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Little is more stressful than giving a major presentation, whether it’s for a hiring committee, the city council, or your local MUG. Proper preparation is essential, which is why Joe Kissell’s new book, “Take Control of Keynote,” walks you through every step of the process: planning what you want to say, creating attractive slides that support your points, and delivering a successful talk. The 168-page book is ideal for beginners, but it also has plenty of tips and documentation of subtle features for long-time Keynote users. The book normally costs $15, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $10.50. Learn more about the book and buy it via the coupon-loaded link below.

http://tid.bl.it/tco-keynote-mug-discount

Building on his years of public speaking at Macworld Expo, Mac Mania cruises, and innumerable Mac user groups, Joe starts by explaining how to PLAN your presentation even before you launch Keynote. He then helps you choose the right theme in Keynote, and explains how to CREATE slides by filling in placeholders, adding objects (images, movies, sounds, tables, and charts), and inserting and styling text. You’ll also learn how to add build effects to slides and transitions between slides to disclose information progressively, highlight particular objects or text as you speak, and call attention to topic changes. Lastly, Joe offers real-world advice about how to DELIVER a successful talk, including tips on making presenter notes and customizing your presenter display, rehearsing, setting up your display, and controlling your presentation.

Not all presentations are meant to be given in person, and Joe also explains how to deliver remote presentations over the Internet, make self-playing presentations for kiosks, and create presentations with recorded narration. The book covers Keynote for the Mac, but includes an appendix that discusses what’s similar and different in Keynote for iOS and Keynote for iCloud.

“Take Control of Keynote” rounds out our trilogy of books about Apple’s iWork suite, joining Michael E. Cohen’s “Take Control of Pages” and Sharon Zardetto’s “Take Control of Numbers.” All three rank among our most comprehensive titles, so if you’ve replaced Microsoft Office with iWork, we now have complete documentation for you. All three books are available separately, but if you want the full 750-page collection, you can also save 30%, dropping the $55 cover price to $38.50.

http://tid.bl.it/tco-iwork-bundle
Thank you for your support of the Take Control series!
cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

P.S. Check out some of our other recently released ebooks, all at 30% off:
* Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ (with Apple Music coverage!)
* Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course
* Backing Up Your Mac: A Joe On Tech Guide
* Take Control of TextExpander, Second Edition

If you’re anything like us, you can think of what you want to say far more quickly than your fingers can tap it out on your keyboard. That’s doubly true in iOS. You’ve likely heard of Smile’s TextExpander, which can expand a short abbreviation like “tctext” into the title of our latest book, Michael Cohen’s “Take Control of TextExpander, Second Edition”.

Type 6 characters, get 46, with no typos or finger fumbling. Even better, TextExpander can automatically fix your common mistakes and misspellings, replacing “inclduing” with “including”, for instance, or correcting the capitalization of “Filemaker” to “FileMaker”. The book normally costs $10, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $7. Learn more about the book and buy it via the coupon-loaded link below.

http://tid.bl.it/tco-textexpander-mug-discount

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This just-released second edition covers the new TextExpander 5 for the Mac, along with TextExpander touch 3 for iOS. In the 117-page book, Michael describes TextExpander’s options for creating, inserting, and working with these abbreviation/expansion snippets, including how to use them on an iPad or iPhone with TextExpander touch, which sports its own iOS keyboard that works in any app.

Although many people begin using TextExpander for just a few key text expansions, there’s no reason to stop there. Michael explains how to insert a variety of special items with a snippet, including graphics, formatted text, emoji, date and time math/macros, fill-in forms, other snippets, and clipboard contents. You’ll even find directions for setting up snippets that execute Unix commands and AppleScripts.

The book also explains these important TextExpander techniques:

* Working with TextExpander from a menu or window, depending on your needs

* Making snippets adapt their capitalization based on context

* Quickly modifying an existing snippet

* Syncing and sharing snippets via a variety of approaches

* Using special, downloadable snippet groups that can insert special characters, autocorrect misspelled text, insert HTML and CSS codes, and more

And, you’ll learn about the features that are new to TextExpander 5:

* Getting the Suggestions feature to help you create needed new snippets quickly

* Invoking the nifty inline snippet search panel directly adjacent to your insertion point

* Integrating JavaScript into TextExpander snippets

TextExpander has helped us avoid typing about 750,000 characters (4–5 books’ worth!) over the past few years, a fact revealed by its Statistics window. TextExpander enables uses both mundane (insert your email address, or the current date) and creative (insert an email signature that includes your email address and company logo, and calculates the number of days remaining in your deadline), and even those that lean toward pranks (insert a picture of a wombat and tell iTunes to start playing “Tales of Girls, Boys, and Marsupials” by The Wombats). While we can’t condone any further gratuitous wombat references, we do hope that readers will find many practical and enjoyable ways to use TextExpander.

Thank you for your support of the Take Control series!

-Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

 

 

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iTunes — can’t live with it, can’t without it. That has become all the more true with the free 3-month trial of Apple’s new Apple Music streaming service, since the way it’s integrated into iTunes 12.2 has caused untold consternation.

Luckily, Kirk McElhearn may know more about iTunes than anyone outside Apple, with posts on his Kirkville blog and his iTunes Guy articles for Macworld helping hundreds of thousands of people each month. Now he has distilled his knowledge into “Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ,” a 251-page book perfectly timed to answer your questions about the intertwined options in Apple Music, the iCloud Music Library feature, and iTunes Match. The book normally costs $15, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $10.50. Learn more about the book and buy it via the coupon-loaded link below.

http://tid.bl.it/tco-itunes12-mug-discount

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(After you follow the link, click the green Buy button to add the title to your cart in the redesigned Take Control site — you’ll see the $5 discount before you finish checking out.)

True to its FAQ title, and befitting the many questions people have about iTunes, the book answers about 150 frequently asked questions about all aspects of the app. Chapters such as Play, Rip, Buy, Tag, View, Organize, Search, Sync, Cloud, and Share cover the basics and beyond. Read more about each of these chapters on our Web site, under More Info, and click the Free Sample post-it on the book cover to check out a PDF sample of the first few pages of each chapter.

Thank you for your support of the Take Control series!

-Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

P.S. Check out some of our other recently released eBooks at http://tid.bl.it/tco-catalog-mug-discount, all at 30% off:

* Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course

* Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course

* Backing Up Your Mac: A Joe On Tech Guide

* Take Control of TextExpander, Second Edition

Cleveland GiveCamp needs 9 Graphic/User Experience Designers and 12 Non-tech people – social media, event helpers. The weekend event starts July 17 at 5 p.m. to July 19 at 6 p.m.

To sign up go to: http://clevelandgivecamp.org/volunteer/

WHAT IS CLEVELAND GIVECAMP?

GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, database administrators, project managers and creative professionals donate their time to create software and web-based applications for non-profit organizations. The event takes place at the LeanDog Boat (former Hornblowers) and Burke Lakefront Airport on the shores of Lake Erie.

The event is entirely volunteer-driven and some of the volunteers take the “camp” part of GiveCamp literally, pitching tents and staying all weekend. Great meals are provided and there are many opportunities to network with professionals from around the region. Overall, it’s a great opportunity for people to work together, develop new friendships, and do something important for the community.

There are a variety of projects completed during GiveCamp weekend. The only limitation is that the project should be scoped to be able to be completed in a weekend. All source code must be turned over to the nonprofits at the end of the weekend (developers cannot ask for payment) and the nonprofits are responsible for maintaining the code moving forward.

 

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Cleveland InDesign User Group is becoming Cleveland Adobe User Group in July.

Adobe will no longer be supporting the International InDesign User Group and will be taking down the website in July. Unfortunately, this means that the Cleveland group is losing it’s email list with hundreds of names complied over the years.

The Cleveland Adobe User Group is asking that you go to the new local website at: www.clevelandAdobeUsers.org

If you wish to continue to receive information about upcoming User Group meetings and Adobe Industry events, please send an email to

info@clevelandadobeusers.org Put “Add Me To The User Group List” in the subject.

They just started work on the website, so please check back frequently for updates and new features.

The next meeting for the group will be in early September at the new Cleveland Institute of the Arts building on Euclid Blvd.

Are you considering an Apple Watch? Or perhaps you’re an early adopter with one already adorning your wrist? Regardless, learning about the Apple Watch has been pretty hit-or-miss with Web content, especially when it comes to distinguishing pre-release speculation from articles based on actual usage. So we’re particularly pleased to bring you the full release of Jeff Carlson’s “Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course,” which may be the first documentation of the Apple Watch that’s comprehensive, independent, and based on real-world experience. The 69-page book normally costs $10, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $7. Learn more about the book and buy it via the coupon-loaded link below.

http://tid.bl.it/apple-watch-crash-course-mug-discount

Using our graphically rich Crash Course format, Jeff covers the Apple Watch from metaphorical morning to night, first helping you understand what it can do for you and choose a particular model. Next, after explaining how you interact with the watch and personalize the watch face, Jeff walks you through using glances, apps, and notifications. Then he turns his attention to specific things that the watch can help with, including communicating with friends, getting directions, working with events and reminders, viewing and capturing photos, controlling iTunes and Apple TVs, using Apple Pay and Passbook, and exercising. Two final chapters ensure that you know what settings and customizations are available and how to take care of your watch, including recharging, restarting, resetting, and restoring.

Since we both wear Apple Watches every day as well, we integrated our successes and mishaps into the book during our collaborative editing pass. The end result is a polished book that reflects a broad set of experiences, making it even more valuable for readers of different types and with different priorities.

Like our other Crash Courses, this book has concise chunks of content so you can read quickly, all wrapped up in a modern, magazine-like layout in PDF that morphs to a reflowable design for EPUB and Mobipocket. Each chapter ends with discussion and sharing buttons, making it easy to ask a question or share a chapter with Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and others (and please do!).

Thank you for your support of the Take Control series!

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

P.S. Check out some of our other recently released ebooks, all at 30% off via http://tid.bl.it/tco-catalog-mug-discount

* Backing Up Your Mac: A Joe On Tech Guide (the latest backup advice)
* Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course (our best seller of 2015)
* Take Control of Security for Mac Users (prevent illicit access to your data!)
* Take Control of Numbers (includes a hands-on example spreadsheet)