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The April 30th, 2015 CDPUG meeting featured Lesa Snider (https://photolesa.com) presenting “Learning to Love Lightroom & the NEW Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 2015.” This meeting was a remote meeting using Zoom, so we were  able to record the meeting, so other than seeing Spike in one of the little Squares, it’s a great and useful presentation.

To see the Presentation, visit our YouTube Channel. “Learning to Love Lightroom & the NEW Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 2015.

 

Subject: New Take Control books help you with Mac security and online privacy

Good day!

No Mac is an island — our Macs are constantly connected to the outside world and store our most important data: financial records, email communications, personal photos, and goodness knows what else. Allowing an Internet hacker, malware app, or Wi-Fi sniffer to compromise the security of your Mac and its data could have far-reaching consequences in your real life. Happily, with some common sense and appropriate precautions, as outlined in Joe Kissell’s latest book, “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” you can increase your security without undue inconvenience. The 159-page book is available by itself for $10.50 after the 30% MUG discount (embedded in the link below once you check out), but read on, since we have other new books too!

Get it for $10.50 > http://tid.bl.it/tco-mac-security-mug-discount

Topics in “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” include:

* Determining your risk level (from 1-4)
* Implementing essential quick security fixes
* Controlling access to your Mac via a firewall
* Managing local access to your data with user accounts
* Sharing Mac resources like screens and files safely
* Securing your home network and working securely on someone else’s network
* Protecting your Mac’s data from snoops and thieves.
* Keeping your iCloud data (such as email and photos!) safe
* Deciding whether to use anti-malware software

Perhaps most important, you’ll also find advice about what to do if something bad happens, with suggestions about how to recover from data loss, a malware or phishing attack, a network intrusion, or identity theft.

Because security and privacy often blur together, we’ve also just published the second edition of Joe’s “Take Control of Your Online Privacy.” Concern about privacy is a spectrum, and we all hit it in different places. But it’s a fact that your online activities are being tracked and analyzed. Some of that is good — if you’re going to see ads, you’d probably prefer they were for products that interest you, but that targeting could result in you being charged higher prices or reveal an embarrassing medical condition. That’s just one example, but Joe has distilled all the questions we normal people have about privacy — and what you can do about them! — into this 135-page book. It’s also $10.50 after the MUG discount.

Get it for $10.50 > http://tid.bl.it/tco-online-privacy-mug-discount

Finally, if you’re interested in this topic, don’t miss Joe’s best-selling “Take Control of Your Passwords,” which he also just updated to work in the latest details. It’s only $7 after the MUG discount.

Get it for $7 > http://tid.bl.it/tco-passwords-mug-discount

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 the Mac Command Line with Terminal (new edition)
* Take Control of Numbers (includes a hands-on example spreadsheet)
* Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course (30-page early-bird version)
* Take Control of PDFpen 7 (for major PDF manipulation)

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

Level up with “Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal, Second Edition”

It’s easy to forget that OS X is based on Unix, but those in the know often drop to the Unix command line for tasks that are difficult or impossible to accomplish in the Mac’s graphical interface. Six years ago, Joe Kissell penned “Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal,” a book designed to help readers become comfortable and capable on the command line. Today we’re pleased to bring you the second edition of this essential reference. 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-command-line-mug-discount

Written from a Mac user’s point of view, the book starts with the command-line fundamentals, helps you set up an environment that will work for you, and walks you through more advanced topics as your knowledge increases. To help you put your new-found skills to use, you’ll find 52 easy-to-follow, real-life “recipes” for simple tasks that are best done from the command line, as well as discussions of more complex tasks such as ssh-ing to a remote computer, transferring files via sftp and scp, handling permissions, logging in as root, installing Unix software, grappling with grep, and writing shell scripts that contain logic.

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 Numbers (includes a hands-on example spreadsheet)
* Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course (30-page early-bird version)
* Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course (23-page early-bird version)
* Take Control of PDFpen 7 (for major PDF manipulation)

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

When your numbers get serious, read “Take Control of Numbers”

Good day!

Paul Simon sang, “When numbers get serious, you see their shape everywhere.” Apple’s Numbers has gotten serious about providing legitimate competition for Microsoft Excel, and Mac users now see it everywhere, since it ships for free with every Mac. But tapping the power of Numbers isn’t always easy, even for those who have used spreadsheets for years, so we’re tremendously pleased to bring you one of our most significant books ever: Sharon Zardetto’s “Take Control of Numbers,” which shows you how to input, calculate, sort, filter, format, and chart your data on the Mac with ease. The book normally costs $20, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $14. Learn more about the book and buy it via the coupon-loaded link below.

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

At 330 pages, “Take Control of Numbers” is a big book, and we had to restrain Sharon from writing even more — Numbers is that deep. But the book is still a tour de force, with hundreds of carefully annotated screenshots, a hands-on example spreadsheet that provides interactive demonstrations of 27 concepts in the book, and a tutorial chapter that helps you put it all together. Of course, you can also treat the book as a reference, using the Quick Start to dip in and focus on a topic of interest.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention Michael Cohen’s similarly exhaustive 266-page “Take Control of Pages,” which teaches you the best ways to create documents in Apple’s word processor, master the layout tools, and handle compatibility and iCloud Drive, whether you work in Pages 5 for Mac, Pages 2 for iOS, Pages for iCloud, or a combination of those apps. It’s also only $14 after the MUG discount.

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

(Although it’s too soon to promise anything specific, we are talking about completing the trilogy with “Take Control of Keynote.”)

Tonya here. As CFO for TidBITS Publishing, I spend a lot of time in Excel, and although I’d tried Numbers a few times, I always retreated quickly to Excel, flummoxed by how Numbers differed. It wasn’t until I read Sharon’s manuscript that I learned key fundamentals, such as the four possible states for a table. It was also eye-opening to discover just how powerful Numbers is, with features like conditional highlighting, lookup functions that grab data in other tables, nested IF statements, rule-based filters to display only specific rows, and paragraph and character styles to maintain a consistent look-and-feel.

Thanks to the many readers who suggested that we create this title! And remember, as Paul Simon sang, “When times are mysterious, serious numbers are eager to please.”

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

PS. As you can guess, Paul Simon’s “When Numbers Get Serious” inspired more than one editing session. If you haven’t heard it before, or at least recently, give it a listen and read its lyrics at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzHZl9J9AK4
http://www.paulsimon.com/us/music/hearts-and-bones/when-numbers-get-serious

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

* Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course (30-page early-bird version)
* Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course (23-page early-bird version)
* Take Control of Automating Your Mac (just updated!)
* Take Control of PDFpen 7
* Take Control of Pages

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

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

Get ready for Photos for Mac with our new Take Control Crash Course

Good day!

The ten-month limbo Apple left us in after announcing that the forthcoming Photos for Mac would replace both iPhoto and Aperture is nearly over. Photos has at long last showed its face in OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite, now in public beta, and we expect it to be released within weeks. But should you trust your irreplaceable photo library to Photos right away? And what capabilities might you lose if you do? We have some early answers in our new “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course,” penned by Jason Snell, formerly of Macworld and now at Six Colors. 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/photos-crash-course-mug-discount

Based on the public beta, this early-bird version of “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course” helps you start thinking about making the transition and offers advice to anyone who is already running the beta or who plans to switch once Photos 1.0 ships. Right now, the tightly packed 30-page book assists you with:

* Deciding whether to transition to Photos right away
* Importing iPhoto and Aperture photo libraries
* Getting around in the Photos interface
* Keywording, favoriting, organizing, and finding photos
* Dealing with Photos quirks

Once Photos 1.0 ships and we’ve had time to test it thoroughly and extract its secrets, we’ll release a free update — probably in May — that will more than double the size of the book. Topics it will add include:

* Using iCloud Photo Library
* Editing photos
* Sharing photos with other people
* Viewing photos on an Apple TV
* Having prints made
* Creating projects, such as calendars and cards
* …and much more!

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 (and please do ask questions that you want to see answered in the 1.1 update!) or share a chapter with Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and others.

Thank you for supporting 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 Automating Your Mac (just updated!)
* Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course (for pre-release advice)
* Take Control of PDFpen 7 (for all your PDF manipulation needs)
* Take Control of Dropbox (because it’s more subtle than it seems)

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

Missed or attended our March Meeting on Fonts?

Attached is a pdf of the Keynote “Font Management – 2015″ presentation at the Thursday, March 26th, 2015 regular meeting. From their historical context to their current state, fonts form the backbone of every PC and design project. Learn how to use, manage and fix issues with fonts.

Also included are links used in the presentation.

Fonts Presentation 03-15.001

Font Presentation PDF. Fonts Presentation 03-15

 

Links from Spike’s portion of the program

Suitcase Fusion 6 Quick Demo

OpenType Overview in Adobe Illustrator from Vimeo

 

Links from Henry’s portion of the program

Converting Text to Outlines The Right Way

14 Typography Tools for Web

20 Typography Tools for Designers

47 Typography Tools & Resources

What TheFont! at MyFonts.com

FontLab