Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Vine Type CMS - free, secure and world class

Vine type CMS
· Lets you create and manage an internet website
· Free for non profit use
· . NET-based web content management
· Secure, world class
· Customizable
· Generates web standards code
· Built in search and site map generator

Vine Type
Vine Branches, the makers of Vine Type is pleased to announce the release to the general public Vine Type Personal - Version 0.98. Explore the ease of use and powerful features that Vine Type provides, then visit the Download Area to get started toward "Content Management with Standards in Mind."

What is Vine Type?
Vine Type is software that lets you create and manage an internet website. Vine Type gives you the ability to add, delete, and edit any number of web pages -- without the overhead and hassle of database or scripting language installation.

And as you add and delete articles and sections, Vine Type adjusts the navigation links automatically. Integrated features such as RSS allows your website visitors to keep track of changes when you make them. Built-in Search and Site Map generation gives your visitors more ways to find what they are looking for.

And since Vine Type was built ...with Standards in Mind, your website will consistently generate W3C valid XHTML web pages. (W3C is the World Wide Web [internet standards] Commision.)

Small Yet Powerful
Vine Type is quite possibly the easiest-to-install, easiest-to-manage, most-user-friendly, most-customizable, most-secure web-standards-compliant Microsoft web server content management system on the planet.

That's a lot of superlatives to claim. Each one of those claims, however, is backed by concrete examples and explanations. There are plenty of content management systems out there. Vine Type does not claim to meet the needs of every sized company or web development project.

For the small-to-medium sized site seeking a standards-based .NET solution, however, Vine Type shines. No other .NET-based web content management system combines ease of installation and maintenance in an internet compliant package as well as Vine Type.

Vine Type provides a customizable framework that allows you to wrap just about any look-and-feel around the core Vine Type engine. Vine Type relies heavily on Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) technology -- a technology specifically created to allow skinning websites with different looks.

That's a big reason why web designers appreciate Vine Type. It provides the base engine to add, delete, and edit content, manage menus and navigation, and allows the designer plenty of freedom to customize the website.


There's no worry of security lapses from breaches in scripting languages or database intrusion, making Vine Type more secure than any other mainstream content management system available. Vine Type removes the worry and obligation to constantly monitor for reports of security breaches. And if there's nothing to install there's no security patches either. Your site's security is as safe as your password - so make it a good one.

World Class
Vine Type's framework accomodates over 100 languages and cultures, persons with special needs, and international internet standards. It is one of a few, or perhaps the only, .NET Framework content management solution that consistently serves up the most recent W3C-recommended XHTML-compliant web pages.

That always sounds good doesn't it? You can download a copy of Vine Type Personal Edition for personal or non-profit use for free. Experience the full range of features that Vine Type offers.

For those wanting to use Vine Type for commercial purposes, there is Vine Type Pro Edition.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Photoshop Actions

Recently a friend of mine was having problems on photoshop actions.

I’m trying to use File > Automate > Batch to convert a folder of images from .psd to .jpg format. No matter what I try a dialog box is displayed for each image asking me to specify .jpg characteristics. How can I suppress the dialog to make the process automatic?

According to Adobe support, “By default, Photoshop doesn't maintain the compression settings recorded in an action if the action is run with the Batch command on unsaved JPEG files. Instead, Photoshop prompts you to enter the compression/quality settings so that you can specify different compression levels for each new file.”

As unintuitive as it sounds, here’s the workaround:

When you record the action be sure it includes a File > Save As… command in which the .jpg settings are specified. Don’t worry about having to provide a folder and file name before clicking OK. These will be overridden in the File > Automate > Batch dialog.

Visit allgraphicdesign.com for more tips

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Create a Dreamy, Glamour Effect

This is a Photoshop tutorial on creating dreamy, glamour effects on ordinary photos. It smoothens skins and can reduce aging lines. Click on picture to view full size image. The smaller photo doesn't do justice to the screen captures.

We will achieve this

1. Open your Photo and duplicate the background layer twice (Control + J)

2. Name the layers Darken and Lighten. (Double click on the layer name)

Click picture to view full size

3. Choose the Lighten layer. Choose Filter > Blur >Gaussian Blur with radius of 30 pixels and set the layer opacity to 60%. Change blending mode from Normal to lighten.

(pixel radius may vary. 30-35 pixels is a good start for hi-res photos)

4. Choose the Darken layer. Choose Filter > Blur >Gaussian Blur with radius of 25 pixels and set the layer opacity to 40%. Change blending mode from Normal to darken.

(you may choose to disable visibility of other layers to see the effect)

5. Click the Darken layer. Shift + click the Lighten Layer. Right click on the layers and Choose Merge Layers.

6. Name the (merged) layer Dreamy. Add a Layer Mask ( choose Layer > Layer Mask > reveal all)

(Reduce layer opacity if desired)

7. Choose a small brush with soft edges and reduce brush opacity to 50%

8. Make the foreground color black. Click the Layer Mask

9. Brush along the lips, eyes, eyebrows, edges of nose and ears to reveal details from the background layer. The viewers eye gravitate towards the sharper details, this is a basic technique for good portraits.

10. Paint back with white if you make any (brushing) mistakes.

11. Flatten the image (Choose Layer > Flatten image)

12. Save as another file. It is a good practice to keep the original file for future reference.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Take advantage of your 1 GB (or more) of RAM

How do I take advantage of my 1 GB (or more) of RAM?

One of the ways to speed up Photoshop so you're taking better advantage of all your RAM is to enable a plug-in called Bigger Tiles. To do this, quit Photoshop CS2, and then find the ~Bigger Tiles file inside the Photoshop CS2 application folder (Photo-shop CS2>Plug-Ins>Adobe Photoshop Only>Extensions>Bigger Tiles). Rename the file, removing the tilde (~) from the file name, and then restart Photoshop.

Photoshop CS2 states (in its system requirements) that it can run on 256 memory but is really very slow even on 512mb. I do have 1gb of memory and I'm not even satisfied with the speed of it's performance. Good to have this tips at our side :)