Posts from the category 'Software'

Exporting PNG files with Alpha transparency from Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9

I’ve been a long time user of Xara products for creating graphics for my websites and recently upgraded to Xara Photo & Graphic Designer v9 (PGD). For many of my sites, I create a single large sprite image and use CSS positioning to show the various navigation related images on the site. This speeds up browser loading, since the browser …

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“Unable to open URL. Cannot download the information you requested” error in Word/Excel

A client called me asking for help with a problem on one of their Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. They were creating content for their new website that I was in the process of building and wanted to include bookmarks to content they had already created on the site. Whenever they clicked on a link in their spreadsheet, they received an error …

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Poor quality MP4 output from PowerDirector

I finally worked out what was causing the poor quality MP4 video output from PowerDirector 10 – even at very high bitrates. Turns out that the hardware video encoder in my ThinkPad T510 really doesn’t do MP4 very well. I did discover that for certain source video formats (especially the AVCHD videos from my Sony HDR-CX700 video camera), the Intelligent …

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How to find the end of a line in Xara Photo and Graphics Designer

After spending nearly an hour checking hundreds (thousands?) of line points in a rather complex line in Xara Photo and Graphics Designer and still not being able to find where the line was broken – I turned to Google for help and within a minute came up with a 2 second solution! If you go in to Shape Editor mode, …

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vBulletin v3.5.0 released

vBulletin v3.5.0 forum software went “Gold” today – finally out of testing and considered ready for production. This is good and bad. Good because there are some great new features in v3.5 Bad because I’m going to have to put aside a few days to upgrade all my forums – especially the ones that have been significantly hacked. Oh well, …

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