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Solutions for: I downloaded the Wacom bundle for OS X but now I have Windows! Help!

I started writing this in response to someone asking for help with this, but my reply got so long I thought I’d just make it a post.

The Problem.

  • You downloaded the Wacom tablet bundle which was appropriate to your system at the time.
  • Your system crashed/broke/failed, essentially just died a horrible death.
  • You bought a new system but now your old downloads are not compatible with your new system.

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Bad News first…

I am sorry to be the bearer of ill news, but you can’t switch between dmg and exe downloads.  The choice you made on your first download is fixed and permanent.  The reason being (apologies if this is obvious) that the software is provided by separate companies (not Wacom) and therefore the license agreements are for one piece of software. It would be like buying Adobe Photoshop Elements for OS X and expecting Adobe to send you a Windows version when you get a new PC.
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The Good News.

So that option is not open to you. However, I do have some advice as to what I would do in your situation. These are my solutions in order of preference (^-^)
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1. Set up OS X on an external drive
External drives are really cheap now. I have a backup clone of my system on one of mine. The drive is about 1TB cost me £60-70 and that was a few years ago. I think the OS X partition is about half that…
I personally would just buy a copy of OS X from Apple (Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion are only £14 now). I would recommend Snow Leopard as it is widely considered the most stable of all the OS X systems and it takes up the least install space. However, you should buy what is best for you. But there is a link below just for reference.
http://www.apple.com/uk/shop/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
You can find tons of tutorials about how to install OS X on to an external drive.
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2. Try using a virtual machine
I have used VMware on my Mac to successfully run several virtual Windows systems (obviously my tablet worked fine too) so I would recommend it (although I haven’t tried running OS X on a Windows system). But I know there are many different virtual machines for Windows you can try for free. VirtualBox is one I have heard good things about but I’m afraid I’ve never tried it personally.  Nevertheless, you would (again) be able to find tons of info on the internet about setting up an OS X system using Virtual Box. You would again need to purchase the OS X system, but what is £14 in the grand scheme of things?
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Note. An alternative to buying OS X, if you know someone with a Mac…
If you have owned a mac which died/stopped working, you legally own a copy of OS X, which through no fault of your own you now cannot use.  Therefore, if know someone with a working Mac you could just ask them to download the newest OS X (currently Yosemite) on to a USB for you, as technically it would be available to you if your mac was working. It is free after all. I think it is about 16GB (or possibly more) so you would need a suitable USB stick (or external drive partition). You would need to format the USB first, but that can all be done using Disk Utility. As ever, there are loads of walkthroughs on how to do this. In fact, it would be easiest to actually install OS X on the external drive using the Mac too, by booting into the Boot Manager (hold down Option when you hear the chime). Just remember NOT to click install straight after you have downloaded the installer as this would probably wipe the Mac you are using!

Once you have one of these up and running, simply redownload the bundled programs and install (of course you’ll need to install your tablet drivers etc).  It should all work fine.
Both these solutions would also work the other way (although you would have to buy Windows unless you have an install disc lying around. I have an old XP disc. Classic!). As I say, I have used VMware on my Macbook to run Windows and used my tablet (yes, with pressure sensitivity) so I know that it can be done.

But yes, that’s all from me. Hope this helps. Any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. I do try and get back to people eventually…
Good Luck (^-^)b

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How to Move/Delete Photos and Pictures to and from your iPhone in Bulk

This is actually more difficult than it should be.  It really is.  Seriously, where is the “use as USB” option??  Why must the iPhone be so closed off and annoying to get into???

But yes, there are various methods to do this.  There are also ways not to do this.  Like iPhoto.  I never ever use iPhoto as it is the most terrible, horrible, totally illogical, mind-bogglingly useless and just generally one of the worst programs I have ever used. Or possibly the worst, I can’t think of one I hate using more right now but possibly there are one or two.

Anyway, this is the way I go about moving/removing photos or pictures to and from my iPhone. 

Just FYI, I have not jailbroken my phone and I only use free programs.

Also, I have stopped my iPhone syncing automatically

This stops it doing things I haven’t asked it to, which is nice… 

…although why it syncs on default is beyond me. It’s like Apple have said “quick, let’s make the iPhone do lots of things as soon as the unsuspecting owner connects it to a computer with iTunes installed.  And let’s make it do super annoying things before they can stop it like syncing (deleting) photos and contacts in default locations. Yay!” Curse them and their default-syncing ways!!  If would like to stop your Apple devices doing this have a look at my post HERE.

 

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Part One:

How to Move Photos from your iPhone to your Mac (no iTunes involved – hooray!)

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Using iFunBox

Screen shot 2014-02-12 at 23.13.29I always use iFunBox to backup photos from my iPhone on my Mac.  It’s really easy to use and you can just select the photos you want to move and drag them to a folder of your choice.  No fuss – it’s a quick clean job.  Just like any other USB device you locate the files and move them. 

You can download iFunBox for free here:

http://www.i-funbox.com/ifunboxmac/

There’s nearly always a downside when you are trying anything involving iPhones and connectability.  In this case the downside is that you can’t use iFunBox to do anything else with your photos.  Although iFunBox is advertised as being able to import things to your iPhone I have not had any success with it.  Sigh. 

IFUN BOXNever mind… Next one!

Using Image Capture

Screen shot 2014-02-12 at 23.54.04Image Capture is a pre-installed app that comes with your Mac.  You can use it to move photos on to your Mac by selecting them and clicking Import.  Or you can just import them all.

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Again you can’t use it to add photos to your iPhone.  Oh no, that would be far too easy!  Apple would never make things that simple. 

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Part Two:

How to Bulk Delete Photos from your iPhone (no iTunes involved – hooray!)

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Using Image Capture

Screen shot 2014-02-12 at 23.54.04You can also use Image Capture to delete photos from your iPhone in bulk.  This is super handy if you are like me and take thousands of photos and then dread deleting them one by one later to free up space…  To do this simply select the photos you want to delete from your iPhone and press the no entry sign at the bottom.

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Part Three:

How to Move Photos from your Mac to your iPhone (iTunes sync involved – boo!)

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Using iTunes

Before doing this I suggest you backup all photos and pictures you may have on your iPhone using one of the methods above.  I really do think iTunes is one of the worst ways I have ever experienced trying to manage a mobile phone.  Seriously.  What is wrong Apple?  Why do you want me to spend hours trying to do things that should be easy and simple and not leave me screaming with rage and frustration and wanting to do a mass Godzilla rampage all over your stupid closed house ways???

So, after you have backed up, the only free way that I know of moving pictures and photos to your iPhone from a Mac is to use iTunes.  If you have not done this before I suggest that to avoid accidents you use an empty folder and put into it all the photos/pictures that you want to move to your iPhone.

NOTE: This does NOT mean your iPhone photos!!!  If you have backed up your iPhone photos to your “Pictures” folder, do not use that folder for this.  You will just end up having duplicates of everything!!  It is the curse of iTunes sync!!!

When you’ve done that fire up iTunes and connect your iPhone.  As I mentioned before my iTunes is set NOT to sync devices automatically, so if you aren’t sure check your iTunes Preferences before connecting your iPhone.  Once you have connected up, click on your iPhone from the Devices tab and click the Photos tab along the top.

TABS

In my case my “Pictures” folder was empty so I used that.  I created some folders inside my “Pictures” folder to separate the various things I wanted to add.  Your iPhone will automatically convert these into albums which is handy. You can select which folders within your chosen folder you want but I just click All Folders because it’s easier. 

IMPORT FOLDERS

When you are ready click Sync and wait while iTunes does other stuff you didn’t ask it to.  And a little while later it should tell you it has finished.

So that’s it. Hope at least one of these works for you. Good Luck!

FINAL NOTE: Before disconnecting your device always remember to EJECT it. You can do this in iTunes. Apple devices are always upset if you don’t eject first. And it is good to do this anyway. What ejecting means is that if either your device or the connected PC is still doing things it will finish up and then disconnect itself WHEN IT HAS FINISHED. This way you will not get errors or incomplete transfers. Which is definitely a good thing.

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How to add Brushes, Scripts and Presets to GIMP

A few days ago I realised I hadn’t reconfigured my GIMP app since reinstalling my system.  And as I was adding and installing the extras to GIMP, I remembered that it was pretty confusing the first time I tried to figure this out.  So here’s a quick post on how to install brushes, scripts and presets in GIMP if you are using OS X.

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Where to download Scripts for GIMP

You can download scripts all over the internet but this is a pretty good starting point:

http://registry.gimp.org/taxonomy/term/20

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Where to download Brushes for GIMP

You can download brushes all over the internet too, but I recommend Continue reading

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How I Chose my Wacom Bamboo Tablet + Thoughts after 3 weeks of using the Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch

About a year ago I decided that, although I am not a professional artist, I was ready to take the next step and purchase a graphics tablet.  But as graphics tablets are a rather expensive treat (especially in a time of recession) I decided to spend a year saving for it.  I therefore had a looooong time to do my research. 

To all those who are trawling sites and forums sifting every single dreg of information they possibly can:

I have been there, I have done that, and I have got the T-shirt, or rather, in this case, the graphics tablet. 

My first problem was that I didn’t know anyone who had a graphics tablet so I didn’t really know where to start.  So after reading countless recommendations for “first tablet” “tablet for beginners” “tablets for amateur artists” etc. I found that overall the Wacom Bamboo series had the most recommendations. 

But here I encountered my first problem.  I found that the highest number of recommendations within the Wacom Bamboo series went to the Bamboo Create, the Bamboo Capture, the Bamboo Pen and Touch, and the Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch (small and medium versions). 

But nowhere could I find any people who reviewed the Bamboo Create AND the Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch!!

It seems silly that I did not make the obvious connection at the time, which is, of course, they are the same graphics tablet!!!  Yes, it’s true.  The bundled software may be different but the tablet and its features are the same.  Continue reading

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Free eReader Software: Calibre

My Kobo Touch did come with the designated Kobo software – Kobo Desktop. It wasn’t particularly bad software, but I prefer to use something which has a few more features.  Plus a few of the free ebooks I downloaded from non Kobo sites like Gutenberg were rejected by it.  So I use an excellent free alternative – Calibre.

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Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.

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Calibre is a bit like a library for your e-Books.  You can enter various information about them, including, author, title, rating, your description, etc. and sort accordingly.  You can move your e-books to and from your e-Reader to your computer.  I prefer to edit all the information about my eBooks using Caibre rather than editing them on my Kobo.  It is also much faster to edit in bulk , for example, as you can see below, some Sherlock Holmes eBooks list the author as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and some as just Arthur Conan Doyle.  Calibre allows you to edit them all to have the same author name which makes them easier to locate on your Kobo. Continue reading

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A really great case for the Kobo Touch

When I bought my Kobo Touch I had a look at the available cases which were dedicated Kobo Touch cases.  Suffice to say they were all either horrible design, horrible colour, impractical or a mix of all three, and quite honestly far too expensive for (let’s face it) a case.  So I had a browse around online.  And I have to point out that I did not browse through the many thousands of choices on every website available to me, therefore, far be it from me to say there are “NO good official Kobo Touch cases available”.  HOWEVER, I will venture to say that of the ones I looked at, about 98% seemed to have a weird elastic string thing going on.  Rather than describing it I’ll just include a picture below:

Which, to me, looks pretty flimsy.  I mean basically there are just these 4 bits of string between your Kobo and certain e-reader death.  Plus elastic wears out over time so surely this is not a long term solution.  However, as I DO NOT ACTUALLY HAVE ONE, nor have I used one (apart from trying it in the shop), I can’t say how well this works or how long the elasticity lasts.  But I wasn’t about to risk it.

ANYway, this design did not impress and I was looking for a sturdy, practical case for my Kobo as

1.) – I tend to drop things a lot so it needs to be protected

and

2.) – I want to take my Kobo most places I go, so it must survive being shoved in a bag with keys and money and other stuff 

After searching unsuccessfully for some time I discovered an extremely crucial and vital detail.  The Kobo Touch and the 4th Generation Kindle are ALMOST exactly the same size!!  The Kobo Touch measures 165mm by 114mm (6.5″ x 4.5″) and has a depth of 10mm (0.4″) while the Kindle 4 measures 166mm by 114mm (6.5″ x 4.5″) and has a depth of 8.7mm (0.34″).

So in a box it’s something like this…

Kobo/Kindle Table

Aha!  The scope was vastly expanded due to Amazon’s stock of cases for it’s own e-reader. 

My final choice was the CaseCrown Regal Flip Case for Amazon Kindle 4th Generation.  The case itself is advertised to measure 165mm by 121mm (6.5″ x 4.8″) and has a depth of 13 mm (0.5″).  I have heard reports that this is too small to completely cover the Kindle 4 but it is perfect for the Kobo Touch. Continue reading

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Musings of a reluctant e-Reader user + Some Facts About the Kobo Touch

Fit the First: The Buying.

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I never ever thought I would buy an e-Reader, but I was forced by necessity to purchase one. I love real books and I never liked the idea of reading on a screen. However due to my work I am away from my wonderful book collection for months at a time. I was feeling the strain of separation, and in a moment of weakness purchased the Kobo Touch eReader.

Although I say in a moment of weakness, I had been thinking about it for a while… I like to read every day and taking my favourite books with me around the world (two of my absolute favourites being The Lord of the Rings and The Count of Monte Cristo) is generally not an option.

Of course I did my research and I refused to buy a Kindle because Continue reading

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