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tomierna's Avatar Picture tomierna (Admin) – December 08, 2007 01:51AM Reply Quote
Well, why not? this is a community, after all.

johnny k – March 10, 2008 06:25PM Reply Quote
Re: Suitcase - Have you tried Linotype FontExplorer? Free and the most solid font manager I've used.

ddt – March 10, 2008 06:37PM Reply Quote
johnny, you still looking for iphone app ideas? heard about a service for cell phones where you send a photo of the food you're going to eat, people on the other end look it up, send back data for you about what you took in through the day. be cool to have an on-phone calculator (you'd still have to find the food data on packages, enter it, though the experience could probably be eased by scrolling options for ingredients like cocoanut oil you'd want to look out for).


bahamut – March 10, 2008 06:51PM Reply Quote
it's not really the brother driver that fucks things, it's other software it tosses in.

rino – March 10, 2008 07:49PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
I vote for using that thing from Hamrick -- VueScan. http://www.hamrick.com/ It's a self-contained affair and supports everything under the sun. I don't love the interface but 99.9% of scanning software has been that way.

I have heard that Mail rule sound glitch as far back as Jaguar or something early when I first started using multiple rules. I finally narrowed it down to some ordering of rules but frankly it's a hell of a lot easier to stop reading the stuff.

I forget Baha, did you get MacBook Pro?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/10/2008 07:49PM by rino.

johnny k – March 10, 2008 08:03PM Reply Quote
Maybe you can check its reciept or installer log file to see what went where and root the cruft out.

ddt, that's a good idea. I did a concept for a handheld barcode scanner a long time ago that could give you a readout of the nutritional info that you cared about condensed into something understandable, tell you if it had something you're allergic to, etc. Your idea sent me off on a search for a UPC-nutrition database, but no such luck. That is a lot of data to acquire yourself. If anyone knows where to find this, clue me in. It is giving me ideas for environments where you need to look up some sort of info quickly. Snapping barcode > ? > profit.

tomierna (Admin) – March 10, 2008 08:39PM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
johnny, methinks you'd be doing well to offer an open community database service for it, ala imdb/cddb.

There are a couple of products out there that have UPC->nutrition databases, but they are very secretive about the database part.

Check out CalorieKing for an example.

rino – March 10, 2008 08:50PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Oh a calorie counter for certain! I used to have one for my Palm device... it tracked your BMI, you entered your weight/height, and daily meals ... it tallied your calories from a db.

bahamut – March 10, 2008 08:57PM Reply Quote
vuescan is great, but it's no good for networked scanners reading multipage-documents.

rino – March 10, 2008 10:24PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
wow you roll with the big boys.

bahamut – March 10, 2008 10:47PM Reply Quote
big boys? lol, I have a brother MFC-7820n, that's worth about $250 new and usually there's a $150 rebate or more on it!

bahamut – March 10, 2008 10:53PM Reply Quote
goddamnit! i went through the driver package with pacifist and swore i'd only be installing twain and some support files and there is the goddamn brother control center taking up CPU cycles and doing god knows what else on the new machine. defiled!!! grr!!!!

Mokers (Moderator) – March 11, 2008 12:00AM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
I told you, separate partition on an external drive. Blow that thing up and go cherry again.

bahamut – March 11, 2008 12:05AM Reply Quote
ha ha. you're right, that IS what i should do. but you should know i'm too lazy to ever reboot.

external drive? you think i haven't already replaced the optical with a second hard drive? i've gotten really good with this. swapped it for the one in the old mbp. i got 160gb free! 300 used!

so here's another question...

any idea if i can pare down all those craptacular typefaces that office and os x spew in there? does anybody think suitcase is safe?

tliet – March 11, 2008 12:13AM Reply Quote
johnny k
Re: Suitcase - Have you tried Linotype FontExplorer? Free and the most solid font manager I've used.

Bruce Robertson – March 11, 2008 01:14PM Reply Quote
No, Vuescan definitely does not support everything though it supports a lot. There are a number of products - such as all Brother products - that are not supported because he can't get adequate info from the manufacturer.

bahamut – March 11, 2008 02:43PM Reply Quote
I know, which leads me to the driver, while i installed it. I'll live.

Cloudscout – March 13, 2008 03:08PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I recorded a show with EyeTV which was in Standard Definition but was letterboxed. I had already completed this project the other day and burned it to DVD but the results didn't look so good. I wanted to try it again but make the DVD anamorphic 16:9.

To accomplish this, I exported the video from EyeTV without conversion and then used MPEGStreamClip to crop it and convert it to 16:9 DV. It was 90 minutes long and MPEGStreamClip automatically split it into 10 separate files to stay within the 2GB per file limit of iMovie.

Now the problem was, how do I import this into iMovie. I could use the regular "Import" function in iMovie but that takes forever. I don't understand why that takes so long. It's not like there's any conversion going on. I did some searching and found a workaround, though.

First, you create a new iMovie project, save it and quit iMovie.
Second, you right-click on the project file in the Finder and choose "Show Package Contents."
Inside the package, there's a folder called "Media." Copy the .DV files into that folder and then reopen the project in iMovie.
iMovie will warn you that it found stray files and asks if you want to review them.
You can then drag those clips into the project and then edit everything as usual.

I saved myself nearly an hour by doing this last night.

The end result was significantly better quality than my first attempt was. Partly because of the high quality scaler in MPEGStreamClip.

I should thank Tom now for being the first person to tell me about MPEGStreamClip a couple of years ago. It's been a very valuable tool for this kind of work.

By the way, I really hate iMovie '08. It's confusing as hell. I'm back to using iMovie '06 now.

If anybody knows of a resource for learning iMovie '08, let me know. The previous versions all made sense to me and looked like simplified versions of Final Cut but this new version makes no sense to me.

John Willoughby – March 13, 2008 03:16PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
There are a bunch of video tutorials on different aspects of iMovie on Apple's iMovie page. They made it clearer to me what they're trying to do. It's more about laying out clips than editing them. I still hate it, but I understand it better than I did.

I think that somebody at Apple realized that most of what their customers wanted to do was dump home movies onto the web or onto optical media and thought that this would be a simpler way to do it. I disagree. I may have to move to Final Cut Express (or Lite, or Unleaded, or whatever they're calling it) if the earlier form of iMovie stops working.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/13/2008 03:17PM by John Willoughby.

Cloudscout – March 13, 2008 04:21PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Yeah. I've been considering FCE for a while. Maybe it's time to make the leap.

Can I still use iDVD with FCE?

John Willoughby – March 13, 2008 07:07PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Couldn't tell you, sorry.

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