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Fix corrupted SVG files that have been imported from Inkpad (iOS) and saved with Adobe Illustrator

I've found that if I export a file from Inkpad (iOS) as an SVG and then work on it in Adobe Illustrator (CS 6) and then try and save as an SVG again then often the file becomes faulty, but there's a simple solution:

(1) Open the SVG in TextWrangler or a similar text editor
(2) delete all "inkpad" prefixed namespaces and their values (e.g. inkpad:layerName="Layer 2")
(3) also delete any instances of:
xmlns:inkpad="http://taptrix.com/inkpad/svg_extensions" or similar
(4) save the file and all should now work - test by opening in your web browser (e.g. Safari)

Importing these files back into Inkpad is a different matter, as I've found that it is temperamental. However, here's a workaround that has been working for me:

(5) Use Dropbox app or Mail (iOS) to open the cleaned SVG file (see 1-4) in TouchDraw
(6) Export the file from TouchDraw back to Dropbox as an SVG file
(7) from within Inkpad select 'Import' and find the file in Dropbox

What to do if the updating of an iOS app stalls (iOS 6)

One-step solution If you find that sometimes an app doesn't finish updating or installing and shows the partial blue progress bar stuck at a midway point, then here's what to do:

(1) tap on the app icon (on your homescreen) so that it begins installing again

What if I can't locate the app's icon because I have too many apps to find it? (1) open the App Store app
(2) tap on 'Updates' tab at bottom of screen
(3) tap on the frozen app
(4) when the popover box with the app details opens, tap on the app icon inside this box
(5) this will take you away from the App Store app and to the app icon on your homescreen(s)
(6) click on the frozen app icon on your home screen (so that it begins installing)

What if none of this is working? (1) open the Settings app (2) tap General (3) from General, select Usage (4) you will see a list of your apps load at the top of the page (5) locate your app and tap it (6) press 'Delete App' (7) return to the App Store and reinsta…

Three time-saving keyboard shortcuts for InDesign indexing

Three useful keyboard shortcuts for InDesign indexing (OS X):


    Add new index entry - Opt+Shift+Cmd+[    Add new reversed entry (i.e. for Surname, Name) - Opt+Shift+Cmd+]    New Page Reference... - Cmd+7
For a full list of keyboard shortcuts (and to add your own custom shortcuts):

    Edit -> Keyboard Shortcuts ...

There are also a couple of nifty tricks to save lots of time. The first is to highlight the position in the text you want to repeat a topic and to then drag the topic to the new index entry icon in the index panel menu. The second is to reuse part of an entry, which you wish to add a subentry to or amend in some way: again highlight the text position, highlight the topic you wish to utilise, hold down Alt and tap the new index entry icon.

Less useful, I find, is the Add All option, which can be selected from within the the index entry dialog box. It finds all repetitions within the current document of the highlighted text. This sounds dreamy, but if a page has several …

How to unzip and edit EPUB files in Textastic (iOS)

(1) From Dropbox or wherever your EPUB exists select 'Open in...' and then select Textastic
(2) When Textastic warns you it has detected a binary file and asks if you want to open it, select 'No' from the alert box
(3) Press the edit button at the top of the left-hand panel
(4) Locate the greyed out EPUB file you just imported and press the pencil icon next to it
(5) Select 'Rename' from the pop-up box
(6) Change file extension from .epub to .zip
(7) Press 'Done'
(8) Press 'Done' again
(9) Click on file
(10) When prompted select 'Yes' to unpack Zip file
(11) Locate the folder with the same name as your file that has just been created
(12) Edit your contents
(13) When you're ready to rezip go back to the point in the file menu that shows the main folder you wish to Zip up
(14) Press edit at the top of the left-panel
(15) Select and delete the original file with .zip extension (that you changed from an EPUB)
(16) Next select your fold…