Adam Engst

Adam C. Engst

Adam C. Engst is the publisher of TidBITS and the TidBITS Content Network. He has written numerous technical books, including Take Control of Preview and the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and many magazine articles—thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and Macworld. He has been turned into an action figure.

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Andy Affleck

Andy J. Williams Affleck built Dartmouth College’s first website in 1993, created the original website for the sitcom Friends, and started a virtual community that’s still around over 25 years later. When he’s not producing podcasts, he’s a Technical Account Manager for Automattic by day and an actor/director and executive director of Rhode Island’s Swamp Meadow Community Theatre by night.

Andy Baird

A Macophile since 1984, Andy Baird has taught about Macs, written about them (including The Macintosh Dictionary), written software for them, and spent way too much of his adult life sitting in front of them. Andy lives and travels in his motorhome, "Skylark," keeping in touch via satellite Internet.

Arnie Keller

Arnie Keller is a professor of Professional Writing at the University of Victoria, where he teaches about Web design, electronic expression, and Web-based documentation. He has written several books on technical writing and has contributed articles about Web authoring tools to MacWEEK and MacUser.

Brian Tanaka

Brian Tanaka has worked for a variety of companies including the Well, SGI, Intuit, Nintendo, and RealNetworks. Today, his own company, Martingale-Oak LLC, provides Unix and open source technologies consulting. His articles have appeared in Linux Journal and Sysadmin Magazine.

Charles Edge

Charles Edge

Charles Edge has written 14 books and over 4,000 blog posts on technology, with a focus on large-scale systems and server management. When he started writing this book, he was a partner and the chief technology officer of 318, a national consultancy and managed services provider with a focus on Apple’s platforms. Charles then joined JAMF Software as the product manager for Bushel. Charles is now the Director of Professional Services at JAMF Software. When not playing with computers at work, he can probably be found at home tinkering with computers for fun.

Clark Humphrey

Clark Humphrey is editor of the Belltown Messenger, a Seattle newspaper, as well as a former staff writer for The Stranger and The Comics Journal. He wrote, among other things, the 1995 book Loser: The Real Seattle Music Story, available from his website. (His site was a blog years before the word was coined.)

Dan Moren

Dan Moren is one of the two main writers on Six Colors. He and Jason Snell worked together for many years at Macworld. Dan finished his Macworld career as a Senior Editor and is now a freelancer. Dan and Jason co-host the [Clockwise podcast]( He regularly appears on The Incomparable and co-hosts The Rebound podcast.

Glenn Fleishman

Glenn Fleishman

Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, Fast Company, and Increment. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. He spent 2019 and 2020 building 100 tiny type museums full of real printing artifacts. Glenn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

Jason Snell

Jason Snell

Jason Snell has been writing about Apple since it was doomed—1994, to be exact—and was the lead editor for Macworld for more than a decade. He also oversaw editorial operations for PCWorld, TechHive, and Greenbot. He currently writes about technology at, and hosts the Upgrade and Download podcasts at, and produces and hosts many other podcasts at

Jeff Carlson

Jeff Carlson

Jeff Carlson is a contributing editor of TidBITS, a frequent contributor to Macworld and DPReview, and the author of best-selling books on the Mac, digital photography, and, in earlier incarnations, web design and Palm organizers. He consumes almost too much coffee. Almost.

Jeff Porten

Jeff Porten has 25 years of experience as an independent consultant to small businesses and nonprofits, concentrating on information technologies, business planning, and personal and organizational workflow management.

Jeff Tolbert

Jeff Tolbert is a composer and musician living in Seattle. He is currently writing music for advertising and video games in the comfort of his home studio. He plays bass for several Seattle acts, as well as guitar, piano, ukulele, trombone, percussion instruments, and household objects. He wishes he had an extra $200,000 so he could buy all the gear on his wish list. Jeff’s blog is Film Scoring.Info.

Joe Kissell

Joe Kissell

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He formerly wrote for publications such as Macworld, Wirecutter, and TidBITS. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife, his two children, and his cat.

Josh Centers

Josh Centers

Josh Centers is the managing editor of TidBITS and a freelance writer who has written for Macworld, the Magazine, Boing Boing, and the Sweethome. He has been featured on Daring Fireball, the Loop, TUAW, and Scientific American, and is a frequent guest on MacVoices. He lives in Tennessee with his wife, Hannah, and their three children.

Karen G. Anderson

Karen G. Anderson is a former magazine editor and arts writer who worked for 6 years at Apple—initially as a writer for the iReview webzine, and later as a writer for the iTunes Music Store, producer for Apple’s iCards, and managing editor of .Mac (the forerunner of MobileMe).

Karen lives in Seattle, where she now works as a web content writer and strategist, writes science fiction, and studies yoga. She blogs at iPhone 4 Tips and at

Kirk McElhearn

Kirk McElhearn

Kirk McElhearn writes about Apple hardware and software, books, music, and more. As a Senior Contributor to Macworld for more than 15 years, he wrote hundreds of articles, including the Ask the iTunes Guy column. He is a regular contributor to The Mac Security Blog, the Literature & Latte blog, where he writes about their writing app Scrivener, and TidBITS, as well as several other websites and magazines. He is co-host of several podcasts, including The Next Track, a podcast about how people listen to music today, and Write Now with Scrivener. Visit his website Kirkville.

Laurence Chen

Laurence Chen is a professional photographer and adjunct faculty member teaching photography at Seattle Pacific University. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Sunset Magazine, America 24/7, and many other places.


Take Control Books previously sold the Macworld Superguide series, which was written by Macworld contributors including Karissa Bell, Chris Breen, Serenity Caldwell, Alexandra Chang, Jason Cook, David Chartier, Lauren Crabbe, Jim Dalrymple, Jackie Dove, Glenn Fleishman, Dan Frakes, Lex Friedman, Adam Goldstein, Michael Gowan, Rob Griffiths, Jim Heid, Mat Honan, Andy Ihnatko, Dave Johnson, Heather Kelly, Joe Kissell, Greg Knauss, Ted Laudau, Roman Loyola, Kirk McElhearn, Scott McNulty, Dan Miller, Sarah Milstein, Dan Moren, Tim Moynihan, Chris Pepper, Rich Mogull, Michael Scalisi, Jon Seff, Derrick Story, Marco Tabini, Gina Trapani, Ben Waldie, Bill Wiecking, Leah Yamshon, and Sharon Zardetto.

Matt Neuburg

Matt Neuburg is a TidBITS contributing editor and the author of several books about Apple software, including Programming iOS 4. He has been programming computers for 45 years, and has written popular Mac and iOS freeware such as MemoryStick and the TidBITS News app.

Michael Cohen

Michael E. Cohen

Michael E. Cohen has taught English composition, worked as a programmer for NASA’s Deep Space Network, helped develop the first commercial ebooks at the Voyager Company, and co-founded a major university’s Humanities computing center. He has authored several books, including Apple Interface Mysteries, Take Control of PDFpen, Take Control of Pages, and Take Control of TextExpander.

Robyn Weisman

Robyn Weisman

Robyn Weisman is a longtime technology writer, mostly focused on the enterprise IT space. She fell into technology writing as a way to support herself after graduating from film school and discovered that it was something she liked doing for its own sake.

After working as a freelance copywriter for general IT and cybersecurity companies, Robyn is now senior content writer at Venafi, a cybersecurity company focused on managing and protecting SSL/TLS, SSH, and other types of machine identities.

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Rosemary Orchard

Rosemary Orchard is the cohost of Automators, an automation-themed podcast on Relay FM with David Sparks, and Nested Folders, an independent productivity podcast with Scotty Jackson. She also writes for MacStories and The Sweet Setup, and produces videos for ScreenCasts ONLINE.

When she isn’t writing, she’s busy eating chocolate and planning world domination with Shortcuts.

Sam Sellers

Sam Sellers has been covering the airline industry with news and commentary in his blog, Airline Bulletin, since 2004.

Scholle McFarland

Scholle McFarland

Scholle McFarland has been covering the Mac since 1996 as an editor at MacUser magazine and then Macworld. During that time, she witnessed Apple transform from everyone’s favorite “doomed” company to everyone’s actually favorite company and is still amazed by the whole thing.

When she’s not working, Scholle (“Sholly”) likes to hang out with her family, friends, and many animals in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

Scott Knaster

Scott Knaster has been writing about Macs for as long as there have been Macs. Scott’s Mac programming books were required reading for Mac developers for more than a decade. A regular speaker at Mac industry conferences, Scott writes books for non-programmers too, including Hacking Mac OS X Tiger and Mac Toys (with John Rizzo). Scott has every issue of MAD magazine, which explains a lot about him.

Sharon Zardetto

Sharon Zardetto has been writing about the Macintosh professionally since 1984, including nearly a thousand articles in Macintosh magazines and over 20 books. She’s best known for writing several editions of The Macintosh Bible, along with The Mac Almanac.

Steve Sande

Steve Sande is a Mac consultant with Raven Solutions, LLC and has worked with Macs since 1984. Steve’s writing can be found almost daily on The Unofficial Apple Weblog, where he also hosts the weekly TUAW TV Live video podcast.

Ted Landau

Thanks to books like Sad Macs, Bombs & Other Disasters, innumerable magazine articles, and the founding of MacFixIt, Ted Landau has become the undisputed guru of Macintosh troubleshooting. He is also a professor emeritus of psychology and in 1984 was the U.S. National Othello Champion.

Tom Negrino

Tom Negrino was the author of more than 40 books, covering such diverse topics as Dreamweaver, JavaScript, Keynote, Microsoft Office, CSS, and more. He was a longtime contributor to Macworld and other magazines. He lived in the Sonoma wine country with his wife and frequent collaborator, Dori Smith, until his death in 2017.

Tonya Engst

Tonya Engst

Tonya Engst co-founded the TidBITS online publication in 1990 with Adam Engst. She also co-founded the Take Control Books series with Adam in 2003 and saw the series through its early years, working with many talented authors and editors to add hundreds of titles and to create a process that could easily produce PDF and EPUB/Mobipocket formatted ebooks from the same WYSIWYG manuscript. Tonya was editor-in-chief of the Take Control series from 2003–2017.