May 24, 2000
Missing AppleWorks Manual Found
Sebastopol, CA--If you prefer a more streamlined alternative to the
bloat and complexity of Microsoft Sport-Utility Programs, AppleWorks 6
is the stealth office suite. Hugely popular in classrooms, colleges,
and small offices, it's got word processing, graphics, database, web
design, spreadsheet, and slide-show functions in a single, beautifully
integrated application. "AppleWorks is no longer the wimpy
jack-of-all-trades it may have been several versions ago," says Jim
Elferdink, co-author of the new book "AppleWorks 6: The Missing
Manual." "It is a serious contender as a productivity suite for home,
school, and office."
And so every year, AppleWorks arrives in the hands of four million
Apple iMac and iBook buyers. There it sits on the hard drive, a
masterpiece of smooth integration and clever interface design,
accompanied by templates, art libraries, and fonts--and no printed
instructions. "AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual" is the book that
should have been in the box.
In "AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual", authors Jim Elferdink and David
Reynolds guide the reader through both the basics and the hidden
talents of the new AppleWorks, placing special emphasis on version 6's
enhanced word processing, Internet, and presentation features.
"AppleWorks 6 began shipping in February--with many bugs!" says
Elferdink. "Apple released an updater (6.0.3) just as the book was
going to press, so we were able to get some information about it in the
book. The updater fixes most of the problems with the original release
(thank God!) restoring speed and stability to the program."
"AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual' readers will be able to work around
AppleWorks 6's most annoying shortcomings while making the most out of
its killer new features," adds co-author David Reynolds. "The book is
honestly packed with good stuff. There's nothing like it out there--Jim
Elferdink set the tone and the structure, David Pogue added style and
humor, and I added some sweat equity--eww! It's actually an entertaining
read. Not easy for a computer manual."
"AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual" covers:
- What's new. The authors place special emphasis on easing the transition
into the new AppleWorks 6 interface, its Internet hooks, the Starting
Points window, and the new Presentation Module.
- Part by part. The early chapters delve very deeply into the six core
AppleWorks modules, including 85 pages on the word processor alone.
- Power tools. Much of AppleWorks' power comes from its macros,
templates, assistants, customizable Button bar, and Web-based clip-art
- Document exchange. AppleWorks 6 can no longer export Word and Excel
files. But this book covers exchanging documents with other programs,
versions, and platforms--and includes a 25% discount coupon for MacLink
Plus, which restores the file-conversion feature.
- Troubleshooting. Because this book isn't an Apple publication, the
authors freely acknowledge the program's weaknesses--and offer
workarounds. Witty and jargon-free, "AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual"
treats AppleWorks as the serious productivity tool it is. With over 250
illustrations, a 2,000-entry index, and a menu-by-menu explanation of
every command, "AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual" is as smoothly put
together as AppleWorks itself.
About the Missing Manual series:
Microsoft does it. Apple does it. Adobe, Netscape, and FileMaker do
it. Almost every major software company, in fact, sells increasingly
sophisticated software without a printed manual. To cut costs and save
production time, today's software companies don't offer physical
instruction manuals at all. Instead, you're expected to learn these
complex programs by reading electronic help screens. One technical
writer finally became inspired enough to do something about the
problem. David Pogue, bestselling Mac author, has teamed with O'Reilly
to launch a new imprint, Pogue Press, dedicated to producing
beautifully written manuals for popular consumer software and hardware
products. O'Reilly/Pogue Press is pleased to introduce its new line:
the Missing Manual series.
About the Authors:
Jim Elferdink owns Macs for the Masses, a well-known consulting
company, and teaches AppleWorks. David Reynolds is the executive editor
of MacAddict magazine, one of the most popular Mac sites found on the
AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual
Jim Elferdink & David Reynolds
1st First Edition May 2000
1-56592-858-X, 450 pages, $19.95
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