If you select an image file and choose “Send To — Mail Recipient” in the context menu, the Send Pictures via E-mail dialog appears to ask you if you want to resize the image. To disable the dialog and to directly open the email client with the image attachment, follow the instructions below. This tip was hard to find with Google, so I pasted it here verbatim: Continue reading →
When recording a screen movie, e.g., a software tutorial, with SnapzProX, you can choose to record a voice-over with either the built-in or an external microphone. The problem is that the sound quality is not very satisfying given that it is a straight recording. It would be better if you could filter that audio recording in real-time. The solution comes through Soundflower and Audio Hijack Pro. Continue reading →
I recently started getting into home-recording, primarily to do voice-overs on videos or to record screen tutorials for my parents. Of course I don’t have a quiet sound studio at my disposal, so my study has to do. When I turn off the radiator and close the door, it is actually pretty quiet except for the fan on my iMac. That plus background recording noise won’t go away and is quite distracting on plain voice recordings. Some searching online pointed me in the direction of using a noise gate filter: Continue reading →
It was time to change the face of my blog again, therefore, a new theme — Fast Track — by the same author as the first theme I used. And another plug-in too. In addition to adding the post ratings, I thought it would be nice to just get a count on the post views as well. Fortunately, there’s a handy plug-in for this as well: WP-PostViews. Note that in order to avoid counting your own access to the page, you must be logged-in because logged in user access is not counted.
With so many documents organized in data bases these days, primarily music in iTunes, and photos in iPhoto and iView MediaPro, I find it more and more important to clean my databases of junk, music I never listen to, photos I never look at, if you have used any of these programs you likely know what I mean. How to clean it up? Continue reading →
It is a welcome (indirect) feedback, that I recently see more and more traffic on my site, especially, as a consequence of Google searches. This tells me that I must be doing something right. By writing about problems that people care to find out about. This is great and exactly what made me start this blog in the first place. Continue reading →
The day is finally here, on Thursday I received FCE 4.0 in the mail from Amazon, it was $10 cheaper than directly from Apple. Unfortunately not all went as smoothly as expected. Continue reading →
Opinions about iWeb are about as diverse as there are web design applications. I happen to like it a lot. It is the key reason I upgraded iLife ’05 which came free with my PowerBook to iLife ’06. I tried RapidWeaver, Amaya, NVU, and Sandvox but none of them were very intuitive or enabled me to get good looking web pages with little effort.
Unfortunately, there is one big problem with iWeb: You cannot automatically update your web page to your server, unless you have .Mac which is expensive compared to other hosts. Continue reading →
One of the most useful features in Adobe Acrobat 5.0 that I used first as a student and then later even more at work was its ability to compare two documents side-by-side and mark all the differences. It is the only program I know to date that enables one to do this. I used it frequently to compare all sorts of files, usually either MS-Word documents or MS-Excel sheets. While this does involve the extra step of creating PDFs, it works beautifully in most cases. Continue reading →
The wedding movie mentioned in the previous post is actually over three hours long and does not fit onto a single layer DVD. While I did buy a package of double layer (DL) DVDs I was rather shocked about their price. At nearly $2.2 they are more than 5 times as expensive as single layer DVDs. In this article, I found a useful hint of how to use Toast to compress double layer DVDs. Here’s how to do it: Continue reading →