2013 February Blizzard “Nemo” Time Lapse

This weekend we got hit with a blizzard named “Nemo” and got buried under 25” of snow here in Merrimack NH. I used the app Lapse It. It was my first time using it and doing a time lapse but it came out pretty well.

Rebuilding with HTML5 and CSS3

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It’s been awhile since I have really done any web design and development. Since the last time I have done any web design things have changed a lot.  The two major changes are the implantation of HTML5 and CSS3. There are many new elements, attributes and modules. Many things that were done in the past using JavaScript or Flash can now be doing using HTML5 and CSS3.

The way that web design is expanding I need to learn both of these to further my knowledge. Over the next couple of weeks (hopefully quicker and not longer…) I will be updating my site, which is outdated, using HTML5 and CSS3. I also hope to make a simple mobile friendly website as well. Then if things go well, update the design of my blog (which really needs an update) to match the new design of my site.

 

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Current Homepage

I will be keeping track of updates and screen shots here. As well as any cool things that I learn and I assume all the problems that I come across. I am planning on starting from scratch, however I may use HTML5 Boilerplate. I haven’t quite decided yet! I will also be trying out Sublime Text along with Notepad++ to see which I like better. I will also be posting some artwork here that I will create for the backgrounds, minor graphics, all that good stuff.

Photoshop Tip: Zooming In

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I discovered a pretty nifty trick the other day while working zoomed in on a huge image file. So when you navigate around an image in Photoshop you hold down space and then click and drag. This is fine if you are just working in a small area and don’t need to see the whole picture.

So while working on a huge image I was often scrolling around the image a lot using the space key and click and drag and repeat. Until I discovered a nifty little tip that Photoshop has. If you hold down space + c and click and drag a small box will pop up (see above image) and you will zoom out and the box will follow them mouse, then when you release the mouse it will zoom into where the box is now placed at the same zoom level as before. Get it? Well there’s a short video (go full screen on it) that I made that you can checkout below. It starts off with the normal zoom and then shows you the space + c zoom.

 

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Adobe Photoshop Menus Tip

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I discovered something interesting the other day while playing around in Photoshop. Under the Edit menu there’s a “Menus”  option. Under that you can turn off the display of any menu item in Photoshop. The menu options will still be there just hidden down at the bottom under “Show All Menu Items” selection. This is extremely useful for getting rid of menu items you don’t use like “Open in Bridge” or anything that you always seem to miss-click on when working on in Photoshop.

Zootool Pro

Zootool Pro

Today Zootool released their Pro service. I have blogged about Zootool before and how I find it as an incredibly useful service. I know they had been working on a Pro service and today they released it. The new features they released are:

  1. Emailing Clippings
  2. Social Networking-Sync
  3. Unlimited Packs
  4. Public Packs
  5. Ad Free

The coolest thing about their new pro service is that you set the price for it. Where as most pro level services online cost around $25/year. With Zootool you set what you pay for a year of service. From $1 a year to $100 a year. I think this is an amazing way to go about it. It opens up Zootool Pro to people who can’t really afford to pay much but it lets them support Zootool. While leaving it open to people who can afford to spend a little more. I like this approach because it takes the pressure off of people and allow them to pay what they feel comfortable with and not forced to pay a certain amount. I think that this approach is going to make it easier for people to pay for their service when people realize that they set the price. This is the first online service other than the Humble Bundle. I think that more online services should take this approach and they will quickly gain new members, I know there are a few services that I would pay for if they took this approach. If your not a member I encourage you to sign up and if you are a member I encourage you to support Zootool as much as you can afford.