Archive for June, 2007

Snapz Pro X is Intel Native!

Just a quick shout out to Andrew and the gang over at Ambrosia Software for releasing an Intel Native version of their wonderful Snapz Pro X screen capture utility. It’s not only Universal Binary, but video encoding speed is significantly improved.

I use Snapz Pro every day for a variety of purposes. A few examples include projects I’ve done with Total Training, Lynda.com, and all of my writing projects. I’m sure all of the trainers and authors out there will be thrilled about this release. Enjoy!

Ultramarathon Man via Flash Media Server

I’m no Flash Media Server expert, but I love it when Adobe technology solves problems and creates unique experiences. It’s like my dishwasher: I don’t know EXACTLY how it works, but it gets the job done.

In this case, it’s Flash Media Encoder and Flash Media Server allowing my to watch multiple live video feeds of Dean Karnazes attempting to break the world record for miles run on a treadmill in 24 hours! How fitting that he’s making this world record attempt on the summer solstice. Did I mention that he’s doing this two stories above Times Square in New York City?

I’ve met Dean, and last fall I had the chance to run four marathons with him in his quest to run 50 marathons in all 50 US states in 50 consecutive days. What a great guy and what a fantastic experience. If anybody can break the record it’s Dean. I wish I could be there to run with Dean in NYC today, but at least I can enjoy a bit of the event remotely. Go, Dean! (and thanks to FMS for the video streams)

InDesign CS3 – From Tab Text to Formatted Table in Less Than 30 Seconds!

Everybody who enjoys the copious amount of tweaking necessary to make tabular data look beautiful in a page layout application, please raise your hand. If your hand is up, skip to John Nack’s blog.

Everybody else, read on, because I’m about to show you how to make short work of formatting tables in InDesign CS3. In fact, we’ll do it in less than 30 seconds.

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