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Final Cut Pro Menu Corruption in Catalina

This week I updated to Catalina and updated to the latest version of Final Cut Pro. Unfortunately all the menus are corrupt. Luckily there is a work around and I really like what it does:

I’m not sure if this “Reduce transparency” was turned on by me, but I think that spotlight looks a lot nicer with transparency. Anyways, I’m sure it will be fixed in an update.

Safari Status Bar on Link Rollover

About a year ago, I switch to Safari (from Chrome) for my default web browser. One downside was that I missed was the ability to preview the URL of a link I was hovering over in the bottom of the browser. However, it appears this feature was never lacking in Safari. Here’s how to see it:

  • Click the ‘View’ menu in Safari
  • Select “Show Status Bar”
  • That’s it!

Now when you hover over a link, you’ll find the target URL in a small popup in the bottom left corner of the browser. I should of looked for that a long time ago!

Adding a Proper HTML Signature to Outlook 365

So let’s say you’ve created a great looking HTML signature only to discover that there is no HTML view in the “Edit Signature” box in Outlook 365. No worries, here’s how to do it. Note: The following assumes your running Windows 10 and Office 365 but who knows, it might work fine with other version combos:

  1. Start by copying HTML source code of your signature to your computers clipboard
  2. Open Outlook
  3. Click “New Email”
  4. Click “Signature” in the “Untitled – Message” window
  5. Click “Signatures…” in the drop-down menu
  6. Click “New” and then name your new signature and click “OK”
  7. In the “Edit Signature” box, type “test” and then click “OK”
  8. Close Outlook
  9. Open a File Explorer window and paste in this path: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Signatures
  10. You should now see a folder containing the name of the signature you just created (three actually.) Open the HTML version in your text editor.
  11. Now remove everything in this document and replace it with the code in your clipboard – Select All (Edit > Select All / Ctrl+A) followed by Paste (Edit > Paste / Ctrl+V)
  12. Save this file

Open Outlook 365 again and you should be able to select your new signature and start using it!

Finally, throw your Windows PC in the garbage and buy a Mac. The end.

Adobe Creative Cloud and the Never Ending Sign In Issue

As a subscriber to Adobe Creative Cloud, I’ve recently run into an issue with the Creative Cloud app where it would not remember from moment to moment that I had signed in. Credentials would not save and while it would connect long enough to get me into say, Photoshop, launching something else like Illustrator would cause the Adobe Application Manager to prompt for a sign in. When I would confirm the sign in, it would just hang. After some Googling, I came across this page:

How To Fix The Adobe Creative Cloud Login Error

For Mac OS, the article recommends closing all things Adobe (I had to “Force Quite” the Adobe Application Manager), then browse to ‘~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/OOBE/’. Delete the ‘opm.db’ file and you’re good to go. Next time you login, the file will re-generate and you should be good to go. I’m blaming corruption possibly triggered when the card on file for payment lapsed.

Anyways, all is well again. Hope this helps someone!

Goodbye Asheron’s Call

A little more than a week ago, the gaming community lost what I consider to be one of the most important games that I’ve played: Asheron’s Call. Today there are few surprises in gaming today. My list of mind blowing moments off the top of my head are Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario 64, Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake, Golden Eye, and Asheron’s Call. While it wasn’t the first MMORPG to market, it was the first for me. I remember purchasing it based on the promises on the box. While giants didn’t roam the land, it did deliver where it mattered: grand adventures in a persistent, 3D world populated by thousands of real people. I was surprised and inspired.

Turbine, thank you for the memories!

Character Name: Tebroc
Server: Thistledown
Favorite Towns: Cragstone & Hebian-To
Favorite Weapon: Bandit Blade Hilt (Dagger)
Favorite Event: Empyrean Shadow War (Shadow Spires)

Check out this Eurogamer piece for some great stories behind the scenes, and I’ll probably update this post with other articles that I across that discuss this great game:

Titan Fall 2

I just completed the campaign of Titan Fall 2 on my new PS4 Pro and I have to say it’s one of the best FPS experiences I’ve had since the Half-Life 2 series. There were no points where I felt like the game was long-in-the-tooth. Just when I would think that the game might get stale, new level concepts, weapons, and environments are introduced with a nice grade of learning and ending with mastery before discarding the idea to make room for new ones. The story was simple enough to follow, and the dialog tree served to usa bitcoin casino put me in each moment of interaction between the pilot and Titan thus allowing me to bond with my Titan more as I thought about my responses and comments. I’m very much looking forward to jumping into the multiplayer. I can’t imagine how a third installment could better this game but I sure hope the team at Respawn are awarded the chance. While I love Battlefield 1, this game deserves the same kind of success. Don’t miss this game.

Make OS X’s Mail App Your Default Client After a Breakup with Outlook

As a subscriber to Office 365, I thought I’d give the entire Office 365 Suite a shot on my Macbook Pro. While I’m pretty happy with everything on offer, Outlook just never quite meshed with my reliance on Calendar, Reminders, and Contacts bundled with OS X and iOS. So after switching back, I’ve put up with Outlook always launching if I happened to click on an email link to start an email composition. This impediment isn’t due to me not changing the default mail app on a few occasions, no, it’s from the setting not saving.

That brings me to today. Instead of simply going to the Mail > Preferences > General and changing the dropdown (Default email reader) from Outlook to Mail only to have the setting change back immediately, this time, I chose ‘Select…’ and browsed for Mail in the Applications folder. I closed and re-opened Mail, and the preference stayed. This process should also work for aucasinosonline anyone trying to do the opposite (that is, change the default from Mail to Outlook.) If I had to guess why this happens, it’s possible that as a result of a major Mail release, the location of some dependency or a symlink became broken. That’s just a guess. I hope that helps someone!