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Whether August means back-to-school for you personally or you consider learning to be a lifetime endeavor, we’d like to make it easier for you to pick up new skills. Through August 25th, you can add any number of our ebooks 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.

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We don’t expect you to read every Take Control title cover-to-cover; instead, each book has a Quick Start section that gives you a look into the book beyond the table of contents so you can jump instantly to the information you need.

Whether it’s dealing with passwords, upgrading your wireless network gear, getting a handle on Apple’s Pages word processor, automating repetitive tasks on your Mac, or finally writing your own book in Scrivener or iBooks Author, we have a title to help. We also have ebooks about iCloud, Mail, FileVault, iBooks, CrashPlan, PDFpen, TextExpander, setting up a paperless office, and more.

What can you learn from our expert authors? Tons. Here are some highlights:

* Passwords: Develop a secure password strategy that won’t slow down everyday activities, thanks to Joe Kissell’s best-selling “Take Control of Your Passwords.” Also don’t miss Joe’s “Take Control of 1Password,” about the popular 1Password 4 password manager.

* Wireless networking: Upgrade your wireless network with Glenn Fleishman’s “Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network.” The book will help you extend the range with multiple AirPort base stations, add USB drives and shared printers, enable security options, and more.

* Pages: Find in-depth guidance for using Apple’s Pages for all manner of word processing tasks and to create visually attractive, media-rich layouts. In Michael E. Cohen’s “Take Control of Pages” pre-book, you’ll find 200+ pages documenting Apple’s rewritten Pages 5 for Mac, iOS, and even iCloud. Since “Take Control of Pages” is in progress (Apple keeps making changes!), it’s available only via Leanpub, but you can still save 50% with this URL:

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* Apple TV: Apple’s diminutive streaming media box is much more than a conduit to the iTunes Store. Find out how to play a wide variety of media and have more fun with “Take Control of Apple TV,” by Josh Centers.

* Podcasting: Start podcasting or improve your podcast with the recently updated third edition of Andy Affleck’s “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac.”

* Dropbox: Enjoy a thorough look at how to use Dropbox — particularly the non-obvious bits — for file transfer and collaboration with Joe’s “Take Control of Dropbox.” (But don’t be deceived; as useful as Dropbox is, it does not a backup strategy make. The definitive word on backups remains Joe’s “Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac.”)

* iTunes: Manage your music collection and find your way around iTunes more effectively with Kirk McElhearn”s tips in “Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ,” where he answers oodles of questions about playing, ripping, buying, tagging, viewing, organizing, searching, syncing, sharing, and burning your music.

* Automation: Make working on your Mac less tedious, more accurate, and more easily repeated with “Take Control of Automating Your Mac,” also by Joe. (For even more Mac mojo, don’t miss his “Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal.”)

So stock your Take Control library today with the titles that you’ve been wanting to read or that you think might become useful in the future — remember that we give readers minor updates for free, so your library can stay up to date throughout the year!

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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… this is the perfect way to introduce someone to the series or to get your buddy to take the advice in “Take Control of Your Passwords” to heart (if you can guess his password, we guarantee that a cracking app can too).

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

TAKE CONTROL copy & paste

“Take Control of Automating Your Mac” makes tasks quick, accurate, and repeatable

What’s the key technological advance of the past 50 years? CPUs are faster and drives hold vastly more data, but arguably the most important conceptual leap is copy and paste. Why? Because it lets you leverage work you’ve already done, in a manner that’s quick, accurate, and repeatable. But you know that, and not only do you already understand the utility of copy and paste, you probably also press Command-C on the keyboard instead of choosing Copy from a menu because the keyboard shortcut is faster.

Congratulations, then, since you’re already automating your Mac in one essential way that makes your work quick, accurate, and repeatable with consistent results. In his newest book, “Take Control of Automating Your Mac,” Joe Kissell embarks on a mission to help you find shortcuts to the things you’re already doing regularly so you can focus on those creative or subjective tasks that only you can do. The book normally costs $15, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $10.50, and better yet, it comes with coupons worth over $60. Learn more about the book and buy it via the coupon-loaded link below.

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It’s important to realize that you don’t need to be a programmer — or even particularly geeky — to automate your Mac. Everyone uses copy and paste, and most of what Joe explains in “Take Control of Automating Your Mac” can be used by anyone, from novice to expert. Nor is specialized software necessary. OS X has oodles of built-in automation features like keyboard shortcuts, configurable gestures, and automatic launching of key apps. But clever Macintosh developers have created brilliant utilities that go far beyond OS X’s features, and Joe explains how to use such stalwarts as Keyboard Maestro and Hazel, plus delves into the included automation capabilities in apps like Microsoft Office and Nisus Writer Pro.

In short, Joe wants to do three things with “Take Control of Automating Your Mac”

* Show you lots of tools and techniques for automating your Mac.
* Offer concrete examples you can use as is or adapt to your needs.
* Inspire you with extensive lists of further possibilities.

To that end, he devotes chapters to the following topics, to show you how to:

* Develop an automator’s mindset
* Use OS X’s built-in automation features
* Take full advantage of input devices to save clicks
* Automate text expansion for faster, more consistent typing
* Control the Finder, with a launcher and by organizing files with Hazel
* Supercharge your clipboard to remember and reformat previous copies
* Write macros in Microsoft Office and Nisus Writer Pro
* Create rules to file email automatically in Apple Mail and Outlook
* Log in to Web sites faster with a password manager
* Automate cloud services with IFTTT and Zapier
* Set up automatic backup and syncing
* Get started with Automator and AppleScript
* Control nearly anything on your Mac with Keyboard Maestro

Put bluntly, we want to help you use your Mac more productively. It pains us when we see someone repeating the same mind-numbing steps over and over, when we know a Keyboard Maestro macro could easily do it all with a single keystroke. To aid in that, we’ve included discounts on eight of the most important apps Joe covers in the book: 20% or 30% off on Keyboard Maestro, LaunchBar, Hazel, Nisus Writer Pro, TextExpander, TextSoap, TypeIt4Me, and Typinator — look for coupons at the back of the ebook.

So, read “Take Control of Automating Your Mac” and get Joe’s expert advice on how to make your repetitive tasks quick, accurate, and repeatable, whether by setting up your Mac to type “quick, accurate, and repeatable” whenever you type “qar” or by creating whatever filing, launching, typing, clicking, sorting, filtering, or other shortcut that will save you from boredom and let you get to the fun stuff faster.

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 Your Apple Wi-Fi Network
* Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac
* Take Control of Your Paperless Office
* Take Control of Dropbox

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Take Control of iCloud

Subject: “Take Control of iCloud” ebook updated to cover Apple’s many changes

Time for a pop quiz! 

Is iCloud (a) packed with useful features, (b) more complex than Apple lets on, (c) almost essential for Mac and iOS use, (d) thoroughly documented by Joe Kissell in “Take Control of iCloud,” or (e) all of the above? 

The answer, as you veteran quiz takers know when faced with an “all of the above” option, is (e). iCloud really is helpful, deceptively complicated, integrated deeply into the Mac and iOS experience, and, frankly, sometimes a royal pain in the posterior. But no one does a better job of explaining iCloud’s features and quirks than Joe Kissell, and you can come up to speed with everything iCloud can do for only $10.50 with the 30% MUG discount:

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If you’re pulling out your hair in frustration as you try to connect your Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Windows PC to the many digital pipes that iCloud offers, Joe’s 155-page “Take Control of iCloud” will answer your questions and preserve your hairstyle. And, if you’re trying to help your mother, sister, uncle, co-worker, fellow Rotarian, or Game Center buddy sync contacts between devices, create a shared calendar, filter email before it hits the iPhone, and so forth, Joe has ferreted out the details you need to solve their problems.

iCloud is no longer new, and the dreaded transition from MobileMe is long past, but updates and ongoing issues have made “Take Control of iCloud” our top-selling book of the past few years. Keeping it fresh and accurate – this is our fourth free update! – is like playing Whack-a-Mole. Sometimes it seemed that nearly every page had some detail that needed checking and tweaking. Even though Apple doesn’t share inside information with us about what’s happening in iCloud’s troposphere, things Joe has had to track down and explain since just the last version of this book include iOS 6, iTunes 11, the Notes and Reminders Web apps, Shared Photo Streams, numerous tiny changes to iCloud’s Web interface, and more. 

As always, thank you for supporting the Take Control series!

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers