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No, I’m not dead nor am I quitting to blog. The reason that there haven’t been many posts recently is because of this. There comes a time in every blogger’s life when one must move up in the sphere and get their very own server. Mine, of course, will be dubbed Kirosblog.com. By looking at the URL you can tell that it will be first and foremost my blog. I plan to be focusing on a few categories: Apple/technology, Design, blogging, and a few personal posts here and there. I am also looking at subscribing to a full-featured flickr account to show more of my photos. Be sure to update your bookmarks and RSS readers. Click on the banner to go to kirosblog.com.

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Paparazzi!

Have you ever wanted to capture an entire web page to a .pdf, .png, .jpg etc? Of course you could do it the hard way and take screenshots while you scroll down but the result of that ends up in a less efficient bundle of images especially if the page you are capturing is miles long. But wait! There’s another way! Printing to .pdf! Safari can print a .pdf of your web page. The down side to this is that it is divided into pages and only shows printable content. Introducing Paparazii!

Paparazzi! is a web page capturing utility designed with the user in mind. Simply enter the URL of any web page and click the big “Capture” button. Paparazzi! shows you a preview of that web page. Click the “Save Image As…” button to, of course, save your image. Now you have a choice of file types. JPEG, PDF, PNG, and TIFF. I definitely recommend the PDF file type. It saves everything including the text. Choose whether or not to include a thumbnail icon, and hit “Save”. Walah! The captured web page is now saved in a perfect image file.

To Texas!

I’ll be on a plane to texas within the hour. If you’d like any updates, feel free to follow my twitter. I’m not sure about internet access there so cross your fingers for me. C ya soon!

New iTunes Store Features

The iTunes Store is now home to two new features. My Alerts and Complete My Album. My Alerts allows you to send email notifications to yourself when new content is available from already purchased music. The My Alerts page shows recent updates to your music, and has a “Send Me Email Notifications” link at the top right corner. The next new feature is called “Complete My Album”. Let’s say you bought a song from an album you like. iTunes will now reduce the price of the whole, supported album for a limited time (6 months after purchase). Now you don’t have to be charged twice when buying the full album.

Adobe Creative Suite 3

A new section at Apple’s web page talks about the new Adobe Creative Suite and how it works with Intel Macs. What’s interesting is Flash CS3 and DreamWeaver CS3. Now that Macromedia was purchased by Adobe, Flash and DreamWeaver are now in the Creative SuiteNew intergration between the apps has been added. Import Photoshop and Illustrator files into Flash and export them into DreamWeaver. The new suite includes better spotlight support and access. Make Photoshop CS3 your image editing application for iPhoto.

You can preorder now at Adobe’s web page.

Xtorrent and Inquisitor Finally Out of Beta

xtorrent logoXTorrent is the (Fillet Minong) of Bit Torrent applicatons. With it’s easy to use interface, one-one click downloading, and amazing searching, this is the best in the buisness. XTorrent is a must have if you are into the Bit Torrent craze. XTorrent is $20 and is highly recommended.

inquisitor's logoInquisitor is spotlight searching for the web. Inquires appear as you type in a simple, effective pull-down menu. Inquisitor had more 300,000 downloads in just five months. Now it’s out of beta and the best part of it is that it’s free.

How To: 1 Touch White Balance

iLife `06 includes an updated version of iPhoto. One of the new features is it’s photo manipulation dashboard. Sliders on the bottom allow you to change the lights and darks in your photo. Other sliders allow you to change the over all temperature of the image making it look cooler (bluer/greener) or warmer (redder/oranger/yellower).

Adjusting your photo can be a hassle. Did you know you can fix the color and over all white balance of your photo with one click? To do this, simply hold the Apple button while clicking on a part of your image that you are positively sure is white. iPhoto automatically adjusts the white balance and temperature to make that part white, fixing your image.

Kiro mini

As promised, here’s my latest widget; Kiro mini. This widget goes to my twitter account and takes all of my recent Tweets and displays them in a small, matching widget. It’s available now in the downloads section. Enjoy! =D

MacApper and Widgets

Sorry for not posting yesterday, I was very busy with school work and my latest endeavor; MacApper. I’ve been following MacApper for almost a month now and have wanted to be a part of it. Now my dream’s come true and I received my email welcoming me tot he team. I’ve sent in a few drafts including my Disco review. Have no fear, this will not stop me from posting here. I happen to have a few features up my sleeve.

A month or two ago, I made a widget that follows my blog and displays my new posts. That widget was nice but it really didn’t flow with the design of my blog. Today, I’m releasing an updated version that matches my blog, and views the images. Right now I am working on my own, personal Twitter widget which will show all of my tweets that I send each day. I’m almost finished with it and will most likely post it up tomorrow. You can find my widgets at the download page. I’m off to write some more! Thanks for reading!