Join us — new Drupal and Expression Engine Groups

November 20, 2009

Hola! I’m chairing the ATHDrupal group and for now, I am just “helping” the EEATH group (I hope a Chair rises organically in the group).
ATHDrupal is a new regional Drupal group (forming out of the ashes of UGA Drupal Group). We would like to invite anyone interested in Drupal to join us. We hope to have some f2f meetings — perhaps, semesterly (and also, to connect up with DrupalAtlanta at some point).

Drupal is an opensource content management system.
You can join the Drupal group @

Additionally a new regional group has formed for the CMS, Expression Engine

If you have questions, just drop me a line. thanks, robin

Question of the day: My "hand" tool is stuck in Fireworks, Photoshop, etc.?

October 20, 2009

So, I had the dreaded stuck “hand” tool in MXFireworks 2004 (yeah, I know, way behind, I work for the govt….) where I absolutely could do nothing except move around using the hand tool.
After much googling, here are the responses I came up with (and I now share in hopes of helping somebody else) :

The first three are duhs, which didn’t work for me 😉

Turn off conflicting software/clear memory

  • Restart the software (Fireworks, Photoshop, etc.).
  • Restart your computer
  • Turn off any Macro products you might be running

Reset your preferences — Ah -ha!

  • Edit>Preferences>Reset all warning dialogs (Photoshop)
  • Edit>Preferences (Fireworks; save — I didn’t reset my preferences, just re-saved the existing ones and it worked)
  • Commands>Reset Warning Dialogs (Fireworks)

Question of the day: Corrupt PDFs

September 30, 2009

Question of the day: Has anyone seen the following error when you try to open a pdf file:
There was an error opening this document. The file is damaged and could not be repaired.

My answer (I have lots of experience with bad PDF files… long story .. not my fault, though, I was just an innocent bystander… lol):

a few likely reasons:

If the PDF is on the web:

  • The upload process could have hung up, creating an empty or damaged file.
  • The upload could have been in ascii format, but the PDF contained images and should have been uploaded as binary.
  • The file could have been corrupted during the creation process and uploaded (or emailed or saved to a drive) as corrupted.
  • A problem with Adobe

If you can get to the server level where the PDF resides (if it is on the web), you might be able to see if the File size = 0 or see if there are other anomalities. If it was emailed to you or given to you on flashdrive or card, just ask for a new copy.

good luck. It is possible to retrieve and restore some corrupted data but it’s never easy. If you can get the original file and it’s not corrupted, that is the easier answer.

I just accidentally corrupted a 16G SD card (moving between too many cameras too quickly — which wiped out the exif for about 100 images making them unreadable) and was able to restore the CR2s and JPGs without manually rewriting the exif. I’ve also restored deleted images off a SD, but neither was exactly what I would call EASY. 😉

What is on the web and how we use it.

September 29, 2009

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Free tools

August 7, 2009

A few free web tools:

The story behind Chrome (google’s new thang)

September 7, 2008

Are you tired of chrome yet? Not even sure what chrome is?
Here is the story of chrome (google’s new browser): be honest, it looks an awful lot like firefox3…. but no support for RSS Feeds? Are you kidding? Lots of chatter about its TOS, too, but apparently some of that was old verbage and has now been modified, at least, that is the official story. Bottom line is > read the TOS. 😉
The task manager does look cool, though.

More and some how-tos…

How to:

Organize your inbox

July 8, 2008

Well, this only works with outlook email at the moment, but here is the claim:

…information will become much easier to find. When a new email arrives, the sender’s full communication history appears in the Xobni sidebar, including past conversations, attachments and contact details. Xobni also includes a blazing fast email search tool..

I first read about this free software in june’s issue of wired. . Sounds great, hmm? Basically, it helps you manage your inbox — but only in outlook (at least at the moment).