RIP Google Reader, Now What?

Yesterday Google announced that it will be shutting down Google reader as of July 1st 2013. I used Google Reader to keep track and follow all of my favorite blogs online I also used it to archive my content via IFTTT and Diigo. Although I am a little upset about Google’s decision I realize that they were providing a free service and beggars cant be choosers. Below I walk you through how to export your Google Reader subscriptions and add them to Netvibes as well as getting started with Feedly which is an online magazine style RSS reader.

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Navigating Print Options in Google Presentations

Sometimes you want to create a handout from your presentations or you want to make the pages portrait instead of landscape. This is very easy to do in Google presentations.

To get started click FILE and choose Print Settings and Preview 

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From here you can change your print options for your handout to several slides per page.

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You also have several other options like hiding the background and changing from landscape to portrait. When you have made all of your selections simply click the Print button.

 

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If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email.

 

Thanks

TJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exporting GPS Data from a folder of images & writing to a CSV

While at #educon @alvintrusty was talking about fusion tables which is a tool from Google that allows you to map and plot data. The conversation came up about attaching GPS data from images into the map. There are several apps for IOS, Windows, and Mac that will allow you to see this data. I wanted to share a quick tip using one of my favorite tools, EXIFTool to pull out the GPS EXIF data from a folder of images.
The goal for this post is to extract Longitude and Latitude data from a folder of images and export the data in a CSV so it can be easily imported into a Fusion Table.

To get started navigate to http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/ and download exiftool.

Install the software on your computer.

Once the installation is finished, open up Terminal or open up your Command Line on Windows.

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Here is the line that you need to enter:

“exiftool -csv -filename -imagesize -gps:GPSLatitude -gps:GPSLongitude ./ > long.csv”

 

This command will go to the folder that you input and read through all of the images and pull out the filename, the image size, the GPS Latitude and the GPS Longitude and export everything to a CSV.

Here is the finished CSV that is opened in Excel:

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If you have any issues feel free to comment or email me at tj@tjhouston.com

 

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