We have once again joined forces with the makers of some of the best Mac apps for a simple, gimmick-free sale. Through 8 July 2016, you can save 25 percent on all Take Control titles, each going far beyond simple articles to help you in a variety of ways:
Get more out of your apps: We want to make you better at what you do, perhaps via our books about group messaging phenomenon Slack or recently updated titles covering favorites like 1Password, Audio Hijack, Dropbox, and PDFpen. We also focus on Apple’s Photos and Mail apps, and provide comprehensive documentation of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
Make your Mac work better: Our friend Joe Kissell has just released some new and updated Joe On Tech titles that explain how you can back up, speed up, maintain, and troubleshoot your Mac.
Control your Apple devices with confidence: Apple’s hardware lineup has expanded far beyond the Mac, and our authors can help you set up, use, or solve problems with your iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, or Apple TV.
Stay current with Apple’s OSes and services: Whether it’s El Capitan or iCloud, iOS 9 or OS X Server, we have books that both explain the basics and delve into Apple’s latest changes.
The SummerFest sale also includes a curated collection of 14 apps, some of which we rely on daily. If you take your writing seriously, do yourself a favor and invest in the tools that let you most effectively convey your ideas to the world:
You can plot out the chronology of any story with Aeon Timeline.
Every TidBITS article is edited in the powerful text editor BBEdit.
If references are essential in your writing, check out Bookends for help with collecting, annotating, curating, and citing published information.
DEVONthink Pro Office is a superb tool for storing notes and research materials, and it’s a key part of Joe Kissell’s paperless office strategy.
Build precise searches and find your files faster with HoudahSpot.
For long, complex documents and macro-driven text, the word processor Nisus Writer Pro is unparalleled — we rely on it for all Take Control books.
When it comes to editing PDFs, Smile’s PDFpen hits the sweet spot between Apple’s free Preview and Adobe’s pricey Acrobat Pro.
Literature & Latte’s Scapple helps you record and connect ideas, and Scrivener enables you to turn your research and ideas into a manuscript.
Create plain text to-do lists with the outlining capabilities of TaskPaper.
TextExpander saves you from typing out frequently used words and phrases, and Tonya and I both use it heavily.
Eastgate Systems’ Tinderbox helps you organize, plan, and map your thoughts, and Storyspace is the app in which I wrote my senior honors thesis about Hypertextual Fiction at Cornell University way back in 1989.
When you need to eliminate distractions while setting your thoughts down, try the minimalist writing environment WriteRoom.
For more information about each app and to take advantage of the 25 percent discount, visit the main SummerFest page. Make sure you use the SUMMERFEST2016 coupon code when ordering.
Thanks for supporting Take Control and these artisanal software developers!