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Playing nice with GarageBand for iPad

Musicians of all levels can plug in their gear play along with GarageBand for iPad.

Back up your iTunes media files

Even though Apple now allows you to re-download some purchased content, it's always a good idea to back up your iTunes media files. Kirk McElhearn offers his tips.

How to convert audio and video files for free

There are scads of media conversion tools advertised on the Web. But you needn't pay for a single one as you have some perfectly great free options.

How to mix colors for iPad artwork

Artist Kyle Lambert demonstrates some techniques for mixing digital colors on the iPad.

How to sync large iTunes libraries with small devices

As you acquire more and more music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, apps, and books, it becomes increasingly difficult -- or, more likely, impossible -- to fit your entire iTunes library on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Kirk McElhearn offers some advice on how to deal with the data-storage disparity.

Hands on with Adobe InDesign CS5.5

If you're using InDesign CS5, you'll want to upgrade in order to produce electronic publications such as ePubs, iPad apps, or accessible PDFs.

How to rip audio from your Blu-ray discs

Ripping the audio track from your Blu-ray discs isn't easy, as Kirk McElhearn learned when he wanted to listen to the music from his classical and opera discs on his iPod.

How to create vector masks in Photoshop

Looking to upgrade your masking skills? Here's how to make a precise, easily editable vector mask in Photoshop CS4 or CS5.

Publish your iWeb site on Dropbox

Now that MobileMe is going away, here's another free way to post your Website

Bugs & Fixes: Troubleshooting Final Cut Pro X

Ted Landau looks at a collection of Apple-posted tech notes that detail various Final Cut Pro X quirks.

How to find and play high-resolution audio on the Mac

Everybody is familiar with high-definition video these days, but you may not know much about high-resolution audio, which offers music in formats with clarity and fidelity that is superior to that of CDs. Kirk McElhearn looks at the current offerings, and how you can play these high-resolution files on a Mac.

Understanding iPad art paintbrush settings

Digital artist Kyle Lambert demonstrates some essential principles of setting up brushes for painting on the iPad.

Create a sports highlight in iMovie '11

iMovie's Sports theme gives you the tools to create your own sports video channel.