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Take Control of Yosemite installation, new features, and sharing

To put you in control of Apple’s new OS X 10.10 Yosemite we have three books for you today; the first two are straightforward and useful, and the third has more real-world, practical advice for the modern Mac user than anything we’ve published recently:

*  “Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite,” by Joe Kissell
*  “Yosemite: A Take Control Crash Course,” by Scholle McFarland
*  “Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course,” also by Joe Kissell

So, what’s in each book and why are we excited about them?

Do you want to upgrade to Yosemite with confidence? You can’t go wrong with “Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite,” now in its 8th major installment. The 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 Yosemite, 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 and troubleshooting techniques. Joe also explains upgrading from the Yosemite public beta and “upgrades” that involve moving your data to a new Mac from an old Mac or Windows PC. It’s 152 pages and costs $10.50 after the 30% MUG discount.

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The next two books are in our new Take Control Crash Course series, which brings you the first-rate content you expect from us in shorter chunks so you can dip in and read quickly. Because so many Take Control readers provide tech support to others, each concise chapter has sharing buttons and practical tweet-tips, making it easy to freely share a few pages with Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and others who really need the information. Take Control Crash Courses feature a modern, magazine-like layout in PDF while retaining a reflowable design in the EPUB and Mobipocket.

Read “Yosemite: A Take Control Crash Course,” to get more out of your Mac as you go about your everyday activities. Written by former Macworld editor Scholle McFarland, this book introduces Yosemite’s new interface and discusses new features like iCloud Drive, Handoff, iPhone voice/SMS relay, and Notification Center’s Today view. You’ll learn about key changes in core Apple apps with chapters about Safari, Mail, Messages, and Calendar. You’ll also find answers to questions brought on by recent additions to OS X, such as how to control notifications, tips for using Finder tags, and working with tabbed Finder windows. The book closes with two under-the-hood topics, setting up a new user account (for a child, guest, or troubleshooting) and troubleshooting (with techniques including Safe Boot and OS X Recovery). It’s 77 pages and costs $7 after the 30% MUG discount.

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Beyond what’s new in Yosemite is the larger problem facing most of us — how to work effectively in today’s ecosystem of devices, services, and collaborators. Frankly, sharing with other people and devices is messy, because everyone wants something different. That’s why “Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course” may be our most important book of the year, and why we are so grateful to Joe Kissell for taking on the challenge of describing how to share nearly anything you can think of in nearly any imaginable situation. Here are just a few of the gems in this book:

*  How iCloud Photo Sharing and My Photo Stream are entirely different
*  How to share photos fleetingly, privately, permanently, or with your fridge
*  The best ways to sync a project’s worth of files with others
*  Services to provide ubiquitous access to your own files across devices
*  Quick ways to make a file available for download by anyone
*  How to share calendars with others, whether or not they use iCloud
*  A tutorial on enabling Family Sharing
*  Tweaky workarounds for contact sharing, which is surprisingly difficult
*  How to rip a DVD to your MacBook Air using an older Mac’s SuperDrive
*  How to turn your iPhone or Mac into a Wi-Fi hotspot
*  Ways of watching your uncle work remotely, as you help him with iTunes
*  Approaches to syncing Web browser bookmarks and tabs with multiple devices
*  How to securely share a collection of passwords with someone else

The list of essential but often frustrating modern tasks goes on and on, and the solutions go way beyond what Apple offers, so the book does too. Non-Apple products mentioned include 1Password, AirFoil, BitTorrent Sync, Cargo Lifter, CloudyTabs, Dropbox, Exchange, Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Google Calendar, Google Chrome, Google Docs, Instagram, iPhoto Library Manager, Outlook, Pandora, PhotoCard, Printopia, Reflector, Rdio, Spotify, Syncmate, Syncphotos, Transporter, Twitter, Xmarks, and more.

And, thanks to the new Take Control Crash Course format, you can jump right to the chapter that answers your question, without having to read through lots of other information. It’s 87 pages and costs only $7 after the 30% MUG discount.

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Of course, you can buy all three at once quickly and easily from our catalog page — use this link to ensure that you get the 30% MUG discount on your entire order.

Take Control Catalog >

Thank you for your support of Take Control… we couldn’t do it without you!

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

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I subscribe to this paid podcast. It’s well worth it. This episode on preparing and installing Yosemite is free. Check it out.


SCOM0473 – OS X 10.10 Yosemite – Prep and Install

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OS X Yosemite 10.10 is here!

There’s lots to cover in Apple’s latest operating system but let’s start at the beginning.

In this episode we start off with the basics, preparing for OS X Yosemite and installation.  The installation section covers both a standard upgrade as well as a fresh install.

The full tutorial covers:

  • Hardware Considerations
  • Software Considerations
  • Preparation
  • Installation Considerations
  • Standard Upgrade Process
  • Fresh Install
  • Migration Assistant

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Location: Brook Park - Large Meeting Room

Audiences: Adults, Adults, Teens (Grade 6-12)

Event Type: Writing

1:30-2:25 What Self-e Can Do For You
Self-e is a new, free service for self-publishers that bridges the gap between self-published e-books and libraries. It is a way for CCPL readers and Library Journal reviewers to discover your work. Creator Mitchell Davis will explain how to get started.

2:30-4:30 Meet the Authors: Independent Publishing Done Right
Learn from this panel of independent, published authors how to publish your book successfully.
Elizabeth Ross Yurich, ON VACATION FROM SANITY
Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Please plan to join us for our next ASMP Ohio North Coast program: ideas 3 – “Turning Personal Projects Into Assignments”.
This program will consist of three speakers, providing their insight and experience toward a designated theme (Turning Personal Projects Into Assignments). The talks will include information on they went about turning personal projects into an assignments, if they used their projects for marketing material that gained them an assignment, or if the project was used for other business generating avenues. Speakers will talk about how they decided on the personal project, the process they went through to set it up and/or other steps along the way, including methods they took to profit from their personal projects.
October 22, 2014
6pm Sign-in and Social Hour
7pm Program
Cleveland Print Room
2550 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
(entrance is at the front of the ArtCraft Building on Superior Avenue)
Click here for a map of the area.
$5.00 Members
$10.00 Non-Members
Jennie Jones
Herb Ascherman
Keith Berr
For additional information and to register for this program, please visit:
Deadline to register is 3pm on October 20, 2014.


“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!