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Get Booked Solid – Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling Followup

Megan Apple did a great job getting down to the details about how to get booked solid with all of the clients you want – even if you hate marketing and selling! We were glad to have her come a second time and share more of her knowledge about the world of business with us.

Megan was able to keep the audience interested with her simple but informative slides. She went into detail about what a target market is (and why it is important), and how to get your prospects to buy what you are selling. Her presentation also went into detail about the importance of your own personal brand, and why it is vital part of becoming a client attraction magnet.

During the meeting Megan Apple recommended a great book – Love is the Killer App – about how to be successful and share your intangibles. She was also generous enough to share her slides with us to the people that needed them or could not make it to the meeting. You can email her to schedule a 30 minute session to seek more advice from her if you have questions. She is also offering a special discount to all members for her upcoming Book Yourself Solid Group Program. A link to Megan’s website is shown below. Until then, we hope to see you all at our future meetings!

Want to learn more about Marketing and Selling? Here are your next steps:

  • Call 216-704-6568 or email  – megan@avirtualcertainty.com
  • Take advantage of the offer for a 30 minute laser focus session
  • Join the next Book Yourself Solid 3 month workshop starting in mid-November

 

Link to: Megan Apple’s presentation

Megan Apple’s website: http://avirtualcertainty.com/

Recommended books of the meeting: Love is the Killer App

Clearing up iCloud

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iCloud has become integral to the Apple experience—it’s almost an operating system in its own right, and macOS 10.12 Sierra, iOS 10, and tvOS 10 all rely on iCloud for core functionality. If you are confused by the difference between iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream, have wondered if you should use two-factor authentication or two-step verification, or been unsure of what iCloud data counts against your storage space, Joe Kissell’s best-selling book, Take Control of iCloud, Fifth Edition, has the help you need. It’s the comprehensive documentation of iCloud you won’t find from Apple or anywhere else, and with your MUG discount you can pick up a copy for just $10.50, 30% off the cover price.

In the book, Joe offers insight into what iCloud is trying to do, while providing steps for key procedures and advising you on the best real-world techniques for integrating iCloud’s many services into your digital life on Macs, iOS devices, Apple TVs, and even Windows-based PCs.

“Brilliant and concise information on using current iCloud systems.” —Brian M.

This new edition is overflowing with up-to-date iCloud advice for you, explaining:

  • • The ins and outs of Desktop and Documents folder syncing in macOS Sierra
  • • Whether to leave the Optimize Mac Storage checkbox in Sierra selected
  • • The six conditions that must be true for Universal Clipboard to work so you can copy and paste among your Apple devices (Mac to iPhone, iPhone to iPad, Mac to Mac, etc.)
  • • Turning on Apple’s newer two-factor authentication (which is different from and better than two-step verification) so you don’t have to worry about your iCloud data being compromised
  • • Getting around in the latest incarnation of iCloud Drive

“I just read Take Control of iCloud cover to cover, and it helped me sort out several problems and clear up my confusion on how iCloud works with my iMac, MacBook, iPad, and iPhone. Your book has helped me get more out of my devices and I can see it’ll make my life easier. Thanks for a job very well done!” —Andy S.

Take Control of iCloud, Fifth Edition walks you through getting started with iCloud (whether you have one or more iCloud accounts), and then explains the key aspects — and hidden gotchas — of iCloud’s capabilities. Among the many features Joe covers are iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Sharing, Family Sharing, iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library, iCloud Drive, Optimized Storage, Universal Clipboard, Mail and Mail Drop, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes, iCloud Keychain, the iCloud Web site, Find My iPhone, Find My Friends, two-factor authentication, activation lock, Back to My Mac, and backing up and restoring iOS data. (It’s a lot, we know. Hence a 182-page book!)

“As someone who hadn’t invested a lot of time in setting up iCloud before, I found this book very informative—particularly the information about managing multiple iCloud accounts and the Photos section.” —Kelly G.

Thanks for your support, which makes it possible for us to continue documenting what’s going on in Apple’s new operating systems and online services!

-Take Control Publishers

 

 

Sierra Made Easy

Bill Kiraly   September 29, 2016   No Comments on Sierra Made Easy

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Apple has released iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra, and we’re pleased to bring you four Take Control books to help you get started with the new operating systems and their shared Photos app.

Joe Kissell helps you perform a trouble-free upgrade to Sierra in Take Control of Upgrading to Sierra, Scholle McFarland covers what’s new in Sierra (and much more) in Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course, Josh Centers takes you on a tour of iOS 10 in his comprehensive iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course, and Jason Snell focuses on the new features of Photos in his Photos: A Take Control Crash Course.

The easiest way to pick up multiple books is to load our catalog, click the Buy button under each book you want, and then click one of the Cart buttons. All books are discounted by 30% for MUG members; you’ll see the discount once you click the orange Check Out button in our cart.

Thanks for your support — it’s great to be able to channel the excitement generated by Apple’s new operating systems into new books, and we couldn’t do it without you!

Take Control of Upgrading to Sierra, by Joe Kissell (98 pages, $7)

Experience an anxiety-free upgrade to Sierra as you follow Joe Kissell’s time-tested advice in this focused book, thoroughly updated for Sierra. You’ll ensure that your hardware and software are ready for Sierra, prevent problems by making a bootable duplicate of your primary 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. Learn more…

Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course, by Scholle McFarland (100 pages*, $10.50)

You can head off into the wilds of Sierra with confidence when you’re equipped with Scholle McFarland’s new Crash Course. It kicks off with an overview of what’s new, followed by a chapter about Sierra’s cool little features, like keeping folders on top of file listings, new text shortcuts, Picture in Picture, and link and video previews in Messages. Scholle devotes more space to teaching you about big new Sierra features like Siri, app tabs, Desktop and Documents folder syncing, and Universal Clipboard. Particularly important is the book’s discussion of Optimized Storage, which can save a lot of space on a Mac with a small drive, but should be enabled only when you understand its implications. Learn more…

*The 100-page 1.0 version of this book covers the changes in Sierra, but we’re still finalizing a handful of chapters about existing Mac features. We’ll give all purchasers the content-complete version 1.1 of this book for free very soon.

iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course, by Josh Centers (143 pages, $10.50)

Quickly master new (and existing) features in iOS 10 on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch! TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers helps you come up to speed with extensive coverage of iOS 10’s key changes, including the redesigned Lock screen, Widget screen, and Control Center, and new ways for third-party developers to add features to Apple’s apps. You’ll also learn how Apple has radically revised essential apps like Photos, Messages, Mail, Maps, and Safari. Josh even gives you an introduction to home automation by way of iOS 10’s new Home app and Apple’s HomeKit specification for third-party devices. Additional special topics cover Family Sharing, accessibility, privacy, managing data usage, improving battery life, and more. Learn more…

Photos: A Take Control Crash Course, by Jason Snell (74 pages, $7)

Get the most out of Apple’s Photos app on all your Apple devices! Written by Jason Snell, publisher of Six Colors and former lead editor of Macworld, this book helps you understand Photos’ new machine-learning features like Memories, Categories, and the new version of Faces. It also teaches you how to import (and merge!) old iPhoto and Aperture libraries, set up iCloud Photo Library, organize and edit photos, share photos online, create cards and calendars, and much more.

The book focuses on Photos for 10.12 Sierra, but those who also use the Photos app in iOS 10 will appreciate the iOS-specific help at the end of nearly every chapter. Jason has also included a chapter about viewing your photos on an Apple TV. Learn more…

Adam and Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

Take a Photo Crash Course

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Changes to Apple’s bundled Photos app are among the most notable enhancements to macOS 10.12 Sierra and iOS 10, and Jason Snell’s Photos: A Take Control Crash Course is now here to help you learn the new features of Photos across both operating systems.

You can buy the Photos book on its own, of course, but because Photos is such an integral part of Sierra and iOS 10, we have discounts to encourage you to collect all our current Crash Courses. For general help as you start using Sierra and iOS 10, you can save 30% when you buy Jason’s book with Scholle McFarland’s Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course or iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course by Josh Centers. To get these bundles with just a couple of clicks, you can:

And if you want to learn more about each book, read on!

Photos: A Take Control Crash Course, by Jason Snell (74 pages, $10)

Get the most out of Apple’s Photos app on all your Apple devices! Written by Jason Snell, publisher of Six Colors and former lead editor of Macworld, this book helps you understand and use Photos’ new machine-learning features like Memories, Categories, and the new version of Faces. It also teaches you how to import (and merge!) old iPhoto and Aperture libraries, set up iCloud Photo Library, organize and edit photos, share photos online, create cards and calendars, and much more.

The book focuses on Photos for macOS 10.12 Sierra, but those who also use the Photos app in iOS 10 will appreciate the iOS-specific help at the end of nearly every chapter. Jason has also included a chapter about viewing your photos on an Apple TV. Learn more…

Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course, by Scholle McFarland (100 pages*, $15)

You can head off into the wilds of Sierra with confidence when you’re equipped with Scholle McFarland’s new Crash Course. It kicks off with an overview of what’s new, followed by a chapter about Sierra’s cool little features, like keeping folders on top of file listings, new text shortcuts, Picture in Picture, and link and video previews in Messages. Scholle devotes more space to teaching you about big new Sierra features like Siri, app tabs, Desktop and Documents folder syncing, and Universal Clipboard. Particularly important is the book’s discussion of Optimized Storage, which can save a lot of space on a Mac with a small drive, but should be enabled only when you understand its implications. Learn more…

*The 100-page 1.0 version of this book covers the changes in Sierra, but we’re still finalizing a handful of chapters about existing Mac features. We’ll give all purchasers the content-complete version 1.1 of this book for free very soon.

iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course, by Josh Centers (143 pages, $15)

Quickly master new (and existing) features in iOS 10 on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch! TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers helps you come up to speed with extensive coverage of iOS 10’s key changes, including the redesigned Lock screen, Widget screen, and Control Center, and new ways for third-party developers to add features to Apple’s apps. You’ll also learn how Apple has radically revised essential apps like Photos, Messages, Mail, Maps, and Safari. Josh even gives you an introduction to home automation by way of iOS 10’s new Home app and Apple’s HomeKit specification for third-party devices. Additional special topics cover Family Sharing, accessibility, privacy, managing data usage, improving battery life, and more. Learn more…

-Adam and Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

iOS books for Apple’s newest release

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September 20th is the offical release of macOS 10.12 Sierra, which finally brings Siri to the Mac and is Apple’s latest and greatest operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

It was also a huge relief for us because we’ve been sprinting for weeks to bring you three books about Apple’s new operating systems so you can have guides by your side as you install the updates and explore the new features.

Joe Kissell focuses on helping you perform a trouble-free upgrade to Sierra in Take Control of Upgrading to Sierra, Scholle McFarland covers what’s new in Sierra (and much else) in Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course, and Josh Centers completes the set with his comprehensive iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course.

Each book is for sale on its own, but since Apple is integrating macOS and iOS ever more tightly with Siri, the Universal Clipboard, and Desktop and Documents folder syncing, we’d encourage you to collect ‘em all with 30% bundle discounts. If you want to get started instantly by putting books in your cart, you can:

(If you bought one of these books for Yosemite, El Capitan, iOS 8, or iOS 9, check your email for your upgrade offer or click the Ebook Extras link in your book.)

And if you want to learn more about each book, read on!

Take Control of Upgrading to Sierra, by Joe Kissell (98 pages, $10)

Experience an anxiety-free upgrade to Sierra as you follow Joe Kissell’s time-tested advice in this focused book, thoroughly updated for Sierra. You’ll ensure that your hardware and software are ready for Sierra, prevent problems by making a bootable duplicate of your primary 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. Learn more…

Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course, by Scholle McFarland (100 pages*, $15)

You can head off into the wilds of Sierra with confidence when you’re equipped with Scholle McFarland’s new Crash Course. It kicks off with an overview of what’s new, followed by a chapter about Sierra’s cool little features, like keeping folders on top of file listings, new text shortcuts, Picture in Picture, and link and video previews in Messages. Scholle devotes more space to teaching you about big new Sierra features like Siri, app tabs, Desktop and Documents folder syncing, and Universal Clipboard. Particularly important is the book’s discussion of Optimized Storage, which can save a lot of space on a Mac with a small drive, but should be enabled only when you understand its implications. Learn more…

*The 100-page 1.0 version of this book covers the changes in Sierra, but we’re still finalizing a handful of chapters about existing Mac features. We’ll give all purchasers the content-complete version 1.1 of this book for free shortly after the official release of Sierra. 

iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course, by Josh Centers (143 pages, $15)

Quickly master new (and existing) features in iOS 10 on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch! TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers helps you come up to speed with extensive coverage of iOS 10’s key changes, including the redesigned Lock screen, Widget screen, and Control Center, plus new ways for third-party developers to add features to Apple’s apps. You’ll also learn how Apple has radically revised essential apps like Photos, Messages, Mail, Maps, and Safari. Josh even gives you an introduction to home automation by way of iOS 10’s new Home app and Apple’s HomeKit specification for third-party devices. Additional special topics cover Family Sharing, accessibility, privacy, managing data usage, improving battery life, and more. Learn more…

-Adam and Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

Take Control of Parallels Desktop 12

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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 the just-released Parallels Desktop 12, which was the first virtualization app for the Mac when it debuted 10 years ago.

In this book, 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 preferences and settings you can tweak for specific situations, to increase performance, or to enhance security. Joe also offers tips and directions for connecting peripherals to your virtual machine and discusses 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.

Link for Take Control Books 170-page Take Control of Parallels Desktop 12.

Spike’s Podcast Recommendation

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CDPUG July meeting, as you know, dealt with the free agent economy. Spike found this podcast a real winner. Enjoy and learn.

Free Agents

David Sparks and Jason Snell spent their careers working for the establishment. Then one day, they’d had enough. Now they are independent workers, learning what it takes to succeed in the 21st century. They are… free agents.

https://www.relay.fm/freeagents

David Sparks

http://macsparky.com · @MacSparky

David Sparks is a hopeless geek. David is also a podcaster, blogger, and author who writes about finding the best tools, hardware, and workflows for using Apple products to get work done. In his free time, David is also a business lawyer.

Jason Snell

http://sixcolors.com · @jsnell

Jason Snell was lead editor at Macworld for more than a decade and has written about Apple and other tech companies for two decades. Now he writes at Six Colors. He’s also the guy who runs The Incomparable podcast network, which is all about geeky pop culture.

The Diane Rehm Show Covers the same topic as the July CDPUG Speaker!

The July 28, 2016 CDPUG program features Jenny Hawkins, visiting CWRU Assistant Professor of Economics at CWRU, talking about the topic “Freelancing in an Evolving Gig Economy.”

The NPR Program, the Diane Rehm Show has recently devoted a program to the same topic. Great Minds Think A Like!

Click this link to listen to the program “The Future of the Sharing Economy and What It Means for Work.”

Our speaker, Jenny Hawkins is sure to be as good or even better than the guests on The Diane Rehm Show!

Guests on the Diane Rehm Show:

  • Arun Sundararajan professor of information, operations and management sciences, NYU Stern School of Business; author, “The Sharing Economy: the End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism”
  • Emily Badger reporter covering urban policy, The Washington Post’s Wonkblog

See you at our Thursday, July 28th CDPUG Program “Freelancing in an Evolving Gig Economy.” Please RSVP so I can order the right amount of food for this exciting program.

Spike Radway
CDPUG Director of Programming

“Freelancing in an Evolving Gig Economy”

Below is a link to a YouTube video by our July speaker, Jenny Hawkins, visiting CWRU Assistant Professor of Economics at CWRU, talking about the topic “The Demise of 9 to 5 Work.”

I am always scouting for speakers for CDPUG and discovered Jenny Hawkins while attending a Sunday Morning Community Forum of the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland. This video should be good background for those interested in this topic. Our July program will be more tailored to freelancers in the graphic arts, since freelancers are a significant portion of the CDPUG membership.  My intent is to motivate members to attend our July program.

Please check out this YouTube Video “The Demise of 9 to 5 Work,” and then attend our Thursday, July 28th meeting entitled “Freelancing in an Evolving Gig Economy” to learn even more.
Please RSVP so I can order the right amount of food for this exciting program.

Spike Radway
CDPUG Director or Programming

Take Control of PDFpen 8

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If you want a PDF editing and manipulation tool that sits between Apple’s free Preview and Adobe’s $450 Acrobat Pro DC, look no further than Smile’s $74.95 PDFpen and $124.95 PDFpenPro. There’s even an $19.99 iOS companion in PDFpen for iPad & iPhone.

To help PDFpen users make the most of their apps, we’ve just released Michael Cohen’s Take Control of PDFpen 8, with 188 pages of comprehensive documentation. Thanks for telling your MUG about it—I’ll send you another message shortly for forwarding to your group mailing list. Remember to cut out your username at the bottom of that message (look for the scissors line) before passing it on!

-Adam

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