July 7, 2011
New Ebooks from TidBITS
Take Control of TextExpander|
by Michael E Cohen
Cohen helps readers take full advantage of the power of TextExpander 3, an
award-winning text expansion utility from Smile with a 5-star rating in the Mac App Store. He first teaches TextExpander newbies how to create "snippets" of text (like an address) that can be inserted into text in nearly any application by typing a short abbreviation (for example, addd). Once readers are comfortable with TextExpander's core controls and options, Cohen explains TextExpander's sophisticated options for inserting and working with snippets, including how to use snippets on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch using Smile's TextExpander touch app.
Readers will also learn how to:
The book was created in partnership with Smile, enabling Cohen to
receive answers to technical questions and get insider insight into
typical questions asked by TextExpander users.
- Include the clipboard contents in a TextExpander snippet expansion.
- Make a TextExpander abbreviation that expands into a fill-in form.
- Work with formatted text and pictures in snippets.
- Create snippets that do date and time math.
- Automatically fix capitalization errors.
- Make snippets that contain other snippets.
- Share snippets among multiple Macs using MobileMe or Dropbox.
- Construct snippets that run AppleScripts or Unix commands.
- Get and use optional snippet groups created by Smile and others to
insert special characters, auto-correct misspelled text, insert HTML
and CSS tags, and more.
Greg Scown, Smile founder, said "We're excited about this new book. He brings the same expertise, wit, and patience to exploring TextExpander as he did for
PDFpen 5. Take Control and Michael have produced another great ebook, and we're thrilled to have it available for TextExpander users."
Take Control of Scrivener 2|
by Kirk McElhearn
Using Melville's Moby-Dick as his exemplar, McElhearn pilots writers
through the process of using Scrivener for a writing project. Ports of
call on this voyage include:
Sprinkled throughout the book are testimonials from published authors
who have embraced Scrivener, including David Hewson, James Fallows,
Jason Snell, Jeff Abbott, and Michael Marshall Smith.
- Set up: Readers begin their journey by adding reference materials to a
Scrivener project for easy access, including videos, audio files,
PDFs, and Web resources. They also learn how to import bits of writing
from elsewhere using a variety of methods.
- Organizing: McElhearn guides writers through the capabilities of
Scrivener's Outliner, Corkboard, Collections, and Binder to help them
assemble content whether they want to work linearly, in a more organic
experimental way, or in a combination of the two approaches.
- Composing: McElhearn shows readers how to eliminate distractions with
Full Screen mode, and how Typewriter Scrolling can keep writing
focused at the center of the screen, not the bottom. He explains how
to work on one section while easily referring to others, and he
introduces the powerful Scrivenings view, with which readers can
follow and compose one thread of a complex interlocking narrative, no
matter if it is broken up into multiple sections, scenes, or chapters
in the final manuscript.
- Revising: McElhearn surveys Scrivener's revision marking feature and
its useful snapshot capability, explaining how writers can use
snapshots to compare the effect of different revision strategies,
while still being able to roll back to a previous version.
- Submitting and publishing: As the journey comes to an end, McElhearn
demonstrates how writers can assemble their work into a final
manuscript that can be printed or converted to a common file format
suitable for submission to an editor, publisher, or associate (formats
include RTF, Microsoft Word, Final Draft, PDF, and EPUB).
"Take Control of Scrivener 2 provides a great introduction to the
program for those just starting out with it, along with advice for
experienced Scrivener users looking to dig deeper," said Keith Blount,
Scrivener's developer. "If you're looking to get the most out of the
program's features, the book summarises the functions you'll use the
most, taking you all the way from initial project setup to compiling
and formatting your draft for publication, printing, or submission."
For review copies or more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Take Control Ebooks
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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