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Ben Waldie

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

By Ben WaldieApr 2, 2012

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...

 Robin Williams and John Tollett

What Can Lucian Freud Teach Us about Design?

By Robin Williams and John TollettApr 2, 2012

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.

Ben Waldie

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

By Ben WaldieMar 26, 2012

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...

Ben Waldie

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

By Ben WaldieMar 19, 2012

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?

 Robin Williams and John Tollett

Finger Painting for Fun & Profit

By Robin Williams and John TollettMar 15, 2012

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.

Ben Waldie

Mac Productivity: Quick Scripts and Workflows - Archiving Selected Mail Messages

By Ben WaldieMar 12, 2012

Keeping up with email often seems like a losing battle.  One thing that can help is reducing the number of messages in your inbox.  Filing messages into individual mailboxes can be time consuming and inefficient.  While dumping them all into a single mailbox may seem like a way to create a big mess, Mail’s search capabilities actually make it quite easy to locate specific messages.

Sara Jane Todd

Interview with Featured Flickr Photographer Jerry W. Fuqua

By Sara Jane ToddMar 8, 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 image “Soldiers’ Huts,” by Pennsylvania-based photographer Jerry W. Fuqua.

Laura Ross

Adobe Announces Lightroom 4

By Laura RossMar 6, 2012

Adobe Systems Inc. today announced that it is shipping Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom 4

 Robin Williams and John Tollett

Calligraphic Inspiration

By Robin Williams and John TollettMar 2, 2012

You know how sometimes you walk around town and you wander into a 1,600 year old building and suddenly get inspired about graphic design?

 Robin Williams and John Tollett

Type Obsession

By Robin Williams and John TollettFeb 15, 2012

If you have an interest in design at all, one the first things you become aware of, graphically speaking, is type. Type on signs, type on billboards, type in ads and brochures, type everywhere. If you're brand new to design, this typographic awareness can be disconcerting.

 Robin Williams and John Tollett

Blogging, Drawing, and Teaching in London

By Robin Williams and John TollettFeb 1, 2012

Robin and I are in London for a couple of months while she teaches a module in the Shakespeare studies curriculum at a West London University, Brunel. Yes, Shakespeare, not design or typography. I know, she freaks me out too.

Laura Ross

What authors are reading in 2012

By Laura RossJan 25, 2012

We've officially entered the year 2012 and our authors are already making their reading lists for the year. Find out what they plan to read and share your list, too!

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