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Review: Book – Mac OS High Sierra, Missing Manual by David Pogue

Review: macOS High Sierra: The Missing Manual
Author: David Pogue
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Price: $24.99 ( $19.85 on Amazon Prime), kindle version available, eBook version on iBooks by Apple 
Pages: 868
ISBN-13: 978-1492032007
reviewer: Gary Miller, AAUG Member

Disclaimer: O’Reilly Media gave me a copy of this book to review.  

David Pogue is my favorite author for telling it straight, being informative, and saving me time and did I mention he’s funny, dry wit. .  He’s been around a long time, has 3 million books in print, yes 3 million.  The Missing Manual series is my favorite for tech books,  it’s what used to come with products in less detail, now we get help files, or call Apple in this case.  

Apple released Mac OS High Sierra in the Fall of 2017 and this book was published in February 2018, it was lauded for it’s new features, this book has an excellent Table of Contents, so it’s easy to go directly to what you want to do/find.  I appreciate that.  Great for newcomers to advanced users, and it talks to you, not down to you.  Shows you how to do things, and save you frustration…. 

I looked at other reviews of this book, and consistently, they are 4 or 5 stars our of 5.  So I think it’s a good purchase.  I have the eBook version as well, and it’s easy to read on my iPad.  You can buy bundles that include any format depending on your personal preferences.  I recommend it.  

Here’s what publisher O’Reilly says about the book: 

To find your way around macOS High Sierra, you’re expected to use Apple’s online help system. And as you’ll quickly discover, these help pages are tersely written, offer very little technical depth, lack useful examples, and provide no tutorials whatsoever. You can’t mark your place, underline, or read them in the bathroom.

The purpose of this book, then, is to serve as the manual that should have accompanied macOS—version 10.13 in particular.

‘MacOS High Sierra: The Missing Manual’ is designed to accommodate readers at every technical level. The primary discussions are written for advanced-beginner or intermediate Mac fans. But if you’re a Mac first-timer, miniature sidebar articles called Up to Speed provide the introductory information you need to understand the topic at hand. If you’re a Mac veteran, on the other hand, keep your eye out for similar shaded boxes called Power Users’ Clinic. They offer more-technical tips, tricks, and shortcuts.

When you write a book like this, you do a lot of soul-searching about how much to cover. Of course, a thinner book, or at least a thinner-looking one, is always preferable; plenty of readers are intimidated by a book that dwarfs the Tokyo White Pages.

On the other hand, Apple keeps adding features and rarely takes them away. So this book isn’t getting any skinnier.

Even so, some chapters come with free downloadable appendixes— PDF documents —that go into further detail on some of the tweakiest features. (You’ll see references to them sprinkled throughout the book).

What’s New in High Sierra

Having run out of big cat species (Lion, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard), Apple has begun naming its Mac operating systems after rock formations in California. There was Yosemite, and then El Capitan, and then Sierra, after the Sierra Nevada mountain range. As its name suggests, High Sierra is really just a refinement of last year’s Sierra.

High Sierra doesn’t look any different from El Capitan, Yosemite, or Sierra before it. Instead, it’s a representation of all the little nips and tucks that Apple engineers wished they’d had time to put into the last version.

Notability… App for Mac, iOS – iPhone & iPad..

Review: Notability

Company: GingerLabs
Available in the Apple App Store for : iphone, Ipad, and Mac
Price: $9.99 for iOS and $9.99 for Mac
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewer: Gary Miller, AAUG Member

Received Apple’s Editor award and App of the Year, and best selling paid productivity app for many years

Disclaimer: Ginger Labs furnished a free copy of ios and Mac versions for this review

This is a very easy to use, fun App, and even makes me more creative each time I use it.  I bought a new iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil, and had been using it with Apple’s notes app that comes with the iPad, but I started hearing about better, fuller featured app’s.  And Notability was at the top of the list.  

Here are a few ways I’ve used Notability so far:  in a meeting, I use my Apple Pencil to handwrite, yes handwrite notes, and the app also is recording each stroke of the pencil, so when I’m done, I can go back and see if I’ve missed anything that was said, cool!  I like how I can type notes, handwrite notes. Organize them by subject and search for them,  export them as pdf. And just play around, it’s easy.  

So you might wonder how did I learn to use all the features?  Well, I read the available help files in all of it’s device/Mac Apps, that show examples.  I also talked with the company, and they will be releasing short videos showing features in action!  It’s really easy to use.  

Did I mention you can sync your notes with your iCloud account.  Sooo helpful.  So I can go from device to another to my Mac.  

I love it.  use it, and recommend it.  The company is easy to get help/assistance from &  they update to add features/fix things.  Get it! 

Review: Chimani Perks for Chimani National Parks App

Review by Gary Miller, AAUG Member

When I think summer, I think national parks, and when I want information to plan, and accompany me when enjoying them, I turn to National Parks App by Chimani, available in Apple’s App Store or Google Play

Chimani has been around for years, first I had to purchase individual apps for each park, then they made them all in one, and users can download updates effortlessly.  Now the Perks program adds a membership program that gives discounts when we plan our trips in the parks.  It’s $29 a year.  The Chimani Perks  Membership Savings Club offers discounts on lodging, dining, tours, activities, retail shops, and gear throughout the national park system. It can save up to $200 on a park visit.  I see it growing and offering add’l offers in more and more parks.  Chimani gave me a free membership so I could try out.  I was in Tucson, AZ when I got it, and looked at nearby Saguaro National Park, there were no deals there.  So I’d see where the perks are as you plan your trips…