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Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations

You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

 
 

Take Control News: Five Ebooks Launch You into Leopard: Save 30%!

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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is finally here, and we can now share with you the fruits of an incredible amount of work over the last few months: five of our most popular ebooks completely updated for Leopard, all available right now. You can get help upgrading to Leopard, customizing all of Leopard's new features, sharing files much more elegantly than in the past, managing your fonts with Leopard's new font activation capabilities, setting up user accounts, and much more.

To the thousands of you who pre-ordered our Leopard ebooks, thanks! You can now click the Check for Updates link (or red starburst) on your pre-order PDFs to download the full versions. If you haven't yet ordered, we have three options for you:

  1. Buy just the ebooks you want individually. They're all $10, except for the 217-page "Take Control of Fonts in Leopard," which is $15. If you've bought the Tiger or Panther versions of any of these ebooks, click the Check for Updates button in your copy to save 20%.
  2. Buy our core "Take Control of Upgrading to Leopard" and "Take Control of Customizing Leopard" titles for $15, saving 25%. This bundle is linked on the left side of these books' pages on the Take Control Web site.
  3. Buy our "I Love Leopard" bundle of all five ebooks - over 650 pages in all! - for only $38.50, saving 30% off the cover price. Again, the bundle is accessible from the left side of each book's Web page.

You can read more about each of the ebooks on our Web site, but in short:

  • "Take Control of Upgrading to Leopard" is the latest edition of the title that launched Take Control back in 2003 with Panther. In it, Joe Kissell shares his hard-won advice about the best ways to install, test your installation, troubleshoot problems, get going in Leopard, and more.
  • "Take Control of Customizing Leopard" provides a tour of new and revamped features in Leopard by the ever-opinionated Matt Neuburg. Matt demystifies Time Machine, shows you how to use Spaces effectively, and explains why Spotlight in Leopard is so much improved over Tiger.
  • "Take Control of Users & Accounts in Leopard" describes different types of accounts in Leopard, which ones are right for the different people who use your Mac, how to share files between accounts, and what you can limit with new features in Leopard's parental controls. Kirk McElhearn also explains how to create and use a troubleshooting account should problems crop up.
  • "Take Control of Sharing Files in Leopard" makes file sharing easy between two Macs, among a mixed-platform office workgroup, or between far-flung computers on the Internet. Wi-Fi guru Glenn Fleishman explains each of Leopard's file sharing technologies and helps you connect to file servers from a variety of major operating systems.
  • "Take Control of Fonts in Leopard" explains everything you need to know about how fonts work in Mac OS X and what has changed with Leopard. In particular, veteran Mac author Sharon Zardetto looks at Leopard's new and updated fonts, along with Leopard's new font activation capabilities, font previewing via Cover Flow, and font sample printing.

 

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