Media praise for Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide

"The fine folks over at O'Reilly think of everything. They have a series of pocket books that include titles on everything from C to Perl. Thankfully, they also include guides for Macintosh among those titles...For those who don't have time to go through a large book of hints, tips and tricks, this pocket books makes a great quick guide...All in all, a nice quick guide. It's not intended to teach you OS X: Panther (probably better to go to one of the Missing Manual series), but it is a great quick reference."
--Melissa McGuire, Glenn Macintosh Users Group, February 2004

"While the Mac OS X Operating System continues to morph, Chuck Toporek continues to keep up with it in his latest book, 'Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide.' I don't know how he and O'Reilly Books are able to keep up with all the wonderful and exciting changes that Apple Computer does. I'm just glad they do!...I love the 'Equivalents' tables showing the changes from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X...If you haven't moved over to Panther yet, why not get this book to help you see what you are missing? And if you have already migrated to Panther, and the Help that comes with it isn't as helpful as you'd like, why not get this book to see how quickly you can get the answers to your questions?"
--Robert Pritchett,, January 2004

Reviews From the Second Edition

"It doesn't matter what your computer skill level is, this handbook will show you what you need to get moving in the OS X fast lane."
--Sean Alexandre, Bishop Eastern Sierra Macintosh User Group, June 2003,

"A very good roadmap through the latest version of the Mac operating system...I highly recommend it for your reference library. With its small size you can easily keep it on your desk, or slip it in a desk drawer. It retails for $14.95; not too bad, considering you can spend over $60 on many reference books today."
--Rodney Broder, MacTechnics, March 2003

"If you have made the switch or are considering making a move to Jaguar 10.2, Apple's newest Operating System, then some reading material may be in order. Not that OS X is hard to learn or use, Jaguar is just different from any other Operating System and a good manual will help ease you through the transition of becoming comfortable with this wonderful and exciting OS. 'Mac OS X Pocket Guide', 2nd Edition, would be a first-rate pick for this. It is a small book in length, only 130 pages and has a handy size of approximately 4 x 7 inches. It is also full of tips, shortcuts, and how-to information on OS X. This goes to show that bigger is not always better."
--Clyde Odom, Alaskan Apple Users Group, Jan 2003

"This book will live right next to my 'Jaguar-ized' computer..The 150 page pocket-guide-level book provides a straight-to-the-point 'primer' on working Mac OS X. The well-organized chapters and sections,plus clear and mostly easy to understand narratives and tables, are to-the-point; and the inter-dispersed notes and even the Unix tutorials seem focused and well written...This well written, exhaustively indexed, little guidebook is highly recommended to anyone who is about to or has recently switched to OS X. The 'Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide' is a useful, no-nonsense guide that provides the straight-forward information to technically-inclined individuals who need to orient themselves to OS X. Remember, this book is not just about help. Relax, thumb through it, and you'll pick up tidbits that you hadn't noted previously, making your journey on the 'Ten Fold Way of Macintosh', more rewarding. I deem this a must buy, even for experienced OS X users--at under $15, it's a steal!"
--Harry (doc) Babad,, Feb 2003

"These mini Pocket Guides from O'Reilly answer almost all the essential questions...anyone with even minimal experience at Mac OS systems, old or new, will be using these handy guides often... [Toporek's] got about 10 pages on basic Unix commands, for example, a subject I always start to glaze over when it comes up. But he gives the skinny with a clarity I could understand, and now I'm practically ready to be a superuser."
--Stephen M.H. Braitman, BOOK BYTES, Jan.22, 2003