Mac OS X (10.2) Visual QuickStart Guide
Book Review

Mac OS X (10.2) Visual QuickStart Guide
Author: Maria Langer

Publisher: Peachpit Press
ISBN: 0-321-15801-6
Price: US $21.99

So you’ve run out and purchased OS X Jaguar or your new Mac just arrived and you tear the wrappings off, start up the computer and… where’s the manual? Not sure what to do next or how to get started?

Well, with Maria Langer’s newest book, (book number 50, by the way!) Mac OS X (10.2), you’ll be up and running in no time at all. The nice thing about the Visual QuickStart series is that they provide you with enough visual aids and the right amount of well-written text to get you started in whatever topic the book is covering.

Ms. Langer starts at the beginning by explaining OS X, and then gives a quick run-through on 10.1 and 10.2. She then works you through installing OS X (10.2) on your computer, setting up the basic configuration options, including your Internet connections and then drops you back into installing OS 9.2.x on your computer. For previous Mac OS users, it’s old stuff, but for the new users out there, it’s just what they need.

She then runs you through the basics of the Mac Finder, File Management, basic and advanced techniques of the Finder and applications, and then you journey into the realm of TextEdit. Ms. Langer then walks you through Printing, Internet Connections, using Sherlock and then into the use of the i-Apps; iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD. She does not take you into the realm of iSync or iCal, apparently she just didn’t have the time to get involved with them prior to the book being printed. The remainder of the book deals with AppleScript basics, Help basics and the other things that would bring a new OS X user up to speed. She does take the time to cover the .Mac information at the end of the book for those that will take the time to use Apple’s latest incarnation of its online service.

Mac OS X (10.2) is not a lengthy book; it’s not 3 or 4 inches thick. It is not a thesis on OS X.2 nor does it cover X in really great detail. It’s only 354 pages long and designed to get the reader up and running on OS X.2 in the shortest amount of time. The text and the pictures are the best way to get someone up and running quickly and Ms. Langer has it down pat. She provides the reader with the right amount of text, tips and pictures and she keeps you going. The book is easy to read and a valuable guide. So if you’re in the market to get up to speed on OS X.2, avail yourself of Maria Langer’s book. You’ll be glad that you did.

MacMice Rating: 4 out of 5

Russ Walkowich


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