[How] Print Screen with Cursor

Shocking discovery the other day... you CANNOT have your mouse cursor be visible when you make a print screen using the print screen button. Now, I've known that the cursor won't show up in print screens, which is awesome and useful usually, but there's actually no way to make the cursor visible in Windows 7 (not sure if it's possible in older versions.. I remember XP used to?). Looked all over the internet with no results. The best option is to install a 3rd party software such as Gadwin Print Screen.
 
Gadwin Print Screen is easy to use and it can other ride the current print screen button or other button if you like. You can toggle the cursor to be visible or not. Also, change the capture directory and the file type of your print screen. When downloading, make sure you download the freeware version, unless you're willing to pay for the pro version. So far, the freeware version works great! And the best thing is they aren't trying to force you to buy the pro version with watermarks or anything. Finally, print screens with cursors again!!! Great... right?
 


[How] Android Apps on Blackberry Playbook


Back in March, when I went to the Game Developers Conference (GDC 2012), I received a (free) Blackberry Playbook and have been playing with it from time to time. While the Blackberry Playbook is a pretty good product, the main problem is that there aren't that many good apps for it... for free at least. However, Blackberry recently implemented the Android apps compatibility for the Playbook!

Not all applications work, and they have to be converted into a .BAR format that Playbook can read. You can download the SDK from the Blackberry website and convert them yourself, or just download the apps from CrackBerry, GoodeReader or PlaybookBars. Getting the Android apps on your Playbook is also pretty easy. Here are the steps:

  1. Download and install the Java Runtime Environment.
  2. You will need to download and install the DDPB installer.
  3. Find the Android apps you want for your Playbook.
  4. Activate Developer Mode on your Playbook (Settings --> Security --> Developer Mode)
  5. Enter a password for Developer Mode and remember this; you will need it later on.
  6. Run DDPB on your computer.
  7. Click "Scan" and you'll see the ip of your Playbook.
  8. Hit "Connect" and enter the password you just made in the Developer Mode.
  9. Now, load all .BAR files into DDPB.
  10. Check the boxes of the apps you want to install and hit "Install".
  11. Finally, go to your Playbook and you should be able to see the app.

For detailed steps, including pictures, go to [link]


[HOW] Home View in Google Drive


Wondering where the Home view went after switching from Google Docs to Google Drive? It's actually not your default view anymore in Google Drive, but instead it shows up your collections on the main page.
For me, the most useful thing of using Google Docs was that I was able to see all the documents sorted by modification date. Now you have to navigate through your collections to see which of the documents have changed.

Luckily, the Home view is still present in Google Drive, but it's hidden in the left menu. It's actually called the Activity view and you can find it by expanding the "More" tab.
You can also navigate to the Activity view directly https://drive.google.com/#activity

 


[HOW] HTML/CSS: Prevent Scrollbar Jump

Firefox and Chrome doesn't show a scrollbar on the right if the content of a page isn't longer than the window. But when the content becomes longer, the vertical scrollbar appears and causes the layout to shift. This "jump" can be quite annoying as the whole layout moves to the left. To fix this:

html {
  overflow-y:scroll;
}



[Fix] Joomla: Parameter 1 to modMainMenuHelper


 
Warning: Parameter 1 to modMainMenuHelper::buildXML() expected to be a reference

At present Joomla! is not certified to work with PHP 5.3.0. If you see this error message on your Joomla website, probably your web host is running PHP 5.3 or recently upgraded to PHP 5.3 (which was my case).

To fix this, go in the helper.php file (/modules/mod_mainmenu/helper.php) and change

function buildXML(&$params)

to

function buildXML($params)

 
Now the error should be gone!
 


[How] Flash: Seek() & PlayHeadTime() Accuracy

Using seek() and PlayHeadTime() with FLVPlayback component of video files in Flash can be quite inaccurate. We had the same problem when we were building a prototype for our project, which involved switching and syncing of videos using specific timing. PlayHeadTime gave a decimal value, but whenever we would do a seek() using the PlayHeadTime value on a video, the timing would be off by 0.5-1 second.

Apparently, the accuracy of the seek() function is dependent on the keyFrameInterval of the video and the FPS meaning Precision = keyFrameInterval / FPS.

So for example, if you have a keyFrameInterval = 30 (1st frame will be a keyframe, 30th frame will be a keyframe, 60th frame ... etc.) and FPS is set on 15, you'll only be able to seek in 2-seconds intervals of time (precision = 30 / 15).

To make the seeking more accurate, set the key frame distance when exporting your video with Adobe Premiere. This option can be found in the "video" tab, "Advanced Settings", check "Set Key Frame Distance" and set the key frame distance lower. Export it and now your seek() accuracy would be more precise!


[How-to-Fix] Bold / Italic not showing in Epubs

Making Epubs is a pain in the ass. You can't just convert a PDF into an Epub that can be used effectively for e-readers as it requires style formatting and further editing. One thing that was super annoying was that Bold & Italic text wasn't showing properly. The Epub worked fine in Adobe Digital Editions, but the font style didn't show up correctly in Calibre.

One way to fix this is to manually dig into the Epub and change the CSS (rename the file's extension from .epub to .zip or .rar -> open it -> find "template.css" -> edit the CSS in an editor such as Dreamweaver -> save -> rename file extention back to .epub). This option is very tedious and sensitive to errors, but it does the job.

Later I found out it could have been fixed way easier... Upon exporting your Epub in InDesign, go to the Contents tab and Uncheck "Include Embeddable Fonts". This is very counter intuitive as you might think you would want to embed any fonts for it to be able to display your fonts properly.


Anyway, easy fix... took me hours to figure out... hopefully I can save someone some headaches :)


[How] Premiere: Avi File; No Video, Only Audio

Herpderp! I had some trouble importing AVI files to Adobe Premiere. It would only import the audio file and not the video. Same thing in Windows Media Player; no video, only audio, but it worked fine when I opened the file in VLC. Frustrated, tried to convert it to other formats, changing file extensions, installed additional codecs... nothing worked!! After 30 minutes of screwing around I figured it out.

The video was recorded using Fraps at my school, but I was editing the video at home and I didn't have Fraps installed. Apparently, videos recorded by Fraps sometimes require the FPS1 codec from Fraps. So Installing Fraps would also install the FPS1 codec. After that the video worked in Windows Media Player and worked in Premiere!! Yaaaaay!!


[How-to-Fix] Start Youtube Link at a Specific Time

I keep seeing people linking Youtube video with a note "skip to X time to see what I'm talking about bladiebla herpderp...". Instead of having everyone scrolling through the video why not have the Youtube link directly point someone to the specific time of that video?

Simply add "t=xhxmxs", where x is time in hour, minutes or seconds, behind the URL.
For example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0LoHA_FPAs&t=2m37s (t=2m37s), starts the video at 2 minutes and 37 seconds.

When you're embedding Youtube videos, the "t=" tag doesn't work... instead use "start=x" (x is in seconds)

Happy linking!!


[How-to-Fix] Working with InDesign to export ePub


I started working on an eBook with InDesign a few weeks back. InDesign has an option to export your document to an ePub file which can be used for eBook readers. If you don't have a reader to test it on, you can download the Adobe Digital Editions on your computer for free! Or even better... Use Calibre to manage your ebooks or test your epubs on virtual devices!

Anyway, exporting to ePub is quite easy, but you need to pay attention to how you format your documents. For example, page layouts are different, page breaks and returns aren't included, fonts paragraph/character styles, etc. I found a very nice guide from CreativePro, which explains these problems and gives you solutions on how to fix it :D
Indesign ePub Guide Part 1 | Part 2

The most annoying thing however, is that InDesign (CS5.5) doesn't export your table styles. The guide suggests manually editing the CSS file after exporting, which is a pain in the ass. To do this, export your document to ePub. Rename your file from .epub to .zip. Open the file and locate the CSS file.
It's a drag... but it's the only solution that I could find on the web until Adobe fixes this in the new CS version.