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Entries from March 2007

Mar 30, 2007

Apple’s secret spellchecker

<img src=’http://www.lifeclever.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/apple_spellcheck.jpg’ alt=’Apple’s secret spellchecker’ class=”large” />LifeClever reader Frank points out an awesome Mac OS X feature I never knew existed: check spelling as you type. I dug up the official description from Apple’s site:

Mar 30, 2007

How to fix dumb speling misteaks in InDesign

<img src=’http://www.lifeclever.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/indesigndynamicspell_checking.jpg’ alt=’InDesign’s Dynamic Spell Checking’ class=”large”/>I’ve been making alot of dumb speling misteaks lately. It happens to the best of us. A deadline approaches. You rush. You finish. Finally, you send it out–not realizing it’s tainted with typos.

Mar 27, 2007

Adobe CS3: Worth the wait?

Adobe just dropped the long awaited CS3 bomb. With six different configurations, Macworld is already calling it the “largest release in Adobe’s history.” Of course, the best part is the one million new features that’ll make you feel like a loser newbie all over again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled for Intel-native speed improvements […]

Mar 26, 2007

4 productivity secrets from the other Getting Things Done book

<img src=’http://www.lifeclever.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/gtd_1976.jpg’ alt=’Edward Bliss’s Getting Things Done’ class=”large” />David Allen’s Getting Things Done is a phenomenal hit. But before it spawned a new productivity cult, another book with the same title also tried to banish the i’ll-do-it-later bug plaguing us. Published in 1976, Edwin Bliss’s Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management didn’t make […]

Mar 22, 2007

Behance: Create a more productive office with Action Areas

Devotees and dabblers of GTD know a bit about action lists. But what about physical action areas? Behance, maker of productivity pr0n gear, tried it out. All it took was a little bit of tape: One frigid November day, the Behance Team tried a bit of an experiment. We designated two areas of our loft-space […]

Mar 19, 2007

Roundup: 17 interviews with GTD master, David Allen

Do you go to sleep with a copy of Getting Things Done on your pillow? Does the sound of David Allen’s voice soothe your geek soul? If so, here’s the ultimate list of David Allen interviews to feed your obsession: Audio 1. Productivity Talk: 43 Folders meets David Allen Merlin Mann: “This was a lot […]

Mar 16, 2007

How to always remember GTD

While browsing Flickr for apolitical images of puppy dogs, sunsets, and flowers, I found this little gem: It’s Stefanos Karagos’s nicely-designed diagram of the classic GTD workflow, now conveniently in a desktop wallpaper. Available in seven sizes, it’s formatted to fit most screen resolutions. The next time you’re daydreaming about piling instead of filing–or putting […]

Mar 15, 2007

Writing Tip: Don’t be Alberto Gonzales

Want to be a better writer? Just let Albert Gonzales show you what not to do. Recently, Gonzales took ownership of the controversial firing of eight US federal prosecuters. Or did he?

Mar 14, 2007

A quicker way to close Dashboard widgets

While clicking around in Mac OS X’s Dashboard, I stumbled on this nice little trick. Bring up Dashboard, hold down the Option button, and then hover over a widget. A little icon will appear in the top-left of the widget, allowing you to close it right on the spot. This saves you the extra step […]

Mar 9, 2007

Where is Illustrator’s auto-recovery feature?

InDesign’s auto-recovery feature has saved me several times from utter design despair. This is why, along with recent heartbreaking crashes, I’m frustrated with Adobe for not incorporating the same recovery feature in Illustrator. Will the new CS3 sport this feature? Probably not. According to LenHewitt on Adobe’s forums, there are some major technical limitations: Page […]