I have categories to cover video/film and music, so I figure I owe it to that stalwart of old media, the printed word, to give it its own category. :-)
There are only two magazines that I subscribe to on an ongoing basis and one of them is Macworld
(you'll just have to wait to find out what the other one is, but don't worry, it's PG-13 :-) ). Every month I read Macworld from cover to cover - even if the article doesn't interest me, there's something (maybe my deeply ingrained obsessive compulsiveness ;-) ) that makes me trudge through it. This month's Macworld, like most, is rife full of interesting stuff and here are some highlights...Final Cut Studio review
- the bulk of this month's reviews section focuses on the different elements of Final Cut Studio (Final Cut Pro 5, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro 4, Motion 2). Not only did this section make me want to go out and buy the whole Studio, it gave me a much better understanding of how the different elements of the Studio work together.Tiger Secrets Declassified
- while I'm sure I won't make use of all the "55 Hidden Features, Slick Tricks, and Smart Timesavers" (I think "Smart Timesavers" is a bit of a pun given their numerous references to Smart Folders, Groups, Mailboxes, etc.), I definitely found some of great use.
For one, I've really missed being able to highlight a group of files (say, for burning to a DVD) and hitting command-I (Get Info) to see their total combined size (this changed from Panther to Tiger). One solution in Tiger: drag those files into a Burn Folder (File->New Burn Folder - this does NOT move the files, it just creates aliases) and click on the burn button (before inserting your DVD-R/CD-R) - their combined size will be displayed.
There's also a lot of references in this article to using the Automator to do things such as combine PDFs - well worth a look!Which Mac is Right for You
- a buying guide to Macs. Although this is something that I don't really have the need for personally, it's a great resource for all those friends who have been asking you what type of Mac they should buy.Whip Up a Widget
- a how-to guide to building simple widgets. The example they use is a widget that counts down to an event in the future, but their explanation makes a great first step to learning how widgets work internally.
You can find much of the information from the magazine online at www.Macworld.com
, so you don't even have to buy the magazine to check it out (although it's hard to beat such informative bite-sized reading for your bathroom library :-) ).
PS: Subscribing for a year's worth of issues costs less than several issues bought at the newstand, so don't be afraid to invest. ;-)