What’s new in WordPress 3.9

Published by | Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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WordPress 3.9 “Smith,” named after James Oscar “Jimmy” Smith, was released yesterday. This new version of the popular web publishing app introduces several highly anticipated new features that make managing your WordPress site and its contents easier. Let’s break down the key new features of WordPress 3.9:

A more powerful Customizer
The Customizer makes managing the appearance of your WordPress site easier by allowing you to see your edits as you make them and preview your theme configurations before you take them live. With the 3.9 update, two of the WordPress community’s most anxiously awaited feature requests have been added to the customizer to make it “complete”:

Share InDesign presets, workspaces, and custom shortcuts

Published by | Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Saving custom presets, workspaces and shortcuts

Regular InDesign users often build a bank of custom settings: workspaces, scripts, keyboard shortcuts, PDF presets, font sets, and even Find/Change queries. These settings are too valuable to lose in a crash and too important to leave behind if you move to a different computer.

5 tips for organizing your photos in Aperture

Published by | Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Manage your photos in Aperture

Your photo library is getting bigger every day—it’s a fact that photographers can’t escape in this age of digital and mobile photography. As your collection grows, it becomes more and more important to have an organization plan so you can find your images when you need them.

By adopting just a few simple practices, you can take advantage of one of Aperture’s strongest features: getting your image library in order.

Choose to become a leader

Published by | Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Choose to become a leader

Leadership is not an exclusive club. Anyone can join.

Anyone includes introverts, too. In my first tip this week, we examine the fallacy that extroverts make better leaders than introverts. Sure, in some situations, an extrovert’s tendency to speak confidently and off-the-cuff can be very effective. But in others, an introvert’s tendency to carefully process thoughts before speaking may be exactly what’s needed.

Protect yourself from the Heartbleed vulnerability

Published by | Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Heartbleed - what you need to know

Learn how to protect yourself and your sites from the Heartbleed vulnerability, the security flaw that can put sensitive user data at risk and affects hundreds of thousands of websites. Today lynda.com released Protecting Yourself from the Heartbleed Bug, a short course that explains what Heartbleed is and how to protect yourself from it, and offers resources for tracking the developing situation. Heartbleed Tactics for Small IT shops also released today; it provides tactics and information to help those who administer a small web server diagnose their vulnerability and fix issues.

Assign brush strokes to paths in Illustrator

Published by | Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Assign brush strokes to paths

Uniform strokes can be uniformly dull. But you can transform your vector artwork and give it more of a hand-drawn appearance with Illustrator’s brushes. This week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques takes the Chinese chop you created in the last video and roughs it up a little by assigning brush strokes to paths in Illustrator. Deke shows how to simulate calligraphic lettering and turn your chop into a more authentic-looking stamp, by first transforming the chop into a Smart Object to preserve the original artwork. Click the free video below to get started.

Members of the lynda.com library can watch the two follow-up videos to learn how to to add a paper texture and create a black-on-red variation of their chops. Come back next week to learn how to hide panels that appear by default in Photoshop.

Living with Google Glass

Published by | Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Living in San Francisco, you see people wearing Google Glass often: at coffee shops, at restaurants, on trains. The Glass Explorer program, a group of people invited by Google to purchase Glass before its official release, has been expanding over time. As a result, thousands of Explorers are now using Google Glass and informing Google on how to improve it.

I’m part of the program myself, having received my Glass invitation in December. So I plunked down my $1,500 and went to the Google Glass office in San Francisco to pick it up. The “fitting,” as they called it, took place in a cavernous and sparse office building near the Embarcadero with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. A Glass-wearing representative helped me through the setup process then showed me how to connect it to my phone. Afterwards, I was turned loose to wander the streets of San Francisco with my new piece of fancy eyewear.

But instead—I put it away.

How to install Google Analytics to WordPress in 5 minutes

Published by | Monday, April 14th, 2014

Install Google Analytics into WordPress in 5 minutes

If you can copy and paste text, you can install Google Analytics to WordPress. All you need is an established self-hosted WordPress.org website or blog, a Google Analytics account, and five minutes or less.

Note: You can only install Google Analytics on self-hosted WordPress.org sites and blogs. WordPress-hosted WordPress.com blogs won’t let you alter your header file or otherwise make low-level changes to your website infrastructure.