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By Judy Steiner-Williams | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Consider Your Audience: 3 Tips for Clear, Effective Business Writing

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Most of us consider knowledge to be a wonderful thing—a thing worth having. And it is. But it also comes with a curse.

The “curse of knowledge” is this: When we know something, it’s hard to remember what it’s like not to know it. So we often assume that everyone else knows it, too.

That faulty assumption plagues us in writing, especially: If I know what I mean, then everyone else should, too.

For clear and effective business writing, we must consider the backgrounds and knowledge of audience when deciding not only what to communicate, but how.

Follow these three tips for clear, effective business writing — that does what you want it to do.

By Suzanna Kaye | Monday, April 13, 2015

Manage LinkedIn Connections with the 'IF' Productivity App

IF is a top productivity app

I love productivity, and I love apps that help me be more productive. Among my top 10 productivity apps is one called IF.

Formerly called IFTTT (for “If This, Then That”), IF sets up triggers for a number of your common tasks. For example, you can tell it: If I change my Facebook profile picture, then update my Twitter profile picture with the same photo.

It works with over 65 of the apps and programs you already use, from Evernote and Dropbox to Instagram and Gmail.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, April 12, 2015

Coding for Kids: 7th Grader Follows in Dad's Coder Footsteps

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It all started with a Tweet:

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Suckers for a sweet father-son story, we checked in to see just what this coder kid is working on.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, April 11, 2015

How to Slow Down Video Footage in After Effects

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High frame rates allow you to slow down your video footage by a lot.

There might be times when you don’t have access to faster frame rates or want to slow down your footage more. This is where a motion graphics application or a nonlinear editor comes in to make more targeted speed adjustments.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I use Adobe After Effects to show you how to slow down video beyond what a high frame rate can offer.

By Paul Aubin | Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tips for Rendering a Revit Walkthrough

How to render a Revit walkthrough

Revit is a powerful and popular computer-aided design software used to design and document buildings.

One of its powerful and compelling features is its ability to create photo-realistic renderings directly in the software without any add-ins or extra features. You simply open a 3D view of the model and click render. (OK—there are a few more steps than that; check out my new lynda.com course Rendering with Revit.)

Better still, we can create both static renderings (like a photograph) and animations.

I’m going to show you how to create a Revit walkthrough.

By Pat Salvador | Friday, April 10, 2015

Convenient New Features of the Samsung Galaxy S6

Check out the new features of the Samsung Galaxy S6

The new line of Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile devices provides a number of fun and time-saving features.

You’ll find a Multi Window for split screen multi-tasking, edge screen configurations to help track your favorite contacts and move the features of the edge screen to either the left or right sides, and themes to express yourself within every aspect of the user interface. You can also go cordless now, thanks to an optional Wireless Charging Pad accessory.

I’ll walk you through the new features of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge:

By Chris Meyer | Friday, April 10, 2015

A Sneak Peek at the New Version of After Effects

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Adobe just announced some of the features we’ll see in the new version of After Effects, expected to release in the coming months.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 09, 2015

Using Word and InDesign Together: Avoiding Glitches

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I’m on a mission to save InDesign users from the nightmare we know as Word formatting.

I have a whole course on it: Using Word and InDesign Together. But those of you with only a few minutes to spare can watch this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, where I share fixes for the most annoying Word formatting glitches.

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