Take Control of Upgrading to Leopard: Early-Bird Edition
Company: TidBits TakeControl Ebooks
Leopard is coming… are you ready? I know, you’ve been through this before, you’re a power user, know all the tricks that go along with upgrading to Apple’s newest OS… Or you could be a brand new user or ex-Window’s user who’s not really sure what to expect. Well, the crew at TidBits has taken a bite of the process of upgrading and it presents itself in Joe Kissel’s latest endeavor, Take Control of Upgrading to Leopard: Early Bird Edition.
This 60-page pre-release work prepares you to take the next step in upgrading your Mac to the newest and the best operating system out there. Kissel starts you off where you should start.. is your Mac ready to run Leopard? He then takes you through backing up your Mac, cleaning out your Mac, and whether you should consider partitioning your hard drive and maybe do away with OS 9 for good, if you already haven’t. Maybe it’s also time to onsider the options; is it time to finally upgrade your Mac to a new model if you can afford it?
Kissel does a great job of explaining the importance of backing up your hard drive and provides the reader with a breakdown of options that are available to do so. He even goes into the procedures for those Mac users who have Windows running on their machines. Running Apple’s Hardware test, Disk Utility and commercial software options are also covered. Kissel is straight- forward in going through the proper steps in getting things together to cause you the least amount of problems or issues once you have decided to upgrade to Leopard.
There is another nice thing about this TakeControl Ebook. On the front cover is a link that will take you to the Ebook home page where after Apple officially releases Leopard, you just click and you’ll be able to download the full complete version of the book with all the latest updates and adjustments that have become available. The web page itself is a great source of information as it is updating information that is in the pre-release to make sure that readers are kept abreast of what is going on. Another great asset in the book is that pages 50-54 provide links to software, drivers and firmware to make sure that you have everything you need to get the job done.
And let’s be honest about this… 10 dollars US is a small price to pay for good information that will save you lots of time, effort and headaches if things go wrong in your updating process because you overlooked something that you should have done beforehand.
So to review:
Pro: Well-written book that not only covers what you should do to prepare your Mac for Leopard but what you should do any time you go to upgrade/update your Mac.
Cons: None that I could find.