Sunday, February 25, 2007

Email certificate popups

I recently switched to Vista and Office 2007.  I set-up Outlook with the details of my email certificate.  The trouble is, whenever sending a message, Vista pops up a dialog asking whether to grant or deny permission to the certificate.  The exact text is:

"Grant or Deny this application permission to use this key".

The way around this is to not use Outlook to install the certificate but to right click on the certificate in Explorer and let Vista install it.  Another important thing when doing this is to NOT click the Strong option - this is what causes the prompting - leave it as Medium.

To reinstall the certificate:

  • Go to Internet Explorer/Tools/Option/Content/Certificates then Export your certificate (checking the box to delete it after export). 
  • Then, right click from Explorer and select Install. 
  • When this is done, reselect the certificate from Outlook - Tools/Trust Center/E_mail Security.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

A tool for converting animated GIFS to spritemaps

I'm having a lot of fun playing around with the XNA development kit. One day I'll get around to learning 3D but for now I'm still having too much fun with sprites! I wanted a tool that took an animated GIF and produced a spritesheet (a bitmap with each frame of the GIF).

From this:

... to this:

I couldn't find a tool forthis (although I'm sure they exist), so I did my own and uploaded it to my tools page

Saturday, February 03, 2007

New version of the Code Formatter Plugin for Windows Live Writer

Version can be found here.  This update adds the ability to change the font - including the font name, size, style, and weight.