Monthly Archives: March 2017

How To Fix Scrambled Video Playback In VLC Player

VLC player can play just about any file type. If you have an MKV file that the Movies & TV app in Windows 10 can’t play, VLC is the answer. The app can do more than just play media; you can use it to stream a live feed and even record your desktop. That said and despite its many features, VLC still stutters at times when playing a  video. This can happen to a video regardless if it is an MP4 file or an MKV file. If you play the same file using a different app and the problem goes away then you need to tweak your VLC player settings. Here’s how you can fix scrambled video playback in VLC.

Disable Accelerated Video Output (Overlay)

Open VLC player and go to Tools>Preferences. Select the ‘Video’ tab to go to video specific settings. Under the ‘Display’ group of settings, turn off the ‘Accelerated video output (Overlay)’ option. Click ‘Save’ and try playing your video file again to see if the scrambling is gone. If not, try the next fix.

Increase Network Caching Rate

Scroll all the way to the end of the Preferences window and select ‘All’ under ‘Show Settings’. This will expand VLC’s preferences panel to show the advanced settings.

On the Advanced Preferences window, select ‘Input/Codecs’ from the column on the left. The pane on the right will show settings for codecs. Scroll down to the ‘Advanced’ section and look for ‘Netwrok Caching (ms)’. Increase the value of this preference. Try doubling it and then playing the video again.

This will take a little trial and error to figure out but increasing the network caching rate should fix scrambled video playback in VLC.

Play Media From Local Drive

If you’re playing a media file from an external or network drive, or a DVD, try copying it to your desktop and then playing it. This works if a file that played without any problems suddenly starts stuttering during playback. At times, drives go into a sleep state and VLC is unable to play files properly. It’s usually a good idea to move media to your local storage before you play it.

If All Else Fails

Try playing the file in a different app. If the app is able to play the file without scrambling it then you have a codec problem in VLC. You might need to install a new codec or a codec might have become corrupted. If the file doesn’t play in any other app either then it is possible the file itself is damaged.

Al media files are encoded so they can be played. If they aren’t encoded properly or they’ve been compressed too much the quality can deteriorate to the point where they start to stutter during playback. In this case, there isn’t much you can do. Try downloading a fresh or original copy of the file if possible.

How To Stop Chrome From Adding Custom Search Engines

When you repeatedly search the same website in Chrome, the browser adds it as a custom search engine. It also automatically sets a keyboard shortcut for it. All you have to do is type the first few letters of the website’s name and tap the Tab key. You can then enter a search term and search the website directly. There is no need to go through the Google search page. Chrome does this to make search more efficient but if you don’t like the feature there is no way to disable it. There is however an extension that can stop Chrome from adding custom search engines. It’s called Don’t add custom search engines. Here’s how it works.

Custom Search Engines

This is how a custom search engine works in Chrome. All a user needs to do is start typing the name of the website and Chrome will be able to fill it from your browsing history. Tap the Tab key and the search engine will activate. It will override your default search engine for that particular search query.

Stop Chrome From Adding Custom Search Engines

Install Don’t add custom search engines and let it work in the background. You don’t have to intervene at any point. The extension adds a search icon next to the URL bar but it only serves to notify you when a search engine was prevented from being added. A little number badge on the icon shows you how many times it’s blocked a search engine from being added.

Remove Custom Search Engine From Chrome

Don’t add custom search engines can only stop Chrome from adding custom search engines. The extension can’t remove the ones that Chrome has already added. If you want to remove a custom search engine from Chrome, you’r going to have to do it manually.

Open Chrome and go to its Settings. Scroll down to the search engine section and click the ‘Manage search engines…’ button. This will open a window listing all search engines in Chrome. The window is divided into two sections; Default search settings, and Other search engines.

The Default search settings lists search engines that you can set as your default search engine. There are quite a few search engines listed here. You can only set one of them as the default.

The Other search engines is where all the custom search engines are listed. They are all active. All you have to do is type the name of a search engine i.e., the website, to use it. Move your mouse over a custom search engine and click the cross button that appears over it to delete it.

That’s all you need to do.

Install Don’t Add Custom Search Engines From The Chrome Web Store

How To Undervolt A CPU To Increase PC Performance

All microprocessors, or Central Processing Units (CPUs) operate at a very specific voltage. However, given the colossal assembly line at which these processors roll out, some processor models are tested at voltages higher than they really need. There is a process called Dynamic Voltage Scaling, a power management technique where voltages of individual components inside a computer can be increased/decreased. You save power when the CPU consumes less of it. This also leads to your system not heating up as much meaning the fans will no have to work as hard. Here’s how to undervolt a CPU

Disclaimer: This process is straight forward and considered safe, but if you end up configuring the wrong thing, you could damage your PC. So do this exclusively at your own risk.

Note: This is laptop exclusive because extending battery life is not a concern for desktops. Even though the core methodology works for both PC and Android mobile, we will cover only PC, as Android needs to be rooted for this process. Lastly, this process requires patience, because there is a lot of testing involved.

Undervolting Vs Overclocking

Undervolting is not the same as overclocking. Overclocking requires that we modify hardware to perform at greater levels than it was tested at. So, if you could make your CPU perform at the factory configuration by consuming less electricity, you will increase your battery life in two phases. Phase 1 is the actual electricity you save in operating the processor and phase 2 is the power you save when your fan does not have to turn on as frequently. This, in turn, can extend the life of the system as well. Here is how you can safely undervolt your CPU.

Pre-Requisites

To undervolt your CPU, your laptop should be fully charged before you get started. You will need to download Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) from the Intel site (link at the bottom). It is a simple tool that this will serve our introductory purposes today. There are more complicated tools out there that you can search for if you’re confident you can use them.

Make sure you take a system backup. In the off chance things do go South, you will need a backup in case restoration is needed.

Getting Started

Upon launching XTU, you will be greeted with a splash screen with all the action items in a menu on the left. Go to Benchmarks and run a ‘Benchmark Test’ to see where your system’s performance stands right now. This will be very useful when you start tinkering with the voltage.

Additionally, run some stress tests on your system as well. The purpose of a stress test is to show how your hardware functions normally, so that when we do undervolt a CPU, we will know if its behaviour is normal.

Check ‘CPU Stress Test’ and select the amount of time you want to run the test for. Ideally you should let it run for at least 30 minutes. In this time your CPU will get hot and your fans will start running at full capacity. Once the test is complete you will have a very good reference to how your CPU normally behaves.

Undervolt

Under ‘Advanced Tuning’, go to ‘Core’.

Here, look at ‘Core Voltage Offset’. If your values are at default, they will all be in blue. Anytime you change any setting, it will turn yellow in color. Click the drop-down menu next to ‘Core Voltage Offset’, that says ‘0.000 V’. You will see a list of voltages at 0.005 v intervals. What you want to do is click on this voltage and scroll up to when you start seeing negative voltages. i.e. -0.005 V because we we are undervolting, not over. If we go in the positive, we are sending more volts to the processor, risking damage. Negative is where we are safe.

From this point forward, the process is trial and error. Set it to -0.010 V and click apply.

If you decrease this gradually (0.005 V – 0.010 V at a time) you will be able to restart without problems, but if you are abrupt (0.015V or greater) at a time, then you are opening yourself up to risk. After every voltage change, go to Stress Test and start a 30 minute stress test to see if the behaviour is consistent with your original test. The best indicator will be a blue screen of death. If you have undervolted it too much, the system will crash under heavy stress. Upon crashing, you should restart the system and revert the voltage to the last setting you successfully tested it on.

The purpose here is to maintain original performance while consuming less voltage, so as soon as performance drops, we know we’ve gone too far and we need to bring it back.

Now, keep doing this with successive 0.005 volts decreases. This will take a long time, but you will find your sweet spot and increase your hardware’s life considerably. Once you find the exact voltage that does not make your CPU crash for 30 minutes of stress testing. You should conduct one more stress test.

Final Test

Run a stress test for 4-5 hours (at least), ideally you should let it run overnight and check in the morning if everything is working fine (no crashes that is). In case it did crash, increase the voltage by 0.005 V and start over.

Alternatively, you can run a different stress/load testing tool for the longer test, but that test is critical as it is the final confirmation of an effective undervolt.

Gamers can yield the same results by benchmarking a game overnight.

There are other things that you can do to increase performance using the same or lower voltage. Try reapplying high quality thermal paste. That is an invasive process that requires removing large parts of your chassis and exposing the CPU. If you are confident in your hardware skills, or perhaps know someone who is, then you should couple the above process with reapplying thermal paste. Your system will run much cooler, and in turn will increase the life of associated parts as well.

Download XTU Here

How To Uninstall A UWP App In Windows 10

Microsoft is gunning for UWP apps to be a success. The Windows Store has a modest number of apps and some popular companies have developed UWP apps. That said Microsoft is demonstrably clumsy at integrating these UWP apps alongside desktop apps. The clumsiness is due in part to two different types of apps running on a desktop. The Control Panel and the Settings app are a great example of this divide. Important system settings are split between these two apps further confusing the average user. It’s hard to decide which function will be in the Settings app and which will be in the Control Panel app. One function that appears in both the Settings and the Control Panel app is the uninstall app function. The Control Panel lets you uninstall desktop apps while the Settings app lets you uninstall a UWP app in Windows 10.

UWP apps installed on your system simply do not appear in the Control Panel. If you’ve installed a UWP app from the Windows Store you might not know how to remove it. You might be all the more confused if you’ve forgotten it was a UWP app to begin with. Here are two ways to uninstall a UWP app in Windows 10.

The Settings App

Open the Settings app and go to the System group of settings. Select the Apps & Features tab and wait for the list of apps to populate.

Click the UWP app you want to uninstall. It will expand to reveal two options; Move, and Uninstall. Click Uninstall to remove the app.

You’ll be surprised to know that some desktop apps will be listed in the Settings app. It’s best not to uninstall a desktop app from the Settings app. Do it from the Control Panel instead.

The Start Menu

A quicker way to uninstall a UWP app in Windows 10 is from the Start Menu. Look for the app you want to remove in the list of apps. Right-click the app in the app list or right-click the app tile on the Start Menu. Click ‘Uninstall’ from the context menu to remove the app.

Again, this same method works for desktop apps as well. The question is whether or not Windows 10 will remove a desktop app properly or not.

Chances are Windows 10 can uninstall desktop apps from both the Settings app and the Start Menu but it’s best not to risk it. Use the Control Panel to uninstall a desktop app and stick to the Settings app to remove a UWP app.

How To Set Up An Email Signature, Mobile & Personal Computer

As soon as humans discovered writing, they invented signatures. The purpose being the identification of the author and possibly a return address. This tradition carried over to emails as well; more out of tradition than necessity people set up email signatures. With the passage of time though, those signatures have grown to have a real purpose. An email signature can convey additional information in terms of job title, a phone number, social media profile links, and even a personal website. Here’s how you can set up an email signature on your iPhone, Android Phone, Windows PC, and macOS.

GMAIL

Gmail is the most popular email service that hides its signature settings pretty well. If you have set a certain signature on your web account, you might have to set another one on your Android or iOS apps. Here’s how to do all three.

Web

When you log in to your gmail account, you will be greeted with your inbox. Here, if you look to the top-right, you will see a cog wheel icon. Click on it and from the drop-down menu select ‘Settings’ menu.

Go to the ‘General’ tab. Scroll down and you will see a section for ‘Signature’You can choose not to have one altogether, or you can choose to assign one as you see fit. Gmail lets you add links to your signature and supports rich text which means you can use different colors and text styles in your signature. We highly recommend you stick to one font and one color though.

Gmail for Android

To set up an email signature in the Gmail app on Android, you follow more or less the same steps as you did for the web. Open the Gmail app on your Android phone. Tap the hamburger icon to open the navigation drawer. Here, scroll to the end and tap ‘Settings’.

Tap on your email address and you will be taken to a menu for further configuration.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see ‘Signature’This signature can only be text though, you cannot add hyperlinks or images to it.

Gmail for iOS

Configuring an email signature on the iOS Gmail app is almost identical to the Android app.  Tap on the hamburger icon in the upper left corner.

Scroll all the way down to ‘Settings’ and tap it.

In this window, tap on your email address.

Tap ‘Signature Settings’. Add a signature here, save it and you’redone. Again, you will not be able to include hyperlinks or images. If those are important to you, we recommend going with some other email client.

MAIL FOR WINDOWS

Mail for Windows is Windows 8 and above’s native email client. Despite its minimalist and seemingly simple design, it is a capable and versatile app. In order to set your signatures. Open your Mail app and look at bottom of the left menu; you will see a settings icon (a cog). Click on that.

On the right side of the screen, a settings panel will open on the right. Click on Signature in this panel.

Now you select the account for which you want to assign a signature (or even multiple accounts, if you want). You can have hyperlinks in the signatures here, but you can’t add images or select fonts.

MICROSOFT OUTLOOK

Outlook may very well be a genre defining email client. It is the go-to platform for professional communication. The signature in MS Outlook can be as complex as you want. There are no limits on what you can do on this platform but again, don’t add too much color or use different fonts.

To set up an email signature in Outlook, go to File>Options.

This will open the Options window for Outlook where you can modify everything about MS Outlook and add a signature.

On this window, go to the Mail tab and click the ‘Signature’ button on the ‘Create or modify signatures for messages’ field.

Create your signature. You can set up different signature for each account you’ve added to Outlook.

Here you can add any text in any font, in any color; supplemented with any image or even certain widgets and that ought to get you on your merry way. However, unlike other apps/clients.

Alternatively, you can access the same menu by composing a ‘New Mail’ in MS Outlook and then click on ‘Signature’ and then ‘Signatures’ from the drop down menu.

When you have selected your signature, make sure you choose a default signature for different types of communications, otherwise it will not accompany your messages. Add a signature for ‘New Messages’ and one for ‘Replies/Forwards’ (if you want separate messages for each that is).

MOZILLA THUNDERBIRD

Mozilla Thunderbird is a powerful open-source email client. Given its community driven nature, there are a few wrinkles to iron out (such as an absence of adhering to a client’s folder structure). However, people who like this platform can make it work for them through some customization. One such customization lets you set up an email signature in Thunderbird.

It is fairly straight forward. In the menu bar click on ‘Tools’. In case you don’t see a menu bar, click on ‘alt’ and the menu bar will appear.

In tools, click on ‘Account Settings’ and select your e-mail ID. You will automatically be taken to a screen to add your signatures. Much like Outlook, you can add virtually anything you want here. However, you will either have to compose it elsewhere and copy it and paste it here. If you know HTML just a bit you can use HTML tags to customize the look of your signature. Alternatively, you can import a completely developed HTML document.

MAIL FOR IOS

iOS’ native mail app is quite powerful, even comparable to the MacOS version and much better than any web based solutions out for the platform. To add set up an email signature in Mail for iOS, go to the Settings  app and tap Mail.

Scroll to the bottom of the page, and you will find a space to modify/update your default signature. Again, no hyperlinks supported.

MAIL FOR MacOS

The MacOS’ default Mail app is a powerful e-mail client. It is not as versatile as MS Outlook, but it still packs quite a punch. The signature on the default Mail for macOS is very customizable, much like in Ms Outlook.

To set up an email signature on the Mail app, go to its preferences. On the Preferences window, select the ‘Signatures’ tab. Click the plus button and compose a signature in the right pane. You can name your signature so that it’s easier to distinguish from other signatures you might add.

How To Add Bookmarks To A YouTube Video [Chrome]

We all know how bookmarks work in a web browser. We also know that bookmarks are extremely useful so what’s stopping us from extending the feature to a video? YouTube is the largest online video repository in the world. It features content that is both entertaining and educational. The YouTube player is surprisingly simple; you can get a link to a specific time in a video but you can’t bookmark a position in it. At best, YouTube can remember where you left off when you were watching a video and resume playback. Youtube Bookmarker is a Chrome extension that lets you add bookmarks to a YouTube video. All bookrmarks can be accessed when you visit the video. The extension maintains a list of all video you’ve added a bookmark to. Here’s how it works.

Install Youtube Bookmarker and open a YouTube video you want to add bookmarks to. Scroll down to the share options. The extension will add a new ‘Bookmarker’ tab next to the share options. Click it.

A small panel will open just above the suggested/up-next list of videos. Here you can select the start and end point of the bookmark. The start and end points are positions within the video that you want to bookmark. For example, if you’re watching a tutorial on YouTube, you can bookmark it from the 1 minute mark to the 2 minute mark. You can also name your bookmark so that it’s easy to find. Click Save and you’re done.

You can add as many bookmarks to a video as you like.

To access a bookmark, you need to first visit the video you added a bookmark to. Youtube Bookmarker maintains a list of all  videos that you add bookmarks to. Click its icon next to the URL bar and select the video you want to view.

Click the Bookmarker tab next to the share option to view the bookmarks for that video. You can now click a bookmark and jump straight to the starting point of the bookmark.

Youtube Bookmarker works with Chrome sync. If you have the extension installed on all Chrome installations across desktops, your bookmarks will sync between them.

It’s surprising that while YouTube has a watch later option, it doesn’t let you add bookmarks to a YouTube video. If nothing else, it’s a great way for the company to judge the popularity of a video. It’s also a good way for content creators to find out which parts of a video are most popular.

Install Youtube Bookmarker From The Chrome Web Store

How To Turn On Two-Factor Authentication On Instagram

Instagram is the latest app to get two-factor authentication. This feature was in the pipeline for so long, people have probably forgotten about it. You don’t need to update the Instagram app to get the feature. Two-factor authentication on Instagram works with your phone number. Whenever you sign into an app with your Instagram account, you will have to enter an eight digit code to verify your identify. This code is sent to the phone number Instagram has on record for your account. Here’s how to turn on two-factor authentication on Instagram.

Open the Instagram app on your phone. Tap your profile tab, and tap the cog wheel button at the top to go to your account settings. Tap the ‘Two-Factor Authentication’ option on the settings screen.

The Two-Factor Authentication screen has one option to begin with; Require Security Code. When you enable it, it will take you to the Confirmation screen. The confirmation screen has an input field to enter the confirmation code. Under the confirmation code field, you can see the phone number the code will be sent to. If it’s incorrect, tap ‘Change it’ to enter a new one.

Enter the code to turn on two-factor authentication on Instagram.

Once you’ve turned on two-factor authentication on Instagram, the two-factor authentication screen will list five backup codes. These codes can be used to authenticate your identify if you are unable to receive a text message. Think of a situation where you have WiFi but no cellphone coverage. You can use one of these codes in place of the verification code.

The codes are probably meant for one time use. You should keep them safe. You can get new codes if you lose the first five ones. Tap the ‘Get New Codes’ option to get a new list of codes.

Instagram suggests you copy the codes and save them some place or you take a screenshot. We honestly do not recommend taking a screenshot of the codes. If you have an app like Dropbox installed, there is a chance you might accidentally upload the screenshot to your account.

You can turn off two-factor authentication any time you want. Go to your account settings and tap Two-factor authentication. Turn the Require Security Code switch off. You will not have to verify your identity to turn off two-factor authentication. This basically means a child could turn off two-factor authentication for your Instagram account if they were to get a hold of your phone.

Two-factor authentication is now available for all Instagram users.

How To Stop Saving Sent Emails In Outlook 2016

MS Outlook is one of the oldest desktop email clients in the market. It’s also one of the most powerful clients with features such as rules to make it even better. Over the years, the email client has evolved both in terms of features and UI. The UI of Outlook 2016 is vastly different from the UI of Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2007. As with any change in the UI, this too resulted some controls and buttons moving around. Older versions of Outlook had an option that let you stop saving sent emails. In Outlook 2016, this option moved so that you can’t find it on the ribbon. Here’s how you can stop saving sent emails in Outlook 2016.

Open Outlook and go to File>Options. On the Outlook Options window, select the ‘Mail’ tab. This tab has a long list of settings that you can change. Scroll down and look for the ‘Save messages’ group of settings.

There are three options that control saving sent items. The first option is the ‘Automatically save items that have not been sent after this many minutes’. This option is for messages that fail to send or take very long to send. In either case, it is a good idea to have the message save automatically. You can change the delay period so that Outlook waits longer for a message to send before saving it.

The second option is the ‘Save forwarded messages’ option. You can uncheck this and stop saving forwarded emails. A copy of the original message will remain in your inbox. If you save it as a sent message when you forward it you’re saving it twice. The only reason to save a forwarded message is to ensure you have a well documented trail/proof of correspondence.

The third option is the ‘Save copies of messages in the Sent Items folder’ option. Uncheck this option to stop saving sent emails in Outlook. This will not affect forwarded messages.

This new option is inconvenient. Older versions of Outlook let you choose on a per-email basis whether or not to save a sent email. The option took a few clicks to access but it was there. This new option will stop saving sent emails in Outlook indiscriminately. At no point can a user intervene.

If you want to save a sent message, you have to enable this option. The downside is that you have to save all messages, even ones that aren’t worth saving. The only good thing is that you can at least stop saving forwarded messages.

How To Get Started With Procreate For iPad Pro

When the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil came out, the creative community believe a new world of possibilities had just opened up. It was going to be the Wacom Cintiq killer, the sound of doom for the Surface tabs. Of course, that was all just egregious noise. At best, the iPad Pro was a glorified note-taking ebook reader. At worst, it was barely even a note taking tool. However, it’s not the hardware that defines Apple devices. It’s the apps. This brings us to Procreate for iPad, winner of Apple’s 2013 design award. Procreate is an app that lets you create digital paintings, calligraphy, etc. en masse. This one app was a major lure for creative professionals. Even though it still isn’t quite as powerful as Adobe Photoshop, it is still pretty close. Here is a guide on how you can get started with Procreate.

To use Procreate, you don’t necessarily need an Apple Pencil, or any external hardware. You can just as easily create artwork using touch. A stylus is a good option for enhanced precision but not a must-have. Procreate for iPad supports the Apple Pencil, Pencil for FiftyThree, and Adobe Ink, among others.

Edit A Project

Launch the app and you will will see a screen  showing all your projects. If you want to edit something old, just tap on the image and Procreate will take you right to it. If you want to interact with any image, just swipe left on it and you will be able to delete/duplicate/share it.

You can long press to select multiple drawings for bulk actions, or you can group them together (standard drag and drop).

Creat A New Canvas

Launch the app. At he top right-hand side corner, tap the plus button. You will be given a list of different canvas sizes you can work with. The default being your iPad Pro’s resolution. If these don’t meet your needs, you can tap New Canvas and you enter a custom canvas size and resoltion.

The maximum resolutions are:

  • iPad Pro 12.9″ – 16384 x 4096, or 8192 x 8192
  • iPad Pro 9.7″, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 – 8192 x 4096
  • iPad Air 1, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 – 4096 x 4096
  • iPad 2, iPad mini 1 – 4096 x 2616

Import A Canvas

Additionally, you can also import a canvas into Procreate. This is in case you want to continue work on a drawing from another platform/device, or if you want to work off of another template. All files are stores in a [filename].procreate format, but you can import PSD files. Pick one and let’s get started.

UI Controls

The screenshot below shows you the name of each tool that you can access in Procreate. You have the tools for selecting elements, a paint tool, a color picker, an eraser, layers, and more.

Undo/Redo Action.

Procreate can undo up to 250 actions  in one go. Tap the screen with two fingers to undo one move, keep both fingers pressed to undo more actions consecutively.

In case you have gone too far back, tap the screen with three fingers and you will be able to redo your last action. Tap and hold with three fingers to redo more moves.

Drawing Basics

In order to draw a straight line, start drawing from your origin spot and draw all the way to the destination but do not lift your pen/stylus/finger. The shape will snap into a straight line. If you don’t lift your pen/stylus/finger you can move the straight line around until you find a suitable position for it.

If you want to clear the contents of an entire layer, use three fingers to scrub the screen. This will empty the entire layer.

You can pinch to Zoom in or out, or you can hold two fingers and rotate the canvas as you see fit. This is a simple gesture, but takes a few tries to get the hang of. Just pinch the screen inwards but lift your fingers as you finish pinching. This will fit the image to the screen. Do the opposite of this gesture to put it back in its original state.

Swipe downwards with 3 fingers to show options for cut, copy or paste.

Tap the screen with 4 fingers to switch to fullscreen. Tap with 4 fingers again to go back.

Working With Layers

Tap the layers button to reveal all the layers. If you want to merge more than one layer, pinch the first layer and the last layer and squeeze. Every layer between the two will merge into a single layer. In the Layers menu, swipe from left to right (you’ll see a – sign) to interact with multiple layers simultaneously. If you two-finger tap a thumbnail of a layer, you can see the opacity options for said layer. Swipe a layer from left to right with two fingers to lock that layer’s transparency. If you want to select the entire contents of a whole layer, just tap and hold on that layer with two fingers .

Brushes

No drawing tool would be complete without brushes. Simply tap on the brush tool, and pick out a brush from the numerous groups that this app ships with. Each brush has its value to add to a drawing. Professional artists will know what they are looking for. Novices can experiment with different ones to find a good fit.

If someone has sent you a brush (email, iTunes, or self-created), just tap the + next to the Brushes label to import it. New brushes will be placed in a separate folder called Imported. Swipe to the last Brush Set panel to find it and tap and drag to replace it as you see fit.

You can also select different brushes for an eraser.

Preferences And Color Picker

From the Actions button, find your way to the Prefs button. Here you can switch drawing hands, choose interface color (you can go light instead of the default dark) as well as other advanced options that you can modify, if you want, but we recommend staying away from these until you’ve had more practice on the app.

If you select Classic Color Picker, you will see a more traditional palette, that shows you a single color and all its possible gradations. Something that is very useful for shading.

Alternatively, you can select the new color picker that gives you both gradation as well as a range of colors to make color selection easier.

Timelapse

The best part about working in Procreate is that you can view your artwork in a Timelapse video. It logs each stroke (minus undone strokes) and then lets you export it as a video. This is useful for professionals reviewing their process, or perhaps to communicate their process with other artists.

You can now get started with Procreate. If you have any questions about specifics of the app, leave us a comment and we’ll talk about it.

 

How To Export A Single Bookmarks Folder From Any Browser

All browsers have a neat export feature for bookmarks. You can export your saved bookmarks to an HTML or XML file from your browser. You can import the file in any browser. As far as bookmarks go, browsers tend to play nice with each other. Browsers have reasonably well equipped bookmarks managers, for the most part. If a browser’s bookmarks manager is missing a feature, an extension or an add-on will likely make up for it. This is true in most cases but there will be exceptions. For example, you can’t export a single bookmarks folder. You have to export them all, or nothing. Likewise, you can only import all bookmarks saved in an HTML or XML file, and not just select ones. There is no extension or add-on that fills this gap so we have to make use of a work-around. Here’s what you need to do.

This little work around to export a single bookmarks folder works in all browsers that have an export bookmarks feature. It is easier to use in Chrome but the good news is, it works between browsers too. For example, you can export a single bookmarks folder from Firefox to Chrome.

Select Primary And Secondary Browsers

For the purpose of this work around we used Chrome and Firefox. Chrome is the main browser with a large bookmarks library. Firefox is the secondary browser that is going to be used as the export tool. The secondary browser should have no bookmarks saved to it. It should not be one that you use ever. You can, alternatively, create a new user profile in Chrome and use it as the secondary browser.

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Copy Bookmarks Folder To Secondary Browser

Open Chrome’s bookmarks manager via the Ctrl+Shift+O keyboard shortcut. Select the bookmarks folder that you want to export. When you select the folder, all links saved to it are listed in the right-hand panel. Select them all and right-click a link. Select ‘Copy’ from the context menu.

Export A Single Bookmarks Folder From Any Browser

Open the secondary browser, and open its bookmarks manager. Create a new folder in the bookmarks manager. Name it the same as the folder in your primary browser. Right-click the folder and select ‘Paste’ from the context menu.

Export A Single Bookmarks Folder From Any Browser

The favicons of the links you paste may or may not appear when you paste the links. To fix this, right-click the folder and open all links in your browser. You don’t have to wait for the pages to finish loading. Wait long enough for the websites’ favicon to appear and you can close the tabs.

Export A Single Bookmarks Folder

Your secondary browser will now have all bookmarks you want to export. Go ahead and use the export feature to save the bookmarks to an HTML or XML file.

Export A Single Bookmarks Folder From Any Browser

Sorting Through The Mess

You can now import the HTML file you exported the bookmarks too. Again, your browser will have a built-in tool for importing bookmarks. The only problem you will face is finding the folder you wanted to export.

On Firefox, the bookmarks folder you exported will be under All Bookmarks>Bookmarks Menu>Other Bookmarks.

Export A Single Bookmarks Folder From Any Browser

On Chrome, the bookmarks folder you imported will be under Bookmarks bar>Imported>Other Bookmarks.

Export A Single Bookmarks Folder From Any Browser

You can delete the extra bookmarks that were exported. You can then drag & drop the folder you need to a different location in the bookmarks library.

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