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September 20th is the offical release of macOS 10.12 Sierra, which finally brings Siri to the Mac and is Apple’s latest and greatest operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

It was also a huge relief for us because we’ve been sprinting for weeks to bring you three books about Apple’s new operating systems so you can have guides by your side as you install the updates and explore the new features.

Joe Kissell focuses on helping you perform a trouble-free upgrade to Sierra in Take Control of Upgrading to Sierra, Scholle McFarland covers what’s new in Sierra (and much else) in Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course, and Josh Centers completes the set with his comprehensive iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course.

Each book is for sale on its own, but since Apple is integrating macOS and iOS ever more tightly with Siri, the Universal Clipboard, and Desktop and Documents folder syncing, we’d encourage you to collect ‘em all with 30% bundle discounts. If you want to get started instantly by putting books in your cart, you can:

(If you bought one of these books for Yosemite, El Capitan, iOS 8, or iOS 9, check your email for your upgrade offer or click the Ebook Extras link in your book.)

And if you want to learn more about each book, read on!

Take Control of Upgrading to Sierra, by Joe Kissell (98 pages, $10)

Experience an anxiety-free upgrade to Sierra as you follow Joe Kissell’s time-tested advice in this focused book, thoroughly updated for Sierra. You’ll ensure that your hardware and software are ready for Sierra, prevent problems by making a bootable duplicate of your primary drive, and decide on the best installation method for your particular situation. You’ll also find full installation directions, plus suggestions on what to do immediately after the install. The book ends with a look at how to handle a failed or problematic installation. Learn more…

Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course, by Scholle McFarland (100 pages*, $15)

You can head off into the wilds of Sierra with confidence when you’re equipped with Scholle McFarland’s new Crash Course. It kicks off with an overview of what’s new, followed by a chapter about Sierra’s cool little features, like keeping folders on top of file listings, new text shortcuts, Picture in Picture, and link and video previews in Messages. Scholle devotes more space to teaching you about big new Sierra features like Siri, app tabs, Desktop and Documents folder syncing, and Universal Clipboard. Particularly important is the book’s discussion of Optimized Storage, which can save a lot of space on a Mac with a small drive, but should be enabled only when you understand its implications. Learn more…

*The 100-page 1.0 version of this book covers the changes in Sierra, but we’re still finalizing a handful of chapters about existing Mac features. We’ll give all purchasers the content-complete version 1.1 of this book for free shortly after the official release of Sierra. 

iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course, by Josh Centers (143 pages, $15)

Quickly master new (and existing) features in iOS 10 on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch! TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers helps you come up to speed with extensive coverage of iOS 10’s key changes, including the redesigned Lock screen, Widget screen, and Control Center, plus new ways for third-party developers to add features to Apple’s apps. You’ll also learn how Apple has radically revised essential apps like Photos, Messages, Mail, Maps, and Safari. Josh even gives you an introduction to home automation by way of iOS 10’s new Home app and Apple’s HomeKit specification for third-party devices. Additional special topics cover Family Sharing, accessibility, privacy, managing data usage, improving battery life, and more. Learn more…

-Adam and Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

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If you need to run Windows alongside your Mac apps or test macOS 10.12 Sierra while booting safely from 10.11 El Capitan, your solution is at hand with the just-released Parallels Desktop 12, which was the first virtualization app for the Mac when it debuted 10 years ago.

In this book, virtualization expert Joe Kissell explains how beginners can set up a virtual machine to run Windows or another operating system, share files with a virtual machine, and switch smoothly between virtualized apps and Mac apps.

For those who are familiar with virtualization in general and previous versions of Parallels, he explores the many preferences and settings you can tweak for specific situations, to increase performance, or to enhance security. Joe also offers tips and directions for connecting peripherals to your virtual machine and discusses snapshots, backups, malware prevention, troubleshooting, and more!

Created in collaboration with the Parallels team, the book focuses on Parallels Desktop 12 Standard and Pro editions, and, where appropriate, it includes details about Parallels Desktop Lite and Parallels Desktop Business Edition.

Link for Take Control Books 170-page Take Control of Parallels Desktop 12.

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CDPUG July meeting, as you know, dealt with the free agent economy. Spike found this podcast a real winner. Enjoy and learn.

Free Agents

David Sparks and Jason Snell spent their careers working for the establishment. Then one day, they’d had enough. Now they are independent workers, learning what it takes to succeed in the 21st century. They are… free agents.

David Sparks · @MacSparky

David Sparks is a hopeless geek. David is also a podcaster, blogger, and author who writes about finding the best tools, hardware, and workflows for using Apple products to get work done. In his free time, David is also a business lawyer.

Jason Snell · @jsnell

Jason Snell was lead editor at Macworld for more than a decade and has written about Apple and other tech companies for two decades. Now he writes at Six Colors. He’s also the guy who runs The Incomparable podcast network, which is all about geeky pop culture.

The July 28, 2016 CDPUG program features Jenny Hawkins, visiting CWRU Assistant Professor of Economics at CWRU, talking about the topic “Freelancing in an Evolving Gig Economy.”

The NPR Program, the Diane Rehm Show has recently devoted a program to the same topic. Great Minds Think A Like!

Click this link to listen to the program “The Future of the Sharing Economy and What It Means for Work.”

Our speaker, Jenny Hawkins is sure to be as good or even better than the guests on The Diane Rehm Show!

Guests on the Diane Rehm Show:

  • Arun Sundararajan professor of information, operations and management sciences, NYU Stern School of Business; author, “The Sharing Economy: the End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism”
  • Emily Badger reporter covering urban policy, The Washington Post’s Wonkblog

See you at our Thursday, July 28th CDPUG Program “Freelancing in an Evolving Gig Economy.” Please RSVP so I can order the right amount of food for this exciting program.

Spike Radway
CDPUG Director of Programming

Below is a link to a YouTube video by our July speaker, Jenny Hawkins, visiting CWRU Assistant Professor of Economics at CWRU, talking about the topic “The Demise of 9 to 5 Work.”

I am always scouting for speakers for CDPUG and discovered Jenny Hawkins while attending a Sunday Morning Community Forum of the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland. This video should be good background for those interested in this topic. Our July program will be more tailored to freelancers in the graphic arts, since freelancers are a significant portion of the CDPUG membership.  My intent is to motivate members to attend our July program.

Please check out this YouTube Video “The Demise of 9 to 5 Work,” and then attend our Thursday, July 28th meeting entitled “Freelancing in an Evolving Gig Economy“ to learn even more.
Please RSVP so I can order the right amount of food for this exciting program.

Spike Radway
CDPUG Director or Programming

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Take control sale

Every summer has a story. Are you ready to write yours? 


In collaboration with friends who craft many of the tools we rely on to write, edit, and produce Take Control books and TidBITS articles, we’re having a sale!


You can also save 25% on some of our favorite writing apps (more about them below). This isn’t a bundle deal, nor are there any gimmicks or requirements—just a straightforward sale for Mac writers and anyone who wants to be more organized or tackle document-related projects.


How can Take Control help? Here are just a few of the ways:


  • Get more out of your apps: We want to make you better at what you do, perhaps via our books about group messaging phenomenon Slack or recently updated titles covering favorites like 1Password, Audio Hijack, Dropbox, and PDFpen. We also focus on Apple’s Photos and Mail apps, and provide the documentation you need about Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.


  • Make your Mac work better: Our friend and star author Joe Kissell has just released some new and updated Joe On Tech titles that explain how you can speed up, maintain, and troubleshoot your Mac.


  • Control your Apple devices with confidence: Apple’s hardware lineup has expanded far beyond the Mac, and our authors are ready to help you set up, use, or solve problems with your iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, or Apple TV.


  • Stay current with Apple’s OSes and services: Whether it’s El Capitan or iCloud, iOS 9 or OS X Server, we have books that both explain the basics and delve into Apple’s latest changes.


Our catalog features many more gems, so feel free to browse!


The SummerFest sale also includes a curated collection of 14 apps, some of which we rely on daily. If you take your writing seriously, do yourself a favor and invest in the tools that help you convey your ideas to the world:


  •  You can plot out the chronology of any story with Aeon Timeline.
  •  Every TidBITS article is written in the powerful text editor BBEdit.
  •  If references are essential in your writing, check out Bookends for help with collecting, annotating, curating, and citing published information.
  • DEVONthink Pro Office is a superb tool for storing notes and research materials and a key part of Joe Kissell’s paperless office strategy.
  •  Build precise searches and find your files faster with HoudahSpot.
  •  For long, complex documents and macro-driven text, the word processor Nisus Writer Pro is unparalleled — we rely on it for all Take Control books.
  •  When it comes to editing PDFs, Smile’s PDFpen hits the sweet spot between Apple’s free Preview and Adobe’s pricey Acrobat Pro.
  •  Literature & Latte’s Scapple helps you record and connect ideas, and Scrivener enables you to turn your research and ideas into a manuscript.
  • • Create plain text to-do lists with the outlining capabilities of TaskPaper.
  • TextExpander saves you from typing out frequently used words and phrases, and Tonya and I both use it heavily.
  •  Eastgate Systems’ Tinderbox helps you organize, plan, and map your thoughts, and Storyspace is the app in which I wrote my senior honors thesis about Hypertextual Fiction at Cornell University way back in 1989.
  •  When you need to eliminate distractions while setting your thoughts down, try the minimalist writing environment WriteRoom.


To take advantage of this discount, start at the main SummerFest page!


Make sure you use the SUMMERFEST2016 coupon code when ordering.


Best wishes for a summer filled with prodigious productivity!

Take Control publishers