Viewing websites inside of PowerPoint

And when I say viewing websites I mean without having to exit the PowerPoint presentation in the middle.  This can be done, though it seems that currently, it’s only possible if you only visit one page and don’t try to click anything within that page.  For the purposes of my last presentation, this was perfectly acceptable. I am using Office 2010.

The trick is a program called LiveWeb. That’s the most of it really. Once you have that installed on your computer (and the computer you are presenting from if different) you are set to go. Make sure you have PowerPoint closed. Once you install and re-open PP, you will see a new future on the toolbar under Insert:

Once you add the website, you can adjust where and how large on your slide you want it.  My slide from NMC card game looks like this:


You can find all the instructions on the link for LiveWeb or read them here below the cut:

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How to make MPEG-4 SP

How to make an mpeg-4 Simple Profile using Adobe.  This works for Adobe Premiere and Adobe Media Encoder.

In either program, once you have your file or movie ready to go you need the settings feature.  In Premiere go to Export to see the settings.  In Encoder just click Settings.

Choose the MPEG4 format (not h.264) and then under Multiplexer change the setting from 3GPP to MP4.

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Under video the Profile should be set as Simple.


That should do it.




It’s a question that’s been passed around a bit this semester so I went online and found myself a few online portfolio websites to try out.

I started with a list of parameters of what I wanted based on what my faculty was telling me:

  1. Free
  2. Easy
  3. Privacy Settings
  4. Website does not own rights to your work
  5. users must be able to comment

This was about as difficult as I imagined.  Number five on my list was especially hard to find.  Most of the online portfolio sites have really beautiful layout options, are free, and don’t generally have a huge limitation on storage space.  However, privacy is a very big deal over here on my campus.  I get that most of these sites are made with the idea of promoting the artists.  A lot of them have ways to sell your work from their sites. But for us, any website that didn’t hide the images behind some privacy settings was officially off my recommendation list. I’ve heard too many stories of artists online work getting ripped off by someone.

So I’ll start with my favorite which was Glossom.  It met all of the above requirements.  It had some variety in presentation of photographs, but was limited to the look of the website. The other site I found, Behance, also met the above requirements, but has greater restriction on how the images can be placed. Both have comments enabled, but Glossom allows for comments on combined image sets as well as individual images. Both have privacy settings allowing viewability only to specific users signed up with the website. Behance has a prosite for a price, so I didn’t bother to look at it.

I was looking really for a place to have an online portfolio of photographs.  I was also focused on the architecture department. I mention this because Glossom has terms of service prohibiting work that might be offensive or pornographic.  Behance, on the other hand, warns that you might find this stuff on their site.  Not that I found any porn, but I’m sure that when you have a website for art photography there are going to be a few nude images around.

I didn’t try every website in the list of recommended 15 I linked to at the top of this blog post, but i think I have enough for a good recommendation.  If neither Glossom nor Behance seem to meet the needs of my faculty, I’ll probably look into the others.

glossom  behance

Timelines, Tiki-Toki

I heard about this yesterday and the faculty around me seemed to be really excited about the prospect.  Tiki-Toki is an online software for creating dynamic timelines.

I went ahead and used it today for the first time.  Maybe I should have read a tutorial or something because it took me a good few minutes to figure out how to control everything.   But I got a handle on it real fast so I can’t say it’s too difficult.

It has a timeline that runs along the bottom of the page and then the entry stamps are things that look like speech bubbles.  They include titles, and a description.  I haven’t run into a character limit yet, but I try to keep it for a brief description and then add all the long bits to the “Extra Info” part.  The text boxes to type in are really small so if you have a lot to say then I suggest writing it out before hand in Word or something and then copying and pasting.   You can also add images, video, or audio, but only from an existing url.  There’s a few controls also for the look of the timeline.

I haven’t tried any of the downloading and sharing options, but they exist as well.

Here is a link to my History of Metallica, it’s a work in progress.


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How to Download an MOV file from Firefox

Sometimes I get sent links to MOV files and someone wants me to grab the video and then post it somewhere else. This is how I pull the video off the web when the html address is an MOV file.

First off, and most important, you need Quicktime. I’m running Firefox 15.0.1 with Quicktime Player 10.0 on a Mac.

1. Enter the web address into Firefox and the video may or may not start playing. I find I can pull the video even if it never plays.
2. Under Tools, click Page Info
3. In this window click “media” at the top.
4. Then click “Save As” and the rest is simple.

That’s all there is to it.

Making swf files in Adobe Premiere

Actually, you can’t make swf files in Adobe Premiere.  Sorry, it just doesn’t work that way.  But I was asked for an swf file, so an swf file I had to make.

The most important thing in this explanation is that I have the entire Adobe Creative Suite.  I know there are special converter softwares that exist out there, but I have Flash, so this is what I did.

  1. Export video from Premiere in flv format.  I’m not sure how essential the format is, but it was recommended in forums.
  2. Open a new project in Flash then import the flv file
  3. Check you Properties settings. Position and Size should be at zero.  width and height should match your video output from Premiere.
  4. Check your Publish Settings. File>Publish Settings .  Under formats swf and html need to both be checked. Under HTML the Dimensions should match the export dimensions of the video from Premiere.  If they don’t then use the drop down menu to get to “Pixels” and fix the dimensions. Hit OK to save changes.
  5. Save your Flash project.  It’ll be easier to find your published swf if you’ve predetermined where the file should go.
  6. File > Publish

Now I’ve glossed over a few things here like playback options and the like.  I only needed a very basic file, so I didn’t have to deal with all of that for this project.  However, these instructions should get you through the process.

How to make antique paper in photoshop

This is why I love the internet. It’s moments like these. The elusive secret to making antique looking paper is grunge brushes.  I used avariation from what I learned from the following youtube video. My end result wasn’t exactly the same because I used the techniques shown to make the paper look closer to what I needed it to look like. But the technique is the same. Grunge brushes, varying gradients of color right next to each other on the color swatch.

9×16 brochure

I’m trying to make a brochure that opens up to 9×16. This size fits perfectly into a regular long sized envelope. I’m having a bit of a problem trying to figure out where exactly to set the margins in the four panel spread. I’ve been using InDesign from CS5. When I print it out on double-sided 11×17 paper using the laser printers in the office, the images don’t align. I was expecting that and realize that I’d have to print them separately and then glue them together to get a more accurate idea. I found a website, though, that has great downloadable templates for illustrator, photoshop, indesign, and in Jpeg format to help. Here is the link: / download templates

To figure out how I was folding the brochure I found this helpful visual guide from

Sharpen Images with High Pass filter

For years I’ve been using Unsharp Mask to sharpen images. That’s the way I was taught 10 years ago. The other day I hear from someone else recently graduated from a photo program, to try High Pass. and yeah, it works pretty good.

Here’s the link to the tutorial I used:

A less fancy step by step in case the link above breaks

Word to Acrobat cutting off text

I was given a standard 11×8.5 Word docx file that needed to be printed 17×13. I couldn’t find a way to enlarge the file from Word with the text included. I could only enlarge the paper size. So I export to pdf so I can better control the printing on the plotter. For some reason, the new pdf file decided to cut the lower part of some of the text.

On my PC the text in the docx file looked fine, but when I transferred it over to the Mac is when I noticed that even in the file the letters were getting cut off. Of course on the Mac I’m met with a new problem when the school library logo at the top suddenly decides to outline itself when the file is converted to PDF.


Solution: Take modified docx file from the Mac and then convert to PDF on the PC.