Wednesday, August 8, 2012
If you're tasked with creating gauges for a dashboard and you want an example on how to do the graphics, I've create one in Inkscape. Inkscape is a free vector application if you are on a budget and can't afford Adobe Illustrator. I made this while getting a feel for a new dashboard I'll be working on at work and thought that I'd release it under Free Art License since I'm not going to use. Each part is in a layer and can be unlocked and edited how you see fit. I hope it's helpful to someone.
Download the file
Here's two versions, both are included by selected or deselecting layers. Here's what they look like.
Monday, August 6, 2012
The first thing you need is XCode 4.4, which is free from the AppStore. Once XCode is installed open XCode and go into Preferences, Downloads tab and install the Command Line Tools.
Mountain Lion no longer includes x11 so you will need to download and install XQuartz. This is free also. Once that is finished download and install Macports.
Fire up the Terminal, which is in '/Applications/Utilities'.
Type the following to install a more Mac like theme for the program window:
sudo port install gtk-theme-switch
Go get some coffee and a sandwich... Once finished install the theme:
sudo port install gtk2-aurora
Once it's finished type: switch2
Select Aurora if it's not already selected.
Now it's time to install MyPaint, type:
sudo port install mypaint
Go take a nice nap... When you wake up hopefully it's finished loading and compiling everything including MyPaint.
To run MyPaint simply go into /Applications/Macports and click on MyPaint like any other Mac app.
So what's this Macports stuff anyway? Macports allows you to run Linux software on the Mac. It manages software dependencies and all the hard stuff like compiling everything. If you are familiar with Linux then you'll likely compare it to Apt or Yum package managers. If you're worried what it has done under the hood don't worry too much. It installs the majority of files in /opt keeping it fairly separated from the Mac file system. To uninstall you can simply delete the Macports files. A command to do this can be found here.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
I've been working on a script to calculate all twenty four moon phases and I needed some images since I was only able to find the common eight phase images. I made a series of individual high resolution PNGs with the Photoshop layered file included if anyone is interested. Download here and share!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
I've been using this free product for years to quickly clean up Windows machines, I was pretty happy to see it on OS X! Most of these things can be done easily by hand, but to have a free tool to do them all in one place speeds things up.