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Sprint Nextel officially announced the much anticipated release date and price for Palm’s latest smartphone, the Pre.
Among the new features is a media manager that can download music directly from Apple’s iTunes. Another newly-disclosed feature is an Internet-based store, like Apple’s iPhone App Store, where software can be downloaded onto the phone.

There are many different reasons you would want to make a DVD Cover in Photoshop. Most people just get out a Sharpie and write the name of whatever is on the DVD on the DVD itself and throw it into a CD / DVD folder. This tutorial is not for these types of people, this tutorial is for the few of us who appreciate artwork and like to show of our DVD collection.

Before I start with this tutorial, let me point out that there is a great website, http://cdcovers.cc

This website has a DVD cover for just about every movie ever released on DVD, just download the cover and print it out, but what about those home movies that you need a cover for ? What if you don’t like a certain cover and want a custom one. That’s where my tutorial comes in.

Photoshop just happens to be the perfect tool to create DVD Covers, DVD Labels, Inserts, etc…

Let’s start with the Template, please go ahead and download the following template so that you can follow along with the tutorial.

Once you have the template downloaded you can proceed to open Photoshop. Let’s start with the DVD Cover Template.

Make A DVD Cover In Photoshop

Open Photoshop and then open the DVD_Cover_Template.psd file. If you’ve ever worked with Photoshop then you probably know all about layers. If you haven’t then no worries. This tutorial will walk you through what you need to know to successfully make a DVD Cover In Photoshop. Once you have opened the DVD_Cover_Template.psd file you should see something similar to the illustration below.

 

DVD Cover Template

DVD Cover Template

 

Notice the Layers in this Template file, you should see 3 Layers: Leave this Layer, Hide This Layer Guide, and Background. We will be creating some new layers.

 

DVD Cover Template - Layers

DVD Cover Template - Layers

 

Click and hold on the Text Tool Icon it looks like this – Photoshop Text Tool , this should bring up a drop down similar to the illustration below.

 

Photoshop Text Tool Sub Menu

Photoshop Text Tool Sub Menu

Select the Vertical Type Tool. Once you have the tool selected, make sure that Layer 1 is still highlighted. Then click on the Spine region of the DVD Cover Template. You should now have something similar to the illustration below. You may have also noticed that a new layer has been automatically created with a truncated version of the text that we wrote in the Spine. Each time you click on an area of the template with the text tool a new layer will be created, which is exactly what we want since this will make positioning, styling, etc… much easier.

 

DVD Cover Template - Spine

DVD Cover Template - Spine

 

Ok, so now that we have the spine of our DVD Cover created we can move on to the front of the DVD Cover. In this tutorial I will not cover artwork or how to style text and make it look all fancy, that part is completely up to you to play with and figure out.

Click back and hold on the Text Tool again and select Horizontal Type Tool and then go ahead and click on the right side of the template and type some text. When you are finished typing the Title go ahead and type some more text just keep clicking on different areas of the Template. When you are done with the right side you can proceed to the left / back side of the template. When you are all done with your typing you might have something similar to the below.

 

DVD Cover Template - Finished

DVD Cover Template - Finished

 

Are you all done yet ? Hmm… what should we do now ? Oh yeah, we need to save the cover, in my opinion it is best to save it as a jpg and the best way to do that is as follows. Before we save, we should get rid of the guides since they will make our cover look ugly. Scroll through your layers and find the Hide This Guide Layer. You should see an eye next to it on the left. Click on the Eye and the layer disappears. Now we can Save, yay !!

 

DVD Cover Template - Guide Layer

DVD Cover Template - Guide Layer

 

 

  1. File -> Save For Web & Devices
  2. Preset on the top right, select JPEG High
  3. Click Save and choose a filename and location.
  4. Click Save

 

DVD Cover Template - Save For Web & Devices

DVD Cover Template - Save For Web & Devices

 

DVD Cover Template - Save

DVD Cover Template - Save

 

After the Save has completed you can close Photoshop. It will ask you to Save the file, be sure to NOT save the template so that you can use it again for future covers. Now all you need to do is open the JPEG file and print it and Voila, your very own DVD Cover.

Hopefully you’ve learned something from this tutorial and aren’t scratching your head. I have a tendency to skip over obvious things sometimes. If anyone has any questions about something that I may have left out, please comment and let me know.

So if you used to be or are still an avid Windows user and are trying to take a screen shot on a Mac, then you are probably a little lost because you can’t find the Print Screen Key…

Well luckily for you there is this tutorial that will show you not only 1 but 3 different ways to take screen shots with a Mac.

  • Shift + Command + 3 – This combination will capture the entire desktop and save it as a file on your desktop as picture(number)
  • Shift + Command + 4 – This combination will turn your mouse pointer into a cross and allow you to click and drag a box around the area that you would like to capture. After you let go of the mouse button an image will be saved to the desktop as picture(number). If you are not happy with your selection or you would like your mouse pointer back, just press the Esc key on your keyboard .
  • Shift + Command + 4 then press spacebar - This will allow you to select which window you would like to capture and again will save a file to your desktop as picture(number).

In my opinion, I think that Apple has once again proven their innovation by being simplistic.

I recently ran into a situation where I ended up with a folder of VOB, IFO, etc… files. Naturally you should just be able to open Toast, click on VIDEO_TS folders and drag the VIDEO_TS folder into Toast, but what happens when Toast tells you that it can’t burn because the files are CSS encrypted ???

The solution is quite simple actually. You’ll need to applications for this ( Do a Google Search ):

  • Toast
  • Mac The Ripper

Once you have downloaded and installed these 2 applications, you can follow the simple step by step tutorial below ( Note: If you are already familiar with these applications then you can skip to the very bottom for a quicker tutorial ):

Creating A Disc Image Using Toast

 

 

Open Toast, and select DVD-ROM (UDF) under the Data Disc Tab, see the image below ( Depending on the version of Toast you have installed your screen may look different from mine )

Toast 9 Titanium

Toast 9 Titanium

 

 

Drag the VIDEO_TS folder into the big empty white space, make sure that the folder is named VIDEO_TS and that all of the VOB / IFO / BUP files are contained within this folder. You should now have something that looks similar to the image below.

Toast 9 Titanium with VIDEO_TS folder

Toast 9 Titanium with VIDEO_TS folder

 

Moving right along, Click  on Save As Disc Image  in the bottom right hand corner. As illustrated below.

Toast 9 Titanium Save As Disc Image

Toast 9 Titanium Save As Disc Image

 

You should see a box pop up similar to the one below. Again depended on which version of Toast you are using. Pick a location and give it a name, then click Save. I always like to save directly to the desktop. Makes it easy to find :)

Toast Titanium 9 Save As Disc Image

Toast Titanium 9 Save As Disc Image

 

 

You will be presented with a window similar to the one below, showing you the progress of writing the Disc Image. Once the writing has completed, you should have a new image file.

Toast 9 Titanium Writing Disc Image

Toast 9 Titanium Writing Disc Image

 

Open up this new image file by double-clicking it. This should bring up Toast and you should have something that looks similar to the image below. ( Again please keep in mind that you might see something different here depending on the version of Toast you have ) 

Toast 9 Titanium With Image Mounted

Toast 9 Titanium With Image Mounted

 

Note: Once I double clicked on my image file, Toast opened up and automatically mounted the image as a DVD and as soon as that happened DVD Player launched and started playing. If this happens, just close out of DVD player.

For now we are done with Toast, now we need our other application, Mac The Ripper.

 

Decrypting With Mac The Ripper

 

Open up Mac The Ripper if you did everything right you should see a something similar to the image below. Notice that at the top it tells you your disc size and underneath that it should say FULL DISC EXTRACTION. You can play with the settings, I usually just leave all the defaults. Click on Go

Mac The Ripper

Mac The Ripper

 

 

Mac The Ripper will create a new folder with the name of your Disc Image on the Desktop ( That’s a default setting and that’s where the folder will be unless you’ve changed the setting ). When Mac The Ripper completes the Extraction process you should see 2 folders inside the folder it created. You’ll see a VIDEO_TS and an AUDIO_TS. All we care about is the VIDEO_TS folder. You can now close Mac The Ripper, we’re done with that.

 

Burning With Toast

 

Alright, let’s do a recap. So far, we’ve dragged our encrypted VIDEO_TS folder into Toast, Created a DVD-ROM UDF Disc Image. We then mounted this disc image as a DVD and decrypted it using Mac The Ripper. We are now left with a folder on our desktop with the name of our Disc Image file that has a VIDEO_TS folder inside of it. 

We now need to use Toast to Burn this VIDEO_TS folder to a DVD. This is a pretty straight forward process and shouldn’t need to be explained in great detail, however since I’m nice, I’ll do it anyway.

Open Toast and click on the Video Tab, then click on VIDEO_TS Folders as illustrated in the image below

Toast 9 Titanium VIDEO_TS folders

Toast 9 Titanium VIDEO_TS folders

 

 

Drag the VIDEO_TS folder that was created by Mac The Ripper where it says Drag VIDEO_TS folders into this area. Once you’ve done that, click on the Big Red Circle to Burn the DVD

That’s it, wait for the DVD to finish burning and put it into your DVD player to watch and enjoy.

 

Quick Tutorial

For those of you who are already familiar with the software and just want to know the steps you need to take then you can follow this quick tutorial.

  1. Open Toast
  2. Select Data Disc -> DVD-ROM (UDF)
  3. Drag VIDEO_TS files into Toast
  4. Click Save As Disc Image
  5. Mount Disc Image
  6. Open Mac The Ripper
  7. Click Go
  8. Open Toast
  9. Select Video -> VIDEO_TS Folders
  10. Drag Newly Created VIDEO_TS files into Toast
  11. Burn, Wait, Eject, Insert, Enjoy

 

Hopefully this tutorial was useful to someone out there. I would hate to think that I’ve wasted my time putting this together just to improve my typing skills. As always, comments are welcome as well as donations :)

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Want a free blog ? Sure you can get one of those anywhere but these are different. These free blogs come with all the required plugins to make your blog a success. Here is a list of the plugins that are included with each ReadyBlog.

  • Add To Any - Help readers share, save, bookmark, and email your posts and pages using any service.
  • All in One SEO Pack - Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.
  • ClickBank Hop Ad - This plugin allows users to add a ClickBank Text Ad as a configurable widget.
  • DandyID Services - Retrieves your DandyID online identities and displays them as clickable links in your sidebar. After activating this Plugin: (1) Go to Settings -> DandyID Services to configure the required settings, then (2) Go to Design -> Widgets to add DandyID Services to your sidebar.
  • Donate Plus - Donation form. Recognition wall. Donation total tracker. PayPal integration.
  • Easy Adsenser - Easiest way to show AdSense and make money from your blog. Configure it at Settings → Easy AdSenser, or use the “Settings” link on the right.
  • FD Feedburner Plugin - Redirects all feeds to a Feedburner feed
  • Feedburner Feed Stats - A quick and easy way to view the stats for your FeedBurner feed. After activating the plugin, make sure to configure which feed you want to track.
  • Feed Subscriber Stats - This plugin will show the number of subscribers according to FeedBurner.
  • GD Star Rating - GD Star Rating plugin allows you to set up advanced rating and review system for posts, pages and comments in your blog using single and multi ratings.
  • Google Analyticator - Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google’s Analytics. After enabling this plugin visit the settings page and enter your Google Analytics’ UID and enable logging.
  • Google Analytics Stats Deluxe - Shows a graph on the Dashboard page, with 3 Google Analytics metrics: Page Views, Visits, New Visits in 3 different colors. All you have to do
  • Kontera ContentLink - This plugin will add your Kontera JavaScript code to your blog
  • Post-Plugin Library - Does nothing by itself but supplies common code for the Similar Posts, Recent Posts, Random Posts, and Recent Commentsplugins. Make sure you have the latest version of this plugin.
  • Sidebar Login - Adds a sidebar widget to let users login
  • Similar Posts - Displays a highly configurable list of related posts. Similarity can be based on any combination of word usage in the content, title, or tags. Don’t be disturbed if it takes a few moments to complete the installation — the plugin is indexing your posts.Instructions and help online. Requires the latest version of the Post-Plugin Library to be installed.
  • WP-Cumulus - Flash based Tag Cloud for WordPress
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  • WP-Polls Widget - Adds a Poll Widget to display single or multiple polls from WP-Polls Plugin. You will need to activate WP-Polls first.

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Here’s a good way to get discounts from Apple. I am listing a few links here. Just accept the agreement and check out the discounts you can get.

Just as an example, using one of the links above, you can get a MacBook starting at $939.00 vs. going to http://store.apple.com and getting it for $999.00. Hey $60.00 saved is an extra $60.00 in your pocket.

By now you should get the general idea. This information is listed for informational purposes only. You should adhere to Apple’s Employee Purchase Program and only accept the terms if you meet the criteria.

Just thought I’d share some knowledge with all the Apple Fans :)

NOTE: This will only work with backup copies of Wii Games, there is currently no support for the internal DVD drives that come standard in any Mac for reading original Wii discs.

I was surprised to find the lack of tutorials on the internet showing you how to backup and burn your Wii Games on a Mac. So after figuring it out myself, I thought I would share it with everyone else. Following my tutorial you will see how easy it is to backup your Wii Game and Burn it, using only the tools that come pre-installed on your Mac.

NEW: Check out my new post on Backing Up Your Wii Game. I developed an Application. WiiOSx

http://chris-fletcher.com/2009/06/11/backup-wii-games-on-a-mac-wiiosx/

Backing Up Your Wii Game:

  • Insert your Wii Game into your Mac’s DVD drive. Since the Mac cannot interpret the filesystem that the Wii Games use it will think that you inserted a blank disc. You should see a popup similar to the following. Click on Ignore
You Inserted a blank DVD

You Inserted a blank DVD

  • Open Terminal, it’s located in Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal
  • After Terminal launches you should type the following drutil status. Then press Enter, you should have a screen with information similar to the following screen shot.
Wii - drutil status

Wii - drutil status

  • If you look at the output from drutil, I highlighted in blue the information that we will need to use from the output. What you are looking at is the path to your DVD drive. In my case the path is /dev/disk1
  • Next you will need to type the following command dd if=/dev/disk1 of=/MarioKart.iso where if= is the path to your DVD drive and of= is the path and name to save the image file as. Press enter after typing in this line. On my Mac the process takes approximately 15 min. There is no progress bar so just be patient.
  • When the program is done, you should see output similar to the following screenshot.
Wii - Output from dd

Wii - Output from dd

  • At this point you can type the following drutil eject . This will eject your Wii game from your Mac’s DVD drive. You should now have an ISO image of your Wii Game, and if you followed my tutorial your game should be located at the root of your Macintosh Hard Drive. That’s it, that’s all it takes to make a backup of a Wii Game.

Backing Up Your Wii Game Overview:

  1. Insert the Wii Game disc into your DVD drive.
  2. Click Ignore
  3. Open Terminal ( Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal
  4. Type drutil status ( Get the Name i.e. /dev/disk1 )
  5. Type dd if=/path_to_dvd of=/game_name.iso and wait 15 min
  6. Type drutil eject to eject your game.

 

Burning Your Wii Game:

  • Open Disk Utility, it’s located in Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility. When Disk Utility opens, you should see something similar to the screenshot below.
Wii - Disk Utility

Wii - Disk Utility

  • Once Disk Utility Loads, click on Burn, you will be presented with a browse dialog. At this point you need to browse to the location where your ISO file is and click on it and then click Burn. If you don’t already have a blank disc in the drive, you will be prompted to insert one. I recommend DVD-R’s. These have worked for me 9 times out of 10

Hopefully everyone found this tutorial useful, don’t be fooled by all of these commercial programs out there that want your hard earned dollars, just to do something that you can do for free and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t backup Wii Games on a Mac.

Just finished compiling a list of 10 free Mac OSX Games that are in my opinion definitely worth downloading and playing. So without further ado, here is the list:

  1. Frets on Fire – If you are a Guitar Hero fan but are tired of playing the same songs over and over and would like more of a variety of songs then give Frets on Fire a try. They have versions of their software for Windows, Linux and Mac and best of all, its open source so its FREE !
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  3. MAME OSX – Are you a fan of Arcade Games ? You should check out MAME OSX. MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. You can download the emulator for free and then search on google for the games, here are a couple of sites you can get ROMS from: ROM World | ROM Nation | ROM Hustler | Free ROMS. These are sites that I trust and recommend.
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  5. Frozen-Bubble – Do you like puzzle games like Tetris and Zuma ? You should check out Frozen-Bubble. You control a small canon, shooting bubbles and trying to hit other bubbles so to create groups of 3 or more bubbles of the same color. Originally developed for Linux but ported to work on MAC OSX
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  7. Pac The Man X - Who doesn’t love Pac-Man ? Well, I know I do and if you do, then you need to check out Pac The Man X, developed by McSebi Software… Pac The Man X is a perfect clone of the original Pac-Man game and is sure to keep you playing for hours and hours.
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  9. Bull Frog – Are you one to get addicted to games ? If you aren’t then be prepared for Bull Frog, you are sure to be addicted to this game in no time. You’re a Bull Frog trying to eat all types of insects. Definitely give this game a try, it is sure to wipe out your boredom and maybe even consume a small part of your life.
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  11. Mac Solitaire – Is it Solitaire that is keeping you from getting rid of that pesky PC and switching to a Mac, well you are out of excuses now. PCV – Soft has developed a version for the Mac of this popular Windows based game and best of all its free.
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  13. Quinn – A Tetris style game developed specifically for MAC OSX. It features a clean, elegant user interface, beautiful graphics, and smooth, subtle animations for fluid gameplay. Instead of reinventing the game with yet another variation of the rules, the goal of Quinn is to combine the simplicity of the original idea with the genuine Mac experience for perfect user enjoyment.
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  15. Enigma - Enigma is a puzzle game inspired by Oxyd on the Atari ST and Rock’n’Roll on the Amiga. The object of the game is to find uncover pairs of identically colored Oxyd stones. Simple? Yes. Easy? Certainly not! Hidden traps, vast mazes, laser beams, and, most of all, countless hairy puzzles usually block your direct way to the Oxyd stones … ( Versions are available for Windows and Linux as well )
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  17. One Card - OneCard is a Cocoa card game with rules similar to Uno. It is fun for all ages from 5 up. In OneCard you try to play cards which match another card in colour or value.  There are also special action cards such as Wild, Skip, Reverse and Draw cards which make the game more interesting.  The first player to get rid of all their cards wins the round.  The winner then scores points based on the cards left in other players’ hands and the first player to reach the goal score wins the game.
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  19. Oolite - Oolite is a space sim game, inspired by Elite, powered by Objective-C and OpenGL, and designed as a small game that is easy for users to pick up, modify and expand upon. Almost every aspect of the game can be changed by using simple, free graphics packages and text editors. Originally written for Mac OS X, and under continuous development for over four years, Oolite is available for Mac OS X (10.3.9 and higher), Windows XP and Vista, and Linux. It requires at least a 400 MHz processor, 256 MiB of memory, and a graphics card capable of accelerating OpenGL graphics.
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Now I know I said 10 games but I just thought of another great game that I just can’t leave off the list. Without it the list would be incomplete so here it is, the 11th game on the list:

  • Farmers Mahjong - FarmersMahJongg will create a game setup from which you must try to remove all tiles. You can only pick them up in pairs by clicking the first and double-clicking the second tile. Removable tiles must lie along the edge of one of the tile levels. You can undo a move or let the computer suggest possible moves. If you failed to solve a setup you can decide to restart the last game in order to try another solution. But remember that currently there is no guarantee that a board really has a solution!

 

So here they are, a list of 11 great games for Mac OSX, hopefully you’ll have as much fun as I do, playing these games. Comments are welcome, and please feel free to contribute to the list but please only list freeware games.

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In Part 5 of the Easy PHP Guestbook tutorial we will cover retrieving the inserted data from the database and displaying it in a browser.

Create a new file and call it viewguestbook.php, open this file and put the following code in it.

<table>
<?php
include(“sqlcon.php”);
$entriesq = mysql_query(“select * from guestbookentries”);
while($entriesr = mysql_fetch_array($entriesq)){
     $name = $entriesr["name"];
     $date = $entriesr["date"];
     $website = $entriesr["website"];
     $entry = $entriesr["entry"];
     echo “<tr><td>Name:</td><td>” . $name . “</td></tr>”;
     echo “<tr><td>Date:</td><td>” . $date . “</td></tr>”;
     echo “<tr><td>Website:</td><td>” . $website . “</td></tr>”;
     echo “<tr><td>Entry:</td><td>” . $entry . “</td></tr>”;
}
?>
</table> 

After you’ve made a few entries using the form from part 3 combined with the added code from part 4, you should be able to run this script and it should display all the entries that were inserted. Hopefully this was helpful to some. In the next few days I will be posting a download that has all these files with all of the source code as well as creating an advanced guestbook that can be purchased.

In Part 4 of the Easy PHP Guestbook tutorial we will cover creating the inserting data into the database that was filled out in the user submission form.

Open the guestbookform.php file from part 3 and put the following code in it at the very top of the file:

<?php
include(“sqlcon.php”);
if(isset($_POST["submit"])){
     $name = $_POST["guestbookname"];
     $date = time();
     $website = $_POST["guestbookwebsite"];
     $entry = $_POST["guestbookentry"];
     mysql_query(“insert into guestbookentries (name,date,website,entry) values (‘$name’,’$date’,’$website’,’$entry’)”);
echo “Your entry has been submitted”;
}
?>

This part of the script does 3 things, it checks to see if the submit button has been pressed, if it has then it assigns the values from the submission form to variables, and then takes those variables and inserts them into the database. Finally it will output a message stating that the entry has been successfully entered into the database.

This concludes Part 4 of the tutorial, in Part 5 we will cover how to display the entries that are in the database. Part 5 will also be the last part of the tutorial at which point I will make a more advanced guestbook script along with an admin section to manage entries and will sell it on this site for $5.00