Mac OS X Tiger Pocket Guide

by Chuck Toporek. 223 pp. O’Reilly, 2005. $9.95.

At about 7 inches tall and 4 1/2 inches wide, Mac OS X Tiger Pocket Guide by Chuck Toporek. will fit in a biggish pocket and slides easily into a laptop bag or a spot next to your monitor. This small reference guide is just the ticket for learning about Mac OS 10.4 feature by feature and for getting quick answers to your Tiger questions.

Tiger’s interface and applications are detailed, menu by menu and feature by feature, in pithy paragraphs in the book’s sections on Mac OS Basics, System Preferences and Applications and Utilities. Switchers in particular will appreciate the Survival Guide section with tips on getting up to speed in OS 10.4, A section on Unix gives a handy round-up of how-to’s for accomplishing useful tasks using the Terminal application, as well as caveats to help you avoid wreaking unintentional mayhem. The book concludes with a section on Configuring Your Mac. Answers to “How do I...” questions are interspersed throughout the book. Details on Classic and OS X equivalents of OS 9 features have been deliberately omitted; for these and for discussions of OS 10.4 topics in more detail, the reader is referred to David Pogue’s Mac OS X Missing Manual, Tiger Edition.

Intermediate and advanced Mac users looking for a handy quick reference to OS 10.4 need look no farther.

Highly recommended.

– Elsa Travisano

Copyright ©2005 by Elsa Travisano. This review appeared in the September 2005 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.