Christmas books for Mac users

Macs are great computers but we don’t always use (or even know about) their full potential.

If you know someone who’s recently bought a Mac, or who’s had their Mac for ages but doesn’t use it to full effect (who does?), then a Peachpit Press user guide might make a good present.

I know — a computer manual isn’t what you’d expect to find underneath the Christmas tree. But Peachpit’s guides are written in an ungeeky, user-friendly style — especially those by the wonderful Robin Williams. Who is not a comedian or actor but an expert in design, typography, Shakespeare, and all things Mac. Her books convey all the delights of using a Mac and are themselves a delight to read.

By Marian Dougan

Published by Marian Dougan

Marian is a translator and editor (specialising in web content) currently based in Glasgow, Scotland. Marian previously lived in Italy for over 20 years, working as a language teacher, translator and policy analyst with the British Embassy in Rome. A qualified member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) and its Italian-language and ITI Scotnet networks, she is currently Scotnet's Convenor and Deputy Webmaster. From 2003 to 2006 Marian taught translation skills at the Italian Department of Glasgow University and now gives Master Classes as part of the new Masters in Translation Studies course. She also conducts web-writing and usability workshops to help people improve their websites and communicate more effectively with their readers, users and customers. In September 2014 Marian obtained User Experience Certification, with specialisation in Web Design, from the Nielsen Norman Group. She loves language, especially English, and is convinced that learning languages opens up people’s minds and horizons (and increases their brainpower!). To share her enthusiasm, she advises schools and educational authorities on language skills and enterprise. She gives talks to pupils on how to combine language studies with other subjects and so enhance their potential and increase their career options. Marian is an active member of organisations such as: Scottish Council Development and Industry (SCDI); Association of Scottish Businesswomen; Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Scotland. She also loves architecture, design, fashion (British Vogue!), cities and chocolate. She’s a great fan of Twitter and you can also find her on Linkedin.

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  1. Talking about using Macs to their full potential the latest version of Mac software, Mountain Lion (≈€18), has inbuilt dictation software that works in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish, all with regional variations. It can be used straightaway (doesn’t need any training to get used to your voice) and results are good: very little correction is needed. Best of all it works anywhere where you need to type text (word processor, e-mail, internet search engine etc), including in CAT tools!

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