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James Diefenderfer reviews: Learning Mac OS X from lynda.com


James Diefenderfer
James Diefenderfer
Boise, Idaho, USA

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James Diefenderfer takes a look at ''Learning Mac OS X" -- a CD-ROM presented by Joel Berkovitz and published by lynda.com.

I believe that there is and will always be two types of Mac users. Old ones and new ones. Which one are you?

It doesn't much matter because we will all be moving to OS X if we want to continue to be Mac users. For old Mac users this means learning new ways of doing old things. For new Mac users, welcome.

The CD-ROM Learning Mac OS X, presented by Joel Berkovitz is a tool that can bring harmony to both the old and new Mac user alike. There is something to be learned by everyone no matter if you're new to OS X or have been using it since beta.

The CD presentation is a simple yet elegant design with a simple scrolling menu that lets you select which subject you want to learn more about. Upon making your choice a Quick Time movie will open within the presentation and begin playing. These QT's are beautifully compressed with smooth motion and clear narration.

Your choices range from installing OS X and features to understanding how to use the new applications that ship with OS X, such as iMail. Each lesson or guide is just long enough to give you the knowledge you need to get started or that special extra tip to help you operate more efficiently in OS X.

Pros

  • Clean crisps design that's easy to navigate.
  • Provides useful information not teasers that try to get you to buy more products.
  • Cross platform (for those that haven't made the switch yet).

Cons

  • The QT's were not set up to allow user interaction with the space bar to start, pauses or stop the movie. For some reason this annoyed me.
  • Joel's voice drones and I found it hard to listen to more than three movies in one viewing.
  • The presentation takes over the desktop. This prevents the viewer from being able to follow along with all the helpful information being presented.

Recommendation

Whether you're an old or new Mac user this CD will teach you things you need to know to get along in OS X. In fact, buy two and give one to a switcher!

Cows:

I give it 3 1/2 COWs because I think taking over the desktop was a big foul. It would be much more useful to allow the viewer to be able to follow along and apply what has been learned.




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