
O’Reilly Media
ISBN: 978-1-449-39749-4
US $34.99, CDN $36.99
909 pages

David Pogue’s latest “missing manual” has much in common with the many other “how-to” computer books he’s produced. Like the others, it is written in plain English, it’s readable, at times mildly entertaining, plus comprehensive and marginally useful to the novice user.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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iPhone 4: The Missing Manual, Fourth Edition — Covers iPhone 4 & All Other Models with iOS 4 Software
By David Pogue
Publisher: O’Reilly Media / Pogue Press
US$ 24.99


With the recent release of the iPhone 4 for Verizon, it’s appropriate to alert Verizon iPhone newbies that one of the best all-round iPhone books was, is, and probably will always be, David Pogue’s iPhone The Missing Manual. Oddly, the front cover has “missing manual” in lower case letters, but the frontispiece says “Missing Manual.” In any event, this stylistic glitch did not prevent me from enjoying this book.

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Some people of Macworld Expo 2010

On February 12, 2010, in Features, by MyMac

Wclcome to Macworld Expo 2020!

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iPhone: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
Author: David Pogue

Company: O’Reilly Media, Inc.
August 2009, 397 pages
ISBN: 978-0-596-80429-9
Price: $24.99

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About Scott Willsey

Scott is a long time Apple enthusiast whose first personally owned computer was the original 128k Macintosh introduced in 1984. He has 35 years of experience computing experience, working with Apple II, Mac OS X, Windows, and a variety of flavors of Unix and Linux, and last but far from least, iOS. Scott can be reached on Twitter at @scottaw and his website is at

Three iPhone books reviewed

On December 31, 2008, in Book Review, iPhone, by David Weeks

iPhone Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition
Christopher Breen

Peachpit Press
US $ 9.99
ISBN 978-0321564030
288 pages

iPhone The Missing Manual Second Edition (Covers the iPhone 3G)
David Pogue

US $24.99
ISBN 78-0596521677
376 pages
e-book edition available through iTunes Store $4.99 introductory price

The iPhone Book: How to Do the Most Important, Useful & Fun Stuff with Your iPhone, 2nd Edition
Scott Kelby and Terry White

Peachpit Press
US $19.99
ISBN 978-0321577832
336 pages
Adobe Reader PDF version for Mac and Windows only $15.99

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Recommending a good book for newcomers to the Mac platform is always tricky. You want to recommend something that doesn’t just cover all the basics but also has some depth as well. A book that only covers the simplest aspects of the Mac interface like how to copy files or connect to the Internet will quickly become obsolete as the user’s skills increase. So the best sort of beginner’s book is one that doesn’t just cover the interface and the operating system but also explains how to use the supplied programs to complete a variety of different projects.

Mac OS X Leopard Edition: The Missing Manual by David Pogue (O’Reilly, $34.99) and My New Mac by Wallace Wang (No Starch Press, $29.95) are books that meet this challenge in completely different ways. Pogue’s book essentially takes an OS-centric view, running through all the different utilities and applications, explaining what they do and how you can use them. Along the way he reveals all kinds of tips and tricks that will make a Mac user’s life easier and more productive. Wang’s book takes a different approach, focusing instead on specific projects and describes how they can be done (mostly) using just the stuff that comes as part of the Macintosh OS. By steadily ramping up the complexity of each project, Wang expands the reader’s skills so that by the end of the book pretty much every major aspect of the Mac OS will have been used in one way or another.

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About Neale Monks

Neale Monks has used Macs since 1990, when he was won over by the simplicity of printing from a networked Mac compared to doing the same thing with networked PCs. Since that time he's written for several Macintosh magazines including Macworld and Macformat as well as, InformIT, Peachpit, TidBITs, and the now-defunct AppleLust web site. Besides using Macs to make his living every day of the week, he likes to tinker about with vintage Macs, and a few years back wrote an e-book called 'Buying Used Macs' published through Neale has a degree in zoology and a PhD in palaeontology. He lives in the market town of Berkhamsted on the edge of the Chiltern Hills.

Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual

On January 28, 2008, in Book Review, by Russ Walkowich

Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual
David Pogue

Pogue Press/O’Reilly Associates
ISBN 0-596-52952-X
Price: US $34.99
(Check online sites for reduced pricing)
893 pages

David Pogue’s latest endeavor, Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual has built upon all of his previous versions and his experience in working with Macs. This is what should come in the box with your Mac. Everything you need to know or would like to know about Leopard is in this book.

Mr. Pogue has broken this manual down into six basic sections; The Mac OS X Desktop, Programs in Mac OS X, Components of Mac OS X, The Technologies of Mac OS X, Mac OS Online and the final section, the Appendixes, four of them, plus he even throws in a Master Mac OS X keystroke list. To give you an idea of just what he covers in the book, here is a quick breakdown.

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About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

MyMac Podcast #166
Macworld Expo Day 3 David Pogue and Sinbad

On January 18, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Download the show here, listen above, or subscribe in iTunes.

Our longest podcast of the week is one of our best yet. Tim and Nemo look at the days event, and talk about some of the booths and events of the day. Nemo interviews New York Times technology writer David Pogue, while Tim does an on the spot interview with Sinbad. (yes, we know the audio is bad for the Sinbad interview, but what the heck.) More Apple Quiz from the Prosoft Engineering, and Guy and Nemo pay some Booth visits.

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A night at the opera (Wednesday Redux)

On January 13, 2006, in Opinion, by David K Every

More observations of the show…and after effects.

I started the morning off with a keynote done by David Pogue, always an entertaining event. Actually, technically it started when my roommate staggered in after last night shindig, mumbled something about drinking too much in overly enunciated english, then passed out. But after I woke up for real, I went down to the Pogue Keynote. The early part of the show was maligning the rumor sites, and how wrong they got things. There was a special place for Jason O’Grady and the PowerPage’s “Apple Plasma Display”, earning him the butt of more than a few jokes. David was showing everyone how to use his Mac OS X Secrets to poison someone else’s machine (let’s call them Jason) with little tricks; like how to take a snapshot of their screen, use it as a desktop pattern, then hiding everything else so while it looked like their machine, they couldn’t click on anything. And other fun stuff. I personally used to like to assign shut-down as one of the users start up items. Good for about 15 minutes of fun. But with Pogue, there were guest speakers, demos, and lots of humor. But there’s only so much fun I can take in the middle of a serious show — so I wandered out about 3/4ths through and got back to the show.

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Macworld Boston
Why You Should Be there!

On June 29, 2004, in Macworld Expo, Opinion, by Ilene Hoffman

Macworld Boston – Why You Should Be there!

Macworld Conference & Expo – just what does that name mean to you? Does it bring to mind fond memories of meeting new people and watching live product demonstrations in anticipation of winning some coveted new piece of software? Do you think fondly of meeting some person face-to-face whose articles, blogs or forum comments you’ve been reading for years?

If you’ve said no to these questions then you’ve missed attending the only one true Macintosh paradise. Think about it, where else in the real world have you ever been surrounded by the creative genius of thousands of people with the same interests as you? When you think of Macworld Conference & Expo your mind should focus on that magical Macintosh world of sound, sight, color and smells of thousands of people milling about a hall with one common passion.

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Book Review
iMovie 3 & iDVD The Missing Manual

On October 22, 2003, in Book Review, by David Weeks

iMovie 3 & iDVD The Missing Manual
By David Pogue

Pogue Press/O’Reilly & Associates
ISBN 0-596-00507-5
450 pages
US $24.95 CAN $38.95

Apple’s decision to bundle iMovie 3 and iDVD together in the iLife package is probably good for those of us whose bookshelves are strained to the breaking point with instructional books.
Whether your bookshelf’s a pine plank that’s suspended between two cinder blocks, or a mahogany antique, if it’s about to give way with the latest treatises on iMovie or iDVD, rejoice, because iMovie 3 & iDVD The Missing Manualwill put an end to its suffering.

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Switching To The Mac: The Missing Manual
Book Review

On July 10, 2003, in Book Review, by Wynne Stevens

Switching To The Mac: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue

PoguePress/ O’Reilly and Assciociates, Inc. , Sebastopol, California
434 pages, black and white
ISBN 0-596-00452-4
$24.95 (USA) , $38.95(Canada)

This is the second book John has asked me to review on the subject of switching to a Mac. Perhaps he is trying to tell me something. Believe me, I need no subtle encouragement. My inferiority complex grows daily as I peddle artwork knowing was created on a PC – while all my clients are using Macs. (I have, of course, told no one of my dirty little secret). But ten years ago I needed AutoCad and 3dStudio and there was no support for them on the Mac. So I invested in these programs back when they would run only in DOS and, later, when they converted to Windows, thinking all was okay.

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iPhoto 2 The Missing Manual
Book Review

On June 19, 2003, in Book Review, by David Weeks

iPhoto 2 The Missing Manual
David Pogue, Joseph Schorr, Derrick Story

Pogue Press – O’Reilly
ISBN 0-596-00506-7
336 pages
US $24.95 CA $38.95

David Pogue’s Pogue Press is in a rut, a deep rut, and iPhoto 2 The Missing Manual shows it.

The rut he’s is mired in is that he and his fellow authors insist on writing books that are the clearest, easiest-to-understand computer instructional books on the market today. Even though it may be stuck in a rut, the Missing Manual series (12 titles at present) has a perfect formula success, and Pogue is sticking to it.

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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual
Book Review

On February 25, 2002, in Book Review, by David Weeks

Mac OS X: The Missing Manual
David Pogue

Pogue Press/O’Reilly Associates
ISBN 596-00082-0
US $24.95 CA $37.95
565 pages not including index

Computer books are a dime a dozen. As soon as a new version of Microsoft Whatchamacallit or Adobe Thingamajig appears on the shelves of CompUSA or MacRetailer, the instruction books hit the shelves of Borders, or’s virtual bookshelves. Since more and more applications no longer ship with paper manuals, the need for printed manuals grows. Unfortunately, most computer books tend to be massive tomes that are little more than elaborate regurgitation’s of the skinny manuals and Help files shipping with the software itself. The reader learns little more than how to accomplish certain functions in a certain order. This is what I call the cookbook approach to computer manuals.

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Book Bytes
MyMac Magazine #34

On February 1, 1998, in Book Review, by John Nemerovski

Mac OS8 Visual Quickstart Guide
By Maria Langer
Peachpit Press
ISBN 0-201-69645-2, 281 pages
$17.95 U.S., $25.00 Canada

Last month I reviewed four new books on Mac OS8 (See BookBytes, Issue #33, January 1998). This new book by Maria Langer arrived too late to be included.

I am rapidly becoming very fond of Peachpit’s Visual Quickstart Guide series. Each book combines informative text with outstanding graphics and screen shots on *every* page. They are “reference” books in the absolute sense: I refer to them on a daily basis. The writing is consistently straightforward, the pictures are excellent, and the price is affordable.

Every book’s design has a column of text on the outside of each page, with applicable visual components on the inside. The result is very effective for learning, and for seeing how a particular item looks on the screen.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

Starting Line
My Mac Magazine #34, Feb. ’98

On February 1, 1998, in The Starting Line, by Barbara Bell

Dear Readers:

In magazine time, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Spring is anticipated, teasing us with an occasional warm day, telling us she’s on her way. In real time, New Year’s has just passed and I’m frantically preparing for a major annual meeting at work. And yet, I’ve started to catch up on reading my business reading… well, almost!

The reactions by the industry journals to the MS alliance has been very interesting. In the November/December 97 issue of The Journal of Desktop Publishers, columnists Bill Troop and Susan Marshall state “…(Apple) continues to show courage in the face of public and media scrutiny.” And, like the alliance or not, like what’s happened to clones or not, I have to agree with Bill and Susan. Every time Apple is knocked down, they get right back up swinging. Not always in the right direction, but with a lot of energy.

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Book Bytes
MyMac Magazine #30

On October 1, 1997, in Book Review, by John Nemerovski

The Weird Wide Web
by Erfert Fenton and David Pogue
IDG Books Worldwide,
ISBN 0-7645-4004-1, 131 pages.
$12.99 USA $17.99 Canada £11.99 UK


David Pogue is at the top of the heap of Macintosh writers with enough books and Macworld columns to his credit to topple a large bookcase. Erfert Fenton is a technical writer, with both magazine articles and books, including Peachpit’s The Macintosh Font Book.

The World Wide Web (WWW) is the ideal medium for contemporary info-tainment, but it also contains a hearty quantity of frivolity and triviality. Erfert ( and David ( combined forces to assist us in enjoying many bizarre and outrageous Web sites.

This book is very silly. If your taste in offbeat humor includes extensive discussion of “Rude Things in My fridge,” or “Dermatology in the Cinema,” this book is for you. The back cover of The Weird Wide Web promises “answers to life’s most profound mysteries,” but this opus redefines the meaning of “profound.”

The Weird Wide Web is a lightweight in another crucial aspect. At 131 pages for $13/$18/£12, this book is worth barely 25 percent of its price. A few of the full-service Internet directories have listings for unusual sites, such as Chapter 13 in What’s On the Web 1997 (Eric Gagnon, editor; Internet Media).

Black and white photos and screen shots illustrate many of the “bizarre back roads of the Web.” The book is just that; a book, with no CD-ROM disk. There is a dedicated URL (Uniform Resource Locater, or Internet address) for the book, at .

Are you in the market for UFO Abduction Insurance ( or a juicy Shakespearean Insult ( If so, plunge right into The Weird Wide Web. If not, however, the book will seem to be an IDG Books-sanctioned April Fool’s Day joke.

The authors also advise us to “Lighten up. Our advice: laugh.” David and Erfert suggest Yahoo’s Useless Pages Index and the “Centre for the Easily Amused.” My advice is to dredge up your own personal set of weird wonders of the Web.

How do I say this diplomatically? I’m disappointed. Next time, authors and publisher, please give us a better book at a better price.

P.S.- David Pogue reminds me that: “It’d be silly indeed to pay $13 for the book when it’s available from or for $10.40, no tax. And our Web site for the book includes excerpts, a guided tour of 20 of the Weird sites, picture of the cover, and so on. Hope this helps!”

About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

What does the number 2,700 mean to you? To Apple, it is the number of employees it recently laid off. Not only are 2,700 steadfast Apple workers going to lose their jobs, but technologies like OpenDoc, CyberDog, and Open Transport are going to be cut back or annihilated. That, my friend, is a large piece of the Apple pie.

So, what does it all mean? If you listen to a sizable percentage of the press, it means that Apple’s ultimate demise is closer than we thought. To the optimistic Mac user, however, it is simple “restructuring.”

Many Mac users are concerned about Apple’s future. Every month, I have a different survey posted on my Web site ( Last month, one of the questions involved Apple’s future. Thirty-five percent of the visitors that took the survey said they were apprehensive about the future of Apple. Gee. . . and that was last month.

I recently sat down for an electronic interview with Macworld’s “Desktop Critic” columnist, David Pogue. We discuss, among other things, the future of Apple. . .

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