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September 2, 2009

Take Control of Snow Leopard--Two New Ebooks from TidBITS: Two new Take Control ebooks help readers upgrade to Snow Leopard and explore its new features

Ithaca, NY—As Mac users queue up to purchase Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, they'll be able to prepare for the upgrade with a pair of new ebooks: Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard (TidBITS, $10 USD) and Take Control of Exploring & Customizing Snow Leopard (TidBITS, $15 USD). Many thousands of Mac users have relied on the previous editions of these ebooks to upgrade and get started with Panther, Tiger, and Leopard.


Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard by Joe Kissell

Installing a major upgrade to Mac OS X can be stressful, but in this 81-page book, award-winning author Joe Kissell helps readers upgrade calmly and successfully with clear, expert steps developed over innumerable test installations.

Readers will learn how to evaluate if their Mac's hardware and software are ready to run Snow Leopard, create a bootable duplicate as insurance against upgrading woes, understand what the installer will do, run the installer, perform post-installation tweaks, and solve problems that might arise. The book is available at TakeControlBooks.com in both PDF ($10) and print ($19.99) formats.


Take Control of Exploring & Customizing Snow Leopard by Matt Neuburg

Although Apple focused on performance and stability with Snow Leopard, key features also received attention. In this 165-page book, author Matt Neuburg takes readers on a tour of Snow Leopard's major features, explaining the basics and pointing out subtle, yet important changes from how things worked previously.

Readers will get expert advice on quick navigation and consistent organization of files and folders, and they'll learn the ins and outs of working with Spotlight, Time Machine, Software Update, Services, Dashboard, the Dock, Exposé, and Spaces. The book also teaches users how to type special characters or in another language entirely, manage fonts, customize the menu bar, set up keyboard and trackpad shortcuts, configure Internet helpers, and much more. The book is available at TakeControlBooks.com in both PDF ($15) and print ($27.99) formats.

For a review copy or more information please email takecontrolpr@oreilly.com.

Additional Resources:
For more information about Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781933671994/

For more information about Take Control of Exploring and Customizing Snow Leopard, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781933671642/


Take Control of Exploring & Customizing Snow Leopard
Publisher: TidBITS
Joe Kissell
Take Control of Exploring & Customizing Snow Leopard,
EBook format, 165 pages, free 30-page sample available
EBook Price: $15.00 USD
ISBN: 9781933671994



Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard
Publisher: TidBITS
Matt Neuburg
Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard,
EBook format, 81 pages, free 30-page sample available
EBook Price: $10.00 USD
ISBN: 9781933671642



About TidBITS
The Take Control series is published by TidBITS Publishing Inc. TidBITS co-founders Adam and Tonya Engst have been publishing highly regarded news and editorial since 1990 when they created the online newsletter TidBITS, which covers Macintosh- and Internet-related topics. The Take Control series has helped many thousands of readers with high-quality, timely, real-world, cost-effective documentation since 2003.

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