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The July 28, 2016 CDPUG program features Jenny Hawkins, visiting CWRU Assistant Professor of Economics at CWRU, talking about the topic “Freelancing in an Evolving Gig Economy.”

The NPR Program, the Diane Rehm Show has recently devoted a program to the same topic. Great Minds Think A Like!

Click this link to listen to the program “The Future of the Sharing Economy and What It Means for Work.”

Our speaker, Jenny Hawkins is sure to be as good or even better than the guests on The Diane Rehm Show!

Guests on the Diane Rehm Show:

  • Arun Sundararajan professor of information, operations and management sciences, NYU Stern School of Business; author, “The Sharing Economy: the End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism”
  • Emily Badger reporter covering urban policy, The Washington Post’s Wonkblog

See you at our Thursday, July 28th CDPUG Program “Freelancing in an Evolving Gig Economy.” Please RSVP so I can order the right amount of food for this exciting program.

Spike Radway
CDPUG Director of Programming

Below is a link to a YouTube video by our July speaker, Jenny Hawkins, visiting CWRU Assistant Professor of Economics at CWRU, talking about the topic “The Demise of 9 to 5 Work.”

I am always scouting for speakers for CDPUG and discovered Jenny Hawkins while attending a Sunday Morning Community Forum of the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland. This video should be good background for those interested in this topic. Our July program will be more tailored to freelancers in the graphic arts, since freelancers are a significant portion of the CDPUG membership.  My intent is to motivate members to attend our July program.

Please check out this YouTube Video “The Demise of 9 to 5 Work,” and then attend our Thursday, July 28th meeting entitled “Freelancing in an Evolving Gig Economy“ to learn even more.
Please RSVP so I can order the right amount of food for this exciting program.

Spike Radway
CDPUG Director or Programming

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Take control sale

Every summer has a story. Are you ready to write yours? 


In collaboration with friends who craft many of the tools we rely on to write, edit, and produce Take Control books and TidBITS articles, we’re having a sale!


You can also save 25% on some of our favorite writing apps (more about them below). This isn’t a bundle deal, nor are there any gimmicks or requirements—just a straightforward sale for Mac writers and anyone who wants to be more organized or tackle document-related projects.


How can Take Control help? Here are just a few of the ways:


  • Get more out of your apps: We want to make you better at what you do, perhaps via our books about group messaging phenomenon Slack or recently updated titles covering favorites like 1Password, Audio Hijack, Dropbox, and PDFpen. We also focus on Apple’s Photos and Mail apps, and provide the documentation you need about Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.


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If you want a PDF editing and manipulation tool that sits between Apple’s free Preview and Adobe’s $450 Acrobat Pro DC, look no further than Smile’s $74.95 PDFpen and $124.95 PDFpenPro. There’s even an $19.99 iOS companion in PDFpen for iPad & iPhone.

To help PDFpen users make the most of their apps, we’ve just released Michael Cohen’s Take Control of PDFpen 8, with 188 pages of comprehensive documentation. Thanks for telling your MUG about it—I’ll send you another message shortly for forwarding to your group mailing list. Remember to cut out your username at the bottom of that message (look for the scissors line) before passing it on!


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Slack, a group messaging service that has become wildly popular in business and academia, and is making inroads into clubs and hobbyist. Slack marries some of the best features of email and instant messaging, and does so in a way that can improve communication and cut back on email overload. Plus, you can set up a public Slack team for free.

Using the advice in Glenn Fleishman’s Take Control of Slack Admin, you could set up a group. His Take Control of Slack Basics documents how to use Slack from the ground up, so there’s lots of help for making your members comfortable in the new environment (and yes, we have super special bulk pricing for non-profits like MUGs).

Slack is new and therefore a little scary, but given the challenges user groups face, trying something new isn’t a bad thing. It’s likely that some of your members are already using Slack at work, and even if it’s just helpful to your officers at first, it’s worth investigating what it would be like to use Slack with your group. We’ve become fans here at TidBITS and Take Control, and you could even invite our authors into your Slack group for scheduled live chats.

And you can join us in our free public SlackBITS group!

-Adam Engst


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Here’s a useful addition to your design arsenal: 64 textured papers, each one a 2100 x 1500 pixel image suitable for printing. Company Folders provides these images so you can see what your designs might look like on their folder stock — but you can use them as backgrounds or texture maps for any project!

Some of my favorites are Eco Kraft, Jute Vellum, 10 colors of Linen, and 8 colors of Felt. Their website shows previews of each paper, so you can decide whether you think they’re worth downloading.

Here you can download professional, full-size photographs of the 64 high quality paper stocks we offer.

  • Get a basic sense of the look and texture of each stock in Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.
  • Add them to die-cut templates to see how your printed design will look on a particular stock
  • Use them in mockup templates to demonstrate your final product to others

Download all images here: