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iPad: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) Reviews

iPad: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)

iPad: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)

  • The book that should have been in the box!
  • 5th Edition
  • Covers ALL iPads and iTunes 11
  • “The most intelligent and usable series of guide books”
  • You received that iPad for Christmas, now make the most out of it!

Apple’s wildly popular iPad and new iPad Mini come jam-packed with features, like access to your media library from the Web, Siri voice control, and seamless Facebook and Twitter integration. But to tap your iPad’s potential, you need a trustworthy owner’s manual. This bestselling book shows you how to import, create, and play back media; sync and shop wirelessly; keep in touch over the Internet; and even take care of business. In addition, you’ll find full coverage of iTunes 11, Apple’s newly updated media manager.The important stuff you need to know:Take your media with you. Fill your iPad with music, photos, movies, TV shows, games, ebooks, and podcasts. Tap new features in email. Create VIP and Flagged mailboxes, and insert photos

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  1. W. Hohenschuh "Engineer On Two Wheels" says:
    96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Great Book and The Definitive Guide to the New iPad, iPad mini, and iOS 6, December 10, 2012
    W. Hohenschuh “Engineer On Two Wheels” (Corvallis, Oregon) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: iPad: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) (Paperback)

    Whether you’re still considering becoming an iPad owner for the first time, have just broken the seal on your newest iDevice, or have had your new iPad for a few months and would consider yourself to be something of an apple genius, this book has something to offer you.

    I probably would have thrown myself in that third category (somewhere beyond basic competence), but then again I thought that about my iPhone proficiency before checking out its missing manual (iPhone: The Missing Manual) and ended up learning how to use features I didn’t even know existed. So I assumed that I probably didn’t know as much as I thought about the iPad and picked this guide up. That assumption turned out to be very right.

    This book is the most comprehensive guide for the new iPad that I’ve ever picked up. It covers virtually everything you’d need to know from the time you take the iPad out of the box through the day you restore its factory settings and sell it to the kid down the street. The Missing Manual is broken in 16 chapters which seem to flow logically from an overview of the iPad and how to interact with it (a nice beginner level introduction that makes the book approachable for even the most novice iPad user), to getting online (and everything that comes with it like messaging and email), to working with apps (both built in and selected third party apps), to music and iTunes, and finally to taking, editing, and sharing photos and videos. There’s also a quick chapter on using iCloud to back up your data and two appendices that look at general settings and troubleshooting your iPad.

    I’d like to say this book is absolutely comprehensive, it certainly feels like it is, but given that I had apparently only scratched the surface of the iPad’s potential I probably don’t have the authority to support such a claim. What I can say is that this manual is incredibly thorough and I haven’t read a single section (except maybe the intro sections) without learning at least one new thing. I’m discovering features I didn’t know existed or knew existed, but didn’t realize how powerful they were (iMovie has a lot more to it than I knew), I’m also finding short cuts that make the apps that I already knew (or thought I knew) everything about run more quickly and efficiently, and I’m picking up explanations that make some of the iPad’s quirks easier to understand and deal with (one example of this was the explanation of video file formats, which ones are usable on the iPad, and quick reviews of a few third party applications to convert your existing files).

    If you’ve read any of the Missing Manual series in the past you won’t be surprised by the layout, content, or general writing style found in this book. Like other Missing Manuals the book has a lot of well-written, witty narrative to go along with the how to step-by-step guides and high definition pictures. I like the narrative, parts of it are funny and it gives the author a chance to give opinions about options and features (on things like picking out data plans, deciding whether to use the built in photo editing software or buy a third party app, selecting cables to hook your iPad to the TV, etc.). For me the narrative helps keep me engaged and provides some valuable information that you don’t get in some of the more strictly how to guides (Teach Yourself VISUALLY The new iPad (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))). It does however add some bulk to the book and might slow you down if you were using the book only as a reference as sometimes the how to can be a little mixed into the commentary and hard to find.

    With that said the book could certainly be used as a reference. The table of contents is quite specific and the index of the book is huge (17 pages of terms). I did a few test runs of the index searching for Twitter, pinch, red eye correction, and Skype and actually found all listed even though Twitter and Skype are third party products. My test probably isn’t statistically and scientifically valid, but it gives you a bit of an idea that you definitely could use this guide without trying to read it cover to cover.

    Final Thoughts:
    *Every bit as thorough as I could hope for
    *Easy to follow guides with helpful pictures
    *Great commentary that makes it a very readable and enjoyable guide
    *An index that’s as thorough as the book itself making it a usable reference guide as well
    *Well worth the money

    **5 stars

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  2. Norman Goldman "Publisher & Editor of Bookp... says:
    60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Stand out- lack of clutter, clear explanations devoid of technical jargon, clear organization, and the author’s vast knowledge, December 11, 2012

    This review is from: iPad: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) (Paperback)

    Apple has unbelievably sold more than one hundred million iPads, however, as the case with most computer products today, you won’t find a printed comprehensive manual included with your purchase of this fantastic tablet, although you will find a little card that is difficult to read with little information. We all know how frustrating and time consuming it can be when we don’t have a friendly manual to refer to and this is why O’Reilly Media has come to our rescue with J.D. Biersdorfer’s iPad the missing manual (5th edition).

    Biersdorfer is a New York Times columnist and the bestselling author of previous editions of iPad The Missing Manual as well as other Missing Manuals.

    With this informative guidebook readers will now be able to easily find numerous fascinating iPad features which are conveniently organized by task and topic spread over seventeen chapters and 2 appendices which concern settings and troubleshooting.

    Topics covered include setting up and touring the iPad, interacting, getting online, surfing, keeping in touch with email and messaging, organizing apps, purchasing from the App store, reading iBooks and ePeriodicals, game playing, getting productive with iWork, syncing and sharing media files, mastering iTunes, managing and playing music and other audio, watching creating, and editing videos, view. Shooting, editing and managing photos, backing up and syncing with iCloud.

    Throughout the book the author employs a short hand system for part of her instructions keeping the manual user friendly and helping you get the most from the manual. There are also references to websites that offer additional information and resources.

    Before I picked up a copy of iPad the missing manual (5th edition), I was familiar with some of the iPad’s capabilities, however, I have to admit that I was not taking full advantage of its “coolest” attributes. For example, I had no idea of the unbelievable free goodies found in the App Store. Once I downloaded these apps into my iPad, the manual showed me how to organize them, making my life much simpler in tracking them down.

    Other helpful chapters included using Facebook in the iPad, getting video on the iPad, sharing it and even learning how to play iPad videos on my TV.

    Another extremely informative chapter was the one dealing with reading iBooks and ePeriodicals on the iPad. Readers are shown how to download the iBooks app, how to browse and search for books, purchasing books, finding free iBooks, syncing books with iTunes, reading iBooks, changing the type in the ibook, searching the ibook, using the dictionary, creating bookmarks and margin notes, using iBooks textbooks, deleting or rearranging iBooks, subscribing to ePublications, and finding newspaper and magazine apps.

    With my high-resolution color touchscreen, the iPad now takes the eBook and ePeriodical experience to an amazing new level. The same can be said for the videos you can watch on the iPad from the various news channels including those found in Youtube.

    If you are into photography, you are going to enjoy reading the material concerning viewing, shooting, editing and managing photos. This chapter covers getting pictures onto your iPad, using the iPad camera, taking photos with Photo Booth, finding pictures on the iPad, editing photos, using iPhoto, playing slideshows on your iPad and TV, changing the Ipad wallpaper and turning the iPad into a picture frame.

    What makes this guidebook really stand out is its lack of clutter, clear explanations devoid of technical jargon, its clear organization, and the author’s vast knowledge of each of the topics. You can’t ask for anything more.

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  3. L. F. Smith says:
    45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This REALLY should have been in the box…, December 18, 2012
    L. F. Smith (E. Wenatchee, WA) –
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    This review is from: iPad: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) (Paperback)

    Techno-geezers will remember that there once was a time when you opened up the box containing a new device, and you found a comprehensive, well-written instruction manual. Those days are gone forever, and today, we’re lucky if we get a tiny quick-start card that doesn’t contain much more than the link to a downloadable manual– which might cost us $10 worth of ink to print.

    The thing is, we still need those manuals, and the “missing manual” series of books fills that need. This book is an excellent addition to that series.

    It is by far the the most readable and most comprehensive guide for the new iPad that I’ve seen. It’s not easy to write documentation that meets both of those criteria, but J.D. Biersdorfer does it. Everything you’ll need to know– from the moment you open your new iPad’s box to that moment you hope you never experience when it appears to be dead– is here. And it’s all written in clear English and illustrated with screen shots. The material is arranged in a very logical order. I can’t think of a single thing I wished were in the book, or a single thing that I wished were left out.

    I own a first-generation iPad, so I’m very familiar with the basic operations of the device. However, the new iPad is several evolutionary steps beyond that machine. If you have the same experience I had with this book, there’s something about the iPad or IOS 6 on nearly every page that you’ll be surprised and happy to find out about. It’s best to read the book with your iPad powered up so you can try the settings and operations you’re reading about.

    I own several other “missing manual” books, and this one meets or exceeds the standards the rest of the series sets. My bottom line: If you want a comprehensive yet readable guide to your new iPad, you can’t possibly do any better than this book.

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