Video Tutorials with Camtasia for Mac

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a moving picture is worth a thousand pictures. OK, I made that last part up. But you get the idea. When it comes to creating rich learning materials, a well done video can often make a concept or procedure very clear. Until a few weeks ago, the offerings for Mac screencasting software were sparse. While Snapz-Pro and ScreenFlow did allow you to capture screen movement on your Mac, they were limited in their ability to edit. Now, TechSmith has released its Camtasia product for the Mac. Camtasia allows you to capture […]

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Snow Leopard – First Impressions

It’s been 4 days now with the new cat… so far, so good. Right off, there’s a noticeable performance boost in startup, shutdown and general Finder tasks. That, along with the  7GB reclamation of disk space makes Snow Leopard worth the price. The new QuickTime is slick, but lacks the export features of the previous version of QuickTime Pro. Thankfully, Apple anticipated this disappointment, and put the old QuickTime in the Utilities Folder in Applications. Some folks will undoubtedly be using older applications which require Rosetta to run. Again, Apple found an elegant solution for those who chose not to […]

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Apple TV Hack

I’ve written several post here on how to hack your Apple TV to allow FTP access and open up a wide range of useful and fun apps. Back then, the process was more complicated and involved several steps. But things have changed. There is now a very easy way to hack your Apple TV and not only allow FTP access, but also give you the ability to watch TV from Hulu. This is quite cool. The first thing you do is download atvusb-creator from this site: http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/ The instructions on this page are simple and easy. This software will create […]

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Don’t Be A Twit: Tweet Well With These Tools

While you may have an opinion about the relative value or benefit of Twitter in the social networking sphere (see this funny spoof of Twitter), there’s no denying that “tweets” are quickly becoming a major form of online communication. On some level, it makes perfect sense. In our multi-tasking, multi-communication world, the pace continues to quicken. Why wade through several multi-paragraphed blog posts each day when you can get the gist of the matter with a brief 140-character-or-less tweet? And better yet, you don’t even have to be at your computer to get them.

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The Power of WordPress

I’m weeks away from finishing my first eBook! I haven’t yet decided on the title. They (the expert eBook marketing folks) tell me that much thought should go into the title. There are two important reasons for that: 1. You want the title to be alluring and catchy to increase sales. 2. You want the title to accurately communicate what the reader can expect to find inside. I’ve put several months of work in creating this eBook. I think most small business folks who want to create and maintain their own websites in an easy way will find this eBook […]

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Coda, The Developer’s Tool

Every once in a while, someone comes up with a tool that makes you wonder what you ever did before using it. For me, Coda is that tool. If you work on websites, you should take a close look at Coda. Coda has these tools built in: text editor, file transfer, source control system, terminal (SSH), website preview, and resource library for HTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP. The interface is clean and doesn’t get in the way of doing work. In Edit mode, the code is color-coded for easy identification. There’s a very cool CSS editor built in that allows […]

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