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“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

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Call for Artists!

CLE’s Temporary Art Exhibition Program is a free initiative available to artists. The purpose of this program is to showcase the diversity of arts and culture of the Cleveland Plus Region. Individual artists, cultural institutions and arts organizations are afforded opportunities to exhibit their collections of original artwork and photography in the airport. Submissions are reviewed by an Artists Review Panel and each approved proposal is assigned an exhibit start date based on the exhibition calendar. The duration of exhibits is up to six months depending on the nature of the exhibit. Selected exhibitors will not be compensated; however, installation and curatorial support will be provided as needed. Artists will also be featured at the art site as well as on the airport’s website. Click HERE for the Call for Artists.

“iOS 8: A Take Control Crash Course” teaches you what’s new and more

Our new 120-page “iOS 8: A Take Control Crash Course,” by Josh Centers, is now available for $10.50 after the 30% MUG discount. You can read more about it on our site, but it’s all about iOS 8, it’s from Take Control, and it’s a Crash Course. That pretty much sums it up.

“iOS 8: A Take Control Crash Course” puts you in control of iOS 8 quickly with:

* An overview of what’s new in iOS 8 with tips and steps for using all the new features, all in one place and completely up to date with iOS 8.1.

* Directions for older iOS features that you may not have fully explored, like managing notifications, setting up Siri voice control, and making folders.

* Practical advice for managing your iOS device’s battery life and cellular data usage.

* Help with providing iOS 8 tech support to others. Because this ebook is a Take Control Crash Course, you can easily share any chapter with friends, family, or colleagues who need the information.

To learn more about what’s in the book, read the table of contents, or download a PDF sample to check out the new layout, visit:

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:

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

The next meeting of the Cleveland InDesign User Group is scheduled for November 18th.

Meeting Details
Mobile Applications Design

We have tablets, phones, smart watches and laptops with us everywhere we go. This new boom in mobile technology has really changed the game. Designers have a whole new set of devices to design for. Adobe is not only adapting to technology but they are also adding in features to help make these transitions seamless for designers.

From InDesign with the Digital Publishing Suite to Edge Tools to Adobe Phone Gap, we are able to lay out and prototype full-functioning apps before sending them off to the developers.

How do designers adjust to this world? What are the standards already established? A lively panel discussion will introduce you to this rapidly changing world.

Date, time, and location
Tuesday, November 18 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Ohio Bell, The Cleveland Institute of Art
11141 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH

6:30-6:45pm: Registration, pizza and networking
6:45-8:15pm: Design for Mobile Apps – The New Standards
8:15-8:30pm: Q&A and Raffle

Please register to attend

Log in with your Adobe ID to register for this meeting

Hope to see you at the meeting.

April Clark

Mari Hulick

Cleveland InDesign User Group

The North Eastern Ohio Craftsmen’s Club and Cuyahoga Valley Career Center present a special program of  Trish Witkowski, Designer, Teacher, Lecturer. Folding Fanatic

November 18th at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center. 8001 Brecksville Road ( Rt. 21 ) at Wallings Road, Brecksville, OH.

5:30-6:30 Registration and Reception. Light Appetizers and drinks proudly served by the Culinary Program of Cuyahoga Valley Career Center.

6:45 p.m. Welcoming Remarks, Celina Roebuck Superintendent Cuyahoga Valley Career Center & Greg Seifert NEOCC President

7:00 p.m. Trish Witkowski, Founder and CEO Fold Factor and Founder and CEO Rock the Mail Box

Reservations are suggested:  seating is limited to 90 in our main Conference Room. Contact: or call 440.746.8346  to reserve a seat. Checks can be made payable to: The Northeastern Ohio Craftsmen’s Club ( NEOCC )


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.

Buy now >

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.

Buy now >

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.

Buy now >

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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