iCloud is a simple idea -- all your data on all your devices, via the cloud -- that becomes complex in the real world when you want it to work seamlessly so you can spend your time enjoying your media or doing actual work, instead of just fiddling with your computer.
Whether you want to get a quick tip or take a deep dive into the inner workings of iCloud, this best-selling book is your ticket. You'll start by learning what iCloud can do, how it differs from other cloud services, and how best to set it up on Macs, iOS devices, Apple TVs, and Windows-based PCs.
Joe then explains the key aspects -- and hidden gotchas -- of iCloud's core features, including iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Sharing, Family Sharing, iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library, iCloud Drive, Mail and Mail Drop, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes, iCloud Keychain, the iCloud Web site, Find My iPhone, Find My Mac, Find My Friends, two-factor authentication, activation lock, Back to My Mac, and backing up and restoring iOS data.
Joe also looks carefully at iCloud's new Desktop and Documents folder syncing feature in macOS 10.12 Sierra, as well as what the Optimize Mac Storage checkbox will do behind the scenes. Plus he helps you get started with copying and pasting between Apple devices using the new Universal Clipboard.
You'll fly high with iCloud as you learn how to use:iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Sharing: Move your photos around with iCloud Photo Library and/or My Photo Stream, and understand the many differences between the two. Plus, share photos with iCloud Photo Sharing.iCloud Storage: Apple gives you 5 GB of free storage space, and is happy to take your money if you want more. Find out which of your iCloud holdings count toward your storage allocation and which do not, and how to delete unwanted data.iCloud Drive: Understand the iCloud Drive folder in the Finder, get a grip on iCloud Drive peculiarities, consider the implications of Sierra's Optimize Mac Storage checkbox, and get real-world directions for using iCloud Drive to sync files.Desktop and Documents folder syncing: Read Joe's take on this feature, consider its quirks, and, if you do decide to turn it on, find directions for how to proceed.Family Sharing: Quickly set up a group to share a calendar, photos, Find My iPhone map, apps and media, and more. Also, take control of what a child may purchase with Ask to Buy.Mail: Understand what's on offer with an iCloud email account, and see how you can use Mail Drop for large attachments. Calendar, Contacts, and other bits: View and manage calendar and contact data, share calendars, and send invitations to events. Plus, get going with browser bookmarks, iCloud Safari tabs, Safari Reading List, Reminders, and Notes.iCloud Keychain: Store and sync login credentials and credit card details within Safari so you can access them later from any of your Apple devices.iCloud Web site: Use iCloud's Web interface for apps such as Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Find My iPhone, and Find My Friends.Find My...: Look in Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Mac to locate a device that's gone missing, and keep tabs on friends and family with Find My Friends.iCloud Backup: Manage your iOS backups in iCloud, and find steps for restoring your backup after a problem!Apple TV: Get more out of your Apple TV with iTunes Match, Photos, and iMovie Theater. Back to My Mac: Connect to a far-away Mac over the Internet and use file sharing and screen sharing just as though you were on the same network.
Updated December 20, 2016
Wrangling your Web passwords can be easy and secure, thanks to 1Password, the popular password manager from AgileBits. In this book, Joe Kissell brings years of real-world 1Password experience into play to explain not only how to create, edit, and enter Web login data easily, but also how to autofill contact and credit card info when shopping online, audit your passwords and generate better ones, handle two-factor authentication (2FA), and sync and share passwords with various techniques -- including iCloud and Dropbox, as well as a hosted account (individual, family, or team).
While reading Take Control of 1Password on my iPad I was furiously highlighting passages and following along with 1Password open on my Mac. [The book] showed me how some of my passwords were weak or duplicates. I immediately changed those passwords to unique and secure ones.
--Elisa Pacelli, in her MyMac book review.
The book focuses on 1Password 6 for the Mac, but he also provides details and directions for the iOS, Windows, and Android versions of 1Password.
Meet 1Password: Set your master passcode, explore the various 1Password components, and decide on your ideal usage strategy.
Master logins: In 1Password, a typical login contains a set of credentials used to sign in to a Web site. Find out how to create logins, sort them, search them, tag them, and more. You'll especially find help with editing logins. For example, if you change a site's password from dragon7 to eatsevendragonsforlunchatyahoo, you'll want to incorporate that into its login. Or, use 1Password's password generator to create highly secure random passwords, like dGx7Crve3WucELF#s.
Understand password security: Get guidance on what makes for a good password, and read Joe's important Password Dos and Don'ts. A special topic covers how to perform a security audit in order to improve poor passwords quickly.
Go beyond Web logins: A primary point of 1Password is to speed up Web logins, but 1Password can also store and autofill contact information (for more than one identity, even), along with credit card information. You'll also find advice on storing passwords for password-protected files and encrypted disk images, plus ideas for keeping track of confidential files, scans of important cards or documents, and more.
Sync your passwords: Discover which 1Password syncing solution is right for you: a hosted account, Dropbox, iCloud, or a Finder folder, as well as a device-to-device Wi-Fi sync.
Share your passwords: Learn to store passwords in shared vaults within a family or team hosted account.
You'll also discover the answers to key questions, including:What's the best way to buy 1Password?Should I use my Web browser's autofill feature?What about iCloud Keychain? Should I use that too?What can I do quickly to get better password security?How can I find and update weak passwords I created long ago?What should I do about security questions, like the name of my pet?How can 1Password provide a time-based one-time password (TOTP)? How do I initiate 1Password logins from utilities like LaunchBar?
Updated Feb 2, 2016
If you've ever thought you should learn to use the Unix command line that underlies Mac OS X, or felt at sea when typing commands into Terminal, Joe Kissell is here to help! With this 167-page ebook, you'll become comfortable working on the Mac's command line, starting with the fundamentals and adding more advanced topics as your knowledge increases.
Joe includes 50 real-life "recipes" for tasks that are best done from the command line, as well as directions for working with permissions, carrying out grep-based searches, creating shell scripts, and installing Unix software.
"I found answers to many questions in your book, and I enjoyed reading it. I am definitely more confident now in facing the Mac command line. Thank you for the time and art that you spent to create such a clarifying text."
--Mona Hosseini, grad student in Genomic Medicine and Statistics at the University of Oxford
The book begins by teaching you these core concepts:The differences between Unix, a command line, a shell, and TerminalExactly how commands, arguments, and flags workThe basics of Terminal's interface and how to customize it
Next, it's on to the command line, where you'll learn:How to navigate your Mac's file systemBasic file management: creating, copying, moving, renaming, opening, viewing, and deleting filesCreating symbolic linksThe types of command-line programsHow to start and stop a command-line programHow to edit a text file in nanoWhat a profile is, why it's cool, and how to customize yoursThe importance of your PATH and how to change it, if you need toHow to get help (Joe goes way beyond telling you to read the man pages)
You'll extend your skills as you discover how to:Create basic shell scripts to automate repetitive tasks. Make shell scripts that have variables, user input, conditional statements, loops, and math.See which programs are running and what system resources they're consuming.Quit programs that refuse to quit normally.Enable the command line to interact with the Finder.Control another Mac via its command line with ssh.Understand and change an item's permissions, owner, and group.Run commands as the root user using sudo.Handle output with pipe (|) or redirect (>).Use grep to search for text patterns in files and filter output.Install new command-line software from scratch or with a package manager.
Questions answered include:Which shell am I using, and how can I change my default shell?How do I quickly figure out the path to an item on my Mac?How can I customize my Terminal window so I can see man pages behind it?How can I make a shortcut to avoid retyping the same long command?Is there a trick for entering a long path quickly?What should I say when someone asks if I know how to use vi?How do I change my prompt to suit my mood or needs?What is Command Line Tools for Xcode?When it comes to package managers, which one should I use?
"Very good! A pleasure to read, the right balance of coverage and clarity."
Finally, to help you put it all together, the book showcases over 50 real-world "recipes" that combine commands to perform useful tasks, such as listing users who've logged in recently, using a separate FileVault password, figuring out why a disk won't eject, copying the source code of a Web page, determining which apps have open connections to the Internet, flushing the DNS cache, finding out why a Mac won't sleep, sending an SMS message, and deleting stubborn items from the Trash.
With the information-management program DEVONthink 2, you no longer have to swim in a sea of Web bookmarks, email receipts, RSS feeds, scanned memos, and downloaded bank statements. DEVONthink stores your digital documents and clippings, helps you scan and store paper documents, and serves as home base for organizing and viewing all your information. But mastering all that power can take effort, and this book--created in partnership with DEVONtechnologies--has the real-world advice you need to understand how DEVONthink can bring order to your information.
You'll also learn how to extend your DEVONthink experience beyond your main Mac with Joe's detailed explanation of the many ways you can sync DEVONthink databases to your other Apple devices and his lucid look at the DEVONthink To Go iOS app.
"This book got me around some suboptimal usage patterns that were holding up my profitable use of this excellent software. I'd recommend this book to any level of DEVONthink user." --Scott McGrath
After covering essential DEVONthink vocabulary and concepts, Joe helps you start using DEVONthink effectively. You'll learn how to:Get around in the interfaceDecide how many databases you need and set them upDetermine whether to input or index dataConfigure where incoming data will goImport data from many different appsImport data from a scanner, including OCR optionsUse grouping and tagging to organize dataUse simple (and sophisticated) techniques for searchingCreate smart groups that automatically gather newly imported dataCreate documents in plain text, HTML, Markdown, and moreEdit documents in DEVONthink (or externally)Find the best way to sync DEVONthink data with other devicesGet tips for working effectively in the DEVONthink To Go iOS appShare DEVONthink documents with other peopleExport documents from DEVONthinkBack up and maintain healthy databases
Questions answered in the book include:What is DEVONthink good for, and what should be left to other programs?What kinds of data can I import? (Short answer: Nearly everything!)Which of DEVONthink's many views should I use?When I import documents from different sources, where do they end up, and why?Is it better to sort imported documents right away, or leave them for later?Should I group my data, tag it, or both?What are duplicates and replicants, and how can I tell them apart?Which types of data can be created or edited within DEVONthink?How do I make my DEVONthink database accessible via the Web?How do I move documents out of DEVONthink using the Share feature?How do I use DEVONthink To Go on my iOS device?Are there Automator or AppleScript options for DEVONthink? (Hint: Yes!)
You can work more effectively in Apple Mail with expert advice from Joe Kissell. You'll learn how to make Mail serve your needs with essential setup, usage, and troubleshooting instructions, whether you use Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, IMAP, or POP -- or more than one -- in both 10.11 El Capitan on your Mac and iOS 9 on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
Joe explains core concepts like special IMAP mailboxes and email archiving, reveals Mail's hidden interface elements and gestures, and helps with common tasks like addressing and adding attachments. He also offers tips on customizing Mail, including a nifty chapter on how simple plug-ins and special automation can dramatically improve the way you use Mail. Joe also covers finding that message in the haystack with El Capitan's new natural language search, improving the messages you send, how digital signatures and encryption work in Mail, and -- perhaps most important -- a strategy for avoiding email overload (the article where he introduced it won an American Business Media's Neal Award for Best How-To Article).
* Older OS? After you download this ebook, you can follow its Ebook Extras link to download an earlier edition (look in the Blog) about Mail in Mavericks/iOS 7 or Yosemite/iOS 8.
You'll quickly find the information that's most important to you, including:Key changes in Mail for El Capitan and iOS 9What the new natural language search features mean for emailGetting through your email faster with gesturesLetting a plug-in significantly enhance how you use MailTaking Mail to the next level with AppleScript and AutomatorThe whys and hows of sending attachmentsUsing markup features to embellish, and even sign, outgoing attachmentsDefeating spam with the Junk Mail filter -- and what to do if you need more firepowerUnderstanding special mailboxes like Sent, Drafts, and JunkUsing notifications to stay apprised of incoming messagesTurning on the much-loved classic window arrangementTaking charge of email organization with rules and other measures15 things everyone should know about Mail in iOS 9Deciding whether you should encrypt your email, along with detailed, real-world steps for signing and encrypting messagesFixing problems: receiving, sending, logging in, bad mailboxes, and more
Because Dropbox is so simple to use for basic file syncing, it's easy to forget that you can do far more with it than just sync files between two computers. If that's all you're doing, you're missing out!
Author Joe Kissell explains why Dropbox is cool, shares best practices for using Dropbox on your own or with a group, helps you avoid common mistakes, clues you in to newer and advanced collaboration features, teaches you how to secure your Dropbox account, and describes unusual uses of Dropbox.
Readers can quickly benefit from the book: new users can start in the "Dropbox Quick Start," which directs you to beginner basics or to special information for people who just want to access a shared Dropbox document.
But, for those who already know Dropbox basics, "Check Your Dropbox Skills" routes you immediately to help with exciting new features that you may not yet have mastered -- or even been aware of(!) -- such as Dropbox Team, Dropbox Paper collaboration, file requests, and Office integration/collaboration.
Teach This Book! Because a powerful aspect of Dropbox is sharing files with others, you may want to help your colleagues and friends use it. To that end, Take Control of Dropbox includes links to a downloadable 1-page PDF handout and to a 21-slide PDF-based presentation.
Joe focuses on using Dropbox from a Macintosh or Windows PC, or Linux, but part of why this book has crept up to 151 pages in its second edition is that he has included helpful details for integrating a mobile device (primarily iOS and Android) into your Dropbox workflow.
You'll find out how to:Recover accidentally deleted or revised files.Put new photos and videos into Dropbox with Camera Upload and share them easily.Sync data from Dropbox-savvy apps on all your devices (apps like 1Password, DEVONthink, and GoodReader). Make sure you're set up optimally by checking a few account-related details. These include security settings and methods of getting more storage space.Edit shared Office documents on the Dropbox Web site -- you don't need to have Office installed locally on your computer or subscribe to Office 365.Work with the Dropbox badge if you are editing a Dropbox-shared Office file on your local computer.Open PDFs from Dropbox from within Adobe Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader DC -- and save any changes back to Dropbox.Set up a Dropbox team: learn how it works, and how to control who can do what and when.Create a Dropbox folder that other people can drop files into, but not see inside of.Unlink and remote-wipe Dropbox from a stolen device.
Joe also shares examples of interesting Internet services that can interact with files that you put in your Dropbox folder to publish a blog, automate Web activities, automate your Mac, sync with other cloud services, and even publish a book like this one!
But the most important aspect of maintenance is a rock-solid backup strategy that protects all your important data in the event of catastrophe. To that end, Joe provides an at-a-glance comparison of different strategies, explains the pros and cons of each type of media, and helps you pick the best backup program for your needs. You'll find time-tested recommendations that help you set up, test, and maintain your backups, complete with instructions on how to restore after a crash. Important lessons you'll learn along the way include the utility of having both a duplicate and an archive, the necessity of testing backups, and the importance of offsite backups.
In this book you'll find the answers to questions like these:
When is my Mac likely to have trouble? How can I find out which unnecessary files are taking up space on my disk? Should I defragment my hard disk and repair permissions regularly? What is the best backup software and hardware? How can I make sure I can restore from my backups?
Email is a necessary evil in today's world, but you can work more effectively in Apple Mail with the hard-won advice in this book, written by email expert Joe Kissell. You'll learn how to make Mail serve your needs with essential setup, usage, and troubleshooting instructions, whether you use Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, IMAP, or POP -- or more than one -- in both 10.10 Yosemite on your Mac and iOS 8 on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
Joe explains core concepts like special IMAP mailboxes and email archiving, reveals Mail's hidden interface elements, helps with common tasks like addressing and adding attachments, and offers tips on customizing Mail to your preferences. You'll also learn how to find that message in the haystack, figure out how digital signatures and encryption work in Mail, and uncover solutions to numerous common problems. Perhaps most important, Joe shares his strategy for avoiding email overload; the article where he first introduced it won American Business Media's Neal Award for Best How-To Article.
Mavericks and iOS 7? After you download this ebook, you can follow its Ebook Extras link to download the first edition, which focuses on Mavericks and iOS 7.
Using the fully linked table of contents, Quick Start page, or other hot links in the ebook, you'll quickly find the essential information that's most important to you, including:Key changes in Mail for Yosemite and iOS 8The whys and hows of sending attachments with Mail DropHow to sign, annotate, and otherwise modify outgoing attachments (such as permission forms or contracts) within MailSetting Mail's Junk Mail filter correctly and other tips for defeating spamUnderstanding special mailboxes like Sent, Drafts, and JunkUsing notifications to manage incoming messagesTurning on the much-loved classic window arrangementUsing search tokens AND understanding Boolean searchesTaking charge of email organization with rules and other measures14 things everyone should know about iOS MailDeciding whether you should encrypt your email, plus detailed, real-world steps for signing and encrypting emailFixing problems: receiving, sending, logging in, bad mailboxes, and moreManaging Mail's new "Automatically detect and maintain account settings" checkbox -- especially if it's causing a connection problem
Need to give a presentation, but worried about how you'll do? Steve Jobs relied on Keynote for his famous keynote presentations, and while using Keynote won't guarantee Jobs-level success, Joe Kissell's advice in Take Control of Keynote will get you closer.
Drawing on years of speaking experience, Joe suggests you start by figuring out what you want to say -- and he explains exactly how to accomplish this task, even though you won't do it in Keynote. He then helps you work in Keynote with the right theme, and explains how to create slides by filling in placeholders, adding objects (images, movies, sounds, tables, and charts), and inserting and styling text. You'll also learn how to add build effects to slides and transitions between slides, as well as how to make self-playing presentations designed for kiosks, and presentations with recorded narration or a soundtrack.
Finally, Joe offers real-world advice about delivering presentations, including tips on what to bring, making presenter notes and customizing the presenter display, setting up your display, and controlling your presentation.
"As someone whose life (and income) is doing training presentations, this ebook is the most useful I have ever bought. I know Keynote well and have used it since its first release; however, Joe's ebook has both challenged me to think about the way I structure my presentations and has taught me stuff about Keynote I didn't know." -Michael Durrant, Psychologist ... mental health & corporate trainer (Sydney, Australia)
You'll learn how to use the features that go into making a great slide deck:Making master slides with carefully positioned placeholdersAdjusting the slide orderViewing more than one slide at onceUsing all the fancy layout features to position objects on a slideApplying cool visual effects to photos, such as masking and Instant AlphaSorting out builds gone wild with the Build Order paletteHiding particular slides from an audience without deleting themTaking control of text boxes and Keynote's many text styling optionsCreating a presentation that requires clicks in specific places to advanceCommenting on slides while collaborating on your presentation
Additional advice helps you prep for a successful delivery and avoid technical glitches:What to consider in advance, with respect to the screen(s) you'll be usingPracticing the mechanics of delivering from KeynoteViewing presenter notes while you speakPlaying a sound or movie from a slide during your presentationEvaluating the many options for remote control instead of a mouse or trackpadPacking your bag with the right set of cables and gadgetsSetting up once you're at the speaking venue
You'll find even more assistance with answers to questions like:Should I store my presentation on iCloud Drive?What are my options if I want to print my presentation?What's the best way to turn my slide deck into a PDF?
The bulk of the book documents Keynote for the Mac, but an appendix explains what's similar and different about Keynote for iOS and Keynote for iCloud.
Passwords have become a truly maddening aspect of modern life, but with this book, you can discover how the experts handle all manner of password situations, including multi-factor authentication that can protect you even if a company's password file is stolen and hacked.
The book explains what makes a password secure and helps you create a strategy that includes using a password manager, working with oddball security questions like "what is your pet's favorite movie?", and making sure your passwords are always available when needed.
Joe helps you choose a password manager (or switch to a better one) in a chapter that discusses desirable features and describes a dozen different apps, with a focus on those that work in OS X, iOS, Windows, and Android. The book also looks at how you can audit your passwords to keep them in tip-top shape, use two-step verification and two-factor authentication, and deal with situations where a password manager can't help.
The book closes with an appendix on helping a relative set up a reasonable password strategy for those whose relatives have distressing password strategies, and an extended explanation of password entropy for those who want to consider the math behind passwords.
Teach This Book! Once you're satisfied with your password strategy, you may want to help others improve theirs with one-on-one training or a group presentation. To help you, this book includes links to a downloadable one-page PDF handout and to a PDF-based slide deck about passwords.
"Awesome. You did an amazing job breaking it down. This should be mandatory reading." -Rich Mogull, CEO at Securosis
This book helps you overcome frustrations that arise when attempting to design a strategy for dealing with the following password problems:
9-character passwords with upper- and lowercase letters, digits, and punctuation are not strong enough.
You cannot turn a so-so password into a great one by tacking a punctuation character and number on the end.
It is not safe to use the same password everywhere, even if it's a great password.
A password is not immune to automated cracking because there's a delay between login attempts.
Even if you're an ordinary person without valuable data, your account may still be hacked, causing you problems.
You cannot manually devise "random" passwords that will defeat potential attackers.
Just because a password doesn't appear in a dictionary, that does not necessarily mean that it's adequate.
It is not a smart idea to change your passwords every month.
Truthfully answering security questions like "What is your mother's maiden name?" does not keep your data more secure.
Adding a character to a 10-character password does not make it 10 percent stronger.
Easy-to-remember passwords like "correct horse battery staple" will not solve all your password problems.
All password managers are not pretty much the same.
Your passwords will not be safest if you never write them down and keep them only in your head.
"Joe handles a confusing and scary subject more clearly and calmly than I would have thought possible. I'll be recommending this book to just about everybody I know." -William Porter, database developer, author, photographer
Updated November 13, 2016
If 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 refresher
Begin 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 installation
Come 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.
Gain confidence and stay in control as Mac guru Joe Kissell explains how to ensure that your hardware and software are ready for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, prevent problems with a bootable duplicate of your main disk, and decide on your best installation method, whether you're upgrading from 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, or 10.8 Mountain Lion.
You'll find smart suggestions for managing the installer, with tips for installing on multiple Macs and dealing with bandwidth limitations. Joe walks you through installing Mavericks and then gives important advice for handling your Mac when it first starts up in Mavericks, including working through a pile of post-installation alerts, signing in with the right Apple ID(s), turning on iCloud Keychain, enabling enhanced (and local) dictation, managing user accounts, and quite a bit more.
Additional important topics include troubleshooting installation problems, upgrading from an older Mac or PC to a new Mac running Mavericks, and a brief look at installing OS X Server.You'll experience an easy upgrade and quickly deal with post-installation quirks with these topics:
Start fast: A short Quick Start overview links to detailed content behind each topic, letting you read lightly or more deeply, depending on your specific needs.
Catch the wave: Find out what you can look forward to in Mavericks, and why this upgrade is important for Apple.
Older cat upgrades: For people who are upgrading from 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, or 10.6 Snow Leopard, Joe offers advice about the most effective way to carry out an upgrade.
Compatibility check: Make sure your hardware and software are ready for Mavericks, and consider if this might be a good time for new hardware, even if it's not essential for your upgrade. (Tip: if your Mac can run Mountain Lion, it can also run Mavericks.)
Prep steps: Avoid upgrade calamities by ensuring you can go back to the previous state of your Mac - and that you can boot from your backup. This crucial step can save a lot of trouble, and Joe recommends software that can make a bootable duplicate without a huge hassle. Also, your operating system is getting a fresh start, but what about the rest of your stuff? Whether you need the disk space or just want to delete some digital detritus, you'll find helpful tips. You'll also run Apple Hardware Test (or Apple Diagnostics) and Disk Utility, to be sure your disk is good to go. Finally, for those who need it, Joe discusses special cases relating to disk encryption (including FileVault) and partitioning.
Picking a plan: Decide on your installation method. Most people can go with an easy in-place upgrade, but some will want the more complex clean install. 10.5 Leopard users will find special help, and those still on 10.4 Tiger get a special sidebar.
Installing: Find out the smartest way to download and store the installer, with special tips for people who want to install on more than one Mac or who have bandwidth limitations. And, although running the installer will be easy for many people, you'll get full steps for what to click and when.
Post-installation tune-up: Make sure your new system is running smoothly with a few important housekeeping tasks, including managing Spotlight, Software Update, Java Runtime, enhanced dictation, user accounts, Apple IDs, iCloud Keychain, FileVault, Time Machine, iTunes changes, and more. Plus learn how to unhide the user Library folder.
Troubleshooting: Yikes! It is possible that something will go wrong during installation, or once you've booted up under Mavericks that you'll discover an important incompatibility with an existing piece of software. Find time-tested troubleshooting advice to get your system working again. Plus learn what the Recovery HD volume can do for you.
Migrating to a new Mac: If your "upgrade" includes moving from an older computer (Mac or Windows PC) to a new Mac that's running Mavericks, learn the best way to move your user account to the new Mac.
Installing OS X Server: Find a brief introduction to OS X Server, plus basic steps for downloading and installing it.
Gain confidence and stay in control as Mac guru Joe Kissell explains how to ensure that your hardware and software are ready for El Capitan, prevent problems by making a bootable duplicate of your main drive, eliminate digital clutter, prepare your Mac, and decide on the best installation method for your particular situation. You'll also find full installation directions, plus advice on over a dozen things to do immediately after installation and troubleshooting techniques.
The book covers upgrading from 10.10 Yosemite all the way back to 10.4 Tiger. It also looks at upgrading from the El Capitan public beta and at "upgrades" that involve moving your data to a new Mac from an old Mac or Windows PC.
You'll experience an easy upgrade and quickly deal with post-installation quirks with these topics:
Start fast: A two-page Quick Start overview helps you read lightly or more deeply, depending on your needs.
Take in the view: Find out what you can look forward to in El Capitan if you are upgrading from 10.10 Yosemite, and get an idea of some of the important changes in store for you if you're upgrading from an older version of Mac OS X.
Catch-up upgrade: If you're upgrading from 10.8 Mountain Lion or earlier (especially if you're coming from 10.4 Tiger or 10.5 Leopard), find out about significant changes and compatibility issues you can expect.
Compatibility check: Make sure your hardware and software are ready for El Capitan, and consider whether this is a good time to buy new hardware, even if it's not essential for your upgrade.
Backing up: Avoid upgrade stress by ensuring you can go back to the previous state of your Mac -- and that you can boot from your backup. Joe provides steps for carrying out this essential task in Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper.
Cleaning up: Your operating system is getting a fresh start, but what about the rest of your stuff? Whether you need the disk space or just want to delete some digital detritus, you'll find helpful tips. You'll also run either Apple Hardware Test or Apple Diagnostics as well as Disk Utility, to be sure your disk is good to go.
Prepping your disk: For those who need it, a chapter helps you handle special cases relating to disk encryption and partitioning.
Picking a plan: Most people can go with an easy in-place upgrade, but some will want the more complex clean install. Find out which option is right for you.
Installing: Find out the smartest way to download and store the installer, with special tips for people who want to install on multiple Macs or who have bandwidth limitations. And, although running the installer will be easy for many people, you'll get full steps for what to click and when.
Post-installation tune-up: Make sure your new system is running smoothly by completing a few important housekeeping tasks and making a few decisions.
Troubleshooting: Yikes! It is possible that something will go wrong during installation, or once you've booted up under El Capitan that you'll discover an important incompatibility. Joe's time-tested troubleshooting advice will help get your system working again.
Migrating to a new Mac: If your "upgrade" includes moving from an older computer (a Mac or Windows PC) to a new Mac that's running El Capitan, learn the best way to move your user account and its data to the new Mac.
Protect your Mac's data in the event of theft with Apple's FileVault!
If your Mac were stolen, would you worry about the thief seeing your email, photos, financial data, and other sensitive information? OS X’s built-in FileVault encryption technology ensures that your Mac’s contents are safe from prying eyes, but if you’re hesitant to entrust your data to an algorithm before you understand how FileVault works, this book will dispel any misconceptions, answer your questions, and get you running FileVault with confidence.
Security expert Joe Kissell begins by demystifying FileVault in a quick FAQ that explains, among other things, how it is that you can work with your startup drive normally even though all the data on it is encrypted. After the FAQ, Joe provides detailed steps for activating and using FileVault on both your startup volume and external drives. He also explains how FileVault interacts with your backups and how to use Find My Mac (because, remember, the point of FileVault is to protect your data in the event of theft) once you’ve turned on FileVault.
Additional topics include making and using encrypted disk images, third-party software that can encrypt just a single file or folder, and accessing special FileVault features from the command line.
FileVault facts and features that you'll master include:
Essential tips for protecting external drives with FileVaultPros and cons of encrypting the backup of a FileVault-encrypted driveImportant steps for safeguarding encrypted drives from motivated thievesWhether your data is safe when your Mac is sleepingWhether your data is safe from other logged-in users on the same MacPros and cons of letting Apple store your recovery keyHow to avoid panicking if you forget your FileVault passwordFileVault and Disk Utility features found only on the command line
This book covers FileVault 2, which was introduced in 10.7 Lion and is far better than, and completely different from, the original version of FileVault (now called Legacy FileVault). Everything in this book works with 10.10 Yosemite and 10.9 Mavericks. A few minor things have changed over the years, but anyone with 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion should also find the book useful.
"I really enjoyed Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac. It was very informative, easy to read, and not too complicated." —Brian Henson
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?
Upgrade with confidence as you follow Mac guru Joe Kissell's essential advice. You'll ensure that your hardware and software are ready for Sierra, prevent problems by making a bootable duplicate of your main drive, and decide on the best installation method for your particular situation. You'll also find full installation directions, plus suggestions on what to do immediately after the install. The book ends with a look at how to handle a failed or problematic installation.
You'll experience an easy upgrade and deal quickly with post-installation quirks with these topics:
Start fast: A Quick Start overview helps you read lightly or more deeply, depending on your needs.
Take in the view: Find out what you can look forward to in Sierra.
Compatibility check: Make sure your hardware and software are ready for Sierra and consider whether this is a good time to buy new hardware, even if it's not essential for your upgrade.
Backing up: Avoid upgrade anxiety by ensuring you can return to the previous state of your Mac--and that you can boot from your backup. Joe provides steps for carrying out this essential task in Carbon Copy Cloner.
Picking a plan: Go for an easy in-place upgrade or consider a more complex clean install. Find out which option is right for you.
Installing: Download and store the installer where it won't be deleted, with special tips for people who want to install on multiple Macs or who have bandwidth limitations. And, although running the installer will be easy for many people, you'll find full steps for what to click and when.
Post-installation tune-up: Make sure your new system is running smoothly by completing a few important housekeeping tasks and making a few key decisions.
Troubleshooting: Yikes! It is possible that something will go wrong during installation, or that once you've booted up under Sierra that you'll encounter a serious problem. Joe's time-tested troubleshooting advice will help get your system working again.
Special topics include handling Gmail and iCloud email accounts.
Read this ebook to learn how to:Make a VIP list for email you especially want to read.Set up mailboxes for effective navigation and filing. Address, compose, and send a message.Handle incoming and outgoing attached photos and documents.Locate a specific message.Understand how Mail interacts with the Calendar and Contacts apps.Decide whether to receive messages with push or fetch.Set up and use signatures.
And, find answers to questions like:How can I effectively work with the same email on more than one device?Help! I can't send my email... what should I do?What if I have more than one "From" email address?
Just as a single "flipped bit" in a piece of computer code can bring an otherwise reliable app crashing to a halt, a single misconception in your understanding of personal computing technology can cause all manner of problems -- including lost data, wasted time, and constant frustration as you live and work in today's increasingly digital world. In this unique title from Take Control, which is packed with little-known facts and debunked beliefs, tech expert Joe Kissell untangles common confusions surrounding the high-tech products and services we all rely on every day.
By eliminating your tech misconceptions, you'll:Avoid common errors that waste precious time or result in data loss.
Make decisions based on an accurate understanding of how things work.
Find yourself asking for -- or paying for! -- computer help less often.
Have clear explanations on hand when others ask you for help.
Better understand tech topics in the headlines -- encryption, passwords, privacy, and more.
Make a stronger impression at a job interview, user group, or wherever your tech skills may be judged.
Some of the 16 chapters in this 190-page book are updated and expanded versions of essays originally published in TidBITS.
You'll start thinking more clearly about:
Trust: Can you trust an online service like iCloud or Gmail, or a password manager?
Privacy: How do you evaluate your privacy when a Web site wants you to give it personal information? What if the site wants to track the way you use it? What if you want to store confidential data on it?
Clicking: Why click twice when you can click once? Sort out once and for all what a single click versus a double click can accomplish rather than just clicking randomly like a teenager.
Opening apps: Are you in the shockingly large group of people who spend too much time on the mundane action of opening apps?
Cloud accumulation: How many cloud services (like Dropbox or Google Drive) do you need, where are your "cloud" files actually kept, and how can you keep your monthly cost down?
Email: How can you ensure that attachments make it through? Do you worry about where your email is actually located? Did you know you can choose an email address that will work over time and make you look better online?
Backups: Are you relying on a backup strategy that will let you down? Should you worry about what happens if you start up your Mac from a bootable duplicate?
Encryption: Do you understand why the U.S. government is going after the giant tech companies, and why the stakes are high for your own use of encryption?
Passwords: Do you know why it's such a bad idea to use the same password for multiple sites, or to rely on a pattern? (Please, please, use a password manager.)
Web: Are your Web searches finding what you want quickly and easily? Did you know that you can navigate the Web more effectively if you understand how URLs work?Is this book for a person like me?
We designed the book for people with a wide range of tech experience, from those who do little more than read email and browse the Web all the way up to people who provide technical support professionally. A few topics focus on the Mac, but the majority of the book is of general interest.
How do you want to be remembered by future generations? You can make a will to handle your physical possessions, but what about your digital life--photos, videos, email, documents, and the like? This ebook, written by tech expert Joe Kissell, covers many aspects of preserving such electronic ephemera as part of your digital legacy.
If you're not at the stage of life where you can think about this for yourself, consider that you may have to do so for your parents or other relatives. It's not all about posterity either, since following Joe's advice will also help loved ones access your key accounts and important info if you're incapacitated, which can happen at any time.
The book will help you with these essential tasks:Identify your key digital assets: online accounts, photos, audio files, videos, passwords, documents, email, and more.Plan for each type of digital asset based on your priorities for today, for shortly after you are no longer around, and for posterity. Joe explains the ideal file formats to use, how to deal with social media sites, the best ways to digitize paper documents and photos, and strategies for sharing passwords with family members, among much else.Communicate your wishes in a "digital will" and designate someone to be its "digital executor." The book includes a template document that you can develop into a personalized digital will.Preserve your data for the future. You'll consider types of archival storage media, cloud-based storage services, backups, and what instructions to provide about maintaining your data as file formats and storage media types evolve.
Whether you just want to ensure that your heirs get copies of your favorite family photos and a few key documents or you want to catalog and preserve tens of thousands of digital items, this book helps you make smart decisions about your digital legacy.
Questions answered include:What strategies can I use for sorting and preserving email?How can I ensure that my email account will be available to those wrapping up my estate?What if I have digital data that should be destroyed when I die?What should I do with my huge photo collection (both digital and paper)?How can I make my passwords available to those who will need them--but keep them private for now?What should I think about when handing down purchased audio and video files?What should happen to my Facebook account when I'm no longer around?What choices are available for keeping my digital archive available and backed up?How long should I expect archival media to last?Should I write an autobituary?Are online digital legacy services any good?How will organizing all this stuff benefit me while I'm alive?
Join Joe Kissell as he helps you clear the chaos of an office overflowing with paper. With Joe's guidance you can develop a personal clean-up strategy and choose your Mac-compatible tools—a scanner and the software you need to perform OCR (optical character recognition)—plus devices and services for storing your digitized documents and tools to categorize, locate, and view your digital document collections.
Once you have your gear in hand, Joe shows you how to convert your paper documents to digitized files and gives you ideas for how to organize your office workflow, explaining how to develop day-to-day techniques that reduce the amount of time you spend pressing buttons, launching software, and managing documents.
Bonus! The book also comes with downloadable “folder action” AppleScripts that simplify the process of OCR-ing PDFs in Adobe Acrobat, ABBYY FineReader Express, PDFpen/PDFpenPro, and Readiris. Save or move a PDF in the appropriate folder, and the script does the rest!
You’ll master these paper-reducing skills:
Scanning or photographing documents you find while out and about—business cards, receipts, menus, flyers, and more—so you keep only digitized versions. Joe discusses a variety of mobile scanning options, with an emphasis on using a camera-equipped iOS device, but with mention of a few options for Android smartphones.
Creating a digitized image of your signature so you can sign and share documents digitally, rather than printing them for the sole purpose of signing them with a pen.
Setting up your computer to send and receive faxes so you can avoid using a physical fax machine with paper input and output. Joe describes online fax services and using a fax modem (note that fax modem support is not available in macOS 10.12 Sierra).
Joe also discusses standard techniques for reducing paper—paperless billing, online bank statements, reducing unwanted catalogs and junk mail, and more, as well as less common practices, such as paperless postal mail services and check depositing services.
You’ll find answers to numerous questions, including:What is a "searchable PDF," and why is it key to a paperless office?What differentiates "document scanners" from other types of scanners?What’s a book scanner?What if I need a mobile, portable scanner?What does TWAIN stand for, and should my scanner support it?Why do I need OCR software, and what features should I look for?What scanners and OCR products does Joe recommend?How can I automate my workflow for scanning documents?How should I name and file my digitized documents?What paper documents should I keep in physical form?How do I use common tools to add a signature to a PDF? How can I access my digital documents remotely?How should I back up my important digital documents?
"Thanks for a great guide! I used it to successfully cook my first complete Thanksgiving, almost single-handed. While I can follow recipes, I am nowhere close to 'a cook'—your guide gave me the confidence to take on this meal!" —Ed Ruder
Appendixes cover special cases from allergies to vegans, drawings guide you as you work with the turkey, and a special included "Print Me" file provides shopping lists and schedules, as well as versions of the recipes that you can tape up in the kitchen. Although these recipes scale easily for a few more people, they are meant for 8-12 people. The recipes use U.S. and metric units.
Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions such as:What type of turkey should I buy?Is there a fast way to make cranberry relish? What's the secret behind making perfect gravy?How do you deal with a raw turkey, and which end is the neck?
"I've been cooking Thanksgiving dinner for longer than I care to admit, and I never would have thought I'd pick up so many good tips! Great book!" —Trish Huffman
Whether your upgrade is fairly straightforward or utterly complicated, Joe explains what to do before you start upgrading to Lion, how to upgrade effectively, what to do if your upgrade has a problem, and how to get a smart start once the upgrade is completed. New Lion features that you'll learn about include FileVault 2 encryption (Joe recommends this for most laptop users) and Recovery mode. The ebook also covers the basics of installing Lion Server.
Benefit from Joe's experience in writing about how to install Mac OS X since 2003, and let him help you install Lion.
You'll get specific advice for how to:Prepare for a Problem-free Upgrade
Part with Rosetta: Understand and manage the fact that PowerPC-based software will not run under Lion, given the lack of the Rosetta emulator that was used in recent versions of Mac OS X.
Handle your hardware: Check your hardware for Lion compatibility. Also, in order to fully enjoy Lion, it might be time for more RAM, disk space, or other peripherals, particularly a Magic Trackpad.
Deal with duplication: Learn what a disk duplicate is, why having one is essential before installing Lion, and how to make one easily and affordably. Also, get help with backing up a Windows volume, should you be running Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp.
Verify that all systems are go: Test to be sure your memory and disks are running properly—better to discover and correct a problem now during your upgrade—and find advice on clearing extra files and software off your disk so that you get a fresh start with Lion (and more disk space for it!).
Consider a few geeky details: If you secure your data and documents with some form of disk encryption now, or would like to under Lion, get advice on what to do before you upgrade and learn how Lion's much-improved FileVault 2 will operate, plus consider the pros and cons of running FileVault 2. Also, read about what Joe thinks of partitioning and what you might want to do about it before installing.
Make a plan: Learn how to install Lion if you're installing over 10.6 Snow Leopard, and consider the pros and cons of several techniques for how to install onto a Mac running either 10.5 Leopard or 10.5 Tiger. Also, if you have more than one Mac in your home, get ideas for downloading the Lion installer only once, but using it legitimately on your different Macs. And, if a nearly 4 GB download is unrealistic, get guidance for how to best obtain Lion.
If your "upgrade" involves moving to a new Mac from an old Mac (or a Windows PC), learn how to best install Lion (if needed) and transfer your old stuff. A tip: ideally, do not even turn on a new Mac that has Lion installed until you've read this ebook!Install Lion!
Install with confidence: Buying, downloading, and running the Lion installer isn't all that difficult, but it is an an entirely new (and rather slow) way of installing an operating system upgrade, so Joe explains what to expect.
Solve problems If your Mac won't restart after the installation, this ebook explains exactly what to do (knock on wood!).Start Smart with Key Post-installation Tasks
Avoid slowdowns: Put off a few tasks (running Spotlight, turning on Time Machine) that will slow you down during your first few hours in Lion.
Get set and go: Joe reminds you to run Software Update, helps you set up an extra user account while noting a few account-related changes in Lion, discusses the pros and cons of the new FileVault 2 and gives directions for enabling it, explains the Incompatible Software Folder, explains need-to-know-now Time Machine basics (including encryption of Time Machine backups), helps you understand what's going on with Apple Mail plug-ins, and more.
Go beyond...Learn why the $49.99 Lion Server is interesting for Lion users, and how to complete a basic installation.Reconnoiter with Recovery Mode:
A final chapter explains the new-in-Lion Recovery HD volume, and even tells you what to type in Terminal so you can check it out. It also explains how to boot in Recovery mode, in case your Mac won't boot and you don't have a convenient way to boot it otherwise.
Updated December 17, 2015
Beyond keeping track of what's new in the latest operating system is the larger problem facing most of us—how to work effectively in today's ecosystem of devices, servers, and collaborators. Frankly, sharing with other people and devices is messy, because everyone wants something different. That's why this may be our most important book, and why we are so grateful to Joe Kissell for taking on the challenge of describing how to share nearly everything you can think of in nearly every imaginable situation.
Here are just a few of the gems in this book:How iCloud Photo Sharing and My Photo Stream are entirely differentHow to share photos fleetingly, privately, permanently, or with your fridgeThe best ways to sync a project's worth of files with othersServices to provide ubiquitous access to your own files across devicesQuick ways to make a file available for download by anyoneHow to share calendars with others, whether or not they use iCloudA tutorial on enabling Family SharingTweaky workarounds for contact sharing, which is surprisingly difficultHow to rip a DVD to your MacBook Air using an older Mac's SuperDriveHow to turn your iPhone or Mac into a Wi-Fi hotspotWays of watching your uncle work remotely, as you help him with iTunesApproaches to syncing Web browser bookmarks and tabs with multiple devicesHow to securely share a collection of passwords with someone else
The list of essential but often frustrating tasks goes on and on, and the solutions go way beyond what Apple offers, so the book does too.
Non-Apple products mentioned include 1Password, AirFoil, Air Login, BitTorrent Sync, CargoLifter, CloudyTabs, Dropbox, Exchange, Facebook, Firefox, Flickr, Google+, Google Calendar, Google Chrome, Google Docs, handyPrint, Instagram, LastPass, Outlook, Pandora, PhotoCard, PowerPhotos, Printopia, Reflector, ScreenFlow, Spotify, SyncMate, Transporter, Twitter, Xmarks, and more.
And, thanks to the Take Control Crash Course format, you can jump right to the chapter that answers your question, without having to read through lots of other information -- as part of our Crash Course series, this book provides the first-rate content you expect from us in short chunks so you can dip in and read quickly. Because so many Take Control readers give tech support to others, each concise chapter has sharing buttons and practical tweet-tips, making it easy to share a few pages with Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and others who need the info. Crash Courses have a modern, magazine-like layout in PDF while retaining a reflowable design in the EPUB and Mobipocket versions.