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Upgrading to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

by Tom Negrino. 132 pp. Peachpit, 2006. $12.99. ISBN 0-321-35756-6

Peachpit’s Visual QuickProject Guides are low cost, straight-to-the-point books designed to guide you through a particular project without obsessing on the details. Tom Negrino’s Upgrading to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, an exemplary title in this handy series, is just the ticket for helping you make the leap to OS 10.4 Tiger.

The smartly-written text takes you from preparation (checking your system, drivers, utilities and startup items) to performing the upgrade, with an essential pre-upgrade chapter on backing up your data. Negrino recommends SuperDuper, a $19.95 backup utility that’s also a favorite of mine. Once the upgrade is complete you learn how to set up and customize Tiger, find out what has changed, and make the acquaintance of Dashboard, Spotlight and Automator as well as some third-party enhancers. Each chapter ends with Extra Bits, a set of additional tips and tricks.

Affordable certainly doesn’t mean visually dull – the full-color book is beautifully designed, with plenty of photos and screenshots. The vivid color text boxes for the chapter-ending Extra Bits sections are especially appealing.
Most highly recommended.

– Elsa Travisano

Copyright ©2006 by Elsa Travisano. This review appeared in the September 2006 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.