||Want to take control of upgrading to OS 10.3 Panther? Check out the innovative and affordable new Take Control electronic book series from Adam and Tonya Engst of TidBITs. Take Control ebooks are professionally produced mini-books by Mac experts on timely Mac topics. The titles are published directly to PDF format, which speeds them to your Mac without the delays of print publishing. Because theyre published electronically, titles can swiftly updated. The Take Control series leverages the capabilities of the Internet in ways that could well change the face of tech publishing.
The first two titles in the series are Take Control of Upgrading to Panther by Joe Kissell (65 pages) and Take Control of Customizing Panther by Matt Neuburg (55 pages). Kissells book gives invaluable step-by-step instructions for upgrading to Panther as well as troubleshooting help and tips for avoiding trouble in the first place. Neuburgs book offers undocumented Panther details and helps you create shortcuts and customize your installation, Finder windows, Exposé, Font menus and more. Each is well worth the modest $5 cost.
Take Control titles are purchased through the TidBITs website via eSellerate online ordering service. Both books I purchased were ready for downloading within a few minutes of placing my order. Books arrive in the form of trim PDF files that can be read on your Mac using the free Acrobat Reader softwareno specialized software required. The books print out nicely if you prefer a hard copy. However, reading on an internet-connected Mac allows you to take full advantage the books internal and web hyperlinks: selections of internet-style clickable text that jump you to related topics within the book and on the internet. Bill Atkinson, the creator of HyperCard, would be proud.
Just three weeks after the first two Take Control titles were published, updated versions of both books were issued ( free to current owners), covering late-breaking developments. Thats impressive customer service under any circumstance, and for a $5 investment, its simply amazing.