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By Jess Stratton | Monday, August 25, 2014

Get Your Google Calendar by Email Every Morning

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In many online calendar apps, such as Google Calendar and Outlook.com, you can get a daily email of all your appointments for the day. It’s one email, and it contains a digest view of your entire day.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you what the email looks like, and how to enable the feature in both Google Calendar as well as Outlook.com.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, August 23, 2014

Protect Your Video Gear from Dust and Water

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Weather, dust, and scratches, oh my! When getting into position for a great shot, there are many things that can damage your video gear.

However, there are just as many strategies that can keep your equipment out of harm’s way.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, I take you to Dig This! in Las Vegas to show you multiple ways to keep your gear safe while shooting outdoors.

By David Rivers | Saturday, August 23, 2014

Parents! Get Back-to-School Organized—with Evernote

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Back-to-school month is an exciting time for everyone in the family. But if you’re not ready, it can become one of the most stressful times of the year.

You can avoid start-of-the-school-year panic if you’re organized—and Evernote can help.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 22, 2014

Pixel Playground: Spruce Up an Interior Shot

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This week, Bert walks us through how to improve an interior shot by adding a door under the sink, lighting the candle, and cleaning up here and there.

By Nick Brazzi | Friday, August 22, 2014

Facebook Messenger: Understanding Privacy Settings

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Earlier this month, Facebook made a move that sparked lots of controversy on the Internet. That’s a statement that’s been made about many Facebook moves over the years. But this time we’re talking about Facebook Messenger—a handy little smartphone app that gives users access to Facebook messages.

Facebook messages are private, like email or chat messages; they can only be seen by the people involved in, and invited to, the conversation. So messages are very different from public wall posts and status updates.

The Facebook Messenger app has been around for a while. Justin Seeley covered it very well in his Up and Running with Facebook course. What’s changed is that Facebook has made the move to require all users of the Facebook smartphone app to switch to Facebook Messenger to access messages. That means the only way to work with Facebook messages on an iPhone or Android is to install and use the Facebook Messenger app. But that’s only half of the story.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 22, 2014

Drawing Challenge in Action: Day 14

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Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.

Today Von challenged us to use the reference image below and change it to make it more dramatic.

By Ashley Kennedy | Friday, August 22, 2014

Setting Up a Recording Booth for lynda.com Courses

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Have you ever shut yourself in an unventilated closet for hours at a time during the hottest, most humid months of the year?

It’s fun—let me tell you.

And if you’ve watched any of my courses on lynda.com, you’ve probably heard my voice speak through the sweaty resilience that resulted from such a setup. But no longer.

Life is looking up, and it’s thanks to the life-changing addition of a WhisperRoom recording booth to my professional setup.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 21, 2014

Helpful, Uncommon Uses for Quick Apply in InDesign

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Any designer worth her salt knows about Quick Apply in InDesign — but I have a few other uses for Quick Apply that often surprise InDesign users.

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