Archive for January, 2008

YouTube on your iPod

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

YouTube on your iPodTooble lets you browse, search and download any video from YouTube and put it on your iPod, iPhone or Apple TV. You can also save them to watch on your computer. Tooble automatically converts YouTube video to MP4 format and then sends them to iTunes so that the next time you plug in your iPod or iPhone they’ll be there for you to watch.

GDAL stuff

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Clip Raster / Build Subset:
gdal_translate -of HFA -projwin 495006 137742 504650 125477 image-in.img image-out.img

Choose your Chart

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Choose your ChartChart Chooser is an online tool that answers two questions we commonly get:

What type of chart should I use to show my data?
How can I make good looking Excel or PowerPoint charts?

Chart Chooser is easy:

Check the boxes on the left that best describe your objective. Select the chart that you want to use. Choose from Excel or PowerPoint downloads to get a formatted chart template.

Snipplr: Code Repository

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Snipplr: Code RepositorySnipplr is a public source code repository that gives you a place to store and organize all the little pieces of code that you use each day. Best of all, it lets you share your code snippets with other coders and designers.

Convert PS/PDFs into Vector Format

Monday, January 21st, 2008

pstoedit translates PostScript and PDF graphics into other vector formats.

Compress PDFs on Leopard

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Compress PDFs on Leopard


Friday, January 18th, 2008

ScreenStepsScreenSteps brings simplicity to the labor intensive process of software documentation.

Capture a picture of each step of the process you are trying to teach. ScreenSteps automatically organizes your images. Go back, type some text and add a few annotations. Output to PDF or HTML and you are done!

WordPress Plugin for Quicktime Embed

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

To correctly embed quicktime movies, one needs two plugins: qtjs and textconverter.

Finder Sidebar Separators

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Finder Sidebar SeparatorsThere’s no way to separate the items in the “Places” section of the 10.5 Finder sidebar, and that’s really annoying, especially if you have multiple folders of the same name there (such as /Applications and ~/Applications), or if you’re using it to hold applications as well. There’s a way around it however, and that’s what this is all about…

PDF Password Protected

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

PDF Password ProtectedThis package named ‘Set the Passwords to PDF’ installs the command line tool ‘pdfauxinfo’ and ‘Add Auxiliary Info to PDF’ Automator action. Automator action uses command line internally. You can set the user password and owner password to the PDF.

GMake Command

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Eventually you’ll encounter build instructions that include the gmake command. As delivered, OS X doesn’t support gmake. But it’s the same thing as make, which is supported in the Developer Tools. Here are the steps to make the link for gmake:

which make
cd /usr/bin
sudo ln -s make gmake


Postgres for Mac

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Postgres for MacSort of all-in-one package for the dump (like me) – or those who don’t want or can’t fiddle around with command-line-compile-install… A pre-packaged PostGres Installation tool.

SPOT Band Order

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

SPOT Band OrderEvery MS acquisition is comprised of the four standard spectral bands of the SPOT4 sensor which come with the following “unorthodox” order (!): NIR – RED – GREEN – SWIR.

Spot 5 (FAQ):
In what order are the spectral bands in SPOT products displayed?

> SPOT spectral bands: The spectral bands in SPOT imagery are:
XS1 = green
XS2 = red
XS3 = near-infrared
XS4 = short-wave infrared (SWIR) for SPOT 4 & 5

> RGB display: The RGB display scheme is:
1st band (1) in the extracted raster file displayed in the red channel
2nd band (2) in the green channel
3rd band (3) in the blue channel

> TIFF file: To conform to the RGB display scheme, spectral bands in TIFF files are extracted in the following order:
1: XS3
2: XS2
3: XS1
To obtain the following display scheme for SPOT products:
– XS3 displayed in red, since it is the 1st spectral band extracted (1)
– XS2 in green (2)
– XS1 in blue (3)
The DIMAP file describes how spectral bands are assigned to channels to obtain this display scheme:

> BIL files: In BIL files, spectral bands are extracted in the following order:
1: XS1
2: XS2
3: XS3
The DIMAP file describes how spectral bands are assigned to channels to obtain the SPOT product display scheme:

> SWIR band: As only 3 channels can be displayed in colour at once, the SWIR band is not displayed. To display the SWIR band, you can assign XS4 to the green channel, XS3 to red and XS2 to blue.

Be careful not to confuse the names of SPOT spectral bands (XS3, XS2 and XS1) with the order of display channels (RGB).

Mac: xGestures

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Mac: xGesturesGreat small app to enable mouse gestures. And what is best (in comparison to CocoaSuite) is that it works with all applications, even Finder. Back and Forward, Folder up or down…. Great!

Mac: MacPorts

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Mac: MacPortsThe MacPorts Project is an open-source community initiative to design an easy-to-use system for compiling, installing, and upgrading either command-line, X11 or Aqua based open-source software on the Mac OS X operating system. To that end we provide the command-line driven MacPorts software package under a BSD License, and through it easy access to thousands of ports that greatly simplify the task of compiling and installing open-source software on your Mac.

Leopard: Quick Look Tips

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Nice wrap-up here.

Leopard: Home Directory Problems

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Leopard uses a directory in the root called “home”. I did use such a directory to store some PHP settings, but hadn’t any access to it anymore under Leopard. To fix this “problem,” you can edit the “auto_master” file in your /etc directory.

Change the line

/home auto_home -nobrowse


/your/directory/here auto_home -nobrowse

Reboot and you will have reclaimed your /home directory.



Friday, January 4th, 2008

MAMPThe abbreviation MAMP stands for: Macintosh, Apache, Mysql and PHP. With just a few mouse-clicks, you can install Apache, PHP and MySQL for Mac OS X!

MAMP installs a local server environment in a matter of seconds on your Mac OS X computer, be it PowerBook or iMac. Like similar packages from the Windows- and Linux-world, MAMP comes free of charge.

Mac: Screen Capture Settings

Friday, January 4th, 2008

This is in response to a user asking how to change the file type that OS X outputs when using the command + shift + 3 or command + shift + 4 (with or without the spacebar after) in Tiger.

Launch Terminal, and depending on what file type you want outputted, type (or copy and paste) the appropriate line below followed by return:

defaults write type pdf
defaults write type png
defaults write type jpg
defaults write type tif

To change the default save location:

defaults write location /Full/Path/To/Folder

Enter this into the terminal.. and change the /Full/Path/To/Folder to the folder that you want it to go to.

hint: While in the terminal, if you drag a folder into the window.. it writes the location


Pixelmator: Photoshop Lite

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Pixelmator: Photoshop LiteLooks like an interesting alternative – in a very much nice-looking-typical-Apple-style look-and-feel – to Photoshop, if dealing with some minor image editing tasks…