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Since the PDF format is universally recognized, it’s one of the best ways to send forms, documents, and other text-based files across the web as they can be opened on most current computers. However, editing PDFs is generally considered to be impossible without having an expensive copy of a tool like Adobe Acrobat. Fortunately, this is no longer the case.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to edit PDF documents using three free apps: Preview, PDFescape, and Nitro Reader, which run on the Mac, web, and PC respectively. With this arsenal of tools, you'll be able to edit PDFs anywhere.
Editing PDFs doesn't require a copy of Adobe Acrobat. Here's how you can edit PDFs for free on your Mac, PC, and the web. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Long; Tags: PDF, Office, App Training
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In Outlook, you can easily find and group messages if you sort them into subfolders, and you can even have Outlook do the sorting for you automatically. Another option is to apply formatting that stands out to messages that are important, with or without sub-folders.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to use these tools and more to automatically keep your Outlook inbox clean and focused on the email messages that really matter to you.
Outlook is the most popular business email client, and it has the powerful features you need to automatically keep your inbox clean. Here's how to use folders, subfolders, rules and filters in Outlook to make your email work the way you want it to. | Difficulty: Intermediate; Length: Medium; Tags: Office, Outlook, App Training
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The Dock is one of the most recognisable features of OS X, however, it has become less needed in recent years for a number of reasons. Personally, I never use the Dock. Its two main purposes, to launch and to manage your applications, are better handled by other features of OS X, or third party apps. 

In this tutorial I will show you how anything that you can do with the Dock, can be done more efficiently. I'll show you why there’s no longer a need to manage apps. I propose that you can improve your workflow by employing new techniques.
The Dock has been a permanent feature of OS X, however, it's slowly losing relevance as a place from which to access apps. There are more efficient and faster ways to access the programs you need. In this tutorial I show how to ditch the Dock and work smarter. | Difficulty: Intermediate; Length: Short; Tags: OS X
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Apple is known for introducing new paradigms in personal computing. They were the first to bring graphical user interfaces to the masses, and after establishing the file-and-folder based organization scheme we all know so well, they’ve taken the next step in the form of tags in Mavericks’ updated Finder app.

With tags, Mavericks allows for a radically different system of managing your files, one that takes advantage of the increased power and connectivity of today’s Macs. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to get started with tags to help organize, find, and work with your files.
Apple is known for introducing new paradigms in personal computing. They were the first to bring graphical user interfaces to the masses, and after establishing the file-and-folder based organization scheme we all know so well, they’ve taken the next step in the form of tags in Mavericks’ updated Finder app. With tags, Mavericks allows for a radically different system of managing your files, one that takes advantage of the increased power and ...
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In this tutorial I will show you how to connect some motors to your Raspberry Pi. Doing so will allow your Raspberry Pi to interact in the real world, making it possible to build a robot, turn on a fan on a hot day or even drop a treat for your cat or dog while your away.
In this tutorial I will show you how to connect some motors to your Raspberry Pi. Doing so will allow your Raspberry Pi to interact in the real world, making it possible to build a robot, turn on a fan on a hot day or even drop a treat for your cat or dog while your away. | Difficulty: Intermediate; Length: Medium; Tags: Electronics, Python, Raspberry Pi
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Bluetooth is a wireless protocol that allows the wireless connection of devices. In this tutorial I’ll explain what Bluetooth is, I'll show you how to use an iPhone to unlock a Mac, how to enter text on an iPhone with the Mac's keyboard and how to use a Mac to make and receive phone calls. All with the help of Bluetooth. | Difficulty: Intermediate; Length: Medium; Tags: Mac
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Traditionally the Envato meetups have taken place over a few hours and a few drinks. This year our CEO Collis wanted to craft a meetup that captures what Envato represents. So we’ve created Envato Live, a full day event with a focus on creativity and skill sharing. We’ve rented out rooms at a very fun and creative space called Catalyst Ranch in Chicago for June 7th. For that day only we’ll be creating a pop-up coworking space!
Do you like making things? Join us at a pop-up Envato coworking space in Chicago on the 7th of June. It's a full day event with a focus on creativity and skill sharing, and tickets are limited! | Tags: News
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Google Drive makes it painless to go paperless. Its collaborative documents, spreadsheets, and presentations already help curtail paper usage, but its OCR feature helps curb the paper mess even more so.  

OCR, or Optical Character Recognition, is the most important tech to help you go paperless. Scanned documents on their own are only glorified pictures of your documents, but let your computer recognize the text and they instantly become a ton more useful. We've already looked at how to OCR documents in Adobe Acrobat and even turn them into documents you can edit in Word, but if you don't have a copy of Acrobat or Word, there's an even better option: Google Drive. It includes a little-known free OCR tool, and in this tutorial I'll show you how to use it to turn images and PDF documents into editable text files online with Google Drive.
Google Drive makes it painless to go paperless. Its collaborative documents already help curtail paper usage, but its OCR feature helps curb the paper mess even more so. Here's how. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Short; Tags: Google Docs, Office, App Training
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So many tasks you do every day can be automated. There's no reason you have to manually backup your Instagram pictures to Dropbox or see if an important email came in or even check the weather to see if it's going to rain. Instead, all of this could happen automatically with an automation service like IFTTT.

For those unfamiliar with IFTTT—pronounced like "gift" without the G—it’s essentially a service that monitors linked accounts, or Channels, for predefined Triggers, or actions. When IFTTT observes a trigger from one of the user’s accounts, it performs the action defined by an IFTTT Recipe. With over 85 services and lots of ways to customize IFTTT’s actions, there's ways to get almost anything you want automated with IFTTT.

In this tutorial, I'll show you everything you need to know to make your own IFTTT recipes and get your tech life automated.
IFTTT can do so much more than just run pre-made recipes. Here's how you can get it to automate anything you want. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Medium; Tags: Automation, IFTTT, App Training
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So, you want to buy an office suite. This bread-and-butter category is rife with options, and while many of them are both capable and competitive, the fact is that Microsoft’s well-known Office suite remains the de facto standard, and is a requirement in many workplaces.

The only problem with being this ubiquitous is that there are a ton of options for getting a Microsoft Office license. This tutorial will help you choose the best for your needs and will give you a better understanding of how Microsoft has structured its most popular software offering's pricing.
You want to buy Microsoft Office, but which suite should you get? This tutorial will help you choose the best for your usage and will guide you toward a better understanding of how Microsoft has structured its most popular software offering's pricing. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Short; Tags: App Training
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Introduction

Regular readers will notice that some things look a little different around here. That’s because Mactuts+ is now a part of the new Tuts+ site. We're really excited to be able to introduce this change—it’s a long time coming, and a huge step forward for us.

For the last six years, Tuts+ has been made up of many different individual sites, covering a range of topics. This has served us well, but it makes it difficult to expand into new areas. Now, instead of us launching a whole new site when we want to teach a new topic, it’s all in one place. You can browse all the topics from the Tuts+ Hub, then narrow your view down to just the Computer Skills topic to see all the content that was previously on Mactuts+. You can also easily jump to other areas that might interest you. If you want to learn about photography, switch to Photography via the Topics menu.

Our Editorial Manager, David, has gone into more detail on the benefits of the new structure in the initial announcement post, which I recommend reading if you’re interested in more of the backstory. He also talks about the redesign of the site, and some of the new features that accompany this change.

We want to tailor this site to you, so your feedback is incredibly valuable. If you notice anything that looks wrong, or something that doesn’t behave the way you want it to, we’d be grateful if you took the time to fill out this feedback form.