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Recently Cataloged Books for the WAP Library

by Brian G. Mason, WAP Head Reading Librarian

Washington Apple Pi Journal, July/August 2000, pp. 23-25, reprint information

It has been quite awhile since the Journal has published any information about the books available in the WAP Reading Library. I thought I might briefly describe some of the books that have been cataloged and placed on the shelves over the past few months.


We can start off with several books which deal with specific applications. These are generally put out by the software company as companions to the software. For the Mac, WordPerfect has been one of the most popular word processors. Two books recently cataloged for the collection are:

WordPerfect for Macintosh Reference, Version 2.1, 1992, 630 pg.

WordPerfect for Macintosh Workbook, 1992, 186 pg.

Another word processor that has been popular on the Mac is WriteNow. The user's manual for both version 2.2, written by Caroline Rose, and for version 3.0, written by Royal Farros, were added to the collection:

WriteNow for Macintosh, Version 2.2, 1990, 198 pg.

WriteNow for Macintosh, Version 3.0, 1992, 331 pg.

MS Word has been around almost since the beginning of the Macintosh (1984). As part of their Instant Reference series, Sybex published an Instant Reference for MS Word.

Microsoft Word for the Macintosh, Instant Reference, 1991, 140 pg.

A word processor that was popular on the Apple II was PIE Writer.

PIE Writer: Word Processing System, 1982, 157 pg.

If you want to spell-check a document on the Apple II, you might want to use Spell Wizard by Datasoft. The loose-leaf manual has been added to the library's collection:

Spell Wizard: For the Apple II Series Computers by Ingrid Holcomb, 1984, 15 pg.

There have not been many spreadsheet programs available for the Macintosh. One of the early ones was MultiPlan by Microsoft. Two books on MultiPlan that were added to the collection were:

Microsoft Multiplan: Electronic Worksheet for Apple Macintosh, 1984, 156 pg.

Microsoft Multiplan Addendum, Version 1.1, 1985, 21 pg.

The first is a tutorial and reference manual. The second addresses the upgrade to Version 1.1.

If you want to do charts and graphs on your Mac, one of the leading programs has been Cricket Graph.

CA-Cricket Graph III For Macintosh: Version 1.0 User Guide, 1992, 345 pg.

In the field of desktop publishing, Quark XPress has been one of the leaders. Three recent additions treat this software:

The Quark XPress Book, 2nd edition, by David Blatner, 1991, 504 pg.

Quark XPress: Integrated Desktop Publishing System, by David P. Brown, 1988

Reference Manual Quark XPress 2.0, 1988, 175 pg.

If you want to do 3-D graphics on your Mac, one of the early programs that permits you to do this is Phoenix 3D. The manual that came with the program was recently cataloged:

User's Manual For the Apple Macintosh: Phoenix 3D Level One, Version 1.0, by Brian Keith McGreggor, 1986, 65 pg.

A major player in the graphics arena on the Mac has been Photoshop. The library has the large commercial publication on Photoshop published by Hayden Books.

Photoshop 4 Complete by Kate Binder, 1994, 947 pg w/ CD-ROM.

There is also the Peachpit Press publication:

Real World Photoshop 5: Industrial Strength Production Techniques by David Blatner, 1999, 675 pg.

Another player has been Illustrator. Two recent additions to the library are:

Real World Illustrator 8 by Deke McClelland, 1999, 765 pg

Macworld Illustrator 5.0/5.5 Bible by Ted Alspach, 1994, 731 pg.


Several recent additions provide lots of information about the Macintosh, no matter what model you might own (as long as it isn't one of the new ones.)

Macs for Dummies, 2d edition, by David Pogue, 1993, 308 pg.

Macs for Dummies, 4th edition, by David Pogue, 1996, 367 pg.

More Macs for Dummies, 2d edition, by David Pogue, 1996, 374 pg.

MacWorld Mac Secrets, 4th edition by David Pogue, 1997, 1139 pg.

Macintosh User's Guide for Desktop Macintosh Computers, 1993, 247 pg.

Macintosh User's Guide for Macintosh Powerbook Duo 210 and 230 Computers, 1992, 296 pg.

Macintosh SE/30 Owner's Guide, 1988, 71 pg.

Getting Started With Your Macintosh Classic II, 1992, 23 pg

Getting Started With Your Macintosh Centris 610, 1992, 41 pg.

Getting Started With Your Macintosh LCII, 1992, 24 pg.

Getting Started With Your Macintosh IIsi, 1991, 36 pg.

The library also has Apple II specific books.

Apple For the Beginning Beginner by Helen Joseph, 1983, 120 pg.

Understanding the Apple II by Jim Sather, 1983

A very helpful book that provides a lot of information for someone who is getting started on an Apple IIgs is from CompuShare Press:

Your IIGS Guide: Second Edition by Shelly Lisoshie, 1989, 188 pg.

Of course the library even has books for the Lisa:

Lisa 2 Owner's Guide, 1983

If you are interested in programming the Macintosh, a couple of early books were added to the collection:

Macintosh Revealed: Vol. 1: Unlocking the Toolbox: Second edition by Stephen Chernicoff, 1987, 446 pg.

Macintosh Revealed: Vol. 2: Programming with the Toolbox: Second edition by Stephen Chernicoff, 1987, 451 pg.

The Internet

The library has received a number of books dealing with the Internet:

The Internet for Macs for Dummies by Charles Seiter, 1994, 213 pg.

Net Tech by Michael Wolff, 1995, 289 pg.

Net Chat by Michael Wolff, 1994, 229 pg.

Net Guide by Michael Wolff, 1994, 307 pg.

What's On The Internet by Eric Gagnon, 1994, 254 pg.

Navigating the Internet: First Edition by Mark Gibbs, 1993, 245 pg.

Live Wired: A Guide to Networking Macs by James K Anders, 1993


If you are interested in programming, pick your language. The library has books for any programming language, starting with Assembly. If you are still interested in trying to program for the 6502 or the 65C02 chips, you might be interested in:

Work Bench: About Your Enhanced Apple IIe: Programmer's Guide: ProDOS Technical Reference Manual, 1983

Merlin: the Macro Assembler for The Apple, 1984, 185 pg.

If you are interested in programming in BASIC, a recent addition to the catalog is:

Applesoft BASIC Fundamentals and Style by James Quasney, 1986, 416 pg.

There are several books treating programming in C.

Numerical Recipes in C: The Art of Scientific Computing by William Press, 1988, 688 pg.

Visual Architect and THINK Class Library Guide by David Allcott, 1994, 982 pg.

Compiler Guide by David Alcott, 1994, 110 pg.

C Programming: A Complete Guide to Mastering The C Language by Angie Hansen, 1989, 318 pg.

ANSI C Made Easy by Herbert Schildt, 1989, 379 pg.

Learn C++ on the Macintosh by Dave Mark, 1993, 305 pg.

THINK C User's Guide by David Allcott, 1994, 685 pg.

C++ Compiler Guide by Priscilla Lynch, 1993, 68 pg.

It is possible to get experience programming in any language no matter what computer platform you are using. To program in C on the Apple IIgs, you would want to look at:

ORCA/C: A C Compiler and Development System for the Apple IIgs, 1991, 336 pg.

Output devices

Apple Computer, Inc. has produced several different types of printers over the years. Some of the user manuals that have been added recently to the library's collection include:

LaserWriter, 1984, 103 pg.

LaserWriter and LaserWriter Plus, 1986, 116 pg.

Dot Matrix Printer User's Manual: Part 1: Reference, 1983, 73 pg.

StyleWriter Owner's Guide, 1991, 86 pg.

Personal LaserWriter NT Owner's Guide, 1990, 93 pg.

Personal LaserWriter LS Owner's Guide, 1991, 64 pg.

ImageWriter LQ Owner's Guide, 1987, 147 pg.


Recent additions to the library catalog include books on telecommunications services that aren't around anymore. In the days before the Internet, people used to share thoughts and files through bulletin board systems like Prodigy and Genie.

Online: A Guide to America's Leading Information Services by Steve Lambert, 1985, 286 pg.

Glossbrenner's Master Guide to GEnie by Alfred Glossbrenner, 1991, 545 pg.

How To Use Prodigy by Douglas Herbert, 1994, 129 pg.

CompuServe: Consumer Information Service User's Guide, 1984.


One of the first programs to really bring together a multimedia experience on a personal computer was HyperCard. Later, there was Director.

HyperCard Made Easy: Second Edition by William B. Sanders, 1989, 390 pg.

HyperCard Basics by Apple Computer, Inc., 1991, 33 pg.

Director Multimedia Studio Authorized by Karen Tucker, 1997, 223 pg.

Lingo Dictionary: Version 4 by Joe Schmitz, 1994, 321 pg.

Learning Director: Version 4 by Jeff Schwamberger, 1994, 221 pg.

Using Director: Version 4 by Jeff Schwamberger, 1994, 521 pg.

Director 4 for Macintosh: Visual Quickstart Guide by Andre Persidsky, 1995, 219 pg.

These are just a few of the books recently cataloged. The library is an excellent resource for answering Apple related questions. If you can come to the office, you are welcome to use the books there. If you can not make it to the library and the question does not involve making copies, you may contact me by email at brian.mason@wap.org and I will do my best to get you the information you need. If you have a question that involves making a copy of the materials, please write me in care of the WAP and enclose $1, and I will be happy to send you the answers to your questions if I can. If not, the $1 will be returned.