Hey guys, I was thinking about creating a widget for Weather Simple in iOS 10 and looked on Apple's dev site to find a template but found none. So I figured I create one and share it with the peoples. This one is actually for the Search Screen if you swipe left from the Home Screen, but all the basic elements should be here for anyone to at least start mocking something up for the Lock screen. Hope this helps, enjoy!
As a person of the interwebs, I often need to place images in white spaces to better tell a story –like a inserting a photo of Ron Burgundy drinking milk into an IM to illustrate a point about making a bad choice.
But whether it's into an instant message, email, powerpoint, word doc, or into some creative tools like Photoshop or Illustrator, getting an image into something usually takes a few steps. Often people will save an image from the intertubes onto their desktop, then drag and drop, or attach into the place they want it. Waaaaay too complicated, obviously.
So. I've got Just the Tip for you nerds. Myself included. (Mac only, sorry PCs)
First, you'll need to know how to screenshot (most nerds know this already). On the Mac, there are a couple ways: screenshot a targeted selection or the whole damn screen. We'll be using the former. Using your handy dandy keyboard, press the keys Shift, Command, 4, in that order. Then begin to make your selection by clicking, hold it!, and dragging your mouse to make a box over the thing you wanna screenshot.
WAIT. Here's the kicker.
Before you release your finger from the mouse, take one of your other fingers (preferably on the other hand) and press and hold the Control button. Now release the mouse button to complete making the selection all the while holding down that control button. Ok, you can let go now.
Where'd it go?
To your clipboard man! Blam, I just blew your nerd mind. What's the clipboard you ask? I don't really know, but it's the place that things go to when you copy them and before you paste them. It's like computer purgatory. Your screenshot is now ready to be pasted. Try it in an IM to help illustrate a point (like a staredown from Ron Swanson), or in an email, word doc, or powerpoint. Maybe even Photoshop.
Extra Just the Tip Nerd Point: If you're bringing your screenshot into Photoshop AND you're creating a new Photoshop file, wait. Don't paste it just yet. In Photoshop, create a new file (Command, N). Photoshop will automatically know the exact pixel dimensions of your screenshot in clipboard purgatory. Simply click Ok, and paste your screenshot, fit perfectly to your new file.
Hope you enjoyed this edition of Just the Tip… for Nerds. Stay tuned for more or email me with your favorite tips and I'll illustrate them here, maybe with a screenshot?
Powerpoint is the bane of existence for many of us in computerland, but like it or not, we have to use it because… Bill. Unfortunately many of the tasks most often performed in Powerpoint are buried 2 or 3 levels deep in the menus or "ribbon" bar. For decades Microsoft has been notorious for violating this 80/20 rule in many of their desktop applications, but I'm here to show you how to take control and be a master of your own keyboard shortcut domain.
So I've got just the tip for you nerds. Myself included.
In this example, I'll be showing how to create a shortcut for the popular task of inserting an image into a powerpoint slide. On a mac, this is found in the menu path shown here:
Insert > Photo > Picture from File…
(It can also be found on the Home ribbon in the Insert section by clicking the Picture dropdown button and choosing Picture from File…)
In each instance, powerpoint forces the user to click multiple times. Here's how to create a keyboard shortcut (for Office 2011 for Mac) to get it down to just one step:
1. Go to System Preferences
2. Choose Keyboard
3. Go to the Shortcuts tab
4. Select App Shortcuts from the list on left side
5. Click the "+" button to add an application
6. Select Microsoft Powerpoint. If Powerpoint is not listed it may be within the Microsoft Office folder in Applications. Select Other… at the bottom of the dropdown list to find Powerpoint in Finder.
7. In the Menu Title box, type the command you would like to make a shortcut for. In this case it's:
Picture from File…
Copy and paste Picture from File… into that box. If you type it out, it must be entered exactly as shown above: case sensitive, with spaces, and the ellipsis.
8. Type in the keyboard shortcut you'd like to use. I use command D like the InDesign default for placing an image.
9. Click Add and you're done!
See? That wasn't so bad, plus it'll save you gobs of time and frustration. Of course this can be done for any menu command you want, for any program you have as long as it's doesn't conflict with any default Apple system commands. So hopefully this helps you use Powerpoint faster so you can be done with Powerpoint sooner so you can be doing something that's not Powerpoint. Enjoy!
More Nerd Tips to come…
That's it. I'm out. It's over. I'm done coding my own site.
After about 10 years, I have officially closed down my own portfolio website that I coded myself for a pre-made DIY-ish solution like this one on Squarespace. In many ways it's a huge relief. I no longer have to sit at my computer until 3am to make updates or painstakingly code a new redesign. I don't have to copy and paste html so I can post new work. I also don't have to worry about how it'll appear across browsers and devices. It feels great to be done with the hassle.
In other ways, I'll miss it. Coding my own site served as a loose connection to the development world. Even though I only ever knew rudimentary html, it gave me a sense of pride when speaking with developers that I wrote and spoke the language of the interwebs. It's also an end of an era for me as I've become a manager, father, and personal time consultant to myself and my wife. It all comes down to time.
Squarespace gives me my time back.