PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 129: Visualizing the Edit

When you look through the viewfinder of your camera, what do you see? Just the scene in front of the lens, or the version you know is possible when you edit the shot later in software? This week Jeff and Kirk talk about visualizing the edit while you’re shooting to get photos that look the way you remember or how you’d prefer them to be.

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.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #265: Extreme Security and Privacy on the iPhone

Apple’s new Lockdown Mode provides extreme security and privacy on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. We discuss how it works, and what the downsides are of using this feature. We also talk about how TikTok’s new privacy policy states that staff can access user data, how Zoom mandates new client updates every 30 days, and how the US is planning “nutrition labels” for IoT devices.

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9 Things You Can Do With an Old Mac

Every year, when Apple releases its latest version of macOS, there’s a good chance that another generation of Macs won’t be compatible with the new operating system.

While this is not necessarily a problem — if your Mac was working well last year, there’s no reason why you can’t continue to use it this year — it can be potentially dangerous from a security perspective. Apple generally provides security updates for the current and two previous macOS versions. However, you may not be aware that Apple often doesn’t patch some vulnerabilities in the two previous Mac operating systems.

So, if you have an old Mac that’s no longer supported by the current version of macOS, what should you do with it? Here are several ideas.

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

The Next Track, Episode #242: How to Break the Ice for Podcasts

Doug and Kirk discuss some new gear for working with audio, immersive audio, and Zoom.

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Should you Outline Your Novel or Not?

There is no more contentious issue around writing fiction than whether an author should outline their novel or not. Planners – those who outline – insist that it’s the only way to write, whereas pantsers – those who write “on the seat of their pants” – claim that their way is best.

Of course, neither is best, but each of these approaches suits different writers. There are valid reasons for and against each choice. Here are some of them.

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 #264: The Dangers of Verified Accounts on Social Networks

We discuss this week’s Apple security updates, explain why some apps have issues with full disk access in macOS Ventura, and we discuss the dangers of verified accounts on social networks, such as Twitter. We also take a close look at one of the biggest changes in macOS Ventura, the System Settings app.

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Write Now with Scrivener, Episode no. 20: Brigitta Blair and Camilla Zhang on Writing Comics with Scrivener

Brigitta Blair is an author/illustrator, and Camilla Zhang is a comics editor. Together they have created the Standard Comic Strip Template for Scrivener. We discussed comics, how they are made, and how the Scrivener template helps comic authors.

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.

PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 128: New iPads and Lightroom Updates

Apple announced new iPad and iPad Pro models aimed at two very different audiences, but how do they look for photographers? Also new are updates to Adobe’s Lightroom line of products, bringing improved AI-based masking features to the broad suite of photo editing apps. Jeff and Kirk weigh in on these and more in the latest episode.

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.