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Customizing Your Mac with OS X Lion
Nov 11, 2011
This chapter shows how to customize the Finder, the Dock, the desktop, your screen saver, and your security preferences in OS X Lion. You’ll also learn how to make your own Dashboard widgets.
Working on the Lion Desktop
By Brad Miser
Oct 11, 2011
In this lesson, you learn how to use the Lion desktop so you can work efficiently with your Mac.
Is It Worth It to Upgrade to Mac OS X Lion?
By Yvonne Johnson
Sep 26, 2011
Yvonne Johnson's short answer is "most definitely"! And her long answer is "How can you resist such a bargain?"
Finding What You Want with Spotlight in Mac OS X Lion
By Steve Johnson, Perspection Inc.
Aug 16, 2011
If you're looking for specific content on your computer or network and you don't know where to find it, you can use Spotlight to help you locate it. This chapter shows you how.
Apple Closes the OS Gap between Mac OS X and iDevices in Lion
By Yvonne Johnson
Jan 31, 2011
Lion, the seventh major release of Mac OS X in a decade, is due to be released in 2011. Mac expert Yvonne Johnson showcases OS X’s many features that were inspired by the operating system which runs the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.
Bridge Construction between Mac and PC Completed: Proceed at Full Speed
By Yvonne Johnson
Jul 26, 2010
Yvonne Johnson, author of Using Mac OS X Snow Leopard, shows how Snow Leopard's support of Exchange Server 2007 gives you the best of both worlds by providing the features you love on both the Mac side and the Exchange side.
Placing Your Bets on Office for Mac 2011
By Yvonne Johnson
Jul 9, 2010
Yvonne Johnson describes Microsoft's strategy for Mac Office 2010: to get Mac Office 2010 caught up with WinOffice 2007 and make it as compatible as possible with the new features introduced in WinOffice 2010.
Understanding the Cocoa Text System
By David Chisnall
Jun 28, 2010
David Chisnall looks at the various parts of drawing text on a screen on OS X, using the Cocoa APIs.
The MacBook Family Comes of Age
By John Ray
Jun 4, 2010
John Ray shows how the Macintosh has changed from the "oddball" computer with little software support to a strong, vibrant platform.
Taking a Monastic Approach to Apple Programming: An interview with Aaron Hillegass
By Linda Leung, Aaron Hillegass
Apr 8, 2010
Aaron Hillegas and Linda Leung discuss the Apple phenomena, what we can expect next from Steve Jobs & co., Big Nerd Ranch's monastic retreat, and Aaron's thoughts on Android.
Getting to Know Mac OS X Finder Windows
By Paul McFedries
Apr 7, 2010
In this chapter, Paul McFedries runs through all the basic Finder skills you'll need to handle the day-to-day tasks associated with your files.
Objective-C for Java Programmers, Part 2
By David Chisnall
Mar 29, 2010
In the second of a two-part series, David Chisnall looks at the similarities and differences in the syntax of Objective-C and Java.
Top Ten Highs and Lows of a Decade with Cocoa
By Erik M. Buck
Mar 26, 2010
Erik Buck lists the exalted highs and ignominious lows of a decade with Cocoa.
Objective-C for Java Programmers, Part 1
By David Chisnall
Mar 12, 2010
David Chisnall looks at the similarities and differences in the semantics of Java and Objective-C.
Objective-C Design Patterns
By David Chisnall
Mar 5, 2010
David Chisnall looks at some of the patterns that are commonly found in Objective-C code.
Grand Central Dispatch: Exciting or Overhyped?
By David Chisnall
Mar 2, 2010
David Chisnall looks at the Grand Central Dispatch framework to see how much of the hype is justified.
My MacBook: Managing Contacts and Appointments
By John Ray
Mar 2, 2010
Learn how to use your MacBook to manage your contacts, calendars, and appointments.
What Is Mac OS X?
By David Chisnall
Feb 5, 2010
David Chisnall looks at what is really at the core of Apple's operating system and where it came from.
Snow Leopard: The Underhyped APIs
By David Chisnall
Jan 29, 2010
David Chisnall takes a look at some of the new APIs in OS X 10.6 that will make life easier for developers but didn't receive much publicity.
Foundation: The Objective-C Standard Library
By David Chisnall
Jan 26, 2010
David Chisnall goes through the most important aspects of the OpenStep Foundation framework.

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