The Mac OS X Tiger Book reviewed by Robert Pritchett
Author: Andy Ihnatko
Wiley Developed for the Apple Community Series
Released: May 23, 2005
$25 USD $32 CND 19 GBP 22 Euro
Strengths: Strong sense of humor piled on top of watered down
Weaknesses: A couple of typos.
Mix some fun into reading about Mac OS X Tiger 10.4 by reading Andy Ihnatko's aluminum
sided Mac Towercase looking take with The Mac OS X Tiger Book. Andy invents a lot of words
and uses them as he alliterates and adulterates the English language with his blarney. I have to
believe he makes up a lot of his for instances with the blue side notes posted on practically
every page. As you read the table of contents you know he has his tongue firmly planted in cheek
and he rivals Scott Kelby with editorial hubris and comedic content [Editor: the quality that
makes you write (and maintain) programs that other people won t want to say bad things
In other words, this is just a fun read that is a worthy competitor against the likes of David
Pogue's Missing Manual series on the same topic.
Somehow Andy Ihnatko keeps the energy up all the way to the last page as he cavorts with the
Tiger. His treatment on AppleScript and Automationalizing help take the edge off of the
something new to try mentality. He just helps us jump right into the deep end of the pool and
he filtered the water so we could see clearly, no surprises.
This is the book you give to the Mac OS 9 holdouts, those that would delight in a stand up comic
approach to learning and everyone else.
MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion
August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8