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Find sound advice for recording anything on your Mac!Learn how to use Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack 3 to capture and enhance any audio playing on a Mac. Audio expert Kirk McElhearn provides instructions for setting up common scenarios -- recording audio playing in Safari, capturing Skype and FaceTime calls, digitizing your old LPs, extracting audio from concert DVDs, and working with mics and mixers, among much else. Kirk also helps you edit recordings in Rogue Amoeba's Fission audio editor.You'll learn how to pipe sound through Audio Hijack to enhance its quality without recording. For example, by boosting the volume or tweaking the bass -- movies on Netflix never sounded better!You'll also discover special features such as reusable sessions, recording to more than one file (and format) at once, scheduling recordings, time shifting during live playback, effects like ducking and panning, adding automatic metadata before recording, and more.The Fission chapter has directions for trimming, cropping, adding, replacing, splitting, and fading audio. It also explains how to turn an audio file into a ringtone and -- podcasters and educators take note! -- how to make a chapterized AAC file.This book was created in collaboration with Rogue Amoeba, who worked with us to make this book more accurate, more detailed, and just plain better.As far as recording goes, you'll find help with:Recording literally any audio played on your Mac.Setting up reusable sessions with Audio Hijack's Audio Grid interface.Scheduling when your Mac should record something automatically.Recording from a mic. Or two mics. Or a mixer. Or a food processor.Capturing a chat from Skype, FaceTime, and other voice-over-IP apps.Checking volume levels before you record.Ducking one audio source when a second source kicks in.Digitizing an LP or cassette, while reducing hiss and noise.Breaking a digitized album into separate songs.Recording to multiple files and formats.Finding your recordings in Audio Hijack and the Finder.If you're interested in enhancing your aural experience, you'll find help with:Enhancing audio while you listen to it. For example, your little laptop's speakers might not provide enough oomph for an action thriller's soundtrack, but with Audio Hijack you can boost that sound and enjoy the flick.Piping audio around your house while you listen in creative ways: Rdio might not be able to use AirPlay to send music to your AirPort Express, but Audio Hijack can.Time shifting live audio while you listen. If you've ever used a TiVo, you know what this means: You're listening to a live stream, but you can't pay attention continuously. Even though it's live, you want to pause and resume, or go back a few seconds or jump ahead (if there's anything to jump ahead to).Lastly, you'll learn how to use Fission to polish your recordings. You can:Trim unwanted bits.Insert one audio file into another.Fade in or out from silence.Adjust a recording's volume.Create a ringtone or alert noise. Make a chapterized AAC file.Batch convert nearly any audio file to MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, FLAC, AIFF, or WAV format.
Work faster and more efficiently in Microsoft Office X and Office 2004! You know Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are powerful, but are you harnessing that power effectively? Microsoft Office expert Kirk McElhearn has distilled years of experience with these programs to explain how to work in Office more quickly and effectively. Learn how to issue your favorite commands faster, whether that means that you put commands on a toolbar for one-click access, stick them on custom menus where you can find them easily, or assign them keyboard shortcuts so that your fingers can do the work. Find tips for arranging toolbars and customizing the Formatting palette. Discover how to insert frequently typed bits of text with ease, and learn to use templates so that you never re-create a frequently used document (such as a monthly report) from scratch again. Kirk will have you working more efficiently than before in no time! Also included: how to navigate toolbars using the keyboard, working with the Word work menu, where Office stores customizations, and more. Bonus! A special appendix lists 20 favorite Office customizations from Macintosh experts. Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions like: How can I access different commands from a toolbar? How do I assign keyboard shortcuts to frequently used commands? How can I revert Word's menus to a Word 5 layout? What's the point of the Word Work menu, and how do I use it? How can I quickly insert frequently typed bits of text? How can I get a list of all keyboard shortcuts assigned in Word? How do I make an Excel template for my monthly report? How do I create a Word template for business letters? Where are my customizations and templates kept, and how do I share them with others? Need Help Buying? Feel free to ask us if you have a question about this ebook. And if you decide not to buy, would you tell us why? This ebook covers Microsoft Office X and Office 2004 for Macintosh; however, much of the information applies to recent versions of Microsoft Office for Windows and to older versions of the software on both platforms. The ebook does not cover writing macros.
Questions answered include: How can I use iTunes Match to share music with my family? How can I create a separate, smaller iTunes library for use with iTunes Match? How can I put an audiobook into my iTunes Match setup? How do I control sound quality when I import (rip) a music CD? What should I consider before I rip an audiobook CD? How do I turn on Genius? Where are good places to shop for digital music besides the iTunes Store? Which tags should I consider adding? How do I add lyrics to my tracks? How can I locate music that I haven't listened to in a while? What special things can I do with smart playlists? What AppleScripts can I use to extend iTunes? How do I share my iTunes library over a network? What can I print with iTunes? What's the best way to deal with my huge music library?
Let LaunchBar's superpowers save you from a lifetime of Mac drudgery! Join Mac expert Kirk McElhearn, and learn how to use LaunchBar, from Objective Development, to carry out nearly any Mac task more efficiently. To help you develop a mental map of all that LaunchBar can do, Kirk explains LaunchBar in the context of its five superpowers -- key LaunchBar techniques that no Mac user should be without!Abbreviation search. The primary way you select things in LaunchBar is by typing a few letters associated with the item you want to find. LaunchBar is smart (so the abbreviation doesn't have to be obvious) and learns from what you type (in case it guessed wrong the first time).Browsing. Sometimes you don't know what you want until you see it. Abbreviation search won't help there, but you can browse folders, recent documents for an app, clipboard history, snippets, and more.Sub-search. Too many results in a list to browse? Try a sub-search, which is an abbreviation search limited to a list of search results.Send To. Want to open a PDF in PDFpen rather than Preview? Or attach a document to a new email message? You can send anything on LaunchBar's bar to another application, folder, action, or service.Instant Send. For those who want to save the most time, Instant Send is the fastest way to put a selected file or bit of text on the bar, ready to open in another app, move to a folder, send to a Google search, look up in Dictionary, and more.Don't worry about remembering all this -- a one-page cheat sheet in the book will jog your memory until LaunchBar has worked its way into your fingertips.Consider two examples:Example 1: The most beloved LaunchBar function is to access apps quickly -- especially apps that you don't keep in the Dock. Just invoke LaunchBar (with a keyboard shortcut of your choosing), type a quick abbreviation -- whatever seems natural to you -- and press Return. (Or, take the express route with LaunchBar's handy Instant Open.) LaunchBar doesn't require predefined abbreviations; instead, it adapts to you! This method of accessing an app uses the Abbreviation Search, superpower #1.Example 2: Once you've become accustomed to the ease of accessing any app, you can start applying abbreviation search to other tasks and begin to unleash LaunchBar's other four superpowers. One example is to employ superpower #5, Instant Send, to file photos: select a photo's file icon in the Finder, hold down the key you use to invoke LaunchBar for an extra second to put the file on the bar, select the Add to iPhoto action, and press Return to send the photo to iPhoto. We could go on forever with our favorite examples: pasting the third item back from the clipboard history, moving a file into a deeply nested folder, creating calendar events, skipping to the next track in iTunes, running Terminal commands, looking up terms in Wikipedia, counting the characters in selected text, tweeting a quote from an article, finding your uncle's phone number, and so on. To learn how do all this, and more, read the ebook!
You'll learn how to handle each aspect of the flexible Scrivener manuscript-generation process: Set up: Add reference materials to your project for easy access - videos, audio files, PDFs, Web resources, and more. And, if you've already written bits of text, you can import those items too, including OPML outline files (such as from OmniOutliner Pro). Beyond importing from the Finder, you can use Mac OS X Services or Scrivener's handy Scratch Pad panel. Or, you can use the Import and Split feature to import a long document into multiple chapters or segments in Scrivener. Organize: Use the Outliner, Corkboard, Collections, and Binder to mix and match your content into the perfect final arrangement. For example, you can: Ignore the concept of a traditional file and break your manuscript into sections based on character, theme, topic, scene, or whatever you like. Organize your manuscript linearly in the Outliner. Use search Collections to search for a character, location, or phrase and see just those texts. Organize ideas by dragging and pinning index cards on the Corkboard. Write: Use Full Screen mode to hide distractions so you can wordsmith in peace; set up Typewriter Scrolling to keep your writing focus at the center of the screen, not the bottom; and view more than one part of your project at once, so you can write in one section while referring to another. Also, use Scrivenings view to write one thread of a story all at once in a single view, even if it is broken up in multiple scenes or chapters in the final manuscript. Format: Optimize the formatting you see when you work in Scrivener for your eyes and your screen, and understand how this can differ from the formatting in a "compiled" version of your manuscript. Revise: Use revision marking and the useful Snapshot capability to experiment with and compare the effect of different revision strategies, while still being able to roll back to a previous version. Be Mobile: Work on your project using more than one Mac, or on an iPad. Compile: Don't worry if the term "compile" is unfamiliar; it enables you to assemble your manuscript into linear order, in a form that can be printed or converted to common file formats. Scrivener supports RTF, Microsoft Word, Final Draft, PDF, and EPUB. Specific questions answered in the ebook include: What's the difference between a Scrivener folder and a file? How do I change which columns appear in the Outliner? How do I open the Inspector and control what appears in it? What is the relationship between Corkboard index cards and Finder items? How do I monitor character, word, or page count? How do text format presets work? How do I track changes when I revise a draft? How do I change the color of a revision level? What is the difference between an annotation, a comment, and a footnote? How do I export in an ebook format from Scrivener?
Learn to manage user accounts and parental controls in Leopard! User accounts are an integral part of Mac OS X, but for many people, they're a source of confusion. No more, thanks to Kirk McElhearn's straightforward explanations, which help you understand and manage all the accounts for people who use your Mac, even if the only person is you. You'll learn how to create the right types of accounts for the different people who use your Mac, why you need at least two accounts, and what you can do with the many new options in Leopard's parental controls. Kirk shows you how to set up a troubleshooting account to solve problems, use Fast User Switching, share files between users, manage login and startup items, and more. Kirk even reveals tricks for sharing music and photos among multiple users on your Mac using iTunes and iPhoto. Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions like: Why must I log in to my Macintosh? Why are my files in the Users folder? What's the difference between a login item and a startup item? What's the purpose of an Administrator account? How can I take advantage of the new Guest account? How do I limit the time of day when my child can use his Mac? Can I control who my child exchanges email with? How can people log in and log out more quickly and with less bother? What's the best way for users on my Mac to trade documents? Can users on my Mac share my iTunes songs or iPhoto images?
You'll find the answers to these questions and more: Why do I have I log in to my Macintosh? Why do my files reside in the Users folder? What is the purpose of an Administrator account? How can I take advantage of the Guest account? How do I limit time of day when my child can use the Mac? Can I control who my child exchanges email with? What's the best way for users on my Mac to share files? How can I customize the way my login window behaves? How can I speed up the log in and log out process for everyone? Can users on my Mac share my iTunes songs or iPhoto images? What's the difference between a login item and a startup item?
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