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Acrobat X and Word 2010 – How to Print a Single Page as a .PDF

January 3, 2012DavidWord

I recently had to print a single page out of a long Word 2010 document and I wanted to send it as a PDF.  In the past the default install of Acrobat included a .PDF printer.  You could select the page(s) you wanted to print and the PDF printer and  – voila – you had your .PDF file.

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Macs No Longer Ship with Flash Installed. Adobe Drops Mobile Flash. Is the End of Flash Near?

January 3, 2012DavidWeb Development

Mac no longer are going to be shipped with Flash installed and Adobe announced it’s no longer going to develop Flash for mobile platforms.  Does this spell the end for Flash? Maybe.  But not so fast…

Flash is Ubiquitous…

…but only on PCs.  And while Flash has an unbeatable share on the Windows platform, how long is it going to be until developers decide to find an alternative way to code their websites or applications so that they don’t have to do so twice?  We are already seeing a small erosion of Flash, IMHO, because iPhones and iPad simply don’t support the plugin. Now that Macs aren’t going to be shipped with Flash, it makes getting people to Flash content every so slightly more difficult.

What to Do?

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Microsoft Word 2010 — How to Go to or Jump to a Page

December 31, 2011DavidMicrosoft Office, Word

Moving around large Word documents can get annoying, so in order to make it easier, let’s go over two ways to jump to a page in Word.

1. Press CTRL+G.  This will bring up the Find and Replace dialogue box.

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Acrobat Pro: How to Allow Data to be Saved into a Form-Based PDF

December 28, 2011DavidPDF

I create a lot of PDF forms and one of the things that can get tricky with Acrobat Pro is that when you save a form as a .PDF, often times it won’t save the file so that someone can actually save their entered data.  If this is the case, when you open the PDF in Acrobat Reader you will get a warning that your data can only be printed and cannot be saved.  Here’s how to get around that problem.

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AdWords Express vs. AdWords: How are they Different?

November 16, 2011DavidGoogle AdWords

It’s no secret that Google has been pushing hard in promoting local search — just look at how Google Places listings are now often integrated in normal Google searches.  So with the release of Google’s AdWords Express program, it’s my opinion that this is yet another attempt for Google to integrate further into the local search market.

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The HelpSpa has a New Look!

October 29, 2011DavidFeatured Articles

Well it’s only taken a few years, but the HelpSpa.com now has it’s brand-new look.  We’ve adjusted the colors and made things a little easier to read, but rest assured that all of our top-notch content hasn’t changed.  A major difference you will notice is that our footer section is now packed with recent articles, comments and highlights our Twitter feed.

So if it’s your first time here, welcome aboard.  And if you are a returning visitor, then welcome back!

OS X Concepts for Windows Users: Do I Need to Run an Antivirus in OS X?

October 20, 2011DavidFeatured Articles, OS X

Continuing my article series about helping Windows users work with Macs and OS X, I figured that now would be a good time to talk about a huge question that PC users face when moving to (or at least visiting) the Mac platform:  Do I Need to Run Antivirus Software on my Mac?  After doing lots of reading and discussing, the answer I’ve come to is:  (at least as of mid-2011)…not really.

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21″ iMac Dual Monitor with Dell u2211h — Ugghh.

October 14, 2011DavidOther

So I REALLY wanted to use my 21″ iMac in a dual monitor setup.  Really. But my 21″ iMac + a Dell u2211 = NO GO (even vertically).

The Dell UltraSharp U2211h – as Close to iMac as you can get?
Now I have two u2211h’s living  harmoniously in a dual-monitor configuration – in no small thanks to DisplayFusion Pro which revolutionized the way I manage dual monitors –  (I run them horizontally and I should have gotten the 23″s, but I digress).   As you may or may not recall, these u2211h’s are the Ultrasharp Dell Monitors with IPS Panels that are supposed to be the “closest” you are going to get to an iMac IPS display — at a reasonable price — e.g without buying another Mac.  So I figured I’d set one of these u2211’s next to my 21″ iMac and see how it goes.

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Run CS3 for Windows on the iMac or MacBook Pro?…Maybe

October 7, 2011DavidOS X

I’ve always been a die-hard PC guy, but since I purchased my first iMac I’m beginning to like the OS X platform.  One of my biggest potential problems in moving my web development firm from Windows to the Mac, is the need for me to re-purchase a bunch  of my existing software (read: Creative Suite).  So I did a little experiment with my iMac and Fusion 4 and here’s what I found (BTW: to see a list of the software I use on my PC and the potential Mac equivalents, see this post — and please add to the list if you have more options to share)

The Setup

For this “Windows CS3 on the iMac” experiment I used an 3.06 GHz iMac with 12GB of RAM, running Snow Leopard.  I installed the Vmware Fusion 4 trial and I assigned 4GB of RAM to the virtual OS.  In the VM I’m running Windows XP SP3, with Avira and Zone Alarm.  The only other installed software is the MS security updates, IE8, and Firefox 6.

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How to Find a List of WordPress Category IDs – 2011 – in under 5 minutes!

There are a lot of way out there to try to find a list of the WordPress category IDs, but sometimes a simple, barebones approach is the easiest way.  Let’s take a look at how to find your WordPress category ID’s in around 5 minutes.

A. Get into phpMyAdmin

1. If you are running WordPress then you have a database, and thus you have a way to access your database.  For most of us this method is by using phpMyAdmin.  If you are using cPanel then simply navigate to phpMyAdmin.   If you are using  a different control panel, ask you hosting provider.

B. Find the WordPress Table that Lists the Category IDs

2. Once you are in phpMyAdmin (or your database browsing client), look for your WordPress database.  It’s the database you created when you first installed WordPress (and if you didn’t install WP on your own, look for a database that starts with “WP” or has “WP” in it.

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