I have just upgraded from Mac OS X Leopard to Snow Leopard; and having found the Missing Manual for Leopard very useful in the past, I have just bought the Snow Leopard version.
However, since I upgraded from the disc I purchased from Apple, (10.6.3), I also did a software upgrade and am now running 10.6.7. So my question is, where do I find the updated information which covers the upgrades?
For example, on Safari, I have a new icon "Reading List" - a pair of spectacles. This is not mentioned in the book I just bought - (or have I just not looked hard enough?) - so where do I look to find out about it, and any other new features that may have been introduced since the book was published in 2009?
Many thanks for your help
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Because Apple is constantly adding new features to their programs (like the Reading List feature in Safari), it's tough for us to keep our books 100% up to date. "Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual" was written based on the way things were when it was published in the fall of 2009--back before Reading List existed.
In a free PDF appendix to the book, David Pogue discussed this issue as it pertains to the iLife programs:
Does coverage of iLife (iMovie, iDVD, and iPhoto) belong in a Mac OS X book? It’s a tricky question. No, iLife doesn’t come with Mac OS X. But iLife does come on every Mac. So if you have Mac OS X, you also have iLife. On the other hand, iLife keeps changing (and growing). If you put chapters about iLife into a Mac OS X book, the iLife chapters can go out of date before the Mac OS X book does. Not to mention the enormous number of pages you’d add to an already huge book. Here, before you, is one solution: a free basic iLife crash-course appendix, containing everything you need to get going.
Does that make sense? His point is that it's tough for our books to keep up with all of Apple's innovations. In the case of Mac OS X and iLife, our solution is to publish separate Missing Manuals each time a new version of Mac OS X comes out and each time iLife comes out (we have books on iMovie & iDVD, and on iPhoto).
Your best source of information on the latest and greatest from Apple is, well, Apple. For example, here's a page that describes all the new features in Safari, including Reading List: http://www.apple.com/safari/features....
I hope that helps.
All the best,
Associate Editor, Missing Manuals
P.S. You can find errata for the book here:
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my question in such detail. I do understand how quickly things change, my intention wasn't to be critical of the book in any way, I love it! - I hope it didn't come over that way.
I just remember that my OS X Leopard book was the Sixth Printing so I assume that each new printing contained such updates - but my Snow Leopard book is the First Printing, so I simply wondered if updates were being done on-line rather than by keep reprinting the book.
Incidentally, I found the information that I wanted about Reading List (how to remove the icon!) by googling it.
When we reprint our books, we incorporate the latest errata to fix things like typos and factual errors. But, unfortunately, we're not able to make larger updates to cover new offerings from Apple like the kind you mentioned, as that would involve adding pages, redoing screenshots, and so on.
I hope that makes sense.
Have a great weekend!