Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - Page 2

Acrobat.com Sends Large Files Through Outlook For Free

Windows only: Adobe’s Acrobat.com web site gives you 5GB of online file hosting for free, and their new Office add-in lets you easily upload and share your documents directly within Outlook 2007. Once you’ve installed the add-on and signed up for an account, attaching files to email messages is easy—just use the Upload File buttons on the Ribbon and the file link will be added inline to your message, taking the recipient to the Acrobat.com site where they can preview the file contents before downloading. Files that you’ve already uploaded can be easily added to a new message with the Insert Link button, which opens up a pane on the right-hand side listing your previously uploaded files—making this a great utility anytime you want to send a large file through email. The Acrobat.com Outlook Add-on is a free download, only works in Windows with Outlook 2007. The Acrobat.com document hosting service is free up to 5GB, works with any browser. For a similar utility that works with Outlook 2003, check out the previously mentioned Office Add-on for YouSendIt.

File Sharing from Microsoft Outlook® 2007 [Acrobat.com Blog via Digital Inspiration]

iPhone MMS May Not Make It To Australia

One of the features Lifehacker US singled out straight away as appealing in the forthcoming iPhone 3.0 release (apart from the finally-here copy and paste option) was the ability to send and receive MMS messages. Photo frenzy ahoy! However, there’s a disturbing note at the foot of Apple’s official press release:

MMS may not be available in all areas.

iPhone 3.0 won’t be on general release until mid-year, which means there’s plenty of time for a local telco to get on the MMS bandwagon if they can see a potential revenue source. On the other hand, there’s a precedent for it not happening: visual voicemail, one of the most hyped features of the original iPhone, never made it down under. If I was a betting man, I’d be inclined to back the “no MMS for Aussies” horse.


Create Stunning High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photos

Gizmodo’s John Mahoney explains how to take high dynamic range (HDR) photos so that the results of your photograph more accurately recreate what you were seeing when you snapped the shutter. When would you want to use the HDR technique?

It’s simple: when you’re trying to capture a scene with a wide range between its lightest and darkest areas (aka dynamic range) as accurately as possible. Your camera’s sensor can only capture a small portion of the light that your eye can take in and process, so to make up for that, HDR images are created by combining the pixel information from several pictures into one 32-bit Voltron-file that contains the full dynamic range of each of the individual shots used to create it.

Gizmodo’s updated guide is extremely thorough and worth a look for a budding photog or Photoshop user.

How To: Create Stunningly Realistic High Dynamic Range Photographs [Gizmodo]

How Have You Modified The GTD System To Fit Your Needs?

For all the GTD fundamentalists, there are lots of tinkerers out there who have modified the system to suit their needs. If you’re among the latter, we want to hear how you’ve tweaked GTD.

Over at the life management blog WHAKATE, they’ve put up a lengthy post about what is wrong with GTD. They illustrate their point by showing how there are many spin offs of GTD like Leo Babauta’s Zen to Done system, indicating the original GTD system is ripe for change and modification. Regardless of whether or not that is because the system is need of fixing, it does highlight how people have taken the core of GTD and modified it to fit their own needs. We want to hear from you, Lifehacker readers who have adopted GTD and then tweaked the system to fit. What have you done? What parts were worth keeping? What parts never quite fit into your workflow? Even if you read the book and took away nothing more from it than the importance of capturing all your thoughts with notecards or a pocket notebook, we want to hear from you! Photo by orangeacid. What is Wrong with GTD? [via Simple Productivity Blog]


iPhone 3.0 Adds Copy and Paste, MMS, Search, Notes Sync And Tons More

The iPhone event just ended, and the upcoming iPhone 3.0 software update adds a ton of new functionality to the iPhone—claiming over 100 new features, including long-awaited copy and paste, MMS messaging, and more.


NiftyWindows Makes Managing Windows Easier

Windows only: Tiny portable utility NiftyWindows adds a ton of features that make working with windows easy—so you can move, resize, and even roll up windows without moving your hand off the mouse. Once you’ve launched the no-install-required utility, simply right-click on a window and drag to either move or resize the window—dragging the corner will resize that corner, and dragging from the middle will move the whole window. You can roll up the window by holding down the right mouse button over the title bar and pressing the left mouse button—do the same thing over the window area and it will minimise. Middle-click the titlebar to maximise the window, or use the scroll wheel while holding down the right mouse button to navigate through the regular Alt-Tab window switcher—a very useful feature once you get used to it. The only issue in our testing appears to be a slight incompatibility with Firefox and the middle mouse button shortcuts, but you can disable them under the Mouse Hooks menu. NiftyWindows is free and open-source, available for Windows only. If you just want to roll up windows, check out previously mentioned WinRoll, or take a look at our top 10 ways to trick out your desktop. Thanks, cfusion!

NiftyWindows

iTunes 8.1 Adds AutoFill To All iPod Models

iTunes has always filled the iPod shuffle with music to capacity without asking for much intervention from you, but Apple snuck the same very handy functionality for all iPod models in the recent iTunes 8.1 release.

If you’d like to enable AutoFill with your iPod or iPhone, Ars has the details:


Use Hotmail From Your Gmail Account

Microsoft recently announced POP3 support for all Hotmail users, finally freeing your email to be used anywhere—even from the vastly superior Gmail. Over at the How-To Geek site (my other home), the Mysticgeek blog walks through the process of setting up Hotmail access using Gmail’s POP3 checking capability—including sending email using your Hotmail email address directly from Gmail. The setup process is fairly simple and nothing to new to most Lifehacker readers, but it’s a great guide to send to your less tech-savvy friends and relatives to help them consolidate their email into a single inbox. Hit the link for the full walk-through, then check out how to use Gmail’s multiple inboxes to manage multiple addresses, or you can always just use Gmail’s email switching tools.

How to Send and Receive Hotmail from Your Gmail Account [Mysticgeek's Realm]