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Type accented characters on iPhone

iOS keyboardEver wanted to be sophisticated while typing your status updates on your iPhone and write café properly with an accent?

If you occasionally need special characters such as é,ü,í,ő,ú, etc. you can get them easily on iOS. Just tap and hold the relevant key until a pop-up menu appears. Then slide your finger to the correct letter and release.

Üdvözlet! (Best regards in Hungarian)

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From Photoshop to the Web

Excerpted from Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques (Adobe Press)

By David Karlins

Most graphic designers are most comfortable designing in Photoshop. And Photoshop provides a convenient environment to sketch and prototype Web pages.

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Adobe Illustrator Workflow: The Ultimate Werewolf Project

Excerpted from Adapted from Illustrator CS5 Bible (Wiley Publishing)

By Ted Alspach

In what follows I walk you through a project that uses all sorts of Illustrator functions and explain how and why I used Illustrator’s capabilities throughout the process.

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Add content to iTunes without copying

iTunes icon largeSometimes you want to add media files to your iTunes so you can sync them on your mobile devices, but you don't want to copy the files to your /Music folder to avoid extra copies of the content and to save space on your hard drive.

In order to do that you can open iTunes Preferences and switch off Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library.

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Format USB drives for PC and other devices on Mac OSX

If you want to transfer files from your Mac to a Windows PC or play your movies on your TV that accepts USB drives you will need to reformat your USB drive to a format that is widely accepted.

You can format any drives with the Disk Utility application, but the default Mac OS Extended formats will usually only work on Macs and the MS-DOS(FAT) format will only work on Windows XP and not on Windows 7.

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Converting Rasters to Vectors Using Live Trace in Illustrator

Excerpted from Real World Adobe Illustrator CS5 (Peachpit Press)

By Mordy Golding

Certain Illustrator features, such as Pathfinder, are incredibly useful and, as a result, are used many times a day. Features such as 3D are also extremely cool, but they aren’t used as often. Every once in a while, a feature comes along in Illustrator that is cool and fun to use but that is also practical enough that you use it on a regular basis. Live Trace is such a feature.

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Wacom Bamboo vs Magic Mouse vs Magic Trackpad

I tested the Wacom Bamboo, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad as primary input devices with my Mac over several weeks. I wanted to find out which one is the most effective for everyday use. My usage was not limited to graphic design applications, but lot of web browsing and doing various other work, like working on spreadsheets or navigating developer apps.

Wacom Bamboo Tablet

The Wacom Bamboo tablet is the most natural input device if you are comfortable with a pen or a pencil which is true for most people. It allows you to put the cursor instantly to the area of your interest. You don't need to drag the cursor over the screen to get from the menu to the trash bin.

On the downside the cursor is not absolutely stable like you are used to it with a mouse. Because your hand is not still all the small movements are picked up and your cursor will move about just a little. This is a problem if you want to point to one specific pixel, for example when making a precise selection. You have to concentrate to make it happen. Lack of steadiness is also a problem when double clicking, your double click may register as a click and drag, which is very annoying.

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Taking Stock: Make Money in Microstock Creating Photos That Sell

Excerpted from Taking Stock: Make Money in Microstock Creating Photos That Sell (Peachpit Press)
By Rob Sylvan

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How to get your phone numbers into Google Voice

You must have heard that Google introduced phone calling right from your Gmail. The service is not yet available in all countries but being rolled out fast.

Calling the USA and Canada is free and the rest of the world is cheap. You can buy credits with Google Checkout.

The prices of Google Voice are generally cheaper than the already very cheap rates of Skype.

The only remaining question is how to get all your numbers from your iPhone or OSX Address Book into your Gmail? There are two ways to do that.


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