Zeke Franco

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Use Automator to Auto-Install Widgets

I posted an article called Automated Dashboard Widget Installer on July 4th, 2007 about a workflow I wrote that automatically installs dashboard widgets for me. Leopard contains a new version of Automator which breaks my workflow. So I’ve created a new workflow for OSX 10.5 Leopard. The BOMAchiever in Leopard has seems to have been improved. In Tiger if I selected five or more .zip files it would choke when trying to unzip them all at once—at least on my system. Now that I’m running Leopard this has been fixed. So if you download ten widgets that are contained in .zip files, you can install them all at once. Instructions

Download the Install User Widget(s) workflow file Double-click to unzip it Double click the .workflow file which will open it in Automator Then Select Save as Plug-in—a dialog will pop-up Name the Plug-in (In the text field Save Plug-in As:) Make sure the Drop-down list is set to Finder (see Figure 1 below) Press Save

Figure 1 I have also created a video demo which shows how to use the workflow and how to install the .workflow file. You can watch the HD version on Vimeo if you to actually want be able to read the screen text.

Click on image to play video.Use Automator to Auto-Install Widgets

If you want to learn more about Automator or maybe just download some other workflows then check out automator.us. Automator.us is the personal website of Sal Soghoian who is the AppleScript product manager at Apple. If you head over to twit.tv, Sal has done some video podcasts showing some really cool things you can do with automator. Just do a search for automator to find the shows.

Install User Widget(s) by Zeke Franco is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

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Patas the Kitten

Patas is a kitten my g/f found in 90F+ weather a couple of days ago. He is polydactyl and is about 4 weeks old. He is up for adoption, and we have two potential owners. Below is a youtube video of Patas.UpdatesPatas (renamed to Bigfoot) was adopted today, Sept. 15, 2007, he is going to a great home, his new buddies will be Dawn and her golden retriever Wakko.She has sent me some pics and vids of Patas in his new home. Here are links to two movies: Playtime & Forbidden Love. Photo taken by Dawn Photo taken by Dawnquasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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Automated Dashboard Widget Installer

Edit 01/01/08: This workflow only works in Tiger. I’ve created a new and improved workflow for Leopard. The new one doesn’t work in Tiger, so if your still using 10.4 stick to the workflow described in the article below.

It has been a constant debate since Mac OS X.4 Tiger was released on the usefulness of Dashboard. One of the things that has bothered me about dashboard is installing widgets. It is fairly simple if you only download one widget every once in a while. But I usually go to Apple’s widget page and download five to ten widgets at a time. I usually don’t even keep half of them, but I like to test new ones out. So to explain the problem I’ll have to describe the typical installation methods.You go to Apple - Downloads - Widgets (or any other website you’d like) pick out the widgets you like to download. Widgets are almost always packaged as a .zip file, so you end up with a bunch of .zips on you desktop. From here you open them all which then puts a bunch of .wdgt files on your desktop. I find that selecting them all at once and trying to open them usually results in Apple’s uncompressing program BOMarchivehelper.app choking. Generally only when I have more than four times selected. (This is important for later) So it’s more of a pain in the butt because to extract them I can only do 3 or 4 at a time. So anyway, your now done extracting them, you have now have 10 .zip files and 10 .wdgt file on your desktop. To install them you can either double click the .wdgt files or just move them to ~/Library/Widgets.Then move the .zips to the trash.I found this process very tedious after a year of using my mac. So I took advantage of one my favorite features in Tiger—Automator. I wont go through all the steps that make up the workflow as you can view them yourself once you download the file. Basically how it works is you select the .zip files that you downloaded from where ever you get your dashboard widgets, you right-click (or control-click) them select Automator then select Install User Widget (or whatever you named it). At this point the workflow will move the extract the .wdgt file to your Users Widget folder and then put the .zip file in the trash. Since BOMarchiverhelper.app chokes only select 3 or 4 .zips at a time. Installation Instructions: Download my Install User Widget workflow file Unzip it Double click the .workflow file which will open Automator Then Select Save as Plug-in Name the Plug-in and make sure Drop-down list is set to Finder (see image below) I have also created a video demo which shows how it works and how to install the .workflow file. You can download the HD 720p video file (format: Quicktime h.264 Size: 9.3MB) if you to actually want be able to read the screen text. To download just right-click (control-click) and select Save As.

If you want to learn more about Automator or maybe just download some other workflows then check out automator.us. This is the personal website of Sal Soghoian who is the Applescript product manger at Apple. If you head over to twit.tv, Sal has done some video podcasts showing some really cool things you can do with automator. Just do a search for automator to find the shows.

Install User Widget – Tiger by Zeke Franco is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

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Ubuntu 7.10 Feisty Fawn on a Macbook

Here is a screen capture of Ubuntu running in Parallels on my Macbook. There are some screen shots of the installation process in my Ubuntu Linux Flickr set.

Music by: Orbital – P.E.T.R.O.L.

Software used:

Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Parallels iShowU Editing software

iMovie HD Quicktime Pro

Here is the direct link to the Ubuntu wallpaper I created. quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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Create a Lensbaby effect in Photoshop. (Video Tutorial)

Download HD 720p version in h.264 format. Right click the link and choose save as.Instructions for v.1Duplicate layer.Apply a radial blur [experiment with settings. For this image, I did a zoom effect at an amount of 15, quality set to best.]Then apply a layer mask to mask out what you don't want to be blurred.Instructions for v.2Duplicate layer.Apply a radial blur [experiment with settings. For this image, I did a zoom effect at an amount of 15, quality set to best.]Then apply a layer mask to mask out what you don't want to be blurred.Then duplicate the layer that you have applied the radial blur filter too.Set the mode to screen, mess with the layer opacity if needed. I left this one at 100%.Then I applied a radial filter set to SPIN, quality best, and amount to 6. and that's it.For a more dramatic effect you can use the dodge tool, smudge tool, and/or just use the smudge tool and set it to lighten to bring out certain parts or to make rays.I'm not saying this is the coolest image ever I'm just saying it's not worth paying $250 to get this effect when you can do it in photoshop in a minute. Unless of coarse your doing this effect on tons of images.Yes, I do know photoshop cost more then a lensbaby, but its assumed you have a quality image editor. If not you don't you can use the GIMP (free and open source image editor program. GIMP = GNU Image Manipulation Program). If someone wants I can do a tut on how to do it in the GIMP.quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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