Using Mobile Apps for Site Surveys

Published by | Friday, April 25th, 2014

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Knowing the ins and outs of your location is a very important step in successful productions. Site surveying helps you identify potential problems before your production takes place. In this week’s episode of DSLR Video Tips, Robbie and I demonstrate how to use mobile apps to make your site survey more effective. From weather conditions to the location of the sun, the more prepared you are, the more successful your production will be.

Wrap a Pattern Around a 3D Object

Published by | Friday, April 25th, 2014

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In this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial, Bert shows us how to wrap a pattern around a 3D object—in this case, a simple wine goblet.

Making a Multi-Level Numbered List

Published by | Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Numbered lists aren’t exactly cutting edge anymore. Called “ordered lists” by web folks, they allow you to add and delete new items and automatically update the numbering as you go. In InDesign, they’re as simple to create as selecting text and clicking the Numbered List button. But what if you need a multi-level list, with steps like 2a or 1.4.1? This episode of InDesign Secrets reviews the basics of creating multilevel numbered lists, starting with a paragraph style. Host David Blatner also shows how to align and indent your lists.

Choose a Web CMS (WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla!)

Published by | Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Can’t decide which content management system (CMS) suits your needs? It’s not an easy task. But by clearly defining what you want it to do—and being aware of your technical skill limits—you can identify the best CMS for your purpose.

Let’s start with the basics. A CMS is a software program that makes it easy for you to create and publish digital content on a digital device. WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla are the most popular and used worldwide. They’re in open-source format—which means they’re regularly updated by a massive global community to ensure they can support developing online technology. You can download them immediately for free but you have the option to pay for additional premium features.

Managing in Bureaucracies

Published by | Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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There’s some irony in the life of an organization. One the one hand, success leads to necessary growth in the organizational hierarchy and the overall amount of bureaucracy. On the other hand, that fact often erodes managers’ ability to feel empowered to make decisions.

Reclaiming your decision-making ability when needed is in many ways about fighting bureaucracy. The first tip this week addresses this challenge. Let’s be clear, no wildly successful person achieves success without locking horns with a few bureaucrats over policies. Not all tape is red, nor do all bureaucrats create roadblocks–but successful leaders see the difference and effectively manage tricky bureaucratic situations.

5 Online Job Search Strategies

Published by | Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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Believe it or not, searching for a job doesn’t have to be overwhelming and stressful.

If you feel like your job search has you treading water, follow these five tips to get organized, visible, connected—and headed down the path to employment.

Auto-Hiding Iconic Panels in Photoshop

Published by | Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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Photoshop’s interface is highly customizable; you can rearrange panels, hide them, and pop panels in and out of your dock at will. Once you open a panel, though, it doesn’t automatically close after you’ve “done your business.” That can get annoying—fast. Luckily, Deke has a remedy for this minor irritation. In today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, he reveals the preference that enables you to collapse iconic panels quickly, by simply clicking anywhere else in Photoshop. (Iconic panels are the ones represented by icons in the secondary panel bar, like Properties, Brushes, etc.) Plus, get a bonus tip on moving around the fields in a panel straight from the keyboard.

Siri, Your iPhone Assistant

Published by | Monday, April 21st, 2014

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In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll be covering in detail one of my favorite features of my iPhone: Siri, Apple’s automated voice control. Touted as your personal digital assistant, Siri really is just that—and a whole lot more!