Q&A

What are iPhone Safari Databases?

Question Recently, I was poking around under my Safari Settings (Settings –> Safari) on my iPhone and came across an entry for databases. What are these? Answer iPhone Safari supports HTML 5’s client-side storage structure just as your desktop version of Safari (Safari –> Preferences –> Security –> Show Databases). It is useful for developing…

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Faster Loading PDFs with InDesign

Question Is there a special way to save PDFs from Indesign so they load faster on the internet. My client has their pdf brochures online and it takes forever to load. Answer Yes there is! When you export your PDF from InDesign, make sure you choose the Adobe PDF Preset “Smallest File Size” and check the box…

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Open a web page automatically with iCal

Question I have a website I’d like to open automatically every morning. Is there a way to do this on my Macintosh? Answer Yes! You can do this with iCal. Here’s how: First, open your browser and go to the web page you’d like to open automatically. Click and drag the favicon to the desktop……

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Adobe Illustrator — How to Add Type to a Path

Question I am trying to do something in Illustrator and I can’t figure out how to make it happen. I want to make letters go in a semi-circle, and the help menu says to select Type -> Type on a Path -> and the option I want. My problem is that “Type on a Path”…

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Exporting Mailing Lists to Make Mailing Labels

Question: Do you know of a software patch that allows the exporting of Macintosh Address Book contacts to run mailing labels? Answer: I can help! To learn how to export your addresses out of your Address Book app, you can read this article I wrote a while back: How to Get Your Address Book into…

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Parental Controls on iPhone or iPod Touch?

Question: My son’s top Christmas request is an iPod Touch. Am I able to put parental controls on Internet content if I get him one of those? Answer: Yes! Here is how: With your iPod Touch (or iPhone) on, go to “Settings”. Scroll down to “General” Select “Restrictions” Select “Enable Restrictions”. You will be prompted…

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Keeping Your Friend's Emails Hidden When Sending to Groups

Question Recently a friend of mine had her email address book used without her permission by a spammer. Probably when she sent a multi-addressee email.  How may we send email messages to multiple recipients and keep the actual addresses hidden from everyone else receiving the message? Answer This is a good question as it often comes up for more than…

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From Address Book to Excel for a Mail Merge

Q. I need to do a mail merge with Excel and Microsoft Word. How can I get my addresses out of my Address Book and into Excel? Answer: You have a couple of options. Address Book Exporters Either of these will allow you to export your address book as a plain text file that you…

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Where is my BCC?

Question I’m in the Macintosh Mail application. How can I find out who I blind cc’d (bcc) my email to. When I review the sent mail, I can’t see who got blind carbon copied. Is there some incredibly obvious way I can see the bcc addresses in the “sent” email? Answer It should be obvious,…

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What does "hosting a web site mean"?

Question What does “hosting a web site mean”? Answer If you were hosting a party, it would probably mean that the party was being held at your house and you were providing everything needed to have a successful party: food, chairs, music, house, etc. Hosting a web site is similar. The host provides the server,…

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InDesign: Resize Document Window?

Question: Do you know what preference I need to adjust in Indesign CS4 to keep an opening document from filling the entire screen? Even if I adjust it to where I’d like it to stay and then close it, when I reopen it, it takes the whole 24″ of my screen. Answer: I wish I had…

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What is a PDF? Do I need Adobe? Why isn't it free?

Question I used to have Adobe (for free) until my computer crashed and burned a few weeks ago.  I keep running into things that say they can only run on Adobe so I went to download it again but now I find that they charge for it.  Do I really need Adobe to run those different things or…

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