Monthly Archives: October 2008

Snapping web pages – LittleSnapper

I’ve written before about a little app I utterly love on the Mac called Skitch. It’s a really nice tool for taking and annotating screenshots, and I often use it to add an image to my blog posts, or simply to record interesting events in my gallery.

So what if you need to make images of web pages? I’m fairly certain that my new favourite application is going to be LittleSnapper, from my friends at Realmac Software. It looks simple, and gorgeous. They recently posted a demo of some of the features on their blog.

Incidentally, although I’ve not had any cause to use their RapidWeaver software before, I’ve had it demonstrated to me and it also looks like a fantastic tool if you are into web design. I think LittleSnapper is going to be the product that gets me on the hook, though 🙂

disclaimer: I know one of the guys from Realmac, but I’ve chosen to post this independently, and the opinions here are firmly my own


photoPicked this pin badge up from the folks at Zemanta at a recent MOO drinks event in London.

Photographed with my iPhone and edited with Photogene and Brushes 🙂

Maldivian beaches


Originally uploaded by andyp uk

I wanted to feature this image here, as I’m particularly happy with it. We’ve been away in the Maldives getting our PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and NRC Nitrox Level II certifications. The weather was mixed… in fact there were some fairly poor diving conditions on many of the days, but we still had some beautiful days and met some lovely people.

I’ll be uploading some more images over time, so keep an eye on my Flickr stream.

W2E Berlin sound and vision


I’ve posted photos from the Web 2.0 Expo in two sets on Flickr.

Images from the Expo itself:

BackchannelTim O'ReillySpiralMinassian on Social Software

Images from team events, and round and about the city:

bcc Berliner Congress CentreReichstagScary J-FFaces on the Berlin Wall

I’ve made all of the images Creative Commons Attribution-ND.

A note on conference photography. I decided to travel light as I was only going for a few days, so I only packed my compact digital camera instead of the DSLR. I also decided to take my Eye-Fi card, reasoning that I’d be able to hook up to the conference wifi and just get the images straight up onto Flickr.

When I first arrived at the Expo, I found I couldn’t configure the card to connect to the network. On day two, it finally did connect, so it was obviously just an issue with the wifi. Unfortunately this continued… so the card would sporadically connect, but not always finish uploading an image. As a result the images are out-of-order in my main Flickr stream (partially fixed by having the sets sorted into chronological order). As a note to myself, I might well reduce the image size in future, since I was shooting at full size and the images were ~2-3Mb which didn’t upload fast.

I was also then faced with the issue of editing and tagging. Flickr offers Picnick integration which is OK… but the range of enhancement options is far more limited than I’m used to in Lightroom, so what with the low light and often wanting to avoid distracting presenters with flash, the photos are hardly my best efforts. Tagging also seemed to take a long time, although I have opened the images for tagging by any Flickr member, so other people can help out there… I already started to trawl for other images from the conference, and note that many of them have restricted permissions preventing me from adding tags or notes 😦


When I got back to the UK on Friday I joined the Dogear Nation regulars for a chat about the event and all the latest web news. Episode 73 has just been posted, so check it out.

A full write-up?

It’s coming. Somewhen soon…

Breaking my own Twitter rules

I’m a strong believer in online etiquette and I guess over time I’ve created a few rules in my own mind which I try to follow as regards to my use of Twitter. They are loose, but kind of sum up my approach to the tool.

  • never, EVER, split a single comment across multiple tweets – 140 chars is enough, or you’re saying too much at once.
  • don’t be too verbose or noisy (I guess this amounts to “don’t Twitter too much”)
  • don’t be broadcast-only, try to respond to comments and questions
  • don’t use Twitter just for chatting (i.e. don’t spend too much time on @replies)

Whether these make sense or not is another debate, but they sum up what my use of Twitter is all about. I have a level of tolerance for others who break my rules, but eventually I tend to unfollow people who do (particularly the multiple tweets rule, which just really annoys me)

My level of twittering fluctuates – some days I don’t say much (last week nothing at all as I was away from technology all week), other days I’m quite chatty. Right now I guess I’m very noisy, as I’m at the Web 2.0 Expo.

Yesterday I had my first instance of unfollowing that was explicitly put down to how much of a firehose my Twitter stream had become:

So I guess the rules I’ve established in my own mind do matter to other people as well. I can understand that.

It’s interesting to note that for a while I unfollowed my friend Luis Suarez because of his tendency to break some of these rules. He now has a separate account for his conference-related twitterings. This seems like a reasonable compromise, but so far I’ve not been to enough for this to be a good reason to complicate my life with an additional account.

By the way, Stowe Boyd gave an excellent talk on “The Web of Flow” at the expo yesterday. His slides are here.

Oh, and Phil: I’ll get quieter again, I promise! 🙂