Posts Tagged With: size

Quick Query Response – Re: silver Bamboo tablet matching the Macbook Pro’s colour

I don’t know why WordPress.com doesn’t let you post pictures in the comment replies section. Perhaps I’m just not doing it right.  Oh well. 

In response to your question about the colour of the silver Wacom tablet matching the MacBook Pro, I would say:

Yes! It matches pretty much perfectly.

Unfortunately, my Macbook Pro is away for repairs after a complete hard drive failure -I am getting it fixed by Apple for free as it is under Apple Care and they admitted that the way it failed was clearly a mechanical failure- otherwise I would send you a picture of how well it matches.

But I have done the next best thing! I have borrowed my friend’s Macbook Air (which is the same colour as my Macbook Pro) and taken a few pictures of them next to each other.  I would say that the tablet is a miniscule fraction darker but it’s an almost indistinguishable difference.  But have a look at the photographic evidence, and see what you think.  It’s also useful if you want to check the size (this is a 13″ Macbook Air). Continue reading

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Using Preview as a Handy Image Editor

Personally I never use iPhoto. For me, using iPhoto is like bashing my head repeatedly against a brick wall. Gods forbid that something straightforward like organising my photos into simple user-friendly folders should be anything other than incredibly fantastically complicated!

Anyway!

Having tossed iPhoto back unto the blackest pit from whence it came, for any image editing needs I use Preview instead. Of course for complicated graphics and painting related image editing I use GIMP or MyPaint or similar, but for easy tasks Preview works just fine. Preview is simple, straightforward and user-friendly which is all I ask. 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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How to change font style, size and colour in WordPress.com

There are many helpful posts about this on the WordPress Support.  But trawling through scores of posts to find a specifically relevant AND detailed one can be a bit of a nightmare.  So I thought I’d write a post on it myself.

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Using HTML in WordPress.com

Most themes in WordPress.com have an inbuilt font.  This means that however much you change the colour and things they often revert to the default theme.  With other things you don’t have the options available in the default WordPress.com Edit Post screen.  But you can override all this by using HTML.

In order to change your text style, size etc. you need to use HTML tags.  A lot of posts tell you this. And then don’t tell you how to switch to the HTML side of things.  Yay, helpful!

In order to use HTML you have to click the right hand tab labelled Text on the Edit Post page. 

So, to completely avoid all and any misunderstandings or confusion, I will write down all the details.  If you know the tabs I mean just skip this.

Go to Dashboard > Post

then go to the post you want to edit and click Edit.  You should now be on the Edit Post page. 

There are two tabs to choose from when you’re editing your posts:

Visual (default normal tab)

or Text (HTML tab)

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Now onwards to the actual editing!
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> Changing the Font Style

If you want to change your text font style and you are handy with font names then you don’t need to use these resources.  If you are not sure of the names of the fonts you want there are some handy resources at Wavian.com  It’s a page with links and a decent font list with a good variety of styles.

There’s also a page discussing the standard web safe fonts here.  I personally don’t pay that much attention to whether they are standard or not as this blog is purely for my own amusement, but it depends what you need.

OK, so after finding out the name of the font you want go to the html tab (the text tab).  I will use,

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

which is an amazing quote from the immortal Sherlock Holmes.

When you use HTML tags to change the font in WordPress.com you always need to remember to create an open tag and a close tag. So you always open with (span)* and close with (/span)*.

*NOTE: I have to substitute () in my tags as wordpress deletes them otherwise. You need to use

span

where I use (span) (/span).

For example, if I just want to change the font for the first part like this:

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

I contain just that part in between the tags like this:

(span style=”font-family: lucida handwriting;”)”Once you eliminate the impossible,(/span)

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> Changing the Font Size

In order to change the font size you use a similar tag.  For example, if I want to change the next part like this:
“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

I contain just that part in between the tags like this:

(span style=”font-size: large;”)whatever remains,(/span)
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> Changing the Font Colour

In HTML every colour has its own code.  For example, Black is #000000, White is #FFFFFF, Red is #FF0000, Blue is #0000FF, and so on. There is a great resource called HTML Color Picker which you can use to find the HTML colour code you want.

In order to change the font colour, you again use a similar tag. For example, if I want to change the next part like this:

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

I contain just that part in between the tags like this:

(span style=”color: #009999;”)no matter how improbable,(/span)
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> Changing Font Style, Size and Colour

In order to change all of the above you need to include them all in one tag.  For example, if I want to change the final part like this:

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

I contain just that part in between the tags like this:

(span style=”font-family: courier; font-size: x-large; color: #800000;”)must be the truth.”(/span)

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So, things to remember about these HTML tags.

1.) Always remember to open with and close with (span) and (/span)*.
(see note abpve on replacing all brackets used in my tags!!!)

2.) Always remember to create a close tag.

3.)  Check your spelling!  Misspelled tags won’t work.

4.) If you are changing more than one thing, make sure that

  • the quotation marks “” include everything between the = and the >
  • each separate part (style/size/colour) is separated with a semicolon ;.

5.)  Remember, not all font styles and colours will work.  Trial and error is the best way to find out what works for you.

OK, that’s all from me.  Have fun HTML-ing.  Hope it goes well.

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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

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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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