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I recently had one on my blog Articles with useful manuals for macOS Mojave. The list of recommendations also includes Anton Ochsenkühn's book, which he has now sent me in duplicate - one for the review here and one to be raffled off among you! First of all, thank you very much, Anton. You can find more about the raffle at the bottom of the article. But now to the review of the book!
The book "macOS Mojave" was recently published by amac-buch Verlag, which has a whole range of books on the Apple universe at the start: on iOS 12 on the iPad or iPhone, on Apple iCloud, on Apple TV, on iTunes and iMovie and even one for the photo app - and a few more. I'll put together a complete list in another post. But in this article, we only focus on the macOS Mojave manual.
Maybe we will start with the "specs" of the book, because they are also impressive:
I have to admit that I haven't read the book from front to back in the last few days because I didn't have the time. But since it just came out, I wanted to write a review that will come out soon. Actually, that's not a problem either, because you get a good impression of the book yourself if you have held it in your hand for a few evenings and leafed through it, read a chapter here and there and taken note of the organization and presentation of the book.
And what can I say: the first impression is very good. I've read through the first chapters that start with the installation of macOS Mojave and explain how to get the installation file via the App Store, what APFS is and what options you have when working with the trackpad or Magic Mouse. As a new Mac user, you will be picked up at the very beginning and guided through the setup of the Mac.
After reading the first few chapters, my first thought was: "This book should be included as a manual with every Mac!" It is written in a really understandable and practical way and does not overwhelm new users, even if they have no computer experience.
What I also find positive is the area of "Internet security", which explains to newbies why the Internet is not only an asset but also a certain risk. It explains how to protect the Mac from external access with the internal firewall and why the apps since Mojave ask for permission for location services or access to photos. It goes without saying that access to a program downloaded from the Internet (that does not come directly from Apple) should be prohibited from time to time if the permissions required by the program seem unsuitable.
Anyone who thinks that the Mojave manual is only for people who have no idea about the Mac is mistaken. Even for people like me, who have been working on the Mac for over 20 years, there are always functions or explanations that offer new insights into the operating system. Sometimes you have accumulated a lot of half-knowledge in some areas over the years, that it is really nice to be able to read more closely how one or the other function actually works.
Especially for me - who tries to give other Mac users a little support - the reference work is very helpful, because I often only have a lot of knowledge in some areas and very little in others. Depending on what day-to-day work demands of you, you of course only get further training in these "corners" of macOS ... For example, the area of "user management" is completely new territory for me, as I've never had to share my Macs with other users I am only logged in as an admin. A practice that is not necessarily recommended. ;-)
Mac users don't have to shy away from the terminal either. While I would advise against copying and executing terminal commands from windy Internet sites, the steps from the book can be implemented without any problems. Sure, you won't become a professional user directly, but some things can only be changed and edited on the Mac using the terminal. For this reason, I think it's good that the book explains how to get to your goal as an Ottonormal user with the terminal.
The volume of the book is of course very large with over 700 pages. It is all the more important to structure and present all the information in a meaningful way. For this purpose, all articles are subdivided into 13 large chapters:
All of these chapters have their own color coding, which can also be seen from the page of the book. This makes it easier to find specific information.
In addition to the good structure in the book, the many screenshots and the small information boxes are also good tools to loosen up the large amount of text information. The screenshots show you very quickly what the windows should look like in which you have to select certain options. As a result, Mac beginners can quickly achieve their goals and are not frustrated by incomprehensible text wastes.
The chapter "Troubleshooting and fitness training" alone is worth the price for the book. Here you can get help if the Mac mucks and no longer wants to. From the Apple hardware test to the safe system start to the start of the rescue partition, everything is explained in detail here. In my opinion, if you can't get any further, you've really exhausted all the options you can do yourself and will probably have to carry your Mac to the Genius Bar in the next Apple shop.
And if the Mac really doesn't want to anymore, the printed word also has a great advantage: What use is the best website with tips for troubleshooting if the Mac does not start and you have no other option to access the Internet? Then a printed reference work is really worth its weight in gold. And to be honest, I enjoy leafing through books on the sofa more than looking at the MacBook or iPad ... I do that often enough every day.
And what you also have to credit the book with positively: It is amazingly topical. Not only are all screenshots adapted to macOS Mojave - even the T2 chip, which is built into the new iMac Pro, is covered in the book.
A recommendation for every Mac user - whether young, old, experienced or inexperienced. With this book, Anton Ochsenkühn has really succeeded in creating a reference work for all topics on the Mac, which, despite the wealth of information, is still clearly structured and visually beautiful.
Anyone who looks at Amazon will see that it is the book as a printed paperback or as Kindle version gives. Of course, the Kindle format is searchable too, but unfortunately this doesn't work on ePub readers like the Tolino. So if you want the book in ePub format, please have a look here at buecher.de in the menu.
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his 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 for current bugs.
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