Apple FINALLY releases full size wireless keyboard

Apple Magic Keyboard
This is the best thing to come out of WWDC yesterday, if you ask me. It took forever, but Apple has FINALLY released a full-sized wireless keyboard. I’ve wanted one since the original wireless keyboard was released, but I could never get used to the location of the Function key.

The only down side to Apple’s Magic Keyboard is that you lose the two USB ports the old (and now discontinued) wired version included.

You can grab the Magic Keyboard for $129 and is available immediately.

How to add a box around a paragraph in your InDesign document

InDesign Paragraph Rules trick

If you’ve ever wanted to place a box around a paragraph in the middle of a container of text, you know what a pain it can be.

Keith Gilbert shared a way to do this using paragraph rules. It is a multi-step procedure to set up this trick, but once you’ve created it and saved it in a paragraph style, it is effortless to use.

If you only need to do this once or twice in a brochure or pamphlet, it’s probably easier to just place a separate text container inside the existing text container where you want it. But if you plan on applying this effect fairly often in a long document of text (such as an annual report, magazine, or instruction manual), this is probably going to be a real time saver.

This tip is a few years old, but still works. I’m actually surprised Adobe didn’t add a feature that does this automatically back when they added Paragraph Shading; another effect we used to manually create using InDesign’s Paragraph Rules feature.

Free distressed halftone pattern vectors

Distressed halftone vector patterns

This free set of distressed halftone patterns for Adobe Illustrator contains 10 seamless vector swatches that can be applied as fills to add retro comic book style print effects to your illustrations. There’s a range of dot pattern densities so you can effectively shade your designs by using the different pattern fills across your artwork. Unlike your typical halftone pattern with clean, perfectly formed circles, these patterns have a distressed style to give your designs that grungy rock poster vibe.

Thanks to SpoonGraphics for providing these awesome distressed halftone vector patterns.

How to create engaging images for social media

Engaging social media images

David Ogilvy, the father of advertising, was famous for spending an inordinate amount of time on headlines.

Back then, social media didn’t exist. If it did, Ogilvy would probably give equal time to creating the perfect complementary image.

The Buffer.com blog has some great tips for creating social media graphics. The article is meant for non-designers, but if you’re new to social media marketing, it’s worth the read.

Find out what font a web page is using

FontFace Ninja extension
I recently came across an awesome browser extension that allows you to hover over text on a webpage and have the name of the font appear in an overlay. It’ll even show you the font size, leading and spacing amount.

FontFace Ninja takes it a step further by allowing you to click the “Mask” button to hide all the images, ads and bothersome clutter to allow you to see only the text on the page. The website has a great intro video to show you exactly how the extension works.

Rounding-off the feature list is a button that allows you to purchase the font you’re interested in with (this feature doesn’t work with all fonts, but they have a pretty good collection of providers for the feature).

FontFace Ninja is free and works with Safari, Chrome and Firefox. It’s perfect for web designers and developers!

The Disappearing Computer: Past, present & future

Walt Mossberg with Steve Jobs

Original uploader was Joi at English Wikipedia – Transferred to Commons., CC BY 2.0, Link

Tech was once always in your way. Soon, it will be almost invisible.

Walt Mossberg’s final article. It’s the end of an era, for sure. While many of his articles were a bit “beneath” my technical knowledge, I always loved reading his reviews of tech products from the perspective of the typical user. There’s a lot of tech in my life that I don’t know a lot about, and don’t care to know. I just want to know the quick & easy explanation of it to decide if it’s worth more research or use. Walt always made it easy—and that’s the highest compliment I can pay him.

In his last article, Walt takes a look at the past, present and future of tech. It’s a great read.

Apple Park 1 Year Recap (Video)

Construction of the Apple Park in the last year. While so much has been done in the last year, it still appears that there’s a whole lot of work left.