Automate system events for monitoring, anti-theft, and more with Digital Sentry

If you’re familiar with the web service IFTTT, you’ll feel right at home with the concept of Digital Sentry.

Digital Sentry monitors your system for specific events, and then can perform a vast array of unique actions in response. Use it to automatically cleanse internet history when closing a browser, automate redundant computer tasks, perform covert surveillance, or even protect your sensitive data during unauthorized access or theft! (more…)

Moving photos from one Event to another in Apple iPhoto

Organizing imported photos from your iPad or iPhone in iPhoto can be a real pain in the ass sometimes. In particular, I often find that I want to move photos from one event to another. It’s not obvious that there is a simple and safe way to do this, but there is.

Move flagged photosSimply Flag the photo(s) you want to move. You can do this by clicking the little Flag icon when hovering over the photo, selecting the photo you want and using the Photos > Flag Photo menu command, or using Command + . (period) shortcut.

Once you have all the images you want to move Flagged, just click on the Event you want to move them into and go back up to the menubar and choose Events > Add Flagged Photos To Selected Event. Or if you want to create a new Event to place your Flagged photos in, choose Events > Create Event From Flagged Photos.

Once you’re all finished moving your photos, you can unflag them by selecting them and hitting Command + . again.

I’ve always just used Command + X and Command + V to cut & paste photos from one Event to another, but this method seems a bit safer if iPhoto crashes before you paste.

Thanks to MacObserver for this tip.

Display Maestro offers access to hidden display resolutions

Do you ever find yourself wanting to switch your Mac’s display resolution, but dread having to go into Apple’s Display preferences only to find that the resolution you want isn’t available?

Display Maestro gives you full control over attached displays, allowing the usage of all available resolutions and bit depths. This is done by ignoring the operating system setting of hiding potentially unsafe resolutions.

Display Maestro

I do not have a Retina-enabled Mac to test this on; but on my MacBook Air, Display Maestro offers a few resolutions that are not available in Apple’s built-in Display preferences. The app sits quietly in the menubar and allows you to switch resolutions with the click of the mouse. On some systems, it will even allow you to switch to 256-color depth—perfect for those older games that can’t switch automatically.

If you have the need to view your screen in numerous resolutions, Display Maestro is a handy utility to have at only $4.95. A 15-day downloadable demo is available.

How to use the new Content Conveyer in Adobe InDesign CS6

InDesign CS6A new feature in InDesign CS6 is the Content Conveyor that lets you collect elements from a layout and reuse them quickly and easily. Unlike a library that must be created in advance and then opened within your layout, the Content Conveyor lets you collect elements as you go along. It represents a more spontaneous, on-the-fly way to work with design elements that will be reused and repurposed. Think of it as copy-and-paste on steroids.

CreativePro has a great walk-through of the Content Conveyer. At first I didn’t understand how it would fit into my workflow, but after using it a few times, I’ve found it to be quite handy. (more…)

Testing your HTML email campaign

If you create a lot of HTML emails, you surely spend a lot of time making sure those emails look as good as they possibly can no matter what email client the end-user might have. But you can’t possibly test for them all. Thankfully there is Litmus.


Send Litmus a copy of your email design, either by uploading the HTML or sending a test email. Within a couple of minutes you’ll see screenshots of your email as it’s rendered by all the different email clients. It couldn’t be easier.

To be clear, Litmus is a professional service; it’s not for the casual user. Litmus costs a minimum of $49 per month for the basic service, and goes up to $300 per month for the premium. It sounds expensive, even at the low end, but I don’t know of any professional digital design firms that don’t use Litmus (or a similar service).

8 Reasons I LOVE Alien Skin Eye Candy 7

Alien Skin has been the premiere plug-in maker for Adobe Photoshop for as long as I can remember. All of their software is high-quality, and the support is excellent.

I’m a huge fan of several Alien Skin Photoshop plug-ins, including BlowUp, which I find myself using quite often.

Eye Candy 7, the new version of its graphic design effects plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Eye Candy 7 renders realistic effects that are difficult or impossible to achieve in Photoshop alone, such as Fire, Chrome, Perspective Shadows, and more.

Rather than write a standard review, I decided to make it simple and just show you eight reasons I love the latest version of Eye Candy. (more…)