Work with Files Across the Internet

Why waste the time to set this up? Why not just work with your files via FTP? Trust me, if you are a Mac user and do any work on fileservers / web hosts across the internet [such as accessing your University of Michigan IFS space] this tip can save you lots of time. And its free.

If you do any web design / development you are likely very familiar with juggling files via FTP and your editor of choice. Some editors have very nice integration with some form of file handling. I will commend Dreamweaver and Coda for this. My choice however is TextMate. TextMate has no integrated file handling. What is a guy to do.

After some digging I came across MacFUSE and Macfusion.

Macfusion is an open source Mac application that allows you to work with files on servers across the internet, as if they were sitting on your computer. – Macfusion’s web site

This means that it is now possible to mount your web hosted drive as a local disk. Continue reading

Editing with MPEG Streamclip

We’ve recently had an increase of faculty members who would like to do basic video editing on their computers.  Typically, they’ve already ripped the DVD and used MPEG Streamclip to convert it to a standard video file.  You can use the same software to trim and combine video clips into one file.  Take a look at the following video for instructions:

Mac Skype Connection Issue

This past week, I encountered Skype connection issues on two different Apple computers.  The first was on a university owned MacBook and the second was on my new personal iMac.  When I tried logging in, Skype would sit at the “Signing in…” screen for 3-5 minutes before rejecting my login, saying something about a connection error.  After doing some research online, I found that others are having the same problem.

Luckily, we found a solution.

The problem seems to affect new installations of Skype.  In other words, if your Mac does not currently have Skype and you install the latest version, this issue may affect you.  The following steps should correct the bug:

  1. Completely uninstall Skype by removing the following files/folders:
    1. /Applications/Skype.app
    2. ~/Library/Application Support/Skype
    3. ~/Library/Preferences/com.skype.skype.plist
  2. Install Skype version 2.7.0.330
  3. Open Skype and log in
  4. After a successful connection, update Skype to the latest version:
    1. Click “Skype” on the menu bar at the top of your screen
    2. Select “Check for update”
    3. Run the update and relaunch Skype
  5. You should now have a working, up-to-date version of Skype

Skype has address the issue on their blog (located here) and says that it has been fixed.  That is not the case in some instances, as the problem affected me after the “fix” was released.

i>clicker!

ISS is pleased to announce the adoption of a new student response system, i>clicker, which will replace the Qwizdom system as of Fall 2010. i>clicker is a flexible, user-friendly and reliable system that works on both Macs and PCs and will allow instructors to incorporate websites, media and virtually any other type of application. Check out the story in the University Record.

ISS will be conducting workshops on how to use this new system throughout the summer. Faculty can sign up for one of these workshops at http://www.umich.edu/~teachtec.

To register as an i>clicker user for Fall, please sign up on the Instructional Consulting page.

Photoshop CS5 Preview: Content-Aware Fill

From the official Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

One of the biggest requests we get of Photoshop is to make adding, removing, moving or repairing items faster and more seamless. From retouching to completely reimagining an image, heres an early glimpse of what could happen in the future when you press the delete key. How might you use this new capability in your workflow?

OS X Intro

New to the Mac environment?  Want to touch up your skills on OS X?  Take a look at the following tutorial.  Originally made for a Visual Communication Technology course at BGSU (an updated, edited version for U of M will be made available soon), this PDF will take you step-by-step through the Mac operating system.  Simply download the file and open using Adobe Reader (do not open using Preview).  It will open full-screen and will guide you through Apple OS X.

Please visit our wiki to download the tutorial:

http://g333.pbworks.com/Computer-Basics

Tinychat

Due to changes in the website and lack of support, we no longer recommend Tinychat.  Please go to this website to view alternatives that may better suit your needs.

“Video conferencing today is broken: typically requiring cumbersome downloads, logins, and endless contact lists, it too often becomes a service that is slow and unreliable. Enter Tinychat. Tinychat delivers dead simple video conferences without the extraneous ad-ons and inconvenience, making video conferencing an accessible, uncomplicated experience. It works on Windows, Mac and Linux; with Firefox, IE, Safari, and Chrome; and there is a version available for iPhones. You can have up to twelve people in a room with HQ video, protected by passwords and moderators, share your desktop with them, and your conferences can be recorded and embedded on your website. Tinychat is the ultimate meeting solution for those who want to meet without stress and hassle.”

Each Tinychat room currently supports:

  • Up to 200 concurrent chat participants
  • Up to 12 simultaneous audio, video broadcasts

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