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Most software companies develop their wares in secret, using code names for new products. Apple’s code names for OS X were first named after big cats: OS X was Cheetah, 10.1 was Puma, 10.2 was Jaguar, 10.3 was Panther, 10.4 was Tiger, 10.5 was Leopard, 10.6 was Snow Leopard, 10.7 was Lion, and 10.8 was Mountain Lion.
Usually, the code name is dropped as soon as the product is complete. Apple thought its cat names were cool enough to retain for the finished product. But then it pretty much ran out of species. What was left? Bobcat? Cougar? Ocelot?
So beginning with OS X 10.9, Apple’s naming system moved on—to famous places in California. Mavericks is a big-wave surfing spot in Northern California. Yosemite (version 10.10) is a breathtaking national park in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. And El Capitan is a rock formation inside Yosemite National Park.
Now you know.
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual is divided into five parts, each containing several chapters:
Part One: Welcome to Macintosh, covers the essentials. It’s a crash course in everything you see onscreen when you turn on the machine: the Dock, Sidebar, icons, windows, menus, scroll bars, Trash, aliases, a menu, and so on.
Part Two: Making the Move, is dedicated to the actual process of hauling your software, settings, and even peripherals (like printers and monitors) across the chasm from the PC to the Mac. It covers both the easy parts (copying over your documents, pictures, and music files) and the harder ones (transferring your email, address books, buddy lists, and so on). It also covers the steps for running Windows on your Mac, which is an extremely attractive option.
Part Three: El Capitan Online, walks you through the process of setting up an Internet connection on your Mac. It also covers Apple’s Internet software suite: Mail, Contacts, Safari, and Messages.
Part Four: Putting Down Roots, deals with more advanced topics—and aims to turn you into a Macintosh power user. It teaches you how to use the Continuity features, set up private accounts for people who share a Mac, create a network for file sharing and screen sharing, navigate the System Preferences program (the Mac equivalent of the Windows Control Panel), use the Notification Center, operate the 50 or so freebie bonus programs that come with OS X.
Part Five: Appendixes. At the end of the book, you’ll find four appendixes. The first two cover installation and troubleshooting. The third is the 'Where’d It Go?' Dictionary—an essential reference for anyone who occasionally (or frequently) flounders to find some familiar control in the new, alien Macintosh environment. The last is a master keyboard-shortcut list for the entire Mac universe.
Those who have made the switch from a Windows PC to a Mac have made Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual a runaway bestseller. The latest edition of this guide delivers what Apple doesn't—everything you need to know to successfully and painlessly move your files and adapt to Mac's way of doing things. Written with wit and objectivity by Missing Manual series creator and bestselling author David Pogue, this book will have you up and running on your new Mac in no time.
David Pogue is the founder of Yahoo Tech, having been groomed for the position by 13 years as the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. He’s also a monthly columnist for Scientific American and host of science shows on PBS’s “NOVA.” He’s been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since 2002.
With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world’s bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the “for Dummies” series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.
David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He’s won two Emmy awards, two Webby awards, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music.