Book Review: Mac OS X v. 10.2 Jaguar Killer Tips

Mac OS X v. 10.2 Jaguar Killer Tips, by Scott Kelby. 267 pp. New Riders, 2002. $29.99.

Scott Kelby’s tips and tricks books are a treasure trove of ingenious timesavers for Adobe Photoshop users. Now Kelby has turned his “nothing but tips” approach to Mac OS 10.2 Jaguar, and the results are impressive. Mac OS X v. 10.2 Jaguar Killer Tips offers countless cool tricks and shortcuts that will help Mac users at all levels work faster and smarter.

Dive in for page after page of cool tips on windows (moving windows behind windows, getting rid of the Preview column, adding a photo as your window background), the Dock (finding docked originals), icons, navigating, how to stop annoying things (like bouncing dock icons), and tips for using Classic. Kelby also offers speed tips, tips on troubleshooting, and several chapters of tips on OS X applications from iTunes and iPhoto to Address Book and Sherlock 3. For the class clowns out there, there’s even a chapter on Mac OS X pranks. Did you know that you can add a phonetic spelling field for names in Address Book? Or that double-clicking on the two vertical lines at the bottom of a Column View window automatically expands the columns to show long file names?Read and learn.

The book’s appealing design and gorgeous, full color screen shots make for pleasurable browsing. But you’d better read the book near your Mac, because you’ll be itching to give these tips a try. Mac OS X v. 10.2 Jaguar Killer Tips is your ticket on the Power User Express. And it’s a heck of a fun ride. Most highly recommended.

– Elsa Travisano
Copyright ©2002 by Elsa Travisano. This article originally appeared in the November 2002 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.