Incorporating coverage of the new features in Mac OS X 10.1, this book is targeted towards all user levels - including relative newbies - and contains all the necessary content to make it a true Bible-like resource.
All new Macs now ship with OS X and this is the starting point for the book: getting your head around OS X, including setup, configuration and even a new installation. Other chapters cover topics like upgrading, troubleshooting on the road, fonts, printers, graphic files, networking and communicating with Windows PCs, SCSI devices, viruses, software such as e-mail clients and Internet browsers and, of course, hardware such as video cards, monitors, hard drives and other peripheral devices.
For the most part, the book follows a logical progression of tasks and problems that you may encounter. Black and white screen shots and relevant case studies are interspersed throughout, and potential user pitfalls are flagged with Note and Caution icons. Apart from the glossary, each of the book's 612 pages is tabbed for easy section reference.
To help overcome the overwhelming nature of such a thorough resource, the book has a "Contents At a Glance" section before it goes into the more in-depth content, which lists topics under each of the 23 chapters by page number. There is also an Appendix section and a sizeable glossary of terms.
Falling victim to the progress of time to a small degree - with products like the recently released flatscreen lamp-like iMac not covered (see review on page 30) - the book could still be considered the most authoritative guide to the overall use and maintenance of a Mac that I have read to date.