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Keynote tutorial: Assembling a Layered Graphic File in Keynote

Keynote integrates well with Photoshop, which means you can easily import PNG files for use in your presentations. In this tutorial, find out how to assemble a layered file in Keynote, and get some expert tips for building presentations based on Photoshop images, such as making your PNGs all the same dimension. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Keynote-tutorial....
 






Posted by: Richard Harrington on Dec 6, 2013 at 8:18:00 am Apple

Keynote tutorial: Running a presentation from an iPad to a television via HDMI



Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Business-Compute.... This tutorial demonstrates how to run an iPad presentation from a television using an HDMI cable and how to interact with that presentation using a touch-enabled "laser pointer."

This tutorial is a single movie from the Delivering Keynote Presentations course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course duration is 1 hour and 36 minutes and shows you how to successfully deliver a Keynote presentation.

Introduction
1. Getting Organized
2. Rehearsing Your Presentation
3. Using Keynote Remote
4. Connecting Keynote to a Screen
5. Alternate Presentation Techniques
6. Creating Handouts
7. Creating Movies and Graphics from Keynote
Conclusion

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on May 10, 2013 at 12:35:00 am Apple

Keynote tutorial: Customizing the presenter view



Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/Business-Compute.... Find out how to get the most out of the Presenter Display feature in Keynote, which allows you, as a presenter, to view presenter notes, set timers, and more.

This tutorial is a single movie from the Delivering Keynote Presentations course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course duration is 1 hour and 36 minutes and shows you how to successfully deliver a Keynote presentation.

Introduction
1. Getting Organized
2. Rehearsing Your Presentation
3. Using Keynote Remote
4. Connecting Keynote to a Screen
5. Alternate Presentation Techniques
6. Creating Handouts
7. Creating Movies and Graphics from Keynote
Conclusion



Keynote tutorial: Customizing the presenter view Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Apr 27, 2013 at 12:33:00 am Apple

Keynote tutorial: Using landscape view in Keynote Remote



Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/Business-Compute.... This tutorial shows how to view mobile presentations in landscape using Keynote Remote.

This tutorial is a single movie from the Delivering Keynote Presentations course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course duration is 1 hour and 36 minutes and shows you how to successfully deliver a Keynote presentation.

Introduction
1. Getting Organized
2. Rehearsing Your Presentation
3. Using Keynote Remote
4. Connecting Keynote to a Screen
5. Alternate Presentation Techniques
6. Creating Handouts
7. Creating Movies and Graphics from Keynote
Conclusion






Posted by: Richard Harrington on Apr 17, 2013 at 10:33:00 pm Apple

Apple Migration Assistant Tips

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Apple offers a useful utility to transfer files from one machine to another — Migration Assistant. However, its pretty easy to make some bad choices that can make the process painful. Here are some do's and don'ts.

  • Do repair permissions with Disk Utility on the machine you are going to be copying from.
  • Do run Software Update on the source Mac to confirm that the latest updates are installed.
  • Don't try to run Migration Assistant over a WIFI network. (23 hours versus 2.5).
  • Do connect the two machines together directly with an Ethernet cable.
  • Don't run the Migration Assistant directly from the setup cycle when you boot a new machine for the first time.
  • Do complete the new machine setup and then launch Migration Assistant from the utilities folder on both Macs.
  • Do disable sleep on both computers using the Energy Saver control panel




Apple Migration Assistant Tips Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jan 25, 2013 at 10:08:00 pm Apple

Do Your ZIP Files Stop Working?

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I recently had the Archive utility on my Mac go bonkers. Double-click on any zip archive or download a file from the net and it just sat there spinning. Fortunately I have good friends who are geekier than me. Thanks to Jeff Greenberg (
https://twitter.com/filmgeek) I'm up an running again. Thought I'd share in case its happened to you.

  1. In the Mac Finder, hold down the Option key.
  2. Click the Go Menu and choose Library.
  3. In the search field, enter the text com.apple.archiveutility.plist.
  4. Narrow the search results to just your library.
  5. Trash one or both files that are named com.apple.archiveutility.plist.
  6. Launch Disk Utility (in your Utilities folder).
  7. Select your hard drive.
  8. Click Repair Permissions.
  9. When it finishes, reboot.
  10. Problem solved.
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Do Your ZIP Files Stop Working? Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jan 15, 2013 at 10:01:00 pm Apple

How to Get Any Software in Mac App Store for 20% Off

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I figured out this deal last year. Best Buy always drops $100 iTunes cards to $80 over Black Friday weekend. Free shipping included. You are limited to 3 per order. But not 3 total. I just ordered 15 cards (yes, I spend that much on software and digital publications easily in a year). The codes work on iTunes, the iBook store, and the Mac App Store.

Enjoy.

Direct Link – http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Apple+-+%24100+iTunes+Gift+Card/4056157.p?id=12...





Posted by: Richard Harrington on Nov 22, 2012 at 10:24:00 pm Apple

The Return of the Save As Command

Recent versions of the Mac OS have decided that you weren't really smart enough when it came to saving your files. When you went to save a new version of a file, you'd be presented with options like Duplicate, Revert, and Move To. I (and many others) found them terribly confusing.

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Now with Mac OS 10.8.2 you can get the old commands back… the return of the Save As command:
"- Adds an option to discard the changes in the original document when choosing - Save As"
This is useful in the following scenario.

  1. You can choose to open an existing document.
  2. Modify it and make changes.
  3. Choose File > Save As (hold down the option key to access it).
  4. Save the file under a new name. The original file is closed without any changes being made to it.





The Return of the Save As Command Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 24, 2012 at 6:58:07 pm Apple

iWork.com Service is Discontinued

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One of my favorite things about iWork from Apple was its ability to share documents online for review and approval. It made it very easy to control access of clients and give them a unique login to view and comment about what you were posting. Whether you were collaborating with a team or just needed secure delivery, the service just worked well.

So of course, Apple just killed it.

Last year, we launched iCloud, a service that stores your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. Today, there are already over 40 million documents stored on iCloud by millions of iWork customers. Learn more about iCloud. With a new way to share iWork documents between your devices using iCloud, the iWork.com public beta service will no longer be available. As of July 31, 2012, you will no longer be able to access your documents on the iWork.com site or view them on the web.


Apparently, no one explained to them how the two services were different. It's the same sort of logic which killed iChat in favor of iMessage (which of course doesn't integrate with GarageBand for group recording, let you share your screen with another user, or collaborate on a file interactively.

Be sure to
sign in to iWork.com before July 31, 2012, and download all your documents to your computer.
For detailed instructions on how to save a copy of your documents on your computer, read
this support article at Apple.com.




iWork.com Service is Discontinued Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Mar 10, 2012 at 3:58:51 pm Apple

A Two Part Fix for a Corrupt Mac Drive

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Yesterday while in the middle of a huge back-up, the power went out.

My drive (which was not on an Uninterruptible Power Supply) went down…. hard.

After a reboot... things did not look good. The Drobo Dashboard saw the drive… but my Mac wouldn't mount it. No disk repair program would bring it to life…

Disk Warrior – Fail

Drive Genius – Fail

Disk Utility – Fail

Four more other apps… nope.



Then I had an idea.

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I used Drive Genius to reparation the drive. I told it to just create a new partition that was the exact same size as the current volume.



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When that was done… I was able to use Disk Warrior to rebuild the drives directory.

In about 12 minutes, all 8 GB were recovered (with zero data loss).

Whew…

Hope this helps some of you… especially when all seems lost.

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A Two Part Fix for a Corrupt Mac Drive Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:30:00 pmComments (2) Apple

Apple Updates Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11

Apple just released two new software updates for their photo editing tools. If you're using iCloud with iOS 5, be sure to check out the update.

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About Aperture 3.2

 Aperture 3.2 supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5. This update also addresses minor stability, performance and compatibility issues, including:
  • Resolves an issue that could cause the "Loading" indicator to reappear in the Viewer when cropping a photo
  • Aperture now automatically relaunches into Full Screen mode if the application was in Full Screen mode when last quit
  • Pinch-to-zoom gesture now automatically activates Zoom mode in the Viewer
  • Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in the Viewer
  • Microsoft Outlook can now be chosen in Preferences as the application used by Aperture for emailing photos
  • Fixes a problem that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to quit unexpectedly when using brushes to apply adjustments
  • Loupe now correctly displays magnification levels between 50-100%.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to display the incorrect color profile on externally edited images
  • Import window now includes an option to delete photos from iPhone and iPad after they have been imported into Aperture
  • The Lift & Stamp tool now displays the correct cursor icons when being used in Split View and Viewer only modes

For detailed information on all recent updates, visit this article: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2518



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About iPhoto 9.2

 
 iPhoto 9.2 supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5. This update also addresses minor stability, performance and compatibility issues, including:
  • Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in Magnify (1-up) view
  • Previously imported photos are now displayed in a separate section of the Import window
  • Book/calendar themes and card categories can now be selected using a pop-up menu in the carousel view
  • Resolves an issue that could cause some pages of books to print incorrectly
  • Rebuilding a library now correctly preserves saved slideshows and books 

The update is recommended for all users of iPhoto '11.




Apple Updates Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Oct 15, 2011 at 8:13:00 pm Apple

OSX Lion Windows Driving You Nuts?

When it comes to my laptop, I'm a bit of a control freak. I live or die professionally because of this machine.

I've been very happy with the OSX Lion upgrade, except I was missing a lot of controls in the Finder windows.

By default, your windows will look like this...
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Or like this (depending on your previous preferences).

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The key is to go under the view menu and turn on several options:
  • Show Path Bar
  • Show Status Bar
  • Show Sidebar

Now your windows will look like this.:

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Much greater control. You can quickly switch between common folders with the sidebar. You can also drag items into the sidebar to add them. You can also press Command , or choose Finder > Preferences (when in the Finder) to customize windows more.

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Along the bottom you see a clear path of where you are working. Importantly for me is a status of how full a drive is getting. When working with videos and photos its easy to overfill a drive (which can lead to major performance issues or corruption). I try to leave 10% of a hard drive free at all times. If I get to 5% I start removing things to backup.

While I'm at it, here's a useful tip to switch folders. If you command-click on a folder name, you'll get the whole path. You can now switch to a parent directory very quickly. If viewing the Path Bar you can also click in the string to switch folders.

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OSX Lion Windows Driving You Nuts? Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jul 24, 2011 at 10:52:43 pm Apple

Color Controls in Aperture



In this week's video, instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use color controls to make precise adjustments in images.




Color Controls in Aperture Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Apr 30, 2011 at 6:56:00 pm Apple

Quick Audio Controls on a Mac

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Need to quickly change your audio options on your Mac? There's a great shortcut to quickly access both Input and Output devices as well as Sound Preferences.

Simply Option+click on the volume button and it will change to your relevant audio controls.

Thanks to Jeff Greenberg for teaching me a great tip.




Quick Audio Controls on a Mac Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Apr 24, 2011 at 8:12:53 am Apple

Apple Updates Aperture to 3.12

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Apple just released a small update to Aperture that addresses many small (but important) issues.

Here are the highlights:

iPhoto Compatibility

Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when importing large iPhoto libraries.
Aperture now correctly handles albums contained in folders when importing iPhoto 9.1.1 libraries.
Improves reliability when importing iPhoto 9 libraries that include slideshows containing text slides.
RAW images imported from iPhoto 9 libraries no longer show the Reprocess brick in Adjustments.

Import

Addresses an issue that could cause Aperture to stop responding when attempting to process damaged images.
Olympus E-5 images with a 3:4 aspect ratio now import with the correct rotation.

Library

Addresses an issue that could prevent referenced images from being reconnected.
Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when switching libraries.

Adjustments

Resolves an issue that could cause your Mac to become unresponsive when using brushes.
Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when using Retouch.
Addresses an issue that could cause the white balance value for certain RAW images to be displayed incorrectly.

Other

Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when panning a zoomed image.
Addresses compatibility of exported XMP Sidecar files with third-party applications.
Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when using Align to Beats in a slideshow.




Apple Updates Aperture to 3.12 Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:22:21 am Apple

Adding a Vignette in Aperture

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The term vignette is used to describe an image whose brightness fades to its periphery from the center. This produces a darkening at the edges of the image. In some cases, vignettes are desirable and they’re applied or enhanced for artistic effect after the image is shot. Fortunately, Aperture provides flexible controls for both removing and adding vignettes to your photos in a nondestructive fashion.

Aperture offers the Vignette adjustment controls to apply an artistic vignette to an image. With these controls you can add vignettes to a photo after it’s shot. This is often done to simulate old-style photographic techniques, such as those used on portraits.

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Aperture offers two styles of vignettes: Exposure and Gamma. The Exposure vignette is intended to simulate a lens-created vignette. The other method, the Gamma vignette, intensifies the pixels in the affected area and creates a more pronounced effect.

  1. Select an image in the Browser.
  2. Click the Add Adjustments pop-up menu and choose the Vignette controls. A Gamma vignette with default values is applied.
  3. Choose Exposure from the Type pop-up menu.
  4. Drag the Amount slider all the way to the right. The slider stops at a value of 1.0, but this isn’t the limit for the effect.
  5. Click the right arrow next to the Amount value slider and set the amount of dark shading to 1.7.
  6. Drag the Size slider to the right to set the distance in pixels that will be affected by the darkening vignette. Choose a value of 1.5.

Note:
You can use the Lift and Stamp tools to take the vignette from one image and easily apply it to others.





Adding a Vignette in Aperture Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jan 17, 2011 at 2:16:00 pm Apple

Aperture 3.1.1 Released

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Apple released a free update to Aperture that addresses overall stability and performance issues, and also includes specific fixes that:
  • address compatibility with the iLife Media Browser
  • improve reliability when upgrading existing Aperture libraries
  • address issues with publishing photos to MobileMe, Facebook and Flickr
The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3.

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: 
http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2518
Here are the highlights:
  • iLife ’11 Compatibility
  • Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when a camera was plugged in to your Mac.
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the Aperture First Aid from opening correctly after upgrading a library from 3.0 to 3.1.
  • The Noise Reduction adjustment brick now correctly displays Radius and Edge Detail sliders when applied using a Quick Brush.
  • Aperture now correctly sets the "Photos Viewable by" setting for images published to your Flickr Photostream.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when the "Fit Slideshow to Main Soundtrack" button was clicked.




Aperture 3.1.1 Released Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Dec 11, 2010 at 10:57:00 pm Apple

The New Apple TV – Best $99 I've Spent this Year


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I've been an Apple TV fan from the very beginning.... I've often talk about how much I like it and even have a few blog posts on it (1, 2, 3).

Here's my short review of the new one. It's awesome.

Okay, now I'll tell you why I love it so much.
  • It's cheap – $99 is a steal. Sure they got the price down by removing an internal drive... but things change. I no longer need a hard drive to store movies. I've been using a Drobo FS as my home media server with iTunes and before that a regular Drobo hooked up directly to our home's iMac.
  • Netflix support is built in. There are thousands of on demand movies for free. Some of my favorite things include the extensive selection of documentaries, as well as TV shows that I miss episodes while traveling. Plus, we have two kids who just adore the extensive selection of kids programming (including classic Bugs Bunny fare and multiple PBS shows). At $9 a month... it's a steal.
  • The new Remote App is killer – With an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad you can take complete control. I love using the Apple TV through the home stereo. I have an extensive music collection. I love being able to DJ right from my device. Great when hosting get togethers or for changing music up based on the mood at hand.
  • TV Rentals are now reasonable – Miss an episode, catch it for 99¢. I must admit I've used this feature more than a few times.
  • Easier connection to multiple devices – Apple simplified sharing media. Right now I can access media off any of the computers in our household that share the same Apple ID. Mind you we have an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and a Mac Mini. My understanding is that we'll soon be able to stream from our iPads and iPhones too. For those of you counting, that's ten devices sharing media seamlessly throughout the whole house... (yes... we are a terribly geeky family of four).
  • Streaming Photos and Video is easy – Whether you use MobileMe, iLife, Aperture, YouTube, or Flickr it's a piece of cake to send stuff to your TV in HD.

It's $99... I must say I know what I'll be putting in several people's stockings this year.





The New Apple TV – Best $99 I've Spent this Year Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Oct 20, 2010 at 6:46:16 am Apple

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