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And now for something that’s largely not work-related—the Apple TV! Our latest book, Take Control of Apple TV, Second Edition, by Josh Centers, provides comprehensive coverage of the fourth-generation Apple TV, including all the tricks with the Siri Remote and details on the just-released tvOS 9.2.

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As you may have already seen, we just kicked off a big 50%-off sale for the next week, with every Take Control book on sale. Since this is a better deal than the standing 30% discount for MUG members, it would be great if you could alert your group to the sale. If you want a URL to send out in Twitter or post on Facebook, use this coupon-loaded link:

For email, I’m going to send you another message in just a minute that’s designed to be forwarded to your group mailing list. There’s no need to crop anything out of it other than your username at the bottom—in this case, I figured two messages would be easier for everyone to deal with. If that’s true in general, just let me know at and I can see how well that works in the future too.

Thanks so much for your help—our authors appreciate MUG support immensely!

Cheers… –Adam


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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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