Category: Articles and Books

‘Meet the iPad & iPad mini’ ebook now available, just $2.99

Shortly after I wrapped up the manuscript for my book The iPad Air & iPad mini Pocket Guide, Fifth Edition, I updated the best-selling short ebook spinoff that Peachpit and I have released for several editions. That title is now available as a $2.99 ebook: Meet the iPad & iPad mini. It’s the perfect introduction ...

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Two Mac Articles to Share: Mac at 30 and OmniOutliner 4

Two Mac-related articles of mine were published this week: My latest Practical Mac column at the Seattle Times celebrates the 30th (!!) birthday of the Macintosh, looking back at the original model and how much of its appearance and influence have continued to the present: Mac is still with us, even thriving 30 years later. ...

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iPad for Photographers featured in Amazon’s ‘Resources for New Photographers’

Amazon.com has created a new Featured Reading List called “Resources for New Photographers,” and my book appears along with a host of great company (McNally, Kelby, Arena, Batdorf, Foster, and others). All nine books look good—I’ve read about half of them, and several ‘Snapshots to Great Shots’ titles appear on the list. Go check them ...

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FruitJuice and laptop battery life in my latest Seattle Times column

Does your MacBook or MacBook Pro spend most of its time plugged into a power outlet? If so, you’re not exercising the laptop’s battery enough and are reducing its lifespan. That’s even more important now that MacBook models built since 2009 include built-in batteries that are not swappable. In my latest Seattle Times column, I ...

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I just gave away 5 copies of The iPad for Photographers ebook

Giving stuff away feels good, even after Christmas, and I’m happy to say that five of my readers just received codes good for downloading the ebook copy of The iPad for Photographers, Second Edition! My continued thanks to the folks at Peachpit Press for providing the codes and to the readers who signed up already ...

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Support Good People, 2013

As 2013 wraps up, and especially now that it’s a week before Christmas, I’m sure you’re getting pitches from all directions for products and services to spend your money on. I certainly am. I retweet and share things on Twitter and Facebook and Google+, but that’s just as scattershot. So I’m trying something new that ...

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The OS X Mavericks Pocket Guide: It’s a Book!

Just in time for the holidays, my latest book The OS X Mavericks Pocket Guide is now available! I received my author copies last week, which means that the print edition is either available now or is about to be on the shelves at fine booksellers near you. The ebook is available now from Amazon.com, ...

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Ebook Deal of the Week: 50% Off The iPad for Photographers

[Alas, the deal has expired. However, you can still get the 45% off print books using the code CMPRI2013 and up to 60% off ebooks and videos using the code CMDIG2013 for Peachpit’s Cyber Monday deals.] For this week only, The iPad for Photographers, Second Edition is Peachpit’s Ebook of the Week! Get the book ...

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How to Make a Bootable OS X Mavericks Install Drive

OS X Mavericks is now available—for free!—and one of the most important tasks you can do is to create a bootable install drive. Now that OS X arrives only as a download, there’s no backup DVD to use if your Mac goes south. Yes, the Recovery HD is there (hold Command-R at startup), but what ...

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Back in Seattle, Back to Work

Yesterday was my first full day back after 10 days of a spectacular photography workshop in Oregon, and I quickly had to settle into the everyday routine of house and work. (On the work side, it was mostly catching up.) I think waking up every day at 5 am also took its toll, because after ...