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How To Edit a Locked Image

I was working on a project that had images stored on a server. The images were stored in a folder that I only had read-only rights to. I copied the folder and used them in InDesign but was not able to…

How To Change Splash Screen

Customized Splash Screen with Your Cat!

Adobe programs have very nice splash screens. I always look forward to updates just to see the new artwork they’re using. Links are provided to the artists’ Behance portfolios to see what else they’ve done. As nice as they are,…

Convert Microsoft Publisher File

Microsoft Publisher File

Anyone who works in graphic design or printing will cringe when they receive a Microsoft Publisher file to work with. These pop up every so often from clients, advertisers, friends, family, etc. For those of us who work in proper…

InDesign Image Removed: Oh no!

Hex Editor Finds Deleted Image Info

Adobe Forensics can help find missing images in an InDesign file. Situation: YOUR GRAPHIC DESIGNER sends you an InDesign file that should contain an image (.jpg, say). However, he accidentally deleted it, then saved the InDesign file before sending it to you. You…

Lessons from a brief career in open source

open source careers and jobs

https://opensource.com/article/17/2/preparing-career-open-source I don’t think many people answer the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” with “I want to work in open source.” In my experience, working in the open source community is something that happens as a result of…

Unleashed: Open source tech for pets and animals

Open source for pets and animals

 Published on opensource.com, February 14, 2017 https://opensource.com/article/17/2/open-source-tech-pets-animals I was discussing open source technology with my cat this morning and he brought up a good point: “Why don’t you do an article on open source tech for animals?” You know, Donald’s…

Magazine Design on Zero Dollars a Day

magazine issues publication artwork

I was the art director/production manager for a publishing company that produced several titles in English and Spanish. Profit was paramount so that meant expenses were to be kept low—or non-existent. This can be a challenge in publication design, but not…

Telephone Pole Design Engineer

a telephone pole that I designed on Avenue H in Fort Pierce, Florida

Drawing telephones was a fun job. Although I have worked in graphics and publishing most of my life, I have had some other jobs outside of that field. I worked as a bakery clean-up guy at a Publix supermarket in…

Alumni Association Pestering You?

I was getting a lot of spam calls on my cell phone. One, in particular, had been calling incessantly. I do not answer numbers I do not recognize, so I looked them up. THE NUMBER calling was 703-637-9245. There are many…

Far Forward Right-Hand Page

FF-RHP. Anyone who has worked in publishing will be very familiar with this term. Advertisers will negotiate with the sales rep to ensure that their ad is placed in the publication far forward (usually first 50%) and on the right-hand…

How to OutSmart Your SmartPhone

Outsmart Your Smartphone: A seminar conducted by Jeff Macharyas at teh YMCA of the Treasure Coast, to help those less technically adept become more familiar with their iPhones, Androids and Tablets.

I was asked by the YMCA of the Treasure Coast, in Stuart, Florida, to conduct a seminar to help some of their members become more familiar with the workings of their smartphones. My wife came up with the title, “OutSmart…