Thomas Hoepker’s ’63 road trip, plus four other fantastic photobooks to get you inspired

This month’s photobook selection includes a collection of photos of pairs by Finnish photographer Pentti Sammallahti; Thomas Hoepker’s look back at his 1963 road trip; Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb’s lockdown project of photos from Cape Cod; a collection of Bob Kolbrener’s B&W Californian landscapes; and a groundbreaking trilogy of photobooks by Ralph Gibson from the early 1970s.

Read the rest of the article on Popular Photography.

These Five Books Will Make You a Better Writer

Writing is something that most people learn on the hoof. While you can take writing courses, such as an MFA in Creative Writing or a journalism course, most writers are just born wordsmiths. As such, we can all benefit from books that help us hone our craft. There are hundreds of books about writing, some of which offer formulae for creating best sellers, others that focus on specific elements of writing (such as plot, dialog, or description), and some more general books that provide inspiration.

In this article, I look at a five books about writing that can help every writer.

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.

Stage Manager Offers a New Way to Work with Windows in macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16

While computers have changed a great deal since the first personal computers, one thing hasn’t: the way we work with windows. On the Mac, we went from being able to use one app at a time, to an early form of multitasking (the Multifinder, with System 5.0 in 1987), to true preemptive multitasking in 1999 with Mac OS 8.6.

Since then, the way we work with windows has not changed. You can open multiple windows, arrange them on the screen, switch from one to another easily, and even hide windows when you don’t want to see them.

Now, with macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16, Apple is introducing Stage Manager, the biggest change in the way we work with windows in decades. Here’s how Stage Manager works, and why you may want to use it.

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

PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 121: Jeff’s European Photo Adventures

Jeff just returned from two weeks in France and Italy with almost 3000 photos, even though his was a family vacation and not a “photo trip,” per se. From choosing gear to bring and finding time to make photos amid demands of travel and family, it turned out to be an interesting photographic challenge. We talk about what Jeff experienced and learned for the next adventure.

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: Buddha Basics 01: Oodles of Buddhas

In this Buddha Basics episode no. 1, we look at how there are lots of Buddhas, an infinite number of Buddhas, and who’s who. This is the first episode of our Buddha Basics series which looks at the basics of Buddhism as never expressed before, featuring the irreverent comments of Reverend Jundo, a real Zen Roshi. No Buddha BS here.

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

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #249: Apple’s New M2 MacBook Air

Apple’s new M2 MacBook Air is the first change in the popular laptop’s form factor since its introduction in 2008. We also look at a change in Facebook’s tracking URLs, and how running ChromeOS could bring an old Mac back to life.

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, The Summer Interregnum

We’ve decided to take rest of the summer off, and we’ll be back in September. Enjoy your summer (or your winter, if you’re down under).

Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We’re ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks!

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How to Manage, Compare, and Restore Snapshots in Your Scrivener Projects

In a recent article, we looked to how you can use snapshots to save versions of your Scrivener projects. We explained what snapshots are, how they work, and how to take snapshots.

In this article, we want to go further, showing you what you can do with snapshots. We’ll look at how you can manage snapshots, how you can compare them to current versions of documents in your project, and how you can restore snapshots if you want to.

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.

M2 MacBook Air Review – New Form Factor for Apple’s Most Popular Mac

When Apple released the first MacBook Air in 2008, it seemed like it might be a gimmick. Steve Jobs revealed the device at a Macworld Expo keynote by sliding out of a manila envelope, suggesting that it could be shipped as a letter, not a package; its light weight and extreme thinness were its defining characteristics. While the debut model was not extremely fast, even for the time, it was the first Mac available with an optional SSD, giving a glimpse of what was to come. It was hideously expensive, with the base model’s $1,799 price increasing to $3,098 with the SSD. (Though that price dropped to $2,598 six months later, due to a drop in the price of flash memory.)

Now, 14 years later, what could be seen as Apple’s flagship Mac — the best Mac for most people, and the most popular – has adopted a new form factor. Gone is the signature aerodynamic wedge shape, replaced by no-nonsense straight sides. It is thinner and lighter than Apple‘s MacBook Pros, and is closer in form factor to the 12.9″ iPad Pro than to previous MacBook Airs.

Of all the Apple laptop models I’ve had over the years, the MacBook Air has been my favorite. While I have had several MacBook Pros, the work I do on a laptop doesn’t require that extra power. This is true for most people: if you’re not a developer, or designer, or video editor, the MacBook Air is probably right for you.

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

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #248: Lockdown Mode

Apple has announced a new extra-protection security feature called Lockdown Mode, which will protect those at high risk from hackers. We explain why this is a great bundle of security features that you can enable with a single click.

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.