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EasyBlog for iPhone (Blogger/Blogspot)

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Google recently removed the Blogger app from the iOS App Store, and rightfully so. The Blogger app had not been updated in a really long time. Enter EasyBlog for iPhone. EasyBlog is a Blogger/Blogspot application for the iPhone that will allow you to easily manage your Blogger content; compose a draft, write a new post, make an edit to a post already published. This application is a version 1.0, so it is very limited. Currently you cannot add images or embed a YouTube video; but, you can write a post and add a URL link, make bulleted list, add keywords to a post, publish a new post, and revert a published post back to a draft. The interface is modern and beautiful, and even though the app has a few shortcomings or lacking a few features, EasyBlog still allows you add content to your Blogger website from your phone while on the go. Plus, it is free to download, there are no in-app purchases or ads in the app, currently. Download: EasyBlog for Blogger/Blogspot.

Six Colors of Apple (Watch Band)

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That's what's up! Super dope band, I just don't feel for the price that I would get enough usage out of it. I would wear it, just not every single day!


Buy it here;
https://www.juukdesign.com/product-page/42mm-ligero-rainbow



UPDATE:
"Other than showing the brilliant colours we're doing for the Apple Watch, as the only brand offering premium, hard anodized aluminum, we're donating $20 for each sale of this Ligero model to Amnesty International to help their fight against discrimination."

You can read about that here; https://plus.google.com/+christopherrizzo/posts/jbZJYnDuedZ

FCP X Basics For Beginners - Basic Editing (part 2)

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This video is the very basics of editing in FCP X; how to add text, how to slice your clips, how to add generators, etc.

Hopefully I did an okay job with this video, I feel like I was rambling on; but, that is what happens when you talk for 20 minutes straight. I tried to touch on the important aspects of editing in FCP X.

***Note; everybody has a different style of editing, the way I edit might be different than someone else. Neither way is wrong, I feel you should edit the way that you are comfortable with editing. I have used Final Cut Pro since FCP 7, for about 10 years. While a lot has changed, one thing that hasn't is my habit for how I edit. ***

How to delete Chrome apps on a Mac

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One of the most annoying things about using Google Chrome is that Chrome will install a bunch of quick-launch apps on your machine, without asking you if you want them! I guess that is the price of using a free browser, along with giving away all your personal browsing data; but, that is a topic for another day…

How to Delete:
Open the Home folder on your Mac.Now open the Applications folder.Inside the Applications folder you will find all the app icons, you can either click and drag them to your Trash bin, or you can right-click on them and select Move to Trash.After you have moved them to the Trash bin, right-click on your Trash bin, and select Empty Trash.
This is what your Home folder looks like (yours will have a different name):


This is what the Google Chrome Apps folder will look like: 


This is what the Google Chrome apps look like that you will want to delete:

Vermont - Illustration

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This was a Vermont skyline I created in Adobe Illustrator, I have included the .ai file below if you want to download it and make changes to it, or use it as your own design. I have altered this image a bunch, mostly changing the colors from what you see below.



Download the .ai file; https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bx3KG2ecmZklRFgxa1VmT3ZDd3c

Boston Terrier - Illustratration

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I am going to start uploading all my Illustrator projects here to my blog. This particular illustration was for a friend of mine, it is his Boston Terrier; Snowball.

Below you will also find a link to my Google Drive folder where you can download all the .ai files so that you can open them in Adobe Illustrator and edit them yourself. If you have any questions about this illustration, feel free to comment below.






Download the .ai file HERE.

A new Apple Watch and Apple Watch Bands

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One of my favorite aspects of the Apple Watch is the easily replaceable bands for the Apple Watch. I have quite a few different bands, all varying in colors and styles. I currently have the stainless steel Apple Watch (series 0), or the original Apple Watch. While I don’t think I really need to update the Watch, as watchOS 3 has made my Apple Watch almost like a new device; I really do want the porcelain Apple Watch. I think the white porcelain Apple Watch Edition is beautiful.

If Apple announces a new Series 3 (4th generation) Apple Watch at WWDC, and there is a porcelain version available, that might be my next big purchase from Apple.

Here are the current bands that I own:







I have my eye on one of the new Nike bands, as well as this Spring edition band that Apple just launched. Hopefully if Apple does announce a new Watch at WWDC or even in the fall, that the new Watch will work with the bands from the older Apple Watches.

Still an iMac fan at heart

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I have found myself using my iMac once again more and more every single day. I don't mean I moved away from it; but, for the last couple of months I have only been using my MacBook Pro.

The small screen size of my MacBook Pro (15") in comparison to the large screen on my iMac (27") is one thing; but, the performance is another issue as well. Anytime I start to push the MBP the fans ramp up and it feels like it starts to stutter a tad.

Even though my iMac is three years older, I still feel it is the better machine for what I want to do. I am not shitting on my MBP, I just think I am more of an iMac fan, thus I can't wait for the new iMac or iMac Pro – whatever Apple announces — to launch. I might sell my MacBook Pro and invest in a new iMac, or I might just keep the MBP and upgrade my current iMac instead.

I do love the portability of the MacBook Pro, I just tend to feel more productive on the larger screen of the iMac when I am at home. I just hope if Apple does anno…

Two of my favorite Safari Extensions

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There are always the first extensions I install on a new Mac, or if I do a clean install on one of my older machines. As of writing this, they both still work without any issues.

Clean URLs:
https://alexander.kirk.at/2011/03/30/safari-extension-clean-urls/

Removes all sorts of un-necessary junk for the URL so that you can easily copy the URL for sharing. Removes things like: utm_source=, etc.

Minimal Status Bar:
https://github.com/crizzo/Minimal-Status-Bar

"This is an extension to provide a minimal (Google Chrome-like) status bar for Safari. It also has built-in longurl support to convert those pesky and opaque short urls to long ones again."

FCP X Basics For Beginners - Library, Event, and Projects (part 1)

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This is part 1 of my Final Cut Pro X Basics for Beginners series. In this episode I go over Libraries, Events, and Projects. How to use them, what they are, and how to manage them within FCP X.

Subscribe; https://www.youtube.com/user/VideoRizzo?sub_confirmation=1

Follow the FCP X Basics for Beginners Playlist; https://goo.gl/5mq3Bv

I also recommend looking at an Editors Keys Keyboard for FCP X shortcuts! Buy the keyboard on Amazon; http://amzn.to/29exK76

You can also checkout my written review of the Editors Keys, which you can find here; http://www.crizzo.net/2016/06/editors-keys-keyboard.html Got notifications turned on? Why not turn them on for my channel so you do not miss any of my FCP X tutorials?!

Additional information about Final Cut Pro X Libraries, Events, and Projects can be found via an Apple white paper:
https://images.apple.com/final-cut-pro/docs/Media_Management.pdf

Additional FCP X Playlist here on my YouTube channel;
https://goo.gl/jt2Vm2

How to Round Corners in Adobe Illustrator

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This is a quick tip on how-to round corners in Adobe Illustrator. In the video I show you how to round all four corners, or if you only want to round certain corners I show you how to do that as well.

If you have any questions or comments feel free ask below.

If you haven't done so yet, feel free to subscribe to my tips channel on YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/user/videorizzo.

Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Character Shapes

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These are the 3 basic shapes for creating cartoon characters in Adobe illustrator. The circle and the square are easy to create on your own, the oblong oval is the one beginners might have trouble with, so I created it for you.

Simply unzip the folder > Open the .ai file in illustrator > start creating

Download from Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx3KG2ecmZklR094ZHNIZFRRWDA/view?usp=sharing

NOTE: you can easily change the colors of the shapes by selecting a shape and then choosing a different color from the color palette.


iPad Pro or MacBook Pro with Apple Pencil support?

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Just a few thoughts on wanting an iPad Pro; but, I would rather have a MacBook Pro that supported the Apple Pencil, at least in theory I would!

I’m in the market for an iPad Pro (12.9”); but, I’m going to wait until WWDC with the hopes Apple announces something new, I also know they’ll wait until the fall for an iPad announcement. I am just holding out hope we get something in a couple of months.

I still think the patent/rumor last year about the new MacBook Pro w/Touch Bar that would have a trackpad that supported the Apple Pencil (http://bit.ly/2ozR3BE) might be something we may see this year, it is surely big enough.

Then there is the patent showing an iPhone/iPad connecting to the MBP (https://goo.gl/HQQWru) as well, to be used where the trackpad should be. I think both of those rumors might be correct; but, I don’t think they’ll look like the diagrams at all.

Maybe a trackpad that looks and functions like an iPad/iPhone. The trackpad is already glass and the Touch Bar is alrea…

broccoli t-shirt for sale

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You can order these custom designed t-shirts from TeeSpring; broccoli is life.

Price is $24.99. They come in sizes from XS to 3X. They are hight quality American Apparel t-shirts. The only color available is white.

These will only be available for the next 3 days. Order now!




iPhone Wallpaper

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Download full rez;  iPhone Wallpaper



Download full rez;  iPhone Wallpaper 2


Personal digital artwork

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I have been getting back into digital artwork with Photoshop and Illustrator, lately I have been browsing through Behance for ideas and inspiration. Here are some of my recent creations within Photoshop. This is a personal project for myself, I am only sharing the work here on this blog because it is a part of me, all my other artwork can be found here; crizzo.me.

How to change the eye color on any photo in Adobe Photoshop

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This is a quick tutorial showing you how to adjust or change the eye color of an image in Adobe Photoshop.

Issues with the new MacBook Pro

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I don't hate my new MacBook Pro, I actually like it a lot. But, I agree with quite a few things Colin says in the above video, I also disagree with a lot of what he says. Most of his complaints are subjective, so when I say disagree I just mean I don't have the same complaints, not that he is wrong.

For me the Track Pad is fucking annoying, it is way too big and it gets in my way more than not. I want to smash my MacBook Pro over the head of whoever thought making this fucker so obnoxiously big was a good idea. If it had Apple Pencil support, that would have been one thing. It doesn't so it is needlessly big! There is nothing better about this trackpad being so big, matter of fact it is worse because it causes so many unwarranted mistakes when typing.

The keyboard is okay, I don't hate it, but the trackpad makes the keyboard annoying sometimes. I have resorted to using my Magic Keyboard with my MBP, which I prefer anyway.

Everything else he mentions, I didn…

Better Touch Tool with Touch Bar Support

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If you have a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, then Better Touch Tool is a must have. You can customize the Touch Bar with a ton of shortcuts that you can't customize it with by default in macOS.

As an example, I can open Motion 5 with shortcut of instructions to open Motion with a 1920x1080 project with 24FPS with a 7 second duration all with one tap. It will open up my empty template and is ready to go.

Also, if you have purchased Better Touch Tool in the past you can update for free, if you have purchased Better Snap Tool (which I own) then you can download Better Touch Tool for free also. The developer has a "pay what you want model" with the minimum being $4.50. Personally, I would give this dev at least $10 as this is an extremely powerful Mac app and he deserves as much.

Download the 45 day trial here; https://www.boastr.net
how to; http://docs.bettertouchtool.net




The huge trackpad on the MacBook Pro

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I have been using my new MacBook Pro for exactly 2 weeks as of today; I wanted to discuss this new huge trackpad. Let me just get this out of the way: I am not in love with it! I have noticed the palm rejection sometimes causes issues when I am typing. It seems like it will select entire paragraphs and move them around, or completely select and delete entire paragraphs. I am not even sure how in the hell it is deleting things? It doesn’t cause issues all of the time; but, it has caused enough issues for me to take notice. The problem lies with my palms resting on top of the trackpad. I believe that when I go to use something in the Touch Bar that my palms are sliding on the trackpad and it thinks that I am swiping on it; or at least that is what I assume is happening? The funny thing about the trackpad, I can put my palms on the trackpad and move them around and the cursor never moves! But when I start typing all of sudden it magically activates at certain times. Then other times I ca…

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Battery Life

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I have been using the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for over a week now and the battery life has been really good. This was one of the things I was worried about when deciding to buy the new MacBook Pro, as I read so many articles stating the opposite. There was the whole Consumer Report debacle, in which CR did some crazy testing which caused the battery life to be very sporadic in their testing.
Marco Arment claims he was not getting the 10-hours of battery life that Apple was claiming users should get:
“Apple claims it lasts 10 hours, but I’ve never gotten that — in a fairly light web-productivity workload, I average around 5–7 hours, and if I’m using Xcode, I’m lucky to get 4–5 hours. This seems common — many other customers and reviewers have noted similarly disappointing battery life in the 5-hour range.” Of course everybody users their machines in different ways with different applications running which would cause battery life to greatly differ from user to user. I have notic…

How to View Your Backgound Tasks in FCPX (10.3.2)

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Ever since Apple updated Final Cut Pro X to 10.3 back in October, a lot of casual FCPX users have found the new interface a tad confusing. Keep in mind, everything still functions the same, things are just in different places. One such change is the Background Task button, which has been moved to the upper left toolbar, it used to reside above the timeline, next to the timestamp. Here are 3 ways to open up the background tasks dialog box:Click the circle with the checkmark, which is located in the upper left toolbar. (Fast-forward the above video to the 0:11 mark). In your Apple menu bar (with FCPX selected) click on Window, then scroll down to Background Tasks. (Fast-forward the above video to the 0:24 mark).My preferred method, use the keyboard shortcut Command (⌘) + 9. You can also use Command + 9 to close the Background Tasks dialog box. (Fast-forward the above video to 0:33 mark). For more information about Background Tasks, please check this Apple Support page.

How to Unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch

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If you want to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch this work terrifically. My one caveat is that it is a tad slower than when I use the Touch ID sensor on my 2016 MacBook Pro, but it is still a nice feature to have activated either way. If you don't have the new MacBook Pro with the Touch ID sensor then it is a no-brainer to activate. Not only is your Apple ID better secured with 2-factor authentication; but, you are also able to access your Mac easier without the hassle of needing to type in your password each time.

I one thing I should mention, this does not work when you power your Mac on, you will still need to enter your password in that situation. If you are waking your Mac from sleeping though, it works every single time.

Once you set-up your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac, when the Watch is used to unlock your Mac you will get a tap on the wrist and hear a jingle on the Watch letting you know it just unlocked your Mac. You will also see a notification on your Watch…

How to fix a frozen Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro

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A quick tip for anyone who has experienced the Touch Bar freezing up on the MacBook Pro. If this happens to you, follow the instructions below and it will relaunch the Touch Bar.

Open Terminal > type: pkill "Touch Bar agent" > press Return



If you do not know where to find the Terminal, it is located in Applications folder > Utilities Folder > Terminal

Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

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This adapter works perfectly with my older Thunderbolt external drive. I have not had a single issue with it.

Hopefully I can get a new SSD Thunderbolt 3 drive to replace my current external drive so I won't need to use these adapters, but for the time being, this works fine!

The adapter is $29, you can purchase it from the Apple Store:
http://apple.co/2llu3kY.

How to Customize the Touch Bar

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A quick tip on how to customize the Touch Bar on a MacBook Pro.

For more information regarding the Touch Bar, please check the Apple support page;
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207055

SanDisk Extreme Pro USB-C Reader / Adapter

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I purchased this to use with my MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. I needed an easy way to get my drone footage off of my Phantom 4 and onto my MacBook Pro for editing, this is the perfect solution for my needs.

I have used this quite a few times and I have not had any issues. Transfer speeds seem to be super quick. I am mostly transferring from the SanDisk to my Thunderbolt external drive for editing, but even transferring directly to the MBP is super fast as well. Great product, highly recommended!

$29 from Apple; http://apple.co/2jWERok

Apparently Amazon doesn't carry this yet, so no link. :/

Life Rules - Arya Stark

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Animation project Arya

Elago W3 - Apple Watch Charging Stand

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A replica Macintosh charging stand for your Apple Watch, it works with series 1 and 2.

It is made of rubber, just feed your charging cable through the stand, your watch slides down inside it. Very sturdy, it doesn't tip over, it's rubber on the outside but weighted on the inside. A very neat charging stand for any Apple fan with an Apple Watch.

$15 on Amazon; http://amzn.to/2jVUzjY