Discount on iView MediaPro 3

I use iView MediaPro 3 for managing my digital images, and absolutely love it. These kinds of digital asset management (DAM) tools are great for adding keywords to your photos, searching based upon keywords, editing down to a set of selects after a shoot, creating slide shows, keeping track of offline images (i.e. those stored on CDs/DVDs or external hard drives), and creating web-based galleries.

It’s normally USD$200, but here’s a handy link to give you a huge 15% discount on iView MediaPro 3. Enjoy!

Oh, and it works on both Mac OS X and Windows.

May 18th, 2006

Mac Disk Management Utilities

It doesn’t matter how large your hard disk is, you’ll always run short of space eventually. While trying to free up some space on my PowerBook for a video project, I came across these handy utilities for understanding where all your space has gone and freeing up space that’s wasted:

  • Disk Inventory X – Gives a graphical representation of how much disk space is taken up by various types of files, and allows you to identify and delete them to free up the space. Especially good for locating videos, photos and music that you don’t need instant access to and can archive to DVD.
  • Monolingual – Removes unnecessary language resources from Mac OS X, reclaiming hundreds of megabytes of disk space. Why waste space on files for languages you don’t speak?
  • Tidy Up! – Searches out duplicate files and packages. You can also search by the tag, duration and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files, search the contents of the iPhoto, iTunes and iPod dababases, and synchronize deletions with iPhoto and iTunes.
  • WhatSize – Lets you browse the folders on your disk, showing the sizes of the subfolders and files within. Helps identify large folders that you might not need (e.g. GarageBand samples, unused applications, etc).
  • FileWrangler – While not directly intended for recovering disk space, FileWrangler is very handy for renaming files in preparation for backing up to an external drive or burning to CD/DVD. For example, I use it to rename the DV files from my video camera with a consecutive numbering scheme so they’re in chronological order and won’t have filename clashes.

1 comment May 17th, 2006

ImageWell and MenuCalendarClock

I came across another couple of great Mac tools this week.

ImageWell is a free, simple image editor. It’s designed for rotating, resizing, cropping, and adding borders or drop shadows to your images quickly and easily. It can even upload them to your website at the click of a button, and will give you the HTML code to insert the uploaded image into a web page. Great for bloggers!

MenuCalendarClock is a highly-configurable calendar and clock that sits in your Mac’s taskbar. I find it really handy for seeing the day of the month at a glance, but it also integrates with iCal to show you calendar bookings, to do items, reminders, etc.

May 10th, 2006

The Ringer

The latest Farrelly Brothers comedy movie, The Ringer, opened here in Australia last night.

The basic plot outline is that the main character’s only option to erase a really bad debt is to rig the Special Olympics by posing as a contestant. Straight away you can imagine all the major movie-makers running away from that script!The Ringer

We won’t be able to get out to see the movie for a while yet, but as soon as our babysitters are back from their holiday we definitely will!

Some links:

April 28th, 2006

Garth Brooks – Standing Outside The Fire

Check out this great video clip, telling a vignette about a young man with Down syndrome just trying to fit in: Garth Brooks – Standing Outside The Fire.

OK, it’s not a new video, but I hadn’t seen it before and it’s kinda cool.

7 comments April 27th, 2006

PureText – Clipboard Cleaner For Windows

PureText by Steve Miller is awesome for pasting stuff into CityDesk (and other HTML editors, rich text editors, formatted emails, Word docs, spreadsheets, etc).

You just paste using Windows-V instead of Ctrl-V, and it’ll strip out all the formatting. It’s like doing Edit -> Paste Without Formatting or pasting into Notepad, copying, and pasting into your destination window, but without the hassle of either of those methods.

Try it out – you’ll love it.

1 comment April 23rd, 2006

More Cool Mac Software

I found a couple of cool OS X applications this week:

  • Onyx – System configuration, optimisation, maintenance, log file viewing and cleanup, cache and temporary file cleanup, etc. Freeware.
  • Sticky Windows – Drag any window to the sides or bottom of the screen, and it becomes a tab and the window is hidden. Great for getting applications out of the way temporarily, when you don’t want to close and relaunch them. Shareware.

April 14th, 2006

Lightbox JS v2.0 Image Galleries

I’ve just installed a neat image display tool called Lightbox JS v2.0.

Lightbox is really easy to install – you just upload the scripts to your server and add a little bit of CSS to your site template’s header. Full instructions are included in the link above.

I really like the way Lightbox can group images into ‘sets’, so visitors can click through a gallery of images using Previous and Next arrows. You can see the set feature in action on this post. The script even pre-loads the next image in the set before you click on Next, giving much faster apparent speed for dialup visitors.

Displaying images on an overlay like this means I can now start posting larger images, since they no longer have to fit in with the navigation and other layout elements of my web site template. Displaying images on a dark background also gives them more ‘pop’, increasing the apparent contrast and colour saturation.

Let me know if you have any problems.

4 comments April 11th, 2006

Moving WordPress To A Different Directory

This web site was originally created and maintained using CityDesk from Fog Creek Software. CityDesk is a great tool for the job, but it only runs on Windows and I’ve moved to the Mac, so maintaining the site was becoming a pain.

I was looking for a server-based content management system, and WordPress was the most suitable one I could find for my needs. It’s not perfect, but it’s easy, convenient, and very good. And it’s free.

When I set WordPress up, I installed it into the /dacollins/ subdirectory (i.e. http://www.pool-room.com/dacollins/). This was a convenient way to spend time tailoring things, setting up my templates and plugins, importing content, etc without impacting my main site. All the changes were confined to a single subdirectory, and it wasn’t publicised much so I didn’t have to worry about breaking links as I played around and reorganised things.

Finally, after 2 or 3 months of on-again-off-again tinkering, I got everything just how I wanted it and was ready to copy WordPress to my site’s root (i.e. http://www.pool-room.com/).

The WordPress web site has some good instructions detailing how to move your site, and it worked exactly as advertised for me. The only thing I added was a line in .htaccess to redirect requests for the /dacollins/ subdirectory to the root directory – so if someone clicked on their bookmark for http://www.pool-room.com/dacollins/category/family/, they’d be automatically redirected to http://www.pool-room.com/category/family/ instead of encountering a 404 error. Click on the links to see how it works.

Assuming you’ve got mod_rewrite turned on, the line to add to .htaccess is:

RewriteRule ^dacollins/(.*)$ $1 [L,redirect=permanent]

This basically just strips the ‘dacollins/’ out of the URL.

I’ve left all the original CityDesk files where they were. You can still see pages from the old web site here for example. This makes sure that any pages that were indexed by search engines or linked to by other sites are still online, but new visitors will only see the new site.

3 comments April 10th, 2006

How Do You Carry All Your Gadgets?

This seems to be a recurring problem among my friends and workmates. You’ve got a phone, PDA, iPod, GPS, USB stick, keys, wallet, and more. Even cargo pants have a limited number of pockets, and they don’t go very well with a jacket and tie. You don’t want to look like a complete nerd and wear a utility belt. So, what to do?

The Satchel Pages offers some solutions.

They’ll be devoting this whole week to the topic of concealed man-purses, so follow along!

April 5th, 2006

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