IBM may have developed the small desktop computer and failed to draft the contract effectively with the operating system developer, Microsoft, but the Mac was really the pioneer of modern personal workstations. The company has always enjoyed a loyal customer base even though the pricing has often been user-hostile. Where the Intel/Microsoft PC came to dominate the market place, the professional user has tended to employ either a UNIX/Linux workstation or a Mac. This has been particularly true of creative users in graphics design, journalism, publishing and related crafts. It is difficult to be sure why the Mac has always had a strong fan club or why it failed to exploit the huge market served by the PC. The probability is that the Mac pricing policy made it a professional rather than a casual or domestic purchase. It established a Rolls Royce reputation and generally has proved to be a more reliable produce than many PCs. Mac has also pioneered, particularly in graphical operation as a windowing environment. Given that the typical Mac user has been a professional prepared to pay for a premium product, it is surprising that few user ever learn much more than the majority of PC users about their vital electronic tool – and that is terrifyingly little about a very powerful tool that offers high risk to the unwary. This manual provides a very friendly and heavily illustrated guide to most effective use of a Mac. Unlike manufacturer’s computer manuals, it is set out in a logical and very easy to follow manner, working the reader through the stages from initial selection, getting to know the machine, increasing performance, expanding capabilities through the addition of upgrades and new peripherals, to maintenance and trouble shooting.