Category: Tutorials

Watching WMV's In QuickTime Is Now Free

Microsoft is giving away the Flip4Mac plugin that allows you to watch WMV files directly in the QuickTime player. Just last week the Flip4Mac plugin was $10, but apparently Microsoft felt more people needed it. I’ve tried it before and I thought $10 was a little steep when the VLC was free. I’ll use it for free though.

Watching the streaming clips at CNN has been vastly improved since I installed the plugin. The clips used to hang and I could hear the audio, but the video would freeze. Now I can actually watch the clip load in the QuickTime status bar and playback is smooth.

How Do You Use MAMP?

I’ve been getting a lot of email lately about the MAMP tutorial, and I’m just curious how most of you out there are using it? I wrote the tutorial for Wordpress, however MAMP will work with any program that will run on a server. I’ve been using it to develop Wordpress themes, to quickly evaluate open-source software like phpadsnew and to design simple css sites.

Photoshop Tutorial – Spray Paint Overspray

Back when I first created the Graffiti Collection I kept running into problems matching text with the stencil images. The stencils had an overspray halo and I couldn’t seem to get the text to match it in Photoshop. After a bit of tweaking I think I’ve found a great solution. To follow along you’ll need Photoshop, a stencil image to match, and some grunge brushes from HowieZine (download them all, but we’ll only use set 01).

Google Language Tools Make Browsing Easier

I currently live in Montréal Canada, the second largest French speaking city in the world. I don’t speak French. I can get by with hand waving and speaking broken French on the streets. And most locally related websites are offered in both English and French. However I occasionally find a website that is only in French and I want to know what it says. I could learn French or call my girlfriend over to translate, but I’m too lazy and I just use Google’s Language Tools.

Installing WordPress Locally Using MAMP

Installing MAMP and running Wordpress locally on your Mac is a simple task, however I was unable to find any good documentation while I was attempting to do it for the first time which made it seem really difficult. My goal with this tutorial is to help you download MAMP and Wordpress and have it up and running in 15 minutes. Let’s get started…