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Making reasonable font

I would like to create a font using someone's handwriting and am looking for a good software with which to do this. I'm not an expert in this, so it would have to have a small learning curve, unless it is really worth it for me to spend time learning so I can get reasonable results. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Oct 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Any Zotero experts in the house?

Using Zotero in a pre-existing Word document: help. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Oct 16, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I get a software internship?

How do I get a software internship? I feel like I have too little experience and won't be "good enough" [more inside]
posted by WCF on Oct 13, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me recall the name of some software

Name the obscure torrent client [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Oct 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Do you ever just click without reading the fine print?

Do you ever just click without reading the fine print? I am wondering a few things about the old "Click here to signify that you have read and understood the blah blah blah" directive, particularly the type found in software downloads/updates. [more inside]
posted by klausman on Oct 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for software to aid with streaming via an unreliable connection

Is there a music streaming program that will continuously cache a stream while a connection is available and play from that cache on demand, in a first-in-first-out manner? [more inside]
posted by Nameless on Oct 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Help us find the right open-source license

I am a software engineer, and my company has decided to open-source my project. Yaaay! Please help us find the right open source license. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Oct 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Name my far-out software project!

I wrote a bit of software that intercepts keystrokes and composes music, with some semantic awareness for programming. What should this be called? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Oct 7, 2012 - 15 answers

Insert Disk 53 and Press [RETURN]

I was having one of those "I walked to to school uphill both ways" discussions with friends and the question came up: What software product shipped on the largest number of floppy disks? I'm having trouble tracking it down, but I have some recollection that A/UX shipped on some insane number of diskettes, like 20 or 30, before Apple started selling it on a hard drive.
posted by LastOfHisKind on Oct 6, 2012 - 19 answers

Suggestions for 2D man/woman animation toolkits/software

I am looking for a 2D animation toolkit that helps me animate various actors, like man, woman, cat and helps in realising various actions like sleeping, running, etc. with programmatical ease. I have looked into processing.org and started to toy with simple geometric shapes, but yet to stumble across an animation with man/woman actors. Could you help me find some good resources where I could learn to animate such things? TIA.
posted by godugu on Oct 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Remix Software

Inspired by Tiger and Woods' Gin Nation (sampling Imagination's Music & Lights), if I wanted to create some remixes of favorite old tracks, what software package would best enable me to do this? Cost is not so much of an issue, but I don't want to buy some package that I'll drown in and don't necessarily need all the bells and whistles of. I know there's a lot out there - that all come in basic/ normal/ whizz-bang versions - but need some help navigating. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Oct 2, 2012 - 3 answers

What should I ask my CVP?

I am a software developer at [a big software company]. In a few hours here, I've got a one-hour meeting with my retiring-this-month corporate vice president. We are both women in tech. What should I ask her? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Oct 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Is there any software that will dynamically re-project a map as you click-and-drag it?

Is there any software that will dynamically re-project a map as you click-and-drag it? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on Sep 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Reconfiguring Prefs After OS Reinstall (MAC 10.6.8))

My Mac (OS 10.6.8) is behaving wonkily, and I need to reinstall the system software. I'm wondering if there are any tricks for helping me reconfiguring my various prefs after the reinstall. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Sep 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Recommend a replacement for random Notepad windows

Recommend a replacement for random Notepad windows [more inside]
posted by Capa on Sep 24, 2012 - 14 answers

Should I take my old job back?

I left a good job at a bigger corporation early this year to join a startup. Nine months later, I'm not sure it was a good decision. Is it a bad idea to go back to my previous job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Advice on converting a python program to a web app?

Hi I have programmed on eclipse, a reasonably straightforward program in Python 2.7 that applies image filters to user selected images e.g. by turning them to sepia, black & white, negative, etc. It uses Tkinter for the graphics user interface and the program functions ok. However, I was thinking about how to turn this into a web app. So to transfer this to an Amazon cloud server, I understand that for the client side user interface I would need to convert the program by adding html and javascript to the client side while python handles the server side? Does anyone know of any tutorials or other resources that are particularly good at covering web apps like this using python, html and javascript?
posted by conrad101 on Sep 19, 2012 - 3 answers

How to do a webinar?

How can I find an audience for a software demo webinar? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2012 - 2 answers

Tournament software?

Looking for a website that lets me do this: For a set group of people, each submits a message. You can see who's sent a message, but not what the contents of the message are. When everyone's submitted a message, all the messages are revealed. This is for an online Magic: the Gathering tournament - we're having everyone submit an entry before anyone sees what anyone else submitted.
posted by LSK on Sep 7, 2012 - 2 answers

application migration to work in the cloud

I am looking for guidance on migrating an application to the cloud, from both a practical perspective as well as a theoretical perspective for a project. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 on Sep 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Online customer database software?

I'm looking for recommendations for online software for managing a database of customers. [more inside]
posted by rabbitfufu on Sep 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Good habits for the highly effective computer scientist

I'm a physics graduate student and my PhD work is going to involve a fair amount of programming. Aside from the coding part, what habits and skills do I need to develop to become a competent programmer? [more inside]
posted by Zalzidrax on Aug 31, 2012 - 21 answers

I need to know what I'm doing and when I need to do it.

I am looking for a wonderful timer program for Mac (OS X 10.7.4 +). It needs to have a Cocoa GUI (meaning a GUI that isn't ugly, and isn't unnecessarily complicated), the ability to run multiple timers, and the ability to name timers with a decent amount of detail. Sound is an important feature, too. Command line alternatives are also cool, but not ideal. More information inside: [more inside]
posted by oceanjesse on Aug 31, 2012 - 5 answers

Can Quickbooks reports be customized for a 5-4-4 fiscal quarter?

My retail business has non-calendar fiscal months on a 5-4-4, 13 week quarter. How can I assign custom fiscal month dates to Quickbooks to create budgets and reports based on the right periods? Or, what other accounting software handles this well? [more inside]
posted by ioesf on Aug 31, 2012 - 0 answers

Book recommendation for Software Product Management Interviews

Looking for book recommendations for Software Product Manager interview questions. [more inside]
posted by unmodern on Aug 31, 2012 - 2 answers

Can I Convert Video Footage to Animation?

Can I Convert Video Footage to Animation? We are making a video documentary about college students and their attitudes towards dating and sex. Much of the documentary involves one interviewer interviewing different people on the same set. As you might guess, many of the potential subjects are reluctant to speak candidly onscreen, BUT, most of them will consent to their voices being used…I am wondering if there is some not-crazily-expensive way to take a video interview and, using some kind of software, animate it, turning the interviewer and subject into animated avatars. The animation does not have to be super super high quality—a fairly simple avatar for each of the people onscreen will do…We have a lot of technical and post-production people on the crew, so someone involved probably has access to almost any software program available…Any help—especially specific programs or plug-ins—would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
posted by laswingkid on Aug 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Looking for a new or different High School math test generator, and Apple programs or apps for use in the classroom

I'm looking for software for a high school math teacher: first, a better/newer test generator, and second, in-classroom programs, bonus points for apps for an Apple laptop and/or an iPod touch. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Educational games on Mac for young kids?

My pre-k boy LOVES video games and adventure/superhero TV shows. It would be great to harness some of that love for learning purposes. What are your recommendations for software or online games that do that? We're a Mac household. [more inside]
posted by michaeldunaway on Aug 24, 2012 - 5 answers

checkButton1 = Tkinter.Checkbutton(master=root, command=lambd GAH FORGET IT I GIVE UP

I'd like your recommendations for online learn-to-touch-type software! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Aug 22, 2012 - 4 answers

What's a solid non-iTunes podcatcher with authenticated feeds support?

What's a solid non-iTunes podcatcher with authenticated feeds support? [more inside]
posted by Geektox on Aug 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Suggestions wanted for internet blocking software.

Suggestions for internet-blocking software for OS X 10.8 wanted; alternatives to Freedom and Anti Social. [more inside]
posted by FrereKhan on Aug 16, 2012 - 3 answers

I'm tired of sitting in a leaky rowboat... I wanna run a tight ship!

I am *finally* getting an assistant to help me tackle my workload and upcoming projects, which has been a chaotic undertaking for one person. She's really smart and retentive in exactly the way an awesome assistant should be... we're determined to get super organized as a team so I want to start off on the right foot and be able to focusing on monetizing instead of answering email all day. Here's my question: what are the best apps/sites/software nowadays to manage and document big workloads, contacts, meetings, tasks brainstorms, and overall projects and stay organized easily as a team? I know there has to be some great new stuff out there that I haven't heard of. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Aug 14, 2012 - 12 answers

pummelvision replacement?

Waa!? Pummelvision shut down! Now how am I supposed to convert my hundreds of wedding photos into a 2 minute video, with music? Please, please, please tell me there's an alternative way to do this - weather an automatic service, or a stand alone program, or some multi-step conversion nightmare. Thanks!
posted by rebent on Aug 13, 2012 - 14 answers

The moving typography writes, and having written moves on

What is this called and how do I make it? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Aug 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Wait, did Bill Gates just walk into my house and card me?

I inherited my desktop Mac from my girlfriend last year when she got a new one. We now live together and have our computers on the same network, and now MS Office complains that I don't have a license for this computer. Do I have any options other than buying a whole new MS Office license/package? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Aug 12, 2012 - 17 answers

Project management / shared to-do list software for families?

Project management / shared to-do list software for families? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Aug 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Force-hide menus and status bar in a Mac app?

A Mac app in which I want to force-hide the top menu bars and bottom status bar (not possible natively within the app): what third-party utilities or UI-hacking tools could help? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Aug 10, 2012 - 1 answer

introduction to programming

I'm to give a half an hour talk to a group of year 12 (snr high school) students as a really brief introduction to software development. Half an hour isn't a lot of time. Has anyone got an idea of an activity this small group (+/-10) can undertake to get them thinking as programmers? I'm generally casting around for ideas.
posted by mattoxic on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Assemble JPGs into a PDF?

I have a folder of JPG files. I want to create a PDF with one of those JPGs on each page. I don't want to spend any money. I am using a Windows computer. [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

I know how to fix a Mac, now I need to know how to break one.

How can I make a Mac app crash reproducibly with the solution being to trash the app's preferences and have them rebuild automatically? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Aug 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Need recommendation for a lightweight photo editor

Lightweight Photoshop/Picasa alternatives? Main need is photo filters/effects. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Aug 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Balkan beats + Ira Glass = best run ever?

Is it possible/simple/affordable to mix/layer/? music I own under a podcast? [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on Aug 6, 2012 - 3 answers

I'm asking for a friend, I swear...

Ok, aside from any morality issues, what are the actual dangers of using pirated software? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2012 - 19 answers

Volume 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations, are you saying what I think you are?

Are bitmapped fonts still not copyrightable? How have you used bitmapped fonts in your work? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Aug 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Suggestions for web-based client management software at reasonable price?

I'm in need of client and accounts management software that is suited to newspaper (or at least publications) operations. It needs to be free or very inexpensive, web-based, and user friendly. [more inside]
posted by LillyBird on Aug 2, 2012 - 3 answers

What video editing/effects software should I get when my hands are tied?

What video editing/effects software should I get when my hands are tied? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Aug 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Music tempo adjustment software for Mac?

Can you recommend free/very cheap software for a Mac that allows me to slow down recorded music (mp3s) on the fly? [more inside]
posted by obliquicity on Jul 31, 2012 - 19 answers

Skype-like software that can play pre-recorded video?

(Asking for a friend.) I need to find some sort of software that lets you both record yourself through a webcam (showing the image live in a window on the screen) and (not simultaneously) play a pre-recorded video in the same screen. Ideally it would have very minimalist buttons, or configurable buttons/toolbar. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jul 31, 2012 - 3 answers

Use vim for everything

Software methodologies for writing? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Jul 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Can you help me find this blog post?

Some tech blogger - probably one with a Mac focus - wrote a post about leaving TextMate for a different text editor, in the style of someone addressing a person with whom they were ending a romantic relationship. Can you help me find it?
posted by Egg Shen on Jul 27, 2012 - 4 answers

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