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By Clifford Colby and Marty Cortinas

Welcome to The Macintosh Bible.

If you are new to the Bible, the 22 chapters, appendix, and glossary of this book are chock-full of timely and useful information compiled by the smartest Mac people we know.

And if you've used previous editions of the Bible, this one will seem very familiar. The eighth edition is brimming with advice, insights, and opinions from nearly 30 of the most knowledgeable and trusted authorities in the Mac community (including many folks who contributed over the past 15 years to earlier versions of the Bible).

In This Book, You'll Find out About…

Mac OS X 10.1 and Mac OS 9.2.1, including directions for using Apple's newest operating systems.

Apple's desktop and portable machines, and guidance on which system to buy.

Software for the home and office, plus helpful advice for using design and productivity software.

Troubleshooting tips on everything from when you have trouble starting up your Mac to sharing files with a Windows machine.

And much more that you need to know to use Macintosh applications and hardware effectively.

We started work on this version of The Macintosh Bible not too long after the last edition shipped to bookstores in 1998—right after Apple released the first iMac and announced Mac OS X.

We knew this Bible had to include information on Mac OS X, so we planned to release the book early in 2000, when Apple initially said it would ship the new operating system. But Apple for a year and a half inched back the release of Mac OS X, and we inched back with it.

Life went on. From the time we started work on the Bible until we finished, entire families started up and reproduced: Three Bible folks got married (Kristina DeNike, Gail Nelson, and David Reynolds); four had babies join their families (Christopher Breen, John Christopher, Bart Farkas, and David Reynolds); one (perhaps less adventurously) bought a helicopter (Maria Langer).

Through it all, it's been a labor of love and—most of the time—fun. Which is the first commandment of The Macintosh Bible: “This is the Mac. It's supposed to be fun.”

What to Look for

A glance through The Macintosh Bible 8th edition will show some major differences from—and similarities to—earlier editions.

Who wrote what.

With this edition of the Bible, we've returned to having a group of contributors create the book. Each chapter lists who was its editor and writers. You'll see the initials of the people who wrote each entry in the entry headline or subheadline. (Skip ahead a few pages to see the bios of the sharp folks who helped write and edit this edition.)

Icons to help you find specific kinds of information.

As in earlier editions of the Bible, you can use the icons in the margins to direct you to hot tips, good features, Mac OS X advice, and other kinds of information. (Turn the page to see a guide to the icons.)

Editors' polls.

This edition of the Bible is divided into four sections, and each section starts off with an editors' poll that is tied to the section. For example, to kick off the section on creative software, we asked the editors to weigh in on whether the Web has changed how designers approach their work.

About each chapter.

Each editor had a free hand in determining how to approach the topics he or she was responsible for. We just asked everybody to use the pages they were allotted to say the most important things about that topic they could think of. Generally though, each chapter includes a basic introduction to the topic, pointers to products you should know about in the category, and tips and advice to make your life easier. The chapter introductions and tables of contents will give you an overview of what each editor decided to highlight.

We've included an index and glossary in the back of the book. We try to explain Macintosh terms the first time they come up in a chapter, but come on: Who knows what order you're going to read the chapters in, and we can't define each term each time. So, if you come across a term you're not familiar with, head to the glossary and index.

Finally, when we discuss a product, we include its price and company's Web address. However, Web addresses, prices, and version numbers are like San Francisco bus schedules: They change all the time. We checked everything right before we sent the book to the printer, but with all the products we talk about in this book, we are pretty sure something will have changed by the time you read this.

Companion Web site.

As with previous editions of the Bible, we'll provide periodic news, updates, and tips to keep this edition up to date. We used to send out these quarterly updates in the mail; now we do it on the Web. Check out www.macbible.com for Macintosh Bible updates.

Guide to the Icons

The icons you see in the margins of this book serve as signposts on your trip through the chapters. Use them as beacons to direct you to information you are interested in.

Hot Tip.

When you see this icon, you'll find next to it a piece of advice, a bit of insight, or some sort of information that will make your computing life a little easier.

Good Feature.

This points you to a well-thought-out part of an application or piece of hardware.

Bad Feature.

On the other side of the coin, the passage next to this icon alerts you to a problem with a piece of software or hardware—or something especially dumb a product does. We like how this icon looks.

Mac OS X.

This guides you to a passage on Apple's new operating system. Throughout the Bible we discuss the similarities and differences between Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 and cover how to perform tasks on both operating systems.


This label appears next to information about Apple's PowerBooks and iBooks.


You won't have your Mac taken away from you if you ignore the information next to this icon, but you will be a lot happier if you pay attention when you see this sign.

The Macintosh Bible Editors and Contributors

Timothy Aston (TA) is the technical services manager for the Hartford Courant Company (a Tribune Publishing Company). He is responsible for desktop and server deployment as well as network infrastructure support.

Ruffin Bailey (RB) is a hard-core Microsoft SQL 7.0 sellout when contracting for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, but in his spare time he's a Mac games aficionado. He's worked for www.xlr8yourmac.com and Inside Mac Games, covering game news over the last two-plus years, and has owned a Mac for more than a decade.

Mike Breeden (MB) is the Webmaster of AccelerateYourMac! (www.xlr8yourmac.com), a popular Web site with reviews, tips, guides, and news on getting the most out of your Mac. The site also includes searchable databases of Mac owner reports on CPU upgrades and drives of all types as well as a topic-based FAQ.

Christopher Breen (CB) is a contributing editor for Macworld magazine and has been writing about the Mac since the Reagan administration. He pens Macworld's Mac 911 column.

John Christopher (JC) is a data-recovery engineer at DriveSavers in Novato, California, where he retrieves data from drives and other storage devices that have crashed and burned (sometimes literally). In the past seven years, John has recovered data for Apple alumni Steve Wozniak and Guy Kawasaki. (He is still waiting for Steve Jobs's drive to crash.) His other celebrated recoveries include writers and producers for The Simpsons and HBO's Sex and the City and band members from the group Nine Inch Nails. Over the years, John has also managed to find time to write for various Macintosh publications, including Macworld, MacUser, Tidbits, and MacHome Journal and was a contributing editor for the sixth edition of The Macintosh Bible. Send e-mail to him at johnchristopher@mac.com.

Michael E. Cohen (MEC) has produced and programmed multimedia titles for the Voyager Company and Calliope Media. Currently the Webmaster and interactive media specialist for UCLA's Center for Digital Humanities, he still owns the memory board from his Apple Lisa and remembers reading Inside Macintosh when it was in loose-leaf notebooks.

Clifford Colby is a senior editor at Peachpit Press and has worked at a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including eMediaweekly, MacWEEK, MacUser, and Corporate Computing. For several years, he worked at the White House.

Marty Cortinas (MC) is a San Francisco-based freelance editor and writer. He is the author of several columns about Apple computers published in TechWeb and Byte.com. He is the editor of several Peachpit Press books, including Sad Macs, Bombs, and Other Disasters. Marty became a Mac pro in 1993, when he joined the staff of MacWEEK as a copy editor. Marty worked there until its closure in 1999, by which time he had become managing editor. Before he joined the technology industry, Marty was an editor at several newspapers, including The Oakland Tribune, The Alameda Newspaper Group, The Modesto Bee, and the Mesa Tribune. From April to October, he can be found in Section 105, Row 23, Seat 2, in Pacific Bell Park.

Kristina DeNike (KD) has been working in the Macintosh market for ten years. Although she has covered a wide variety of hardware and software, her true passion is storage. She has tested, evaluated, and written about everything from floppies to Fibre Channel RAID arrays. She is currently the director of product evaluation for Macworld. Previously she was test manager at MacUser and MacWEEK labs, where she helped develop and beta test multiple versions of MacBench. She is a frequent guest on TechTV's Call for Help and Screen Savers. Miraculously, she has never owned a computer.

Andrea Dudrow (AD) is a writer based in New York. Her work has appeared in Macworld, MacWEEK, Publish, Print, and Red Herring magazines as well as in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Michael M. Eilers (ME) is a freelance writer and video editor whose love of computers (and computer games) began when software came on a cassette tape. He is the senior news editor for Inside Mac Games and a regular contributor to MacHome Journal.

Bart G. Farkas (BF) lives in the icy climes of the great white north in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is kept warm by his wife, Cori, two kids (Adam and Derek), and a pair of fuzzy felines. A die-hard Macintosh enthusiast, Bart coauthored the once-definitive work for Mac gaming: The Macintosh Bible Guide to Games (Peachpit Press). Bart was also editor in chief of Inside Mac Games magazine for a few years in the late 1990s. Currently, Bart works as a full-time strategy guide author for games of all races, colors, and creeds.

Jim Felici (JF) was on the startup team at Macworld and Publish magazines and served for years as Computer Currents' Mac adviser. He's the author of The Desktop Style Guide (ITC/Bantam), and he's worked in publishing since before you were born.

Erfert Fenton (EF) is a technical writer and horse wrangler who lives in the fabled Silicon Valley. An early employee of Macworld magazine, she became smitten with Macintosh fonts when she saw the first LaserWriter printer. Erfert is the author of The Macintosh Font Book (Peachpit Press), which has been in print for more than a decade.

Phil Gaskill (PG) has been in the publishing/typesetting business since 1971, on both the editorial and production sides. He actually didn't start using Macs until late 1987; since then, however, he has been an unabashed “Mac person.” In 1988, he was hired as a support technician at Aldus Corp. in Seattle, doing telephone support for PageMaker 3.01 and, shortly thereafter, the late, lamented Aldus Persuasion 1.0 (he was one of the original team of five Persuasion support technicians). He later became the technical writer for the PageMaker engineering department. Then he moved to New York (where he still lives) in 1992, working at first for Hearst Magazines, then for a couple of book packagers, then for a now-defunct design firm/Web-site developer, doing both desktop publishing and HTML work. He has written on type and typesetting/desktop publishing for Aldus and Adobe magazines, MacUser, Publish, MacAddict, and probably several other magazines and has edited, technical-edited, authored, or coauthored numerous books on QuarkXPress and PageMaker, the best-known probably being QuarkXPress Tips and Tricks (Peachpit Press) with David Blatner.

Greg Kramer (GK) is a former senior editor of Inside Mac Games and has contributed his Mac gaming expertise to the magazines MCV USA, MacAddict, and MacHome Journal. He is also the author of more than 20 Prima Games strategy guides, most recently American McGee's Alice and Oni.

Maria Langer (ML) is the author of more than 40 computer books, including best-selling books on the Mac OS, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. She is a columnist for Mac Today and FileMaker Pro Advisor and writes for MacAddict. She recently became a commercial helicoper pilot and offers tours and aerial photography services in Wickenburg, AZ.

Tara Marchand (TM) manages the Web design team at the University of California, Berkeley, Extension Online. In a past life, she worked in the trenches as a Mac tech-support provider.

David Morgenstern (DM) is a freelance writer, editor, and branding consultant based in San Francisco. With long experience on the Mac platform, Morgenstern was editor of MacWEEK and eMediaweekly; his recent writing can be found at Macworld, MacInTouch, and Creativepro.com. He has also held positions at startups in the color calibration, display, and Internet video fields. He can be reached at www.davidmorgenstern.com.

Jason D. O'Grady (JOG) is editor in chief of O'Grady's PowerPage (www.ogrady.com) and a mobile-technology consultant based in Philadelphia. Jason is also a contributing editor for ZDNet, CNet's News.com, and MacPower magazine in Japan, and is a member of the Macworld Expo Conference faculty.

Jonathan A. Oski (JO) is manager, Professional Services, for Callisma, a network consulting firm based in Palo Alto, California. He's proudly used Macs since 1984 and been a contributing editor for MacInTouch and MacWEEK as well as a contributor to prior editions of The Macintosh Bible.

Karen Reichstein (KR) is an associate editor at Peachpit Press. Over the years, she's worked as a waitress, alternative-culture writer, BBS intern, technical-book buyer, produce-company office assistant, computer book rep, and retail marketing manager. Her first computer was a Macintosh Color Classic, which she bitterly regrets selling. She can often be found rummaging for old planters and abandoned compact Macs in various Northern California East Bay flea markets.

David Reynolds (DR) was editor in chief and one of the founding editors of MacAddict magazine. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Susan, and son, Jacob, as well as a dog and three cats. His first Mac was a Mac Plus that he bought in 1987.

John Rizzo (JR) is publisher of the MacWindows.com, a columnist for CNet, and author of How the Mac Works. He was an editor for seven years at the wonderful MacUser magazine.

Steve Schwartz (SS) is a veteran computer-industry writer, dating back to the days of the Apple II. He has been a regular contributor to Macworld since its inception as well as to more than a dozen other computer magazines. He is the author of more than 40 books on computer and game topics, including the FileMaker Pro 5 Bible (Hungry Minds), Macworld AppleWorks Bible (Hungry Minds), Running Office 2001: Mac (the official guide) (Microsoft Press), and Visual QuickStart Guides from Peachpit Press on Internet Explorer and Entourage. You can visit Steve's official Web site (www.siliconwasteland.com) to learn more about his Mac books.

Gene Steinberg (GS) first used a Mac in 1984. He is a fact and science-fiction writer and a computer software and systems consultant. His more than two dozen computer-related books include Upgrading and Troubleshooting Your Mac: Mac OS X Edition (Osborne/McGraw-Hill 2001) and The Mac OS X Little Black Book (The Coriolis Group 2001). He is also a contributing editor for CNet, and a contributing writer for MacHome Journal, and his online column, “Mac Reality Check,” appears in the Arizona Republic (www.azcentral.com/steinberg/computing). His Mac support Web site, The Mac Night Owl (www.macnightowl.com), receives thousands of visits from Mac users each day. In his spare time, Gene and his son, Grayson, are developing a new science-fiction adventure series, Attack of the Rockoids (www.rockoids.com).

Phil Strack (PS) is the manager of Network and Desktop Support Services for Time Warner Trade Publishing, the book-publishing division of AOL Time Warner. He has had several years' experience implementing and managing a wide variety of electronic mail and messaging systems and has been using and supporting the Macintosh platform since 1986.

Kathleen Tinkel (KT) bought a 128K Macintosh in April 1984 and never looked back. Within three years, her Tinkel Design studio, based in Westport, Connecticut, was doing all its in-house production on the Mac. She started writing about design and typography for the lamented Personal Publishing; became a founding contributing editor for Step-by-Step Electronic Design newsletter in 1989; coedited the weekly fax newsletter MacPrePress; wrote regularly for Aldus and Adobe magazines and irregularly for MacUser, Macworld, Publish, and several graphic arts publications; and had a column called “Print Clearly” in the last year of MacWEEK. She has also been a manager of CompuServe forums dedicated to graphic design, typography, and desktop publishing since 1990 and can still be found daily at http://go.compuserve.com/pubproduction?loc=us&access=public (now free to all).

Daniel Drew Turner (DT) swore off computers after getting a humanities degree at M.I.T. and an M.F.A. in creative writing. Of course, this led to a job at MacAddict magazine; from there he worked at eMediaweekly, MacWEEK, ZDNet and other computer-related publications. In addition, he has written (sometimes even about nondigital topics) for Salon, Feed, Nerve, I.D. and other well-known media outlets. He's all too well aware of the old saying “To a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

Bob Weibel (BW) is a former technical editor for Publish magazine and a past contributor to The Macintosh Bible. For a day job he's the publishing manager of Musician's Friend, the world's largest catalog and Web direct-mail retailer of musical gear.

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