I never did update my basic iPhone 4s Retina versions for iPhone 5, so I’m taking this opportunity to create new wallpapers at 1040 x 1536 so they can be optimized for the parallax effect in iOS 7 on iPhone 5/5c/5s.
Once Posterous got acquired by Twitter it was only a matter of time before the great blogging platform got sunset. Well, the inevitable has finally happened so I need to find a new home for my personal blog.
The announcement email indicated that Wordpress and Squarespace had ways to import from Posterous, and since I’ve never been a fan of Wordpress, here I am giving Squarespace another shot.
A few annoying things to note about the import:
While your galleries get imported, you will need to re-set the way you want your images to show up. I had several posts that included several smaller galleries (seperated by blocks of text), but the Squarespace import puts them all into one combined gallery. I found no easy way to break them apart within the admin console, so I essentially had to re-import the ones that got messed up. While this was a pain, it was made a little easier by utilizing the Posterous backup, which saved all the original images in folders based on the post date.
But make no mistake. It is a MAJOR pain. Took me several weeks just to go through all the posts and re-import and format a bunch of them. One of the main ways I used Posterous was to publish posts with lots of images, organized in specific ways. On the plus side, it actually gave me a chance to revisit some of these old posts which I had forgotten about. Love the fact that these memories can be preserved this way.
One nice byproduct of this is the fact that Squarespace has more controls over gallery presentation, so at least I was able to take advantage of this feature to not have all my posts with images look the same.
Some images actually came across with body content moved into the caption area of the image. Not sure what caused this to happen, but if you happen to come across a post that has oddly-styled text, that’s probably one of them that I didn’t get around to cleaning up.
Posterous posts that included videos embedded from other websites like YouTube and Vimeo came across just fine. However, I also had several posts where I uploaded video directly to Posterous. They had their own video player so they were able to host video files captured and sent via iPhone. The posts that contained any Posterous-hosted video were basically hosed. Squarespace does not host video files (or at least not that I can see yet), so I had to re-upload all the videos to YouTube. The problem here is, many of them were shot on iPhone, in vertical orientation. Vertical videos on YouTube stink since they get massive black bars on the left and right and don't maximize the vertical real estate.
I preferred the designs of some of the Portfolio templates as a starting point, but unfortunately, some of the blog capabilities from Posterous are not visible in these templates. Comments, likes, and tweets are preserved in data, but don’t show up unless you pick from one of the Blog templates. I checked with Customer Service, and unfortunately there isn’t a way to get the tags into the specific template I like.
All in all, I like Squarespace, but it’s a paid service which means I need to think twice before activating the blog my twins had been writing just for fun.
Squarespace has some pretty nicely-designed templates to start with. This makes getting up and running pretty easy and fast. There's also a good bit of customization allowed but I haven't quite figured out how to make dramatic changes. Posterous gave you access to full markup and CSS, which made it easy to get exactly what I wanted. It’s probably going to take me awhile to figure out how to do that on Squarespace.
I’m annoyed by the fact that the top menu changes for no good reason when I navigate away from the "Work" tab.
Early adopter @adamehrheart stood in line overnight to get his iPhone 5 which he shared with me this morning. I had no idea the Panorama feature was already on my 4s when I upgraded to iOS 6 the other night until he told me he realized the same thing while standing in line. We tested the Panorama feature this morning on both devices and the differences are ridiculous between the two. Check them out.
The iPhone 5 version was shared to me via PhotoStream which came over as a 1.5mb file. The iPhone 4s version was downloaded from my own PhotoStream, and that was a whopping 16mb file.
Here’s some odd specs:
- iPhone 5 version shared to me via Adam’s PhotoStream:
1.5mb, 5400 x 1166
- iPhone 4s version downloaded from my PhotoStream from iPhoto:
16mb, 10800 x 2332
Adam then sent me what we thought was the full resolution from the iPhone 5 via email, but that ended up being only 3.5mb, 8640 x 1865.
Despite the difference in resolution (which is completely unintuitive given the newer, higher resolution of the 5) the quality differences are dramatic.
During lunch-recess at school yesterday, the twins found a couple of twigs and sticks which prompted them to build their own bow and arrow using hair ties. Guess it was such a hit with them that when they came home, they built a whole bunch more.
Being the Apple Fan Boy that I am, I was really looking forward to iPhoto in iOS. Apple did a pretty decent job with it and has added some unique features that I think are really cool, but at the end of the day, Snapseed still reigns supreme. I thought I’d share some experiements.
Here’s the original image taken from my iPhone 4s just for comparison sake:
1st test | Duotones
Duotones are a little easier to do in iPhoto (left image) since they pre-package it as one of the image enhancement options. It’s hard to tell, but I also sharpened the face and tie, just to bring a little extra emphasis in those areas. The ability to isolate certain areas for editing is a great feature in iPhoto. Snapseed (right image) adds Tilt-shift, vignette and grain capabilities which helps reinforce the vintage camera look. It’s a bit difficult to get match the colors exactly right between two images when you’re working on a device that can only show one app at a time (I used my iPad 2 since it’s a larger screen than the iPhone), but this gives a general idea of the differences:
2nd test | Sepia
Again, iPhoto (first image) deals with presets and is relatively easy to pull off. The B&W effect also has a vignetting option which helps, whereas Duotone does not. One nice feature is that it’s able to retain the settings from the previous edit, but it appears you can only add one “effect” with each edit. Unfortunately, you can see that the highlights are a bit blown out which makes the face not look so good. iPhoto gives you the ability to adjust the B&W filter pretty easily, but you can’t isolate areas like you can with some of the other filters, so I wasn’t able to hold the exposure in one area and not another. You can do it by going back to the exposure setting, but it’s a little cumbersome since it removes the sepia effect until you re-apply it so it’s difficult to see exactly how your edit will affect the final image. The Snapseed version (second image) has much more control so I was able to make sure the most important part of the image (the face) was well preserved. In some cases, I prefer crisper images, so I also tried another version in Snapseed (third image) where I didn’t do any of the Tilt-shift or grain effects, just for comparison. The downside here is, in Snapseed, vignetting is usually a part of another effect, so if you want to keep it relatively clean, there isn’t a real easy option to add just a vignette.
Since I’ve been using Snapseed for awhile now, I’m pretty fast with it. Factoring out the learning curve for iPhoto, it still seems like the amount of time needed to edit the images was a lot longer and a little less intuitive. This is where Snapseed really shines. It’s such a quick, simple app that editing is not a chore. One negative though, is that it’s pretty much a linear process, whereas in iPhoto, it seems you can go back and adjust previous edits fairly easily. Love that feature.
Just for fun, I tried another version in Snapseed without taking all of the color out of it. I’m a sucker for desaturated images.
In conclusion, both apps are quite good. Way better than the multitude of iOS photo apps out there. I’ve tried a ton of them and while some have interesting aspects and decent filters, I always find that I come back to Snapseed. If I didn’t have Snapseed, iPhoto probably would take it’s place.
A few days ago, i felt a sharp edge on my iDrive knob while I was selecting music. I didn't think much of it since I was driving and just figured I ran my finger along the edge. I can’t really see that side since its blocked by the knob itself from my position in the drivers’ seat.
Today, I felt it again and took a closer look. At first I thought maybe it was just a clear plastic sticker that was coming loose after time in the sun (you know, like the ones that ship with metal products to keep them pristine which you sometimes don't realize is there so you don't take them off), but upon closer inspection, I found that the metal ring had a bunch or warps in it.
It looks like someone literally tried to pry it off with a skinny screwdriver in a few places. No one ever drives my car except for me. My passengers don’t touch the iDrive (at least not that I’m aware of), and I can think of only 1 place I had to valet park it within the past few months so I have a hard time believing this was human-induced.
I'm struggling to figure out how the heck this could have happened though. Any ideas?
My meetings didn't start until later in the day so I worked from the hotel in the morning. I wasn’t thrilled to find that there was absoutely no parking which meant I had to park at a church that was about 3/4 mile away. At least it gave me an opportunity to snap a few pics on the walk back in the afternoon.
One thing I love about Cincinnati is the wide open spaces. There are some charming homes with lots of space between them. I’m definitely not in California.
The two screenshots displayed here are taken on the same machine (13" MacBook Air on OS X 10.7.3) and same browser (Safari 5.1.3). The ONLY difference is, the one above was taken while logged on to my home network, and the one below was taken while logged on to the network at the office.
As you can see, the one below is displaying scrollbars. Changing the window sizes makes absolutely no difference. The CSS is specifying a max-height and overflow:scroll for each of the DIVs. On the home network it behaves as expected, only briefly showing the scroll bars when you, ahem, scroll, then they disappear. On an iOS device, regardless of what type of network connection it works beautifully, never showing scrollbars at all.
I get that the scrollbars will appear on other browsers like Chrome, Firefox and the dreaded IE at this time, but this behavior in Safari is puzzling. Why does the same browser display 2 different results? The network factor is the only difference I can think of. I've tested this a couple times in the past few days, and the results are the same.