Prepare for Mountain Lion with new Take Control books!

Prepare for Mountain Lion with new Take Control books!

Apple is poised to release OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in July, and we want to help smooth your transition to Apple’s next big cat. Because many of you will want to upgrade soon, we have Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion” for sale now, with Matt Neuburg’s “Take Control of Using Mountain Lion” available for pre-order as a single-page placeholder that you can use to get the full title once Mountain Lion ships. You can buy either ebook singly with a limited-time $5-off introductory offer, or both in one trip through the cart. Use the coupon-loaded links below (the discount will show on the first screen of the cart), or read on for details about each title. Note that these prices are better than the normal 30% MUG discount.

Buy both titles together for $20 (this link puts both directly in the cart):

Buy “Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion” for $10 (normally $15, discount will appear on first screen of cart):

Buy “Take Control of Using Mountain Lion” (pre-order) for $10 (normally $15, discount will appear on first screen of cart):

Act soon, since this offer will expire when Apple releases Mountain Lion into the wild!

**Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion** — Join best-selling author Joe Kissell for a pre-upgrade check on software and hardware compatibility. You’ll also benefit from Joe’s savvy advice on making a suitable backup to simplify your upgrade or recover from an upgrade disaster, dealing with multiple Apple IDs, and deleting extra data from your disk so you can start using Mountain Lion with plenty of space.

Joe also provides real-world guidance for handling these special concerns during what can be a stressful upgrade, especially if you’re upgrading from a pre-Lion version of Mac OS X:

* Managing iCloud: During your Mountain Lion installation, you’ll be asked for an Apple ID, but should you enter one? And, if you have more than one, which one? You’ll find advice for sorting out your Apple ID before you enter the installer.

* Upgrading from Tiger or Leopard: How will you download the installer from the Mac App Store on one of these Macs? What about Rosetta for PowerPC-based apps? Joe answers these questions and discusses the special challenges you’ll encounter when trying to upgrade efficiently from 10.4 Tiger or 10.5 Leopard.

* Considering FileVault 2: If you secure your data and documents with disk encryption now, or would like to under Mountain Lion, get advice on what to do before you upgrade and learn about the much-improved FileVault 2.

* Planning partitions: Read about what Joe thinks of partitioning and what you might want to do about it before installing.

* Choosing an upgrade method: With Mountain Lion, the default is an in-place upgrade, but what if you want to perform a clean install to wipe out any lurking directory corruption and ensure that your disk is nicely defragmented as well? Joe talks you through the differences.

The 1.0 version of “Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion” is 81 pages long. Once Mountain Lion ships, we plan to release a free 1.1 update that will more than double in length, thanks to the addition of full installation details, key post-upgrade tweaks, and troubleshooting tips in case your upgrade doesn’t go smoothly. It will also tell you how to migrate to a new Mac running Mountain Lion, install Mountain Lion Server, and use Recovery mode. Joe has performed innumerable test installs to upgrade Macs running Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion, and version 1.1 of “Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion” contains numerous hard-won details that Apple won’t tell you.

For a limited time, you can save $5 on “Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion” (you pay $10 instead of the $15 list price)!

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**Take Control of Using Mountain Lion** — In “Take Control of Using Mountain Lion,” Mac expert Matt Neuburg looks deeply at important features introduced in 10.7 Lion and at additional new options in 10.8 Mountain Lion, while also discussing long-standing but not-always-well-known capabilities of Mac OS X. Most importantly, you’ll get a thorough grounding in Mountain Lion’s new “modern document model” that gives you three ways to save documents: the old way, the new way, or the new way with iCloud.

Additional major topics that have been added since the Leopard and Snow Leopard editions help you to:

* Take control of the new Notifications feature.
* Understand the new Gatekeeper security feature, and circumvent it when appropriate.
* Take a quick tour of the new Voice Dictation feature that lets you speak instead of type.
* Understand Auto Save, so you can let OS X save for you with confidence.
* Learn how Resume works, and how to disable it when you want a clean start.
* Figure out how to navigate with Mission Control.
* Enter and leave full-screen mode, and switch among full-screen apps with Mission Control.
* Set up and use Launchpad, and get ideas for additional ways to launch apps.
* Memorize useful trackpad and Magic Mouse gestures for controlling your Mac.

For a limited time, you can save $5 when you pre-order “Take Control of Using Mountain Lion” (you pay $10 instead of the $15 list price). This pre-order “ebook” is a single-page placeholder that you can use to get the full “Take Control of Using Mountain Lion” once it’s available. We plan to publish it as soon as possible after Apple releases Mountain Lion and lifts our non-disclosure agreement; ideally the same day that Mountain Lion becomes available.

More info:

If you want both books at the introductory pricing, you can take a single trip through the cart to buy “Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion” now and pre-order “Take Control of Using Mountain Lion” for $20 (instead of the $30 list price). Use the link below, which puts both books into your cart.

We’ve enjoyed planning and preparing these Mountain Lion titles for you. It’s always especially nice to return to these particular ebooks, since we launched the Take Control series in 2003 with the 10.3 Panther editions of these titles. As always, we appreciate your questions and constructive comments, and your support. We couldn’t do it without you!

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

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