Mac OS X Panther (Visual QuickStart Guide)
||Author: Maria Langer|
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Publisher: Peachpit Press (19 December, 2003)
Sales Rank: 7,537
Average Customer Rating: 3.25 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 2 out of 5
Beginners and before
The 'Book Level' labeling on this book says it is for 'beginning' & 'intermediate' but I doubt anyone who has used OS X before will be satisfied with what this has to offer. I switched form 10.2 to 10.3 and was not using a book to supplement what Apple provided with 10.2. I thought this would help me get more out of 10.3 and OS X in general. It was one of the first out so I bought it before much else was available. Clearly a mistake on my part and am now looking for something that does more than tell me how to go through a dialog box. I am probably an 'intermediate' level user at best. Someone new to Macs or computers may find it helpful. A wide range of topics is covered but little is added to onscreen instructions or what Apple presents under 'Help.'
Rating: 5 out of 5
Bigger and Better!
Maria has done it again, but better! This new book about Mac OS X has over 600 pages of step-by-step instructions, complete with illustrations. it covers just about every feature of Panther in a way that anyone can understand and follow. I have two previous editions of this book and this version is better than both of them because it has lots more coverage and information. Maria continues to be my favorite author. Thanks!
Rating: 1 out of 5
Only for beginners
This is my 3rd OS X book by Marie Langer and will be my last. Marie has written several book on OS X. The only one that was decent was OS 10.1 Advanced. This book is almost the same as the other two, but this time of course, the subject is Panther. Some of the chapters are almost repeats of her other Visual QS books for X, for example, the Unix chapter. If you want to get some Unix knowledge get a Unix book. Please Marie get a clue. This book was hastily thrown together and it shows. Marie writes to the total neophyte, although, the book is marketed up to intermediate level. I would have bought the David Pogue Panther edition, but it was not out yet. I should have waited. If you are a neophyte and need some help, I suggest going to library and trying to find an OS X book if you really need one. Advanced users will not find one item of interest here and in defense is not aimed at them. I will give you one more example of this book's missteps. If you want to know about Samba, don't buy this book because Marie does not mention it. That's hard to believe she can write a book on OS X and leave that out. It is one of the nicest features in OS X and most handy for sharing files with Windows & Unix machines.
After having the book for a few more weeks, I have changed the rating from a 2 start to a 1 star. I cannot believe that anyone would rate this book higher than a 3 start and that would be stretching it big-time. However, opinions are like butts and no one thinks theirs stinks. If you look closely at those that have rated the book higher it should raise some red flags. For example, the woman that is in the book gave it 5 starts. That's a hoot.
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