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User Group Q&A: Austin Adobe User Group

Keely Hild

We've recently revamped our User Group newsletter to a more streamlined format!  One of the new features of our newsletter is our User Group Q&A.  Each month we will select one User Group that has been exceptional in their communication with meeting updates, giveaway requests and book reviews and ask them to share some insights and tips with us.  This week, we turn the spotlight on the Austin Adobe User Group!

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Peachpit's Sweet CS6 Sweepstakes!

Keely Hild
Do you "like" our eBook Deals of the Week, our helpful articles and chapter excerpts, our podcasts and newsletters?  Most importantly, do you "like" our books, eBooks, videos, and authors?!  Enter our Facebook Sweet CS6 Sweepstakes today!

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Using Dropbox to Track a Stolen Mac

Ben Waldie

My sister is currently living overseas.  Last month, her Mac was stolen.  Unfortunately, she didn't have Find My Mac enabled, as she was running an older version of OS X, which didn't support it. The police did manage to recover the Mac after a few days, but this situation got me thinking... how could you track down a stolen Mac without Find My Mac enabled?  Certainly, there are commercial third-party apps that could help.  But, what about something a typical Mac user might have installed?  What about Dropbox?

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By Ben WaldieCommentsSeptember 10, 2012
Topics: Apple, Operating Systems

iOS Productivity: Printing from Your iPhone or iPad via Your Mac

Ben Waldie

AirPrint was introduced with iOS 4.2, and lets you to print right from your iOS device.  Now you can be super productive, right?  Only if you have an AirPrint enabled printer at your disposal.  Although there are hundreds of printers available that support AirPrint these days, what if you're like me, and have older printers that iOS doesn't recognize?  Your Mac can help.

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Mac Productivity: Mountain Lion GateKeeper Workaround

Ben Waldie

If you're a Mountain Lion user, then you've probably encountered GateKeeper.  This is Apple's latest security mechanism, which restricts the apps that can be launched on your Mac.  By default, GateKeeper only allows apps to run that are from the Mac App Store, or digitally signed by official developers who have registered with Apple.  Try and launch an app from an unknown developer, and GateKeeper shuts it right down. What if you need to use the app, though?  Can you launch it without disabling GateKeeper entirely?  Sure you can.

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Interview with Featured Flickr Photographer Gloria Matyszyk

Keely Hild

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 Trying to Get Away by Florida-based photographer Gloria Matyszyk.

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iOS Productivity: Remotely Access Your Mac with LogMeIn

Ben Waldie

Your ability to accomplish things while on the go is key to your mobile productivity.  You've got tons of great apps on your iPhone or iPad, and probably have some level of access to your important files too, maybe through Dropbox or iCloud.  You can do almost anything, but every now and then, you hit a wall.  Maybe you need to make some emergency changes in an InDesign layout back home, check on the status of your Mac's backup, or dig up tax returns you filed away on your external drive.  If only you could connect to your Mac remotely, take control, and do what you need.  With LogMeIn, you can do exactly that.

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RESCHEDULED: Live Twitterview with Jonathan Canlas!

Keely Hild

With the popularity of digital photography growing by leaps and bounds over the last decade, some say film has been dying a slow death ever sinceor is already dead.   The reality is that film has never gone away, and in recent years has experienced a surging, renewed popularity.

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By Keely HildCommentsAugust 17, 2012
Topics: Digital Photography

Mac and iOS Productivity Tip: Keeping Up with the News

Ben Waldie

Staying up to date with your favorite websites and blogs can be a real chore, and a major productivity drain.  If only there was a way to quickly get the latest unread headlines from top sites in one place, at any time, on any devices.  There is.  Available for iPad, iPhone, and Mac is Reeder, the popular Google Reader client.

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By Ben WaldieCommentsAugust 15, 2012
Topics: Apple, iPhone, iPad, Productivity

iOS Productivity: Downloading Knowledge Faster

Ben Waldie

Your iPhone and iPad are full of useful knowledge.  You've downloaded tons of audio books, podcasts, and iTunesU content.  The problem is that there just aren't enough hours in the day to download all of it to your brain.  Here's a tip that might help...

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By Ben WaldieCommentsAugust 6, 2012
Topics: Apple, iPhone, iPad, Productivity

Live Twitterview with Jonathan Canlas

Keely Hild

With the popularity of digital photography growing by leaps and bounds over the last decade, some say film has been dying a slow death ever since—or is already dead. The reality is that film has never gone away, and in recent years has experienced a surging, renewed popularity.

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By Keely HildCommentsJuly 31, 2012
Topics: Digital Photography

Mac Productivity: Scheduling AppleScripts

Ben Waldie

If you're an Automator user, you probably know how to create iCal Alarm workflows, which can be set to run at scheduled times, allowing processing to occur during downtime.  If you're not familiar with Automator or iCal Alarm workflows, check out some of my other tips to get acquainted...

Using Automator: Scheduling Workflows

Mac Automation Made Simple: Scheduling Automator Workflows (video)

What about AppleScripts?  Can't they be run on a schedule too?  You bet.  There are actually a couple of primary ways this can be done.

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