I’ve run into many Windows applications that for whatever reason don’t have an option to save a modified file or export into a readable format. There’s a trick that I learned back in the Windows 3.1 days that makes any application that can print be able to export a PostScript file. The trick is as follows:
- Set up a Generic PostScript printer as a new printer that can print to FILE only.
- Print your file in the obstinate application to the new printer. Make sure you use the .PS file extension on the newly created file name.
- Enjoy your new output file in Ghostview, Inkscape, or other applications that can read PS files.
I recently wanted to embed a YouTube video in a page, but wanted the video to start at a specific time in the middle. There are a lot of obsolete instructions out there based on the way YouTube embedding worked in the past. I finally figured out that the trick is to use the code that YouTube gives you under the “Embed” option, but add a ?start=XXXX parameter at the end of the URL, where XXXX is the start time you want to show in seconds.
Looks like this:
<iframe width="640" height="480" frameborder="0"
style="width: 640px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"
I’ll be manning the Big Blue Saw booth at Maker Faire Atlanta this weekend. It’s a celebration of creativity in downtown Decatur.
With luck the weather will be on our side.