David Pogue is the weekly tech columnist for the New York Times, an Emmy-winning correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, the 2006 winner of the Online News Association’s award for commentary, and the creator of the Missing Manual series. He’s the author or co-author of 45 books, including 20 in this series and six in the “For Dummies” line (includingMacs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In his other life, David is a former Broadway show conductor, a magician, and a pianist. News, photos, links to his columns, blog, and weekly videos await at www.davidpogue.com.
J.D.Biersdorfer(updater of Chapters Chapter 19, Safari, and iChat) wrote iPod: The Missing Manual and co-wrote The Internet: The Missing Manual and Google: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition. She has written the weekly computer Q&A column for The New York Times since 1998. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review, and the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, and she often writes about the collision of technology and popular culture. She lives in New York City and is equally obsessed with the BBC and the banjo. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dennis Cohen (technical reviewer) has served as the technical editor for many bestselling Mac and Photoshop books, including several editions of Macworld Mac Secrets and many Missing Manual titles. He is the author or co-author of The Xcode 2 Book, FileMaker Pro 9 Bible, and numerous other books. Email: email@example.com.
Adam Goldstein(original author of Chapter 7) is the founder of GoldfishSoft, a Macintosh software company specializing in games and utilities. He is the author of AppleScript: The Missing Manual, and has contributed to several other Missing Manual titles as well. In his spare time, Adam attends M.I.T. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.goldfishsoft.com.
Brian Jepson (technical consultant) is Executive Editor for Make Magazine’s Make:Books series. He co-wrote Mac OS X Tiger for Unix Geeks, and has written or edited a number of other tech books. He’s also a volunteer system administrator and all-around geek for AS220, a non-profit arts center that gives Rhode Island artists uncensored and unjuried forums for their work. Email: email@example.com.
Dan Pourhadi (updater of Chapter 7) is a professional wannabe-author whose writings have mysteriously appeared in a number of publications, including MacAddict and MacDirectory magazines, TidBITS, TUAW, and others. He blogs for MacUser.com, and writes for anyone crazy enough to publish his stuff. Web site: www.pourhadi.com.
Teresa Noelle Roberts (copy editor, proofreading coordinator) is a freelance copy editor and proofreader, as well as a published fiction writer and poet. When she can tear herself away from the computer, she may be found gardening, belly dancing, or enjoying the beautiful beaches of New England.
Phil Simpson (design and layout) works out of his office in Southbury, Connecticut, where he has had his graphic design business since 1982. He is experienced in many facets of graphic design, including corporate identity/branding, publication design, and corporate and medical communications. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lesa Snider King(graphics and index production) is on a mission to teach the world to create—and use!—better graphics. She’s a stock photographer and chief evangelist for iStockphoto.com, founder of the creative tutorial site GraphicReporter.com, and author of “Graphic Secrets for Business Professionals” (2007, Lynda.com). She writes for the NAPP,Macworld and Layers magazines, and teaches yearly at Photoshop World and Macworld Expo. Lesa co-hosts the YourMacLifeShow.com radio show and hosts her own podcast, “Graphic Secrets.” Web site: www.GraphicReporter.com.
Chris Stone (Chapter 16) is a senior systems administrator at O’Reilly Media and coauthor of Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell, published by O’Reilly. A San Francisco native, he got his English degree from Humboldt State University and spent ten years hidden away in the Japanese countryside before returning to the North Bay area, where he lives with his wife Miho and sons Andrew and Jonathan.
Zachary Brass (teenage screenshot machine) started out as David Pogue’s summer intern, and wound up working with him on many videos and columns for the New York Times. He’s the founder of iPod Rehab, an iPod repair business. He lives in Connecticut with his mother, brother, and two amazing cats. E-mail:ZHBrass@gmail.com.
Man was this book a lot of work. Apple just could not leave well enough alone. It had to go in there and rejigger, reword, or shuffle around every last feature. For that reason, I relied upon more hand-picked editors, expert contributors, and “beta readers” for this edition than ever before. Each collaborator contributed fantastic amounts of new insight, corrections, and suggestions—and they’ve made this book, in my opinion, the best edition yet.
In addition to the dream members identified above, these guardian angels included Lynn Fox, Shawn King, Rory Gillespie, Nan Barber, Bill Briggs, O’Reilly’s Matt Silver, Adobe’s Denise Styerwalt and Whitney McCleary, and proofreaders Sohaila Abdulali, Kate Briggs, John Cacciatore, Genevieve d’Entremont, Lorne Lehrer, Sada Preisch, Ellen Keyne Seebacher, and Teresa Noelle Roberts.
Apple’s Ken Bereskin heroically answered my floods of tweaky question, usually within nanoseconds. And thanks, as always, to David Rogelberg for believing in the idea.
Above all, this book owes its existence to the patience and affection of Jennifer, Kelly, Tia, and Jeffrey. They make these books—and everything else—possible.
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 page numbers (not just “see Chapter 14“); and an ironclad promise never to put an apostrophe in the possessive word its.
Here’s a list of current and upcoming titles.
iMovie ’08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPhoto ’08: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and Derrick Story
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition by David Pogue
iPhone: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
AppleScript: The Missing Manual by Adam Goldstein
iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPhoto 6: The Missing Manualby David Pogue and Derrick Story
iPod: The Missing Manual, 6th Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer
AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual by Jim Elferdink and David Reynolds
GarageBand 2: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iLife ’05: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iWork ’05: The Missing Manual by Jim Elferdink
Office 2008 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual by Jim Elferdink et al.
FileMaker Pro 9: The Missing Manual by Geoff Coffey and Susan Prosser
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, Barbara Brundage
The Internet: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and J.D. Biersdorfer
Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
Flash CS3: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer and Chris Grover
eBay: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Wikipedia: The Missing Manual by John Broughton
Google: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition by Sarah Milstein and Rael Dornfest
Home Networking: The Missing Manual by Scott Lowe
Windows Vista: The Missing Manual, by David Pogue
FrontPage 2003: The Missing Manual by Jessica Mantaro
Office 2007: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover, Matthew MacDonald, and E. A. Vander Veer
Word 2007: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
Excel 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual by Emily A. Vander Veer
Access 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
PCs: The Missing Manual by Andy Rathbone
Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
QuickBooks 2008: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
QuickBase: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition by David Pogue
Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition by David Pogue, Craig Zacker, and L.J. Zacker
Windows XP Power Hound by Preston Gralla
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 those advanced sidebars. Recent titles include:
Windows Vista for Starters: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Windows XP for Starters: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Access 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Excel 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Quicken 2006 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Word 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
PowerPoint 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Emily A. Vander Veer