I’m thrilled to announce the availability of my latest bookPicture Yourself Learning Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard — published by Thomson/Cengage Learning.

Picture Yourself Learning Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Book Cover

The book is full of great information and tips and tricks for getting
the most out of Apple’s latest Mac OS.
Every page is filled with full-color, high quality, images and, I hope,
delightful writing.
You may now buy the book online with any of the major resellers — or
you might find it already on the shelf of your local bookstore.


  1. Oh, how I wish I had something like that to drink, Nicola ! ๐Ÿ˜€
    We were up today at 4:30am to do a final check on the ASL book and we sent in our final comments and just got word back at 11:45am that the book is done and off for printing!

  2. Welcome to Urban Semiotic, choco!
    You make an excellent point. This is a basic book that introduces Mac newbies to the Leopard OS. There are a lot of Windows people who are beginning to make the leap into Apple and this book is for them and not really for experts like you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Dananjay —
    The book focuses on Leopard: What’s New, How to Use it and how to make those new features make your work and entertainment lives easier and more fun.

  4. Okay, Dananjay, good question.
    As you know as a loyal member of this blog, I believe in the power of the image, and in the teaching philosophy of “showing not telling” and you use semiotics and images to convey that learning meme.
    So as I step you through the new features and how to set up Leopard, I do it with a few words and bunches of images so you can — semiotically — follow along with me at home.
    It’s much easier to learn something by following a series of images than a series of bullet points on the page.
    The whole “Picture Yourself” series is based on that mantra that the image says more, teaches more, and is friendlier than semantic paragraph bunches on the page.

  5. Dananjay!
    I’m glad I was able to clarify the purpose of the book and series. “Search Inside This Book” might not be an effective sales tool unless it includes full-color images! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Yes, you’re right the Leopard graphics engine is AWESOME! The colors are richer and deeper and brighter than Tiger before it and Vista now.
    That said, my chapter on Bootcamp shows you how to dual-boot Visa on your Leopard machine! It’s really quite amazing technology and it provides you with zero OS loss and total cross-platform functionality as you whip — at will — between Leopard and Vista or XP at will!

  6. David, that sounds wonderful. also i was reading about the macbook sometime back, and apparently the glossy screen is not as bad as some people thought it would be.
    the dual OS is a nice hack. i can work on photoshop files on one OS and switchback to the other to work with, say a NLE and i can dedicate the memory completely to either when i’m working on them.

  7. Dananjay —
    Yes, Leopard is a breath of fresh air when it comes to working as you wish to work.
    I love the glossy screens and, with the advent of the new iMacs, you will have a glossy screen by default from now on for Apple machines because it gives you a richer computer experience.
    A glossy screen gives you deeper colors and a wider experience as I discovered long ago in my Toshiba Qosmio review:
    I have three Intel Macs here now: An original MacBook, an original MacBook Pro 17″ and the new 15″ LED MacBook Pro. I will buy a fourth — the new super-slim MacBook Pro — rumored to be coming in January.
    We’re now totally in the Apple world. We only bump into Windows when absolutely necessary. Will Windows ever support the Apple Operating System? Never! Itโ€™s so smart for Apple to play the, โ€œWeโ€™re kindler and gentler than Microsoft, we allow you to run whichever Operating System you like bestโ€ฆโ€ and once youโ€™re in the Apple world you stay there because itโ€™s so much easier to use and the programs run better.
    If you don’t want to re-boot your machine to run Windows, you can now use a third-party product like Parallels — which I am now running — to โ€œvirtuallyโ€ run Windows in a “window” under Leopard. Wowser! Killer! Dual-computing at its very best! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Yes, Dananjay, the super-slim MacBook has me going insane, too! :mrgreen:
    Rumor-to-Date: 12-13″ LED screen, SSD-only, no optical drive, less than 0.50″ thick, black metal case. Made to move! Portable computing at its fastest! It won’t be cheap — perhaps $1,500-2,000 USD.
    The “MacBook Nano” — as some are calling it — should debut at MacWorld on Jan. 15, 2008. Yeowzah! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks for all the questions, Dananjay! You helped for online the entire concept of the book!

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