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“Take Control of LaunchBar” teaches you to control your Mac from the keyboard

Good day!

Why do so many Mac users love LaunchBar, and what can it do for you? If you’ve never used LaunchBar, you likely don’t realize how important a tool it is, and if you’re already a LaunchBar devotee, you’re probably experiencing only a fraction of LaunchBar’s goodness. And now, with the new LaunchBar 6, there are even more features at your fingertips, helping you get around on your Mac faster than ever. The ebook normally costs only $10, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $7 when you buy it from us via the coupon-loaded link below.

Created in collaboration with LaunchBar’s developers, this version of “Take Control of LaunchBar” covers LaunchBar 6, which works in 10.9 Mavericks (and 10.10 Yosemite). But, if you’re still running Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion, you can download the previous version of the book, which covers LaunchBar 5 (click Ebook Extras in the downloaded book).

We’ve been fans of LaunchBar for over a decade, but it wasn’t until we started working with Objective Development that we came to understand the depth of features on offer from LaunchBar’s diminutive “bar” interface. Most LaunchBar users love how LaunchBar streamlines launching and switching between apps: invoke LaunchBar, type a few characters, and your app opens – LaunchBar learns from what you do so you don’t have to memorize convoluted keystrokes.

In fact, lots of people use LaunchBar solely for accessing apps. That’s a shame, because LaunchBar can do so much more. The key is understanding LaunchBar’s six superpowers: abbreviation search, browsing, sub-search, Send To, Instant Send, and Staging. Learn them and you can control nearly any activity on your Mac, all from the keyboard so you don’t have to break your train of thought or move your fingers off the keys.

What can you do with LaunchBar? The sky’s the limit. You can open documents from obscure locations or into non-default apps. Move, copy, tag, untag, or alias files and folders.
Pipe text around rapidly, from a document to a live Web search, from a Web page to the clipboard, from your clipboard history to a document, and more. Put your Mac to sleep, attach files to email messages, send tweets, type emoji, find phone numbers, start Messages conversations, send a selected address to Google Maps, run calculations, invoke Terminal commands, insert text snippets into documents, make reminders, connect with Automator, control iTunes, and far, far more.

Still not convinced? Ask the ordinary citizens portrayed in the comic from our friends Snaggy and Nitrozac at Joy of Tech, who turned LaunchBar into an iconic superhero. (With Kirk as the author instead of Joe Kissell, this comic couldn’t be a “Joe of Tech,” so we’re calling it “Joy of Take.”)

So, whether you’re already a LaunchBar user or you’re tempted by the promise of making your Mac dance, sing, and do backflips, all from the keyboard, check out “Take Control of LaunchBar.”

Thank you for your support of the Take Control series!

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

P.S. Don’t miss our other recently released ebooks, all at 30% off:

* Take Control of Automating Your Mac
* Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite
* Take Control of FileVault
* Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac

PPS: Looking for help with Apple’s Pages word processor on the Mac, in iOS, and in iCloud? Help is at hand! See

ScreenCastsOnline Posts Free Special iOS 8 Launch Episode

ScreenCastsOnline is one of my main sources of information on Mac and iOS applications and utilities. Don McAllister is the geek’s geek!

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Click here to view the Free Special iOS 8 Launch Episode!

FirstHand Studio
Fall 2014 Workshops
Discover your natural creativity in my studio–
a relaxed, fun, hands-on environment!


Explore! Art Journaling
3 Saturdays, Sept. 27-Oct. 11,
from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon ($50)

Whether you are just beginning your artist’s path, or you’ve been creating for years, art journaling can be a powerful tool for self-discovery and generating creative ideas. We will explore:
–How to approach a blank page with freedom and confidence.
–Creative exercises, demonstrations and prompts to get you started.
–Techniques for getting the most out of simple materials.

Explore! Sketching
3 Saturdays, Oct. 25-Nov. 8,
from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon ($50)
–Explore the fundamentals of sketching for fun, even if you think you can’t draw a straight line.
–Drawing exercises specifically designed to remove mental blocks and build confidence in your ability to draw what you see
–Tips on selecting and using drawing materials


Registration and Cost:

$50 for each 3-session workshop payable on or before the first session. 
Cash or checks accepted. Contact me with any questions or to register ahead of the first day of class. If you can give me a heads-up that you are coming it will help me plan better for class, but it is also fine to just show up on the first day!

For more information:

For more information, including directions to my studio and what supplies you need to bring to class, please visit my website at

Hope to see you soon!


Karen Jewell-Kett


Studio #C322 in the central part of the Lake Erie Building at Templar Industrial Park, 13000 Athens Ave., Lakewood

Prepare for OS X Yosemite now with Take Control

Apple plans to release OS X 10.10 Yosemite “this fall” with Continuity features that integrate Macs and iOS 8, a redesigned Spotlight search tool, iCloud Drive cloud storage, an expanded Notification Center, and improvements in Apple Mail, among much else.

To smooth your transition to Yosemite, we have an early-bird version of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite” for sale now, at a steeper discount than the normal MUG discount. It’s only $10, a 33% savings from the $15 list price.

“Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite” is the 8th installment in his classic series, which has helped tens of thousands of Mac users upgrade with confidence since 2003. With “Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite,” you’ll stay in control as Joe explains how to ensure that your hardware and software are ready for Yosemite, prevent problems by making a bootable duplicate of your main drive, eliminate digital clutter, prepare your Mac, and decide on the best installation method for your particular situation, no matter what version of Mac OS X you’re upgrading from, all the way back to 10.4 Tiger.

Because you may want to start preparing now, we’ve published the 73-page “Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite” before Yosemite is available. Once Apple releases Yosemite — and our non-disclosure agreement is lifted — we will publish a version 1.1 update with full installation steps, post-installation advice, troubleshooting help, and all the good stuff we can’t talk about yet. Look for “Meet Me Back Here on Upgrade Day” in the ebook to learn how to get the free 1.1 update, or just watch for our email notification with direct download links.

Thank you for your support of Take Control! It’s going to be a crazy few months while we keep working with the still-incomplete beta of Yosemite, but we’ll publish this book as soon as we can once Apple pushes Yosemite out to users.

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers


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CDPUG Logo Assembles Itself in Three Dimensions

Think 3D is only for monster movies like Godzilla?  Think again.

Ron Skoczen, a Cleveland area graphics professional who specializes in 2D & 3D technical illustrations, has been experimenting with the CDPUG logo. Here are a few samples of his work.

With a little bit of tweaking to make sure all the cubes were touching and connected, the model is then exported to a .stl file and ready to go to 4D Parts Direct for output.








With the aid of ArtSmart (video), a free plugin developed by Adobe and Maxon, it is easily imported into C4D with colors and layers intact and extrusion automatically applied.

CDPUG Logo Assembles in 3D

CDPUG Logo Assembles in 3D

To create the random pile of cubes on the bottom of the model a cloner object with a dynamic tag was created and the cubes were allowed to fall into a pile to form a base.

The animated cube video is seen here on You Tube  This video is short and fast so plan on watching it more than once :-)

More Information contact: 

Ron Skoczen, President
Skoczen Studios

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An Overview of Wacom Graphics Tablets
Demonstrated by CDPUG Members

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ars longa est, vita breva
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CDPUG General Meeting

Date: 08/28/14
Reception Starts: 6:00 p.m.
Meeting Starts: 6:30 p.m.
Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center
1 Infinity Corp Ctr Dr # 250
Cleveland, OH 44125 Driving and Parking Directions

Speaker(s): Gerry Shamray. Lauren Smith of Things Remembered. Karen Sandstrom. Henry Lee of Copy King
Cost: Free for members, $10 for guests

You’ve seen them online, in stores and in studios –graphics tablets or digitizers. They stood for the modern digital artist before the age of iPads and Touchscreen PC’s. The most familiar types of digital drawing tablets are ones made by Wacom that feature a pen or stylus that functions very much like a traditional drawing implement. Others are hybrid devices that have an embedded LCD screen, allowing you to draw directly on them. Depending on the model, these feature various levels of pressure sensitivity and programmable buttons to allow the artist in you to express your creativity. With it, the powerful digital drawing tablet can be anything you want: a paint brush, a ballpoint pen, a marker, even a spray can.

This meeting will introduce you to graphics tablets technology, the software that is used with it and how to get the most out of your digital drawing tablet, through demos, examples and actual user experiences. If you have a digital drawing tablet gathering dust at your desk or have considered purchasing one, this meeting is for you.

Links that provide additional resources on this topic

(Note: All links open to a new web page)

Wacom HomePage

Wacom Community

Wacom on Facebook

Wacom Boards on Pinterest

25 Tuts for Getting Started with your Wacom Tablet

Using Graphic Tablets & Programs to Break Into Digital Cartoon Design

15 Apps to Use with Graphic Tablets

5 Tips for Tablet Users: Workflow Tutorial

These links hopefully will provide everyone a starting point for help, inspiration and growth with this remarkable digital tool.

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