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Monday, April 28, 2014

How to view .swf format files

SWF (/ˈswɪf/ swif)[2] is an Adobe Flash file format used for multimedia, vector graphics and ActionScript. SWF files can contain animations or applets of varying degrees of interactivity and function.
Currently, SWF is the dominant format for displaying "animated" vector graphics on the Web. It may also be used for programs, commonly browser games, using ActionScript. (Source: Wikipedia)

How to view .swf files? Simple. Just drag and drop into your web browser.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

How to create and embed Google map

There would likely arise a time when creating a Google map and embedding it in a blog post would be advantages, so how do we proceed to create and embed a map?

First thing is sign into a Google account then go to Google map. At the bottom left corner there will be a small icon that looks like a gear. Click on the gear icon and click MY PLACES. See screenshot below:

Google map: My places

At the top left in the new window you should see a CREATE MAP button but I would suggest you do not click on that. Instead, slightly below the button there would be a OR CREATE WITH CLASSIC MY MAP. Click on that link. (see screenshot below):

Create with classic my map

Next, using the search box, search for the location of the place you want to create a map for.

Google map showing Googleplex location

When you have found it after clicking on CREATE WITH CLASSIC MY MAP, at the top left corner, click on that blue place marker (Add a place marker, see screenshot below)

Google map add a place marker

Click on that blue place marker then move to the location you want to mark and drop it there. Type in the map title and description in the relevant box then click SAVE and DONE.

Google map place marker title and description

At the top right, you should see an icon that look like part of a chain link. Click on that and you get a popup with 2 boxes but only the SHORT URL is not grayed out and is available to copy. Copy that link, open a different browser, paste that short url you had copied and this time at the top you would see 2 similar both but this time both boxes are not grayed out and both available to copy. Copy that code in the "Paste HTML to embed in website" and this will be the embed code you can use to paste into a post editor in the Edit HTML mode.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Skype a useful tools for bloggers

As a blogger, you will be using many different products or services. There will likely be time when you will need to contact support. Companies have various ways to provide support to their users among which will be via email, support tickets, live chat or phone with many offering toll free number.

To be able to call land lines or mobile phone you will need to add funds to your Skype account to get credit. I have done this and have been quite satisfied with it especially as the cost is way below what I will have to pay to call using my land line or mobile phone direct.

But a very good piece of information is, even if you don't have Skype credits in your account, it is still possible to call toll free numbers. The following countries and number ranges are supported and are free of charge to all users. We're working on the rest of the world:

France: +33 800, +33 805, +33 809
Poland: +48 800
UK: +44 500, +44 800, +44 808
USA: +1 800, +1 866, +1 877, +1 888
Taiwan: +886 80

For help on dialing please visit Skype user guides.