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Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course

Joe Kissell

Find solutions for sharing in today’s ecosystem of devices, servers, and collaborators. Sharing is messy, because everyone wants something different. That’s why this may be our most important book, and why we are so grateful to Joe Kissell for describing how to share nearly everything—files, contacts, calendars, passwords, photos, videos, printers, iTunes Store media, and more—in nearly every imaginable situation.

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Beyond keeping track of what’s new in the latest operating system is the larger problem facing most of us—how to work effectively in today’s ecosystem of devices, servers, and collaborators. Frankly, sharing with other people and devices is messy, because everyone wants something different. That’s why this may be our most important book, and why we are so grateful to Joe Kissell for taking on the challenge of describing how to share nearly everything you can think of in nearly every imaginable situation.

Here are just a few of the gems in this book:

  • How iCloud Photo Sharing and My Photo Stream are entirely different
  • How to share photos fleetingly, privately, permanently, or with your fridge
  • The best ways to sync a project’s worth of files with others
  • Services to provide ubiquitous access to your own files across devices
  • Quick ways to make a file available for download by anyone
  • How to share calendars with others, whether or not they use iCloud
  • A tutorial on enabling Family Sharing
  • Tweaky workarounds for contact sharing, which is surprisingly difficult
  • How to rip a DVD to your MacBook Air using an older Mac’s SuperDrive
  • How to turn your iPhone or Mac into a Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Ways of watching your uncle work remotely, as you help him with iTunes
  • Approaches to syncing Web browser bookmarks and tabs with multiple devices
  • How to securely share a collection of passwords with someone else

The list of essential but often frustrating tasks goes on and on, and the solutions go way beyond what Apple offers, so the book does too.

Non-Apple products mentioned include 1Password, AirFoil, Air Login, BitTorrent Sync, CargoLifter, CloudyTabs, Dropbox, Exchange, Facebook, Firefox, Flickr, Google+, Google Calendar, Google Chrome, Google Docs, handyPrint, Instagram, LastPass, Outlook, Pandora, PhotoCard, PowerPhotos, Printopia, Reflector, ScreenFlow, Spotify, SyncMate, Transporter, Twitter, Xmarks, and more.

And, thanks to the Take Control Crash Course format, you can jump right to the chapter that answers your question, without having to read through lots of other information — as part of our Crash Course series, this book provides the first-rate content you expect from us in short chunks so you can dip in and read quickly. Because so many Take Control readers give tech support to others, each concise chapter has sharing buttons and practical tweet-tips, making it easy to share a few pages with Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and others who need the info. Crash Courses have a modern, magazine-like layout in PDF while retaining a reflowable design in the EPUB and Mobipocket versions.

Joe Kissell

About 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.

What’s New in Version 1.3

This book contains numerous small changes that reflect the latest versions of OS X, iOS, and various apps and services. The most significant changes are these:

  • Renamed and rearranged the chapters Sync Photos and Videos across Devices and Sync a Photo Library across Devices, and updated them to cover Photos and iCloud Photo Library on all supported platforms

  • Updated the coverage of Photos and iCloud Photo Sharing, as well as the instructions for viewing photo albums on a 4th-generation Apple TV, in Broadcast and Share Photo Albums

  • Revised the instructions for using Dropbox and BitTorrent Sync in Sync Folders with Others

  • Updated various details of using Dropbox and iCloud Drive, including the new iCloud Drive app for iOS, in Broadcast Download Links

  • Modified Share Documents with Others to reflect changes in the user interface for sharing with iWork and Google Drive apps

  • Updated the instructions for using Google Chrome for iOS, and added instructions for the new iOS version of Firefox, in both Broadcast Browser Tabs to Other Devices and Sync Browser Bookmarks across Devices

  • Added a sidebar about 1Password for Teams in Sync Passwords with Others

  • Removed Rdio and Beats Music from Send Radio Stations to Others

  • Updated Broadcast an iTunes Library in Your Home to include the 4th-generation Apple TV

What operating systems does this book expect that I am running on my devices?

All the techniques in this book work with OS X 10.10 Yosemite and 10.11 El Capitan, iOS 8 and iOS 9, or any combination. Many also work with older versions of the two operating systems—perhaps with minor modifications. Joe doesn’t spell out those differences or compatibility issues, but in general, the older your version of OS X or iOS, the less likely you’ll find that everything works as described.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Digital Sharing Quick Start
  • Sync Photo Libraries across Devices
  • Sync Photos and Videos across Devices
  • Send Photos and Videos to Others
  • Broadcast and Share Photo Albums
  • Choose a File Sharing Method
  • Use OS X File Sharing
  • Sync Files and Folders across Devices
  • Sync Folders with Others
  • Broadcast Download Links
  • Send Files to Others
  • Share Documents with Others
  • Send Contacts to Others
  • Sync Contacts across Devices
  • Sync Contacts with Others
  • Broadcast Calendar Events
  • Sync Calendars and Reminders across Devices
  • Sync Calendars and Reminders with Others
  • Sync Email across Devices
  • Share Optical Discs with Other Macs
  • Share Printers on Your Local Network
  • Share Your iOS Device’s Internet Connection
  • Share Your Mac’s Internet Connection
  • Broadcast and Share Your Mac’s Screen
  • Broadcast Your iOS Device’s Screen
  • Broadcast Audio from Your iOS Device
  • Share iPhone Calls and Texts across Devices
  • Broadcast Browser Tabs to Other Devices
  • Sync Browser Bookmarks across Devices
  • Send Web Links to Others
  • Sync Passwords across Devices
  • Sync Passwords with Others
  • Use iCloud Family Sharing
  • Broadcast and Share Games and Game Stats
  • Send Radio Stations to Others
  • Send iTunes Playlists to Others
  • Broadcast an iTunes Library in Your Home
  • Share Tasks among Devices with Handoff
  • About This Book
  • Joe Shares Sharing Techniques on MacVoices

    Posted by Michael E. Cohen on October 31, 2014

    No Mac is an island, and neither is an iPhone or iPad. But figuring out how to get all your silicon-based pals to share your stuff with whom you want (and not with whom you don’t want) can be confusing if you don’t have a guide. Happily for all of us, Joe has put together just such a guide, and he shares some of its secrets with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices. Let us share that interview with you.

    December 18, 2015 — Now that we've updated this title for iOS 9, 10.11 El Capitan, and tvOS on the 4th-generation Apple TV, we don't have any immediate plans to update it again. Of course, we'll keep an eye on changes that may arrive in future Apple updates and if we do schedule another update, I'll tell you about it here.

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