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“Take Control of PDFpen 7” explains PDFpen for Mac and iOS

Have you ever wanted to change the date on a PDF-based flyer? Needed to give feedback on a PDF, but had trouble inserting useful proofreading marks? Wished you could perform optical character recognition (OCR) on a scanned document so you could revise the text in the PDF? For such tasks, we rely on Smile’s PDFpen. (If you don’t already have a copy, you can learn more at and read on to find out how to save 20% on its purchase.)

As useful as PDFpen is, working with PDFs — regardless of the app — can be complex, which is why we’re happy to throw light on the topic with Michael E. Cohen’s “Take Control of PDFpen 7.” The 171-page ebook documents everything you can do with Smile’s recently released PDFpen 7 and PDFpenPro 7, plus PDFpen for iPad & iPhone. So if you’re looking for help with PDFpen’s many features, check out “Take Control of PDFpen 7,” available now in PDF (natch), EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats. It’s normally $15, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $10.50.

After a quick overview of the PDF format to set the stage, Michael walks you through PDFpen’s tools and navigation, along with the many ways you can create a PDF from within the program. You’ll learn how to take notes on a PDF, copyedit and comment on a PDF, fill out PDF forms (complete with your signature!), add and remove pages, and edit text and graphics in a PDF. You’ll even find out how to export a PDF to a formatted Microsoft Word document.

For PDFpenPro users, Michael explains how to create an interactive PDF form and get user-submitted data back via email or the Web, plus how to control whether a PDF can be printed, modified, and annotated. PDFpenPro users will also learn how to export to Excel and PowerPoint formats, and how to edit the OCR layer in scanned documents. Finally, an appendix describes the many useful AppleScripts that ship with PDFpen.

We created this ebook in collaboration with Smile and worked with PDFpen’s developers during the tech edit process to ensure that the book is accurate.

Note that members of Take Control’s sister publication, TidBITS, can save 20% on all Smile products purchased through the Smile cart, so you could save $25 on PDFpenPro. To learn about joining the TidBITS membership program, visit To access the necessary coupon code, make sure you’ve logged in and visit

As always, 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 Dropbox (PDFpen for iOS includes Dropbox support)
* Take Control of FileVault (protect your local PDFs!!)
* Take Control of iCloud, Third Edition (fully updated for iOS 8 and Yosemite)
* Take Control of Apple Mail, Second Edition (covers Yosemite Mail)

Lake Erie Ink’s 3rd Annual Kids Comic ConComic Con is next week.  This event is unique in Northeast Ohio.  Usually we draw about 80 participants and we offer 16 workshops between 10 and 3 pm.
One of those workshops this year is for adults, especially teachers, about using comics in the classroom.  I’ve attached both the regular Kids’ Comic Con flyer which you have already seen, and the new flyer for the adult workshop.  Please help me get the word out in the CHUH district.
Here’s a little language about the kids’ workshops:

For ages 8-18, adults welcome accompanied by a child. Make your own comics and meet local comic celebrities! Featuring Mark Sumerak, best known for Marvel Comics’ POWER PACK and the Eisner & Harvey Award nominated FRANKLIN RICHARDS: SON OF A GENIUS; and Brad Ricca, author of Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster – the Creators of Superman. Workshops on creating a comic from start to finish, Superheroes and villains, drawing faces and expressions, character design, inking, and collaborative comics. Costumes encouraged! Meet other young comics enthusiasts. Check out the artists alley, comics sale. Buy lunch on site or bring your own.

And here’s some language about the Adult Workshop:

This Looks Like a Job for Superman!

Using Comics to Help Kids Learn 

A Special Workshop for Teachers, Parents, and Youth Advocates

at Lake Erie Ink’s Third Annual Kids’ Comic Con on Saturday, March 7th at 2 pm.  Free.

Find out how reading and writing comics supports Common Core reading and writing standards.

A panel with Lee Smith, former teacher and creator of Ohio Chronicles a kids’ comic series about Ohio history, Cynthia Larsen, Director of Programs at Lake Erie Ink, and others TBA.  

Cynthia Larsen
Lake Erie Ink: a writing space for youth
 Comic Con 2015 Flyer.pdfLearning with Comics flyer.pdf

Save 50% in Take Control’s February Book Bargain Bonanza

Good day!

Faced with rising snowdrifts and falling temperatures here at Take Control HQ, we’ve decided to liven up the season with a sale — it beats shoveling the driveway again! No matter what your weather, now’s the time to add any number of our books to your Take Control library for 50% off, through February 25th. All our titles are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats, so you can access the real-world Mac and iOS advice you need wherever, whenever, and on whatever device you like.

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Since Apple’s massive releases of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 last year, our hard-working authors have been researching and writing new titles and updates alike, all with the goal of providing you with up-to-date answers to your Mac and iOS questions.

In particular, check out our snazzy new Take Control Crash Courses, which bring you the first-rate content you expect from us in shorter, magazine-like chunks so you can dip in and read quickly. We have Crash Courses on Yosemite, iOS 8, and “Digital Sharing for Apple Users” — that last one explains how to work effectively in today’s spaghetti-like ecosystem of devices, services, and collaborators.

Other titles that have been revised recently to cover changes in Yosemite and iOS 8 include:

* “Take Control of Pages” has friendly and thorough directions for handling complex word processing and layout tasks on the Mac, in iOS, and on iCloud, plus a deep look at iCloud Drive.

* “Take Control of Apple Mail, Second Edition” tells you what you most need to know about Apple’s Mail app in Yosemite and iOS.

* “Take Control of iCloud, Third Edition” remains the canonical reference to everything iCloud can do. If you’re not sure which features go with iCloud, how they work together, or how to best use them, read this book.

* “Take Control of Dropbox” explains how to best sync your own files through the Dropbox service, or collaborate productively with other Dropbox users. It includes a cheat sheet you can share with colleagues who need Dropbox help.

* “Take Control of FileVault” walks you through the how’s and why’s of OS X’s built-in FileVault feature so you can secure the files stored on your Mac’s drives with confidence.

* “Take Control of OS X Server” covers Yosemite Server for those looking to turn a Mac into a server for a home, small business, or classroom.

More gems are available for 50% off in our catalog, making this a great time to stock up on books you can turn to for help when you need it, including titles about upgrading to Yosemite, automating your Mac, setting up a paperless office, the impressively useful utility LaunchBar, AirPort Wi-Fi networking, Apple TV, and much more. We give readers minor updates for free, so your library can stay up to date throughout the year!

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Remember, we don’t expect you to read every book cover to cover; instead, use the Table of Contents and Quick Start to jump instantly to the topics that explain what you want to know.

Thank you for supporting the Take Control series… we couldn’t do it without you! And, if we can ask a quick favor, it would be great if you could spread the word about the sale, since the proceeds make a big difference to our authors and help them continue to focus on writing books for you.

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

Ken Fanger and  Spike Radway spoke at the January 29th, 2015 CDPUG Meeting on the Topic of Ken & Spike’s Top Ten Troubleshooting Tips.

Here is a link to a PDF of the Keynote Presentation.

Spike & Ken’s Top Ten Troubleshooting Tips

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Apple Mail and Pages: Two Take Control books reveal what you need to know

Greetings and salutations!

The holidays are upon us, and we’re finishing off the year with two books that belong on the virtual reference shelf of any Mac or iOS user: “Take Control of Apple Mail, Second Edition” and “Take Control of Pages,” available at 30% off for MUG members.

Apple Mail. It’s hard to get by on a Mac or iOS device without it. But living with Mail can be a recipe for hair-pulling frustration, whether because of connection failures caused by Mail’s mysteriously unreliable automatic settings detection or trying to figure out the difference between long and short swipes in the iOS version. No one knows more about Mail than Joe Kissell, and he has distilled his most important advice into the second edition of “Take Control of Apple Mail,” now completely revised and updated to explain Mail in 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8. 183 pages of goodness, discounted to $10.50 for discerning MUG members.

Buy it for $10.50 >

Apple’s Pages word processor built a loyal following because it wasn’t Microsoft Word, but Apple threw us a curveball with the release of Pages 5 for the Mac and Pages 2 for iOS, removing numerous features and shuffling the interface around. Michael Cohen has spent the last year spelunking through the depths of Pages on the Mac, in iOS, and in iCloud to ferret out what has changed, how to accomplish both everyday and complex word processing and layout tasks, and the best ways to work back and forth in all three versions of Pages via iCloud Drive in Yosemite and iOS 8. At 263 pages, “Take Control of Pages” comprehensively documents what MUG members want to do in Pages for a mere $14, just 0.5% of the price of that new Retina iMac you’ve been eyeing.

Buy it for $14 >

Thank you for your support of the Take Control series, and may all your wishes comes true this holiday season!

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 iCloud
* Yosemite: A Take Control Crash Course
* iOS 8: A Take Control Crash Course
* Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course
* Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite
* Take Control of OS X Server

“Take Control of iCloud, Third Edition” answers all your iCloud questions

Apple’s iCloud service has changed dramatically in recent weeks thanks to OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8, and we now have a new edition of Joe Kissell’s best-selling “Take Control of iCloud” to help you adjust to the many changes. Notably, Joe thoroughly explains the differences between (and how to use) iCloud’s My Photo Stream, the still-beta iCloud Photo Library, and iCloud Photo Sharing. He documents the many peculiarities of iCloud Drive. And he helps you with the new Family Sharing feature. 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.

Other new bits that receive attention include iCloud storage price drops, the Mail Drop feature for sending large email attachments, modifications to the iCloud Web apps, Apple TV photo and music features, and security enhancements such as two-factor authentication, app-specific passwords, and protection from purchasing stolen secondhand iOS devices.

Of course, the book still covers iCloud basics like keeping media purchased from Apple in sync across devices, syncing contacts and calendars, using iCloud Keychain to have the same passwords available on all your devices, backing up and restoring iOS device backups, and much, much more. It’s the most comprehensive documentation of iCloud available.

Thanks for supporting Take Control – we couldn’t keep documenting the Apple universe without you! (And hey, given Apple’s minimal help, someone’s gotta do it.)

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

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PPS: Check out some of our other recently released ebooks, all at 30% off:

* Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite
* Yosemite: A Take Control Crash Course
* iOS 8: A Take Control Crash Course
* Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course