Text File Viewer for ownCloud

This is a little website tool I put together for ownCloud users.

If you enjoy retrieving text files from your cloud server through your phone, it helps to be able to see the text in as few steps as possible.

My viewer App solves two problems:

1. A context menu item provides one-click access to view the file in your browser without the awkward text editor app in the ownCloud website.

2. A text-only directory browser is also provided for situations where the infinite river of file listings takes forever to scroll through on a mobile device.

The app is currently available at github.com/miqrogroove/files_textviewer and I am working on adding it to the ownCloud Marketplace.

Regarding GoodNotes 4

Screen shot of GoodNotes version 4.
iTunes Import for GoodNotes Templates

I’m receiving questions about a new version of GoodNotes that doesn’t allow direct imports of new template pages.  Here are my thoughts so far.

In GoodNotes 3, the easy method was to download a new template in Safari, choose “Open in GoodNotes”, tap the new page on the bookshelf, select Change Template from the menu, then add the Current Template and adjust its settings.

In GoodNotes 4, it is still possible to download pages and write on them, but I see no way to add them directly to the list of templates.  This does not prevent creation of multi-page notebooks, but it does become problematic for creating notebooks offline or trying to swap to a custom template on an existing notebook.

I was able to install custom templates in GoodNotes 4 through iTunes synchronization.  The less complex method is to tap the “Wi-Fi File Transfer” on the GoodNotes Options menu.  This requires a second computer to connect to the iPad’s web server through a wired or wireless LAN connection.

Another alternative is the monumental task of installing iTunes on a second computer, making a physical USB connection, dealing with a variety of error messages, and struggling to transfer files while the program attempts to fill up my network drives with 64 GB of backup data.

Bottom line:  You can keep GoodNotes 3, if you have it, and wait for better features in new versions, or you can deal with iTunes synchronization to install the templates you want.

Questions and comments are welcome.

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Manual Duplex Print in Windows 8

Acrobat print dialog for back sides
Print Back Sides

Among the many problems in Windows 8 is the poor driver support offered by Hewlett Packard.  The drivers are hard to find, do not install correctly if at all, and lack many features compared to older drivers.

HP dropped manual duplex printing support for Windows 8, which means it’s now up to each application to add this functionality.

In Adobe Acrobat, this can be done with some care and attention to detail.

Step 1:  Load Paper Upside Down

When duplex printing manually, some types of laser printers give different results depending which side you print first.  If you print the “front” side first and then the “back” side, you might end up with curled paper.  To avoid or prevent this, you will have to flip the blank paper over and print the “back” side first.

Due to the way paper is manufactured, it always has a grain direction, a concave side, and a convex side.  Usually the grain is in the direction of the longest edge, and the concave side of the ream of paper faces the package seam.  This can be determined by standing the paper on its short edge and watching which way it tends to curve, or by simply experimenting with which side gives the best results.  If you normally print on the concave side of the paper, then that is what I mean by the “front” side.  Printers are normally designed to use the concave side as this prevents the document from going limp in your hand when you hold it from the edge.

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Cloud Calendars

Personal Information Management (PIM) remains one of the most vital uses of personal computing in the 21st century.  Gone are the days of using index cards for addresses and needing to handwrite recurring appointments on calendars.

I recently switched to Calendar.Live.com for appointment management, and I feel it is the best product currently available. It happens to be free, but I’ve also evaluated premium options.

I am now a former Google Calendar user. I was experiencing major synchronization errors in the Google product. Problems came to a head last month when Google announced the discontinuation of the feed aggregator Reader, throwing my calendar updates into chaos. (This might sound unusual, but some of my appointments are delivered to me by an RSS-only service, and I have to use it. I’ve switched to Tiny Tiny RSS to replace Google Reader.)

Here are the features I’m using from Live.com:

  • Two-way desktop calendar synchronization (using Outlook)
  • Two-way iPad calendar synchronization (using built-in calendar)
  • Mobile web calendar
  • Desktop web calendar

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