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Mac at Work

David Sparks

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Bridge the gap between using a Mac at home and at the office
Now that you love your Mac at home, you want to use one at the office without missing a beat of productivity or professionalism. This unique guide shows you how.  You’ll find best Mac business practices for handling word processing, spreadsheet and presentation creation, task and project management, and graphics. The book also explores topics such as hardware maintenance, how to synchronize with multiple computers, data backup, and communication with Windows networks.
Covers the nuts and bolts of using a Mac at work, including synchronizing with multiple computers, backing up data, and communicating with Windows networksGoes beyond simple coverage of Microsoft Office or iWork to show you how to professionally create and interact with typical office systems and documentsProvides best software and best practices for creating and using spreadsheets, word processing documents, and slide presentations on a MacGives you helpful guidelines and suggestions that can be lacking in an office where the IT department is focused primarily on PCs
Find out the best ways to use your Mac in the office and get more productive than ever!

Customer Reviews

Not just for those who want to use a Mac at work

As someone who has used their Mac side by side on a windows network David has nailed it with this book, especially with the ease of integration into a windows environment where you can get the cooperation of the IT administrator (in this case me).

However this is not just a book for someone looking to bring their Mac to work. If you are interested in any way in personal productivity on your Mac or just want to learn how to use it better then this book is for you.

I know I will be referring back to chapters in this book over and over again. Especially the chapter on going paperless. Your personal space at home is a premium so why not recapture it by storing that volume of paperwork electronically. One caveat though, if you do go paperless make sure you read the chapter on back up too.

I have used my Mac for work and for pleasure for 5 years now and I have to say it is the best "PC" I have ever owned. This book is the perfect companion for your Mac.

Well done on what I hope will be the first of several books we see from you David. I look forward to reading your next offering.

Justin Byrne
MacCraic Podcast


A lot of helpful info on various applications for wide categories like time management. Great screen shots. Enjoyable to read.

The Best Hardware And Software Guide Available For Mac Users

I have completed this wonderful book, "Mac At Work" by David Sparks. This book is a must read for any Mac user, new or experienced, or for anyone who is contemplating buying a new personal computer. This book is first of all practically written, in non-technical terms, that any lay reader can understand. David explains clearly, the various features of the Apple OX10.6 operating system, and even more importantly he sifts though the many software options available for accomplishing the end objectives, the work product that is the real reason we use our computers. Even though this book is titled "Mac At Work" is is just as useful for the casual computer user.

Mr. Sparks overview of available software is comprehensive, to say the least. He covers, the various softwares with detailed instructions and tips. I am a Mac geek, my Mac owning friends come to me for questions all the time. With this said I have learned a tremendous amount of information from this book which will improve my work flow as a college professor. I am already uing many tips from this book and as a result I have acquired a number of new software titles, the most exceptional being DEVONthink Pro Office. This book provides a comprehensive framework for establishing a personal workflow using best practices on the Mac. From now on I will recommend this book to any Mac user who comes to me with a Mac related question. It is such a wonderful, Mac reference source and users guide. It is unique in that it is not biased towards any particular software companies. Mr. Sparks provides the reader with a number of software options for each workflow objective, letting the reader choose the one which best suits the readers workflow and budget. This, in itself, will save you many times the price of this book. He provides the reader with a degree of familiarity with software choices that choosing the best option is much less confusing and as a result the reader will be saved from purchasing software which is not suitable for their particular needs. A case in point is his comparison of task managers for the Mac. The two main contenders are Things and OmniFocus. Mr. Sparks clearly prefers OmniFocus but he explains why and why Things might be a better option for readers who are not managing the literally thousands of tasks managed by Mr. Sparks. I have tried both softwares and I chose to use Things. Mr. Sparks' advice directly parallelled my experience using both softwares. This type of advice, for a perspective purchaser of software, is invaluable.

I want to close by saying that this book is an easy, enjoyable read. The writers, at the major websites devoted to personal computing, could learn a lot from Mr.Sparks' clear, detailed but not overwhelming explanations of the advantages and disadvantages of various programs, and more importantly, the step by step instructions, for the use of the programs he recommends. This book was obviously a work born of a love and a passion for the Mac. This book is a must read for anyone who owns, or is contemplating buying a Mac. I was disappointed when the book ended. Like a great performer Mr. Sparks' left me wanting more. My one small criticism is that Mr.Sparks did not discuss some of the really good software available to convert PDF files to either the Pages or Word formats. Solid PDF to Word is a useful tool I use for this purpose. I store everything in PDF files, organizing them in the software programs Paperless for personal documents and Paper for my academic work. The ability to transfer these PDF files to Pages or Word documents, with the formatting and fonts intact, is an important part of my workflow.

I read this book on my early 2009 MacBook using the Kindle Mac App, from the new Mac App store. This App makes reading on a Macbook a pleasure.u

Mac at Work
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  • $19.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Computers
  • Published: Dec 07, 2010
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Seller: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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