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July 29, 2002

With "Office X for Macintosh: The Missing Manual," Mac Users Learn That Office X is Far More Than the Sum of Its Parts

Sebastopol, CA--"To say that Microsoft Office is the world's most frequently used software application is the understatement of the century," declares the opening sentence of Office X for Macintosh: The Missing Manual, (Pogue Press/O'Reilly, US $24.95). By far the most widely used software for Mac OS X, Office X is no mere rehash of the Windows version. Microsoft has completely overhauled its ubiquitous software suite to take advantage of Mac OS X's stunning looks and rock-like stability. In Office X, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage are closely integrated and share program components. "Office X for Macintosh: The Missing Manual" tackles each of these four programs and reveals how the whole is far more than the sum of the parts.

Missing Manual creator David Pogue assembled a "dream team" of Mac experts for this latest addition to his bestselling series: Tonya Engst, co-editor of the popular TidBITS Macintosh newsletter, David Reynolds, former executive editor of "MacAddict" magazine (now working at Apple), and Nan Barber, "Macworld" contributor and coauthor of "Office 2001 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual" (Pogue Press/O'Reilly) bring depth, clarity, and humor to their exhaustive examination of Office X.

In "Office X for Macintosh: The Missing Manual," the authors start with the basics for each program. To help users take full advantage of Office, they show how each program works with the others. They also go into detail about Office X's impressive array of digital-image editing tools, publication templates, clip art, and drawing tools, explain the new integrated PDF program, and describe how to design and create sophisticated web pages with charts, sound, and QuickTime movies.

Is this more than most people expect from Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage? "Microsoft's own studies indicate that most people don't even know about eighty percent of its programs' features, let alone use them all," according to the authors. "Office X for Macintosh: The Missing Manual" is not just for beginners; it's for everyone who uses Office X and wants to get more from this powerful suite of applications.

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Office X for Macintosh: The Missing Manual
By Nan Barber, Tonya Engst & David Reynolds
ISBN 0-596-00332-3, 728 pages, $29.95 (US) $46.95 (CAN)
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