January 4, 2000
O'Reilly and Pogue Press Announce Missing Manuals New Series Provides "The Book That Should HaveBeen in the Box"
SEBASTOPOL, CA--Every major software company sells its customers
packages that don't include a printed manual. To cut costs and save
production time, they've replaced the manual with online help. But
clicking through help screens is no way to master complex programs. To
get up to speed quickly, you need straight-shooting advice from someone
who knows the ins and outs of the program you're learning. Computer
users will find "the book that should have been in the box" in the new
Missing Manual Series
from Pogue Press and O'Reilly & Associates.
Written in a warm, witty, and jargon-free style, Missing Manuals cover
software programs with enough patience for the novice and enough depth
for the power user.
Missing Manual series creator David Pogue, author of O'Reilly's
Palm Pilot: The
Ultimate Guide, is editing the series and writing several of
the titles. Building on his track record as the best-selling Macintosh
author in the US, the first three Missing Manual titles tackle
high-profile Mac OS applications.
OS 9: the Missing Manual is
slated for a March 2000 release, followed in Q2, 2000 by volumes on
AppleWorks 6 and iMovie, Apple's revolutionary video-editing software.
Future titles will cover Windows 2000, FileMaker Pro, Mac OS X, and a
host of other popular desktop software programs.
"If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself," said
Pogue. "Life's too short to waste time hunting through tiny, humorless
online help screens. I want a professionally written manual!"
Each Missing Manual offers readers:
- Complete coverage: a quick overview of the product, followed by a
detailed exploration of the program's features, quirks, and secrets
- A real-world perspective: advice from one who's been there, giving
the straight scoop on how to get the most from the product, as well as
work-arounds for overcoming its flaws and weaknesses
- A menu command reference: a quick menu-by-menu reference to the
- Special topics for the novice (called Up-To-Speed) and the expert
(called Power User Clinics), so that nobody needs a manual for the
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