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Take Control of Networking & Security in iOS 6 (1.0)

by Glenn Fleishman

A networking and security guide for iOS 6.

Take Control of Numbers

by Sharon Zardetto

Get serious with Numbers, Apple's powerful spreadsheet for the Mac!Apple's Numbers has become a grown-up spreadsheet (and it's free on every Mac sold since October 2013!), but many of us still haven't learned even the basics, much less been able to take advantage of its surprisingly deep collection of features.With the advice in this 330-page ebook, you'll learn to input, calculate, sort, filter, format, and chart your data with ease, as author Sharon Zardetto guides you through the basics all the way to power-user features like conditional highlighting, custom data formats, and star ratings. Richly illustrated with hundreds of annotated screenshots, the ebook also includes a hands-on example spreadsheet you can use to try what you're learning, plus a special tutorial chapter that helps you put it all together. Of course, you can also treat the book as a reference, using the Quick Start to focus on a topic of interest.The book covers Numbers 3.5, which works on any Mac running OS X 10.10 Yosemite.You'll learn how to...Handle the basics:Input data into a table.Choose the best chart type for your data.Add, modify, and position shapes, such as arrows, comments, and text boxes.Import/export from Excel, text, CSV, and older versions of Numbers.Set up page numbers and other header/footer information for printing.See what you want to see:Know what to expect when you sort by column.Hide and show columns.Merge and unmerge cells.Create rules that filter data to display only specific rows.Set up and view interactive charts.Make formulas:Work fluidly in the formula editor to create formulas.Make formulas from the tear-off tokens on the Quick Calc bar.Nimbly use various types of cell references in formulas.Understand how to use IF, TRUE, and FALSE in formulas.Take charge of logical operators (AND, OR, NOT) in formulas.Concatenate and break apart text.Strip extra spaces out of data.Find medians, modes, ranks, percentiles, and more.Create clever formulas that can:Calculate a sales discount based on whether a total is over or under a certain amount.Sort seemingly unsortable data, such as items described as Poor, Good, or Excellent.Take a column of cells, with each cell containing a full name, and move all the last names into a different column.Apply formatting:Add and remove grid lines and cell borders.Work with a cell's background fill.Format a chart so it looks fabulous.Set up conditional highlighting that appears only when data meets certain criteria.Ensure accurate data entry with cell formats like sliders, menus, and checkboxes.Use and create templates.Format faster with character, paragraph, list, shape, and table styles.

Take Control of OS X Server

by Charles Edge

Learn to run your own server for file, calendar, backup, and other services!We won't beat around the bush -- running Apple's OS X Server requires a lot more knowledge and effort than most other activities on the Mac. No matter how easy Apple makes working within the Server app, there are terms, concepts, and procedures you should understand before tackling server installation and management. Unless you know what to enter and why, your server won't work, or worse, its important data might be vulnerable to outside attack or hardware failure.For anyone in a home or small office situation who needs help with OS X Server, Charles Edge draws on years of experience as the CTO of a national consultancy and managed services provider to give you the essential background explanations, step-by-step instructions, and real-world advice you need to set up and run OS X Server successfully. You'll learn how to set up file sharing, create shared calendars, run your own Web server and wiki, coordinate Mac and iOS software updates for your users, manage your organization's iOS devices (MDM), and provide networked Time Machine backups, among much else. A final chapter offers advice on how to keep your server running smoothly.What about Yosemite? This book was written with OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X Server 3.2.2, and nearly all the instructions also work with 10.10 Yosemite and OS X Server 4.0.In the book, you'll find answers to many OS X Server-related questions, including:What's the best Mac to use as a server?How much RAM and drive space should my server have?What's the best way to speed up a server whose performance is lagging?Why is it important to set up directory services early on?Which ports need to be opened to make services available to the Internet?What's the big deal about running a mail server?Is there a good way to share contacts between people? (No, sorry.)Can OS X Server provide a private messaging service?Will I be able to enforce iPad device restrictions via Profile Manager?Does setting up an organization wiki requires the Websites service?Should I use the Software Update or Caching service, or both?What should I do if Time Machine on a client Mac can't connect to the server?Note: This book assumes that the average reader has one router, one network, and one server (although there are a few spots where it discusses how multiple servers interact). Large installations will have different configurations by necessity. Similarly, the book does not cover imaging, Xsan, or VPNs.

Take Control of Pages

by Michael E Cohen

Work effectively in Pages in OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, and iCloud!Apple's Pages word processor is a big, sprawling app with hundreds of features tucked away in nooks and crannies, making Michael E. Cohen's comprehensive book an essential resources for newbies and experts alike. Those new to Pages, or still getting their sea legs in the transition to Pages 5 will appreciate Michael's guide to finding familiar tools, formatting text, and iCloud Drive quirks. And everyone will benefit from the book's discussion of advanced features like snaking columns (snarky columns are left as an exercise to the reader), list styles, layout options, and collaboration tools.Whether you need quick help with a particular feature or steel-toed documentation with which to kick Pages into shape, this book is for you.Still running 10.9 Mavericks? Mavericks users can still find plenty of Pages help here. To find out what's different, read What about Mavericks?.The book offers plenty of help with word processing:For everyday word processing, you'll find directions for working with fonts, tabs, indents, rulers, search and replace, spell checking, and more.For longer, more complex documents, you'll learn how to control headers, footers, page numbers, footnotes, and section breaks. Plus you'll find oodles of help with character styles, paragraph styles, and even list styles.For projects that go way beyond the norm, you'll learn how to create your own templates, complete with master objects.For collaborative projects, you'll come up to speed with the track changes and commenting features. You can also use the newfangled Share icon to collaborate with others (simultaneously) in an iCloud-based Pages document.Layout and graphics merit attention too, in terms of:Turning off the usual word processing text flow so you can lay out independent objects more easily (perfect for posters!)Inserting text boxes, vector graphics, and all manner of mediaStyling text boxes and vector graphics with whizzy object styles (for example, you can specify a specific color and shadow)Being precise with smart guides and vertical rulersCreating a custom look with fills, shadows, opacity, and moreWorking in tables (which can act as mini spreadsheets) and creating chartsYou'll also find thoughtful directions for managing your documents:What happens with fonts and features when you move Pages documents between Mac, iOS, and iCloudWhether and how to work with Pages documents in iCloud DriveHow to import from Pages 4 (aka Pages '09), Word, text, and RTFHow to export to Pages 4, Word, text, EPUB, and PDFAnd lots more!

Take Control of Pages

by Michael E Cohen

Unlock the power of Pages across Mac, iOS, and iCloud platforms!Apple's Pages word processor is a big, rich app with hundreds of features tucked away in nooks and crannies, making Michael E. Cohen's comprehensive book an essential resource for newbies and experts alike. Whether you prefer to dive into the details or get quick help with a particular feature, this book has got you covered.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!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 appDo everyday word processing, including working with fonts, tabs, indents, rulers, search and replace, spell checking, and moreFormat longer, more complex documents, with customized headers, footers, page numbers, tables of content, footnotes, and section breaksManage styles, including paragraph styles, character styles, list styles, and object stylesCreate your own templates, complete with master objectsMaster the many multi-touch gestures on iOS that give you pinpoint control over page elementsInclude complex tables and charts and make them look exactly the way you wantCustomize layout and manipulate graphics like a proCollaborate with others in real time using iCloudShare your documents across devices, using Mac, iOS, or almost any Web browser

Take Control of Parallels Desktop 12

by Joe Kissell

Take advantage of the full virtualization power of Parallels Desktop!Updated November 13, 2016If you need to run Windows alongside your Mac apps or test macOS 10.12 Sierra while booting safely from 10.11 El Capitan, your solution is at hand with Parallels Desktop 12, which was the first virtualization app for the Mac when it debuted 10 years ago.Virtualization expert Joe Kissell explains how beginners can set up a virtual machine to run Windows or another operating system, share files with a virtual machine, and switch smoothly between virtualized apps and Mac apps. For those who are familiar with virtualization in general and previous versions of Parallels, he explores the many settings you can tweak for specific situations, to increase performance, or to enhance security. Joe also discusses connecting peripherals to your virtual machine and looks at snapshots, backups, malware prevention, troubleshooting, and more!Created in collaboration with the Parallels team, the book focuses on Parallels Desktop 12 Standard and Pro editions, and, where appropriate, it includes details about Parallels Desktop Lite and Parallels Desktop Business Edition.You'll find all sorts of useful information whether you're just getting started with Parallels Desktop 12 or have used previous versions!You're a new Parallels user or need a refresherBegin with a thorough understanding of how Parallels Desktop works conceptually -- what it makes possible and how it differs from Apple's Boot Camp. You'll also find help with choosing among the four versions of Parallels Desktop, obtaining a copy of Windows, and deciding whether to run Windows in just Parallels or also in Boot Camp.Joe then walks you through running the Parallels installer and creating your first virtual machine with Windows installed. You'll learn about installing Parallels Tools and how it can enhance your experience. For instance, it allows your mouse pointer to move seamlessly between virtual machine windows and Mac app windows, and it syncs your clipboard between the virtual machine and your Mac.With your Windows virtual machine running, Joe teaches you how to perform key tasks like starting and stopping your virtual machine, changing the view and resolution, accessing files and devices, installing a printer, and more.You'll also find advice on preventing malware attacks and creating snapshots and backups, as well as directions for installing other operating systems, including macOS, Android, Chromium OS, and many versions of Linux.You're upgrading to Parallels Desktop 12 and want to perfect your installationCome up to speed on the changes from Parallels Desktop 11 in Joe's handy "Learn What's New" chapter. It provides clickable links to full descriptions of those aspects of Parallels Desktop 12, including better support for multiple displays and Retina displays, window tabs in macOS Sierra, pausing of idle virtual machines, a new Maintenance feature that lets you set a time range for when Windows updates and other tasks may occur, and integration with macOS Sierra's Optimized Storage feature. You'll also find coverage of the new Parallels Toolbox utilities.Two detailed chapters cover a vast assortment of preferences for both Parallels Desktop itself and a particular virtualized machine, helping you to find the best settings for your needs.

Take Control of PDFpen 10 (1.0)

by Michael E. Cohen

This book tells you how create, edit, and enhance PDF documents on the Mac with Smile’s PDFpen 10 and PDFpenPro 10, and on the go with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone.

Take Control of PDFpen 5

by Michael E Cohen

After a whirlwind history and overview of PDF, you'll take a tour through PDFpen's tools and navigation. With those basics taken care of, you'll learn how to: Scan a document to PDF and make the text editable with OCR Combine pages from multiple files into a single PDF Turn a Web site into a multi-page PDF Add or remove pages from a PDF Add a hand-written signature to a PDF Add page and URL links to a PDF Make a clickable table of contents for a PDF Use professional editing marks on a PDF Edit text within a PDF that was received in email Leave comments on a PDF document Remove sensitive or confidential text from a PDF Enhance the images in a PDF Fill out a PDF-based form Print just form entries on a pre-printed form Create an interactive PDF-based form that can collect data and send it to you via email or the Web An appendix describes the many useful AppleScripts that ship with PDFpen. This ebook was created in collaboration with Smile, with Michael providing feedback during the PDFpen 5 development process and PDFpen's developers tech editing the book for complete accuracy.

Take Control of PDFpen 5

by Michael E Cohen

Have you ever had to fill out and sign a PDF-based form? Or change the date on a PDF-based flyer? Comment on a document sent around your workplace as a PDF file? Scan a document to PDF and OCR the text? Smile's PDFpen 5 can perform these and many other PDF manipulations more easily than Adobe Acrobat, and at a fraction of the price. With clarity and humor, Take Control of PDFpen 5 explains precisely what you can do with PDFs using PDFpen and its big brother, PDFpenPro.After a whirlwind history and overview of PDF, you'll take a tour through PDFpen's tools and navigation. With those basics taken care of, you'll learn how to:Scan a document to PDF and make the text editable with OCRCombine pages from multiple files into a single PDFTurn a Web site into a multi-page PDFAdd or remove pages from a PDFAdd a hand-written signature to a PDFAdd page and URL links to a PDFMake a clickable table of contents for a PDFUse professional editing marks on a PDFEdit text within a PDF that was received in emailLeave comments on a PDF documentRemove sensitive or confidential text from a PDFEnhance the images in a PDFFill out a PDF-based formPrint just form entries on a pre-printed formCreate an interactive PDF-based form that can collect data and send it to you via email or the WebAn appendix describes the many useful AppleScripts that ship with PDFpen.This ebook was created in collaboration with Smile, with Michael providing feedback during the PDFpen 5 development process and PDFpen's developers tech editing the book for complete accuracy.

Take Control of PDFpen 6

by Michael E Cohen

Learn to create, edit, and manipulate PDFs with Smile's PDFpen 6!Have you ever needed to give feedback on a PDF, but stumbled around trying to insert comments and proofreading marks? Or spent way too long trying to refresh the date on a PDF-based flyer? Maybe you wanted to fill out and sign a PDF-based form without printing it and faxing it back? What about making your own PDF-based form with fill-in fields that could be submitted over the Internet? Or have you wished you could OCR scanned text so you could revise it right in the PDF? All these tasks--and much more--can be done with PDFpen from Smile.Even better, there's an in-depth guide for all these tasks. Written by Michael E. Cohen with clarity and humor, Take Control of PDFpen 6 turns you into a PDF productivity powerhouse while you work at your desktop or laptop Mac with PDFpen or PDFpenPro, or on the go with your iPad or iPhone.Michael begins with a rundown of your purchasing options: PDFpen versus PDFpenPro, from Smile versus the Mac App Store, and the advantages of an iPhone or iPad version. Next, you'll meet PDFpen, starting with a general overview of the PDF format, followed by a tour of PDFpen's user interface--including the new Editing bar. Then Michael jumps into the many ways you can modify a PDF:Add and remove pages, and combine pages from multiple files into one PDF.Directly edit the text, plus add comments and professional editing marks.Redact confidential text. Add clickable page and URL links, add page numbers, and add images.Make a clickable table of contents (PDFpenPro only).Change the look with a Quartz filter (for example, make it black-and-white).Reduce the file size with a Quartz filter.Password-protect it.Turn it into a formatted Microsoft Word document.Prevent other users taking certain actions, such as printing or editing (PDFpenPro only).You'll learn how PDFpen is your friend when it comes to forms:Fill out forms with ease.Add a handwritten signature--in the iOS versions, you can write with a stylus!Print just form entries on a pre-printed form!Create an interactive PDF form for both Mac and Windows (PDFpenPro only). You can even make your interactive PDF form collect data and send it to you via email or the Web.And, that's not all! You'll also learn how to:Move PDFs in and out of PDFpen in iOS, so that you can fluidly share them between your Apple devices--Michael describes several approaches, including iCloud, iTunes, Dropbox, and Open In.Get the most out of Apple's AutoSave and Versions features--or turn them off for PDFpen if you find them troublesome.Scan a document to PDF, and make the text editable with OCR.Print a PDF with its annotations appearing at the end.Store frequently used items (like a logo or signature) in the PDFpen Library.Turn a Web site into a multi-page PDF (PDFpenPro only).An appendix describes the many useful AppleScripts that ship with PDFpen.This ebook was created in collaboration with Smile, with PDFpen's developers tech editing the manuscript.

Take Control of PDFpen 7

by Michael E Cohen

Learn how to create and manipulate PDFs with PDFpen 7 and PDFpen for iPad & iPhonePDF serves as a universal document format for all manner of forms, statements, and receipts. And, whether you've moved a lot of your documents into the cloud or not, you've probably noticed that more and more "paper" is coming your way as PDF files.But, even as PDFs unstuff our filing cabinets and shrink the piles in our physical inboxes, we need to learn new skills to edit and manage PDFs effectively. Many Mac users have turned to Smile's affordable PDFpen app to help them sign PDF forms, handle scanned documents, edit PDFs, create PDFs, and even export PDFs to other file formats. With Take Control of PDFpen 7, you'll learn how to do all these tasks and more on a Mac with PDFpen or PDFpenPro, or on the go with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone.The book begins with a guide to purchasing options: PDFpen versus PDFpenPro, from Smile versus the Mac App Store, and the advantages of the iOS version. Next, you'll meet PDFpen with an overview of the PDF format and a tour of the interface.Compatibility? PDFpen 7 works with OS X 10.10 Yosemite; we also have Take Control of PDFpen 6 for users of older versions of OS X.With those preliminaries out of the way, you'll learn how to:Add and remove pages, and combine pages from multiple files into one PDF.Mark up a PDF with highlights, comments, professional editing marks, and more.Edit a PDF by fixing typos, adding text, formatting text, and redacting confidential text. Scan a document into a PDF, and make the text editable with OCR.View and work directly with OCRed text in the OCR layer (PDFpenPro only)Add clickable links, page numbers, and images.Make a clickable table of contents (PDFpenPro only).Reduce the file size with a Quartz filter.Password-protect a PDF. And (PDFpenPro only), prevent others from printing or editing a PDF. Turn a PDF into a formatted Microsoft Word document, or (PDFpenPro only) export it in Excel or PowerPoint format. And, you'll find directions for working with forms:Fill out forms with ease.Add a handwritten signature -- in the iOS versions, you can write with a stylus!Print just form entries on a pre-printed form.Create an interactive PDF form for both Mac and Windows (PDFpenPro only) that can collect data and send it to you via email or the Web.That's not all! The book also covers how to:Work with PDFs in PDFpen for iPad & iPhone.Get your PDFs into and out of PDFpen in iOS via iCloud Drive, iTunes, Dropbox, and Open In.Print a PDF with its annotations appearing at the end.Store frequently used items (like a logo or signature) in the PDFpen Library.Turn a Web site into a multi-page PDF (PDFpenPro only).An appendix describes the useful AppleScripts that ship with PDFpen.This ebook was created in collaboration with Smile, with PDFpen's developers tech editing the book.

Take Control of PDFpen 9

by Michael E Cohen

Juggle your PDFs easily with PDFpen 9!These days, an ever-increasing amount of "paper"--contracts, tax forms, bills, reports, and more--comes into our lives as PDF files. We generate this virtual paper too, since it's so much easier to save a document as a PDF and send it to a colleague via email than it is to print and send via fax or email. To read, edit, and manipulate all these PDFs, you need the appropriate tools and skills.Given the high price of Adobe Acrobat DC Pro, many Mac users have turned to Smile's affordable PDFpen apps to help them sign PDF forms, handle scanned documents, make changes in existing PDFs, create new PDFs from a variety of sources, and to export PDFs to other file formats (including Word and Excel). With Take Control of PDFpen 9, you'll learn how to do all these tasks and more on your Mac with PDFpen or PDFpenPro or on the go with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone.If you haven't used PDFpen before, this free book is an excellent way to find out what it has to offer.Take Control of PDFpen 9 begins with a guide to purchasing options: PDFpen versus PDFpenPro, from Smile versus the Mac App Store, and the advantages of the iOS version. Next, you'll meet PDFpen with an overview of the PDF format and a tour of the interface.With the basics out of the way, highlights of what you'll learn to do include:Add and remove pages, and combine pages from multiple files into one PDF.Mark up a PDF with highlights, comments, editing marks, and more.Edit a PDF by fixing typos, adding text, formatting text, and redacting confidential text. Scan a document into a PDF, and make the text editable with OCR.View and work with OCRed text in the OCR layer (PDFpenPro only)Add clickable links, page numbers, and images.Make a clickable table of contents (PDFpenPro only).Password-protect a PDF. And (PDFpenPro only), prevent others from printing or editing a PDF. Turn a PDF into a formatted Microsoft Word document, or (PDFpenPro only) export it in Excel or PowerPoint format. And, you'll find directions for working with PDF forms:Fill out forms with ease.Add a handwritten signature.Apply a digital signing certificate.Print just form entries on a pre-printed form.Create an interactive PDF form (PDFpenPro only) that can collect data and send it to you via email or the Web. You can add an interactive signature field, which makes it easy for the form to be signed online.An appendix describes the useful AppleScripts that ship with PDFpen.This ebook was created in collaboration with Smile, with PDFpen's developers tech editing the book.

Take Control of Permissions in Leopard

by Brian Tanaka

Permissions problems got you down? Turn to Unix expert Brian Tanaka's unique guide to the permissions in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard that control access to your files, folders, and disks. You'll learn how to keep files private, when to set Ignore Permissions, what happens when you repair permissions, how to delete stuck files, and the best ways to solve permissions-related problems. Advanced concepts include the sticky bit, Leopard's more-important access control lists, bit masks, and symbolic versus absolute ways to set permissions. The book covers how to take control of permissions via the Finder, with Mac utilities, and using the command line.

Take Control of Permissions in Snow Leopard

by Brian Tanaka

Read this book to learn the answers to questions like: Why do so many problem-solving sites suggest that I repair permissions? Why can't I always access my own files when I boot from an external drive? What should I do if someone tells me to "set the permissions to -rw-r--r--"? What are promiscuous permissions, and should I be informing the vice squad? What are access control lists (ACLs), and what's new about them in Snow Leopard? What are the default permissions for copied files? With the NetInfo database gone, how do I edit account settings such as numeric UID? How do I work with account groups from System Preferences?

Take Control of Photos

by Jason Snell

Take control of your photo collection in Photos for Mojave and iOS 12!Get to know Apple's Photos app and how best to use it to import, manage, edit, and share your photos in Mojave and iOS 12! As the successor to Apple's iPhoto and Aperture apps, Photos has a more refined interface and deeper connections to iCloud, and it runs faster. Following the expert advice of Jason Snell, publisher of Six Colors and former lead editor at Macworld, you'll learn how to navigate Photos like a pro!This 156-page book replaces and more than doubles the length of Jason's previous book Photos: A Take Control Crash Course. It's now a full-length Take Control title with much more detail.In this book, you'll learn how to:Migrate your library from iPhoto or Aperture (Apple's discontinued professional photography app) into PhotosImport photos from devices or memory cardsUse multiple Photos librariesNavigate the Photos interface, including the sidebar and iconsView, edit, or disable Live PhotosOrganize your library by using enhanced search features, adding metadata, building albums, and creating smart albumsEdit your photos using quick fixes like cropping, applying filters, and fixing red-eye and rotation problemsUse advanced editing techniques within Photos and edit using external apps like PhotoshopManage your photo collection using the Memories and People features, and get summary viewsSync and share your photos with iCloudView your photos on an Apple TVShare your photos via social media, export them out of Photos, or turn them into slideshowsCreate printed objects (such as books and calendars) from your photos using third-party servicesJason also highlights changes in Photos under iOS 12, including searching for multiple items at once, a For You tab, and an updated Import tab; plus changes in Mojave, including new keyboard shortcuts and the removal of built-in features for making calendars, books, and other printed materials (and alternative means of obtaining them).This book, which is about the new versions of Photos that Apple released in September 2018, covers Photos for macOS version 4.0 in Mojave, as well as Photos in iOS 12 and tvOS 12.

Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac

by Andy Williams Affleck

The ebook opens with a look at how to plan a podcast's topic, format, and polish. Then Andy focuses on choosing the right microphone and audio software, followed by step-by-step instructions for recording using Audio Hijack Pro, GarageBand, Sound Studio, WireTap Studio, and Ubercaster, with advice about conducting interviews by phone, iChat, and Skype. Once your audio is in the can, you'll learn how to use audio plug-ins to make the recording sound better, complete with downloadable sound files to supplement the text. You'll also find out how to edit out any awkward bits, plug in additional audio, and mix tracks. Finally, the ebook covers how to encode your podcast, add useful tags and chapters, find a publishing tool, and publish your podcast for the world to hear. Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions such as: What types of microphones are best for podcasting? Which software should I use to record and edit my podcast? How can I find and use audio plug-ins to improve my podcast's sound quality? What's the best way to conduct a podcast interview? Should I record directly into MP3 format or encode later? How do I remove weird pauses or other glitches from my recording? How do I smoothly add music to the start and end of my podcast? What should I watch out for when choosing an Internet host for my podcast? What tools are available for publishing podcasts? Where should I promote my podcast to attract the most listeners? Can anyone create a podcast and list it in the iTunes Store?

Take Control of Preview

by Josh Centers Adam C Engst

Discover Preview's hidden features for editing images and manipulating PDFs!Apple bundles the Preview app with every Mac, but few people realize what it's capable of. The Mac experts behind TidBITS, Adam Engst and Josh Centers, have plumbed Preview's depths to create a cheerful, colorful book that explains dozens of techniques for importing, viewing, editing, and converting images in Preview. The book also puts you in control of reading, annotating, manipulating, and encrypting PDFs.Packed with real-world examples and tips, the book teaches you to bring files into Preview from a camera or scanner (or just from the Finder). Once you discover Preview's surprisingly capable collection of image-editing tools, you'll soon be editing imported photos by tweaking the exposure, color saturation, sharpness, and more. You can even mark up your images with circles, arrows, and text, plus numerous other shapes.In the second part of the book, Adam and Josh focus on PDFs in Preview, describing how to configure Preview to make reading PDFs as fluid as possible. Since so many paper forms now come in PDF, the book shows you how to fill out PDF-based forms, complete with quick insertion of your digital signature. Those who read digital textbooks or who collaborate on documents will learn to annotate PDFs with highlights, notes, and bookmarks. You'll even learn how to create PDFs from a scanner, the clipboard, and the Print dialog. Finally, Adam and Josh cover the two types of passwords you can use to protect your PDFs, explaining what each is good for.Preview is a veritable Swiss Army Knife -- don't miss out on the many ways it can make your life easier!Did you know that you can do all these things in Preview?Import photos from your iPhone.Scan paper-based documents and images.Add a scanned page to an existing PDF.Take a screenshot that includes the pointer.Open hundreds of images in a single window.Trash unwanted images with a keystroke.Duplicate, rename, and move images without leaving Preview.Play a manually arranged slideshow of images or PDF pages.Create a PDF-based image catalog.Resize and change the resolution of images.Crop out undesirable content.Mark up screenshots with shapes and text labels.Magnify a portion of an image with a loupe.Add text captions and speech bubbles to photos.Tweak the white point and black point in photos.Make photos sepia or black-and-white.Edit a photo while comparing it to its original version.Export to any one of 19 formats.Create basic animated GIFs.Put thumbnails, table of contents, notes, or bookmarks in your sidebar.View search results by rank or page order.Copy text and images from a PDF.Highlight text just like you would in a college textbook.Add notes to highlighted text and as freestanding objects.Review notes in the sidebar or Annotations inspector.Create bookmarks to pages you want to revisit quickly.Annotate a PDF with customizable shapes and arrows.Fill in PDF forms, whether or not they're interactive.Create and insert a digital version of your signature into PDF forms.Add, remove, and rearrange pages in a PDF.Rotate PDF pages that were scanned at the wrong orientation.Encrypt PDFs so they can't be opened, edited, printed, or copied from.

Take Control of Recording with GarageBand '08

by Jeff Tolbert

This book explains how to use GarageBand '08 to create musical compositions with vocals, drums, guitars, MIDI keyboards, and even the kitchen sink! Seattle musician Jeff Tolbert shares his GarageBand know-how and years of recording experience to help you get the most out of your existing gear or purchase new equipment that fits your budget and style. You'll find real-world recording studio techniques, learn how to use a microphone effectively, and discover how to apply effects like a pro. Clear steps and practical advice help you plan a recording session, record multiple tracks at once, and fix mistakes easily. Two example songs demonstrate many of the techniques discussed. Bonus! Linked-in audio lets you listen to examples while you read about them and an eight-page glossary covers many recording-related terms. Remember us when you're famous!Questions you'll find answers to include:How do I best record a vocalist?How do I use the new multi-take recording option?How do I use the new Visual EQ effect?How can I change an effect over time in a track? What should I know about punching in on a Real Instrument track?

Take Control of Recording with GarageBand '09

by Jeff Tolbert

This book explains how to use GarageBand '09 to create musical compositions with vocals, drums, guitars, MIDI keyboards, and even the kitchen sink! Seattle composer Jeff Tolbert shares his GarageBand know-how and years of recording experience to help you get the most out of your existing gear or purchase new equipment that fits your budget and style. You'll find out how to plan a recording session, and you'll learn real-world recording studio techniques, such as using a microphone effectively, getting the best sounds from your gear, applying effects like a pro, using the new Electric Guitar track and the new stompbox effects, recording multiple tracks at once, and fixing mistakes easily. Two example songs demonstrate many of the techniques discussed. Bonus! Linked-in audio lets you listen to examples while you read about them, and a glossary covers many recording-related terms. Remember us when you're famous!Questions you'll find answers to include: How do Real Instrument and Software Instrument tracks differ? How can I make my GarageBand recordings sound less lame? How do I best record a vocalist? How do I use the multi-take recording option? I don't have an electric guitar. Can I still use the new Electric Guitar track? How do I use the new stompbox effects and how are they different from the old GarageBand effects? How can I change an effect over time in a track? What should I know about punching in?

Take Control of Recording with GarageBand '11

by Jeff Tolbert

This book explains how to use GarageBand '11 to create musical compositions with vocals, drums, guitars, MIDI keyboards, and even the kitchen sink! Seattle composer Jeff Tolbert shares his GarageBand know-how and years of recording experience to help you get the most out of your existing gear or purchase new equipment that fits your budget and style. You'll find out how to plan a recording session, and you'll learn real-world recording studio techniques, such as using a microphone effectively, getting the best sounds from your gear, applying effects like a pro with the 12 GarageBand amps (including 7 new ones!) and the greatly expanded selection of stompbox effects, recording multiple tracks at once, and using Flex Time and Groove Matching to fix mistakes easily. Two example songs demonstrate many of the techniques discussed.Bonus! Linked-in audio lets you listen to examples while you read about them—and, new with this edition, you can follow links to download the project files for them. Remember us when you're famous!Questions answered in the book include: My GarageBand recordings sound lame. Can I even make a decent-sounding recording with this program?How do Real Instrument and Software Instrument tracks differ?How do I best record a vocalist?How do I use the multi-take recording option?I don't have an electric guitar. Can I still use the Electric Guitar track?How can I fix up a good but sloppy performance?What are the differences between the many GarageBand amps?How do I use the stompbox effects?How can I change an effect over time in a track? What should I know about punching in?

Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac

by Joe Kissell

You'll also learn how to make Windows run smoothly on your Mac, with practical advice on how to integrate Windows windows with the Finder, share files between Windows and Mac OS X, run anti-malware software, print from Windows, and back up Windows data. The ebook comes with a coupon for $10 off on VMware Fusion 3. You'll find answers to questions like: What are 13 things that you can do in Windows, but not on the Mac? How can I get a copy of Windows that will work on a Mac? How can I set things up so that Windows won't bog down? How should I handle partitioning for my Windows installation? How do I avoid and handle activation hassles? What's the best way to right-click in Windows? How do I make my Bluetooth devices work in Windows? What is FAT32, and why might it matter to me? What are the coolest new features in Parallels Desktop 6? Is VirtualBox 4 a serious contender in the world of virtualization?

Take Control of Safari 4

by Sharon Zardetto

Read this book to learn answers to questions like these: How do I load six Web pages at once?Now that I've loaded six pages, how do I best work with them?What are all the keyboard shortcuts for working with tabs?How do I bookmark a page I want to return to?How do I import Firefox bookmarks?I have 1,042 bookmarks. Is there a sensible way to search or organize them?What are the default keyboard shortcuts for the bookmarks bar?Can I search for text on the currently active Web page?How do I erase my history to prevent someone snooping through it?Where does Safari store Web site user names and passwords?Help! However Safari stored my password, it doesn't work any more!How do I use Safari to read RSS headlines from different sites?How do I "snip" a Web page to make it into a Dashboard widget?

Take Control of Safari 4

by Sharon Zardetto

Read this book to learn answers to questions like these: How do I load six Web pages at once? Now that I've loaded six pages, how do I best work with them? What are all the keyboard shortcuts for working with tabs? How do I bookmark a page I want to return to? How do I import Firefox bookmarks? I have 1,042 bookmarks. Is there a sensible way to search or organize them? What are the default keyboard shortcuts for the bookmarks bar? Can I search for text on the currently active Web page? How do I erase my history to prevent someone snooping through it? Where does Safari store Web site user names and passwords? Help! However Safari stored my password, it doesn't work any more! How do I use Safari to read RSS headlines from different sites? How do I "snip" a Web page to make it into a Dashboard widget?

Take Control of Safari 5

by Sharon Zardetto

Go beyond basic Web browsing in Safari 5 with this definitive guide from Mac expert Sharon Zardetto! You'll find detailed coverage of new Safari 5 features like support for extensions and the Reader. You'll get essential advice on smart ways customize your Safari environment, and learn key browsing techniques, including how to keep track of where you've been, load multiple Web pages at once, search both the Web and the content of pages you're reading, fill out forms automatically, keep track of passwords, download files, use RSS to keep up with your favorite Web sites, and manage your Web-browsing history.Read this book to learn answers to questions like these:How do I load six Web pages at once?Now that I've loaded six pages, how do I best work with them?How do I bookmark a page I want to return to?How do I import Firefox bookmarks?I'm a pack rat. How should I organize and access my bookmark collection?I forgot to bookmark a great page I saw yesterday. How can I find it again?How can I read a multi-page Web article without clicking to switch pages?How do I find the word "marshmallow" in the text of a huge Web page?How do I erase my history to keep my housemate from snooping through it?Where does Safari store Web site user names and passwords?Help! What do I do when a stored password stops working?How do I use Safari to read RSS headlines from different sites?How do I install the My eBay Manager extension?How can I turn Safari into a "clipping service" that grabs RSS headlines from different sites when they mention certain topics?

Take Control of Screen Sharing in Lion

by Glenn Fleishman

What hardware and software does this ebook discuss? This ebook is about screen sharing between two Macs running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, but it is also your go-to ebook about screen sharing with 10.6 Snow Leopard and 10.5 Leopard. For the iOS apps covered, you should be running iOS 3 or later. You'll learn how to: Set up your Mac so that it can be controlled from your iPhone. Start using screen sharing to help your confused uncle with his Mac. Find and launch the built-in Screen Sharing application on your Mac. Control an unattended Mac from far away. Turn on Back to My Mac with MobileMe or iCloud. Get set up and begin to share your screen through Skype. Give a presentation to a remote location through iChat Theater. Wake up a remote Mac in order to control it through screen sharing. Copy text from one computer to another while sharing screens. Put a shared screen in its own Full-Screen display in Lion. Control a far-away Mac through screen sharing when another user is logged in to that same Mac with a different account.

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