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Prep for El Capitan Now with Take Control Books

Here we go again! Apple plans to release OS X 10.11 El Capitan this fall with under-the-hood improvements aimed at increasing performance and zapping bugs, along with changes to the Finder and core Apple apps (for details, see “Snow in Yosemite: Apple Introduces OS X 10.11 El Capitan,” 8 June 2015). Because it’s only a matter of time before your Mac starts nagging you to upgrade to El Capitan, we have the early-bird release of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan” available now and Scholle McFarland’s “El Capitan: A Take Control Crash Course” available for pre-order. If you want to get ready in advance, either book is available now for 20 percent off, or you can save 30 percent on both. These discounts will expire once El Capitan ships.

Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan” is the ninth installment in our long-running series of “Upgrading” titles. In this 74-page early-bird version, Joe helps you with hardware and software compatibility, problem prevention, prepping your drive, and picking the best installation method. Whether you’ll be upgrading from the 10.11 El Capitan public beta or from 10.4 Tiger — or anything in between — he coaches you through making a bootable duplicate of your main drive and gives you pointers for eliminating digital clutter and handling last-minute preparations. Until El Capitan ships, the ebook is 20 percent off, dropping the $15 price to $12.

Once Apple releases El Capitan, we’ll publish a version 1.1 update with full installation steps, post-installation advice, troubleshooting help, and more. Look for “Meet Me Back Here on Upgrade Day” in the ebook to learn how to get the free 1.1 update, or just watch for an email message with direct download links.

El Capitan: A Take Control Crash Course” will — once it ships — help you explore changes in the Finder and new features in apps like Safari and Notes, and update your know-how of key Apple technologies, including notifications, iMessage, Handoff, iCloud Drive, AirPlay, AirDrop, and Family Sharing. You’ll also find directions for working with Finder tags and Finder window tabs, plus special topics on user accounts and troubleshooting. As with all our Crash Courses, this book is designed to make it easy to dip in and read quickly, picking just those topics that interest you. During the pre-order period, you’ll save 20 percent, making the $10 cover price only $8.

When you pre-order this ebook, you’ll download a one-page PDF. After Apple makes the official release of El Capitan available, you’ll be able to click a button in the PDF to get the full ebook (in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket formats) and start learning about El Capitan. We’ll also send you email with download links.

If you want both books — for assistance in upgrading and then learning El Capitan’s new features — you can get them in a bundle for 30 percent off (this link puts the books right in your cart). The discount drops the combined list price of $25 down to $17.50.

Thanks for supporting Joe and Scholle — they do great work in bringing you high quality, in-depth content!


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Comments about Prep for El Capitan Now with Take Control Books
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Karen Kirtland  2015-09-07 18:31
Thank you for all of that, but my primary complaint with annual upgrades is the sheer cost of all the other software I have to upgrade to keep up with the latest and greatest Apple software. The last upgrade I did to Mavericks cost me over $1,500 in new software that I have to have to run my business. I didn't even try to buy pricier items like Adobe Acrobat, and some of the programs simply weren't even available anymore. Other than safety, what could possibly be worth the upgrade and accompanying additional costs of the other software?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2015-09-08 11:40
I don't yet have a sense of how much software will be broken by El Capitan. RoaringApps is a good site to check for that.