design, technology, tips

A Fix for when InDesign Split Columns Doesn't Work

Thanks to David at InDesign Secrets I’ve verified a little bug with InDesign’s Split Columns feature. Apparently if you try to split columns at the end of a story it just won’t work.

The solution is easy enough though:

  1. Add an extra empty paragraph to the end of the story.
  2. Split the column as you would normally.
  3. Delete the extra empty paragraph.

I can’t explain why it is that you need the extra paragraph there to make the column split, or why you can delete it immediately afterwards with no ill effect, but I am certain this method (while slightly cumbersome) works.

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My iPod Touch has a bad sense of direction

The iPod Touch has had some weird glitches and bugs, but this one pops up for me often. It seems that sometimes the iPod Touch get’s confused about whether it is horizontal or vertical. Instead of choosing one it tries to hedge the bet by taking a little from column A and a little from column B. If you shake it or just leave it alone for a while it’ll figure things out and get back to normal eventually.

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games, iphone, ipod touch

Touch KO Another Example of Sloppy Programming

Back in 2004 my brother brought home Fight Night. It quickly became a game where me and my brothers put our egos on the line (and consequently made angry accusations of cheap fight styles and cheating). To put it simply, it was fun.
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When I saw that a new boxing game with decent graphics had hit the app store I was interested. I bought it and, for a few moments, I thought Touch KO would be fun. But that thought was quickly disrupted.

First the game was too easy. I’ll admit it gets (a little tiny bit) more difficult as the game wears on, but that also becomes a weakness. Why? Well, read on.

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My Leopard Finder Bug

I found a bug in Leopard that kind of stinks. Not a huge problem, but it confused me at first. While it isn’t deadly it could mean lost files for people (it almost meant that for me). I reported it to Apple, see my report below. This bug was first found in Leopard 10.5.1 (9B18)

REPRODUCTION:
1) grab file
2) open a folder by hovering the file over a folder in the “places” sidebar
3) open a sub-folder of the first folder by hover again
4) drop file into folder
5) click the back arrow to return to the original folder

RESULT:
1) The moved file will appear to still be in the original folder, as well as the new location.
2) Deleting the file from the original folder will delete the file from new location
3) closing the window and opening a new finder window for the original folder shows the file is no longer in the folder.

CONCLUSION:
It appears that finder does not refresh its file list giving the user an inaccurate listing that could result in accidental deletion of data.

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