Taking Control of Mac OS X 10.3 with PDF-based Guide
TidBITS launches new 'Take Control' eBook publishing project

27 October 2003

By Kurt Foss, Planet PDF Editor

As we reported in last Friday's Planet PDF Weblog, Apple Computer began selling and shipping version 10.3 of its state-of-the-art operating system software beginning that same evening. Early adopters rushed to pre-order -- or to purchase during a special night-time event at various Apple Stores -- the so-called "Panther" version of OS X, and to begin checking out the many new or enhanced features.

Some of the Acrobat users among the first wave of Panther-powered Mac enthusiasts have also begun noting on various forums certain less-desirable traits of specific software applications after 10.3 was installed. We've already posted details of a couple glitches relayed by Acrobat 6 users, and expect we'll hear and read about others. Adobe is also reportedly testing Acrobat 6 and it other apps for compatibility.

Take Control Upgrade to OS X Panther

For other Acrobat for Mac users looking to take a wait-and-see attitude before plunking down the $129 to upgrade to Panther, the Mac experts at TidBITS Electronic Publishing had a launch of their own last week designed to assist with the upgrade process.

TidBITS posted the first in a series of new PDF-based eBooks, titled "Take Control: Upgrading to Panther," written by Joe Kissel and available for online purchase ($5) and download.

The 52-page guide goes into considerable detail on the various precautions and recommended steps involved in installing a major OS upgrade -- the kind of useful information everyone wishes they'd taken time to read and heed, usually after failing to do so and encountering one or more problems.

The TidBITS crew, led by Adam and Tonya Engst, are long-time Mac enthusiasts and veteran electronic publishers. The new "Take Control" eBooks are designed "to be read online or printed," meaning they are formatted to use: Take Control OS X 10.3

" ... a PDF layout that offers larger type for easy on-screen reading, fast navigation with bookmarks and internal links, and integration with the outside world via active Web links."

A second book in the series -- "Take Control of Customizing Panther," by Matt Neuberg is also available from the TidBITS Web site for the same modest price.


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