Being a Freelance Web Designer

Freelancer web designer is very easy to find. But it's hard to find freelancers who are reliable, and you can work consistently, deliver the project on time. Advantages Freelancing has many advantages if you use the communication channels correctly and keep the business in good quality. The freelance employee has a more free working environment than the salaried employee. Because working hours are self-determined, work pressure is also somewhat less than usual work. On the other hand, because it is not affiliated with a workplace, it is also exempt from the pressure of employees and supervisors. Disadvantages Even though the freelancing seems like the perfect way to work, it is not as it seems from the outside. Most importantly, the freelancers do not have the job consistency therefore the freelancer should often search for more and more jobs while working on a project already. Because of this reason, being a freelancer does not come with an income guarantee, while some periods can be quite busy, some times they won't make money for months. They might also find it hard to get paid what is worth their effort at the end of the project, if the freelancer didn't sign a proper contract. Should you work with a freelancer? There are some greatly skilled freelancer web designers and developers out there, but as stated above not all the freelancers are reliable. If you need a fast and reliable method, you should either seek for a highly reputed freelancer or a local company with happy clients. If you are near Kansas, you should definitely check Kansas City web designers page.

How To Decompress a .B6Z File Using B6Zip

We all may need to reduce the size of files from time to time. It can be for archiving files or sending them to someone else by e-mail, or using the space of our storage economically. This is what we call a file compression. There are many types of file compression, such as; zip, rar, ace, arj, 7zp, b6z... Recently, B6Z files are gaining popularity among the other compressing techniques. You can decompress .b6z and .b6 files using B6Zip on operating systems Windows and OS X. To open b6z file simply install B6Zip and right click the file you would like to decompress. B6Z is the fastest archive format with highest compression ratio preferred by Mac users.

qlImageSize improvements

qlImageSize just got better ! It now supports two non-standard images formats, WebP and Portable Pixmap. WebP To enable this you must have the library installed on your Mac, if it’s not the case, the easiest way is via Homebrew : brew install webp If you don’t use Homebrew, you need to have libwebp.dylib in your /usr/local/lib folder. All the loading is done dynamically at runtime. If you have Pixelmator installed, its own QuickLook plugin might get in the way. To fix this you need to edit the file /Applications/Pixelmator.app/Contents/Library/QuickLook/PixelmatorLook.qlgenerator/Contents/Info.plistand remove the dict entry that handles webp. Another plugin that might get in the way is webp-quicklook, same thing just remove it and it will be good. Don’t forget to reset the QuickLook daemon though : qlmanage -r qlmanage -r cache Portable Pixmap I stumbled upon some .pgm images a few days ago and forgot that OS X didn’t handle them natively, so I quickly coded something to render them. Who the fuck use this ? Well it’s easy, some Linux users. To make this works we need to register 3 UTI (ppm, pbm, pgm) that conforms to public.image, the easiest way is by following the steps described here. You can download the plugin here. PS : Also working on getting better SVG preview.

Debug a Preference Pane with Xcode 3

Here is a quick tip to help you debug your Preference Pane with Xcode, because debugging with NSLog() is painful and not very productive. So, open your project with Xcode, go to the Project menu and chose News Custom Executable. In the Executable Path field, chose /Applications/System Preferences, and for the name of the executable, chose whatever you want. Now you can put breakpoints in your code and debug it as you normally do. When you will hit the debug button to launch your project, System Preferences will launch, then click on your Preference Pane to load it and you are good to go.