Three New Take Control Books
I keep hearing about Amazon primateday, which might explain all the posts in my Twitter feed about capuchins, marmosets, and tamarins in a South American rainforest. In other news, it’s the middle of the summer here in the northern hemisphere, which makes it a great time to stock up on reading materials—especially ones about useful projects you can do in your spare time. This week we’d like to offer you a very special deal on three related books, all written by yours truly. Through the end of Friday, July 20, each of these books (normally $15) costs only $5, with coupon code CPN00025859005. In other words: 3books, on sale for 4 days, for $5 each.
All three books involve getting organized and reducing clutter:
In Take Control of Your Paperless Office, Third Edition, I walk you through the process of banishing unwanted paper from your home and office. I show you how to choose a scanner (if you need one), set up OCR software to turn scanned documents into searchable files, create a workflow that helps you keep on top of your documents, name and organize documents so you can find them easily later, and use a variety of other techniques to reduce the amount of incoming and outgoing paper you have to deal with.
You probably have a will that spells out what will happen to your property after you die, but what about all your digital possessions—your passwords, photos, videos, documents, email, social media accounts, and more? Take Control of Your Digital Legacy shows you what data to keep and how to preserve it for the future, as well as how to deal with paper photos that haven’t been digitized. This has been one of my more popular recent titles, and I’ve given more than dozen user group presentations on this topic.
DEVONthink is one of the most popular and powerful information management tools for macOS and iOS. You can use it to store and organize almost anything, from text snippets to research materials—and it’s especially good for managing scanned documents. But it can also be overwhelming, which is why I wrote Take Control of Getting Started with DEVONthink 2, Third Edition. This book helps you find your way around, learn advanced features, and make the most of this fantastic app.
Make the most of your summer with these three great books at their all-time lowest prices. But remember: this sale lasts only until Friday, July 20.
P.S. I’ll be sending another email next week about two other recent books (both by authors named Jeff!), but here’s a quick reminder about them. Jeff Porten’s Take Control of Your Productivity helps you manage your time and tasks (on any platform), while Jeff Carlson’s Take Control of Your Digital Storage shows you how to get the most out of both internal and external storage devices on your Mac.
Take Control of Your Digital Storage
We have a new book to tell you about today, and I’m especially excited about it because it’s all about solving problems I know many of you are having. Quite a few people have expressed an interest in a book that will help them deal with the many questions involved in storing their data and managing their disks—concerns that have become more frequent as the volume of data we have (photos, videos, music, and more) has grown. I’m pleased to announce that our good friend Jeff Carlson has written a book that addresses these questions, and it’s available now: Take Control of Your Digital Storage.
I can’t tell you how many email messages I’ve received that involve storage puzzles. People want to know if they should use a NAS (network-attached storage) device or not, and if so, what they can do with it. How to partition and format a disk. Whether a RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a good idea. How to decide whether something should be stored on their Mac, on an external or network disk, or in the cloud. How to make sense of Apple’s new APFS filesystem. What really happens when they use iCloud’s Optimized Mac Storage feature. And so on. Jeff and I decided it was time to research all these questions and more, and the result is Take Control of Your Digital Storage.
Here’s just a taste of the topics Jeff covers in this Mac-specific book:
- How to choose a new (internal or external) hard drive, SSD, or hybrid drive
- Determining how much storage space you need
- What you need to know about filesystems, including Apple's new APFS filesystem
- Formatting and partitioning disks using Disk Utility
- How to repair a misbehaving disk
- How to create and use disk images
- What a personal cloud is and why you might consider using one
- Strategies for freeing up extra disk space
- Selecting and using a NAS with your Mac (with extra information on using it to store your digital photos)
- The various kinds of RAID setups, why you might want one, and how to set it up
- The differences between volumes and partitions (and, for APFS, containers)
- Why and how to encrypt a disk using FileVault or the Finder
- Using iCloud Drive’s Optimized Mac Storage feature
And, there’s much more packed into this 124-page ebook. If you’re frustrated because you’re running low on disk space…confused about what storage options you should use…struggling with questions about volumes, formats, or partitions…trying to wrap your head around a new NAS…or just wanting to have a better understanding of how storage works on a Mac, you need this book!
I hope you’re as enthusiastic about this book as I am! I’ve been wanting a title like this in our catalog for a long time, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally here. Get to the bottom of your Mac storage issues today!
Take control of your productivity
Over the years, we’ve published hundreds of Take Control books that teach you about technology and help you get more out of your apps and hardware. Now we want to go one step further and show you how to mange the innumerable tasks and projects (both personal and professional) that fill your days. I’m delighted to introduce our latest book, Take Control of Your Productivity, by long-time TidBITS contributor Jeff Porten.
Jeff has been studying and using a wide variety of productivity systems for decades, and although they all offer useful insights, none of them worked well for him. So Jeff developed a system that combines some of the best features of other approaches with his own “special sauce.” The result, described in detail in Take Control of Your Productivity, is a powerful yet flexible way to get all your ducks in a row and keep them there.
Whether you’ve been using a formal system like Getting Things Done or just making do with simple lists and calendars, this book will show you how to improve your approach so you can finish your projects and reach your goals—on time, with as little stress as possible.
Some of the things you’ll learn in this book;
- What’s good (and bad) about your current approach to managing your time and activities
- How to set and prioritize both short-term and long-term goals
- How to pick a task-management app that’s appropriate for your needs (and whether that should be a simple app like Reminders, a more robust app such as Things or OmniFocus, or a super-complex tool such as Daylite)
- What other productivity tools you’ll use alongside your main task management app, and how they all work together
- Exactly how to track all your events and tasks, making sure everything happens in the right order
- How to transition from an old system to your new system without worrying that anything will fall through the cracks
- Where and how to collect all the thoughts and facts you encounter during the day that you might need to remember later—and what to do with them
- What to do when you start on a task, only to find out that it’s much bigger than you expected
- How to cope and adjust when something goes wrong—whether it’s a minor setback or a major life problem
Although many of the examples in the book refer to Mac productivity tools, Jeff's advice is platform-neutral. Plus, a companion webpage provides additional details on apps running on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and the web.
Like any new skill, Jeff’s productivity system requires time to learn and put into action, but the results will be well worth the effort! The cover price of this 168-page book is $14.99, but with your 30% MUG discount, it’s only $10.49.
Don’t struggle with an endless to do list and a hopelesly crowded calendar. Dig into Take Control of Your Productivity and start bringing sanity to your schedule today.
Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security
The world of wireless networking is constantly evolving. For the past 15 years or so, Glenn Fleishman has been carefully studying the ins and outs of Wi-Fi in its various forms and helping tens of thousands of people understand how best to make use of this essential technology—in part, by way of five previous Take Control titles on Wi-Fi. Those earlier books focused mainly on Apple's Wi-Fi products, but now that Apple no longer makes AirPort devices, Glenn has written a new book that takes his well-respected advice on wireless networking in other directions.
If your Wi-Fi network is unreliable or offers insufficient coverage, if you’re designing a new Wi-Fi system for your home or office, or if you want to take advantage of the enhanced performance and modern features of newer equipment, Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security contains all the information you need to make smart decisions and get the most out of your hardware. You’ll learn about selecting and placing gateways (and when you should consider a range extender or mesh system), configuring devices, improving throughput, troubleshooting, keeping your network secure, and much more. And, this new book covers every major operating system—macOS, Windows 10, iOS, Android, and even Chrome OS.
The cover price of this 122-page book is $12.99, but with your 30% MUG discount, it’s only $9.09.
Buy Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security for $9.09 with your MUG discount OR
Get more information about this book
This new book is an outstanding blend of theory and practice that will quickly teach you what you need to know to conquer Wi-Fi problems and enjoy better, faster wireless networking. I hope you’ll consider purchasing a copy today!
Publisher, Take Control Books
Take Control of Apple Mail, Fourth Edition
Running a publishing company, as I’ve been doing for the last year, has been an interesting and exciting challenge. One thing I wasn’t entirely prepared for was how little time it would leave me to actually write books, which is still pretty important given how many Take Control titles have my name on the cover. Today, however, I’m happy to say I’ve crossed one more off my to do list. And if you use Apple Mail on macOS or iOS, I think you’ll find this book incredibly useful.
We’ve just published Take Control of Apple Mail, Fourth Edition. This is a complete guide to handling your email with Apple Mail, and it now covers Mail in High Sierra, Sierra, and iOS 11. Among the hundreds of changes in the new edition are descriptions of the current workings of gestures, addressing, Markup, Handoff, and many other recently updated features. It contains extensive recommendations for third-party plugins; helpful hints for filtering and finding messages; instructions for backing up, restoring, and importing email; suggestions for making attachments work better (both as sender and recipient); and numerous troubleshooting tips. And it has greatly expanded coverage of using Apple Mail on an iPhone or iPad.
In addition, we’ve lowered the cover price of this 221-page book from $20 to $14.99, making it an even better value than before. And, with your 30% MUG discount, it’s only $10.49.
Note: You may have heard about a new encryption issue called EFAIL that can affect Apple Mail. This issue was discovered too late to cover it in the book, but we have an article with complete details here: What You Need to Know About the EFAIL Vulnerability. (Short version: it’s not as big of a deal as the press is making it out to be.)
This update has been in the works for a long time, and I’m delighted that it’s available at last. If you use Apple Mail on a Mac or iOS device, I hope you’ll consider purchasing a copy so that you can have the best possible email experience.
Publisher, Take Control Books
Take Control of Numbers, Pages, Keynote
The pace of software updates from Apple never seems to slow down, and that keeps us busy too, since we often update our books to reflect the latest reality. Today I’m happy to announce updated books about two products in Apple’s iWork suite: Numbers and Pages—plus a special discount on our Keynote book.
First, Sharon Zardetto has thoroughly revised her book Take Control of Numbers, now entering its second edition. This extensive update covers Numbers 4 for Mac, with a large number of new features since the first edition of the book was published, including easy transposing of rows and columns, an updated formula editor, threaded comments, Touch Bar support, and much more. This edition also adds a new section on Numbers’ new sharing and collaboration features.
And, we’ve lowered the cover price of this 273-page book from $20 to $14.99.
Buy Take Control of Numbers for $10.49 with the 30% MUG discount(a coupon code will be applied automatically when you click Check Out)
Not to be outdone, Michael E. Cohen has also updated his book Take Control of Pages, Second Edition to version 2.1, which now covers Pages 6.3 on the Mac, Pages 3.3 for iOS, and the current version of the Pages for iCloud web app, all of which were released in September 2017.
The 283-page book now discusses linked text boxes, the expanded Shapes library, threaded comments, custom color fills in iOS, fixed layout EPUBs, and expanded file management capabilities, among other new or updated features.
Buy Take Control of Pages, Second Edition for $10.49 with the 30% MUG discount (a coupon code will be applied automatically when you click Check Out)
But wait, there’s more! Even though each of these lengthy books is individually a steal at $10.49, we have an even better offer for you: buy a bundle of both books for just $20 and save 33% off the cover price—that’s an even bigger bargain than your MUG discount!
There’s one other app in Apple’s iWork suite: Keynote. And we have a book on that one, too: Take Control of Keynote—in fact, I wrote it myself! Unfortunately, that book hasn’t been updated to cover newer features such as real-time collaboration and Keynote Live. But even though the book is somewhat out of date, it still contains loads of useful information, and most of it applies to the latest versions of Keynote for macOS, iOS, and iCloud. Since we couldn’t swing an update at this point, we’ve done the next-best thing, which is to lower the price from $15 to just $5! If you use Keynote, I think you’ll find this book quite useful, and I hope you’ll take advantage of this special deal.
Improve your productivity with Apple’s iWork apps and these great books today!
Take Control of Apple Automation
As February draws to a close, I’m happy to announce a brand-new book by Josh Centers about HomeKit, a new version of his book on the Apple TV, and a dramatic price reduction on Jeff Carlson’s book about the Apple Watch.
First, I want to introduce Josh’s latest book, Take Control of Apple Home Automation. This book introduces you to Apple’s HomeKit platform, which lets you configure, control, monitor, and automate a wide variety of internet-connected “smart home” products, such as outlets, lightbulbs, switches, thermostats, sensors, and door locks. Whether you’re new to the world of home automation or you want to expand your existing skills and knowedge, this book teaches you everything you need to know. You’ll learn how to choose devices to meet your needs, install and configure everything safely, troubleshoot problems, and much more. And you can even get started with a basic smart home setup for less than $50.
Buy Take Control of Apple Home Automation for $10.49 with the 30% MUG discount (a coupon code will be applied automatically when you click Check Out)
Next is an updated version of Josh’s Take Control of Apple TV, Second Edition. This book goes beyond the basics of using an Apple TV to include tips for getting the most from the Siri Remote, using apps from Apple and third parties, dealing with wiring and network issues, and even using an Apple TV for presentations.
The newly released version 2.2 covers all the changes in tvOS 11, plus the new 4K model of the Apple TV. It also covers the Apple TV Remote built into the iOS 11 Control Center, expanded use of single sign-on, and new ways to control Apple TV playback using iOS and iTunes.
Buy Take Control of Apple TV, Second Edition for $10.49 with the 30% MUG discount (a coupon code will be applied automatically when you click Check Out)
Finally, I want to announce that we’ve cut the price of Jeff Carlson’s Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course in half—to just $5—and that’s before your MUG discount! If you feel like you’re not getting the most out of your Apple Watch, this book will help you discover its hidden talents and use it as a tool for fitness, productivity, and entertainment. And there’s never been a better price.
Why the price drop? The book hasn’t been updated to cover the very latest hardware (Series 3 watches) and software (watchOS 4), but as Jeff explains in this blog post, 95% of the information is still accurate and useful. So we wanted to offer you a great deal on a very slightly out-of-date book!
Buy Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course for $3.50 with the 30% MUG discount (a coupon code will be applied automatically when you click Check Out)
These three books will help you make the most of your snazzy Apple devices, and I invite you to check them all out today. Enjoy!
Two Updated Take Control Books
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I’m delighted to announce two updated books about digital photography from our friend and digital photography expert Jeff Carlson. (And, you can buy both books together for a special low price.)
Now that it’s so easy to take and store digital photos, it can become overwhelming to stay on top of managing them all. In Take Control of Your Digital Photos, Jeff gives you a plan for tackling this problem, starting with preparing your camera ahead of time, then choosing the right app to manage your photos, judging and organizing your photos, and backing up your photos for safekeeping. This book is geared towards both Mac and Windows users, and discusses the merits of five popular photo management apps–Apple’s Photos, Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC, Photoshop Elements, and Mylio–to help you choose the right one for your needs. (This book expands and updates an earlier title, Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac.)
Buy Take Control of Your Digital Photos for $10.49 with the 30% MUG discount (a coupon code will be applied automatically when you click Check Out)
We’ve also released a new version of Jeff’s book Take Control of Lightroom CC. Last fall, Adobe released a new version of its Lightroom application, Lightroom CC, that is specifically designed for cloud interaction, and meant to appeal to users who want to do more than the basics with their photos, but want something more streamlined and simplified than Lightroom Classic CC or Photoshop. In Take Control of Lightroom CC, Jeff gives a thorough but accessible guide to the new Lightroom CC. He explains where it fits in the Lightroom ecosystem, then moves on to detail how to import, manage, and professionally edit your photos using Lightroom CC. For those who want to keep using Lightroom Classic CC, he also looks at how the two apps can work together.
Buy Take Control of Lightroom CCfor $10.49 with the 30% MUG discount (a coupon code will be applied automatically when you click Check Out)
But, we’re also offering a special bundle of the two books together for $20, which is even less than what you’d pay with the MUG discount on the individual titles!
Buy Take Control of Your Digital Photos and Take Control of Lightroom CC for $20 (a coupon code will be applied automatically when you click Check Out)
Take Control Books for Macintosh User Groups
Hello, from Joe Kissell, Take Control Books!
Seems like every time I turn around, there’s another news report about a big company being hacked, a gigantic list of passwords being stolen, or some other security vulnerability being exposed. Every time this happens, huge numbers of people suffer—sometimes in small ways (like having to jump through hoops to prove their identity or recover an account) but, all too often, in large ways (like identity theft that leads to major financial losses).
Most of this suffering is preventable, and the first step is handling your passwords properly. If you use the same password on a bunch of different sites, or if any of your passwords are short, easy-to-guess strings (like password1 or letmein or qwerty), I’m sorry to say you’re very likely to be a future victim of a password hack. But having unique, strong, hack-resistant passwords doesn’t mean going through a lot of hassle. You can have great passwords and convenience too!
I’m happy to announce brand new editions of two books that address different aspects of dealing with passwords: Take Control of Your Passwords and Take Control of 1Password. If you don’t already have a bulletproof password plan, I hope you’ll consider one or both of these books as a way to help you achieve password bliss. (And, you can buy both books together for a special low price.)
Take Control of Your Passwords, Third Edition helps you develop a complete password strategy. It explains the whys and hows of creating great passwords, using two-factor authentication and two-step verification, choosing and using a password manager (and dealing with passwords in situations where a password manager app can’t be used), and helping other people with their passwords. The new edition covers current versions of a dozen popular password managers, using biometrics (such as Face ID on the iPhone X), working with authenticator devices (which can include an Apple Watch), preparing an emergency password plan, and many other new or updated topics.
Buy Take Control of Your Passwords, Third Edition for $14.99
We’ve also released a new edition of Take Control of 1Password. This book takes you in depth on my favorite password manager app, helping you get up to speed quickly and master all of 1Password’s essential tools. 1Password has undergone a lot of changes since the previous version of the book was released over a year ago, including extensive revisions to the Windows version; feature and interface updates for macOS, iOS, and Android; a new 1Password X extension for Chrome that brings 1Password to Chrome OS and Linux for the first time; a command-line version of the app; and greater emphasis on hosted 1Password accounts (for both licensing and syncing). The new edition covers all that and more.
Buy Take Control of 1Password, Third Edition for $14.99
If you’d like both—Take Control of Your Passwords for the overall strategy and Take Control of 1Password for all the details on that particular password manager, we have a special deal for you. You can use this handy link to buy the new editions of both books at one time for just $20—a 33% savings:
Buy Take Control of Your Passwords and Take Control of 1Password for $20 (a coupon code will be applied automatically when you click Check Out)
Stay on top of your password security while increasing your convenience with these two essential books!
Take Control of Pages
Are you interested in getting the most out of Apple’s Pages? Pages is a big, rich app with hundreds of features, but not all of its potential is readily accessible. In Take Control of Pages, Second Edition, Michael E. Cohen digs deep into Pages, unearthing the nuggets of knowledge you need to make your work shine.
With Michael’s help, you can navigate Pages like a pro. Learn how to:
Find where the tools you need lie, whether on the Mac, in iOS, or in the Web app
Do everyday word processing, including working with fonts, tabs, indents, rulers, search and replace, spell checking, and more
Format longer, more complex documents, with customized headers, footers, page numbers, tables of content, footnotes, and section breaks
Manage styles, including paragraph styles, character styles, list styles, and object styles
Create your own templates, complete with master objects
Master the many multi-touch gestures on iOS that give you pinpoint control over page elements
Include complex tables and charts and make them look exactly the way you want
Customize layout and manipulate graphics like a pro
Collaborate with others in real time using iCloud
Share your documents across devices, using Mac, iOS, or almost any Web browser
For this second edition, Michael expands his already extensive guide, detailing all the changes Apple has made to Pages since the last version of the book was released. Learn about new support for bookmarks, Web links, and Rich Text Format. Find out how you can now globally replace fonts, enter equations, and style tables and objects in your documents. Best of all, discover the possibilities for collaboration in real-time in Pages for Mac and Pages for iOS with iCloud!
Unlock the power of Pages, and make it work for you, with Take Control of Pages, Second Edition!
Take Control of Calendar and Reminders
Are you familiar with Apple’s Calendar and Reminders, but feel you aren’t using them to their full potential? We’re here to help, with a brand new Take Control title from veteran Mac journalist and editor Scholle McFarland. Introducing Take Control of Calendar and Reminders!
In this book, Scholle guides you through getting to know these incredibly useful apps, including lesser-known (but handy) features. For example, did you know that in Calendar you can set an alert for when you need to leave for an event, based on the travel time calculated using the location you entered for the event? Or that Reminders can prompt you to do something not only at a certain time, but also once you’ve reached a specific destination, like the grocery store?
Learn all about Calendar and Reminders, including how to:
Customize Calendar to your liking
Set up notifications and alerts, so you never miss an event
Invite people to events, or share your calendar with them
Create, manage, and share lists in Reminders
Set alarms in Reminders at a certain time or a certain place
Use Siri to save time when creating events or reminders
Easily check events and reminders on your Mac, iPhone, or Apple Watch
Troubleshoot common problems in Calendar and Reminders
Share calendars and reminders using iCloud Family Sharing
If you’ve never taken the time to explore Calendar and Reminders, this book will show you how to make them an important part of your daily routine. If you’ve already been using Calendar and Reminders, you’ll learn how to use them more effectively, troubleshoot common problems, and delve deeper into their capabilities.
Whip your schedule into shape and tame your to-do lists with Take Control of Calendar and Reminders!