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How do I open publisher files on a Mac?

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To convert Microsoft Publisher files to another format (.pdf , .doc , .jpg , etc) use Zamzar.com.
The Publisher to PDF conversion worked great, but make sure your filename is not to long or contains spaces, this caused an error at first. The site performs a lot of other file conversions as well, for image, documents, audio and video formats.

Link: www.zamzar.com
Status: Tested it, works.

Written by lutsen

March 23, 2010 at 10:35 am

Posted in DTP, Mac

How do I force my V-card file to download?

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In some browsers, especially on a Mac (like Safari, Firefox and Chrome), if you click on a link to a V-card or .vcf file, the file is not downloaded. Instead it’s contents are displayed in the browser window. To force these files to download, on an Apache server, you can use the .htaccess file.

Create an .htaccess file containing this line, or add it to your existing file:

AddType text/x-vcard .vcf

Link: www.thesheep.co.uk/2007/06/15/forcing-vcard-downloads-on-the-web

Written by lutsen

February 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Posted in Mac, Web

How do I backup my photos from Flickr?

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Our company portfolio is on Flickr, and recently I wanted to download a few projects for local use. Flickr lets you download each image individually, but that would take a bit long. Then I found FlickrBackup, which did the trick very nicely. It now is replaced by FlickrEdit, which has more features, but I didn’t test that one yet.

Link: sunkencity.org/flickrbackup
Status: Tested it, works nice

Written by lutsen

January 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Posted in Mac, Web

How do I import my Flip video movies into iMovie?

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I recently bought a Flip Video camera. After shooting some videos, I wanted to import them into iMovie. This is what I found out:

What doesn’t work:

  • Use the “import from camera” command.
    Although iMovie does recognise the Flip camera and automatically pops up the import from camera window on startup (with the camera already plugged in to the USB port), when I try to import a video I get an “Error while importing” message, and nothing is imported.

What does work:

  • Use iPhoto to import the videos, and then use these in iMovie (my favorite).
    First I use iPhoto to import the videos from the camera. After this, quit iPhoto (this seems to be important to prevent errors, don’t ask why…) After that start up iMovie. It tells me it needs to generate miniatures for all the videos in my iPhoto library. This can take quite some time, depending on how many videos you have imported. After this is done, I can use my movies in iMovie by selecting them in the “iPhoto-videos” in the Events library.
    Pros: The iPhoto library is intergrated into iMovie, and has preview filmstrips which allow you to “preview-scroll” through the movie.
    Cons: There will probably be duplicate copies of the imported movies in both the iPhoto and iMovie library. This takes up twice as much disk-space.
    And iPhoto doesn’t show a preview of the videos you import. It does allow you to skip already imported videos.
  • Select “Import movies…” from the iMovie File menu.
    Make sure you Flip camera is plugged in to your computer. Now navigate to FLIPVIDEO > DCIM > 100VIDEO. The “100VIDEO” folder is the folder where all your movies are. Select the ones you want to import and import them.
    Pros: The videos are on your hard-disk only once.
    Cons: The videos have names like “
    VID00001.MP4″. Not very descriptive… And there is no preview either so you have no indication of what you are importing.
  • Use the FlipShare program that comes with the Flip camera.
    In FlipShare, select one or more videos to import. Then press the “Save to computer” icon at the bottom of the screen. The videos are now saved to your computer. Now select “Import movies…” from the iMovie File menu. Navigate you home folder and then to Movies > FlipShare Data > Videos. The “Videos” folder is the folder where all your movies imported with FlipShare are. Select the ones you want to import in iMovie and import them.
    Pros: FlipShare shows nice previews before importing videos.
    Cons: When importing movies into iMovie from the FlipShare video directory, there are no previews and t
    he videos have names like “VID00001.MP4″ again…

(Although this text is in English, I am Dutch, and so is my copy of iMovie. So I hope I translated all command- and menu-names correctly)

Written by lutsen

June 23, 2009 at 9:07 pm

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How can I rename a lot of files at once on my Mac?

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To batch rename a lot of files, I recently used Renamer4mac. It’s simple and has a fully functional 10 day free trial. After that it’s $26.

Link: www.renamer4mac.com
Status: Tested it, works nice

Written by lutsen

May 29, 2009 at 11:34 am

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How do I migrate my Powerbook to my MacBook Pro without a fire-wire cable?

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I just got my new MacBook Pro and wanted to migrate my old Powerbook G4 to it. By default, this is done by connecting the two computers using a firewire cable. But my old Powerbook G4 has and old firewire port, and for the new MacBook, Apple for some reason has decided it needs a different firewire port. And now I have no firewire cable to connect the two different ports…

In the installation/migration program, Apple suggest to connect both computers to your local network using ethernet cables. But I was doing this at home and only had one ethernet cable present… Apples next suggestion is to migrate using Airport. I started doing this, but it was very slow and would take about 8 hours to complete (and my hard-disk wasn’t even that full).

I didn’t want to wait that long, so I aborted the migration and decided to create the smallest possible network, and connect the two computers directly using the ethernet cable (so without a router). And this worked! The migration now was finished in about an hour and a half.

Conclusion: If you don’t have the right fire-wire cable and want to migrate your Powerbook to your MacBook Pro, connect them directly using an ethernet cable.

Status: Tested it, works.

Written by lutsen

January 13, 2009 at 11:38 pm

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How can I find all IP addresses in my local network?

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I have several devices in my local network which need to be configured using a web interface. To reach this interface, I have to point my browser to their IP address. But how do I know which device has which address?

With IP Scanner you can scan your local area network to determine the identity of all machines and internet devices on the LAN. Now you now which IP address to surf to! (the demo is limited to scan a maximum of 5 devices, the full version costs $29.99)

Link: IP Scanner for Macintosh
Status: Tested it, works

Written by lutsen

January 6, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Posted in Mac