Save 35% on My Lion Book!

Discount applies to either printed book or ebook (or bundle) and includes free shipping!

Mac OS X Lion VQS Book CoverJust a quick note to let readers know that Peachpit Press is offering my Lion book at a 35% off discount with free shipping from now until December 31, 2011.

To take advantage of this offer, visit the book’s page on Peachpit’s site, add the book (or ebook or bundle) to your shopping cart and check out. Be sure to enter discount code LIONVQS during the checkout process.

Makes a great gift for folks new to Mac OS or Lion!

Dragon Dictate 2.5: Visual QuickStart Guide

Now available!

Dragon Dictate

Dragon Dictate 2.5: Visual QuickStart Guide walks readers through how to train Dragon Dictate, allowing it to recognize the way readers speak. Readers will learn how to add specialized words and names and how to control Mac applications using their voice. The book then moves on to editing text documents, allowing readers to select, delete, capitalize and work with text. The book also covers having Dragon read text back to the user, allowing the user to proofread and edit dictated documents. Finally, the book covers more advanced topics, such as creating new voice commands for controlling Mac applications and controlling the mouse via voice commands.

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My latest Peachpit Press book, Dragon Dictate 2.5: Visual QuickStart Guide, is now widely available from all major online booksellers and in bookstores that sell computer books. You can buy it in traditional print format or as an ebook in Kindle, iBooks, NOOK, and PDF formats.

About the Book

I first became interested in Dragon Dictate when I began using the Dragon Dictation app on my iPad. I was extremely impressed by the software’s ability to understand what I was saying — without any voice recognition training. Later, I was on hand at Macworld Expo in San Francisco for a demo of the Mac OS software package, Dragon Dictate, on the show floor. I was blown away. It was exactly the kind of software I’d been dreaming about — software that could type what I said as I said it.

I bought a copy right then and there.

I started talking to Peachpit Press about a Dragon Dictate book this past spring. We contacted for it, but soon put it on the back burner so I could finish my Mac OS X book revision for Lion. When that was finished, I began working on the Dictate book. I finished it in October.

Dragon Dictate 2.5: Visual QuickStart Guide follows the usual illustrated step-by-step format that makes Visual QuickStart Guide books so popular with readers. But in addition to that, it also provides numerous tables of commands that work with Dragon Dictate. It’s these handy guides that I think are the most valuable resource in the book. I can imagine readers using a highlighter to highlight the commands they use most — that’s what I’ll be doing with my copy!

Buy the Book

Right now, the book is available from many booksellers. If it’s not readily available in your favorite bookstore, try one of these sources:

It retails for $19.99, but I’ve seen prices as low as $14.99 ( The ebook is widely available for just 9.99.

Additional Material, Feedback, and Support

You can find additional material about Dragon Dictate on this site. Just follow the Dragon Dictate topic link.

You can also post questions and read questions and answers on the book’s support page.

Mac OS X Lion: Visual QuickStart Guide

Latest Mac OS X Visual QuickStart Guide now available.

Visual QuickStart Guides, designed in an attractive tutorial and reference format, are the quickest, easiest, and most thorough way to learn applications, tasks, and technologies. The Visual QuickStart Guides are a smart choice and guide the learner in a friendly and respectful tone. Visually presented with copious screenshots, the focused discussions by topic and tasks make learning a breeze and quickly take you to exactly what you want to learn.

The latest update of this best-selling Visual QuickStart Guide will have you up and running in no time with Mac OS X Lion. Respected, best-selling author Maria Langer will take you through all of Mac OS X Lion’s groundbreaking capabilities and new features including Multi-Touch Gestures, Launchpad, Mission Control, the App Store, Mail, and much more. With plenty of screenshots to clearly illustrate techniques, this effective tutorial and reference is packed with practical information for people who want to jump in and start working and playing with OS X Lion.

Table of Contents

PART I: Getting Started with Mac OS X
Chapter 1: Setting Up Mac OS X Lion
Chapter 2: Finder Basics
Chapter 3: File Management Basics
Chapter 4: Window Views
Chapter 5: Getting Help
PART II: Managing Files
Chapter 6: Advanced Finder Techniques
Chapter 7: Searching for Files
Chapter 8: Storage Devices & Media
Chapter 9: Backup & Recovery Features
Chapter 10: Multiple Users
PART III: Using Applications
Chapter 11: Application Basics
Chapter 12: Standard Application Menus
Chapter 13: The App Store
Chapter 14: TextEdit
Chapter 15: Address Book
Chapter 16: iCal
Chapter 17: Music & Video Applications
Chapter 18: Other Mac OS X Applications
Chapter 19: Dashboard
Chapter 20: Desktop Management
PART IV: Mac OS Utilities
Chapter 21: Fonts
Chapter 22: Printing
Chapter 23: Disk Utility
Chapter 24: Mac OS Utility Applications
PART V: Network & Internet Connectivity
Chapter 25: Networking
Chapter 26: Connecting to the Internet
Chapter 27: Internet Applications
PART VI: Customizing Your Mac
Chapter 28: Customizing the Finder
Chapter 29: Customizing Finder Windows
Chapter 30: System Preferences Basics
Chapter 31: Personal Preferences
Chapter 32: Hardware Preferences
Chapter 33: Internet & Wireless Preferences
Chapter 34: System Preferences
PART VII: Reference
Appendix A: Menus & Keyboard Shortcuts

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Snow Leopard: Five Tips in Five Days


Snow Leopard Book CoverIn the crazy days before the release of Snow Leopard, Peachpit asked me to pull five Snow Leopard tips from Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide for release on their Web site over a five day period. The tips began appearing on August 31 and they’re now all available.

Here are links for your convenience: