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What we published, and links of note

Here are the things we published this week, as well as some great link material. You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter and RSS.

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Blake Cloutier’s Mac and iOS setup »

Blake Cloutier's setup

Blake Cloutier is a fourth year Civil Engineering student, a Player Support Representative with Disney Interactive, and also works remotely for an animal supply company.

I especially enjoyed reading Blake’s approach to note-taking in class:

Using Notability and an Adonit Jot Pro pen I can take notes without using a single sheet of paper. All my notes are automatically synced with Dropbox and I can pull them up anywhere.

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Quick Tip: Convert a PDF to Word format with PDFpen »

Have you ever had a PDF file that you wanted to convert to Word format? Your only options are either to figure out a convoluted way to convert it or retype the entire document. Thankfully, PDFpen for Mac has this feature built in, and it’s incredibly easy to use.

Bradley shows how easy it is to create a Word document from a PDF with PDFpen for Mac in just two quick steps.

Tools & Toys Guide to Cast Iron Skillets »

Chris Gonzales over at Tools & Toys, our sister site, really outdid himself with a complete and helpful guide on maintaining, restoring, and (of course) cooking with your cast iron skillet. There’s so much good information here, and a couple of great recipes as well.

In this guide, we will be covering some of our favorite gear, methods, and recipes for using and maintaining a great cast iron skillet. Whether you are a cast iron novice or a seasoned veteran (see what we did there?), we hope you enjoy and learn something new from it.

Life After Cancer »

Federico Viticci, of MacStories.net, wrote a moving piece this week that describes his experience with Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer, a decline in his physical health, and his plans and exciting progress to get back in shape by using his iPhone to track relevent data.

It’s a bit of a read, but we guarantee it’s an inspriation and defintely worth the time.

I want to be healthier, I want to eat better, and I want to take the second chance I was given and make the most of it. What started as an experiment has become a new daily commitment to improve my lifestyle and focus.

And it wouldn’t be possible without my iPhone.

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