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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.

Laura Ross

Live Twitterview with Michael Clark

By Laura RossMay 3, 2012

Join photographer and author Michael Clark for a lively Twitterview about his adventures as a professional photographer and his advice for others looking to go pro.

Laura Ross

Live Twitterview with Nancy Lyons and Meghan Wilker

By Laura RossMay 3, 2012

Join authors Nancy Lyons and Meghan Wilker for a lively Twitterview about interactive project management on May 10.

Laura Ross

Colby Brown Twitterview Transcript

By Laura RossMay 1, 2012

On May 1st, Colby Brown joined us for a lively Twitterview about how photographers can use Google+ to build a following and connect with other photogs and customers. Relive the magic with this transcript.

 Robin Williams and John Tollett

More Sources of Design Inspiration

By Robin Williams and John TollettMay 1, 2012

Robin recently gave a keynote presentation at Santa Fe University of Art & Design. The event, Hire Education, was a day-long event and portfolio review, sponsored by AIGA New Mexico.

Ben Waldie

Mac Productivity: Quick Scripts and Workflows - Print PDF to FTP Server

By Ben WaldieApr 30, 2012

In Mac OS X, it’s a snap to convert almost any document to PDF.  From the print dialog, simply choose Save as PDF... from the PDF popup button.  If you’ve done this before, then you may have noticed there are some other options in this popup, as well, such as Mail PDF.  These are print plugins, and, using Automator, it’s possible to create your own and add them to the list.  Suppose you upload PDFs to your FTP server on a regular basis, so you can share them with your family, coworkers, or whoever.  Every time you do this, you have to save your document somewhere as a PDF, launch the popular FTP client Transmit, connect to the server, and upload the PDF.  This is a perfect time to create a custom print plugin to do this for you.  Here’s how...

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