Windows 10 Drag and Drop Bug

You are going to love this Windows 10 bug: Drag and Drop stops working for me occasionally and I finally found out how to fix it, hit the escape key. That’s it if you find you can’t drag drop icons in Explorer under Windows 10 try hitting the Escape key once and it should work. Although it isn’t working for everyone but worth a try ūüôā Another thing worth trying and checking is to run the
sfc /scannnow
As administrator this will check and repair system files under windows. Microsoft System Repair

Virtual Desktop Problem El Capitan

I recently noticed the virtual desktops or Spaces on Mac were not working as expected. They had become locked together and it was not possible to switch on one monitor without switching the second too. The problem is fixed by ensuring the check box next to Displays have separate Spaces is on under the Mission Control pane in the System Preferences.  

Wacom Tablet Driver Restart Mac

The tablet driver for the Wacom Tablet occasionally crashes under Mac OS X. This seems to happen more often after the machine is woken from Sleep mode. When you look in the Preference you will see some warning similar to the image above. The only solution it offers is to restart the Mac. This is a pain even though restarting with and SSD is quick enough it still means closing all the open apps and waiting an age for some to close like the Mail.app (seriously Apple how hard is it to fix this nonsense). Continue reading “Wacom Tablet Driver Restart Mac”

Autodesk FBX Viewer Alternative

Autodesk¬†FBX viewer is dead in Yosemite and isn‚Äôt going to be fixed until later this month with the release of a new FBX suite. Therefore I have had to look for an alternative and have tried many viewers some nice some not the problem is few open FBX by association if at all. There is one program that does open them and reads them quickly¬†and that is¬†Marmoset¬†Toolbag 2 I had just been using Toolbag to open files and then thought, hell why not just associate the files to the program so they open there by default. It opens fast and is a great viewer. It will open multiple files into the same view which is great if you want to compare two models a High Poly and a Low Poly for alignment for example. The more I think about it the more I realise this is a far better solution than the poor little FBX viewer from Autodesk, so unloved it has been left dead since Yosemite was launched months ago. Toolbag is a light fast program and on my machine loads easily as fast as Autodesk’s program did, but has a lot pf extra features built in like object selection hiding manipulation¬†and of course you can add some cool textures if you want, it is a pretty hot renderer too.

Delete all Photos from Your iPad or iPhone

The quickest way to delete all the photos from an iPad running ios 7 is to use the Image Capture program.
  1. Open Image Capture
  2. Connect you iPad to your Mac with USB cable
  3. Click on the iPad icon top left
  4. Select all by using¬†‚ĆėA (or select manually if you want to selectively delete)
  5. Click the red circle symbol on the bottom and confirm you want to delete.
After a few seconds or minutes depending on the size they will be deleted from the iPad.  

Raspberry Pi Time Capsule

Build a $35 Time Capsule – Raspberry Pi Time Machine Backup Server HomeArticlesBuild a $35 Time Capsule – Raspberry Pi Time Machine Backup Server 29-08-2014 | Remy van Elst This is a simple guide on building a $35 Time Capsule with a Raspberry Pi. A Time Capsule is a network attached storage device from Apple for use with their Time Machine. Time Machine gives users a very easy and userfriendly way to automatically create and restore (encrypted) backups. A Time Capsule is basically an expensive NAS that only talks the AFP/netatalk protocol. The 2 TB version costs $299 at this time, a Raspberry Pi only $35. If you like this article and want to support me AND get $10 Digital Ocean credit (2 months free), use this link to order: https://www.digitalocean.com/?refcode=7435ae6b8212 You will need the following: Raspberry Pi, Model B/B+ USB Hard Disk / Big USB Dick

Marmoset Toolbag 2 Turntable Render

I have been looking at the interesting render abilities of the Marmoset Toolbag 2 physical based render on the Mac. While I like the results a lot I am not convinced of a place for it in my workflow and here is why: Continue reading “Marmoset Toolbag 2 Turntable Render”

Users Folder Hidden after OS X 10.9.3

After updating¬†Apple’s OS X to 10.9.3 you may find the /Users directory¬†is hidden.¬†This can be annoying but easy to fix and¬†unhide it again just enter this command into the¬†Terminal: sudo chflags nohidden /Users It will ask you for an administrators¬†¬†password just enter it and the folders should be¬†visible again. While it may seem like a good idea to hide things in this case it is just a nuisance and of limited security benefit.

Using Hazel and loving it

Recently I got the Hazel.app¬†for my Mac. I had heard good things about it and decided to give the trial¬†a go. It didn’t take long to realise it is an amazingly useful tool. I have written actions now to move files all over the place and sort them in a sensible way. For example I use [r] at the front of images¬†to denote renders¬†so in this action any image that isn’t a render or a screenshot is moved to a directory Assorted Pictures¬† and added to sub-folders using the domain name where I found it. For example an image downloaded from Wikipedia¬†would end up in a subdirectory called Wikipedia.   hazel image action If you are interested in trying the action you can download¬†the Desktop.hazelrules¬†just double-click and it should open with Hazel. The more I use it the more I love it, so get the trial and see for yourself.