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Introduction

This Fast & Easy guide from Premier Press will introduce you to the latest version of the innovative operating system from Apple—Mac OS X Version 10.3 Panther. This book will show you how to master the many and diverse features built into the Mac OS X Version 10.3 operating system--including some of the 150 new features added to the operating system--so you can work effectively with your Macintosh.

Mac OS X Version 10.3 Panther Fast & Easy teaches the steps that will enable you to navigate the Mac OS X interface (called the Aqua interface), manage your files and disks, and customize your Mac. Learn to surf the Web, chat with friends, handle your email and addresses, and schedule your time. You also will learn how to import and catalog your digital images, produce better home movies, enjoy your music files, recover from common emergencies, and use security features to protect your valuable files.

If you want to get the most from your Macintosh hardware, Mac OS X Version 10.3 Panther and this book provide everything you need to exploit your system’s resources.

Who Should Read This Book?

This book is geared for novices who are new to all versions of the Mac OS X operating system, including first-time Macintosh users, as well as users upgrading from earlier Mac OS X versions who want to learn more about new features.

Because nearly every step in this book includes a clear illustration, you won’t have to struggle to learn a process or find the right tool onscreen. The non-technical language also helps smooth the transition from newbie to comfortable user.

With each task clearly identified by a heading, you’ll also find it easy to use the table of contents to find the steps you need. So, whether you want to work through the book from beginning to end or find just the tricks that you need, this book will accommodate your style and enhance your results.

Added Advice to Make You a Pro

Once you get started, you’ll notice that this book presents many steps, with little explanatory text to slow you down. Where warranted, however, the book presents these special boxes to highlight a key issue:

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Tips give shortcuts or hints so you learn more about the ins and outs of Mac OS X Version 10.3.

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Notes offer more detailed information about a feature, food for thought, or guidance to help you avoid problems or pitfalls in your work.

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Cautions alert you to pitfalls and problems you should avoid.

An appendix at the end of the book highlights additional issues to consider before installing Mac OS X Version 10.3, if you haven’t done so already. Finally, the glossary explains key terms that you need to understand to work effectively in Mac OS X Version 10.3.

Whether you have used a Macintosh before or not, you’ll have fun as you dive in now with Mac OS X Version 10.3 Panther Fast & Easy!

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