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Ben Waldie

Mac and iOS Productivity Tip: Keeping Up with the News

By Ben WaldieAug 15, 2012

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.

Ben Waldie

iOS Productivity: Downloading Knowledge Faster

By Ben WaldieAug 6, 2012

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...

Ben Waldie

Mac Productivity: Scheduling AppleScripts

By Ben WaldieJul 30, 2012

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.

Ben Waldie

iOS Productivity: 5 Tips for Locating and Launching Apps Faster

By Ben WaldieJul 23, 2012

Last week, I shared some useful tips for locating and launching apps faster on your Mac.  But what about your iOS devices?  They're full of apps too.  And, with pages and pages of apps, it can be a real pain in the neck to find the one you want.  Here are some tips to help you wade through them.

Ben Waldie

Mac Productivity: 5 Tips for Locating and Launching Apps Faster

By Ben WaldieJul 16, 2012

How often do you find yourself digging through your Dock, Launchpad, or Applications folder to find a certain app?  You've got other stuff to do.  How about making things a little easier, so you can get back to work?  Here are some tips to help you locate that elusive app and launch it a little more quickly.

Ben Waldie

Mac Productivity: Quick Scripts and Workflows - Set Desktop to Astronomy Picture of the Day

By Ben WaldieJul 9, 2012

Each day, our good friends at NASA are kind enough to share a breathtaking photo of our wonderful universe.  Sometimes of the Earth, sometimes of the heavens, these photos showcase natural beauty that is surely Desktop-background worthy.  Here's how you can create an Automator workflow that runs each night to set your Desktop to the latest photo...

Ben Waldie

Mac Productivity: Quick Scripts and Workflows - Implementing a Spoken Dictionary

By Ben WaldieMay 29, 2012

A handy feature in Mac OS X is the ability to quickly and easily define words.  In most applications, just Control+click the desired word, and choose Look Up "TheSelectedWord" from the contextual menu to bring up the system-wide dictionary.  Even easier, if you've got a trackpad, just double-tap the word with three fingers to display its definition.  Automator lets you get even more creative.  You can expand these useful dictionary services with one that will read the definition to you.  Here's how you do it...

Sara Jane Todd

Interview with Featured Flickr Photographer Gary Jorgensen

By Sara Jane ToddMay 23, 2012

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 Apple Blossom Time by Colorado-based photographer Gary Jorgensen.

 Robin Williams and John Tollett

Illustrator Coolness

By Robin Williams and John TollettMay 21, 2012

Robin and I never get over the feeling of empowerment that comes with using software programs such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop.

Laura Ross

Michael Clark Twitterview Transcript

By Laura RossMay 17, 2012

On May 17, author/photographer Michael Clark sat down for a Twitterview with @Peachpit. It was fast. It was furious. It was inspirational and informative. Relive the magic with this transcript.

Ben Waldie

Mac Productivity: Quick Scripts and Workflows - Creating Quick Notes

By Ben WaldieMay 7, 2012

It's 9AM and your boss is on the phone.  She's rattling off important info you need for your 9:30AM conference call.  Quick!  You need somewhere to take notes.  Sure, you could use your email client - Mail and Outlbook both include note features.  Or, you could use on of the 50,000 note taking apps you've downloaded.  Better yet, why not use that handy Automator Service workflow you created?  You know, the one that automatically creates RTF notes into a Quick Notes folder, names them with the current date and time, and opens them in TextEdit so you can quickly begin typing?  You recall how easy it was to create.  Here's how you did it...

Laura Ross

Live Twitterview with John Welch

By Laura RossMay 3, 2012

Join author John Welch for a fun and informative Twitterview about iOS device management.

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