Biz stuff – I’ve just posted some new Talbert Briars, one Talbert Morta, and there are still (just!) two Ligne Bretagnes available, though I just sold one while working on this blog entry!

The folks on my mailing list have already heard this, but I’ve recently got Photoshop – a substantial graphics-handling upgrade from my 1997 edition of Paintshop Pro for Windows 95, with which I’ve done all my website graphics lo these many years.

To say that I’m stunned by the difference is putting it mildly.

Within one day of creating “actions” (Pre-programmed strings of recorded graphics commands and adjustments, such as “Enhance brightness 39%, Contrast 35%, resize to 1000 pixels width, Sharpen”), I’ve managed to save myself untold hours of slogging through the same menus over and over again every time I have a photo to assemble for the catalog. It’s like heaven. For the past few years, doing any sort of website updating had become such a grinding slog that I’d really grown to hate it, but between Photoshop and Kompozer, it has once again become fun. I can’t imagine what it might be like to use a “real” professional website editor like Dreamweaver, considering how enthralled I am with simple little freeware Kompozer after ten years of doing all my website updates with a text editor.

In coming months, I intend to completely overhaul the website. It isn’t going to be redesigned, but it’s going to get a lot of subtle graphics enhancements, better-looking catalog page photos, and some rearranging. If anyone has complaints, issues, or suggestions, please put them forward now! Especially due for some updating is the long-neglected Resources section. Even the main title page is getting tweaked – the logo photo above looked like the photo below only a few hours ago…

Categories: Pipe Blog


mathuaerknedam · April 18, 2007 at 8:52 pm

Personally, I’d like to see a “date posted” next to each pipe.

Trever-T · April 15, 2007 at 4:05 pm

I’ll see what I can do about the logo. That may be beyond my ability to change, graphically, at this point, but I’ll see. Actually a briar grain background would be rather nice. As for CSS, I know absolutely nothing about it. Kompozer does have a supposedly excellent CSS editor, but my knowledge of CSS is smply that it exists.

mathuaerknedam · April 14, 2007 at 11:10 pm

I should add that I’ve never noticed the pattern in the logo before now. I only noticed it because I was looking closely to find all the changes.

It would be good to use CSS, especially if Kompozer makes it easy.

mathuaerknedam · April 14, 2007 at 10:13 pm

Well, if you’re tweaking the logo, there’a a noticeable repetition in the brown background. It would look nicer if the pattern didn’t repeat.

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