# Tuesday, 10 July 2018

I needed to convert a bunch of PDF files with pictures into image files.

I volunteered to create a slideshow for a family reunion and and one cousin sent me dozens of PDFs, which don't play nice with my editing software.

After playing around with several online converters, I settled on PDFtoPNG.

You don't need to install anything to use this tool.

Open a browser and navigate to https://pdftopng.online/

The start page shown in Fig 1 is  pretty intuitive.

P2P01-StartPage
Fig 1

Click the large green [Choose File] button to open a "File Open" dialog, as shown in Fig. 2.

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Fig 2

Select a file and click [Open]. You can only convert one file at a time, but each file takes only a few seconds.

A "Converting file" message (Fig 3) displays, while the system does its thing.

P2P03-Converting
Fig 3

When the conversion process is complete, a [Download] button displays, as shown in Fig 4.

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Fig 4

Click this button to save your newly-created PNG file to disc. If the PDF file contains multiple images, a ZIP file containing all the images is created.

Using this tool, I was able to quickly convert dozens of PDFs to PNG files and add them to my slideshow. It was simple, free, and I did not need to install or uninstall any software.

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 17:10:56 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, 08 November 2013

Earlier this year, I wrote a Windows Phone app. I had to register for the Windows Phone store (and pay $19) so that others could download my app. Later in the year I wrote a Windows 8 app and registered for the Windows 8 store (for an extra $49).

Registering for these stores was not a huge chore and the cost was still cheaper than the iOS store. But this process just became much simpler and much cheaper. Microsoft announced this week that developers can register for both the Windows store and the Windows Phone store for a single annual fee of $19.

If you are already registered for one of these stores, you will automatically have access to the other; and, if you've registered for both (like me), you receive an additional year for free.

Full details of these changes can be found at http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/appbuilder/archive/2013/11/06/unifying-developer-registration-windows-and-windows-phone.aspx

This is good news for people like me who like processes to be simple and fees to be low. It removes much of the friction of publishing an app.

Friday, 08 November 2013 06:01:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Saturday, 10 July 2010

I attended a high school reunion tonight and had a blast.

Maybe it's because we see each other so seldom; maybe it's the festiveness of the occasion; maybe it's our shared history or our diverging paths; but this group seems to get nicer as they get older.

It's hard to believe it's been 30 years since I graduated from Grosse Pointe North High School.

For the event, I made a slideshow of photos that my classmates sent me. Many people told me they enjoyed it, so I will share it here.

You can view the original photos here.

Saturday, 10 July 2010 08:15:51 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 05 July 2010

Here is a fun slideshow of photos I took at the Codestock Developers conference in June

You can view all my photos from Codestock here.

Monday, 05 July 2010 00:02:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)