I recently had the bookmacOS Mojave - THE standard work for beginners and those switching” by Anton Ochsenkühn, which I would recommend to all beginners and newcomers who are taking their first steps on a Mac. Anyone who has worked on the Mac a bit already knows some of the system settings and features of macOS, but as it is, there is always something to improve. And here the book helps”macOS Mojave - Over 250 cool insider tips” Even old hands like me to make everyday work more efficient.
The author himself describes in the foreword that the book was created from a series of tips and tricks that he originally wrote down for himself on small pieces of paper. Acquaintances, to whom he occasionally sent these tips, then encouraged him to publish his collection as a book. And now this collection is available in printed and digitized form (as Kindle e-book) in front.
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Design and content structure
In addition to the content, what is also important to me in books is a content structure that is easy to understand. Especially with a book like this, which you certainly don't read through from cover to cover like a novel, but rather that you read here and there, a clear structure is important so that you can find what you are looking for.
Here I have books of the amac book publisher So far only good things have been in my hands and this book is no exception. The table of contents is divided into five subject areas:
Mac tips on system settings, APFS hard drive format, PDF generation and the like.
Notes on Internet access, Safari and Apple Mail
Tips for the Messages app, Facetime, Notes, Messages and the standard macOS programs
More about the Finder, files and folders, dock, tags, file handling
Tips on users, security settings, network and problem solving
The 250 tips are distributed across these areas and are prepared with screenshots and small help boxes so that beginners can quickly find out where the relevant functions and setting options are hidden. The presentation is clear and easy to grasp. Just right for a collection of tips that you would like to briefly pick up in between to browse through.
Content - are there any good tips?
I have to admit, with a book by Anton Ochsenkuhn I have no major concerns that the title promises more than the content delivers. As a long-time Mac user and trainer, he combines a great deal of knowledge about macOS with a pleasant way of conveying things.
The tips that the author has put together here are actually tips that cannot be found in every lurid 99-cent eBook on Amazon “secret mac tips” gets sold. Many of the instructions and ideas from the book were not even known to me (after more than twenty years of macOS).
From my point of view, the reference work is particularly recommended for Mac users who regularly spend time on the Mac and want to accelerate or simplify their work processes - and that does not necessarily have to go hand in hand with professional use of the Mac. The tips are of course also and above all intended for casual users.
Since they cover a broad spectrum from the Automator to Tags in the Finder, every Mac user should find helpful information here that they can use when working on the Mac.
My conclusion on the book
Definitely a good collection of tips that is well worth the money. Especially the Kindle version is so cheap that you hardly have to think about buying it.
If you are looking for more in-depth instructions and tips on macOS Mojave, you can take a look at the other book by Anton Ochsenkühn, which explains every earthly aspect of macOS Mojave. With almost 250 pages that is Book presented here with 250 insider tips on Mojave but certainly a comprehensive reference work - just focused on tips on functions and setting options that make daily work on the Mac easier.
In addition to this book, I would do that Booklet with the most important keyboard shortcuts for macOS Mojave recommend. Keyboard shortcuts like these can also save an enormous amount of time once you have memorized them.
In the chapter "Troubleshooting" I have already found a very good tip that I would like to present in an article on the blog. If the author gives me the ok here, it should soon be available here in an extra post.
And the other two books that I mentioned in the text:
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.
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