Time for a quick tutorial

Saturday, June 27, 2009

It’s Saturday and that usually means cleanup time -- blech. But all work and no play...you know? So, in-between laundry and dishes I took some time to work on a cool movie-poster tutorial from the NAPP site (http://www.photoshopuser.com/members/?page=view&id=kung-fu-poster - accessible for NAPP members) which turns a picture (preferably with a kung-fu pose) into a movie poster. The tutorial used a stock image, but I had just taken a picture of Nick a couple of weeks ago that I thought was perfect. I even thought of a way to finish the project faster than the tutorial by using a brush for the sunburst in the background rather than creating it from scratch, so it took only about 20 minutes. I think it came out quite well, so I uploaded it to my Scrapbook album.


The pros and cons of Blog Apps

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

So, since I switched from the PC to the MAC world, I decided to give iWeb a try--hey it comes with the laptop, so no new purchase necessary. The only drawback to using iWeb for your blog (and this is a pretty big one, i think) is that you can’t organize your ramblings (and let’s face it--most blogs are, mine included, just the musings of one individual’s view of things) into categories like home, work, tips, family, travel, etc.

Also, there are the included templates. At first glance it appears as though there are quite a few, however I found myself rapidly switching through the themes and never quite finding the right one. Ok, I thought, I’ll make my own--how hard can it be?

Fast forward several hours of surfing the various resources. I’ll start with the Apple forum; hmmm, lots of unanswered questions here including the one I have. On to google and the tons of links my search parameter brings forth (does someone offer a class on how to keep your search parameters short and to the point?). Not too many free iWeb templates out there--really only one or two I could find. And I’m talking templates that do not resemble fuzzy bunnies, bears, or otherwise whimsical subjects. I also found a few how-to’s, but really those were just the type where you copy an existing theme file, changing, perhaps the colors or images, and rename the proper references.

But what if I don’t like the base font, or the position of the pictures, or the types of picture frames for my Theme? Well, I found some references for that, but it involved editing the xml and css files, and altough I could do that, the point it that I don’t want to do that kind of stuff at home! I do enough of that at work and just want to use my computer and software and not repair, update and modify--hey, that’s one of the main reasons I switched from a PC to a MAC for crying out loud!

I am now using one of the free templates from Jumsoft after I purchased one that looked good in their demo; it was using categories and tags on the blog page, which turned out to be the demo for the RapidWeaver and not the iWeb template. I sent an email to the vendor after that discovery, but haven’t heard anything yet. Oh well, there goes $12.95 for a pretty basic (lame) template I might not use.

I did check out the RapidWeaver trial and it was fairly easy to use (not as easy as iWeb though). Given I bit more time to play around and getting used to the menus and ways of doing things, I’m sure after a period of time I’d be comfortable with it; except that the trial version only lets you save 3 (THREE) pages, which doesn’t make for any decent test in my book. I much prefer a time-limited trial over a crippled version.

So here’s my conclusion. At this time, I’m just too busy (lazy) to put my stuff (such as it is) into yet another app. I know, it’s not really that much, but since there’s no easy import, I’m getting tired of my own blog content (gasp). I decided to stick with iWeb and hope that we users can make enough noise to have the category/tag feature (among other things) in the next version--or a patch perhaps? </wishful thinking>


Ahhh, technology

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Wow, I just noticed that is has been a while since I added something to the blog, so here goes.
Well, it's Saturday and that means cleanup time in our house, since we both work and by the time we get home from work, had dinner, got the kids to bed, etc. we're usually too pooped to do much in the way of housework. Ok, except for maybe the dishes--we gotta eat, ya know; and that, of course, requires clean dishes, silverware, etc.
Anyway, back to Saturday. As I'm cleaning the kitchen and as I pick up stuff and toss it into the trash, it reminds me that I really should take out the trash, 'cause the can is kinda full and it IS getting a bit stinky! Which also reminds me that I saw an ad from Costco for one of those tall metal trashcans that open and close when you wave your hand in front of it and I really wanted to check it out next time I went to Costco; but, of course, last time I was in there I was, as usual, in a hurry to just get what I need and get back home (I normally get to shopping after work, which is around 6:30 PM!).
Anyway, long story short (ha, too late I think), as I was telling my son Nick about the trashcan, his eyes get really wide and he says "Wow, Mom, technology is great, isn't it?"
I had to laugh at that and thought, hey, I should really write this stuff down; I'm always trying to remember some cute, funny, interesting thing one of the kids is uttering, which might lend itself to a blog entry or even a nice scrapbook layout. But by the time I get ready to do those things, I usually can't think of one (geez, I must be getting old), which brings me back to today's blog entry. Wow I managed to tie that all in, didn't I? :)

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