Jan 29

spotlight

Spotlight has been round for years but if you’re like me you may not be using it as well as you can. Here’s an example of a recent search I did that might help you learn some  features of spotlight. Continue reading ⟩

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Oct 01

publisher

Microsoft publisher has been around for a long time but  it has never been able to run on Apple computers.   If you’re like me you  probably have friends who have Microsoft publisher files they occasionally email you. Sadly there is no way to open  a Microsoft publisher file on a Mac, until now…

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Dec 03

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With Mountain Lion (OSX 10.8) Apple have made it even simpler to join two pdf files together – you just need to drag any pdf file into the thumbnail window of an existing pdf file and the two will be merged together!

Note: this is different for different versions of OS X.

For older versions of OS X (10.6-10.7) click here.

For OS X 10.9 Mavericks click here. Continue reading ⟩

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Nov 15

I have just downloaded a PDF magazine. It comes as double pages. That is, the first page is a single A4 portrait page, the second and third pages are two a4 pages combined into an A3 landscape page, and so on. Now I have tried to view it on a number of ebook readers on the iPad but non of them can handle two pages side by side. I want to read in portrait mode, and read one page at a time.

In portrait mode if I view a double page it squishes it up to take just half the screen. If I zoom in, the zoom resets back to small when I change to the next page.

There seem to be hundreds of ebook readers out there. Anyone found one that handles double a4 pages?

(I’ve tried iBooks, Kindle, Blio, Kobo and iPdf and none of them work!)

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Jul 24

I have a Fiji Xerox Docucentre II C4300 and here’s how I set it up to scan via FTP  to OSX Lion. Continue reading ⟩

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May 23

A font is a particular style of text, like ‘Helvetica’ or ‘Times’.

Sometimes you might make a keynote presentation on one computer, but then you copy it to a different computer, and it doesn’t display properly. This may be because the font you used is not on the second computer. A font is not included in a document when you save it.  If the new computer doesn’t have the right font, it won’t be able to display your text properly. It will try to substitute a different font, which may not look good! This means if you are using a strange font, you may need to copy the font to the new computer. Here’s how.

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Mar 09

Depending on what program you used to create a PDF, the file size of your PDF file can be quite large. If you combine two or three PDF files together using preview, you can also end up with a bloated PDF file.  The best way to reduce PDF file size is with Acrobat professional, which can do all sorts of magic on PDF files. Sadly we can’t all afford Acrobat Professional, so here is a free way to make a PDF file smaller.

Reduce file size will degrade your photo quality. Use it wisely.

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Apr 15

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My friend Dave has just moved across to a mac and he tells me that in Microsoft publisher you can use a booklet template to make a booklet. Publisher did this automatically. With Pages in OS X there is no such built in option to do this automatically, but there is a great little program called ‘create booklet’ that will do it for you when you go to print the document.

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