Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Video Editing Boot-Camp for Graphic Designers. Bill Baraona’s Recommended Training Links

Video editing can be intimidating, especially with all the utilities you have at your disposal. Not only that, but you also have screen sizes and file sizes to consider when you render the finished project. There’s a lot to keep track of, and luckily an experienced video editor named Bill Baraona of Flex Media will be a speaker for our… Read more »






The Top Mistakes Content Creators Make –And How to Avoid Them

Or for anyone at the meeting, they’re more like “misconceptions” than mistakes. Regardless, the presentation was very informative with facts ranging from copyright laws to rules on fair use. The speaker that presented is a well-known figure named Sharon L. Toerek, Principle Toerek Law (if you want to learn more about her in depth, you can right here) who is… Read more »






Safely Backing Up your Mac & PC – PDF Presentation

The Feburary 2017 CDPUG General Meeting featured our Programming Director, Spike Radway, and Ken Fanger, talking about backing up data on your Mac, PC, iOS & Android Devices. Both of their presentation slides are below for anyone who wants to see it again, or for those who couldn’t attend. Spike’s presentation is here.   Ken’s presentation is here.  






It’s time to read “Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course”

Are you considering an Apple Watch? Or perhaps you’re an early adopter with one already adorning your wrist? Regardless, learning about the Apple Watch has been pretty hit-or-miss with Web content, especially when it comes to distinguishing pre-release speculation from articles based on actual usage. So we’re particularly pleased to bring you the full release of Jeff Carlson’s “Apple Watch:… Read more »






Meeting Video Posted for "Learning to Love Lightroom & the NEW Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 2015

The April 30th, 2015 CDPUG meeting featured Lesa Snider (https://photolesa.com) presenting “Learning to Love Lightroom & the NEW Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 2015.” This meeting was a remote meeting using Zoom, so we were  able to record the meeting, so other than seeing Spike in one of the little Squares, it’s a great and useful presentation. To see the Presentation,… Read more »






Level up with “Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal, Second Edition”

Level up with “Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal, Second Edition” It’s easy to forget that OS X is based on Unix, but those in the know often drop to the Unix command line for tasks that are difficult or impossible to accomplish in the Mac’s graphical interface. Six years ago, Joe Kissell penned “Take Control of… Read more »






When your numbers get serious, read “Take Control of Numbers”

When your numbers get serious, read “Take Control of Numbers” Good day! Paul Simon sang, “When numbers get serious, you see their shape everywhere.” Apple’s Numbers has gotten serious about providing legitimate competition for Microsoft Excel, and Mac users now see it everywhere, since it ships for free with every Mac. But tapping the power of Numbers isn’t always easy,… Read more »






Get ready for Photos for Mac with our new Take Control Crash Course

Get ready for Photos for Mac with our new Take Control Crash Course Good day! The ten-month limbo Apple left us in after announcing that the forthcoming Photos for Mac would replace both iPhoto and Aperture is nearly over. Photos has at long last showed its face in OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite, now in public beta, and we expect it… Read more »






“Take Control of PDFpen 7” explains PDFpen for Mac and iOS

“Take Control of PDFpen 7” explains PDFpen for Mac and iOS Have you ever wanted to change the date on a PDF-based flyer? Needed to give feedback on a PDF, but had trouble inserting useful proofreading marks? Wished you could perform optical character recognition (OCR) on a scanned document so you could revise the text in the PDF? For such… Read more »






Save 50% in Take Control’s February Book Bargain Bonanza

Save 50% in Take Control’s February Book Bargain Bonanza Good day! Faced with rising snowdrifts and falling temperatures here at Take Control HQ, we’ve decided to liven up the season with a sale — it beats shoveling the driveway again! No matter what your weather, now’s the time to add any number of our books to your Take Control library… Read more »