Avoiding summer brain drain

It’s the end of May, which means the end of school is just around the corner for a lot of kids. Before those kids can write their “What I did on summer vacation” essays next fall, they actually have to experience that summer vacation and it’s up to you, as a parent, to plan that time off. In this episode we talk about putting that time off to constructive use so that when your child walks into the classroom come September, they will have retained something of their previous year’s learning. I’m joined by senior editors Scholle Sawyer-McFarland and Roman Loyola to talk about how to do exactly that.

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Looking forward to WWDC

WWDC is just a couple weeks away, so senior editor Dan Moren and staff writer Lex Friedman are joined by Rogue Amoeba CEO Paul Kafasis and Tapbots’s Paul Haddad for a look at what the annual Apple event might bring this year.

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Reviewing Creative Suite 6

Jackie Dove Senior Editor, Macworld

Jackie is always looking for creative mischief to get into. So it's fitting that she oversees photography, video, publishing, music, and Web design.
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With Adobe’s Creative Suite 6 now widely available, it’s time to assess just what the latest versions of Adobe’s applications bring to creative professionals. And we do exactly that on this episode of the Macworld Podcast, with the help of some Creative Suite experts.

I’m joined by Jay Nelson, editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly, and Lesa Snider, author of Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual and co-author of iPhoto ’11: The Missing Manual, to talk CS6.

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The Macalope returns

We’ve reached podcast number 300. To mark this very special occasion I’ve invited everyone’s favorite genetic abomination, The Macalope, to offer his unique view of today’s world of technology. Join us on a prairie near you.

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Asking the iTunes Guy

Two weeks ago, a group of us gathered around the virtual table to grind iTunes into the dust. As much fun as it is to second-guess our betters, it’s not always helpful. In this episode we once again look at iTunes, but this time from the angle of problem solving and oft-overlooked features. We do that with Macworld’s Ask the iTunes guy, Kirk McElhearn.

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Adobe talks CS6

Adobe recently unveiled the details of the sixth version of its Creative Suite—14 separate applications, including two companion apps—spanning a vast range of creative workflows and pursuits, targeting artists, graphic designers, photographers, videographers, multimedia specialists, and Web designers. It has additionally debuted Creative Cloud, an overarching collection of products and services available via subscription of which the new Creative Suite 6 (CS6) is a huge part. In this episode of the Macworld Podcast I speak with Adobe managers Heidi Voltmer and Scott Morris about the details of these two efforts.

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An offer of iTunes advice

Take a breath, clear you mind, and answer me this: Which Apple application do you find most frustrating? If you answered “iTunes” you’re in good company (if you consider a good portion of Macworld editors the kind of company you prefer to keep). Much as we love a lot of Apple’s work, iTunes increasingly irks us. In this episode we explore our frustrations and what Apple might do about them. We additionally turn our critical gaze on the Messages beta application.

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