Category Archives: Software Tips

How to adjust Picasa collage output size [SOLVED]

Question: I am creating a collage in Google’s Picasa application and I cannot get it to be the right aspect ratio for my paper which is 8.5×11 inches. Can you help? Answer: If you go to collage settings in Picasa, you can select the “Page Format” and choose something other than the default HDTV. Please see this screenshot for an example: I hope this helps 🙂

Photoshop CC fix D3DCompiler_47.dll is missing from your computer… [SOLVED]

A question from reader Henry: Hi. Today I did a fresh install of windows 7 pro on my lenovo thinkpad. Then I try to install adobe photoshop cc but I got an error when running the application: “D3DCompiler_47.dll is missing from your computer….” I reinstalled everything but that did not help. Can you help me with this dll problem? Thanks, –Henry Dear Henry, It looks like you are encountering the following error: Please find the following update for your Windows 7

Cinemagraph apps: Plotagraph, Zoetropic, Plotaverse +more

If you are looking for an easy way to add some pizzazz to your still photos, you may want to try making a cinemagraph. In the past, it required quite a bit of time to craft a cinemagraph utilizing fairly expensive programs. Now, however, it can be done on your phone in just a few minutes (or your laptop, tablet, PC if you so desire) at minimal to no cost. As an example, I tried Zoetropic on my Note 8 (Android) and within about

Keep formatting in Excel when copying/pasting from web page

Question from B.G.: Sorry to bother. How can I export and keep the integrity of the web page table columns? When I copy and paste to excel, it puts all data to 1 row. Answer:  Good question! Please find the steps below: Instructions In your web browser window showing the table/report, press CTRL+A (to select all) Then press CTRL+C (to copy) Switch to a blank spreadsheet in Excel, press CTRL+V (to paste) That should result in a nice separate set of

Fatal Error! PIL._imaging.pyd [SOLVED]

Question. I recently had the following popup unexpectedly on my Windows laptop: Fatal Error! PIL._imaging.pyd could not be extracted! I was surfing the internet on my laptop and I am worried that I might have a virus 🙁 Can you help me identify what caused that error? Thx! -Josh Silvija Answer. Hi Josh! Thank you for your question. Fortunately, that “fatal error” should not be an issue. Specifically, I have seen that error occur when Google Drive (now Google Backup and

How to change the Font color in Foxit PDF reader [SOLVED]

How to change the Font color of the typewriter type tool in Foxit: Select the “Comment” tab, Select the Typewriter tool and click on your text box Highlight your text (you may need to double-click it first) Select Font Color under the “Comment Format” tab and choose a color Voila, you can now adjust the “typewriter” tool font settings however you like! 🙂

Prevent iTunes from opening when connecting iPhone

It can be super annoying when iTunes keeps opening every time you connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac or PC 🙁 Fortunately, there is a very easy solution 🙂 Stop iTunes opening every time you plug in your iPhone or iPad Start iTunes Open Preferences Click the Devices tab Check the box marked Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically Voila, after that you can connect iPhones, iPads or iPods with impunity and not have to worry

What are .smi files?! [SOLVED]

There are myriad file formats out there and recently I received the following question about a .smi file: What is a .smi file and how do I use it? It was a file with a movie and I am concerned it may be malicious or a virus. -Mae Bennett Good question Mae! The .smi file you encountered is most likely a Synchronized Accessible Media Interchange file or “SAMI” file. These files allow for captioning for video files and the basic format