Archive for the ‘Cool Tool’ Category

Way Overdue OneClick Install Post

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

So I mentioned a few weeks ago about a WP plugin called OneClick install. It isn’t available on UMWblogs, but if you have a separate install or your own blog this a pretty nifty plugin.

If you google it you can find a site to download the plugin and in addition you will need the Firefox extension and that can usually be found with the download. If you don’t know how to install a plugin in manually there is a lot of documentation out there that can help you, but the nice thing about the OneClick Install is that once you install that you’ll never need to do it manually again!

So if you manage to do that (and if anyone is really interested and needs help I would be more than willing) once you have OneClick installed and the FireFox extension added you are just about set to go.

What does OneClick install exactly do? If you find a theme or plugin for WP that you like, instead of manually installing it OneClick allows you to do it right from the browser. First you need to make sure you are logged into the blog you want to install the plugin or theme, otherwise it won’t work. In addition when you find the file you want to install make sure that the link to the file is a direct link to the file, otherwise it won’t work either. I know it may seem like more work, but its not.  Once you have a file in your sites right click on it and in the menu pops up you will see an option for OneClick Install and you can either chose theme or plugin. Once that is done you can go the dashboard of your blog and activate the plugin and there ya go!

Hopefully this plugin can help you save some time and frustration.

Learning a little SVG from PGMJ

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Classes have officially started.

Like many students I am trying to find the balance between work and play, and locating a happy intersection where those two things meet. I found a bit of that at work.

Yesterday Patrick introduced me to a little program called InkScape. It’s free and available online at inkscape.org. The program is like MS Paint hyped up on steroids, or, maybe more closely related to the likes of photoshop and other wonders like that…

One of the main reasons we used InkScape is that creations can be saved in .svg (as opposed to.jpg, .gif, etc.). Svg stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. This format is still relatively new to the web but, the possibilities of what it can do are exciting.

800px-bitmap_vs_svgsvg.png

Originally uploaded by Yug.

From wikipedia’s page on svg:
“This image illustrates the difference between bitmap and vector images. The vector image can be scaled indefinitely without loss of image quality, while the bitmap cannot.”

SVG will help create slicker looking websites with more possibilities for interaction. And if it is shiny and I can play with it, then I am there.

There are also more possibilities for manipulation with svg but, being a n00b I’m not even sure of the extent of it (hence why I linked to wikipedia’s page multiple times).

If you are anything like me then you like to waste spend time playing around with cool tools (for real school fools?). InkScape is definitely an application to check out (especially if you only have the likes of MS paint on your computer).