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Type Faster by Competing in Races

A fun way to improve your typing speed and accuracy is to join an online typing competition at typrX. This typing competition keeps track of your typing speed, while allowing you to compete against other people, either around the world in public races or with friends in private races. To set up a private race with your friends, follow these simple steps.

  • Once you have a typrX account, click the Create Private Race button on the front page and you’ll be taken to the private race page.
  • From there, copy the track code URL and send it to the friends you want to join the race.
  • You can click the Delay Countdown button to add 10 seconds to the clock if you are waiting on your friend to join the race.

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Chapter 4 of “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” Available

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We have yet another chapter from our streamed book — Jeff Carlson’s “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” — available to read on the TidBITS Web site this week. Chapter 4, “Best Practices for Importing Photos,” aims to help you reduce the amount of work you invest in organizing your photos by showing what your photo management software can do for you at import.

In Chapter 4, “Best Practices for Importing Photos,” Jeff starts by looking at the metadata that you can apply to photos as they’re imported, via metadata presets. Aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop Elements all support metadata presets (although they’re strangely implemented in Elements), and while iPhoto lacks such a feature, Jeff suggests a workaround. Other import-related topics covered include where to store burgeoning photo files, dealing with the interlinked Raw+JPEG images created by some cameras, thoughts about auto-upload services, and understanding features that attempt to organize photos automatically for you. As always, we welcome comments and questions!

As with Chapter 3, “Choose a Photo-Management Application,” and Chapter 2, “Shoot Smarter,” this chapter is available for free, but only to TidBITS members; everyone is welcome to read Chapter 1, “A Smart Approach to Photo Management,” to see where Jeff is headed. The full book will be available for purchase by everyone once it’s complete.

Publishing this book in its entirety for TidBITS members as it’s being written is one of the ways we thank TidBITS members for their support. We also hope it encourages those of you who have been reading TidBITS for free for years to help us continue to bring you carefully considered, professionally written and edited articles each week (for more details, see “TidBITS Needs Your Support in 2013: Join Our Membership Program,” 17 December 2012).

 

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