Tech Tips

Restore Mozilla Firefox tabs after a crash on Windows

Mozilla Firefox has the option to open tabs from your previous session.

Options->General->Startup->When Firefox starts: Show my windows and tabs from last time

But sometimes things go wrong. If your browser starts without showing your previously open tabs, you can restore the session under your History menu.

History->Restore Previous Session

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When Pantone Color Matching Goes Wrong

The same Pantone color may not match in your Adobe design software

With the advent of Adobe Creative Suite 6 and the Creative Cloud®, Adobe added the Pantone Plus Series® of color books to replace the earlier Pantone Matching System® color books. So the spot color number that you used in the past may appear differently when viewed on screen or as a converted process color. The difference is due to the color mode used for the "book color", or the default values used to define the Pantone color in electronic form.

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Skill Compass steers you to learning

The internet has plenty of individual lessons available, but how do you connect them to teach a complex subject? Skill Compass (and the Drupal module that powers it) is a social syllabus to learn a complex subject.
[Free, open source]

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Protect Your Content Online

It is very easy for others to steal your creations online. It is also very easy to stop them. An exhaustive article on the topic by Lorelle VanFossen appears here.

In short, make use of DMCA copyright notices. Send DMCA notices to the search engines and to the hosting provider of the site. At least one of them will reside in the US and comply with the DMCA.

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Free FreeHand. Make a Portable FreeHand.

Macromedia FreeHand got some press in May 2011 because of an anti-trust lawsuit. A group called FreeFreeHand (freefreehand.org) is arguing that Adobe bought Macromedia and then killed FreeHand in favor of its own illustration program called Illustrator. Any serious user of FreeHand realizes that Macromedia already killed FreeHand when it laid off most of its development team and failed to release a new version of FreeHand in Macromedia Studio 8.

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Free HTML Mail Templates

Campaign Monitor is offering over 100 free HTML mail templates on their web site. Each template includes a source PSD file. The licensing info is oddly limited to "They're ready to roll and are completely free." No attribution appears to be required so you can use and modify these designs as you wish.

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Full control over PDF printing with Google Chrome

Google Chrome has its own nifty PDF viewer plug-in but there are some situations where you may not want to use it. The default Google Chrome PDF viewer does not give you any print scaling options. It defaults to printing a scaled page. This can be a problem if you are printing a form that must appear at its originally designed size (ie: IRS forms, Avery labels, currency).

You can easily disable the plug-in to allow Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat handle the online PDF file.

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