PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 106: PhotoActive 2021 Gift Guide

When they set out to produce a gift guide—the first one in three years—Kirk and Jeff chose items that really reflect how they approach photography, and items that hopefully aren’t on every other photo gift guide out there. This episode covers a gamut of price ranges and interests, so something is sure to appeal to you as the giver or the receiver this holiday.

Find out more, and subscribe to the podcast, at the PhotoActive website. You can follow The PhotoActive on Twitter at @PhotoActiveCast to keep up to date with new episodes, and join our Facebook group to chat with other listeners and participate in photo challenges and more.

The Zen of Everything Podcast, Episode 62: Buddhisms

Jundo and Kirk talk about the various flavors of Buddhism. They are not all the same, and we discuss the differences between the various schools that have changed over the centuries.

Find out more, including show notes for each episode, at the Zen of Everything website and at Treeleaf Zendo.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #215: Apple Sues NSO Group for Pegasus Spyware

Apple has filed a lawsuit against NSO Group, the creator of Pegasus spyware, that has targeted politicians, journalists, and activists. We discuss this surprising lawsuit and what it means for Apple users and security.

Follow the The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

The Next Track, Episode #223 – Culling Cruft

Doug and Kirk both have large music libraries. They discuss some of the problems of having too much music, and how to wrangle a large library of music files.

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Find out more at The Next Track website, or follow The Next Track on Twitter at @NextTrackCast.

Outlining with the Scrivener Binder

Scrivener’s Binder is where you organize your projects, in folders and files, and this is reflected in the app’s dedicated Outline view. Many people like working in Outline view, because it’s a familiar way to view the elements of their projects. But you can also use the Binder to create an outline and rearrange it, and, in some cases, this is more powerful and flexible than the Outline view.

Scrivener is very different from other text editors or word processors; instead of working in monolithic files, your project can be split up into bits as long or as short as you want. (In practice, you probably don’t want snippets shorter than one paragraph.) Because of this, it’s easy to rearrange your project in the Binder.
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In this article, I’m going to discuss how you can use the Binder as an outline, and when you might want to do this.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #214: Shop Safely on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

We had to check our calendars when Apple announced a new self-service repair program for iPhones. We look at some new Mac malware, and we discuss how to shop safely and securely online this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Follow the The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Use Copyholders to Extend the Scrivener Editor

Scrivener’s Editor is a powerful tool for putting words down on a virtual page, and for viewing what you’ve already written. I recently showed how you can split the Editor, to view two files at the same time, whether they are part of your Draft or Manuscript folder, items in your Research folder, or anything else.

In addition to these Editor splits, Scrivener has a feature called copyholders. Think of these as pinning a file from the Binder to an Editor pane. Copyholders stay in place while you write, edit, and navigate in other Editor panes, until you remove them. And if you combine Editor splits and copyholders, you can have four files visible at a time.

Here’s how to use copyholders in Scrivener.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

25 Things You Didn’t Know Siri Can Do

Apple’s virtual assistant Siri is ten years old, and has evolved from an extremely limited voice-activated software agent to a much more sophisticated tool, that is capable of triggering tasks, interacting with apps, and, with Apple’s Shortcuts app, launching complex automations.

Since the beginning, however, it has been difficult to find out exactly what Siri was capable of. In the early days, Siri was quite inflexible, and commands only worked if they were worded in specific ways, but that has improved over time, as Apple has collected huge amounts of data about how people talk to Siri.

Yet you still probably have no idea how many things Siri can do for you. Here are 25 things that you can ask Siri that you might not have thought of.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 105: Aaron Hockley and Computational Photography

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, computational photography…whichever term you use, the technologies are here and touching almost every part of the photos you’re making. Our guest this week is Aaron Hockley, author of the book The Computer Ate My Photos: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Photography, and he’s here to help us unravel this brave new world (and convince us that he’s not a robot).

Find out more, and subscribe to the podcast, at the PhotoActive website. You can follow The PhotoActive on Twitter at @PhotoActiveCast to keep up to date with new episodes, and join our Facebook group to chat with other listeners and participate in photo challenges and more.