Scott Danielson
Freelance writer, independent musician, amateur web developer, social media architect, game and puzzle junkie, barista extraordinaire.
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  • Computer Skills
    OS X
    AirPlay on the Mac: The Definitive GuideAirplayicon.1
    AirPlay is the technology used to stream media content from various Apple devices to other devices in your house, like your television or stereo system. AirPlay in general, and specifically for the Mac, has gotten a lot of extra attention lately, so this tutorial will show you the ins and outs of playing your media precisely where you want to, using AirPlay.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    OS X
    Quick Tip: Post to Facebook from Your MacIcon
    With the very recent release of OS X 10.8.2, Apple launched Facebook integration in Mountain Lion to coincide with the release of iOS 6. This will make sharing things to Facebook directly from your Mac just as easy as it has been with Twitter for the last few months. This Quick Tip will walk you through setting your Mac up with your Facebook account and sharing content to your Facebook page.Read More…
  • Business
    Freelance
    Price Freelance Projects Properly with MyPricePreview
    Whether you're a seasoned freelancer or just starting out, choosing the right price point for your client's projects can be tricky and stressful. Today I'm going to walk you through the iOS app MyPrice, which is designed to factor in all of the variables to determine the most appropriate valuation for your time and effort. Step 1: Set Up Your Profile Putting the right price on your time and your work is one of the most crucial decisions you can make as a freelancer, and for good reason. The ideal rate will convey to your client your personal value for what you do. It will assert your expertise in your field, and your intention to make a living from your craft. However, there are a lot of factors that need to be taken into account when determining that magic number. And doing so can be an arduous process. MyPrice considers all of those factors by asking you to respond to a series of questions before suggesting an optimal price point for your work. When you first launch the app, you'll have to fill out your Profile. This is personal information that won't necessarily change from project to project, and will establish an ideal rate for any hourly work you might perform, outside of a contracted project. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    App Training
    How To Perfect A PDF with PDFpenPdfpen 200
    PDF (Portable Document Format) is a pretty standard means of passing information along. As freelancers, we have many opportunities to send and receive PDFs, but as a traditionally read-only medium, it can be a bit difficult to manage edits. This tutorial will walk you through a few of the core features of PDFpen from Smile Software that many freelancers might find most useful, including how to make changes to the text of a PDF and how to add a signature.Read More…
  • Business
    Communication
    How To Perfect A PDF with PDFpenPreview
    PDF (Portable Document Format) is a pretty standard means of passing information along. As freelancers, we have many opportunities to send and receive PDFs, but as a traditionally read-only medium, it can be a bit difficult to manage edits. This tutorial will walk you through a few of the core features of PDFpen from Smile Software that many freelancers might find most useful, including how to make changes to the text of a PDF and how to add a signature. Part 1: Working With Text Since invoices are such a big part of freelancing, let's begin by make some changes to a recent invoice that I drew up. Editing and Correcting Text The first thing I notice after creating my invoice is that some of the wording in my greeting at the bottom is not quite the way I want it. We traditionally think of PDFs as read-only files. But it is possible to make edits to a PDF, and PDFpen makes that easy to do. In order to change the greeting at the bottom, chose the text-select tool from the toolbar and highlight the text in the PDF as you would in any other document.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Customization
    Customize the Functionality of Your Mac's MouseIcon
    This tutorial will help you take your Mac's mouse further than ever before. If you use a Magic Mouse, you'll be able to access tons of features and functionality that Apple doesn't give you out of the box. We'll also take a look at modifying the behavior of a third party mouse to suit our needs.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Security
    Gatekeeper in Mountain Lion: What You Need To KnowApple gatekeeper mac malware protection mountain lion 0
    According to the numbers, Mountain Lion brings over 200 new features to your Mac. While many of those are under-the-hood enhancements and security features that most users will never even think about, one feature in particular can dramatically change the way you use your Mac, and knowing how it works will ensure that you're using your computer in the safest way possible. Hit the jump to learn everything you need to know about Gatekeeper in Mountain Lion.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Media
    How To Clean Up Your iTunes LibraryItunes
    iTunes has become the central powerhouse for organizing music, movies, television shows, podcasts, audio books, and iOS apps on your Mac, and knowing your way around it will save you lots of time. Unless you take deliberate steps to keep it neat and organized, chances are your music library is a mess. Even if there are only a few things here or there that could benefit from some upkeep, I want to show you a few things that will make performing that upkeep that much easier.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    OS X
    Get To Know Your Utilities Folder Part 2: 7 More Handy AppsApple script editor
    A few weeks ago we ran this post introducing you to some useful utilities baked right in to your Mac that you may not have known about. Well as I mentioned, the Utilities folder has so many useful apps that I simply could not cover them in a single post. Today I'm going to bring you seven more apps that live on your Mac. This batch of apps is more likely to include apps that many of you won't use, but as always, it's nice to know they are there. And depending on what you do, it might turn out that your perfect utility was sitting right under your nose the whole time.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    OS X
    Get To Know Your Utilities Folder: 7 Great Apps You Should Be UsingUtilities.1
    We've all done it. We bring home our shiny new Mac and we fire up all of the standard apps. We get our iChat account set up, link Mail.app with our mail accounts, and start putting dates into iCal. We import our music into iTunes and sync it up with our iPhones so that everything stays in order. Once we're all set up, we launch Safari and we're off. But tucked away in the Applications folder of every Mac is a collection of gems that many users may never even notice are there: the Utilities folder. There are several applications in the Utilities folder, many of which likely won't appeal to you. Today, however, I've selected a few of the most useful utilities with which to get acquainted. So let's get started.Read More…