Good day, fellow El Capitan mountaineers!
Apple has just released OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and it’s time to get serious about upgrading, learning what’s new, and taking advantage of the latest features! To aid you, we have the full release of Joe Kissell’s Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan, Scholle McFarland’s El Capitan: A Take Control Crash Course, and the third edition of Joe’s Take Control of Apple Mail.
Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan
Do you want to upgrade to El Capitan with confidence? You can’t go wrong with Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan, now in its 9th major installment. This title has helped tens of thousands of Mac users since 2003, and gives you the benefit of Joe Kissell’s superlative background. You’ll ensure that your hardware and software are ready for El Capitan, protect against problems with a bootable duplicate, eliminate digital clutter, prepare your Mac, and decide on your best installation method, no matter what version of Mac OS X you’re upgrading from, all the way back to 10.4 Tiger. You’ll find full installation directions plus advice on over a dozen things to do immediately after installation, as well as troubleshooting techniques. Joe also explains upgrading from the El Capitan public beta and “upgrades” that involve moving your data to a new Mac from an old Mac or Windows PC. (151 pages, only $10.50 for MUG members)
El Capitan: A Take Control Crash Course
Read El Capitan: A Take Control Crash Course to jump-start your El Capitan experience. Former Macworld editor Scholle McFarland helps you Take Control of changes in the Finder and new features in apps including Safari and Notes. The book’s browsable layout makes it easy to set up notifications sensibly, do more (or less) with your Dock, invoke Mission Control and set up a Split View, take phone calls on your Mac, locate all manner of things with Spotlight searches, work fluidly between Apple devices with Handoff and AirDrop, dictate to your Mac—and even tell it what to do—and quite a bit more. Scholle closes the book with two under-the-hood topics, setting up a user account (for a child, guest, or troubleshooting) and essential troubleshooting techniques.
As with all our Crash Course books, El Capitan: A Take Control Crash Course provides tightly written, focused content coupled with carefully curated screenshots so you can get the help you need quickly. Don’t miss the sharing buttons that make it easy to share a chapter with Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and others who need the info. (108 pages, only $7 for MUG members)
Take Control of Apple Mail, Third Edition
No one knows more about Mail than Joe Kissell, and he has distilled his most important advice into the third edition of Take Control of Apple Mail, which covers Mail in 10.11 El Capitan and iOS 9. You’ll find essential setup, usage, and troubleshooting instructions, whether you use Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, IMAP, or POP—or more than one. Joe reveals Mail’s hidden interface elements and gestures, and helps with common tasks like addressing and adding attachments. He also offers tips on customizing Mail, including a nifty chapter on how simple plug-ins and special automation can dramatically improve your Mail experience. Joe also covers finding that message in the haystack with El Capitan’s new natural language search, improving the messages you send, and even a strategy for avoiding email overload. (208 pages, only $14 for MUG members)
Thank you for your support of the Take Control series, and we hope you like our new email look! It’s nice to bring it up to the level of our books and our Web site.
-Adam and Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers