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Export Word 2008's Audio Notes to Your iPod

You can use Word 2008's Notebook Layout View to take notes and record audio for lectures. Choose View > Notebook Layout View. Click the Audio icon in the Notebook Layout toolbar and then adjust the input volume and click the round recording button. Any notes you type while recording audio are coordinated with the audio. Sync your notes to your iPod for on-the-go studying. Choose Tools > Audio Notes > Export Audio. Save the file to your iTunes music folder.

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Macinstruct Opens Mac Tutorial Contest

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Here's an idea I like - a contest to generate the most creative and innovative tutorials for Macintosh users. Sure, the meme is that being a Mac user means not having to read the manual, but the fact is that the Mac world is also home to some of the best writers and teachers on the planet. Organized by the non-profit Macinstruct site, the Tutorama contest aims to encourage Mac users to help others with clearly presented, helpful tutorials. The format isn't fixed: although the written word remains the ultimate communication method for many people, you're welcome to submit video tutorials, Flash animations, or who knows what else. Just make sure it succeeds at teaching your topic. And even if you don't win one of the very cool prizes, you'll have the satisfaction of having shared your knowledge with other Mac users.

Now, I'm not writing about Tutorama purely because I think it's a good idea, but also because I'm helping to judge entries, along with Tonya, our senior editor Joe Kissell, Take Control author Kirk McElhearn, and Take Control editor Dan Frakes. Other judges include the doyenne of Mac technical writing, Robin Williams; the inimitable Guy Kawasaki; No Starch Press founder William Pollock; Jonathan Price, creator of Apple's first style guide; and Amber MacArthur, a new media journalist and video host.

Check out the Tutorama Resources page for the official rules and advice from the judges, and then think about what you'd like to explain to the rest of the world.

 

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