January 6th, 2011
Posted by pftq

Guests Signups in SMF Event Registration Mod

Just spent the whole day adding a few new features to the existing SMF Event Registration Mod.  It's not my mod per se, but I've added quite a few changes to it over the course of the past year.  This last one is probably the most substantial.

The basic premise now is that when signing up, you can fill out the name field, implying that you can sign yourself up as well as people who are not members.  This also leads to the possibility of guests signing up for the event (people who are not members at all or are just too lazy to log in).

Based on my own experience running a number of other websites, these two features are going to be most useful in terms of getting more participation and matching the functionality of other sign-up forms on the web.

Feel free to download the SMF Mod here:
SMF Event Registration 0.17-Modified

Total changes made are:
- Allow multiple registrations from the same member, to allow them to sign additional people up.  Optional per event.
- Allow registrations from guests.  Optional per event.
- Admin Register button added, allows you to register or delete other members from the event.
- Admin buttons always visible now, even if Admin isn't registered for the event.
- Allow members with moderating permissions to administrate event sign ups.
- Event administrator can also confirm or cancel any signups on the topic view.
- $timeleft fixed, was originally not ever getting the option to confirm. (Display Source and Template)
- Show number of days remaining before you can confirm. (Display Template and Language files)
- Setting days before confirmation to 0 disables confirmation for the event (hides confirm buttons).
- Post Event page (the one with just event title, no post) does not show event data; sometimes too much clutter when you might not want to link the event to a topic. (Calendar template)
- Event registration options on post event page combined on same lines to save space. (Post template)
- Terms and Conditions don't show if they are blank. (registerEvent.php)
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January 3rd, 2011
Posted by pftq

Rename Titles to Filenames in After Effects

     I was digging through some old files and picked up old template I had created for After Effects.  Thought I might as well share it since it took me an absurdly long time to figure out how to do it, despite how simple the code actually is.

     Basically, this is a simple After Effects script template for adding customized titles to a large number of video clips.  In some of the work I do, I've had to create titles for several hundred videos.  Rather than type each title in After Effects, the expressions/code in this template allow you to just drag the video into the timeline and have the title automatically change to the filename.

     The script requires your filenames to be formatted a certain way; a useful tool to do this in a batch process is the Ant Renamer:

     The general process in titling your videos in After Effects revolves around duplicating the template composition and dragging videos into each of the timelines.  You can customize the title how ever you want before starting the below process.

     If you do a lot of video work and have Adobe After Effects, you should hopefully find this quite useful.  Check it out here: AE Rename-Title-to-Filename Script

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December 30th, 2010
Posted by pftq

Winter Themed Homepage

Been a while since I've made any changes to the site appearance, but I figured I would I would decorate the home page a bit for the holidays.

It's nothing overly fancy but it's a change from the usual black and white look.

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December 27th, 2010
Posted by pftq

Random Piano Improvisation

Was going to see if I can make a Christmas-themed song but it already passed - bah... I'm running out of ideas lately; it seems like all I can do is rehash my older songs.  Didn't feel like putting the effort into editing the song this time, however, I managed to just record 8 minutes of piano improvisation, which isn't much since I can't actually play the piano but ah well.

Let me know any ideas for new songs though.

Enjoy Tongue
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December 3rd, 2010
Posted by pftq

SMF Mail Read Tracker Mod

     This took a little longer than I expected to code, but it works surprisingly well.  It's useful if you often use your SMF forum for email announcements or if you use it in conjunction with the Mailing List mod.

     The script basically allows you to keep track of which members have read their email announcements or not.  It logs each announcement sent out to members and sets up a hidden image in each email so that opening the email sends a ping to the website.  This is useful for those wondering if your email announcements ever get through or you are just being ignored. Tongue

     Enjoy: SMF Mail Read Mod
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