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Exporting PDFs direct from InDesign to iCloud

Here's an interesting thing I spotted using InDesign CC on Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). When you save a PDF in the normal way using File->Adobe PDF Presets you can use the drop down "Where" menu beneath the 'Save As' box and select iCloud (Preview). At first I thought "iCloud (Preview)" meant that Adobe was testing out iCloud functionality as a preview offering, but what it actually means is that you save the PDF to Preview's iCloud store. My secondary thought was that this might be built into OS X like the ability to Save as PDF through the print dialogue box, but trying the same thing in Illustrator and OpenOffice appears to disprove this theory, and makes it appear that this is something implemented on purpose in InDesign (correct me if I'm wrong!). It's strange because Adobe Acrobat uses and there doesn't seem to be an option to save directly to this location, but you would think Adobe would prefer us

Time Machine Backup: "Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while creating the backup folder."

The first thing to try in this situation is a simple restart and remount of your external drive. If the problem persists the following might well fix this error: (1) select your backup disk in Finder (2) select the Backups.backupdb folder (3) select the folder with the name of your computer (4) look for a file that ends .inProgress (5) drag the .inProgress file to trash to delete it (6) select Time Machine icon from top menu bar and choose "Backup Now" All should now return to normal. If it doesn't then this thread has some suggestions. Send to Kindle Follow @sketchytech

Setting up Netgear Readyshare WiFi Router with Time Machine

(1) Using a Mac, format external disk (with USB connection) in Mac OS X Journaled format using Disk Utlity (Applications->Utilties->Disk Utility) (2) Click on the external drive inside Finder, press cmd + I and change sharing preferences so that everyone can read and write to the disk (3) Unmount and plug external drive into USB socket of Netgear Router (4) visit in your Mac's browser (5) select readySHARE tab (6) press Edit button (7) select your drive from the list (Folder Name T:/ with my router) (8) press Create Network Folder (9) make sure you've the correct drive selected and enter a Folder and Share name, providing Read and Write access for all (10) your router name (something like D6200) will appear as a server you can connect to in Finder sidebar (and this contains your network folder) (11) enter Time Machine and use Select Disk … to select the folder you created as your backup destination. Do not log in with a username and p

How to upgrade from Windows XP 32-bit to Windows 8 64-bit inside VMWare Fusion OS X

This approach will delete all personal and application files you use in XP.  So Backup any files you need. Also recommended is VMWare Fusion version 5. (1) Back up any files you will want to preserve (2) shut down Windows using the Virtual Machine menu (3) go to Virtual Machine menu and select Settings ... (4) select Processors & Memory (5) make sure you have at least 2GB (2000 MB) of memory allocated (6) go to the Virtual Machine menu and select Hard Disk->Hard Disk Setting ... (7) If your virtual hard disk is of the SCSI kind, delete or remove the virtual hard disk (if it is of the IDE kind you might be able to ignore this step and jump to step 11)  (8) select Virtual Machine menu again and Select Settings... (9) select Add Device and select new Hard Disk (10) select size you require (20GB is minimum) and change type to IDE if it's not selected already (11) insert Windows 8 install CD into SuperDrive (12) use the icons (on virtual machine w

Gimmick Racing on iOS: Table Top Racing Rules!

One of the first games I ever bought on iOS was Shrek Kart, because it was the closest thing to Mario Kart I could find. It was played and played, and no end of fun was had from the game. And yet all the attention at the time was going to Real Racing and its stunning graphics and AirPlay integration. But the truth is that realism is rather dull. We know this from Infinity Blade. Gameloft realised from the start that humour was important, and even realistic racers need some added unrealism, hence the success of the Asphalt series. I've played many other racers since these Gameloft successes, but grew rather bored of wading through racers in the end, and so by the time Table Top Racing was released, even though it has a developer connection to Wipeout, a game I, like many, was addicted to on the N64, I was too fatigued by it all to pay out for this app. Shame on me. This is an amazing game. Not only do you get to launch over sandwiches and drive along spoons as you explore how

Don't get your ternary operators in a twist: Objective-C and the NYTimes Style Guide

The New York Times recently released its style guide for Objective-C on GitHub. And one of the first pull requests was related to the use of ternary operators. Something that is incredibly difficult to search for in the documentation when you don't know their name, because the defining elements of the operators are a question mark (?) and a colon (:).  a==b ? NSLog(@"it's a match") : NSLog(@"boo, no match"); // Ternary operator meaning if a is equal to b then print "it's a match" in the console, else print "boo, no match" For this reason alone they are probably best accompanied by a comment with the words "ternary operator" before or after them, but this aside, they are an interesting case along with using: id a = @"string"; id b = @[@"an",@"array"]; id c = @{@"key":@"value"}; Ignoring the @ sign, the above examples are familiar to most programmers as indicatin