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By Garrick Chow | Sunday, April 26, 2015

From Paper to Prezi, Tackle Your Project with Mind Mapping

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Whenever you start a new project or pursuit—whether it’s writing a paper, preparing a speech, or making a decision—one of the toughest hurdles is just getting your thoughts organized.

You often have many of the key pieces of information in your head, but you haven’t yet structured them into coherent thoughts. Or you might not yet have identified which pieces are missing.

An increasingly popular technique for organizing and planning a project, and one I’ve been using more and more frequently, is the practice of mind mapping.

I’m going to show you how to organize your ideas with mind mapping — using pen and paper, or software like Prezi.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, April 25, 2015

Gonna Take You Higher: Getting the High-Angle Shot

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Trying to get that amazing overhead shot? From quadcopters to jibs, there are multiple strategies for getting your camera up in the air.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I explore how to get a camera up in the air for the high-angle shot you want.

By Doug Winnie | Friday, April 24, 2015

What to Expect Next Week at Microsoft Build 2015

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Looking back at the last year, Microsoft changed its strategy significantly and surprised the technology community with some announcements and reveals: deploying Office for iOS and Android, expanding the Azure cloud platform offerings, and creating a highly transparent development process for the next version of Windows 10.

Oh, and freaking holograms.

Guessing what will be revealed at Microsoft Build 2015 is difficult. But there are some open questions that need answers. Here are some that I feel need to be—and hope will be—addressed when the conference kicks off Wednesday in San Francisco:

By Jeff Carlson | Friday, April 24, 2015

What’s New in Photoshop Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6?

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When major software updates come out, we want to know what’s new to determine whether we should upgrade or not.

In most cases, the stakes are pretty low: Will a new spreadsheet program work faster? Will that new note-taking application sync with my phone?
But when we’re talking about photo management software like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the stakes are higher:

  • Will it improve my photo workflow?
  • Am I risking my entire photo library with its tens or hundreds of thousands of images?
  • Will it bring my computer to a crawl as it’s processing photos?

This week Adobe released Photoshop Lightroom CC, and I’m happy to report that the answers are yes; no; and surprisingly, no.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 23, 2015

Three Ways to Prevent Hyphenation in InDesign

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A lot of designers are picky about hyphens. (I know I am!) Especially hyphens in words that break across lines.

We can control how InDesign hyphenates on a document level by editing the Hyphenation options in our paragraph styles, including the minimum length of words to hyphenate and the acceptable number of hyphens per word.

But what about words you don’t want hyphenated, regardless of length?

Some designers enter soft returns, aka line breaks, to force the word to the next line, but this really only solves the problem if your project is finalized. If you need to edit the layout or text, the word will move and the line break will look out of place.

In this week’s InDesign Secrets, I’ll show you three ways to prevent a word from hyphenating and breaking across lines—without using soft returns.

By Mark Niemann-Ross | Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Code Clinic Courses in Swift, R, C, and JavaScript

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Programmers and musicians have similar brains. We’re good at recognizing patterns. We’re persistent. We savor the graceful expression of an idea.

And … we spend a lot of time talking about our tools, rather than the craft. Guitarists will talk for hours about the perfect set of strings or the merits of a ’69 Telecaster. Programmers argue (vehemently!) about the perfect language or where to place a closing brace.

None of that is music or code. Music and code come from thoughtfulness and appreciation of the art. For programmers, this is where computational thinking and the concepts taught in Code Clinic become important.

This year, we’re releasing four new Code Clinics. Let me explain why…

By David Powers | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

5 Handy PHP Tips You Need to Know

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PHP powers more than four out of every five websites that use a server-side language—yet it has attracted a huge amount of criticism as being “badly designed.”

Certainly PHP has frustrating inconsistencies, but it owes its enduring popularity to the fact that it’s easy to learn and it lets you get the job done without needing a degree in computer science. I would also argue that PHP is constantly improving.

Here are five underused features that make PHP a really useful language.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Render a Logo with Spot Colors in Photoshop

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In his new course, Creating and Adapting a Logo, Deke shows how to reconfigure a logo for many different types of projects—from web-based banner ads to printed business cards.

However, when you transition a logo from a digital format to print, you can’t only adjust the design. You also need to optimize the colors for print. RGB and CMYK colors simply won’t survive the transition to real-world inks.

So in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, he’ll show how to take a logo with text and photographic details and render it with spot colors in Photoshop.

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