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New series launched: 100 Top Tips

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100 Top Tips is a new sub-series from In Easy Steps, created to address the need for quick reference guides to get more out of today’s digital lifestyle. These handy guides provide tips on using fast-changing technology easily and safely, and make ideal gifts for friends and family!

The first two titles have just been published and are available to buy NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of only £3.99 each – more titles will be added to the series later in the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100 Top Tips – Create Great Photos Using Your Smartphone contains tips covering all aspects of capturing, displaying and sharing photos on your phone.

These include:

  • Finding and using your phone’s camera settings so you can set up the camera exactly as you want
  • Using basic techniques that can instantly help you capture stunning photos
  • Looking at ways to improve the composition of your photos
  • Utilizing lighting conditions to get the best photos
  • Creating stunning portraits of family and friends
  • Releasing your artistic side with a range of creative options
  • Viewing buildings and architecture in a new way, to get the most effective photos
  • Capturing iconic shots of famous landmarks
  • Editing photos on your phone and also downloading them to a computer for more sophisticated editing to make them stand out from the crowd
  • Making sure your photos are safely backed up for safe keeping and sharing them with family and friends

ISBN: 9781840788686

108 pages (180 x 100 mm)

Special launch price £3.99 (RRP £5.99)

 

100 Top Tips – Stay Safe Online and Protect Your Privacy contains tips covering all aspects of staying as safe as possible in the online world.

These include:

  • Detailing the types of threats that are out there
  • Ensuring that passwords for all of your devices are as secure as possible
  • Identifying and avoiding common online scams and cons
  • Staying protected when using websites
  • Dealing with threats that can be contained within emails
  • Looking at general social media security threats
  • Understanding security issues related specifically to Facebook
  • Protecting yourself against identity theft
  • Keeping your money safe when using online banking
  • Using security options to keep children safe in the online world

ISBN: 9781840788679

108 pages (180 x 100 mm)

Special launch price £3.99 (RRP £5.99)

New release: Electronics in easy steps

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Learn how to design circuits, make your own printed circuit boards and explore the exciting world of electronics. 

For anyone with an inquisitive mind who wants to know how electricity and electronics works!

 

 

Ever wanted to know how things work, especially electronic devices? This informative guide tells you all about the building blocks that make up electronic circuits and the components that make an electronic device tick. It explains electronics in an easy to understand way and then takes you through some simple but useful circuits that you can build for yourself.

Areas covered include:

  • the basic fundamentals of electricity
  • getting started in electronics
  • electronic theory explained
  • resistors and capacitors – what they do
  • transistors – how they work
  • crystals and coils
  • basic electronic building blocks
  • simple circuits described and explained
  • how a radio works
  • designing simple circuits
  • circuit design software
  • making printed circuit boards
  • building electronic circuits
  • soldering techniques
  • test equipment
  • circuit testing and fault finding

 

 

Electronics in easy steps is ideal for anyone who has always wanted to know how electricity works and what electronic components do – from simple theory through to actually building, testing and troubleshooting useful and interesting circuits.

ISBN: 9781840787597

192 pages

 

 

New release: Start an Online Business in easy steps, 2nd edition

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Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of only £7.99 (RRP £11.99)

Shows you how to research, prepare and run your own online business – all in easy steps!

 

Start an Online  Business in easy steps, 2nd edition will show you how to research, prepare and run your own online business and will also give you the tools and the confidence to be able to explain to other staff members, clients, potential suppliers and of course customers, about what your online business is, and what it can do for them.

Now fully updated for today’s online market, it will guide you through:

  • Planning, registering, and financing your business.
  • Setting up your business online, and marketing it effectively.
  • Monetizing your site.
  • Managing and retaining customers.
  • The tricks of the trade to earn more from your website, and much more to make your site successful!

This book is intended for entrepreneurs, employees, employers, parents, students… in fact anyone interested in starting a business online no matter what their level of experience. It is for the non-techie who wants to be involved with every facet of setting up and running their own e-business.

Whether you have a great idea for an online business but don’t know where to start, or you’ve just launched your online shop and need to attract customers, this book is for you!

 

 

192 pages

ISBN: 9781840788600

Microsoft to withdraw support for Windows 7 in January 2020.

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Did you know that Microsoft is withdrawing support for Windows 7 in January 2020? If you or someone you know is still using a Windows 7 PC, now’s the time to prepare for upgrading to Windows 10. Our Windows 10 books will make the transition to the new operating system easier and smoother (and would make a perfect present for Father’s Day!).

 

Order by June 23rd, 2019 and use this coupon code at the checkout to get 20% discount: WIN10JUN19

 

Windows 10 in easy steps, 4th edition

Ideal for those wanting to get a grip quickly on Windows 10, and to get the most out of it.

Covers the April 2018 Update released April 30th, 2018.

ISBN: 978-1-84078-806-8

£11.99

 

 

 

 

 

Windows 10 for Seniors in easy steps, 3rd edition

Takes you through the essentials of Windows 10, a step at a time. Written with older citizens in mind, in larger print, it will get you up and running quickly.

Covers the April 2018 Update.

ISBN:  978-1-84078-811-2

£10.99

 

 

 

 

 

And if you’ve got to grips with Windows 10 and are ready to find out more about how you can get the best out of it, check out these titles too:

Windows 10 Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts in easy steps, 2nd edition

Over 1000 useful tips, tweaks and shortcuts that’ll help you to use your Windows 10 PC more efficiently. Covers the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

ISBN: 978-1-84078-748-1

£10.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows 10 in easy steps – Special Edition, 2nd edition

A comprehensive guide to Windows 10 – from the basics, to more advanced features and troubleshooting. A great investment for all Windows 10 users!

ISBN:  978-1-84078-755-9

£16.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about the support for Windows 7, visit the Microsoft website.

 

New release: Access in easy steps (illustrated using Access 2019)

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Demonstrates the important functions of Access, so you can get started quickly.

Illustrated using Access 2019

 

Access in easy steps 9781840788235Access in easy steps has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to anyone who wants to get more from the Microsoft Access app. Whether you’re using Access in the Office 365 suite or standalone Office product, you can use this guide to learn the key features and get more out of Access.

Learn how to:

  • Optimize database design for efficiency
  • Create Tables to store data
  • Use handy templates and get a head start
  • Make queries to extract specific data
  • Produce user-friendly Forms for data entry
  • Explore basic SQL for advanced queries
  • Construct informative Reports quickly
  • Import and export data to Excel and Word
  • Securely share your well-designed database and reports that’ll impress your colleagues!

Access 2019 in easy steps contains separate chapters on the major features of the Access app. There are complete examples that demonstrate each aspect of Access, together with screenshots that illustrate the actual output. This book neatly demonstrates the important functions of Microsoft Access in a clear and concise manner, so you can get going quickly with this popular database application.

 

 

ISBN: 9781840788235

192 pages

New release: Swift Programming in easy steps

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Available now from our online shop at the special launch price of only £7.99 (RRP £11.99).

 

Now, anyone can create apps for Apple devices!

Swift is very easy to learn and it’s more readable than most programming languages. It allows you to build applications for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac. Swift Programming in easy steps teaches you how to build iOS apps for iPhone and iPad from scratch using Swift 5. You don’t need any prior programming knowledge at all, and the book will walk you through the process of UI design, coding, all the way to publishing your apps to the App Store.

Learn:

  • Xcode: the free software to write apps in Swift.
  • Swift Playgrounds: the experimenting environment that lets you write code and see results instantly.
  • Firebase: Google’s mobile platform that lets you add functionality to your app.
  • SpriteKit: that gives you everything you’ll need to build 2D games.
  • ARKit: that allows you to create Augmented Reality experiences for your app users.

For anyone seeking to discover the easiest way to create apps for Apple devices.

Covers iOS 12 and Swift 5

 

 

 

 

ISBN: 9781840787771

Published: 8 May 2019

 

R for Data Analysis in easy steps – a 5 star review

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R for Data Analysis in easy steps by Mike McGrath was a new addition to the In Easy Steps range in 2018, and I Programmer has give it a 5-star review:

 

Audience: Would-be R programmers

Rating: 5

Reviewer: Mike James

“R is a good language for data analysis, but so many books try to teach you the analysis rather than the R.

When a language is targeted at a particular use the problem for any book is how much do you cover the use and how much the language. In the case of R it is fairly unreasonable to expect a book to teach you the basics of R and all of the data analysis techniques you might was to use via it. If you know some data analysis then showing how these are implemented in R is a reasonable compromise, but it won’t suit every reader.

This particular book is a very simple approach to using the R language and using it to do simple things – that often turn out to be harder than you might expect. This book explains in detail how to do those simple things. It is worth pointing out that it is in full color and remarkable value for money. It is organized, like all Easy Steps books, into short chapters divided into even shorter steps, complete with icons for helpful comments at the side of the page. There are also lots of screen dumps.

There are ten chapters totalling 186 pages. Chapter 1 is a brief explanation of why you might want to use R and how to install it. It makes heavy use of RStudio, which is by far the best way to use R. Chapter 2 is where the real work starts and we find out about using variables, data types and simple data structures. To show that it is all worth learning you get to plot a simple graph. Most of the examples involve creating charts of one sort or another which is a good choice. Everyone understands charts and you can find out about R without getting lost in the details of an Anova or regression. Chapters 3 and 4 move on to using expressions and conditions to manipulate data.

Chapters 6 and 7 deal with the real workhorses of data analysis – the matrix and more importantly the data frame. After these two you more or less know enough to start using R for real. Chapter 9 is called story telling with data and its about creating charts but it goes beyond the basics to explain how to make the chart look good. Chapter 10 continues in this vein to work towards a graphic that is presentable to a public.

If you are know another programming language you will most likely find this approach a little slow but if you don’t know R at all it is an easy way into the language. I repeat – this is a fairly basic introduction to R and it doesn’t reach many of the features and facilities of the language. You can learn these either on the job or with another book..

It is also important to realize that this is not about statistics or modelling. You don’t get any information on linear models, descriptive statistics, contingency tables, etc.  The most it does is show you how to draw custom charts which is a still a skill well worth having. The book is an easy read and easy on the eye without going in for the excesses of the “Head First” or “Dummy’s” type books.

Within its limits, this is a very good book and you should ignore any reviews that say otherwise simply because they have the level and intent of the book wrong. At the price you can take a risk, even if you aren’t 100% sure that it is for you.”

Here’s the article on the I Programmer site.

 

R for Data Analysis in easy steps

£11.99

192 pages

By Mike McGrath

ISBN: 9781840787955

New release: Excel VBA in easy steps, 3rd edition

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Shows you how to get more out of Microsoft Excel. Use the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming language that’s built into Excel to make it much more powerful – in easy steps!

Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of only £7.99 (RRP £11.99)

 

Excel VBA in easy steps, 3rd edition neatly demonstrates VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) Macro programming in a clear and concise manner, so you can get more from the popular Microsoft Excel spreadsheet application. Areas covered include:

  • Recording and editing Macros
  • Creating your own Macro programs
  • Coding with the VBA language
  • Responding to Worksheet events
  • Programming Excel procedures
  • Making ‘DataForms’ for data editing
  • Producing ‘UserForms’ for data entry
  • Displaying dynamic Charts
  • Sharing your Excel apps to impress your colleagues!

Whether you’re upgrading to Excel 2019, exploring Excel in the Office 365 suite, or new to the Macro programming concept, use this guide to learn the key features constructively and get more out of Microsoft Excel – in easy steps!

 

 

 

By Mike McGrath
192 pages
ISBN: 978-1-84078-824-2

New release: Photoshop Elements 2019 Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts in easy steps

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Available NOW from our Online Shop at the special launch price of only £7.99 (RRP £11.99)

 

Over 1000 tips, tricks and shortcuts to help you get the most out of Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 2019.

 

Photoshop Elements 2019 Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts in easy steps not only offers a comprehensive guide to getting up and running with the software, but goes further: providing a wealth of detail in ways to progress to more advanced photo-editing and also find some of the hidden secrets of the software.

Although the book looks at some of the ways you can expand your photo-editing exploits, it does not forget new users or anyone who wants to brush up on the basics.

Areas covered include:

  • Navigating around Elements and organizing images.
  • Using Quick Wins for removing unwanted objects, and Guided edits to create special effects.
  • Using Text and Drawing tools to add and edit text.
  • Sharing your photos in a range of formats, such as photo books or cards, and on social media.
  • Key features such as Auto Curate, Artistic Overlays, opening closed eyes, adding watercolor, and replacing backgrounds in your photos.
  • New features including Auto Creations, Meme Maker, Multi-Photo Text, and Text and Border Overlay.
  • Layered images, reducing camera shake or haze, removing imperfections, creating impressive text, removing red-eye, and more.

Photoshop Elements 2019 Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts in easy steps has something for everyone: an in depth introduction for new users, and a range of options for those who want to take their photo-editing to the next level. Throughout, there are hundreds of tips and handy hints so that you will feel like an Elements expert in no time.

Covers versions for both PC and Mac users.

 

Pages: 192
Publication: March 8th, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-84078-852-5

New release: Laptops for Seniors in easy steps, 7th edition

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For Senior users needing a helping hand to choose a Windows 10 laptop, and then get up and running with it quickly.

 

Laptops for Seniors in easy steps, 7th edition begins by looking at some of the ergonomic issues surrounding laptops and shows how to be as comfortable as possible when using them and transporting them. It then gives an overview of the workings of laptops, including the software that is provided with them and some of the most-used features in the Windows 10. Issues such as using your laptop on vacation and sharing it with other family members are then looked at, to show how laptops are versatile and family-friendly. The book shows you how to:

  • Choose the right laptop for you
  • Master the key features of Windows 10 on your Windows laptop
  • Find your way around with the Start button, the Start menu, and the Taskbar
  • Use the Quick Access section – an area you can personalise with your favourite apps, programs, contacts and websites so you can quickly get to the functions and files you use most often
  • Search the web with the Microsoft Edge browser
  • Learn about apps, find and download them, then resize and move them and maximise, minimise or close from their titlebars
  • Understand how Cloud storage with OneDrive works, and use it for free storage and sharing files
  • Talk to Cortana, the voice-activated Personal Digital Assistant which can perform searches on your computer or the web, perform actions like opening apps or documents, or set reminders and more
  • Use your laptop to make travel easy and keep your folks at home updated on your adventures
  • Learn to troubleshoot common problems and keep your laptop working in tiptop condition

Laptops for Seniors in easy steps, 7th edition takes the mystery out of using a Windows 10 laptop and shows how it can be used effectively for productivity and fun.

 

Pages: 192
Publication: March 8th, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-84078-842-6

New release: Coding for Kids in easy steps

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Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of only £7.99 (RRP 10.99)

 

Teaches children aged 8+ how to build their first website in easy steps. Introduces HTML, CSS and JavaScript to the newcomer to coding, in the popular In Easy Steps style.

 

Coding for Kids in easy steps teaches children aged 8+:

  • how to create web pages using HTML (HyperText Markup Language)
  • how to add style to web pages using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
  • how to make interactive web pages using JavaScript programming

Coding for Kids in easy steps has an easy-to-follow style that demonstrates coding for web pages in clear examples. It begins by explaining how to make and test a basic web page, then demonstrates how to add text, pictures, links, tables, lists, and buttons to a web page. Next, children will learn how to specify content colour, font, position, and visibility. The book then shows how to add functionality so that web pages can react to user actions. The final chapter brings everything together with a step-by-step example that builds a fun web page containing an interactive game for PC, tablet, or smartphone.

 

 

 

Table of contents

  • Get started with web pages
  • Create web page content
  • Make lists and tables
  • React to clicks
  • Get started with style sheets
  • Get started with scripts
  • Build blocks of code
  • Use built-in functions
  • Grab web page objects
  • Put it all together

 

ISBN: 9781840788396

192 pages

By: Mike McGrath

New release: Bash in easy steps

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Shows you how to use the Bash command-line interface and how to employ Bash’s programming abilities.

The “Bourne Again SHell” (Bash) is a powerful command-line shell interface that lets you communicate directly with the kernel at the heart of a computer’s operating system for total control.  Bash is the default shell for Unix-based operating systems Linux, Mac OS X, and Raspbian on Raspberry Pi devices, and is also available to Windows users on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Bash in easy steps begins by demonstrating Bash commands for system navigation and file manipulation, so you will quickly become familiar with the command-line interface. It explains all the Bash basics before moving on to describe advanced features such as command history, command-line editing, and environment customisation. The book then introduces Bash programming with examples of flow control, command switches, input/output, and debugging – allowing you to create your own executable programs by copying the examples.

Bash in easy steps has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to:

  • Users who are completely new to Unix-based operating systems
  • Casual users who wish to expand their knowledge of their computer system
  • Those who would like to learn coding skills by writing useful shell scripts
  • The student who is studying programming at school or college
  • Those seeking a career in computing and need a fundamental understanding of the BASH interpreter on Unix-based operating systems

Complete examples illustrate each aspect with colourized source code, and full-colour screenshots depict the actual output.

 

Table of Contents:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Managing Files
  3. Handling Text
  4. Editing Commands
  5. Customizing Environment
  6. Controlling Behavior
  7. Performing Operations
  8. Directing Flow
  9. Employing Functions
  10. Handy Reference

 

ISBN: 9781840788099

192 pages

By: Mike McGrath

New release: Excel 2019 in easy steps

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Get to grips with Microsoft Excel 2019 quickly – whether you’re new to this popular spreadsheet application, or just upgrading from an older version.

Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of £7.99 (RRP £11.99)

 

Excel 2019 in easy steps starts with the basics and then reveals the key clever features on offer – all in easy steps! Areas covered include:

  • Creating, editing and manipulating worksheets
  • Formulas, Functions, Tables, and importing data
  • Handy templates to give you a head start
  • Macros for everyday tasks to save time
  • Charts to get an overview of your data
  • What-if, Goal Seek and Optimization
  • Using the Excel Online app to share and collaborate on spreadsheets and workbooks
  • Adding images and illustrations to your spreadsheet to impress your colleagues!

This primer illustrates how to use Excel to manage your finance and data effectively and easily – both at home and at work. Whether you’re upgrading to Excel 2019 or new to spreadsheets, use this guide to get more out of Microsoft Excel!

 

 

 

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Begin with Excel
  3. Manage Data
  4. Formulas and Functions
  5. Excel Tables
  6. Advanced Functions
  7. Control Excel
  8. Charts
  9. Macros in Excel
  10. Templates and Scenarios
  11. Links and Connections

 

ISBN: 978-1-84078-821-1

Pages: 192
Publication: February 11th, 2019

New release: Management Basics in easy steps, 2nd edition

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Practical tips, information and common-sense advice based on the author’s 40 years’ hands-on experience of management – now updated to reflect advances in technology and changes in the wider working environment.

Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of £7.99 (RRP £11.99)

 

Whether you are an experienced manager or about to take up your first management job, Management Basics in easy steps, 2nd edition will be of real help to you in the workplace. It is a lively, easy-to-read book, full of tips and simple, practical things that have been put into practice in the real world and shown to work where it matters – in the workplace. Tony Rossiter’s clear, humorous writing style and comprehensive content make Management Basics in easy steps, 2nd edition a compelling must-read for anyone with a management role. His management tips and advice will show you:

  • How people skills help you put into practice all the technical skills needed by a manager
  • How to manage your staff, your colleagues, your customers and even your boss
  • How to organise yourself and make the most effective use of your time
  • How to focus on the vital 20% of your work that accounts for most of the results
  • How to win the respect and trust of your team and make it the best
  • How to select the right person to join your team
  • The art of effective delegation
  • How to make effective use of digital tools, online networks and social media
  • How to cope with change and see it not as a threat but as a great opportunity

This second edition has been revised to include the changes in management practices since the first edition, which was published in 2011, including:

  • The increased importance and use of digital tools, business and performance management software, and social networks (e.g. LinkedIn, Slack, Yammer, Scoro, Twitter, Facebook)
  • Increased focus on diversity and inclusion
  • Implications of new data protection legislation
  • Less tolerance of unacceptable workplace behaviour such as bullying and sexual harassment
  • More recognition of the importance of the culture of an organisation
  • A move away from traditional, command-and-control hierarchies towards more flexible working – working from home, better work/life balance, teamwork, collaboration, matrix structures, trusting and empowering those at the coal-face
  • A move away from fixed appraisal systems and formal training towards continuous feedback, coaching and personal learning (e-learning, distance learning)
  • More refined recruitment (use of LinkedIn etc)

Comes with useful worksheets – a complete guide for easy reference.

 

192 pages

ISBN: 9781840788501

By Tony Rossiter

 

 

New release: macOS Mojave in easy steps

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For Mac newbies, and those upgrading. Learn to use the Finder, personalize your Desktop, and use Siri to carry out tasks for you. Get to grips with the built-in apps, iCloud and Family Sharing – and more!

Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

 

 

macOS Mojave in easy steps opens up by explaining the foundations of macOS: the Dock and the Finder. Then, it reveals a raft of ways in which you can make the most of macOS Mojave:

  • Multi-Touch navigation options for getting around in macOS Mojave.
  • Working with and managing your apps.
  • Productivity options on your Mac.
  • Getting online with Safari, Mail, Messages and FaceTime.
  • Managing your digital lifestyle for photos, music, video, books and games.
  • The invaluable iCloud online function for backing up, sharing and continuing from different devices.
  • Using Siri, Dynamic Desktop and Dark Mode to make things even easier.
  • Keeping your Mac working smoothly.

There is also a chapter on troubleshooting and keeping macOS Mojave in tiptop shape.

Get more out of your Mac, Mac mini, Mac Pro or MacBook with minimum time and effort!

 

Pages: 192
Publication: December 2018

ISBN: 978-1-84078-835-8

New release: Office 2019 in easy steps

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The easy way to get up and running with Office 2019!

Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of £7.99 (RRP £11.99)

 

 

Are you making the most of Microsoft Office? Whether you’re upgrading to Office 2019 from a previous version or using it for the very first time, Office 2019 in easy steps will take you through the key features so you can be productive straight away. In bite-size chunks, it shows how to:

  • Create reports, newspapers, cards and booklets
  • Calculate and manage your financial matters
  • Perfect your presentations and slide shows
  • Email, keep in touch and stay organized
  • Access your notes anywhere on any device
  • Collaborate with others to work on documents

This concise guide fully demonstrates the five core Office 2019 apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook) and then introduces other useful apps such as Project, Visio, Microsoft Forms, Microsoft Sway, and Office Online to show how to get more out of Office.

Packed with handy tips and time-saving shortcuts, Office 2019 in easy steps is a great investment for all Microsoft Office 2019 users!

Pages: 240
Publication: December 13th, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-84078-820-4

 

New release: iPad in easy steps, 8th edition

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Get started quickly with your new iPad, in easy steps. Covers all models of iPad with iOS 12, including iPad mini and iPad Pro.

 

Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

 

iPad in easy steps is written to help you get started quickly with your new iPad. This popular guide is updated to cover iOS 12. Learn how to:

  • Change the settings so that your new device works exactly how you want it to.
  • Stay up-to-date with the news, have fun surfing the web and exploring apps for photos, music, videos, games and reading.
  • Utilize your iPad for work: get organized, sync with your main computer, run presentations and write documents.
  • Use the iCloud Drive to work from any Apple computer or device, anywhere.
  • Keep in touch with the family, and share apps, photos and more using Family Sharing.
  • Master the new features such as the Measure app, Screen Time and the Siri Shortcuts.

And more!

Packed with tips and shortcuts, this popular guide will help you make the most of your iPad, all in easy steps!

240 pages

ISBN 978-1-84078-816-7

New release: Word 2019 in easy steps

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Get up and running quickly with Microsoft Word 2019, whether you’re new to Word or upgrading from a previous version.

 

Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of £7.99 (RRP £11.99)

 

 

Word 2019 in easy steps will help you get up and running quickly, with this popular word processing application from Microsoft.

The visual nature of Word means that a clear, concise and colourful visual reference guide is an invaluable tool for both newcomers and those upgrading from older versions. Word 2019 in easy steps meets this challenge head on, using detailed images and easy-to-follow instructions to quickly get you up to speed.

Learn all you need to know about:

  • Creating, structuring and adding styles to documents; text editing and formatting.
  • Adding and editing pictures, graphics, video, hyperlinks; and faster shape formatting.
  • Working with equations, symbols and tables.
  • Sharing documents; collaborating in real time.
  • Using Smart Lookup to find things on the web.
  • Working on your documents whilst on the move and using different devices.
  • Reviewing, tracking and protecting your documents.

Use this guide to get more out of Microsoft Word – includes clever shortcuts and time-saving tips: a great investment!

 

 

Pages: 216
Publication: December 5th, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-84078-822-8

 

New release: iPhone for Seniors in easy steps, 5th edition – covers iphones with iOS 12

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Learn to use your new iPhone quickly: Messaging, calls and emails, video calls with FaceTime, use iCloud and Family Sharing, explore the iTunes Music Library and much more!

Covers iPhones with iOS 12 and illustrated using iPhone XR, XS and XS Max..

 

Available NOW from our online shop for the special launch price of £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

 

iPhone for Seniors in easy steps, 5th edition covers everything you need to know to keep fully connected. With your iPhone in your pocket you are only ever a couple of taps away from friends and family. Learn how to:

  • Make and receive phone calls
  • Text with the Messages app, including a variety of new fun features
  • Make video calls with FaceTime
  • Set up and use email accounts
  • Use Settings to customise your iPhone exactly to your style and requirement
  • Use Apple Pay on your iPhone to pay securely – no need to carry your wallet all the time
  • Master the newly designed Control Center
  • Explore the entire iTunes Music library, share music, videos, apps, calendars and photos with family members – stay in the loop with children and grandchildren!

iPhone for Seniors in easy steps, 5th edition takes the mystery out of using your iPhone and shows how it can become your most useful digital companion, ready to help keep you in touch, up-to-date and entertained.

 

192 pages

ISBN: 9781840788341

New release: C Programming in easy steps, 5th edition

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Learn how to install a free C compiler so that you can quickly begin to create your own executable C programs by copying the book’s examples. Ideal for the newcomer to computer programming.

This 5th edition is updated for GNU Compiler 6.3.0 and Windows 10.

Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of £7.99 (RRP £11.99)

 

C Programming in easy steps, 5th edition has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to anyone who wants to begin programming in C, from programmers moving from another programming language, to the student who is studying C programming at school or college, or to those seeking a career in computing who need a fundamental understanding of procedural programming. By the end of this book you will have gained a sound understanding of the C language and be able to write your own C programs and compile them into executable files that can be run on any compatible computer.

192 pages

ISBN: 9781840788402

Great feedback about C# Programming in easy steps from Kushiro Public University in Japan

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We had some great feedback about our C# Programming in easy steps book (by Mike McGrath) today, from Professor Akinori Minazuki who teaches programming at Kushiro Public University in Japan. He says:

“Your book is very good. I teach programming in university. Many student bought your book”

He sent us this photo of the programming class at Kushiro Public University (posted here with kind permission of Prof Minazuki). We hope all students are enjoying learning C# programming!

 

 

 

C# Programming in easy steps is available to buy in our online shop

Writing a C program – in easy steps

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Why learn C programming?

The C language has been around for quite some time and has seen the introduction of newer programming languages like Java, C++, and C#. Many of these new languages are derived, at least in part, from C – but are much larger in size. The more compact C is better to start out in programming because it’s simpler to learn.

It is easier to move on to learn the newer languages once the principles of C programming have been grasped. For instance, C++ is an extension of C and can be difficult to learn unless you have mastered C programming first.

Despite the extra features available in newer languages, C remains popular because it is versatile and efficient. It is used today on a large number of platforms, for everything from micro-controllers to the most advanced scientific systems. Programmers around the world embrace C because it allows them maximum control and efficiency in their programs.

Writing a C program

In C programs the code statements to be executed are contained within “functions”, which are defined using this syntax format:

data-type function-name ( ) { statements-to-be-executed }

After a function has been called upon to execute the statements it contains, it can return a value to the caller. This value must be of the data type specified before the function name.

A program can contain one or many functions but must always have a function named “main”. The main() function is the starting point of all C programs, and the C compiler will not compile the code unless it finds a main() function within the program.

Other functions in a program may be given any name you like using letters, digits, and the underscore character, but the name may not begin with a digit. Also, the C keywords, listed in the table on the front inner cover of this book, must be avoided.

The ( ) parentheses that follow the function name may, optionally, contain values to be used by that function. These take the form of a comma-separated list and are known as function “arguments” or “parameters”.

The { } curly brackets (braces) contain the statements to be executed whenever that function is called. Each statement must be terminated by a semi-colon, in the same way that English language sentences must be terminated by a period/full stop.

Traditionally, the first program to attempt when learning any programming language is that which simply generates the message “Hello World”.

Step 1: Open a plain text editor, such as Notepad, then type this line of code at the start of the page, exactly as it is listed

#include <stdio.h>

The program begins with an instruction to the C compiler to include information from the standard input/output stdio.h
library file. This makes the functions contained within that library available for use within this program. The instruction is more properly called a “preprocessor instruction” or “preprocessor directive” and must always appear at the start of the page, before the actual program code is processed.


Do not use word processor applications to create program code as they store additional formatting information that prevents code compilation.



Preprocessor instructions begin with a # hash character and must enclose standard library names within < > angled brackets.

 

Step 2: Two lines below the preprocessor instruction, add an empty main function

int main()
{

}


Whitespace between the code is ignored by the C compiler but program code should always end with a newline character.

 

This function declaration specifies that an integer value, of the int data type, should be returned by the function upon completion.

Step 3: Between the braces, insert a line of code that calls upon one of the functions defined in the standard input/output library – made available by the preprocessor instruction

printf ( “Hello World!\n ) ;

Here the printf() function specifies a single string argument between its parentheses. In C programming, strings must always be enclosed within double quotes. This string contains the text Hello World and the \n “newline” escape sequence that moves the print head to the left margin of the next line.

 

Step 4: Between the braces, insert a final line of code to return a zero integer value, as required by the function declaration

return 0 ;

Traditionally, returning a value of zero after the execution of a program indicates to the operating system that the program executed correctly.

 

Step 5: Check that the program code looks exactly like the listing below, then add a final newline character (hit Return after the closing brace) and save the program as “hello.c”

#include <stdio.h>

int main()
{
printf( “Hello World!\n ) ;
return 0 ;
}


Each statement must be terminated by a semi-colon character.

 

The complete program in text format is now ready to be compiled into machine-readable byte format as an executable file.

 

This is an extract from C Programming in easy steps, 5th edition, which is due for publication mid-November (you can register to be notified when it’s available here), but if you can’t wait for the print version, ebook versions are available NOW from our online shop, Amazon (Kindle), Apple (iBooks), Google Play, Kobo and Nook.

 

This popular title, which is ideal for the newcomer to computer programming, has been updated to cover the GNU Complier version 6.3.0 and Windows 10.

It begins by explaining how to download and install a free C compiler so that you can quickly begin to create your own executable programs by copying the book’s examples. Each chapter builds your knowledge of C, and there’s even free, downloadable source code available for you to check your work against.

You need have no previous knowledge of any programming language.

C Programming in easy steps, 5th edition
Print ISBN: 9781840788402
eISBN: 9781840788457
Pages: 192

 

New release: iPad for Seniors in easy steps, 8th edition

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A handy guide for any Senior new to the iPad – get up and running quickly! Presented in larger type for easier reading. For all iPads using iOS 12, including iPad Mini and iPad Pro.

 

Available NOW from our online shop, at the special launch price of only £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

 

iPad for Seniors in easy steps, 8th edition gives you all the essential information you need to know to make the most out of your iPad:

  • Choose the right model for you
  • Navigate around with Multi-Touch gestures
  • Master Settings and apps to stay organized
  • Find, download and explore exciting apps
  • Use your iPad to make travelling stress-free
  • Email, share photos and video chat for free
  • Access and share your music, books and videos
  • Stay in touch with family members
  • Access your documents from anywhere

 

192 pages

ISBN: 9781840788334

 

New release: Photoshop CC in easy steps, 2nd edition – updated for Photoshop CC 2018

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Master the essentials of Photoshop CC and then enjoy the full creative potential of this popular photo editing software. This book breaks down complex functions into easy to follow learning sequences.

 

Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of £9.99 (RRP £12.99)

 

Photoshop CC in easy steps, 2nd edition delivers a solid, secure and lasting foundation that you can build on as you explore Photoshop and develop more and more control over one the most creative pieces of software available today. The author’s extensive knowledge and understanding of the requirements and needs of the new user is distilled in this book which is written in simple, clear language with step by step instructions, breaking down complex functions into easy to follow learning sequences.

  • Grasp the basics of color, file formats, key graphics and design terminology
  • Master Photoshop window and the Tool panel
  • Learn the tricks of the trade for image editing
  • Explore Selection tools, Layers, Paths and Color adjustments to create your unique images
  • Optimize images for print, web or multimedia
  • Create effective animations for the web
  • Download example images used in the book and get updates to the features covered – FREE

Photoshop CC in easy steps, 2nd edition allows you to master the basics so you can proceed to unleash the full creative potential of the software.

240 pages

ISBN: 9781840788327

Understanding RGB and CMYK color models

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Understanding the basics of color is important, if you are working with images and graphics.

 

This extract from Photoshop CC in easy steps – 2018 edition, due for publication later this month, explains the RGB and CMYK color models…

 

RGB and CMYK Color Models

You need to be aware of two color models, as you start working with Adobe Photoshop. These are the RGB (Red, Green, Blue) and CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and blacK) color models.

 

 

Strictly speaking, the “K” in “CMYK” stands for “key”. In four-color printing the Cyan, Magenta and Yellow plates need to be carefully and accurately aligned – or “keyed” – to the Black plate.

 

 

RGB is important, because it mirrors the way the human eye perceives color. It is the model used by scanners and digital cameras to capture color information in digital format, and it is the way that your computer monitor describes color.

 

 

 

Red, green and blue are referred to as the “additive primaries”. You can add varying proportions of the three colors, to produce millions of different colors – but still a more limited range (or “gamut”) than in nature, due to the limitations of the monitor.

If you add 100% of red, green and blue light together, you get white. You produce the “secondary” colors when you add red and blue to get magenta; green and blue to get cyan; red and green to get yellow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CMYK color model is referred to as the “subtractive” color model. It is important because this is the color model used by printing presses. If you subtract all cyan, magenta and yellow when printing, you end up with a complete absence of color – white.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the printing press, cyan, magenta, yellow and black combine to simulate a huge variety of colors. Printers add black because, although in theory, if you combine 100% each of cyan, magenta and yellow, you produce black, in reality (because of impurities in the dyes) you only get a muddy brown.

 

Color gamuts

Color gamut refers to the range of colors a specific device is capable of producing. There are millions of colors the eye can discern in the visible spectrum. Scanners, monitors, and printing presses cannot reproduce every color in the visible spectrum – the range of colors they are capable of producing is their gamut.

 

 

When you convert from RGB to CMYK mode, Photoshop converts out-of-gamut colors (in this case, colors that can be seen on screen, but not printed) into their nearest printable equivalent.

 

 

From the desktop publishing point of view, the process of capturing digital color information, viewing and manipulating this on-screen, and then finally printing the image using colored inks, is complicated because the gamut of a color monitor is different to the gamut of CMYK and PANTONE inks. There are colors (especially vibrant yellows and deep blues) that can be displayed on a monitor, but cannot be printed using traditional CMYK inks.

Typically, you will work in RGB mode if the image is intended for use on the web or in a multimedia presentation. You can work in CMYK or RGB mode if the image is intended for print. You can convert to CMYK mode, if necessary, before saving/exporting in EPS or TIFF file format, in order to use the image in a page layout application. Adobe InDesign can import CMYK or RGB images in native Photoshop (.PSD) file format.

 

CIE XYZ Colour Model

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visible Spectrum             Monitor                                  SWOP-CMYK

 

The CIE (Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage) XYZ color model is a model that defines the visible spectrum that can be seen by a “standard” observer. Colors with the same lightness value fall within an approximately triangular flat plane (the Visible Spectrum area in the diagram opposite). The x axis represents the amount of red in colors, and the y axis indicates the amount of green. The z axis represents the lightness of colors.

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more on using Photoshop with Photoshop CC in easy steps – 2018 edition (due for publication mid-October).

New release: Linux in easy steps, 6th edition

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Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

 

With Linux in easy steps, 6th edition, joining the Linux Revolution is as easy as one, two, three!

Following its simple instructions, you can learn to install the operating system, explore the desktop, and launch great applications. This fully illustrated primer teaches you to climb the Linux directory tree, navigate with the File Browser, and much more. Its easy-to-understand tutorials guide you through the OpenOffice business suite and media applications that let you enjoy the web, music, video, and graphics. Later chapters show you how to use the Linux shell to communicate directly with the kernel at the very heart of the operating system, allowing you total control over your Linux system.

Linux in easy steps, 6th edition opens the door to a whole new world of digital possibilities!

Fully illustrated using Linux Mint.

192 pages

ISBN: 9781840788082

News: Highlights from Apple’s Special Event, September 12th, 2018

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Apple held its Special Event at the Apple Park yesterday, September 12th, 2018, announcing new iPhone and Watch models. Here’s a summary of what was announced:

 

 

iPhone XS

This upgrade to the iPhone X comes in two sizes:

  • iPhone XS Max has a 6.5″ display and is priced at $1099/£1099
  • iPhone XS has a 5.8″ display and is priced at $999/£999

Both models will be available in three colours: gold, space gray, and silver.

The XS Max has the largest display ever on an iPhone. Both models contain the A12 Bionic powerful chip, have faster and more secure Face ID recognition and a new 12MP dual camera system with 2x optical zoom and dual optical image stabilization.

You can pre-order both models from September 14th, and the phones will be available from September 21st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPhone XR

A more affordable version of the iPhone X, priced at $749/£749

This model has a 6.1″ display and comes in six colours: white, black, blue, yellow, coral and red.

You can pre-order from October 19th, and it will be available from October 26th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Watch Series 4

Priced at $399/£399 with GPS and $499/£499 with GPS and cellular connection

A new gold stainless steel case joins existing silver and space black models.

This has been redesigned and re‑engineered with the largest Apple Watch display yet. It has a new a Digital Crown with haptic feedback. New features include: advanced heart monitoring capabilities; new Yoga and Hiking dedicated workout types; advanced features for runners like cadence and pace alerts; a new fall detection feature; Emergency SOS; and new Breathe watch faces. You can see up to five metrics at a glance.

You can order the new Apple Watch from September 14th, and it will be available from September 21st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more detailed information about these new Apple products, see the full announcement here.

 

 

Great news for Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers!

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Microsoft is increasing device install limits!

 

If you have an Office 365 Home or Personal subscription, you can currently use Office on one PC or Mac and one tablet. But very soon you’ll be able to install it on all your devices (includes PCs, Macs, tablets, and phones) and sign in to up to five at the same time – that means you can use Office no matter where you are or what device you’re on.

If you have Office 365 Home, you can share your subscription with 5 additional people, and each user gets 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage space and 60 Skype minutes each month for ringing landlines around the world.

Microsoft is rolling this out from October 2nd, 2018, so keep an eye out for notification of when it will go live for your subscription.

More information from Microsoft here.

 

 

New release: Smart Homes in easy steps – master smart technology for your home

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Smart Homes in easy steps shows you how to start to take advantage of the current smart technology that is beginning to revolutionise the way in which we run our homes!

Available now from our online shop at the special launch price of £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

 

Smart Homes in easy steps 9781840788259

Smart Homes in easy steps 9781840788259

 

Smart Homes in easy steps takes the mystery out of all of the elements that are required to set up a smart home: it defines a smart home and shows what is needed to make a home smart: digital voice assistants, devices and apps.

Initially, the book looks at the concept of a smart home and how it is now affordable and accessible enough for it to be a serious option for any household. Then, setting up items for a smart home is covered in detail – installing the devices, and also linking them to apps and digital voice assistants for controlling them. The book then examines the digital voice assistants that can be used in the home to control smart home devices, including detailed information about using the most popular options (and their related speakers): Alexa and the Amazon Echo; Google Assistant and the Google Home; and Siri and the Apple HomePod.

The book then looks at specific areas of smart home devices, including installation and setup, and how to control them once they are up and running. Some of the areas that are covered in detail include:

  • Smart lighting
  • Smart heating
  • Smart security systems
  • Smart home cameras
  • Smart locks
  • Smart plugs

Illustrated using Amazon’s Echo and Alexa; Google Home and Assistant; Apple’s HomePod and Home App; and Nest.

Pages: 192

Publication: 24 August 2018

ISBN: 9781840788259

 

New release: Windows 10 for Seniors in easy steps, 3rd edition – covers the April 2018 Update

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Takes you through the essentials of Windows 10, a step at a time. Written with older citizens in mind, in larger print, it will get you up and running quickly.

Covers the April 2018 Update.

Available now from our online shop at the special launch price of £7.99 (RRP £11.99)

Windows 10 for Seniors in easy steps, 3rd edition is written with older citizens in mind. This best-selling guide uses larger type for easy reading and takes you through the essentials a step at a time. It is filled with tips and shortcuts to help you get the most out of Windows 10, whatever your level of experience and whichever type of PC system you are using.

Pages: 240
Publication: July 23rd, 2018

ISBN:  978-1-84078-811-2