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To the following people on the Special Edition Using Mac OS X project team, my sincere appreciation for your hard work on this book:

Laura Norman, my development editor, who helped me get the focus of this book on track when I had gone astray and kept me in line the rest of the way. Laura, getting though such a big book with me as the author should earn you a medal of some kind— a purple heart, perhaps?

Heather Banner Kane, my original Pearson acquisitions editor, for handling the contractual and project management sides of this behemoth from early on. She also provided lots of other support to me along the way. Heather, having a baby midway through the development process is as far as anyone has ever gone to get out of working with me!

Marta Justak of Justak Literary Services, my agent, for getting me signed up for this project. Marta was also a constant source of support for me during the process and was always ready to lend an ear to listen to whatever I needed to say. Marta, many times I needed to bounce an idea or complaint off someone—thanks for being there for me!

Darryl Peck, CEO and Founder; Ray Maccio, VP of Purchasing and General Merchandise Manager; Rick Daniels, Director of Advertising; and especially Patricia Maronza, National Advertising Manager of the excellent retail company Outpost.com (www.outpost.com or 1-877-OUTPOST) for supplying much of the hardware that I used while creating this book. (Be sure to check out the cool ad that Outpost.com placed at the back of this book.) Outpost.com is a very Mac-friendly site and you should check it out whenever you need something for your Mac.

Brian Hubbard, my technical editor, who did a great job to make sure that the information in this book is both accurate and useful. Brian, I tried my best to sneak mistakes past you, but you caught me every time—thanks for a job well done!

Heather McNeill, my Pearson project editor, who skillfully managed the hundreds of files that it took to make this book. Heather, thanks for keeping everything current and making sure that things got where they needed to be when they needed to be there.

Ruth Harvey, for the interior design and cover of the book. Ruth, you made this book a pleasure to look at!

Alan Clements, for developing the book's cover. Alan, it is too bad that you can't judge a book by its cover, because if you could, everyone would believe that this book is top-notch—thanks!

Tim Walker of X-Rite, for providing an additional set of eyes on this text. Tim, welcome to the Macintosh universe; glad that you made it!

Pearson's production and sales team for printing the book and getting it into your hands. Thanks, everybody!

And now for a few people who weren't on the project team, but who were essential to me personally:

Amy Miser, for supporting me while I took on this mammoth project and being understanding about my need to do it; living with an author isn't always lots of fun, especially with a big, complex book like this one. Amy, I promise, no more big books—until the next one! ;-)

Jill, Emily, and Grace Miser, for helping me remember that there is a lot more to life than pounding the keys—even though sometimes it seemed as if that were all I was doing. Girls, you brought lots of smiles to my face in stressful times. Thanks for reminding me about what is really important.

Suresh Murthy, Scott McCorkle, Rick Cunningham, and Mike Robbins of Mezzia, Inc., for providing the schedule flexibility and encouragement that I needed to be able to keep this book on schedule. Guys, I would never have believed that there was any place as great to work as Mezzia if I weren't living it myself! It's amazing!

Larry McWhorter, head football coach for the Zionsville Eagles. Larry, you consistently demonstrate leadership on and, more importantly, off the field. Thanks for your example and encouragement.

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