About Me

My name is Bob LeVitus, but I'm better known as “Dr. Mac." I'm somewhat of an authority on the Macintosh, Mac OS X, and other Apple products including but not limited to iPads and iPhones. I've been called “one of the Apple community’s most trusted gurus," and have been doing it for more than twenty five years, I'm known for my trademark humorous style and ability to translate “techie” jargon into usable and fun advice for regular folks.

I admit to being a prolific author; after all, I've written or co-written more than 70 popular computer books with  millions of copies sold worldwide in more than a dozen languages. My most recent titles include iPad For Dummies, iPhone For Dummies, OS X Mavericks For Dummies, and Microsoft Office 2011 For Mac For Dummies, all for Wiley Publishing.

For over 15 years I've been the Apple technology columnist for the Houston Chronicle, penning the Dr. Mac column every Tuesday.

I've been published in more than a dozen computer magazines over the past twenty five years including: a three-year stint as Editor-in-Chief of the irreverent and unpredictable MACazine; four different columns in MacUser magazine—Beating the System, Personal Best, Game Room, and the Help Folder (with Andy Ihnatko, and later, Chris Breen).

While I'm best known for my writing, I've also dabbled in broadcasting with a radio show (Inside Mac Radio, CNET Radio, 2001-2002) and a popular television series (Mac Today, Syndicated, 1992–1993).

Another of my loves is teaching. I'm currently an instructor for the University of Texas Informal Classes program, offering courses like iPhone for Smart People, Introduction to the Mac, How to Win at Texas Hold ‘Em, Making Movies with iMovie, and Producing Audio with GarageBand. If you're in Austin, check it out and sign up — they're pretty cheap.

And I love speaking to Mac user groups and at technology related trade shows and cruises and have presented more than 200 seminars, workshops, conferences, and training sessions all across the U.S. and abroad including Macworld Expo keynote addresses in three countries, live presentations at countless Apple Stores in the US, and four MacMania (Geek) Cruises. (I also won the Macworld Expo MacJeopardy World Championship three times before retiring my crown.

Prior to giving in to my obsession with Apple technology, I worked in advertising, producing hundreds of television commercials, radio spots, and print ads at Kresser & Robbins and SelecTV. I've got a B.S. in Marketing (appropriately enough) from California State University and I live in central Texas with my beautiful wife, Lisa and Zeke the miniature Vizsla, with occasional visits from our college-age kids, Allison and Jacob.

One Last Thing: In addition to my writing, I'm the proprietor of a personal technology consulting business, providing expert technical help and training to users of Apple products anywhere in the world, in real time and at reasonable prices, via telephone, e-mail, and/or its own unique Internet-enabled remote control software. If you’re having a problem with your Mac or want to learn how to do almost anything with it, point your browser at: http://www.boblevitus.com or give us a call at (408) 627-7577.

My Books (so far):

iPhone For Dummies, 8th Edition (Wiley, 2014)*, iPad For Dummies, 7th Edition (Wiley, 2014)*, iPad mini For Dummies, 3d Edition (Wiley, 2014)*, OS X Yosemite For Dummies (Wiley, 2014), iPad mini For Dummies, 2nd Edition (Wiley, 2013)*, iPad For Dummies, 6th Edition (Wiley, 2013)*, iPhone For Dummies, 7th Edition (Wiley, 2013)*, OS X Mavericks For Dummies (Wiley, 2013), iPad mini For Dummies (Wiley, 2012)*, iPad For Dummies, 5th Edition (Wiley, 2012)*, iPhone 5 For Dummies (Wiley, 2012)*, OS X Mountain Lion For Dummies (Wiley, 2012), iPad For Dummies, 4th Edition (Wiley, 2012)*, Phone 4S For Dummies (Wiley, 2011)*, Pad 2 For Dummies (Wiley, 2011)*, Mac OS X Lion For Dummies (Wiley, 2011) , Pad For Dummies, 2nd Edition (Wiley, 2011)*, Microsoft Office 2011 For Macs For Dummies (Wiley, 2011), Incredible iPad Apps For Dummies (Wiley, 2010)*, Phone For Dummies 4th Edition (Wiley, 2010)*, Pad For Dummies (Wiley, 2010)*, Incredible iPhone Apps For Dummies (Wiley, 2010), Phone For Dummies 3d Edition (Wiley, 2009)*, Mac OS X Snow Leopard For Dummies (Wiley, 2009), Phone For Dummies 2nd Edition (Wiley, 2008)*, Microsoft Office 2008 For Mac For Dummies (Wiley, 2008), iPhone For Dummies (Wiley, 2007)*, Mac OS X Leopard For Dummies (Wiley, 2007), Mac OS X Tiger For Dummies (Wiley, 2005), GarageBand For Dummies (Wiley, 2004), Mac OS X Panther For Dummies (Wiley, 2003), Dr. Mac - The OS X Files, Panther Edition (Wiley, 2003), The Little iTunes Book, Third Edition (Peachpit, 2003), The Little iDVD Book, Second Edition (Peachpit, 2003), The iLife Bible (Wiley, 2003)*, Mac OS X For Dummies, Second Edition (Wiley, 2002), The Little iTunes Book, Second Edition (Peachpit, 2002), Dr. Mac - The OS X Files (Wiley, 2002), The Little iDVD Book (Peachpit, 2002), The Little iTunes Book (Peachpit, 2001), Mac OS X For Dummies (Hungry Minds Books, 2001), Microsoft Office 2001 Bible (Hungry Minds Books, 2001)*, Internet For iMacs For Dummies (Hungry Minds Books, 2001)*, iMac: I Didn’t Know You Could Do That! (Sybex, 1999)*, Mac OS 9 For Dummies (IDG Books, 1999, Mac OS 8.5 For Dummies (IDG Books, 1998), Mac Answers! Certified Tech Support (McGraw-Hill, 1998)*, Macworld Office 98 Bible (IDG Books, 1998)*, Clarisworks Office For Dummies (IDG Books, 1997)*, Mac OS 8 For Dummies (IDG Books, 1997), The Official BBEdit Book (Ziff-Davis Press, 1997)*, Mac OS 7.6 For Dummies (IDG Books, 1997), WebMaster Windows Second Edition (AP Professional, 1997)*, WebMaster Macintosh Second Edition (AP Professional, 1997)*, Cheap & Easy Internet Access/Windows (AP Professional, 1996)*, Cheap & Easy Internet Access/Mac (AP Professional, 1996)*, Make Your CD-ROM Work (Random House, 1995)*, New & Improved Stupid Windows Tricks (AP Professional, 1995)*, New & Improved Stupid Mac Tricks (AP Professional, 1995), WebMaster Windows (AP Professional, 1995)*, WebMaster Macintosh (AP Professional, 1995)*, Macintosh System 7.5 for Dummies (IDG Books, 1994), Guide to the Macintosh Underground (Hayden, 1994)*, Customizing Your Mac (Brady, 1993)*, Dr. Mac’s Guide to the On-Line Universe (Addison-Wesley, 1993)*, Dr. Macintosh, 2nd Edition (Addison-Wesley, 1992), Son of Stupid Mac Tricks (Addison-Wesley, 1990), Stupid Beyond Belief PC Tricks (Addison-Wesley, 1990)*, Marvelous Macintosh Games (Prima, 1990), Phenomenal PC Games (Prima, 1990)*, Stupid Mac Tricks (Addison-Wesley, 1989), Stupid PC Tricks (Addison-Wesley, 1989)*, Stupid Windows Tricks (Addison-Wesley, 1989)*, Dr. Macintosh, 1st Edition (Addison-Wesley, 1988)

*co-author