Teach Yourself Basic Mac Skills

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Make the most of your MacAre you looking to get the best out of your new Mac, either as a complete novice or as a convert from a PC? Or have you just upgraded to Leopard and want to know what's new? Either way, this is the book for you.Teach Yourself Basic Mac Skillsoffers a wider, more beginner-friendly scope--an all-in-one reference for those who want to understand the basic concepts rather than the in-depth technicalities. Focusing on email, iPhoto, iCal, iMovie, iTunes and other iLife applications, it will help you to enjoy the full Mac experience. With straightforward writing from expert authors, this book cuts through the "techno babble" and instead gives you easy and enjoyable access to all of the computer skills you want to acquire.

Author Biography

Rod Lawton is a full-time freelance technology journalist, with extensive experience of both PCs and Macs. He writes for both Computer Shopping magazine and Mac User.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Choosing a Macp. 1
Processorsp. 2
RAMp. 3
Hard disk sizep. 4
Getting started: the Mac Minip. 5
Family workhorse: the iMacp. 7
Creative professionals: Mac Prop. 8
The portable MacBookp. 9
Professional portability: the MacBook Prop. 10
Graphics cards, and DVD-writersp. 11
Mac vs PC: time to stop arguing!p. 12
How Macs workp. 16
Starting upp. 17
The Desktopp. 18
Basic mouse skillsp. 18
Menus, dialogs and windowsp. 19
Using the Dockp. 22
Starting applicationsp. 23
Using the Finderp. 23
Your Home folderp. 25
Managing folders and filesp. 26
Finding filesp. 27
What if your Mac crashes?p. 28
Shutdown and sleepp. 29
Plug-in devicesp. 31
What devices work with a Mac?p. 32
Types of connectionp. 32
Choosing a printerp. 33
Scanning your old photosp. 35
Connecting a digital camerap. 36
Using a memory card readerp. 37
Movies from your camcorderp. 37
Why external hard drives are usefulp. 39
Portable stick drivesp. 40
Keyboards and micep. 41
What's new in Leopardp. 44
Do you need to upgrade?p. 45
Stacksp. 46
Cover Flowp. 47
Finder Sidebarp. 48
Smart Foldersp. 49
Quick Lookp. 52
Spacesp. 53
Time Machinep. 55
Boot Campp. 56
Application enhancementsp. 57
Internet and emailp. 61
Getting onlinep. 62
Getting started with Safarip. 65
Using bookmarksp. 65
Searching onlinep. 67
Buying onlinep. 68
Working with tabsp. 70
Getting starting with Mailp. 71
Organizing your mailp. 74
Sending and receiving mailp. 75
Dealing with junk mailp. 76
iWork '08p. 78
What is iWork '08?p. 79
Writing a letter in Pagesp. 80
Designing a leaflet in Pagesp. 82
Creating a Keynote presentationp. 85
Adding a chartp. 87
Introducing spreadsheetsp. 89
What's different about Numbersp. 91
Swapping documents with othersp. 94
Mac Office 2004p. 96
No Mac is an island!p. 97
Mac Office vs Windows Officep. 97
Mac Office vs iWork '08p. 98
Microsoft Word basicsp. 98
Outlining in Wordp. 100
Inserting graphics in Wordp. 102
Excel basicsp. 104
PowerPoint basicsp. 106
Entourage - unique to the Macp. 111
Managing your projectsp. 113
Office 2008 is comingp. 115
Working with PCsp. 117
Swapping filesp. 118
Joining a networkp. 121
Common file typesp. 122
iPhotop. 126
What is iPhoto?p. 127
How iPhoto worksp. 127
Importing photosp. 128
Viewing and browsing photosp. 130
Creating albumsp. 132
Using keywords and commentsp. 133
Using ratingsp. 134
Smart albumsp. 135
Editing photosp. 136
Printing photosp. 137
Creating slideshowsp. 138
Cards, books and calendarsp. 139
Creating web albumsp. 140
Using iTunesp. 143
What is iTunes?p. 144
Copying CDs to your Libraryp. 145
Organizing your musicp. 147
Creating playlistsp. 150
Enjoying your musicp. 152
Creating audio CDsp. 154
Synchronizing with iPodsp. 155
The iTunes storep. 157
What's DRM?p. 158
What are podcasts?p. 159
What's Internet radio?p. 160
iMovie and iDVDp. 162
What iMovie doesp. 163
What iDVD doesp. 164
Getting clips into iMoviep. 165
Organizing and browsing clipsp. 166
Creating a projectp. 167
Adding transitionsp. 168
Adding titlesp. 168
Adding a voiceoverp. 169
Exporting the moviep. 170
Creating a new iDVD projectp. 170
Importing videop. 171
Simple modificationsp. 172
Burning a DVDp. 173
Organize your life with iCalp. 174
What does iCal do?p. 175
Creating an appointmentp. 176
Setting a reminderp. 177
Using multiple calendarsp. 178
Adding a To Dop. 179
Viewing your To Dos in Mailp. 180
What does Address Book do?p. 181
Organizing contacts into groupsp. 182
New: Smart Groupsp. 183
Get online with iWebp. 186
Getting startedp. 187
Adding your own textp. 189
Adding your own photosp. 190
Adding other objectsp. 191
Building a websitep. 192
Websites versus blogsp. 194
Going livep. 196
Subscribing to .Macp. 199
What is .Mac?p. 200
iPhoto web galleriesp. 200
Emailp. 202
Website publishingp. 203
iDiskp. 204
Synchronizationp. 205
Is it worth it?p. 206
Dashboard widgetsp. 208
What are Dashboard widgets?p. 209
Configuring widgetsp. 212
Where to get morep. 214
Favourite widgetsp. 216
Games and utilitiesp. 219
Game types and top sellersp. 220
Where to get Mac gamesp. 222
Games onlinep. 223
Mac utilitiesp. 224
Multiple usersp. 229
Your user accountp. 230
Adding a userp. 232
Switching between usersp. 234
System Preferencesp. 236
Personal Perferencesp. 237
Hardware Preferencesp. 241
Internet & Network Preferencesp. 245
System Preferencesp. 247
Glossaryp. 252
Indexp. 257
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