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Book review: OS X El Capitan, The Missing Manuel

51Y886k6NsL._SX379_BO1,204,203,200_Book: OS X El Capitan: The Missing Manual
846 pages.
Author: David Pogue
Publisher: O’Reilly
WebOreilly.com
Contact: (800) 998-9938
Price: $34.99 paperback, $29.99 eBook,Print & Ebook: $38.49
mooseProduct Rating: 5/5 Impressive
Pros: easy to find what you want, humor included
Cons: none
Rating:  Moose…5/5 Excellent!

by Gary Miller, Alaskan Apple Users Group Member

Conflict of interest disclosure: O’Reilly provided a free copy of Missing Manual: El Capitan for the purposes of the review.

The latest Mac OS is El Capitan, it’s big in speed, Apple says 1.4 times as fast, and in the cool new Photos App, it’s twice as fast, PDF’s 4 times as fast, you get the picture. This version of the OS is about making all work smoother, faster, and easier. ok for me! and a biggie, no need to upgrade your machine to run it. works on everything. I learned all this from this well written book, and it was great to know, for I just had downloaded the new software, and as we all know, nowadays, no accompanying printed guide. So this book right away helped me.

Here are a few of the many new features I’m enjoying in the beginning of the book:

Notes – the app now allows drawing, shopping lists with that check off feature we all want, weblinks, pasted maps, graphics, videos, really is useful!
Maps – add’s walking feature or pedestrian feature, helpful and more international cities
Split Screen in Full Screen Mode – in Full Screen mode, we can now split into 2 screens at once!
Mission Control- better organization, see all in smaller version on the screen.
Spotlight Updates – much more to search, sports, weather, stocks, online videos, so you can search for what was the skit for SNL with ….

The book is divided into 6 parts, each has chapters. so first one has everything you find on the screen on your Mac, since I was reading the eBook version of the book, I could easily search or get more information on a word. helpful. We’re talking here about folders, windows, icons, the Dock, the Sidebar, Spotlight, Dashboard, Spaces, Mission Control, Launchpad, Time Machine, menus, scroll bars, the Trash, aliases….Chapter 2 is about apps or programs, and how we use them. Three is more detailed about softer inner pieces like System Preferences, Four is advanced topics like Networking and File Sharing, Five is about Internet usage – Mail, and Safari, Video chats, … Six is appendix, helpful is you want something specific. There are arrows to guide you, great feature, like the way computers tell you where to go within folders… Plus there’s an online area showing additional free features or images or apps on a separate website, it’s what used to be cd’s that were included in books, now it’s a list: http://www.oreilly.com/pub/missingmanuals/osxelcapmm

I like the way David Pogue writes, some humor, always direct, so I can understand what he’s driving at, illustrations aren’t a big part, but useful. I find it’s easy to search for what I want, be it a topic or area for better understanding.

Since I used an eBook to do this review, I’ll talk a bit about that. I used both a MacBook Pro to read the book, works well, and an iPad, I prefer them, and yet, was raised on printed books, gradually eBooks are my choice. O’Reilly makes them work. I could use a format for Kindle, computer, or iPhone/etc. and with O’Reilly free updates, easily downloadable, and O’Reilly emails you when they are ready.  You have a library with them too, so if you forget what you have purchased, they are there!  Great idea!

In summary, I like the ease of use of this book, eBook works well. and I’d get it if I were you.

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