Monday, 26 August 2013

Arduino Yún

Arduino has announced that the long awaited Arduino Yún will finally be arriving soon!!
This arduino board features both wifi and Ethernet connectivity and can handle complex http request. It is priced at €52.00 which is more than twice the price of the uno. But the possibility is pretty endless here.

Watch the video introducing the Arduino Yún below

I am excited to find out what ideas people will have for this board.

You can read the full blog post here

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Photoshop Tip : Bird's Eye View

If you do photo retouching, very often you will zoom very closely into a particular part of the image. Similar to what you see above.

To move around the image, you can hold down the Space Bar and then drag the image around.
Holding down the Space Bar will temporary switch to the Pan Tool.
Upon releasing the Space Bar, Photoshop will revert back to the original tool that you were using.

This is a good way to move around the image and it is still the most common method used by Photoshop users today. However, there is a feature in Photoshop that will give you a temporary Bird's Eye View of the entire image.

To use this feature, Press and hold the [H] key on the keyboard and then click the mouse. Photoshop will zoom out and a rectangle will show you the area that you are currently zoomed into.

Move the rectangle where you want to zoom into and then release the mouse button. All this time, continue to hold down the [H] key on the keyboard.

Upon releasing the mouse button, Photoshop will zoom into the selected area.

Try it out and experience it for yourself!!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Evernote Tip : Scan to Evernote without a computer

This is a trick for people like me who stores alot of printed documents inside Evernote.

Everyday, we still get a lot of information in the form of printed documents coming to us that we need to keep. Examples would be receipts, warranty information, pricelist, user manuals etc ...

Naturally, Evernote would be the ideal place to store all these kinds of information. But how would you get these printed documents into Evernote?

Of course, the natural answer would be to scan it. 

Yes. But a lot of times, we get the document and our computer is not on. And we do not wish to go through the hassle of turning everything on.

The way that I do it is using the email that evernote gives you, together with a scanner that has a scan to email function.

If you look under [Account Info] inside Evernote, you will find an email address that evernote has given to you. Anything that you email to this address will instantly become a new note in your default notebook. There are desktop versions as well as larger copier size versions that have this functionality. Most of these scanners will allow you to choose between JPG or PDF format. So if the scanner has a document feeder, you can even scan a multiple pages in as a PDF document.

Just select [Scan to email], input your evernote email address and you will get the scanned document as a new note the next time you open Evernote.