MacHeist Deal

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I’m not sure if you’ve heard of MacHeist but it’s a collection of independent software for an incredible price. There are some that you wouldn’t use but a few that are great. I bought it last year and this year and found a few gems.

It’s a great deal if you’re interested. Only downside is they stop selling it tomorrow night so you have to act fast.


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Modern day Heroes at the Apple Store

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First, a little background. (this part is a bit long and a rant but we bring it home in the end) I bought some equipment earlier this year to help get more work done in less time. Who wants to pay tax and miss out on some package bundles (read: rebate). Certainly not me. I went ahead and placed my order with MacMall and got the associated upgrades with shipping that was less than the local tax would have been. I am so smart.

It took a little longer to arrive but it finally did and everything was sweet. A honeymoon. Now I enjoy sitting down and working in front of my computer again. After about a week my new display developed a problem. One vertical line of pixels had gone bad and was driving me crazy. I took it to the local Apple store and immediately they knew the problem and offered to send it back for repair. The problem was that I was now hairdo deep in a project and couldn’t part with it for even a couple of days. If I had purchased at the store they would have given me a swap and all would be fine. They said I could call MacMall and see what they could do. All this while sitting at the genius bar. I called MacMall and was rudely informed that they will under no circumstances accept a return of an Apple product.


That was my question precisely. How can you base your entire business on a computer and company that you refuse to support. Idiots. The employees at the store were shocked. Sure enough, on the packing slip they spell out that they accept returns under no circumstance from just about any name brand manufacturer. The guys at the store took pity on me and pulled a parachute full of strings and eventually exchanged my equipment for brand new. I had to purchase a new one and was credited back when the repair returned. I had to pay the tax after all but it was a small price to pay in the end. They were willing to take a hit for me.

Fast forward to today. Our kids were lucky and signed up for Apple Camp right when it was announced. They are having a ball. Yesterday was the GarageBand and iTunes for our 9 year old daughter. She came home and mixed a new song complete with lyrics. Today was the Podcast class and our oldest son was scheduled to attend.

Signup was 2 months ago and he and his best friend signed up together. They were psyched! In the meantime 3 weeks ago his friend was diagnosed with Leukemia and is now deep into chemotherapy and wasn’t feeling well today. They had planned to have my son go to the store and video chat back to him at his home. This was the only way he could still participate and he was excited. When they got there they found out that it just wasn’t going to work. He was quite sad. He hasn’t got anything to do but sit around for the foreseeable future and this was a little bit of light in a dark time.

After talking to a few people in the store, my wife talked to the store manager and she came through in a HUGE way. She was so kind and wrote a beautiful personal letter to him along with a gift basket of all the things from the Apple Camp. T-shirt, book, notes, and everything. In addition she put all her personal contact info and told him to be sure to call, email or find her as soon as he is feeling better. She set him up with a day of ProCare for the application of his choice. He was on cloud nine. His mom was crying, my wife was crying and I am right now too. He is 14 years old and needs all the uplifting he can get right now.

Apple has proven to be a great and caring company and I feel like they really care and they have wonderful employees. I pray every day that he will pull through this. We lost 2 neighbors to Leukemia last year and all we know for now is the sadness that comes along with it.

Apple. Thank you.



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Template:css, a searchable repository of css based layouts Max Design – CSS Page Layouts

Capture – Dashboard – Business

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Capture – Dashboard – Business

screen capture dashboard widget for 10.4

How Full is Your HD

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id-design, inc. | WhatSize

Tool for OSX to measure the real size of files on your drive. It makes it easy to find the hogs that are hiding in the dark corners of your drive.

Digital Canvas Awards – The worldwide Adobe Photoshop competition.

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Digital Canvas Awards – The worldwide Adobe Photoshop competition.

Playlist: Eight for 5: New AppleScripts for iTunes

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Playlist: Eight for 5: New AppleScripts for iTunes I love iTunes.

Macworld: Mac 911: AppleScript Spotlight trigger

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Macworld: Mac 911: AppleScript Spotlight trigger

New Template Version

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I have created a new photoshop file with additional layers to help with changing the look. There are two new layer sets in this version as well as the original default theme (kubrick) layers.

One layer set has a vector version. If you just want to change the color, fill the layer and leave the mask alone. The shadows and gradients are created with layer effects. I have unlinked the masks so they don’t get moved inadvertently.

The second layer set is a bitmap version that will act the same way as the vector one. Fill the layer with your color and the masks will handle the cropping. If you want to use an image for the header just paste it in the file and use one of the masks to crop it. Command + click (mac) on the mask to make the mask a selection. Make sure the layer you are masking is active and make it a mask by clicking on the “add layer mask” icon at the bottom of the layers palette. The shapes are also saved as paths if you are so inclined.

Just keep in mind how the file will be sliced up while playing around. The guides will help you. All of the exporting instruction from this post still apply.

Have Fun and let’s all be different!

Photoshop Template for the Default Theme

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I wanted to customize the default theme on the brand spankin’ new 1.5 so I made a little psd file with a few layers that made it quite easy to change the look quickly. Just stay within the guides and you should be just fine. Be sure to backup or duplicate your default theme before you start. It is a photoshop file with layers that correspond to the different images needed for the theme. The Guides also give a visual feedback for where each slice will start.

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The layers are named to correspond with the exported images. I just added new layers with my look and left the original ones alone. Then I could flip back and forth by toggling layer visibility.

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When you have finished just use save for web with all the slices and images only and you should be set.

Export them pictures

There will be one extra file (spacer) for slice 06 but it can be ignored. Upload these 5 files into the images folder inside the theme you are changing. Voila. You’re done. I know everyone doesn’t have Photoshop but that is what works for me. The file is quite simple. Sometimes the best way to figure something out is to give it a try.

Update: There is a new file with added layers and masks. More Info

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