Leopard has been out for three months now, giving us time to explore its quirks and figure out where Leopard users need help. Whether you want help with Time Machine, need to put your Mac on a regular maintenance schedule to avoid problems, or could use some guidance on how to use Leopard’s marquee features, we have new ebooks for you.
Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard — Written by Joe Kissell, author of the massively popular “Take Control of Mac OS X Backups,” this concise ebook explains how to create a complete Leopard backup system with archives, a bootable duplicate, and offsite backups, but without significant effort. If you’d like to know how buy and prepare a backup drive, if you want to make (and recover data from) reliable backups in Leopard, then this ebook is for you. “Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard” covers the ins and outs of Time Machine, and it also looks at seven cases where Time Machine doesn’t cut the mustard. (We’re giving this ebook away for free to owners of the second edition of “Take Control of Mac OS X Backups;” click that book’s Check for Updates link to download your free copy.) $10, 83 pages.
Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac — The best way to avoid problems with your Mac is through regular maintenance, and we’re not talking a cursory clearing of your Desktop and swipe at the dust on your screen. In the latest version of “Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac,” best-selling author Joe Kissell has returned to the topic of how to keep your Mac – whether it’s running Tiger or Leopard – running at peak performance. All of his recommendations have now been updated to account for changes in Leopard and for the latest helpful utility software. Joe provides daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules for how to best do preventative maintenance under Leopard or Tiger, helping you keep your Mac running smoothly and efficiently. The ebook also helps you monitor your Mac’s health, find and remove unnecessary large files from your disk, keep your software updated, clear your caches, and much more. The update is free for the thousands of people who benefited from the original version; click the Check for Updates button to download it. $10, 87 pages.
Macworld Total Leopard Superguide — This visually appealing new ebook from our friends at Macworld provides an overview of a huge collection of new features in Leopard, teaching you how to be more productive and have more fun along the way. In the “Macworld Total Leopard Superguide,” you’ll find a compendium of savvy information about getting the most out of what’s new in Leopard, whether you want to navigate the Finder faster, search Spotlight more effectively, automate your applications with Automator, share screens with others, or use core applications like Safari, iChat, Mail, and iCal. Contributors include several Take Control authors: Glenn Fleishman, Ted Landau, Joe Kissell, and Kirk McElhearn, along with a who’s-who of other well-known writers. $12.95, 92 pages.