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How to Work With a Project in Final Cut Express HD
Jan 5, 2007
In this 60-minute Apple-certified lesson, you'll learn how to open the Final Cut Express HD program, identify and work with the elements of your editing project, organize those elements, and begin working within the Final Cut Express editing interface.
Managing the Mac Classroom: Tips for Teachers
Jan 5, 2007
Many schools have invested in Macs in the classroom. As Macs and the Internet become more entwined with learning, teachers need to develop new techniques to manage computer and online use and then use these new tools effectively. Ryan Faas provides a series of suggestions for how teachers can use Macs to enhance learning based on his experience working with Macs in education.
iMovie HD: Making Movies
Nov 20, 2006
Building a Mac Home Media Center, Part 2: Watching and Recording TV with Your Mac
Nov 17, 2006
No home media center is complete without a way to watch TV. When building a Mac media center, Elgato's EyeTV software not only enables you to watch TV, but its digital recording capabilities also allow you to replace your TiVo or the cable company's DVR device. In part two of Ryan Faas's series on building a Mac home media center, find out what hardware you need to watch and record live and scheduled TV programming on your Mac, as well as all the ways you can use that video once it has been recorded.
Gathering Image and Sound Files for Your Powerpoint Presentation
Nov 3, 2006
Tom Negrino offers suggestions for using images, sounds, and even video clips to enhance your presentations.
Working with a Project
Nov 3, 2006
Mac OS X Server Mail Service Boot Camp, Part 2: Advanced Mailing List Features and WebMail
Oct 13, 2006
How can you manage mailing lists from a web-based interface? Part 1 of this boot camp series explained the basic steps needed to configure Mac OS X Server as an email server. In this article, Ryan Faas continues that discussion, explaining how to enable and configure a custom web-based email client and advanced mailing list features using the MailMan and SquirrelMail tools that come bundled with Mac OS X Server.
Create Effective Fliers And Mailers That Really Work
Oct 6, 2006
Is it possible to design a low-budget flier that really sells a product? Yes, if you can keep all eyes on the product. Just follow the steps in this sample chapter, and you'll improve the vitality of your fliers and mailers through simple, yet effective, design techniques.
FileMaker Basics
Oct 6, 2006
This sample chapter provides a visual map for learning all of FileMaker's major functions. By taking a brief look at the menus assembled here and the explanations of how they and various commands work, you'll get a quick overview of FileMaker that will allow you to dive right in.
Apple Remote Desktop 3, Part 5: Automating Remote Desktop
Sep 29, 2006
Once you know how to use Apple Remote Desktop to manage workstations, deploy software, interact with users, and generate detailed inventory and system reports, you might think that's the extent of this powerful tool. But Apple has given Remote Desktop even more power and flexibility by making it completely scriptable and including easy-to-use scheduling and automation features. In this final article covering Apple Remote Desktop 3, Ryan Faas shows you how to schedule individual tasks and create automated workflows from combinations of tasks and reports, and provides an introduction to further programming Remote Desktop using AppleScript and the Mac OS X Automator utility.
Apple Remote Desktop 3, Part 4: Deploying Software, Files, and System Changes
Sep 22, 2006
Deploying small but critical updates and making minor changes to every computer across a network can be a daunting task. In the fourth installment of his series on Apple Remote Desktop, Ryan Faas shows you how to harness Remote Desktop to make installing anything from new fonts, to rolling out a complete list of Mac OS X and application updates, to making simple or complex configuration changes across every Mac in your network almost effortless.
Apple Remote Desktop 3, Part 3: Gathering Information about Remote Computers
Sep 15, 2006
Having accurate information about the computers in your company can be critical for any number of tasks. General inventory, purchasing decisions, software license compliance, tracking usage patterns, theft identification, upgrade planning, and update deploying rely on knowing as much as possible about the computer you manage. Constantly keeping track of that kind of information is typically a daunting challenge unless you make use of Apple Remote Desktop's vast reporting capabilities. In this third installment of Ryan Faas' Apple Remote Desktop 3 in-depth series, find out how easy it can be to have detailed and current reports on everything you need to know.
Apple Remote Desktop 3, Part 2: Interacting with Users
Sep 8, 2006
After you have Apple Remote Desktop installed, you can use it to interact with users by text chat or one-way messages and alerts. Find out how to respond to user problems, observe one or more remote computers, and take control of Mac workstations remotely to improve security, enhance classrooms, and improve teacher/student interaction or help desk operations. It's all part of Ryan Faas' series on learning how to use and get the most out of the robust features of Apple Remote Desktop.
Apple Remote Desktop 3, Part 1: How You Can Plan a Remote Desktop Installation
Sep 1, 2006
Most users recognize the power of Apple Remote Desktop for observing and controlling remote Macs and Mac OS X Server, but that is only a small fraction of the features and capabilities offered by this powerful tool. In this first article in a five-part series, Ryan Faas shows you how much more Remote Desktop can be used to accomplish; and how to plan, configure, and deploy Apple Remote Desktop efficiently and effectively in a Mac network.
Animate Your Slides for a Killer Keynote Presentation
Aug 11, 2006
Adding animation to your slides is an important step in finalizing a presentation. You can create several types of animation in Keynote. Two of the most common are builds and transitions. This chapter will give you step-by-step instructions to animate your slides and give sizzle to your presentations.
Making iWeb Your Own: Creating Your Own Themes and Templates for Apple's Web Design Tool
Aug 11, 2006
Do you like iWeb's ease of use but feel stifled by having to rely on Apple's cookie-cutter selection of themes and templates? Here's some great news: You can create your templates and themes for iWeb. Ryan Faas walks you through changing and adding to the reference files and ultimately creating your own personalized iWeb themes.
Building a Slideshow Presentation with Picture Tasks
Jul 14, 2006
Suppose you need to present a series of photographs to a committee that will decide which one belongs in a company brochure. Or imagine that you are preparing a collection of shots, one of which will appear in a newspaper ad. How can you present the selection of possibilities to a client in a way that is both professional and interesting? Acrobat 7 includes a plug-in called Picture Tasks that allows you to easily manage a group of images and prepare different types of output, including a slideshow and various print options. In this chapter's project, you'll learn how to use the plug-in to create a slideshow and customize it, as well as to send the final product automatically by e-mail from within Acrobat.
iLife Basics: Shooting Good Digital Snapshots and Putting Them in Your Mac
Jun 23, 2006
This lesson will demystify the way a computer can talk to (and control) a digital camera. It will give you some basic guidelines for handling your camera and creating impressive snapshots, as well as dealing with less-than-ideal lighting and subject orientation. It will also introduce you to iPhoto, the iLife tool for moving those photographs from camera to Mac, and ultimately organizing and sharing them.
The New Face of Podcasting: Creating Video Podcasts Using iMovie, GarageBand, and iWeb in iLife '06
Jun 9, 2006
The ease of podcast creating in iLife '06 can turn any Mac owner into the online equivalent of a radio star. But what if you want to star in your own online TV series? The answer is video podcasting, and Ryan Faas says it isn't much harder to put together than a traditional audio podcast.
Recoding iWeb Sites Part 2: Manipulating Code for iWeb-Created Page Elements
Jun 2, 2006
You like iWeb's overall ease of use, right? But what if you need to do something extra with a few of your pages? You designed a site in iWeb and now want to expand the site with other technologies and using a different Web design tool? In part two of Ryan Faas' series, find out about the type of code iWeb creates and how you can rework it for your own use.

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