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D Alexander Bailey
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on 13 Sep 2013
Photo to Text
on 17 Oct 2011
First off, just to be totally clear, this app generates a plain text file (and not an image file). Text which I could perform further manipulations on is exactly what I wanted. Great!
The app gets bonus points for working with layered PSD files. No need to flatten, easy to make subtle tweaks in Photoshop and roundtrip back to Photo2Text — just in case you can't figure out how to adjust the image brightness, contrast, etc. within the app itself. (I didn't figure out how to trigger the built-in editor controls until I started writing this review: there's no button for it. Once you're in the editor, you need to double click the image again.)
Photo2Text had no trouble generating text mosaics with 1000 characters per line. It may be able to go much higher than that, but I didn't check. 200 characters per line ended working for the poster I was making.
Lack of basic written documentation and the aforementioned lack of an (obvious) button to trigger the image editor controls are this app's only defects.
My one feature request: I'd love it if there was a way to tell the app to use specific, limited character sets in its mosaics.
If you remember the Panopticum Digitalizer plugin for Photoshop 6 — and if, like me, you've been waiting for a replacement for years — Photo2Text will do the trick.
Did I get my $2 worth from this purchase? YES! And here's the event poster to prove it: http://sf.nerdnite.com/2011/10/14/nerd-nite-sf-17-open-source-toxoplasma-and-b-horror-science/
Photoshop Automator Actions
on 17 Sep 2010
I don't want to give away all my secrets but I have to sing the praises of these Automator Actions. I've been using them since 2005 (and CS2?) to crunch large folders of images into multiple sets of web optimized jpgs at specific sizes, watermark for Ebay, and/or convert color profiles.
The brilliance of these Automator actions is that you can use them to accomplish things which can't be done via Photoshop's built-in "actions" functionality. Better yet, the Automator Actions can be used in conjunction with Photoshop's actions. And sometimes it's just more efficient to set a few values in an Automator workflow instead of doing it in Photoshop.
Basically, stuff gets done. Instead of getting a repetitive stress injury, you make a cup of tea while your machine spends a few minutes doing the busy work.
From previous comments here I can see that some folks stumbled over the learning curve. Automator has its learning curve, and these actions have a quirk or two (tip: every workflow needs to include the "Render" action). But, hey, Photoshop has a bit of a learning curve, too, in case you hadn't noticed.
If you're not doing repetitive tasks in Photoshop, then you probably don't need this.
on 20 Aug 2010
This little app does exactly what it's supposed to do. No more, no less. Perfect!
on 20 Aug 2010
Life without Launchbar is painful. Pretty much the first app I install on any computer.
Tip: Do go into your Index settings and uncheck the files / functions that you don't need. It'll make it that much faster to get to the things you do use.
on 27 Jan 2011
At some point since writing the above, I've become addicted to Launchbar 5's new clipboard history and "ClipMerge" functions. This app has been getting better and better over the years.
Also, don't overlook the customizable search templates functionality. Just to give you an idea, I've got custom strings set up for Google Maps, Discogs.com, specific categories on Ebay and Amazon. I can't remember if the string for searching Macupdate was a built-in or if I created it, but I use it all the time.
on 03 Mar 2007
Insanely effective anti-spam plugin. I'm almost afraid to praise it publicly for fear of leading spammers to study it.
For years now I've scanned my junk mail box once a day for the odd piece of non-spam, but SpamSieve might make me lose the habit. It's been more than a month since any legit accidentally got tagged as spam. That means that my bleary eyes scanned 1745 subject lines in February for no reason whatsoever.
(For the statistically minded, a total 3 pieces of spam managed to get past SpamSieve in the same period).
One more thing to love about this plugin: it works with multiple email clients, so when you finally abandon Eudora for something else, you can take SpamSieve's settings with you.
on 21 Feb 2007
Lovely little interface. My (almost hourly) backup schedule would have made a big mess in (slow) iCal, but CronniX made it fast and neat to set up. Although CronniX doesn't have yet have a functioning "intervals" scheduling tab, this was not a real hindrance. Events can be duplicated with a simple command-D, and a series of new times can be entered in seconds. Additionally, the help file includes a few pertinent Terminal tricks, and an email of thanks to the developer yielded a quick response from Sven with a couple shortcut tricks for my scheduling needs.
It's free, and it gets the job done. Works fine on OSX 10.4.8 on my 2.0 GHz DP G5 PPC.
Those looking for a GUI for rescheduling the system maintenance scripts in Tiger should probably look to the free OnyX.
BARTsmart BART Widget
on 21 Feb 2006
I've tried BARTsmart, plus BART Widget 0.941 and Definition's Bart Planner Widget 1.0. BARTsmart is my favorite, because it shows me what I really care about right up front: times. No goofy map interfaces, and since it connects to the net to get the schedules, I'm confident that they're as good as I'd get going to bart.gov.
I've been told that future versions of BARTsmart will be more customizable, so bike info can be displayed.
I've noticed that it's possible to open more than one BARTsmart window in Dashboard, which is perfect for getting you and your buddy on the same train when the two of you are starting out from different stations. Cool!
on 21 Feb 2006
I've been testing this BART widget as well as Woodware's BARTsmart and BART Planner. My preference is for BARTsmart, for its no-nonsense interface and the fact that it connects to the 'net to pull down whatever info BART has most recently published. Also, BARTsmart's developer says that future revisions will be customizable to show stuff like when bicycles are allowed.
But this one is still quite OK... I find the graphical map interface a bit silly and cumbersome. But the schedule view is quite alright, especially since it's possible with this widget to look further ahead in the schedule.
Font Gander Pro
on 20 Feb 2006
This is how I got FontGander Pro 1.6 to work on an OS X 10.4.3 / Classic 9.2.2 machine:
1. Start Classic
2. Install ATM 4.6.2, and restart Classic (as the installer tells you to do)
3. Open FontGander and drop fonts and folders on Gander just as you would in the good old days before OS X...
4. However, OpenType fonts need to be installed in the Fonts folder in the classic System Folder in order for Classic to recognize them as fonts. Keep in mind, too, that fonts need to be unenclosed in the system Fonts folder to work (no nested folders, that is). And that you need to restart FontGander (and probably the whole Classic system) after adding fonts to the system before they'll be available to FontGander.
ATM 4.6.2 is the "lite" flavor of ATM. ATM Deluxe stopped at 4.6.1a. 4.6.2 adds support for OpenType, so, yeah, you'll probably want the "lite" version. It's still free from Adobe.
Without one flavor or another of ATM to provide rasterization, FontGander prints (and displays) fonts jaggy. Fine for pixel fonts, but nothing else. Oh, fonts in the system folder print fine too, without need of ATM.
You could try to put all the fonts you're printing into the system folder, but when doing large groups of fonts, I inevitably ran into a font or two that would make LaserWriter 8 (or AdobePS 8.8, I tried both) drop a print job (no warning, no alert, the job would just disappear from the print queue).
That said, fonts installed in the system folder printed slightly better on my old Apple Laserwriter 4/600 PS than the fonts which got their smoothing by way of ATM. But not so much better that it was worth the hassles of dropped print jobs and the much slower printing of fonts from the system folder. Verdict: ATM lite is OK!
Back in OS X 10.4 land... I found Automator super helpful for swapping copies of OpenType fonts in and out of Classic's Font folder (and in the process, stripping the organizing folders FontExplorer X had buried the fonts in), restarting Classic and FontGander.
By the way, this really is the last gasp for FontGander, since Apple recently said that "Classic" will not be supported on the new Intel chip Macs.
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