Sunday, January 8, 2017

Creating Cinemagraphs using Microsoft Blink Cliplets -

Welcome to my first post of 2017.

Cinemagraphs are basically animated gifs created using Videos. Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs, forming a video clip. They are published as an animated GIF or in other video formats, and can give the illusion that the viewer is watching an animation.

Here are some Cinemagraph GIF files that I have created.

Screenshot 1. A discussion - 194 Kb GIF file

Screenshot 2. Digital Integration's Tornado - WSO station (225 Kb GIF file)

Screenshot 3. Digital Integration's Tornado - WSO station again (223 Kb GIF file)

A Cinemagraph makes the GIF file come alive! You can select just a small portion to animate whilt the rest of the screen is static. As in the Screenshot 1. 

Here's the best part of a Cinemagraph. It's file size is smaller compared to an animated GIF of the same content. Look at Screenshot 3. An animated GIF of the same countent would be at least 2 Megabytes in size. The Cinemagraph is a 10 times smaller than the animated GIF. Using a Cinemagraph on a web page would lead to faster load times of a webpage, compared to a bloated animated GIF. 

Here is the link to download the Cinemagraph program (free by Microsoft)

Here is the link to other examples of cinemagraphs

Frankie Kam

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Play Digital Integration's Tornado on your iPad Air (and any DOS game, for that matter) and on any iOS device

Source: Nobbby. Pixabay CC0 Public Domain

I just discovered how to play Digital Integration's venerable 23-year old DOS game Tornado on my iPad Air. I used iDOS 2 and the iExplore app. Check out these screenshots. The game runs well on my 2014 iPad Air. And it will also work on your beloved iPhone. Well, any device running iOS.

Screenshot 1: iDOS 2 when my iPad is held in portrait orientation

Screenshot 2: iDOS 2 when my iPad is held in landscape orientation
The problem here is no matter what opacity setting you choose for the virtual keyboard,
you can hardly make out the game's cockpit graphics because of the way the virtual
keyboard is overlaid on top of the game.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Make a Play Once Only question in a Moodle quiz with Justin Hunt's PoodLL Repositories plugin

Image credit: Username Coffee.
I am using Moodle 2.7.2 for one of my quizzes. I also use Justin Hunt's excellent PoodLL repositories to make "Play (Listen) Once Only" recordings that I include inside my Moodle quiz.  

The repository has a play-once audio player that looks like this: 

If you ever wanted to make listening-type Moodle quiz questions, then read on!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Easily enroll multiple students on WordPress into your purchased Moodle course with the Edwiser Bridge-Bulk Purchase extension

Bulk Purchase. Credit: Alexas_Photos.
Welcome to my fifth and last post in a series of five posts featuring the Edwiser Bridge and its four extensions. Today I will focus on the Edwiser Bulk Purchase Extension, which is a commercial plugin. The best thing about this plugin is that you can now let your administrator or manager purchase more than one quantity of a Moodle course in a single transaction. If that's not good enough, the extension allows the Instructor or Manager to enroll himself and others to the purchased course!
Screen 1. The Edwiser Bulk
Purchase Extension icon.

So, in short, this extension allows instructors, parents, managers or corporate trainers to purchase a Moodle course on behalf of others, and then enroll them. This extension will save you effort and time. Please note this extension requires the WooCommerce Integration extension to be installed first.

Section 1. Overview

Screen 2. The Big Picture.
Where the Bulk Purchase Extension fits in the E-Commerce system.

How useful is this extension? VERY! Imagine that you are an Administrator who is given the responsibility of purchasing a Moodle course online. You have ten (10) students to enroll into the course that costs USD100 per person. Which would you prefer? To pay USD100 once for every student that you enroll - which means you have to repeat the online payment and enrollment process TEN times? Or to pay USD100 x 10 = USD1,000 once, and enter all ten students' account data, and then have all TEN students' Moodle account created automatically?

Obviously the latter as it saves you time and effort. With Edwiser's Bulk Purchase Extension, you can make a bulk online payment for a course for multiple students. and have those students login into Moodle and start off the course. With the extension this is an almost painless process and a breeze to use.

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