Category Archives: Third Party Software

Case study: Redesigning a website

web designI serve as webmaster for four sites (including this blog). In this post, I summarize several factors that motivated me to redesign the online store that I manage.

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Connect USB mics to an iPhone or iPad

You bought a USB mic to make live audio recordings with your computer and it works great! At the same time, you are often disappointed by the quality of the recordings that you can produce using the built-in mics in your iPhone and iPad. You ponder whether there is a way to connect your USB mic to your iOS devices. Read on to find out how it’s done using a pocket-sized adapter.

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Use an online converter to remove a virus from a PDF

Here is a simple procedure you can use when your anti-virus program prevents you from opening a PDF email attachment because it detected a virus that you believe to be a false positive.

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Restoring Microsoft Word for Mac’s formatting menu

Customer says, For some reason when I go to Microsoft Word I no longer can access any of the formatting options, such as the ability to bold or italicize text or center paragraphs. Must be a simple correction. Please advise.

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Quick review of Data Rescue 5

Prosoft Engineering recently provided me with a review copy of Data Rescue 5 that the software company is scheduled to release to the public on Oct 3rd. Data Rescue 5 will be available as separate versions for Macs and Windows PCs. For purposes of my quick review, I chose to install and test the Mac release of Data Rescue 5.

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Methods for opening Microsoft Publisher files on a Mac

Reader says, “I’m a Mac user, and a friend of mine gave me several Microsoft Publisher files that were created in 2005 that contain text and graphics that I want to include in an article that I’m writing. How can I open and use these files on my computer?”

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Fix for common Final Cut Pro 7 import error

I recently encountered an error involving the use of Final Cut Pro 7 that has been discussed at great length on a multi-year forum thread posted on Creative Cow.

Dreaded File error: 1 file(s) recognized, 0 access denied, 1 unknown
Creative Cow Thread started on Oct 20, 2009
https://forums.creativecow.net/thread/8/1058696

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