The Take Control Back To School Sale Is On!

Take Control is here to support you! So through August 24th, you can add any number of our books to your Take Control library for 50% off the cover price. All our books are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats, so you can read wherever, whenever, and on whatever device you like. Use this link to pick the titles you need to stay up to date: http://tid.bl.it/50-percent-off-back-to-school-sale-2015 (We expect everything to work properly, but if our newly redesigned site is overloaded by sale traffic, try again later in the day when things have settled down.) Remember, there’s no need to read a Take Control title from front to back; instead, each book has a Quick Start that helps you jump instantly to the information you need. We have books that will help with numerous Apple-related technology tasks and projects, including: * Converting from iPhoto to Photos * Figuring out what the heck iTunes 12 is up to * Maintaining an AirPort-based Wi-Fi network * Installing and running OS X Server * Syncing and sharing files with Dropbox * Enjoying your Apple Watch Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 10.06.39 AM For those new to Take Control and looking for a quick fix, we have a few instant-purchase bundles, also 50% off: * iWork explained: Apple’s iWork suite — Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — now comes free with every new Mac, and offers a level of power that compares well with the heavyweight Microsoft Office. The three books in our iWork trilogy provide 750 pages of comprehensive documentation. Normally the three books would cost $55, but for this week, they’re only $27.50 — perfect for college papers and projects. http://tid.bl.it/50-percent-off-iwork-bundle * Automation for everyone: Macs have fabulous time-saving tools that can turn anyone into a power user. This bundle of “Take Control of Automating Your Mac,” “Take Control of LaunchBar,” “Take Control of TextExpander,” and “Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal” would normally cost $50, but is only $25 in the sale. http://tid.bl.it/50-percent-off-automation-bundle * Safe computing: Today’s Internet is unfortunately an insecure place, with hackers, malware, and bots threatening your privacy and security. With calm, friendly advice, Joe Kissell explains how you can stay safe in “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” “Take Control of Your Online Privacy,” “Take Control of Your Passwords,” and “Take Control of FileVault.” Together they’re normally $50, but if you’ve been meaning to lock down your Mac and improve your passwords, you can now pick them up for only $25. http://tid.bl.it/50-percent-off-security-bundle We also have books about Yosemite, iOS 8, Apple Mail, iCloud, Audio Hijack, PDFpen, Scrivener, DEVONthink, Apple TV, and more. So stock your Take Control library today with the titles that you’ve been wanting to read or that might be useful in the future! http://tid.bl.it/50-percent-off-back-to-school-sale-2015 Thanks so much for your continued support, and the many useful questions and kind comments you’ve sent over the years. Please do us a quick favor, and spread the word about this sale to your friends and colleagues — it’s the perfect way to introduce someone to the series or to get your mother to switch over to using Photos.  

2 New Take Control Books

From Take Control:
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 is only $15. Point others here > http://tid.bl.it/tco-apple-mail 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 266 pages, “Take Control of Pages” comprehensively documents what you want to do in Pages for $20. Point others here > http://tid.bl.it/tco-pages-info Thank you for your support of the Take Control series, and may all your wishes comes true this holiday season!

Mail Chapter of Take Control of OS X Server Now Available

The Mail Server chapter of the Take Control book is now available up on http://tidbits.com/article/14950. I’m always torn when it comes to writing chapters on setting up mail servers. Is it socially irresponsible to help people potentially (but accidentally) create spam bots… TCo OS X Server 1.0 Cover for PDF

Chapter 5 of Take Control of OS X Server Now Available

Chapter 5 of my next book is now available from TidBits.com for members at http://tidbits.com/article/14840. TCo OS X Server 1.0 Cover for PDF While much of the chapter ended up on the cutting room floor, it’s worth mentioning that it is tailored to the audience. I think I learned a valuable lesson here, in reviewing too much vs. too little vs. just enough. Thanks again to Adam and Tanya for their infinite patience and wisdom!

Chapter 4 of Take Control of OS X Server Now Available

The chapters from my upcoming Take Control book keep rolling into the TidBits website. The next installment is Chapter 4: Directory Services, which can accessed at http://tidbits.com/article/14821. Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 8.41.54 AM   Hope you enjoy!