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How to sign digital documents

Have you received a PDF file that needs your signature? No need to print it, sign it, scan it, and send it. Christopher Breen shows how it's done with Preview and Adobe Reader.

The return of "Whoa, I have a really old file, how do I open it!?"

Old files and new technology don't always mix. Chris Breen helps with the recovery of ancient Word files.

Reminders: How to quickly schedule tasks on your Mac

The Reminders app built into Mountain Lion includes a hidden method for more quickly scheduling new to-do list entries. Lex Friedman explains.

Mountain Lion Dictation versus Dragon Dictate

When it comes to dictating to your Mac, you have two great alternatives: The Dictation tools built into OS X Mountain Lion and Nuance's Dragon Dictate. Kirk McElhearn explains which tool is right for different users and different uses.

Ask the Script Doctor: Working with text

Whether we're drafting novels or just dashing off an email, we all work with text in one way or another. Here are some quick tips to make common text chores more efficient.

How to share family contacts

You have contacts and so does your mate. You'd like them to be available to you both on all your Macs and iOS devices. Chris Breen offers two solutions for making this possible.

Having it all: Accessing files from the road

You say you're about to hit the road with a laptop and iPad and would like to have access to your most precious files? Chris Breen offers a variety of techniques for having it all.

How to use transcription with Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac

Kirk McElhearn takes a close look at how the new transcription feature works in Dragon Dictate.

Messages: Working with transcripts

Being able to save and review conversations you've had in Messages is one of that app's most useful features. Glenn Fleishman has some tips on making of the most of it.

How to run your business in Evernote

Evernote isn’t just for taking notes on the go. Here’s how to turn the must-have app into an essential part of your small-business workflow.

Create calendar events more efficiently

Unhappy with how Mountain Lion's Calendar application forces you to edit each and every event? Here are some shortcuts for creating your events.

Disabling Google auto updates

Did you know that Google applications automatically update themselves? Where some find convenience, others are concerned. Chris Breen shows you how to stop it.

How I organize everything with plain-text notes

We all have lots of little bits of information--notes for projects, shopping lists, our shirt sizes--that we have to keep track of. Some people use elaborate apps for that purpose. But blogger Gabe Weatherhead has worked out a system relying on nothing but plain-text notes that enables him to have all his information available wherever he is.