Christopher Grover received degrees in Creative Writing and Film from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He’s worked as a technical writer, advertising copywriter, and product publicist for more than 25 years. His freelance articles have been published in a variety of magazines from Fine Homebuilding to CD-ROM World. Chris’s latest project is launching Bolinas Road Creative (www.bolinasroad.com), an agency that helps small businesses promote their products and services. He is also the author of Word 2007: The Missing Manual, and co-author of Digital Photography: The Missing Manual. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nan Barber (editor) has worked with the Missing Manual series since its inception—long enough to remember booting up her computer from a floppy disk. Email: email@example.com.
Dawn Mann (editor) is assistant editor for the Missing Manual series. When not working, she likes rock climbing, playing soccer, and causing trouble. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nellie McKesson (production editor) is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe. She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her favorite places to eat are Punjabi Dhaba and Tacos Lupita. Email: email@example.com.
Kerry Beck (copy editor) is a San Francisco native who is now a freakishly meticulous wordsmith living in Sonoma County, California. She has an MA in Literature from Sonoma State University and is the founder of Abex Ink (www.abexink.com), a writing and publishing services company that currently enables her addiction to travel. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Josh Buhler (technical reviewer) has been working with ActionScript for the last six years creating Flash applications ranging from sheet music players to snowboard designers. When not in front of his Mac, he can usually be found with an Xbox controller in hand or under the hood of his beloved Ford Bronco. Josh is currently the resident Flash Ninja at Footnote.com. Web site: www.joshbuhler.com.
Matthew Woodruff (technical reviewer) is a Web designer for O’Reilly Media and has enjoyed using Flash for the last five years. He has a degree in Interactive Media Design from the Art Institute of California–San Francisco. Email: email@example.com.
It takes a team of dedicated, hardworking professionals to turn any manuscript into a finished book, and the O’Reilly team is one of the best in the business. Extra thanks go out to Peter Meyers, who made sure the trains ran on time (while still managing to be a genuinely nice guy), and Josh Buhler and Matthew Woodruff, whose experience and dead-eye accuracy helped shape the book immeasurably.
—E. A. Vander Veer
Many thanks to Nan Barber, Peter Meyers, and the whole Missing Manuals creative team. Josh Buhler and Matthew Woodruff checked and double-checked the technical details and Kerry Beck whipped through the copy editing in record time. Thanks to Dawn Mann for herding copy editors, indexers, and cats and working weekends.
As always, thanks to my beautiful wife Joyce, my collaborator in that other project—life. And hugs for Mary and Amy who help me approach everything I do with fresh enthusiasm and a bundle of questions.
Missing Manuals are witty, superbly written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index; cross-references to specific pages (not just chapters); and RepKover, a detached-spine binding that lets the book lie perfectly flat without the assistance of weights or cinder blocks.
Recent and upcoming titles include:
Access 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
AppleScript: The Missing Manual by Adam Goldstein
AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual by Jim Elferdink and David Reynolds
CSS: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Digital Photography: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover and Barbara Brundage
Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
eBay: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Excel 2003: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Excel 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
FileMaker Pro 8: The Missing Manual by Geoff Coffey and Susan Prosser
Flash 8: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer
FrontPage 2003: The Missing Manual by Jessica Mantaro
GarageBand 2: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Google: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by Sarah Milstein, J. D. Biersdorfer, and Matthew MacDonald
Home Networking: The Missing Manual by Scott Lowe
iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPod: The Missing Manual, Fifth Edition by J. D. Biersdorfer
Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition by David Pogue
Office 2004 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual by Mark H. Walker and Franklin Tessler
Office 2007: The Missing Manual, Chris Grover, Matthew MacDonald, and E. A. Vander Veer
PCs: The Missing Manual by Andy Rathbone
Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer
QuickBase: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
QuickBooks 2006: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition by David Pogue and Adam Goldstein
The Internet: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and J. D. Biersdorfer
Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford
Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by David Pogue
Windows Vista: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by David Pogue, Craig Zacker, and Linda Zacker
Word 2007: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
The “For Starters” books contain only the most essential information from their larger counterparts—in larger type, with a more spacious layout, and none of the more advanced sidebars. Recent titles include:
Access 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Kate Chase and Scott Palmer
Access 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Excel 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Excel 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Mac OS X Leopard for Starters: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
PowerPoint 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer
Quicken for Starters: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Windows Vista for Starters: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Windows XP for Starters: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Word 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover