[FIX] AoE II HD Won't Start


Age of Empires 2 HD won't launch through Steam? Stuck in the infinite launcher-loop? Try closing Steam and delete the "appcache" folder in your Steam folder. Restart Steam and play AoE2!

Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/Steam/comments/1cag4h/aoe_ii_hd_wont_start/


[FIX] Unity3D - 4.5 Hierarchy Sorting By Name

Ever since the release of Unity3D 4.5 they changed the sorting of the GameObjects in the Hierarchy window to be based on the based on transform order instead of object's name. Although I do see some some causes where sorting it by transform order might be useful, but generally I would prefer to find my GameObjects based on the name. In Unity3D 4.5, there's no option anymore to sort it by name by default. You can use the search at the top of the hierarchy window, but it's a pain in the ass in my opinion.

There's actually a way to re-enable the alphanumerical sorting again. Simply download this little script (Unity3D-AlphaNumericSort) and place it in the Assets>Editor folder and you're done! An option will appear in the hierarchy window where you can switch between sorting it by transform order or by name.


Source: http://forum.unity3d.com/threads/unity-4-5-new-hierarchy-window-sorting.248298/

[FIX] Unity3D Black Screen on iOS Devices


We were trying to run a build of Puzzle Football on iPad yesterday to see how the game would look from an iPhone5 aspect ratio (16:9) to an iPad aspect ratio (4:3). But when we tried to run it the screen goes black. The game launches and the buttons were working so the game wasn't stuck. The weird thing was that it runs fine on the iPad2, but it shows a black screen on the iPad Mini.

I found a fix on the Unity forum which mentions changing the Clear Flags property on the Camera object by setting it to "Solid Color" (it was on "Don't Clear" before). Not sure why it needs to be on Solid Color, but it's working now! No more black screen on the iPad Mini!

[FIX] Unity3D - Animation Must be marked as Legacy Warning

I ran into this warning the other day when I tried adding an animation clip to an object "Animation Component must be marked as legacy", and there was no obvious way to find and fix the legacy problem... After searching a little bit on the internet, I found this solution to fix the warning:

Select the animation clip in your Project > Go to the Inspector tab and clip on the "hamburger" button > Then select "Debug".

The inspector options will change into debugging mode and there set the "Animation Type" from 2 to 1. Set the inspector mode back to "Normal" through the hamburger button and it's fixed! No more legacy warnings!


Finding old AMD ATI Graphics Drivers


My laptop motherboard/graphics card was broken a few months back, so I had to ship it to the ASUS repair center to have it fixed. When I got my laptop back, the graphics card drivers for my ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5730 were reverted back to the factory's drivers. It tried updating it to the latest drivers through the AMD ATI website, but every time I rebooted my computer after the installation, my screen wouldn't turn on anymore after the initial boot-up. The display works on an external monitor, but the laptop screen remains black no matter what I tried.

I wanted to install the older AMD Catalyst drivers, but I couldn't find them anywhere on the AMD website! Guru3D has a huge list of old drivers, but all the download links redirected me to dead or broken links. After looking through numerous websites, I finally found one with working download links on MorderHQ. Now everything is working again with the older graphics drivers.


[FIX] Scaling Smart Objects With Nearest Neighbor in Photoshop

I've been creating a lot of pixel art lately and started to use Smart Objects in Photoshop to increase my productivity and layer organization. Scaling pixel art in regular layers is pretty straightforward with the "Free Transform" (Ctrl+T / Command+T) by setting the Interpolation to "Nearest Neighbor". When using Smart Objects, the Free Transform doesn't show the Interpolation setting for some reason. If you try to scale your pixel art Smart Object, it will use a Bilinear interpolation making your art all blurry and fuzzy.

Apparently, Photoshop has a single setting to determine the scaling interpolation globally across the application. You can change this setting by going to Preferences > General > Image Interpolation. Changing this from "Bilinear" (default) to "Nearest Neighbor" will allow you to scale Smart Objects without it become blurry.



View PSD & TGA Files in Windows Explorer


Want to be able to view .PSD and .TGA files as thumbnails in your explorer? Download the MysticThumbs software, install it, restart your system and BAM!

- x86 Installer (32 bit OS)
- x64 Installer (64 bit OS)

Source: http://tbxstudio.com/psd-thumbnail-viewer-on-windows-explorer-for-windows-7-vista-64/

[FIX] Bioshock: Infinite - Audio Crackling

I had this weird issue with the game when the audio suddenly starts crackling / lagging, especially when I'm playing Voxophones. It's super annoying and kind of an experience-killer. Anyway, after long searches on the internet, I found this solution:

Set compatibility mode to Windows Vista SP2.
1. Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\BioShock Infinite\Binaries\Win32
2. Right-click on the BioShockInfinite.exe and select Properties.
3. Go to Compatibility tab and select Windows Vista SP2.

Also, don't forget to upgrade your graphics card to the newest driver.

[How] Combine Text Files Into One File

I was trying to import data into Excel the other day, when I noticed that Excel only allows me to import 1 text file at a time. Because I'm too lazy to import them 1 by 1, I found this command line on how to combine data from multiple text files into a single file :D

Lets say you have four text files a.txt, b.txt, c.txt and d.txt and you want to merge the contents of all the text files into one target.txt. To merge text files open the MS DOS command prompt and change the directory to where all files are stored. Now issue command : copy *.txt target.txt

This will merge all the text files in the directory and create a new file named target.txt

Source: http://www.thetechhub.com/2010/04/combine-text-files-into-one-with-single.html

[How] Play MKV Files on Mac

Me and Lauren wanted to watch the Legend of Korra on her MacBook that was linked to our tv, but we couldn't play it because the file was in MKV format. QuickTime doesn't natively support MKV files and installing a DivX player didn't help either. DivX player did playback the video, but there was no audio and it kept showing a message about an AC83 decoder being missing. Perian, on the other hand, is a powerful QuickTime extension, which allows playback of video AND audio without any problems. So download Perian for all your video playback needs on your OSX!