Take Control of Your Paperless Office, second Edition
Price: $10
Authors: Joe Kissell
Company: Take Control
ISBN: 978-61542-424-5, 146 pages

I remember in the late 70’s and early 80’s there were predictions about our society becoming more and more paperless in the future with the revolution of the personal computer. But at the same time, huge companies were investing more and more into faster printers and fax machines that were in total contradiction of the predictions.paperless-office-review

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Take Control of Dropbox – Book Review

On June 19, 2013, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Take Control of Dropbox
Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $10.00
82 pages, ebook
ISBN: 9781615424214


Dropbox is the ubiquitous application that allows users to sync and share their files, and access them from computers, smart phones, and tablets. If you’re reading this review you probably are already a Dropbox user. Are you using Dropbox to its fullest potential? Do you have a hard time trying to explain the Dropbox concept to potential new users? Are you still a little confused about how Dropbox works? Answers to all those questions, and more, can be found in Joe Kissell’s new Ebook, Take Control of Dropbox.

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iPhone: The Missing Manual, 6th edition
Company: O’Reilly Media
Author: David Pogue
Price: $24.99




As an iPhone user I long ago got used to not having a manual with the iPhone. But I’m not your average user, and have had iPhones since the 3GS. But some people really need help with learning about their iPhones, and how to use them. So I was interested to see how the iPhone: The Missing Manual, 6th edition would succeed.

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I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words
Book Review

On December 4, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Mark Greentree

I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words
Collator And Editor: George Beahm
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
US$6.95 (Paperback) US$5.59 (Kindle)
192 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1742703589

Immediately following the death of Steve Jobs in October 2011, book publishers world wide started releasing a plethora of books about the much revered CEO we simply knew as Steve.

I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words is one of these books. Whilst I personally don’t agree with publishers cashing in on the death of someone famous, this book was given to me as a gift and it turns out to be an interesting read, that is, if you like reading quotations and excepts from speeches.

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OS X Mountain Lion Bible

On September 7, 2012, in Book Review, Mac OS X, by Mark Sealey

Mountain Lion Bible, cover

OS X Mountain Lion Bible
Author: Galen Gruman
Price: $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-1184-0143-9
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


It’s encouraging for the Apple community that new books on new Mac operating systems appear regularly, and in quantity, each time a new OS release appears. During Apple’s less successful periods you struggled to find more than a handful of decent explorations in print of arguably the most elegant and robust OS for any desktop computer. Now there are several dozen. Galen Gruman’s “OS X Mountain Lion Bible” is one of the best for 10.8…

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Visual QuickStart Guide: iCloud
Author: Tom Negrino
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Price: US $24.99
195 pages
ISBN-10: 0-321-81410-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-81410-4


When Lion and iOS 5 were released, I timidly stepped into the Apple iCloud experience and began using some of its offerings. Although I still do not use all of the iCloud features, what I have chosen to enable has been through my own trial and error approach. For those of you that have not yet ventured into the iCloud, the iCloud: Visual QuickStart Guide will definitely allow this to happen with ease.

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Five Photo Books Review

On January 23, 2012, in Book Review, Photography, by Steve Hammond

In every work or passion you want to pursue, there is a chance you need external influences to get better. In photography, books are a great resource. Most of the time they are written by professional photographers, then you learn from their experience. Here are five photography books for you to discover.

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OS X Lion Support Essentials

OS X Lion Support Essentials (Apple Pro Training Series)
by Kevin White
Peachpit Press
ISBN-10: 0-321-77507-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-77507-8
Price: $64.99

Lion (Mac OS 10.7) is still too young – even nearly four months after its launch in July 2011 – to have the usual clutch of high quality books which attend each major update to arguably the best operating system for a personal computer yet developed.

One excellent and comprehensive title is the Mac OS X Lion Bible by Gruman (ISBN-10: 1118023765   ISBN-13: 978-1118023761) from Wiley at nearly 900 pages. Less ambitious in some ways, more focused in others – and certainly every bit as useful – is Kevin White’s OS X Lion Support Essentialsin the Apple Pro Training Series from Peachpit.

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Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual

On October 12, 2011, in Book Review, by Neale Monks

Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual
Author: David Sawyer McFarland
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Format: 1216 pp, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-4493-9797-5
Price: Paperback $49.99; e-book (various formats) $39.99

Dreamweaver (reviewed elsewhere on MyMac.com) is probably the most respected web design program on both the Mac and Windows platforms. It’s an application that’s respected for its versatility and fluid interaction with web technologies such as Flash, but at the same time it’s more than a bit feared because of its complexity and the steep learning curve necessary to make the application pay for itself. But once you understand the application and come to terms with its idiosyncrasies, Dreamweaver CS 5.5 is the sort of application that revolutionises the way you get work done. The split screen interface for example let’s you edit code on one side of the screen while also reviewing or modifying the finished web page on the other.

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Publisher: No Starch Press
Series: The Manga Guides
Price: Paperback from $19.95, e-books from $15.95

When I’m not working as a writer, I teach high school biology and physics. Putting together a reading list for young scientists is easy enough for biology thanks to the wide variety of books written about natural history and human biology. But when it comes to physics, outside of astronomy there really isn’t a huge amount to choose from. Relatively few authors have put together accessible books on things like Newtonian mechanics or basic electrical engineering, perhaps because these subjects aren’t particularly photogenic. It’s easy enough to illustrate a book about the stars and planets, but how would you illustrate a book about Newton’s laws of motion?

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Logic Notation Guide
Book Review

On March 10, 2011, in Book Review, by Mark Sealey

The Logic Notation Guide
By Johannes Prischl
Price: available directly from the publisher
See the pricing page on Johannes Prischl’s site for price structure; usually approximately $50

LNG cover
Apple’s advanced Digital Audio Workstation, Logic, actually began life as software written by C-Lab, Emagic’s forerunner, to enable musicians to use the computer for conventional music notation. Indeed, it was originally called ‘Creator‘, then ‘Notator Logic‘ and now, of course, ‘Logic‘. Along with Logic‘s ‘Environment’ (an immensely powerful way to have elements in the music-making process link together), Logic‘s Score Editor is perhaps the least understood and generally most underused component of the software.

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Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3
Book Review

On December 20, 2010, in Book Review, by Ian Scott-Parker

Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3

by Stephen Laskevitch
Rocky Nook
Price: $39.95

The phrase “formal education” is used in some circles with a faintly superior air, whereas at the other end of the span of possible meanings it is sometimes used in a mildly disparaging manner. It is often useful to look at antonyms when checking meanings, and many of us will have experienced “informal education” in circumstances where little gets done and not much is achieved. Equally, many of us will have experienced those educators who have lost whatever excitement they ever had for their subject — educators whose presentations are at their best when mercifully they end.

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Review-Social Media Marketing All-In-One For Dummies

On October 19, 2010, in Book Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Social Media Marketing All-In-One For Dummies
by Jan Zimmerman and Doug Sahlin
Wiley Publishing
More info
ISBN: 978-0-470-58468-2
818 pages
$29.99 US, $35.99 CN, £21.99 UK      

Almost everyone is now active in the social media arena. Who doesn’t have a Facebook page to keep in touch with family and friends? How often are you making your thoughts known 140 characters at a time on Twitter? Do you listen to podcasts on your favorite topics during your daily commute? Facebook, Twitter and podcasts are all forms of social media, but can they also be used for social media marketing?

In their book, Social Media Marketing All-In-One For Dummies, Jan Zimmerman and Doug Sahlin go into great detail about how to use social media to market your business or service. The tome is divided into eight books, each addressing a different aspect of social media.

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Book Review: Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard (Ebook version)
By Joe Kissell

Take Control Ebooks
$15.00 US

Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard

Apple Mail is a free product that comes with every Mac and OS X operating system disc. This is both a strength and a weakness. Apple Mail is a fairly simple email client, which means that it is easy to use in most respects. On the other hand, it has some idiosyncrasies that can make it feel limiting and frustrating at times. The ebook Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard by Take Control Ebooks from Tidbits Publishing, Inc., by author Joe Kissell, can help make using Apple Mail both easy and productive.

Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard is 133 pages, and covers every conceivable aspect of Apple’s Mail application. The book walks you through setting up accounts, reading and searching messages, address and contact handling, sending email, encryption and signed email options, managing mailboxes, synchronizing mail across multiple devices, and many more Mail related topics.

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iPhone: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
Author: David Pogue

Company: O’Reilly Media, Inc.
August 2009, 397 pages
ISBN: 978-0-596-80429-9
Price: $24.99

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Take Control of Exploring and Customizing Snow Leopard Ebook
Company: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.

Price: $15.00

Also available from this publisher:
“Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard” Ebook
Company: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $10.00

The Take Control series of ebooks by TidBITS Publishing Inc. has always provided inexpensive books about Macintosh specific topics that are timely, comprehensive, and easy to understand. With the advent of Snow Leopard, Apple’s most recent version of its OS X operating system, TidBITS has added several Snow Leopard related titles to their lineup. Having just upgraded both of my own personal Macs to Snow Leopard, I was interested in seeing what I could learn from their title Take Control of Exploring and Customizing Snow Leopard by Matt Neuburg.

Please note that while I also reference Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard, also by TidBITS Publishing, this review is for Take Control of Exploring and Customizing Snow Leopard. only. However, both books are currently available, and purchasing both together might be a desirable option for someone planning on upgrading their Macs from Leopard to Snow Leopard.

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