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Mac Productivity: Quick Scripts and Workflows - Convert Rich Text to Image

Ben Waldie

Your wife’s surprise birthday party is tomorrow.  You’ve prepared a top notch slideshow on your Mac using Keynote, and transferred it to your iPad.  Great!  Now you can present directly from the iPad.  There’s only one problem.  The fonts in your presentation are no longer appearing properly because the iPad doesn’t have all the same fonts your Mac does.  It looks like you might have to lug your Mac along too.  No, with Automator’s help, you can just replace the problem text with images.  Here’s how...

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Adobe Announces Adobe Creative Suite 6

Laura Ross

Adobe unveils Adobe Creative Suite 6! Get up to speed with books, videos, articles, and tutorials at our new CS6 Resource Center.

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Interview with Featured Flickr Photographer Lance Cunningham

Sara Jane Todd

Every month in our Photography newsletter, we feature the work of a new photographer who has contributed to our Photography Newsletter Flickr group. This month, we chose the photo “Sunburst, Harbor, Ship.” by Pasadena-based photographer Lance Cunningham.

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The Garage Experiments

 Robin Williams and John Tollett

Cleaning out the garage can provide a nostalgic trip down Graphics Memory Lane, plus stir up lots of ideas for new projects.

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Mac Productivity: Quick Scripts and Workflows - Scaling Images in the Finder

Ben Waldie

There are tons of apps that allow you to manipulate images on your Mac.  iPhoto and Preview are two from Apple, and there are lots more available from the Mac App Store and third-party software vendors.  What you may not know, however, is that you don’t need a third-party app to do some basic image manipulations with your existing operating system.  Using Automator, you can create your own custom image processing plug-ins, which you can run right within the Finder.

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Live Twitterview with Jeff Carlson

Laura Ross

Grab your iPad and join author Jeff Carlson for a lively Twitterview about the latest tool in a photographers' bag on April 25.

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Mac Productivity: Quick Scripts and Workflows - Clean Up Your Desktop with Your Voice

Ben Waldie

I tend to keep a pretty uncluttered Desktop.  I typically have only a handful of active files there at any given time, which I promptly remove when I'm done working with them.  I strongly suspect, however, that I'm in the minority.  Often, I see people with hundreds or even thousands of files on their Desktop.  They truly work off of their Desktop, and this simply isn’t efficient.  Locating files on a cluttered Desktop requires scrolling through tons of irrelevant files, moving icons around, searching, and more.  Perhaps if Siri was on the Mac, she could help.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could verbally instruct your Mac to clean things up for you?  Well, with Speakable Items and AppleScript, you can.  Here's how.

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Mac Productivity: Quick Scripts and Workflows - Add Date to Files and Folders

Ben Waldie

Keeping files and folders organized on my Mac is essential to my productivity.  Folder structures and naming conventions are a big help, but I also need to ways to quickly locate meeting or phone call notes from last Tuesday, or the samples a client sent me for review last October.  One method I use is to add date prefixes to certain file and folder names.  This provides visual clues when I’m browsing for something, and also allows me to sort more easily.  While the methodology works, I don’t like having to keep typing the date over and over again.  Although it only takes a few seconds, it’s repetitive, and sometimes I enter a typo.  Since my time is extremely limited, those few seconds are also valuable to me.  To make life easier, I’ve created an Automator Service that appends a date prefix to files and folders in the Finder.  Here’s how you can do the same...

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What Can Lucian Freud Teach Us about Design?

 Robin Williams and John Tollett

Our three-month sojourn to London, Paris, Istanbul, and Ireland  is almost over. One of the highlights of the adventure was a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in London to see a Lucian Freud (1929-2011) exhibit that included 100 paintings spread across his entire career.

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Mac Productivity: Quick Scripts and Workflows - Revealing File and Folder Paths

Ben Waldie

In my last post, I explained how to create an Automator workflow that can quickly and easily copy file and folder paths to the clipboard.  Then, you can paste them into an email or document to share with others.  What if you’re on the receiving end, though?  How can you quickly and easily navigate to those files or folders?  Automator can help with that too.  Here are steps to build a Service workflow, which will reveal selected file or folder paths in an opened email or document...

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Mac Productivity: Quick Scripts and Workflows - Sharing File and Folder Paths

Ben Waldie

If you work in an office, the odds are good that you have shared locations for files and folders.  Your office might have a Projects share, for example, where you keep project folders and related files.

Suppose you need to direct your buddy John to a specific file in one of these project folders?  What’s the easiest way to do it?

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Finger Painting for Fun & Profit

 Robin Williams and John Tollett

You don’t have to have drawing skills to be a designer. But most good designers have developed some illustration skills that are useful for many different projects.

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