June 2008 Archives

June 2, 2008

Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 Beta Impressions

Adobe has released a beta of Dreamweaver CS4 for you to download at the Adobe Labs site. Be sure and do so if you make your living in web development. Although the beta is slower than molasses in January (not kidding) it has some wonderful new features. Here is a nice little bulleted list of what I found in my snooping around. I cannot wait until this ships!

  • You can now select Version Control in a site defenition, which uses Subversion. Very nice to have Subversions integrated. Very nice indeed.
  • The Mac version finally has "dockable" windows. This is a very Windows-type thing, and something very non-Mac. This is, however, the Adobe CS3/4 interface. It is about time Adobe gave Dreamweaver the "Adobefied" look. It should have been included in Dreamweaver CS3.
  • The Mac version now supports "hot swappable" global interface changes, from Coder to Designer, to Dual Screen. It also has Classic, which is how Dreamweaver has been for 10 years, so I think I am going to stick with that.
  • This is small, but comes along with the new CS4 interface. I can finally dock Properties with the Search/Reference/Validation/etc. group of panels. This means when I do a search and replace, I don't always have an odd window floating that I have to close. Nice.
  • You now see a visual representation of related files (such as js and css) and can even click and read them (although if they are on a remote server, you obviously cannot write to them). This is another great time saver to have.
  • The WYSIWYG rendering has vastly improved over CS3. CSS layouts that used to look mangeled in DW CS3 now display properly in CS4.
  • There is a new coding feature called Code Navigator which you can get to from the Tag Inspector at the bottom of the document window (or Command+Control+N). This basically shows you the CSS tree from the element you have selected all the way back up to the block level tag (say a DIV or TABLE tag). The Web Developer Firefox extention does this, and it is wonderful to have it in DW now. You can also Command+Option+click to go strait to that CSS rule.
  • One new feature with CSS is the ability to apply an inline style (using SPAN) to an element using the exact same CSS Rule Defenition interface as if you were creating a style for an external file. This is great if you are making a quick one-of change.
  • While the CSS Rule Defenition window has not changed, they have renamed a number of items to make consistant with their actual names outside of a WYSIWYG editor. "Weight" in CS3 becomes "Font-weight" in CS4, which is good, because it actually is font-weight.
  • DW code hinting is very solid. DW 4 adds code hints for Spry, Prototype, and jQuery. Also there is a new Ajax control, Spry Tooltip. CS3 had XML Spry data sets, but now you have HTML data sets, making it much easier to make snazzy looking tabular data. It detects TABLEs, DIVs, and even lists.
  • Photoshop Smart Objects have gotten better. No surprise there, you saw that one coming.
  • Live View is another new feature, allowing you to see the live site in WebKit, but still be able to edit the source code.
  • There is a new view, called Split Code, which is something BBEdit has had for ages. It allows you to have two code views of the same document. This is a huge time saver here.
  • The Page Properties window has expanded a bit. There is now a place to specify legacy HTML settings as well as a place to specify the CSS equivelents. They have also added a place to easily style the Heading tags. That is nice for the novice user, and a speady way of making six CSS defenitions to boot.
  • The moved Check Spelling, because they got rid of the Text menu all together (it now lives in the Format menu) Check Spelling is now under the Commands menu; took me a while to find it.
  • In the upper left of the DW CS4 interface there is very quick access to the Extention Manager, Sites, and the four different views. I love having such easy access to Sites and Extention Manager.
  • Extention Manager has entirely been rewritten and looks more in line with Bridge, but Chromeless (which is just weird on a Mac). It migrated all my previous extensions without a hitch. Nothing to complain about there.

So while the beta is slow as a dog (lets be clear, DW has never been that fast on the Mac) it is a wonderful glimpse of what the future brings post Macromedia. I am sure that Adobe has infused AIR into CS4 in any way it can, so we will have that look forward to as well. 

June 5, 2008

Batman vs The Dark Knight Trailer

Rob sent me this link and it is rather remarkable. It is a side-by-side comparison of the trailers for both movies. Even the small quick cuts are the same. Simply astounding.

Using PHPList for Newsletters

Many people use PHPList to send email newsletters of all sizes. One of the services that I provide is the development of these newsletters. PHPList is a very nice application, but being open source it is a little rough around the edges. The user interface is not very user friendly, but I have been able to fix that with a little bit of HTML and Javascript. I found someones freely available PHPList admin template and simply expanded upon it. Take a look at the before and after shots. Before:

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Body By Burdo Site Complete

I think I completed this site a month ago or so, I just have been too busy to post. The site was designed by Haley and I developed it in Movable Type 4. It uses some QuickTime and Flash. Since it uses MT, the user can update the text whenever they want.

Nothing mind shattering here, just a simple site. Pretty basic MT coding as well. It turned out looking good. 

Geralyn Brock Site Complete

This is another site Haley designed and I produced, once again in Movable Type. The site is made up of a couple categories to keep everything organized. I am really amazed as to how fast I can produce sites in Movable Type these days. I am getting much faster at it.

Novastrike Ends PSN Drought

And its about time. I am getting tired of themes and video, video I can get other places - you know, like the Internet. Sony is really dropping the ball on the PSN. And people are starting to get irritated.

Win a PS2 and a 40 GB PS3 from Blogcritics

You read that right! Blogcritics Gaming is giving away a Slim PS2 w/Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz and a 40 GB PS3. All you need to do is sign up for them.

June 6, 2008

National Eagle Scout Registry

About a month ago I got a phone call out of the blue, it was a marketing firm for the BSA, they are putting together a Eagle Scout Roll of Honor. They are producing a book with a directory listing, and even have a CD that comes with the hard-bound book. 

The problem is they want close to $60 for the book. So while I am glad to be included in the directory (Eagle Scout, 1995) I am not forking over $60 clams for a directory. If they sold the CD for considerably cheaper, I would consider it (which is what I told them). Still, it is great to see the national BSA office doing this, as aparently there is not any such directory right now. 

I just got my confirmation email/spam telling me that if I would still like to purchase the book, that TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Thanks for the service BSA, no thanks for the wallet rape.

June 9, 2008

My (Second) 360 Shipped Back to Texas

Man, who ever thought I would be too busy to bitch about something. Well, it took MS over a week to send a cardboard coffin, but my Elite is shipped back to Texas. I have to give them credit, this is much better than last time (last time they sent the box and forgot the return address label).

And for those who have not had this happen recently, let me give you a tip, a tip that Matt found out when his Elite bit the dust a few months back - UPS will not pick up your dead 360 anymore. They used to, but not any more. Luckily I found out that Staples is an authorized UPS shipper.

So now its a waiting game to get my 360 back so I can finally complete GTA IV. Good thing MGS4 is out this week, I won't even notice that hole in the entertainment stand where my Elite was.

June 10, 2008

The World of World of Warcraft

The Onion News Network has outdone themselves again. Priceless and hysterical.

June 27, 2008

Sensational Journalism 101: Telegraph Edition

These types of stories are usually left to crappy American rags. This one is about the Telegraph. Kotaku posted about it. Seems the kid died of an accident, even the coroner and parents know this, but the Telegraph saw fit to report it as (and write the sensational headline) that the kid committed suicide because his Wii was taken away.

Telegraph, you suck. Seriously. What happened to journalistic integrity?

Headline: Schoolboy hangs himself after row over Nintendo Wii
Subhead: A schoolboy hanged himself with his school tie just hours after his Nintendo Wii was confiscated during a "minor argument" with his parents.

Both false.

"Britain's No.1 quality newspaper website"

Maybe not.

Special Multiplayer Chat 6 PM Friday, Resident Evil 5 Race Controversy

Join Multiplayer Chat for a special episode discussing the Resident Evil 5 race controversy, which has cropped up yet again. We will be joined by Ken Edwards, Jason Westhaver, Mike Street, and Saba Kennedy-Washington. Show airs Friday at 6 PM on Blog Talk Radio and will be available in our iTunes feed after that.

June 28, 2008

Forget the MacBook Air

Forget the MacBook Air, I want this. Thanks to Jason for bringing it to my attention.

My 360 Has Come Home!

My (second) referb 360 has arrived at my doorstep. It's such a shame that I was not home Friday to sign for it. So I will be getting it Monday. The first thing I will be doing? Putting that new DRM tool to the test, of course.

June 30, 2008

Castlevania for Wii is a Fighter

So by now you must have heard that Castlevania on the Wii is going to be a 3-D fighter. A what? You have got to be kidding. Who ever green lit this needs to have their head checked. This might even be as bad as a certain 3-D Castlevania title on the Nintendo 64.

Nintendo Wii Fanboy put it best: 'Mankind ill needs a Castlevania Wii game such as this' and as a bullet point of the features, Steals men's souls, and makes them its slaves!

Some great Castlevania humor there. Konami, what are you thinking?

I heart Hot Shots Golf

If you know my gaming habits, you know I am a nut when it comes to golf video games. I am obsessed with them. So much so I actually own Tiger Woods 08 on three different consoles.

Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds should not be missed by series fans. The new Oceania course available on the PSN is also a pretty good deal at $4.99 for series vets.

I just picked up Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 for the PSP this weekend, and yesterday I found myself playing both the PSP and PS3 version of the game simultaneously.

Yes, I know. You don't have to say it.

David Hayter wants to write the MGS movie but needs our help

Be sure and Digg the article and write the Sony rep.

Why are Wii Discs Three Colors?

Something I've been meaning to post for a while to see if anyone has any logical answers. Does anyone know why all Wii discs are only three colors on the top side? Seriously, look at all of your Wii game discs. There are three colors used for the image on the top (at the maximum), and some use less than that. It's like going back to the Sega CD era. There has to be a logical, common sense reasoning for it.

The UPS Rant

You will have to excuse me, but this is not going to be a PG-13 post. The seething anger I have right now for UPS, oh I am just pissed at them. And this is not the first flub they have had. You can hit the jump for a purposeless meme that is sure to only satisfy me. Though you might read it as a warning not to use UPS. Because, well, it is.

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