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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fwd: Discounts on Snow Leopard Ebooks from Take Control

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From: "Adam C. Engst" <>
Date: August 27, 2009 8:58:44 MDT
To: Take Control of Upgrading/Customizing Leopard Readers:;
Subject: Discounts on Snow Leopard Ebooks from Take Control

Good day, everyone!

Apple says Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will make your Intel-based Mac faster and more reliable for a mere $29. That's great, but Snow Leopard also brings an extra helping of important changes to the user interface: Expose has new options and the Services menu is entirely more useful, plus there's a new text engine that provides smart quotes, smart copy and paste, automatic spelling correction, and automatic text substitution. Then there are enhanced searching features, a new version of QuickTime (with some gotchas), Time Machine tweaks, a new input-menu language switcher, and, wait for it... you can finally show the date on the menu bar!

To help you discover and take advantage of all this Snow Leopard goodness, we have new editions of our Take Control ebooks about upgrading and customizing Mac OS X. And, since you purchased a previous edition of one of these ebooks, we'd like to offer you a few special discounts (these links put the books directly into your cart with the discounts applied):

* Save $2 on "Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard," by Joe Kissell. (20% savings, you pay $8.)

* Save $7 on "Take Control of Exploring & Customizing Snow Leopard, by Matt Neuburg (Nearly $50% savings, you pay $8.)

* Save $10 when you buy both ebooks together (40% savings, you pay $15.)

Here's more info about each ebook, plus our take on what's most interesting about Snow Leopard:

**Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard** -- The Snow Leopard installer offers fewer options than previous Mac OS X installers, but it has a few twists and quirks that can cause stress and uncertainty. In this 81-page ebook, Joe helps readers upgrade calmly and successfully with clear, expert steps developed over innumerable test installations. In particular, he helps you evaluate if your Mac's hardware and software are ready to run Snow Leopard, create a bootable duplicate as insurance against upgrading woes, understand what the installer will do, run the installer, perform post-installation tweaks, and solve problems that might arise.


**Take Control of Exploring & Customizing Snow Leopard** -- This new 165-page ebook is based on Matt's "Take Control of Customizing..." ebooks, but we added "Exploring" to its title to give Matt more room for how-to topics. The ebook points out lots of tiny things that are new in Snow Leopard but that you might not notice otherwise. You'll learn how to adjust how things look, get around fast, and use special features like a pro. Particular topics covered include: Spotlight, Time Machine, Software Update, Dashboard, the Dock, the Finder window, organizing and finding your folder and files, window management with Exposé and Spaces, keyboard and trackpad shortcuts, Services, zooming the screen, font management, typing special characters, typing in a second language, customizing your menu bar, login items, parental controls, and Internet helpers.


**Snow Leopard Itself** -- For everyday users, perhaps what's most exciting about Snow Leopard is its speed. Tonya ran Snow Leopard on an old MacBook (2 GHz Intel Core Duo) while editing these new Snow Leopard ebooks and found herself enjoying its responsiveness immensely. If you haven't yet picked up a copy of Snow Leopard, we'll earn a few extra pennies if you get it from Amazon using these affiliate links:

* Upgrade from Leopard for $29: <>

* Family Pack (5 Macs) for $49: <>

* Mac Box Set (10.6, iLife '09, iWork '09) for $169: <>

Technically speaking, the $29 Snow Leopard package will upgrade a Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger machine, but if you never bought Leopard, Apple would like you to honor the licensing terms and purchase the Mac Box Set in order to get your Tiger-to-Snow-Leopard update.

The Take Control series began in 2003 with Joe's "Take Control of Upgrading to Panther" ebook, which we published right as Apple released Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. At that time, we had no idea just how many people would agree with us that ebooks make a lot of sense for sharing how-to information about the Mac. With your support, we've developed the series through Apple's release of Tiger, Leopard, and now Snow Leopard. Looking ahead, we are working hard to keep the ebooks updated and make our Web and mailing list infrastructure move far beyond the simple systems that we started with nearly 6 years ago. We're grateful to have so many enthused readers - we couldn't do it without you!

cheers... -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

PS: Check out our other recent releases:
* Take Control of Safari 4
* Take Control of Passwords in Mac OS X
* Take Control of MobileMe (covers iLife '09 and iPhone OS 3.0)
* Macworld iPhone & iPod touch Superguide, Third Edition (covers iPhone OS 3.0 and iPhone 3GS)

PPS: We do have Snow Leopard updates for many ebooks in the works for the rest of 2009, and you'll see them rolling out in the coming weeks.

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