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Discovering Chrome

Mar 21, 2013
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So you’ve heard someone mention it and now you are thinking what is Chrome all about? Short and simple, it’s a freeware (a.k.a free software) web browser developed by Google. Chrome first came on the browser scene in 2008 and if you want to get into tech-speak, it uses the Webkit rendering engine to display web pages. Webkit, an open source project started by Apple, was purpose built for Safari. Basically this means that when Apple make improvements to Webkit, Chrome is improved as well. Pretty much all browsers on mobile phones and tablets use Webkit as well, so reading in between the lines, Apple must be pretty chuffed with this uptake of Webkit!

As of Feburary 2013, Chrome has a 37% worldwide usage share of web browser making it the most widely used browser in the work according to StatCounter however Net Applications rank it as third behind Internet Explorer and Firefox – the take away of this being it’s up there for browser preference, so if you haven’t yet tried it, give it a go.

Tips for Chrome newbies: 

1. If you like to work with multiple tabs open, try pinning your tabs – basically this shrinks your tab to the size of the favicon leaving you more room to multi-task. Right mouse click on the tab and select Pin Tab.




2. If you like the way the favicons look as pins, declutter your Bookmarks bar for your favourite sites – just hit the star icon to the far right of the omnibox, then delete the name – this will put just the favicon on your bookmarks bar.






Favicons in the Bookmarks bar will look like this:


3. Type in an equation or conversion you want in the omnibox (which is the merge of the address bar and search box) and you’ll get the answer straight away.

Try a calculation:

Or a conversion:


 4. Browse in stealth mode – File -> New Incognito Window (or shift+command+N). This will allow you to browse undercover (i.e you can visit pages without leaving browser or search history behind).

5. The New Tab (command+T) page will display thumbnails of the 8 most visited website. Look to the bottom of the page to view the most visited sites, apps, recently closed (this one is useful if you’ve accidentally closed a page and can’t remember how you found it!) and visit the Chrome Web Store where you can install web applications as extensions to the browser.



6.  You can install themes or create your own theme to alter the appearance of the browser too.











So just a few tips to get you started. It’s also worth having a nosey on Chrome Experiments, a site set up to showcase what can be created using the latest open technologies. Users create something they feel is fun and fast in JavaScript and submit it to the site showcasing their talent and creativity. Some of our faves are:

• Ellie Goulding Lights. Use your mouse to navigate your way through this colourful experience of Ellie Goulding’s single “Lights”.
The Exquisite Forest. An online collaboration art project between Google and Tate. Be warned, you’ll find yourself wanting to check out all the trees in the forest to see the animations and you’ve checked out the video to see what the concept is all about.
• Ball Pool. Shake, double click, drag and throw the balls around. Mindless fun for a few minutes – oh the sites people come up with eh!

The sites can also work in other browsers but some of them may say that some features won’t work, hence the nod to opening them in Chrome.

So there you are, a little bit of insight into what Chrome is all about. We love it as a browser option here at DA, let us know what you think!

Auckland InDesign User Group – First meeting of 2013

Mar 19, 2013
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The first meeting of the Auckland InDesign User Group for 2013 has been scheduled for Tuesday, 26th of March.

Date, time, and location

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 6:00 PM

Media Design School
Level 16
92 Albert Street
Auckland, CBD 1010


6:00pm – Doors open – some time to relax, get comfy and chat
6.30pm – Adobe Creative Cloud update
6.45pm – InDesign, PSDs and AIs
7.15pm – Adobe DPS: Using states like a boss!
8.00pm – Giveaways and Sponsor Messages
8.15pm – Time for pizza, drinks, networking


The Auckland InDesign User Group would like to thank the generous support of our major sponsors: Adobe, Digital Arena, Firebrand Talent, InDesign Magazine and Media Design School, and the unflailing support of Wendy and the team at IDUG.

As always we will have some jolly good prizes to give away. Make sure you are registered, check that your details are up-to-date to be eligible to be in with chance to win something really cool!

Please register to attend


Apple Hard Drive Replacement Programme

Mar 6, 2013
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Over the last 6 months, we have been going through our customer purchase records and identifying those of you who purchased iMacs between October 2009 and July 2011. Why you ask? It’s all to do with an Apple hard drive replacement programme.

In a nutshell, 21.5″ and 27″ iMacs bought in that timeframe had faulty Seagate drives inside that didn’t necessarily cause failures, but were operating in a way that could cause them to fail. Have we lost you?

All you need to know is that team DA have been identifying these iMacs, backing these up (something the Apple programme had no provision for so if you weren’t a DA customer you’d be paying an extra fee for this), sorting out drive replacements and voilà – operators have told us how much faster and stabler the machines have become!

If you have an affected iMac, you’re eligible to receive a free drive until 12 April 2013 (or 3 years after the original purchase date) – if you’re a client of ours, don’t worry we’ve taken care of everything! Still not sure what this might mean for you – send us an email.

Spark v5.9.5 – it’s here!

Mar 5, 2013
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We are excited to announce the forthcoming release of our popular job management software.
Spark v5.9.5 is to be released April 2013, this update will feature –

• Xero API – this is a biggie for all the Xero users out there!
• Changes to reports
• Even more is recorded in the transaction log
• Set up your own default submenus
• A new search display option for Tasks
• And more…

Check out further details in the release notes here. We’ll be in touch over the next few weeks with Spark administrators to book in preview sessions.