Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual

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Page 6
Figure 1-1 description

first sentence: change "knowing that things are called" to "knowing what things are called" third sentence: change "They included" to "They include"

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

pwforaker  Nov 02, 2011  May 25, 2012
Safari Books Online
10
Figure 0-1

In the last sentence, you could add "or with one finger on your Magic Mouse."

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Johann POLEWCZYK  Nov 06, 2011  May 25, 2012
Safari Books Online
11
Paragraph under Figure 0-2. First line, third sentence

"Move the mouse to the top of the screen to make the menus reappear." It should be "Move the cursor to the top of the screen to make the menus reappear."

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Johann POLEWCZYK  Nov 06, 2011  May 25, 2012
Safari Books Online
12
End of the 4th paragraph

"(To do that, open System Preferences, click Trackpad, click Scroll & Zoom, and then turn off "Scroll direction: natural.") I suggest "(To do that, open System Preferences. If you have a Trackpad, click Trackpad, click Scroll & Zoom, and then turn off "Scroll direction: natural. If you have a Magic Mouse, click Mouse, click Point & Click, and then turn off "Scroll direction: natural.")

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Johann POLEWCZYK  Nov 06, 2011  May 25, 2012
Safari Books Online
12
The last sentence

"(On the Magic Mouse, swipe with one finger.)" It should be "(On the Magic Mouse, swipe with two fingers.)"

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Johann POLEWCZYK  Nov 06, 2011  May 25, 2012
Other Digital Version
12
Last paragraph on Kindle

On the paragraph where it is said: " Once you've accumulated several full-screen apps, and you've full-screened them, you can use a similar swipe - with three (four is the correct) fingers on the trackpad - to flip among full-screen apps. (On the Magic Mouse, swipe with one (two is the correct) finger(s)).

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Fabio Ruiz  Nov 14, 2011  May 25, 2012
PDF
Page 12
3rd paragraph

In this paragraph, you stated: "Look, if you want to scroll left, you drag the scroll bar left; if you want to move right, you drag it right." The implication is that this is the way Lion works when dragging your fingers on the trackpad or magic mouse. Lion in fact mimics the iPad in its movements; that is, the screen follows your fingers as if it were positioned under your fingers. You are correct in your statement if you really meant 'scroll bar' as you can drag the scroll bar; however, the statement was made in the context of using the trackpad or magic mouse to make the movement, so the screen just follows your finger movements.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

Anonymous  Dec 27, 2011  May 25, 2012
Other Digital Version
13
# 5 on list

If you have a Magic Mouse, double tap (instead of tap).

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Fabio Ruiz  Nov 14, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 13
In brackets below 1 Pinch your track bad

I have safari open in full screen as requested but don't have a trackpad only a magic mouse. You tell me to click on launchpad on the Dock, however as I am in full screen mode my dock is not visible. I am aware that I could leave full screen mode, but this defeats the object of the exercise. Not very impressed that such as basic over sight has happened, before I even get to chapter 1. Have tried moving mouse to bottom of page to see if dock appears it doesn't. Hope the book improves, my apple experience so far has not been a good one, far more difficult to set up than my old dell which just worked straight out of the box, have had to phone apple support twice with the new iMac

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

anthony rivers  Nov 20, 2011  May 25, 2012
Safari Books Online
17
5th item in the bulleted list

You can view miniatures of all open windows in a program by pointing to its Dock icon and then swiping down with three fingers on your trackpad. Details on how to turn on this new Lion feature are in Chapter 5. I suggest : You can view miniatures of all open windows in a program by pointing to its Dock icon and then swiping down with three fingers on your trackpad, or double tap on your magic mouse with one or two fingers. Details on how to turn on this new Lion feature are in Chapter 5.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Johann POLEWCZYK  Nov 24, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 17
Bullet point 5

In the 5th bullet reference 'You can view miniatures of all open windows in a program...' you are referred to Chapter 5. Chapter 5 should be changed to Chapter 4 page 140.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

John Marr  Dec 04, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 25
5th paragraph

Original text says: "By the way, you can close, minimize, or zoom a background window without the help of the "command" key. Just click one of those three corresponding title-bar buttons normally. Mac OS X does its thing without taking you out of your current window or program." It seems that the corrections needed are: - "By the way, you can close, minimize, or zoom a background window WITH the help of the "command" key. Just click "command" and one of those three corresponding title-bar buttons." - In the phrase "Mac OS X does its thing without taking you out of your current window or program." what is it meant with "does its thing"? The style could perhaps be a better one... Thanks.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

José Carlos Falcão de Andrade  Dec 03, 2011  May 25, 2012
Other Digital Version
25
Pressing the command key section

When it says "By the way, you can close, minimize, or zoom a background window without the help of the command key", it works for close and minimize, but it doesn't work with the zoom because it takes us out of the current window, turning the window that was zoomed (green button) active.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

Fabio Ruiz  Dec 13, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 30
Top, second sentence

Sentence references Dock Expose described on page 144. For the life of me I don't see anything on page 144 about Dock Expose. Index also references page 144 for Dock Expose gesture. If it's there my apologies, but I just don't see it.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Bruce Fortelka  Nov 22, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 34
Nostalgia Corner box, 2nd paragraph

"But another option awaits you when you choose →System Preferences→Appearance..." should read: "But another option awaits you when you choose →System Preferences→General..."

Anonymous  Feb 14, 2012  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 35
Resizable Edges

3 rd sentence should read: Just move the *cursor carefully to the exact top etc. etc.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Charles Reich  Nov 05, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 40
caption of Figure 1-13

“… you can’t even see their names.” That was true in the corresponding Figure 1-14 in the Snow Leopard book, but not here where the sample windows contain wide icons with short names.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

Thomas Godfrey  Dec 03, 2011  May 25, 2012
Other Digital Version
40
1st paragraph (section Text Size)

To choose a text size for the names of the icons it is not a slider as stated in this paragraph but a combo box from which you choose the size of the font from 10 to 16.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

Fabio Ruiz  Dec 14, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 150
4th paragraph (including Tip as a paragraph). Graphic Design Corner

The last sentence of the paragraph references the location of the control to change the system to the "Gray Look". Here is what is written: To try out this look, choose "apple">System Preferences; click Appearance, and then choose Graphite from the Appearance pop-up menu. There is no longer an "Appearance" panel in OSX as it has been renamed "General". The corrected sentence should be written: To try out this look, choose "apple">System Preferences; click General, and then choose Graphite from the General pop-up menu.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012!

Larry King  Feb 12, 2012  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 164
3rd bullet from end

Launchpad was misspelled as Launchapd

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Paul Blumstein  Oct 22, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 192

p 192 Tile Game Tip: My iMac with OS X Lion came with a photo of a lion (not snow leopard) for the Tile Game — purchased Sep 2011.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

Anonymous  Dec 13, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 245
Box "Gem in the Rough"

Column 2, para 1, sentence 2, "You can't move the panel" is wrong. Ability to move the panel is one of the New Features of Lion touted by Apple. Either delete or add something like the following: "To move the panel, hit 暫停 (pause) and use the mouse pointer, then click on the "resume" black strip inside the panel.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Tom Gewecke  Oct 29, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 246
Section called The Character Viewer

This section implies Keyboard Viewer can produce hearts and all kinds of other such symbols, which is really not the case -- you must use Character Viewer for such stuff. Suggested changes: Para 2: Delete first sentence. In sentence 2 change "easier" to "easy". Para 3: In sentence 1, replace "is one solution" by "can generate a few of them." In sentence 2 replace "there's a better one:" by "to get the full possible range you need"

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Tom Gewecke  Oct 30, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 247
para 1, last line

The last words "in each font" are not correct. The ability to switch fonts was deleted from Keyboard Viewer already in OS X 10.6. The fix is to delete these words or replace them by "in each keyboard layout".

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Tom Gewecke  Oct 29, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 247
Figure 6-7, para 1, line 9

It says "If you click on the (Apple) menu", but there is no such menu. What you click on is the ⚙ (gear wheel) menu.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Tom Gewecke  Oct 30, 2011  May 25, 2012
PDF
Page 276, 330,578,594
various

To see the user Library folder, press Option while choosing Go --> Library (not View-->Library)

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

duglow  Nov 22, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 294
second paragraph from the bottom of the page

This is an example to create a service within the Automator program. To test the service, we are asked to type in a URL in TextEdit. The URL suggested by the author is www.apple.com, however, when this is entered the example does not work. It only works when the full URL is entered: http://www.apple.com. Thanks! Josep

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

Josep Auladell  Jan 10, 2012  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 362
two errors: box, zoom section; tip, second para

"zoom in" should be: command +, not command= "page 362" should be "page 364"

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

Anonymous  Dec 09, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 374
Dictionary section

This section fails to mention 2 major references added in Lion: Oxford Dictionary of English 3rd edition Oxford Thesaurus of English 2nd edition (i.e. the British English versions of the New Oxford American stuff) You need to turn these on in Preferences like the Japanese items.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Tom Gewecke  Oct 31, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 396
2nd line

iDVD certainly does NOT 'come free on every new Mac' and has not since Lion first arrived. I know iDVD is not really part of the OS but I would have thought this would count as a significant difference from previous OS X. It is an indicator of Mac philosophy of basing everything in the Cloud instead of on disc, and is not to everyone's taste, see e.g. https://discussions.apple.com/message/16747526#16747526

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Anonymous  Nov 18, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 438
Gem In The Rough

This is excellent advice. However Mr Pogue says to use "sparse disk image" for the Image Format: whereas help for OS X Lion (Disk image formats) says to use "sparse bundle disk image" and that (This format replaces sparse disk image.) Van

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

Van  Jan 16, 2012  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 446
Figure 10-34

The last sentence in the caption is not appropriate. Information about open slots for extra RAM is not in fact '(shown here)' in the figure.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

Thomas Godfrey  Dec 10, 2011  May 25, 2012
PDF
Page 468
Figure 11-9

The text description for Figure 11-9 is partially obscured by the illustration.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

Wayne Davis  Dec 22, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 508
Last paragraph

"You probably already know about the Finder's Secure Empty Trash option (page 508)." You're on page 508, the section titled "Emptying the Trash II: Secure and Forever" is on page 95.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

Christopher Matthews  Nov 22, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 584
Last item: Characters

"Character palette" should be "Character Viewer"

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Tom Gewecke  Oct 31, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 632
First heading - top of page

Second half of heading missing.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Anders Lindell  Nov 19, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 639
1st Tip: section

The (') is before the (~) in the command. It should be after it. mkdir -p '~/Documents/Finished/Early iMovie Attempts' It should be mkdir -p ~'/Documents/Finished/Early iMovie Attempts'

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

Brad Reighard  Jan 27, 2012  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 691
3rd aline from below

The section "Back to my Mac" contains an error: I think "See page 652" must be "See page 563 (or 562?). Page 652 handles Changing Permissions.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Henk van Soest  Nov 16, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed, PDF
Page 696
4th paragraph

Final word in paragraph "pag" should be "page".

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Wayne Davis  Nov 09, 2011  May 25, 2012
Other Digital Version
696-97

In the description of iWork documents syncing with ios5 versions, several articles have said that the iWork documents generated by the Mac versions are different from those generated by ios5 devices, like iPad2. For example, apparently the ios5 version of Pages doesn't support footnotes or endnotes, and if the Mac version is synced via iCloud with an ios5 device, these would be lost. Ted Landau said (on Macworld in an Oct. 21 article): "Even so, there remains a critical reason why automatic syncing between Macs, iCloud, and iOS devices would be difficult, if not impossible, to pull off right now: The Mac and iOS versions of the same iWork document are different. When you load a Mac version of an iWork document into an iOS iWork app, the document is converted to the iOS format. Mainly, this means that the iOS app strips out features of the document that iOS does not support." If this is true, your bit about iWork should probably mention it.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 2nd printing, May 2012.

steve lockwood  Dec 03, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 719
Item numbered 4., paragraph 4, last sentence

I recommend deletion of the last sentence beginning "To change the factory setting...". It is a longstanding quirk of Mail that this setting doesn't actually do anything by itself, much to the consternation of users who naturally assume it will generate a rich text message. Nothing happens unless you separately select a font/size/color for each outgoing email individually. This is documented in the Help http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mail/10.7/en/mlhlp1009.html "Unless a message actually contains rich text (such as formatting and different text styles), it will not be sent as rich text, even if rich text format is selected."

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Tom Gewecke  Oct 31, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 720
2nd paragraph

To save a message as a draft, the sentence says, among other things to, "...click the Save as Draft button..." There is no such button and none to be had by choosing View>Customize Tool Bar.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Shirley Allan  Nov 09, 2011  May 25, 2012
PDF
Page 847
last line of page

"Force quit the usual way. ... or use one of the other force-quit methods described on page 847." we're on p. 847! the other ways start on the next page 848.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Barry Schifreen  Nov 02, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 863
Character Map

The text is misleading. Character map shows you what characters are in a font and lets you copy/paste them. The OS X equivalent is Character Viewer. (OS X Keyboard Viewer can't select a font and is a tool for direct keyboard input, totally different. Windows has its own "On Screen Keyboard" found under "Ease of Access" which is the counterpart of the OS X Keyboard Viewer.)

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Tom Gewecke  Oct 30, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 870
Regional and Language Options Control Panel

"International" became "Language & Text" back in 10.6.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Tom Gewecke  Oct 30, 2011  May 25, 2012
Printed
Page 879
3rd set

The keystrokes shown for a restart are: Control-Command-power. The word "power" should be replaced with the eject symbol as reflected in the three previous items.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Reader is correct. Fixed in the 2nd printing of the book (May 2012).

Christopher Matthews  Nov 22, 2011  May 25, 2012