Macs For Dummies 8th Edition

From the Back Cover
Release the power of Mac’s newest OS and multimedia tools!
Work with files, set up a printer, use the iLife® suite, get online, and more

The Mac has become famous as the world’s friendliest computer, but this handy guide will smooth out any rough spots that might arise in your relationship. It takes you from the initial turn-on all the way to cruising the Internet, adding music with iTunes®, fixing problems – and it even helps you get some work done!

The Dummies Way
– Explanations in plain English
– “Get in, get out” information
– Icons and other navigational aids
– Tear-out cheat sheet
– Top ten lists
– A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:
– Set up your Mac and establish a password
– Navigate the desktop and Dock
– Edit home movies
– Go wireless
– Burn CDs and DVDs
– Perform basic maintenance

About the Author
David Pogue (Stamford, CT) Yale ’85 became the personal-technology columnist for The New York Times in November 2000, after having written the Desktop Critic Column for Macworld magazine for ten years. His column, State of the Art appears every Thursday on the front page of the Circuits section. With over 3 million books in print, Pogue is considered one of the world’s bestselling computer book authors. He has written or co-written seven books in the Dummies series including iMac For Dummies and Macs For Dummies. Pogue is also the creator and primary author of the Missing Manual series, a joint venture with O’Reilly and Associates. David and his wife Jennifer Pogue, MD, live in Connecticut with their young son and daughter. His Web page is www.davidpogue.com.

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Macs for Dummies 8th Edition

The Mac is famous for its user-friendliness. Maybe that’s why you bought one in the first place. But to make the most of all its marvelous capabilities, you’ll be glad to have an equally friendly resource to help you use it.
Written by the renowned New York Times technology columnist David Pogue, Macs For Dummies has long been the bestselling Mac book because it provides just what you need to know to get the best performance from your Mac. And like the Mac itself, this book is easy to use, with plain-English explanations and step-by-step instructions.

The revised eighth edition covers

Basics for beginners
Setting up your printer
Working with OS X
Getting online and using e-mail
Creating and saving documents
Using iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie
What to do if things go wrong
Whether this is your first computer or you’ve just upgraded to OS X, you’ll find help when you need it in this handy guide.

You’ll discover how to

Set up your Mac, connect printers and other devices, and navigate the desktop and Dock
Establish an account with an Internet service provider, set up e-mail, and start surfing the Web
Use all the basic software programs and work with files
Edit home movies with iMovie, download music and use iTunes, burn CDs and DVDs, and edit images with iPhoto
Share your Mac or set up a home network
Perform basic Mac maintenance, find and fix problems, upgrade your Mac, and more

With Macs For Dummies, 8th Edition by your side, you’ll be prepared to take advantage of every exciting feature that Mac and OS X have to offer. Before you know it, you’ll be living the digital lifestyle, cruising the Internet like a pro, printing documents and photos—and even getting some work done!

TiVo for Dummies

Did it about kill you when “Cheers” went off the air? Want to make sure you don’t miss an appointment with Dr. Phil? Want to see anything and everything with Jessica Lange, Kate Winslet, or Clint Eastwood? Are your kids really into SpongeBob SquarePants, judo, gorillas, or the Civil War?
TiVo to the rescue. TiVo lets you watch what you want when you want to. You can pause live TV, replay missed high points, skip commercials, and even get TiVo to find and record stuff you’ll be interested in! TiVo For Dummies shows you how, even if you’re one of the millions whose VCR clock is only right twice a day! You’ll discover how to:

Choose the right TiVo for your needs and your TV service
Get an “instant replay” with the click of a button
Use a Season Pass to get TiVo to seek out and record all episodes of a favorite TV show, no matter when they air
Create a WishList so you can turn on whatever turns you on; TiVo will find and record specified TV shows, movie titles, and programs with your favorite actors or directors
Expand your WishList to include topics such as sports (there are 93 subcategories to choose from), opera, car repair, volcanoes, or whatever, and TiVo will record related programming
Use TiVo’s Home Media Option (HMO) to play yourMP3 music files and view digital photos
Fast-forward through commercials, sometimes cutting an hour show to 40 minutes
Use Parental Controls to lock out specific channels or filter individual shows based on content
TiVo For Dummies was written by Andy Rathbone, possibly the bestselling technology ever, and the author of thirty-five For Dummies books. It takes you from setting up TiVo to fine-tuning it to troubleshooting it with all kinds of info and aids including:

A diagram of the TiVo remote with call-outs and descriptions of what all 26 buttons do
Button shortcuts, live TV shortcuts, Now Playing screen shortcuts, and text entry shortcuts
Suggestions about additional software you may want for TiVo HMO, including MoodLogic that becomes your personal disc jockey
Web sites that give all kinds of TiVo information
A glossary

TiVo puts you in control of your TV viewing, and TiVo For Dummies puts you in control of TiVo!

TiVo for Dummies

Did it about kill you when “Cheers” went off the air? Want to make sure you don’t miss an appointment with Dr. Phil? Want to see anything and everything with Jessica Lange, Kate Winslet, or Clint Eastwood? Are your kids really into SpongeBob SquarePants, judo, gorillas, or the Civil War?
TiVo to the rescue. TiVo lets you watch what you want when you want to. You can pause live TV, replay missed high points, skip commercials, and even get TiVo to find and record stuff you’ll be interested in! TiVo For Dummies shows you how, even if you’re one of the millions whose VCR clock is only right twice a day! You’ll discover how to:

Choose the right TiVo for your needs and your TV service
Get an “instant replay” with the click of a button
Use a Season Pass to get TiVo to seek out and record all episodes of a favorite TV show, no matter when they air
Create a WishList so you can turn on whatever turns you on; TiVo will find and record specified TV shows, movie titles, and programs with your favorite actors or directors
Expand your WishList to include topics such as sports (there are 93 subcategories to choose from), opera, car repair, volcanoes, or whatever, and TiVo will record related programming
Use TiVo’s Home Media Option (HMO) to play yourMP3 music files and view digital photos
Fast-forward through commercials, sometimes cutting an hour show to 40 minutes
Use Parental Controls to lock out specific channels or filter individual shows based on content
TiVo For Dummies was written by Andy Rathbone, possibly the bestselling technology ever, and the author of thirty-five For Dummies books. It takes you from setting up TiVo to fine-tuning it to troubleshooting it with all kinds of info and aids including:

A diagram of the TiVo remote with call-outs and descriptions of what all 26 buttons do
Button shortcuts, live TV shortcuts, Now Playing screen shortcuts, and text entry shortcuts
Suggestions about additional software you may want for TiVo HMO, including MoodLogic that becomes your personal disc jockey
Web sites that give all kinds of TiVo information
A glossary
TiVo puts you in control of your TV viewing, and TiVo For Dummies puts you in control of TiVo!

Buying a Computer for Dummies 2005th Edition

CPU, Ghz, Mhz, DIMMS, RAM, ROM, AGP, ISA, PCI, USB, CRT, LCD, NIC, CCD, CIS, DP, Kbps. What do all of these acronyms mean?
Are you baffled by computer technology and technology? Intimidated by computer salespeople who grimace or grin when you say “gizmo?” Buying a Computer For Dummies 2005 Edition gives you the ABCs of buying a computer. You don’t have to be able to talk tech; you just have to know what you want and how to get it. This guide turns evaluating the mind-boggling options into a simple five-step process, complete with software and hardware worksheets to help you pick a computer just for you. You’ll discover how to:

Choose the right software for your needs
Pick the right peripherals, including monitor, printer, scanner, modem, keyboard, and more
Spend “extra” money strategically to get more computer power for your buck
Choose disk drives, including info on CD-ROM, DVD, Floppy, Zip, and flash memory cards
Be sure you get support
Written by Dan Gookin, the author of DOS for Dummies, the bestseller that spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, plus many other For Dummies big sellers, Buying a Computer For Dummies is updated to incorporate the latest technologies. It covers processor upgrades, flat panel displays, new peripherals, laptops, tablet PCs, wireless systems, and more. You’ll find information on:

Choosing a digital camera and getting images from it into your computer
Getting a network card (NIC) for a broadband modem if you want the fastest Internet connection
Making the right decisions: CRT or LCD monitor? Laser printer or ink jet? Wired network or wireless?
Software for word processing, databases, desktop publishing, home budgeting, spreadsheets, graphics. and more
Essential utilities, including antivirus, anti-spyware, and firewall software
It also arms you with important questions to ask a dealer and warning signs to look for in ads or sales pitches. Whether you are buying your very first computer, considering upgrading your current system, or replacing a system that’s outdated by today’s standards, this guide gets you past the jargon and into the wise buying mode. ASAP. PDQ.

Oh, and it also tells you what all of the acronyms at the top stand for!

Roxio Easy Media Creator for Dummies

Want to preserve those Super 8 movies of Grandpa with his Studebaker or you in your prized Lone Ranger get -up? Want to create a CD of the newest hits from Napster or old 45s? Want to take videos or photos from Christmases past and turn them into Christmas presents? It’s Roxio Easy Media Creator for Dummies to the rescue!

With Roxio’s digital media toolbox, you can capture video, pictures, and sound, edit photos, store data files, create custom calendars, and more. You can do everything from burning CDs and DVDs to labeling them. First you get acquainted with Easy Media Creator Home—the hub from which all the applications are launched. Then you create your own flight plan. You don’t have to read each helpful tidbit—each chapter stands on its own, ready for you to dig in and start:

Backing up and organizing media files for quick retrieval
Using Photo Suite to fix, edit, and enhance photos and show them off in slideshows, photo collages, calendars, and the like
Recording and editing digital audio with Easy Media Creator’s Sound Editor
Enhancing your audio with Alienizer, Enhancer, Equalizer, Maturizer, Robotizer, Room Simulator, and more
Playing audio backward (if you’re determined to hear the hidden message at last)
Using the Capture tool to acquire the digital media (audio, photo, and video) you need for DVD projects
Using DVD Builder to assemble and burn multi-media projects on DVD, combining video clips, still photo images, text, and audio tracks
Using VideoWave to assemble and edit video projects

Roxio Easy Media Creator For Dummies was written by Greg Harvey, author of Excel 2003 For Dummies, Windows XP for Dummies and numerous other computer books. It helps you take full advantage of all of Roxio’s application programs and tools and discover how to:

Use Sound Editor to record audio from audio devices connected to your computer, including analog sources such as cassettes and LP records
Get album titles, artist’s names, and track titles from Gracenote CDDB online
Use StoryBuilder to turn video clips into finished videos using pre-designed themes and templates
Add special effects, transitions to bridge scenes, and color panels and text to introduce new scenes or provide credits

Complete with a Help Center & Tutorials link that speeds to you help on a particular topic, Roxio Easy Media Creator For Dummies gives you the tools and puts you at the controls.