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By Gini Courter | Monday, May 25, 2015

The Wicked Easy Way to Create a Table of Contents in Word

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You already know that a table of contents makes it easier for your readers to work with long documents of 10 or more pages. They give printed documents a sophisticated look and feel, and add ebook-like navigation to onscreen documents.

But did you know that tables of contents are wicked easy to create and update in Microsoft Word? I created the following table of contents with just three clicks—and so can you. Here’s how!

By James Fritz | Saturday, May 23, 2015

In Presentations—as in Life—Have a Backup Plan

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“Be prepared” isn’t just a Boy Scout motto; it’s sound advice for everyone.

From having a backup bottle of ketchup in the cupboard to regularly backing up your computer data, having a contingency plan for the unexpected is always a good idea.

Here are a few ways where having a backup plan can really make a difference in your professional life:

By Nancy Muir Boysen | Friday, May 22, 2015

Four Simple Ways to Improve Your Technical Writing

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People in technical fields are often asked to write about technology—and the task can be daunting. After all, you’re not likely to have trained as a writer, learning the fine points or grammar or crafting an elegant sentence, because your focus has been to learn the ins and outs of a technical profession.

The good news is that you can make your technical writing easier for anyone to understand—whether or not your readers have a technical background—by mastering a few simple tips:

  • be concise
  • avoid jargon
  • use the active voice
  • be specific

By Robbie Carman | Friday, May 22, 2015

Create Video Motion with Slider Shots

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Introducing motion into your scene is a great way to add energy into your video—and slider shots are a great way to do it.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I compare different types of sliders to help you discover which type will work best for you.

By Vince Kotchian | Friday, May 22, 2015

SAT Math Tips: Techniques for the Two Trickiest Questions

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The math sections of the SAT are known for their devious questions. The concepts aren’t terribly difficult, but the test writers are good at presenting them in ways that force you to think and adapt.

This can be tough for many students, since high school math teachers don’t usually get very creative with the questions on their tests.

In this article, I’ll introduce you to two of the trickiest SAT math question types—and for each one, I’ll give you a specific technique to help you successfully work it out.

So get out some paper and a pencil, and let’s learn some SAT math tips!

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 21, 2015

Which EPUB Format Should You Use: Reflowable or Fixed-Layout?

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Want to turn your publication into an ebook and sell it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or the Apple’s iBooks Store? You need to convert it to EPUB.

But which EPUB format should you choose? Reflowable or fixed-layout?

In this short video, I talk about your options, and the pros and cons of each format.

By Justin Reznick | Thursday, May 21, 2015

Capturing Water with Long Exposure Photography

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Long exposure photography can be a fascinating technique when you’re photographing water. I’ve shown you the great cotton-candy look you can get with long exposures.

Now let me show you what you get when you focus on other features in water—features that, when long-exposed, can make something special from an otherwise ordinary scene.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Use Your Apple Devices Together with Handoff

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When the apps we use day-to-day are scattered across phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers—things can get confusing.

You might start an email on your iPhone, but after a page of painful texting, realize it would be easier to finish it on your laptop. Or you might have left a document open on your office computer upstairs, but you need to access it from your tablet while taking a phone call downstairs. If you’ve got more than one device, you can probably relate.

Apple’s recent releases of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 tackle this digital dilemma with a new feature called Handoff, which allows you to easily, well, “hand off” certain tasks between devices.

For example, open your MacBook Pro’s current browser tab on your iPhone. Pass that spreadsheet on your iPhone to your iPad Air for a bit more breathing room. Respond to that desktop IM message on your iPhone.

It’s a pretty compelling promise—but does Handoff walk the walk? Let’s set it up, and take a look.

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