Multimedia: July 2009 Archives

Red Button - Please Don't Quit Flash CS4

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This is an entry in which I finally realize why Dave was having a rant about Flash CS4. Adobe CS4 has some annoying new "features" in which Adobe seems to be hoping that Mac users will see the beauty of the Windows style document interface and mainstream ourselves (not bloody likely - I want windows, not tabs). It's a good thing that Adobe left us with Classic mode and Preferences to disable the new features (thank you Adobe).

However, there is still a serious problem in Flash CS4. On the Mac, the little red button in most applications means Close Document (Command-W) but leave the application running...except in Flash CS4. There, Flash thinks it's in Windows and quits and closes all at once (Arggh!)

There are solutions to avoid this issue if you don't like the Flash red button. Mine is Command-W to close and Command-Q to quit. Dave's is Command-H to hide. In any case DON'T CLICK THE RED BUTTON until it's time to leave for the day...unless you feel like grabbing a soda while the application reboots for your second document.

FYI - Most Windows apps also include the Control+W command for closing a document, but not quitting the application. This is handy if your life is too short to watch IE boot up AGAIN .... just because you closed a window after visiting a Web site.

Finding Images in the Google Life Magazine Archive

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Google announced recently that they are making photos from Life Magazine (and actually Time-Life) available to the public. You can search the archive itself or you can go to the Google Image search page and add "source:life" to your search string. There usually lots of hits and each has excellent meta-data on who took the picture and when.

Although I am excited to see what photos from historic events will be available, I think I am more excited at the possibilities of being able to find legal images of celebrities, and maybe classic covers like the 1970s Time cover of the actresses from Charlie's Angels (it's there under "charlie's angels source:life". As odd as it sounds there are several course projects in which celebrity photos is a plus.

There was one multimedia quiz from African American history that we never released in the MTO archives because we could not efficiently clear celebrity images (e.g. James Brown, Tracy Chapman). Now, we could get many more legal images quickly. In addition, many foreign language classes use celebrity photos as a talking point (American and non-American).

There are other photos in the archive including the explosion of the Hindeberg, the taking of Iwo Jima (including the flag image), the various Olympics and many cultural touchstones from the 20th century.

All in all, it's a great complement to the news photo archives available from the University Libraries.