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By Claudia McCue | Monday, August 03, 2015

PDFs to Go: Reduce PDF Size for Email


We’ve all been there: You want to attach a PDF to an email, but the file is too large to send—the recipient’s service provider won’t accept it.

You’ve got options, of course. You can use a file transfer service, such as Hightail.com or WeTransfer.com. Acrobat Pro DC offers some tools for reducing file size. And there are third-party utilities that may be able to further reduce the size of a document.

But your best shot is to address the problem when you’re creating the PDF in the first place.

Here are a few ways to make your PDFs smaller from the get-go.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, August 02, 2015

Reclaim an Extra Hour a Day — Every Day

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“If only there were another hour in the day …”

We’ve all said it. Now our Productivity experts show you exactly where to find that extra hour a day—60 satisfying minutes that will put some breathing room back into your workday, taking it from utter madness to totally manageable.

By Justin Reznick | Saturday, August 01, 2015

Eye from the Sky: Aerial Photography Tips

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In my new course on aerial photography from the South Island of New Zealand, I talk about searching for abstract patterns from the air to make compelling imagery.

I’ve been fortunate to create abstract aerial images from other parts of the world and would like to share them with you—as well as some tips for what to look for if you ever get a chance to shoot some yourself!

By Bobby Owsinski | Friday, July 31, 2015

Why Vinyl Records Are Back for Another Spin

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Eighty-five years after their debut, vinyl records are once again the hot new music release format.

Sales of vinyl records are seeing double-digit increases again this year and major record labels order a separate master for vinyl with just about every mastering job these days.

Why has such an antiquated format captured the attention of even hard-to-please Millennials? There’s no single answer, but like with most good consumer products, there are a lot of factors involved.

By Samantha Langit | Thursday, July 30, 2015

Coding Teen Credits Kodu with Helping Her Learn Programming


Parents, do you think your kids are too young to start learning to program? That’s not necessarily true.

Kids as young as 7 or 8 years old can learn the basics with Microsoft Kodu, a free visual programming environment. I know because I did it myself.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 30, 2015

Preview InDesign Files with Bridge


I often find myself looking through my hard drive for a particular InDesign layout, jumping from folder to folder, and getting totally frustrated.

I may not always be able to recognize the file I want from the name, and I might not remember which version I want without reviewing the layout itself.

Well, Bridge is here to the rescue! Bridge lets you preview InDesign files without opening them.

The trick is to set up InDesign to make sure the previews are set up the way you want.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Top Video Editors Share Their Storytelling Secrets


In a new type of lynda.com course, I set aside the software training and talk with veteran video editors about their projects, workflows, and philosophies.

The first three subjects in Conversations in Video Editing are Steve Audette, documentary editor at PBS Frontline; Jesse Averna, current Disney editor and former Sesame Street editor; and Monica Daniel, L.A.-based freelance editor.

Each of them is immensely talented in the craft of video post-production, and in this discussion series, we get a taste of how they do their jobs, talking about everything from collaborating in the cutting room to specific editing workflows to understanding audience and intent.

Best of all, each editor screens several recent projects and treats us with detailed scene analysis—breaking down how they approached the edit.

By Garrick Chow | Wednesday, July 29, 2015

5 Cool New Features of Windows 10

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Today marks the release of Windows 10, the long-awaited and highly anticipated update to Microsoft’s venerable operating system.

Here’s a quick look at five key new features.

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