Thursday, March 12, 2015

Paint Shop Pro Tips

This was taken from an email sent to me from a Paint Shop Pro user group.
It will help you fix some of the errors you receive after running the program over a long period of time.

Resetting PSP to default.

Resetting PSP to default (deleting PSP's registry) can fix many problems within PSP, errors caused by a corrupt registry missing or greyed out tools and other irregularities.
The big draw back from resetting is the loss of custom settings you have made and having to redo the preferences. To delete and re-write PSP's registry (reset defaults) do the following:
Go to START/PROGRAMS/Jasc Software Inc/ PAINT SHOP PRO 7. Immediately after you click on the PAINT SHOP PRO 7 icon press and hold CTRL+ALT on your keyboard.
Paint Shop Pro will ask you if you would like to delete the registry settings for Paint Shop Pro. Select YES.
When Paint Shop Pro opens it will have all the restored features of initial installation.

Freeing space in the PSP Program Folder.
When you applied the PSP Patch 7.02 , Version 7.02 created a backup of version 7 in a folder called Unpatch ( C:\Program Files\Jasc Software Inc\Paint Shop Pro 7\Unpatch folder)
The same would apply if you installed the 7.04 patch, a back up of 7.02 would have been created. If you have ran PSP patched versions with no problem then it is unnecessary to keep this folder on your hard drive.
You can copy it to a cd for safe keeping if you like and delete the Unpatch folder, reclaiming up to 62 mgb of disk space.

Freeing memory

Lower the "undo" storage for files
File/Preferences/General Program Preferences, hit the Undo tab and set the undo storage to 15 MB.
If you are working with large graphics and use the undo frequently you may need to set it to 40mgb.

Browser Caches
PSP creates a browser cache when using the browse function in PSP. This enables faster loading of graphics. However if graphics are moved around, stored elsewhere or deleted the browser cache remains the same size and can get very large taking up valuable space. It is advisable to delete them frequently to allow a build of a fresh cache in your files. To do this go to Find files and type in "jbf" without the quotation marks. You will see all the pspbrwse icons appear. Select them all and press delete on your keyboard. The next time you browse in PSP new caches will be built.


When PSP crashes or freezes for some reason and you haven't saved your work, you can lose everything,
Go to File > Preferences > Autosave settings.
This will open the Autosave Settings dialogue box, Tick the 'Enable Autosave' box. Set the time schedule you require, 5 minutes should be sufficient. Click OK. Autosave is now enabled and your work will automatically be saved to the temp file every 5 minutes. If PSP crashes you can re-open and your work will be loaded as before.

Save Worktop

When you save your workspace, you will be saving settings for your toolbar, palettes, also settings for your rulers and grids plus image information including image position in your workspace etc., so that you can return to your project at a later time.
Go To >File > Workspace > Save. The standard "Save as" dialogue box will appear. It will ask you for a file location you wish to save your workspace to. Workspace will be saved in a .wsp format, so you need to give it a name eg: project2.wsp.
Next time you open PSP go to File > Workspace > Load. The workspace will remember the locations of your graphics so it is important that you do not move them after saving the workspace.

Tools greyed out

The majority of tools will only function on a image with a colour depth of 16.7 million colours (24 bit). To restore your image to 24 bit, Go to Colours > Increase Colour Depth > 16 Million. Now all of your tools should be active except the tools that require a selection.

Using Fonts in PSP

Having too many fonts installed on your system can cause PSP to load slower, as it has to load all the fonts. PSP can use any font that is not installed. Open the font file you wish to use, by double clicking on the font icon, and minimize it on your desktop. That font will now show up in the font list in the 'Text' dialogue box.

Screen Shots

If you want to make a screen shot of your work or tools in PSP, or anywhere else on your computer. Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard, right click on your PSP workspace and "Paste as new image" you can then crop your screen shot down to size and use.

Previous File Formats

PSP, by default will want to save all your new images as .psp files, which can be annoying when working mostly with jpg's To avoid this, open the General Program Preferences, hit the Dialogues and Palettes Tab, check the box "Remember last type used in file save-as dialogue".

Floating tool bars/palettes
While working on a project particularly when lasooing an image, the tool palettes tend to get in the way. Just press the tab key on your keyboard to make them disappear and press the tab key once more to make them reappear.

Crop Tool

Make your selection on the graphic, and double click outside your selected area still on the graphic and your picture will crop automatically
Always use the crop tool and not the selection tool to "cut" an image for a clean outline. The selection too tends to leave and edge of white pixels (unless using for a seamless selection)

Sharpen Option

When making a graphic smaller, got to effects > sharpen once, this will bring back the clarity of the pixels that are lost when shrinking the graphic.

Applying Shadow
While the image that you are applying shadow to is surrounded by the selection go to Selections > Modify > Contract and contract by 1 pixel this will prevent a ragged white appearance around the graphic after shadow has been applied.

PSP Colour Palette

For those of you who like to have a range of colours and the hexadecimal value for stationery etc. Got to File > Program Preferences > Make sure the hexadecimal preference box is ticked and untick " use standard Windows colour picker". This will give you a slider bar choices on hues/sat/light and red/blue/green along with other useful information in the colour dialogue box. Which will enable you a far greater range in colours.

Colour Option Effect

This is a very little used option in PSP that enhances the colours of graphics. Effects > Enhance Photo > Automatic Colour Balance.
A nice little tool that allows you to make the colours look warmer or cooler. I find it invaluable.
Likewise the option of Effects > Enhance Photo > Clarify enhances and clarifies the colours.
The effects that are under the tools of "Enhance Photo" are very useful effects and are not restricted to Photo's.
Try them out on your graphics.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Possibly the best concert ever performed in America!

Eric Clapton,Jeff Beck,Jimmy Page,Ron Wood,Bill Wyman,Jan Hammer,Charlie Watts @ M.S.G.

Amazing New York City
Published on Mar 29, 2012

The following message is copied from the authors info on this film on his Youtube page:
Watch this on Full Screen because it's in HD . I paid 40 dollars for my ticket to Friday's show and Eric Clapton was solid,Jeff Beck stole the show and Jimmy Page got the biggest applause on that day. Just like in this video from Thursday's show. The difference between the 2 shows is that Ronnie didn't perform with Eric but he did climb down from his seat located just behind the stage to the right and joined the band for the encores.
A.R.M.S. Concert
The idea for hosting the concert was envisaged by Ronnie Lane, ex-bassist for The Small Faces and The Faces, himself a casualty of multiple sclerosis. The concert was billed as The Ronnie Lane Appeal for ARMS and featured a star-studded line-up of British musicians, including Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Andy Fairweather-Low, Bill Wyman, Kenney Jones and Charlie Watts. The concert was particularly notable in the fact that it was the first occasion on which Clapton, Beck and Page, each a former lead guitarist for The Yardbirds, had performed together on stage.

The ARMS charity concert proved so popular with both the audience and the musicians that the decision was taken to perform a further nine concerts in the USA. The US dates included Joe Cocker, who notably sang lead vocals on "With a Little Help from My Friends", and Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page each shared lead guitar duties on the "Stairway to Heaven" instrumental. While Ronnie Lane appeared in New York, he did not appear at all of the US dates. They played in San Francisco at the Cow Palace on December 2, 1983 for three sold out shows. Also, Steve Winwood was unable to do the American shows and Paul Rodgers was now playing in Page's set. (They later formed The Firm together.)
Eric Clapton
Jeff Beck
Jimmy Page
Ron Wood
Joe Cocker
Bill Wyman
Charlie Watts
Kenny Jones 1:58
Chris Stainton
Paul Rodgers
Jan Hammer
Ian Stewart 14:32,15:42
Fernando Saunders
Simon Phillips
Ray Cooper 0:14
Andy Fairweather Lowe 54:38
James Hooker 6:42 (Keyboards)

0:16 Cocaine-Eric Clapton,Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts,Chris Stainton,Kenny Jones, Ray Cooper,Andy Fairweather Lowe,James Hooker
6:00 Don't Talk To Me-Joe Cocker,Eric Clapton,,Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts,Chris Stainton,Kenny Jones,Ray Cooper,Andy Fairweather Lowe,James Hooker
9:48 Watch The River Flow-Joe Cocker,Eric Clapton,Ron Wood,Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts,Chris Stainton,Kenny Jones
13:19 Worried Life Blues-Joe Cocker,Eric Clapton,Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts,Chris Stainton,Kenny Jones, Ray Cooper,Andy Fairweather Lowe,James Hooker & Ian Stewart on piano (14:32,15:42,16:14)
17:58 You Are So Beautiful To Me- Joe Cocker,Eric Clapton,Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts,Chris Stainton,Kenny Jones,Ray Cooper,Andy Fairweather Lowe,James Hooker
22:12 Seven Days- Joe Cocker,Eric Clapton,Ron Wood,Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts,Chris Stainton,Kenny Jones, Ray Cooper,Andy Fairweather Lowe,James Hooker
27:16 Feeling Alright-Joe Cocker,Eric Clapton,Ron Wood,Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts,Chris Stainton,Kenny Jones, Ray Cooper,Andy Fairweather Lowe,James Hooker
31:18 Star Cycle-Jeff Beck,Jan Hammer,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
36:32 The Pump- Jeff Beck,Jan Hammer,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
41:39 Definitely Maybe- Jeff Beck,Jan Hammer,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
46:56 Blue Wind- Jeff Beck,Jan Hammer,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
53:57 People Get Ready- Jeff Beck,Jan Hammer,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips,Andy Fairweather Lowe on Vocals (Dedicated To John Lennon)
59:22 Going Down- Jeff Beck,Jan Hammer,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips,Andy Fairweather Lowe (Ron Wood joins in at 1:04:20)
1:05:44 Chopin -Jimmy Page
1:10:02 Who's To Blame-Jimmy Page,Paul Rodgers,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
1:14:36 City Sirens- Jimmy Page,Paul Rodgers,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
1:18:06 Boogie Mama- Jimmy Page,Paul Rodgers (Vocals + Guitar),Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
1:22:52 Moonlight Lady- Jimmy Page,Paul Rodgers,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
1:33:51 Stairway To Heaven (With Jeff Beck 1:42:15 and Eric Clapton 1:42:26)
1:44:30 Layla (with Eric Clapton,Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on Slide Guitar)
1:52:38 With A Little Help From My Friends * (Dedicated To John Lennon)
NOTE: I only watched this once so far, so it may have been a YouTube error, but  the last song was cut off before the end.

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Further Notes:
To Download this I recommend you get a copy of Firefox Portable from [HERE]. You can install it on a flash drive like I do, but to use it from the flash drive it runs too slow.
To fix that copy it (folders and all) to someplace on your hard drive to run it from there.
If you are using Firefox right now, you can't use both at the same time, so copy down the url from this page and paste it into Notepad for a while.
Now close down Firefox completely and go open up the portable version.
Before you do anything else click on Tools and on the side Add-ons, when that opens hit Extensions, then type in on the search field "", and select Ant Video Downloader v. Then it will prompt you to restart Firefox Portable.
Now paste your url in from Notebook leading back to this page and load it.
Now look up top for your Ant button and hit the down facing arrow. Click on this vid and that's it.
It'll download it for you for watching offline or converting into mp3.
If you liked this and you liked the way it worked DO NOT update Firefox Portable, DO NOT update Ant Downloader. The Reason that this works is because it's an older version of Firefox.
Google will STOP you from downloading if you update!
If you add Ant Downloader to your current version it will not work!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Trying to post a new animated gif, hope it works

Here goes nothin...

Looks like it worked, now to save a copy to your drive you need to right click on it and select "save as" or "save target as" and try to remember where you saved it.
A good rule of thumb would be to save it to your desktop and drag it off later into a folder. Especially if you're operating any version of Windows 8 saved files or images can be a bitch to find later.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Best advice I've gotten since 1985...

Funking Dave You just mutrhafukkin blew my mind Michelle!!!
To hell with a dozen, you get the whole garden!
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formichelle-withsmiles.jpg --->

That was included in this email I sent. It should explain itself well

Sent a copy to my asshole lawyer with this message attached (I'm not so sure I knew you then, but I assume I must have)....
Message came at just the right time...
Hi (Name is private).
No I’m not going to say a word about this in court. I just got it from an old friend that I haven't seen since 1985 and never will see again. Somehow she knows what I’ve been going through and I thought you might want to understand it too…
 If you are related to, married to, or divorced from a narcissist, then you know how difficult it is reason with them.
Narcissists are masters at manipulation. They are often intelligent and charming when you first meet them. In the beginning,
 you hold them to such high esteem (of course to which they are fully aware) and they love to bask in your adulation.
But once you catch on to their tactics, and question behavior that is opposite of their once-charming selves, they become deeply threatened. They will then paint themselves as a victim and you as their aggressor, and expertly blame you for the relationship's demise, and all other misfortunes in their life. And you, as the codependent, try to reason with her, change her mind, or challenge every verbal assault point-by-point in hopes that she snaps out of her irrational behavior. Maybe this time she will understand, you think. If I explain it to her this way, she will get it. She can't be THAT close-minded, I'm going to tell her once more.
But the more you explain, the colder and more manipulative she becomes. She may talk to you like a child, as if you're stupid. And you can't even believe how a person can lack such empathy, so you explain more, trying harder and harder to make her "get it" -- and the more you do that, the more it supplies her narcissistic fantasies that she is better and smarter than anyone.
 The constant attempts to explain or get some kind of emotional response with no return is what I call the Narcissistic Vortex -- it's a deep, black hole that sucks you in, with no way out. And until you understand this, you are going to think you're crazy, unloved, or worse, that you aren't worthy of anyone else's love so you end up staying with this person or being alone forever.
If you are not married and trying to end a relationship with a Narcissist, then the expert advice is to have no contact with her. You end the relationship cold-turkey, as if giving up a very bad addiction. But what if you are divorcing a narcissist, or you must endure a co-parenting relationship long term -- how do you manage the constant manipulation even as you try to get on with your life?
She might blame you for the smallest mistakes (thereby raising her own false self-worth), or she criticizes you for everything you do with the kids. And because she is SO falsely mistaken, you write her a long email, explaining your actions, or you become ensued in a long texting battle. And thus, you enter the Narcissistic Vortex.
You must remember, this vortex is a trap. By replying to her (no matter how negative), it feeds her narcissistic supply -- a.k.a, her false sense of self that she is better than you (or anyone else for that matter).
So if the manipulation happens via email, for example, you must first ask yourself: does it require a reply? Are there any crucial issues that really require your response, like financial matters during divorce or logistics with the children?
Unfortunately with Narcissists, they can never write an email without making themselves look a victim/martyr, or passive aggressively knocking your ability to function as an adult.
The true secret to engaging with a narcissist is little to no response. Reply with "yes" or "no" answers, or merely factual replies like, "yes, I am picking kids up at 5:00 p.m. today." Ignore all other stabs or attempts of getting a heated reaction from you. If your narcissist wants to talk with you over the phone about certain matters, let her ask you questions for which a yes or no answer is required. If the conversation results in accusations or manipulation, quite simply say to her, "If you have anything to discuss with me, please put it in email." And then hang up.
You will never change her mind. You will never get her to see your side of things. As long as you attempt to do so, you will forever be stuck in her vortex and unable to move on.
Learning how to deal with a narcissist can't be accomplished by reading just this one blog. It takes skill, practice, reading books on the subject and perhaps coaching or therapy. Whatever you do, don't try to learn this alone.

NOTE: I aint good at formattin and it's all fukked-up. I did my best to fix it and I can't do no more.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How to find videos, free and easy

Old friend of mine asked me how to find videos.
I told her I use search methods. Here are some of the easiest ones to use and with them you can find just about anything out there.
First one is, it's two things. It's a vid search that can search all the major sites and (I'm not sure if it works with Internet Explorer or Chrome, find out yourself), but if you use Firefox you can download the videos for free from most sites with their downloader [Here].
Another good one is [Here].
Google works, but it's really mostly a Youtube search, [here's the link], I had to type in something just to get the search option. I typed "movies", type anything you like in in the search options.

Id you like software try ashampoos Clipfinder 2, might still be free, might be ten bucks. I don't know because I own it and can't get to the buy option.

More than that there's Irfanview that lets you watch streaming and record as you watch almost anything, but it'll take some reading to figure it out. I'm not sure if he remembers me, but Irfan Skiljan that built this was a friend of mine ten years ago and this is by far the best anything viewer you can ever get and it's free.

Beyond that beware. There are many search programs out there. Most I have found out put hijackers on your browser and mess with all your searches.

This post is for Charlotte, but also for anyone interested.

Stupid picture posted below only to show something more than a link....