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An updated handbook for beginning iMac users explains the Mac operating system and the latest iMac features; offers helpful tips on adding peripherals, troubleshooting problems, and using the Internet; lists Macintosh-related resources on the Internet; and explains how to use the iMac with Photoshop, QuarkXPress, Illustrator, and other programs. Original. (Beginner)
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This revision of The iMac Book, a popular guide to what may be the friendliest full-featured personal computer ever, adds a lot of substance to what was already a fact-packed volume. With coverage of Mac OS 9.0.4 (not the most current version of the system, but pretty close), this book retains the sense of fun and focus on community that made the first edition so popular. Coverage of iMovie 2, with FireWire support, is an important addition to this book, as is a guide to the iTools suite of utilities. It also includes coverage of all current and historical iMac hardware options. Though this book lacks its predecessor's hard cover, it costs more--but the higher price seems a fair trade for the more extensive coverage.
iMacs often represent a user's first foray into personal computing, so the book takes time to explain such details as electronic mail signatures and virus protection. It also emphasizes the social aspects of owning a Mac--communication is a big part of personal computing, after all. So everything from using electronic mail to setting up mailing lists on Internet-connected servers is explained. The book also makes lots of references to online Mac resources, ranging from the very technical to the happily social, so further research is easy and often fun. --David Wall
Don Rittner (Schenectady, NY) started MECCA, one of the oldest Mac User Groups in the country, and MUG News Service, a computer news service that reaches half a million Mac users worldwide. He has written several computer books, including The iMac Book, and contributed to many national magazines, including MacUser, MacWEEK, and Online Access. He also produces and hosts Inside the Net, a weekly radio show.
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