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Archive for July, 2004

Unforgiven (1992)

Rothe Blog UnforgivenThree Stars

A Client Eastwood movie from 92 which had critical acclaim, I thought I had seen it once before, but I think I would have remembered this un-climactic, less than empathetic movie that was entirely too long and was only improved by a scene of violence to a righteous, Queen praising brit.


Murder on the Orient Express (2001)

Rothe Blog Movies Murder Orient ExpressTwo Stars

I watched this movie on TV because of Alfred Molina, who was an outstanding Doc Ock in the new Spiderman movie. With a fairly believable start, this movie quickly spirals downhill into TV movie wasteland. It did have a good point about supreme justice, but did not spare any cliche along the way.


Van Helsing (2004)

Rothe Blog Van HelsingFour Stars

Fun without the painful Brendan Fraiser, Steven Sommers directs a fun summer movie with a cool way to tie classic monsters together in one story and retells their origins in refreshing, unforced ways.


Rat Race (2001)

Rothe Blog Rat RaceThree Stars

With an experienced ensemble cast, this movie was wildly funny and an ok movie to turn off the brain and relax. I particularly liked John Lovitz performance, as well, himself in an awkward family vacation that has too many run ins with the local Nazi groupies.


Exporting Individual Slices

After a couple of years of exporting a document out of Fireworks as an HTML page and inserting it in an HTML page where I needed it, I finally figured out a way that I have more control.

I think that most everyone probably already knows this, but if you right click on a slice you can save it individually as whatever you want to name it. Change frames to change the content on the slice, if you have set up rollovers using shared content on frames. If you need to save a handful of slices, and the export is defaulting to the wrong directory, then export a whole .html document to the location so that it remembers the correct location, later going back and deleting that document.


Cold Mountain (2004)

Rothe Blog Cold MountainThree Stars

The two biggest things that stuck in my mind about this movie, were the music which was really great, and how Jack White was in the movie because he is Renee Zellwegger’s bed partner right now. He was actually pretty good.

An opening scene that was gruesome for no reason and a love that was totally unexplained, interesting in parts but in the end, the point wasn’t deafening. Wouldn’t ever see it again is basically what it comes down to and like most acclaimed movies, no something that really stuck Cold Mountain (2004)with me.


Using the “Fit Canvas” shortcut.

As I have already mentioned, the more shortcuts you can learn as a designer and implement them into your work flow the more productive you can be.

Another one I have recently learned that really helps me along is the rotate shortcuts and the fit to All and fit to Canvas shortcuts.

In Fireworks under the modify menu there are “Fit Canvas” and “Trim Canvas” options as well as rotate options.

I have set mine to Ctrl+Alt+F to Fit Canvas, and Ctrl+Alt+T to trim canvas, the latter of which I don’t use too often.

What Fit Canvas will do is remove any part of the canvas that there are no objects on, and if part of your image is off the canvas viewing area, it will fit to that dimension too.

But I will often use the two rotate commands in conjunction with the fit Canvas command when opening, trimming, rotating, saving, and closing a file.

You too can set your own shortcuts commands and save your shortcut presets in a file by going under Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts > and either Menu Commands or Tools.