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By Robbie Carman | Saturday, February 28, 2015

Using a Video Dolly: Tips, Types, and Setup

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Using a video dolly adds a level of sophistication to any production. It’s an easy addition that can take your footage to the next level—and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I roll out different flavors of dollies to show you what you can achieve with them.

By Jolie Miller | Saturday, February 28, 2015

6 Simple and Painless Money-Saving Tips

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I’m one of those people for whom saving and budgeting isn’t always top of mind. But tax time always reminds me that I need to be more vigilant.

So I need savings hacks that are—dare I say—fun. In fact, they should be so painless that I don’t notice I’m doing something terribly responsible.

Of course, you can learn all about setting financial goals on lynda.com.

But here are six of my own favorite money-saving tips:

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Friday, February 27, 2015

InDesign Secrets: Tips for Naming EPUB Files

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One of the things that will get your EPUBs rejected by ebook retailers? File names with spaces and other reserved punctuation marks and special characters.

Although InDesign will allow you to export EPUBs with these characters, publishers won’t accept them, because they cause issues with the HTML and CSS.

To keep your EPUBs healthy, I’ve assembled some tips on fixing any naming errors in your EPUB files before exporting.

By Vince Kotchian | Friday, February 27, 2015

Real-Life Math: What Are Your Chances of Winning the Lottery?

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We all know it’s a long shot. But sometimes the lottery jackpot gets so big that everyone starts talking about it: “What would you do with the money?”

After all, someone is going to win, right? Why not give yourself the chance to be that person?

Here’s how to calculate your chances of winning the lottery — specifically, the MegaMillions jackpot.

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Turbocharge Your Typing on iPads and iPhones

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Typing on iPads or iPhones will always feel like a second-class experience compared to the raw efficiency of a physical keyboard.

Fortunately, there are lots of shortcuts and tricks to help—and with iOS 8, Apple added the ability to install third-party keyboard extensions to make text entry and typing on iOS devices even easier.

Here are your options.

By Seán Duggan | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Use Damage Textures to Create a Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop

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As photographers, we go to great lengths to make our photographs look “perfect.”

But sometimes the presence of obvious imperfections and even traces of physical damage can add intriguing qualities to an image and make it more interesting than a clean, polished version.

I’m going to show you where to find that antique or distressed look—and how to add it to your images for a vintage photo effect.

By Bonnie Biafore | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Recording Home Office Expenses in QuickBooks

Record your home office expenses in QuickBooks

Did you know that if you run your business from home, you can use part of your home office expenses as company expenses?

Usually, you’ll record those expenses in your company’s books at the end of the year when you’re getting ready for tax season.

If you’re new to bookkeeping, you might wonder how to get those expenses into your company’s books. I’m going to show you how to use Journal Entries to record your home office expenses in QuickBooks.

By Bill Weinman | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Swift 1.2 Is a Major Update—But Doesn’t Replace Objective-C

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The first beta of Xcode 6.3 was recently released with a new version of the Swift language that contains a number of significant changes.

Swift has a great deal of promise. It could make development for iOS and OS X both easier and more reliable. Unfortunately, much of its promise has yet to be realized.

Swift 1.2 is a major update that comes at the cost of backward compatibility, yet significant issues remain unresolved.

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