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Easily create and enter secure passwords on all your devices!

Remembering and entering Web passwords can be easy and secure, thanks to 1Password, the popular password manager from AgileBits. In this book, Joe Kissell brings years of real-world 1Password experience into play to explain not only how to create, edit, and enter Web login data easily, but also how to autofill contact and credit card info when shopping online, audit your passwords and generate better ones, and sync and share your passwords using a variety of techniques—including 1Password for Teams. Joe focuses on 1Password 6 for the Mac, but he also provides details and directions for the iOSWindows, and Android versions of 1Password.



2016 Design Salary Survey

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What skill can you add to your personal design toolkit that could boost your paycheck?

And what skill should you keep off your resume because it could sabotage your compensation?

These are just two important tidbits you’ll learn from our 2016 Design Salary Survey. This eye-opening report was compiled from the results of an anonymous online survey of designers, UX/UI specialists, and other professionals in the design space, most of whom work on web and mobile products or connected devices across a wide range of industries.

This free report arms you with information that can be helpful in job-hunting, salary negotiations, choosing a place to live, or getting a better idea of where you stand in the field of design—and how to move forward in your career.

The O’Reilly 2016 Design Salary Survey report will show you:

  • How years of experience affects wages
  • The most popular tools for UX design
  • The best places to live and work in terms of compensation
  • The skills that will maximize your earning potential
  • Which educational paths translate into higher pay
  • The gender gap in design salaries
  • How to get a salary prediction that shows your place among your peers

And, so we don’t leave you hanging, here are the answers to the two questions at the start of this note.

1  Designers who code—even just a little—earn higher salaries.

2  An academic background in graphic design correlated to lower-than-median salary.

Find out more valuable information, like this, that can help you improve your income potential. Get the 2016 Salary Survey report today.

Enjoy it, with our compliments,

Mary Treseler, Director of Strategic Content, Design

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

Save 25% on all Take Control books through the end of December!

To spice up the holiday nog, you can also save 20–25% on some of our favorite writing apps (more about them below). This isn’t a bundle deal, nor are there any gimmicks or requirements—it’s just a straightforward holiday sale.

Our latest book, Joe Kissell’s Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course, brings you helpful step-by-step instructions and tips on sharing photos, files, calendars, contacts, screens, printers, passwords, and more. If you’ve ever thought, “I wonder how I can share X with another device, person, or group?” this book has the answers you need in a concise package. Of course, the 25%-off discount is good on anything in our catalog, so feel free to browse.

The curated collection of 10 apps includes a number that we rely on daily. If you take your writing seriously, do yourself a favor and invest in the tools that let you focus on the best way to 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.
  • • For working with editors and polishing your final draft, Nisus Writer Pro is unparalleled — it’s what we rely on for all Take Control books.
  • • Literature & Latte’s Scapple helps you record and connect ideas, and Scrivener enables you to turn your research and ideas into a manuscript.
  • • Smile’s 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 in 1989.

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

Make sure you use the WINTERFEST2015 coupon code when ordering.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016!

-cheers… -Adam and Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

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Holiday photo projects are incredibly fun to make and folks love getting them. In this book you’ll learn how to create unique projects such as:

  • Pillows
  • Tote bags
  • Purses
  • Magnets & stickers
  • Canvas prints
  • Skins for laptops and portable devices
  • Postage stamps
  • Mugs
  • Keychains
  • Playing cards
  • Tree ornaments
  • Dry-erase calendars
  • Notepads
  • Wine and beer bottle labels

You’ll also learn how to create spectacular cards and personalized calendars in Apple’s Photos for Mac and iPhoto.

Then, you’ll learn step-by-step instructions for creating unique, do-it-yourself projects such as photo napkin rings, photo gift tags and wooden photo cubes.

Along the way, you’ll also learn many valuable tips for improving the overall look of your projects, including:

  • Adjusting the color of your photos so they harmonize together
  • How to save your files for successful printing
  • The best ways to add text to photos
  • How to remove color from parts of your photo
  • Unusual (and impressive!) card designs

Please see the Table of Contents below for a complete list of topics.

This is an eBook available in formats compatible with various book readers from Kindle to iBooks that you can read on a computer, tablet or even a smart phone. After you make your payment you will receive an email with a link to download the eBook in the format of your choice.

Its price is $5.99, it has 81 pages, and is available in PDF or EPUB format.

Table of Contents: 

First things first: where to print your project


Fix up your images


The biggest tip in the book: color harmony


Use maximum quality JPEGs

  • How to export to JPEG format

How to order unique photo gifts online

  • Using photos from your Instagram account
  • Ordering from services linked to Instagram or Facebook
  • Apple’s Calendars and Cards

How to create calendars and cards in Photos for Mac and in iPhoto

  • How to create a calendar in Photos for Mac
  • How to create a calendar in iPhoto
  • How to create a greeting card in Photos for Mac
  • How to create a greeting card in iPhoto

How to create unique holiday cards in Photoshop Elements

  • Pop Art holiday card
  • Partial color holiday card

Design tips for creating holiday cards in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

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iCloud users

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Given how deeply Apple has wired iCloud into OS X and iOS, we’re particularly happy to bring you the fourth edition of Joe Kissell’s best-selling Take Control of iCloud, which has helped nearly 15,000 Apple users since iCloud’s debut in 2011. In it, Joe offers insight into what iCloud is trying to do, while providing steps for key procedures and advising you on the best real-world techniques for integrating iCloud’s many services into your digital life, covering iOS X 10.11 El Capitan, iOS 9, Apple TV, Windows 7 and later, and the iCloud Web site. It’s the comprehensive documentation of iCloud you won’t find anywhere else, at 30% off for MUG members, dropping the price to $10.50.

This new edition is overflowing with up-to-date iCloud advice for you, whether you are flat-out confused by iCloud, need help understanding what iCloud Photo Library can do for you, want to make sense of how iCloud Drive handles your files, or are trying to figure out whether iTunes Match or Apple Music is best for your needs.

“I just read Take Control of iCloud cover to cover, and it helped me sort out several problems and clear up my confusion on how iCloud works with my iMac, MacBook, iPad, and iPhone. Your book has helped me get more out of my devices and I can see it’ll make my life easier. Thanks for a job very well done!” —Andy S.

Joe walks you through getting started with iCloud (whether you have one or more iCloud accounts), and then explains the key aspects — and hidden gotchas — of iCloud’s capabilities. Among the many features Joe covers are iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Sharing, Family Sharing, Tunes Match and iCloud Music Library, iCloud Drive, Mail and Mail Drop, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes, iCloud Keychain, the iCloud Web site, Find My iPhone, Find My Mac, Find My Friends, two-factor authentication, activation lock, Back to My Mac, and backing up and restoring iOS data.

(It’s a lot, we know. Hence a 167-page book!)

“As someone who hadn’t invested a lot of time in setting up iCloud before, I found this book very informative—particularly the information about managing multiple iCloud accounts and the Photos section.” —Kelly G.

Your continued support means a lot to us and our hard-working authors!

-Adam and Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

Take Control Books

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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