Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps: A guide to iLife, Mac.com, and more
- By John Tollett, Robin Williams
- Published Aug 30, 2004 by Peachpit Press. Part of the Robin Williams series.
- Copyright 2005
- Dimensions: 7-1/2 X 9-1/4
- Pages: 504
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-321-24693-4
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-24693-6
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Robin Williams has written more than 20 award-winning and best-selling books, including The Little Mac Book,The Non-Designer's Design Book, and the previous edition of this volume. John Tollett is a designer, art director, and illustrator, as well as the co-author of several books with Robin, including the previous edition of this popular volume.
Prepare to pounce! This book offers all the friendly, practical instruction you need to immediately take advantage of the powerfully enhanced applications that come pre-installed with Mac OS X Panther. Through tutorials, tips, and techniques you'll learn how to use each of the powerful apps--both individually and as part of an integrated, interactive suite. Robin and John also cover the features of the immensely popular .Mac account and its applications.
Whether you're a new or veteran user, you'll welcome this volume's easy approach to all that's new (and not so new) in Panther's application collection. You'll find an entire chapter on GarageBand, Apple's new consumer-level music-making software. You'll also learn everything about getting on the Internet and using email, including the greatest web browser, Safari; the way-cool iChat AV, which adds audio and video to instant messaging; an updated iTunes, which includes access to the revolutionary Apple iTunes Music Store; a powerfully updated iCal with its enhanced alarms and robust time zone support; haunting new visual effects in iMovie; updated features in the .Mac applications, including iSync, Backup, Virex, Mail, Homepage, iCards; and much more.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Cool Mac Apps,
This review is from: Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps: A Guide to iLife, .Mac, and More (Paperback)If you are familiar with other books by Robin Williams then you know how useful and valuable they are to the Mac user. And if you have recently purchased a new Mac with OS X installed, then this book should be a tremendous asset in helping you to learn the many applications that are installed or available. Cool Mac Apps is an easy to follow, step-by-step instructional book with a vast amount of illustrations that are displayed just the way you see them on your monitor. Every button or control in the illustration is fully explained and the material is presented with the novice in mind. Each application that Mac OS X installed is covered in detail in a chapter of its own, making it easy to skip around to the areas of greatest interest. The first section covers the iLife 04 applications - iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie, iDVD, and Garage Band. The how to instructions are covered in such a manner that they are easy and fun to follow and will teach you how to get the most out of your photos and... Read more
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
You'll love this book,
This review is from: Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps: A Guide to iLife, .Mac, and More (Paperback)Reviewed by club member, Lola.
The day I bought my first Macintosh-many years ago-I asked the salesman to recommend a book to get me started. Without hesitation, he handed me Robin William's "Little Mac Book," saying it probably was all I'd need, and he was right. After verifying that the author was not, in fact, the famous actor (indeed, is the other gender), I went on to fall in love with Robin William's easy to understand style and thoroughness, which has now put many of her books on best-selling and award-winning lists.
After writing several paragraphs of this review, I realized I can't say it much better than the back cover of the book itself. Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps is a companion volume to Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, Panther Edition (a title that is almost longer than the very first Little Mac Book, which was 8 pages). Basically, the Mac now comes with so many useful applications that it needs 2 volumes to cover it all now.
It maintains... Read more
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A Lot in One Book,
This review is from: Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps: A Guide to iLife, .Mac, and More (Paperback)Billed as 17 manuals in one book, this book contains what are effectively stant alone manuals for:
iLife: iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie, and iDVDOS X: Mail, Address Book, iCal, iChat and Rendezvous, and Safari
Mac: iDisk, HomePage, WebMail, Backup, iSync, Slides Publisher, and Virex
More: AppleWorks Word Processing, Database, Spreadsheet, Painting, Drawing, and Presentation, plus OmiGraffle, FAXstf, and Inkwell.
The nice thing about an overall book like this one is that you get a quick overview, enough to get started on any of these applications. It may turn out that you want individual books on some of them, but if you don't know what they do you won't know if you need that application or not.
The book is written with a nice mix of technical with commentary that explains what that particular application is trying to do. Highly recommended.
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