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I started writing travel posts for interesting destinations in South Africa and thought it would be great to include a map image of the location. When giving directions a picture really is worth a thousand words.
But, I wasn’t sure how to add these say-it-with-a-picture images to my post. Dutifully, I scoured the plugins for my platform, WordPress, and got more than I bargained for. Most of the plugins wanted to install the whole Google maps search feature on the blogging site. That has its uses but was overkill for what I was trying to do.
I kept searching (and thinking) and, finally, it dawned on me (an epiphany of sorts).
All I want is a picture, so why not do a screenshot of a Google map?
That’s what I did and it worked great as you can see from the example above.
If you are interested in doing the same thing and you inhabit the low end of the techie-know-how range like I do here are the steps to follow:
- Locate the area on Google maps you want to feature. Make sure to scale in or out depending on how much detail you want.
- On a Mac press command-shift-4 simultaneously and the cursor changes from an arrow to crosshairs.
Note: For PC users you can press PrtScn on the keyboard to copy the entire screen. Pressing Alt+PrtScn copies the active window. Once copied, paste the image to MS Paint and edit. You can also save the image and use Picnik to edit.
- Move the corsshairs to where you want the top left or right corner to be, left click and hold while dragging the cursor diagonally to where you want the opposite bottom corner to be. Release the mouse click and the area you dragged will be saved to your desktop.
- Open Picnik (online photo editor) and upload your image. Resize it and add any graphics or text you want (I added “X” and “The Farmhouse” using the Picnik edit tab).
- Follow the Picnik instructions to save image to your computer and then add it to your post like any other image.
- If you want your image centered just include aligncenter in the class portion of the image code.
Its simple and easy and it adds an extra informational dimension to your post.
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Picnik no longer exists but a great new site has taken its place. PicMonkey provides all the same great features in the free version.
I take a lot of pictures but in the past did very little with them, other than save them to my hard drive and forget where I put them, until…
A web designing friend of mine, Steve Wolfson, told me about a photo editing program, Picnik, which is hands down the best online, web based, photo editing site around. And that’s not just me talking. The Wall Street Journal and CNET both give Picnik a whopping endorsement and there is a host of other lesser known gurus who say the same. There must be something to it.
But, with any good thing in life, you have hiccups occasionally and what is true with life generally, is true with Picnik also.
After using the program regularly, sometimes daily, it stopped loading properly and for no apparent reason. The URL processed as it usually did but the browser screen was blank. I tried every trick I could think of to get it to load.
- I typed in the URL instead of selecting it from the bookmark menu.
- I tried to refresh the page.
- I moved my cursor all over the blank screen hoping it would highlight some clickable but un-seeable link.
- I found and used the Down For Everyone Or Just For Me site to see if the Picnik server was up and running. Picnik was working fine for everyone else so I knew then that the problem was me. (This is a brilliant online assistant to see if your machine or the server your accessing is the problem.)
I did all that with no luck other than discovering I was the problem. Read more
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I recently purchased DVD’s which I wanted to show to a large crowd. To do that I needed to project onto a large screen in a bigger than usual hall, not my TV lounge. I could have carried a standard size DVD player to the location but using an iPod seemed like a much easier way to accomplish my goal. The problem was getting the video files converted to an iPod format.
It wasn’t a difficult process but I couldn’t have done it without direction from the local iStore (I use a MacBook). Following is what worked for me: Read more
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Computers and the advent of the internet have literally changed the way we do everything: business, research, watch movies, manage music, play games, create and socialize.
Communication has never been easier. We can call (Skype), instant message or email anyone in any part of the world from any place we might be at any moment in time. Thanks to IT, information is more accessible, life is more convenient and the pace of progress has been accelerated dramatically .
There are, however, a few downsides to all these conveniences. For one, in regard to mores, all the good this technology enables can be matched equally with bad. Read more