Manual in the test: macOS Ventura - The standard work on Apple's operating system by Anton Ochsenkühn

Photo macOS Ventura manual amac-buch Verlag

The premium video book by Anton Ochsenkühn on the new operating system for Macs is also published every year - to match the new macOS from Apple. And again this year I would like to present the new edition to you with a review.

The macOS Ventura manual by Anton Ochsenkühn brings together a good 560 pages. Concentrated knowledge that is not only helpful for beginners (photos: Sir Apfelot).
The macOS Ventura manual by Anton Ochsenkühn brings together a good 560 pages. Concentrated knowledge that is not only helpful for beginners (photos: Sir Apfelot).

About Anton Ochsenkühn from amac-buch Verlag

I've now switched to "du" with Anton, since we've been in contact for a number of years when Apple releases its new operating systems. But the review is still not a friendship service, but a neutral evaluation of the book.

And Anton definitely has more expertise than I could offer, because he has been a certified trainer and expert for Apple hardware and software for many years. Anton has also come into contact with Apple as a developer and has a lot of experience in the IT sector. In short: He is absolutely qualified to publish a textbook macOS is coming to be able to write. He has proven once again with the new edition that he can do it.

The author Anton Ochsenkühn knows Apple devices better than almost anyone else. With this knowledge, he is ideally suited to writing such manuals for macOS (Photo: Anton Ochsenkühn).
The author Anton Ochsenkühn knows Apple devices better than almost anyone else. With this knowledge, he is ideally suited to writing such manuals for macOS (Photo: Anton Ochsenkühn).

What is a premium video book?

If you look closely, you will find the note "Premium video book" on the book. This is a concept that amac-buch Verlag has been pursuing for several years: the book is paired with short screencasts in which the author explains certain functions of macOS Ventura directly on the screen via video.

I find this implementation very successful, as it shows beginners exactly where which buttons and options can be found. In total, you can find more than 5 hours of video material in this way, which is divided into small bites. You can access the individual videos directly with your iPad or iPhone via QR codes in the book. If you prefer to work on the Mac by entering URLs, you will also find them next to the QR code.

QR codes can be found in many places in the book, which can be used to call up video instructions on the respective topic. Perfect for macOS newbies!
QR codes can be found in many places in the book, which can be used to call up video instructions on the respective topic. Perfect for macOS newbies!

The technical data of the book

  • Title: macOS Ventura - The standard work on Apple's operating system
  • Book Type: Premium Video Book
  • Paperback or Kindle available
  • Author: Anton Ochsenkühn
  • Publisher: amac-buch Verlag
  • Printing: completely four-color
  • Pages: 560
  • ISBN-10: 3954310929
  • ISBN-13: ‎978-3954310920
  • Dimensions: ‎ 21,2 x 2,8 x 22,4 cm
  • Weight: 1,4 kg
  • UNSPSC code: ‎ 55101500
  • Price: 10,99 EUR (Kindle) or EUR 36,50 (paperback)

design of the book

I already know the way the book is presented from the last book about macOS Monterey. The look of the new macOS Ventura manual is also good again. The book is printed entirely in four colors, which is still not the case with all macOS manuals. Especially with screenshots, this is much better than having a grayscale screenshot.

The front section makes it easy to see which chapters are on which pages.
The front section makes it easy to see which chapters are on which pages.

The colored markings on the front section also help for a quick overview. These are different for each chapter and so you can quickly scroll to the chapter you are interested in.

In the rear area you will find an index that allows you to search for specific keywords. What I also really liked are the green boxes that are distributed throughout the book and give the reader short practical tips.

The index provides quick information and explanations for specific terms.
The index provides quick information and explanations for specific terms.

Quick help on the cover pages

For beginners, there is some condensed information on the cover pages about the names of the keys on the keyboard and the ports that can be found on iMacs, Mac Minis and MacBooks.

This is a great addition for Mac newbies, as you can quickly look up which buttons or ports the author is talking about. These terms are also used in instructions on the Internet (like here in the blog).

The table of contents covers all areas that are important for novice and advanced Mac users.
The table of contents covers all areas that are important for novice and advanced Mac users.

Well-chosen content for beginners and advanced learners

Of course, the book is primarily aimed at Mac users who are new to it, but it is even interesting for people like me who have been using the Mac for years. I've heard the names of many of the new features of macOS Ventura, but I haven't really figured out how to use them.

The video content can be called up quickly and easily via the QR codes in the book.
The video content can be called up quickly and easily via the QR codes in the book.

This book can help you get to know them. But I can only recommend the book for the content. These range from installing macOS Ventura to "Mac Fitness Training" and troubleshooting, which show what to do when the Mac doesn't want to do what you want it to do.

At this point, my reference to our collective contribution: macOS Ventura - Issues and Solutions.

The troubleshooting and fitness training capital alone is worth the money for the book. Here you can get many tips on how to fix and prevent problems on the Mac.
The troubleshooting and fitness training chapter alone is worth the money for the book. Here you can get many tips on how to fix and prevent problems on the Mac.

In the "First Impression" area, total newcomers will find a great tour of the Finder, system settings and working with the user interface. It is also nice that the book deals with the cooperation between macOS with iCloud, iPhone and iPad. This topic is often difficult to understand, especially for beginners.

My conclusion on the macOS Ventura manual

You can probably rhyme with the text above: I think the new macOS Ventura manual by Anton Ochsenkühn is once again particularly successful. The simple, clear layout with colored screenshots and brief information is easy to understand and easy to read.

The screenshots with annotations help you find your way around the Finder and the respective programs.
The screenshots with annotations help you find your way around the Finder and the respective programs.

Although the book is already very informative on its own, the many videos go one better and help to quickly understand the procedure, especially with somewhat more complex topics or functions.

At over 30 euros, the paperback edition is not the cheapest macOS Ventura manual on the market, but it is definitely one of the best. Check it out here via this link at Amazon or go through this product box:

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