Mike’s Technical Tip: Using the “Summarize” Service on a Mac

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Mike’s Technical Tip: Using the “Summarize” Service on a Mac

On a Mac, there’s a vast collection of tools and settings available called “Services” that most people either don’t use or aren’t even aware of. The majority of these Services are turned off by default, and people can use a Mac for years and years and not even know they’ve got a powerhouse of utilities at their fingertips, if they only knew to activate them. The one I’m going to discuss today is called “Summarize,” and like the name implies, it summarizes text for you if you don’t have a lot of time – or interest – in something very lengthy.

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Mike’s Technical Tip: Beginner’s Guide to Puppet Warp

Adobe recently released Creative Cloud 2018, and among the several new features added to this suite of apps is one I’d like to highlight first: “Puppet Warp” in the new version of Illustrator. Puppet Warp is both fun and a big time-saver, as it allows you to make shape changes to your illustration in just a few seconds, where it used to be a laborious, time-consuming affair.

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Mike’s Technical Tip: It’s All About the File Format

JPEGs and PDFs and GIFs – oh my! Those and many other graphic file formats can be found out there in the wild, and unless you know the differences among them, the results can be… unpredictable.

The following is a chart with a rundown of the most common file formats for graphics and images and what they’re good for.

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Mike’s Technical Tip: Saying Goodbye to Gmail’s Quick Links

Well… it was fun while it lasted. The Quick Links feature from Gmail’s Labs is being retired soon. One of the more popular blog posts here introduces and explains Quick Links (about three years ago), but it’s now – sadly – time to say “goodbye.”

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Mike’s Technical Tip: Quick Way to Reorder Slides in PowerPoint

Anybody who has used PowerPoint probably needed to reorder their slides at some time, and there’s an easier way to do it than how most people probably try. Read on to learn this time-saving feature.

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