Take Control of iCloud – Book Review

On March 2, 2015, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Take Control of iCloud
Version 3.0
Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher : TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $15.00
175 pages, ebook format
ISBN: 9781615424467


If you’re in a hurry, here’s the one sentence review of Take Control of iCloud: if you have any confusion or questions about iCloud, buy this book.

For those of you with a few extra minutes, here’s why you should buy Take Control of iCloud.

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Take Control of Podcasting On The Mac, 3rd Edition
Author: Andy Affleck
Publisher: TidBITS
Ebook Price: $10
ISBN: 9781615424375


Beginning to produce a podcast can be a little intimidating. Which software do I use to record? How do I choose a mic? Should I use GarageBand, Audacity, or another program for editing? Those questions, and many more, are answered in Take Control of Podcasting On The Mac.

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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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Take Control of Messages in Mountain Lion
Author: Glenn Fleishman
Published by: TidBITS Publishing Inc.
Price: $10.00
ebook 113 pages PDF format
ISBN: 9781615424146

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I have been a Mac user for quite a few years now. It was surprising that I had never used iChat, considering how often I am talking to friends online all over the world. Now with it becoming the Messages application I was curious to see if it did more than what you see at first glance. Reviewing Take Control of Messages in Mountain Lion gave me the chance to delve a little deeper into Messages.

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Take Control of CrashPlan
Book Review

On October 29, 2012, in Book Review, Macintosh, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Take Control of CrashPlan
Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc
Price: $15.00
138 pages, ebook-PDF format
ISBN: 9781615424047

You’ve heard it before: backup, backup, backup. You’ve also heard how you should back up to a bootable clone, using software like Super Duper or Carbon Copy Cloner, and have another backup from which you can retrieve individual files, like Time Machine. Finally, you should also have your files backed up off site.

I recently purchased a one year subscription to CrashPlan for my off site backup. I immediately told the software to upload my entire hard drive. Twelve days later it finished. Oh how I wish I had read Take Control of CrashPlan before I clicked the upload button.

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Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
Company: TidBITS Publishing Inc.
Price: $10.00 USD

Reading email is something everyone does with their iPad. The Mail app is arguably one of the most used apps on any iOS device. Most of the time, reading mail is a painless exercise. There are times when it can be downright aggravating too. TidBITS Publishing’s Take Control Series of eBooks has the answer to just about any question you may have about iOS Mail in Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, by Joe Kissell.

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Bookle App

On February 27, 2012, in Apps, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Version 1.0.4
Price: $9.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Mac App Store link

Bookle is a newly released EPUB reading app created by Adam Engst of TidBITS Publishing and Peter Lewis of Stairways Software. Its simple interface and built-in Mac gestures make Bookle an excellent way to read on your Mac.

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Choice TidBits from Tonya Engst
MyMac Podcast #384

On January 20, 2012, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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If you like Listener Feedback and interviews you’ll LOVE this show. Guy’s wife has a bit of an incident but she’s OK now (which means Guy is cleared for MacWorld!), Gaz has OCD or does OCD have Gaz? Guy and Gaz prove without a shadow of a doubt that neither have Polyphobia and Tonya Engst from TidBits comes on to talk a bit about Tids and ePublishing

Some links:
The TidBits website  and Take Control books

The Movies Ferel Interactive $29.99 at the Mac App Store

Coversutra by Sophiestication Software 2.99 Pounds UK or $4.99 US

The Music:
Nightwalker – Negativa Please visit and check out the artists that supply great music to our podcast!

Contact info: Drop us a line and let us know you want to be on the show. Gaz and Guy on Twitter, guy@mymac.com and gaz@mymac.com, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501. Also go into iTunes and leave some feedback. Also don’t forget our FaceBook Page!


Take Control of Your iPad
Book Review

On January 11, 2012, in Book Review, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, by Elisa Pacelli

Take Control of Your iPad
Author: Tonya Engst
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $15.00
170 pages, ebook-PDF format
ISBN: 9781615423989


Did you get a new iPad for the holidays? Congratulations! Still learning how to use this wonderful device? Make it easy on yourself and pick up a copy of Take Control of Your iPad (TCYi) by Tonya Engst.

I have a number of Take Control ebooks, and they all have one thing in common: the writers focus on one topic and they do it very well. In TCYi, Engst concisely, yet thoroughly (as well as humorously), explains the ins and outs of using an iPad running iOS5.

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Take Control Of Backing Up Your Mac 
Author: Joe Kissel
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing Inc
ISBN-13: 9781615423941, 210 pages
Price: eBook US$15.00. Print US$28.99

Backup is a process that most of us would acknowledge as being an essential part of the computing experience. Why then do so many of us fail to backup?

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Some people of Macworld Expo 2010

On February 12, 2010, in Features, by MyMac

Wclcome to Macworld Expo 2020!

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Total Leopard Superguide ebook

On February 6, 2008, in Book Review, by David Weeks

Total Leopard Superguide ebook

$12.95 downloadable ebook PDF
$15.00 PDF on CD-ROM via mail
$24.95 printed

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard has been out long enough for various help books to hit the stores. My current favorite tome is David Pogue’s Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual.

Various web sites have been filling cyberspace with Leopard hints, tips and tricks.

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Taking Control of Running Windows on a Mac
Company: TidBITS Electronic Publishing

Price: $10


In May of 2006 David Every of MyMac reviewed Joe Kissell’s ebook, Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, and determined that in his view it was the best book so far for the average Mac user who wants to jump into the world of running PC applications.

Now the book has been updated in a second edition, bringing it up to date with the latest developments in Apple’s Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, and the Q emulator.

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Take Control of Customizing Panther

On January 2, 2004, in Book Review, by David Weeks

Take Control of Customizing Panther
by Matt
TidBITS Electronic Publishing http://www.tidbits.com/takecontrol
US $ 5.00 online purchases only

Veteran writer and long-time TidBITS contributor Matt Neuburg has penned the second installment in the Take Control series of e-books. In case you’re not familiar with this series of online-purchased e-books (See here and here), just know that they’re great short instruction manuals for learning about specific areas of Mac OS X.

With each succeeding release of Mac OS X, Apple packs more features under the hood. Unfortunately, the average user may not be able to find how to access these new features, let alone understand how to take best advantage of them. Take Control of Customizing Panther (TCCP for short) will show you how to make Panther look and feel just the way you like.

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