Sunday, November 26, 2017

My Memories digital scrapbooking program

Some news here!

First, My Memories has upgraded to version 9. There are a whole bunch of new features:

New Project Types
  • Social Media - Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Google Plus
  • Print Products - Canvas, Metal, Posters, Mug, Mousepad, Water Bottle
Photo Enhancements
  • Color Pop - Make a photo Black and White except for an area you select in Color
  • HSB - Hue Saturation Brightness Adjustments
  • Right-Click photos in the Photo Gallery to see details (width, height, dpi, path, etc)
  • Right-Click to sort photos in Photo Gallery by Date vs Name
Text Enhancements
  • Copy & Paste Text Styles from one Text Box to another
  • Copy & Paste Text without Style or Paste Special with Style
  • Text on a Shape or Line can now have Text Styles
  • Adjust Text Style while Text is Attached to Shape or Line
  • Set any Text Box Style to Default Text Style
Background Enhancements
  • Set Background to Gradient Colors
  • Zoom Background In or Out
  • Nudge Background in Eight Directions for Precise Positioning
Calendar Improvements
  • Additional Options for Calendar Header Sizing
  • Set a Specific Day of the Week to be a Custom Color
  • Calendar Projects from Scratch will Automatically add Calendar Months to pages
  • Set start Month to Yearly Calendars
Other Enhancements
  • Set Objects to Same Width, Height, or Size
  • Set Mattes to Gradient Colors
  • Grid to asset with aligning points in Shape Editor
  • Page Number Feature now allows for Text Before or After Page Numbers
  • Autosave option for Project with Adjustable Interval
  • Fast Fill option to insert Breaks which will help to keep groups of photos together
  • Photo Layouts can be sorted by # of Photos
  • Word Art can be filled with Background Paper
  • Search within Templates Dialog

Also, Mags Graphics posted on Facebook that their 2012 Christmas Spirit Combo Kit is free for 48 hours. Link here. The post was early Sunday morning, so they might be available through Tuesday morning. There are related add-on packs that are on sale, as well.

You don't have to have the program to take advantage of the free kits at MyMemories.com. They come in a version for Mac, Windows or general, which you can use in a photo/graphics editing program like Photoshop, Gimp or Paint.net.

In conjunction with the release of My Memories Suite 9, I'm going to be doing a giveaway of the full updated version. This is a sponsored giveaway. MyMemories.com provides the software download and I send the link to the winner.

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I'm excited about the new project types for social media. I have used the program to make custom Facebook covers, but always had to define the size. This is going to be awesome!


These are two of the Facebook covers I designed with this program, using only the art that came with this version. I have much more, most of it was free, but it's not on my new laptop yet.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I'm soooo behind

I'm still trying to get the hang of the Pathway experience. Of my two classes, I'm doing better in the religion course. I've got a lot of the general studies assignments that I haven't completed. The best I can hope for is 50 percent of the grade when I do turn them in, so I'm not sure I can even pass at this point.

But I'm still going to try.

Let's take Lesson 2 for example. This is a beginning lesson on The Learning Model & The Honor Code.

The Learning Model embraces five principles:

Principle One: Learners and teachers at BYU-Idaho exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as a principle of action and power.
Principle Two: Learners and teachers at BYU-Idaho understand that true teaching  is done by and with the Holy Ghost.
Principle Three: Learners and teachers at BYU-Idaho lay hold upon the word of God - as found in the holy scriptures and in the words of the prophets - in all disciplines.
Principle Four: Learners and teachers at BYU-Idaho act for themselves and accept responsibility for learning and teaching.
Principle Five: Learners and teachers at BYU-Idaho love, serve, and teach one another.

I need to exercise faith more often and invite the Holy Spirit into my heart more. I need to spend more time (and more often) reading the scriptures. I think the other two principles may be easier - or more natural - for me.

We have a weekly gathering from 7 to 9 p.m. each Thursday.  Although the people in my gathering are not in the same online class group, we are all studying the same thing. One person leads the discussion in each class, and we take turns with it. We are all encouraging each other.

The Honor Code

Part of the Honor Code states: You should complete your own work and be evaluated for that work as you seek to be completely honest in all your dealings. PathwayConnect students avoid academic dishonesty and misconduct in all its forms, including, but not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, and fabrication/falsification. The most common examples of academic dishonesty are copying another person's work or not acknowledging a source of information.

One part of the religion course is called Digging Deeper. There's a set of videos in each lesson - maybe seven or either - and we are required to watch at least six of them. In last week's lesson, I didn't get around to watching the videos before taking the quiz on the material. One of the questions is "did you watch at least six of the Digging Deeper" videos. Since I had not watched them at that point (although I still plan to), I answered "no".

In the General Studies class this week, part of the assignment was to spend 30 minutes looking at the Provident Living website set up by the church. I missed that before I started the quiz, so I looked at it quickly and honestly answered with how much time I had spent looking at the site. It made my grade a little less, but it was the truth. And I still plan to go back and spend more time looking it over.

So there you have my lesson 2 "share with a friend". I'm trying to catch up, starting with the earlier missed assignments, while keeping up with the current ones.