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Warren Manser

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DEPARTMENT BEEBE> MACDIRECTORY'S TECH GODDESS Q>I recently started using a dedicated email design app that comes with a lot of canned art that resides inside a dedicated browser. The canned art is junk and I am getting tired of constantly dragging art into the app from the Finder. Any suggestions? - Jade C., Idaho A>If you promise not to tell, there might just be a way. There are many apps out there that store all their canned art with the application itself. I should warn you that this is clearly not what the developer had in mind, so if you do anything stupid like delete or rename something you come across, you are on your own. Go to your applications folder, find the app, hold down the option key and drag-copy a backup of the app to your desktop. Now go back to the app and right click on it. (Make sure it is not running.) If one of the items in the contextual menu says Show Package Contents, select it. Open the folder named Contents and look for a subfolder named Resources. Look for files with a file extension such as .png, .gif or .jpg, then hit your spacebar to activate QuickLook and click on each file. If you recognize the canned graphics, you are in the right place. Whether you can do anything from this point is up to how the software was designed. With Some apps you can throw out the junk art and drag in the graphics you want, making sure that you use the right file type and color space (almost certainly RGB, although they might use indexed color). With others you may have to figure out the file/subfolder naming convention, or they may require some hidden list in order to appear. Launch the app and see if your graphics show up along with the canned art. If so, great – but still hang onto your backup copy of the app. If not, replace the diddled file with the backup and make believe nothing happened. Q>I have a 27" monitor that is set to the highest resolution for detailed work. I have set universal access to zoom the entire screen up so I can see smaller type on web pages and so on. But after upgrading to Safari 6 — when I use the zoom shortcut only the text is resized. Is there a conflict between universal access and Safari 6? If so, how do I fix it? -Jasmeka J., Colorado A>No worries. The issue is not due to a conflict. Go to the View menu in Safari 6 and you will notice that the "Zoom Text Only" item has a check mark next to it. Uncheck it and that should do the trick. Q>The screen of my iPhone is too small for reading comic apps. Is there any way to view them on my Mac? – Paul H., California A>Yes. You can view them using VLC . One problem is that they retain their original size. What I do is open the source file and run a batch action in Photoshop to size them up. I am a major supporter of artists' rights, so this should be for your own personal use. Piracy is a bad thing. Here's what you do: Change the file extension of the comic app from .pie to .zip and double-click to expand it. Inside the Payload folder is a Comic file. Right click on it and look for a folder that contains a pile of .png images. That is the art you are looking for. Open one in Photoshop, go to the Actions palette and create a new action, naming it whatever you wish. In the Image menu select image size and double the size of the image. Click the stop recording button in the Actions palette, then throw away the image you just scaled. Create a new folder on the desktop and give it the name of the comic. In Photoshop's File menu select Automate / Batch. In the resulting window, select the action you just created, then specify the folder as source and the new folder as the destination. Click on the Okay button and watch the show. You can then use the spacebar and arrow keys to view the comic in QuickLook or import it as an image sequence in QuickTime 7 Pro. 26 MacDirectory

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