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I have just launched a new website/blog, Letterprep:

The site is a record of my attempt to find a method of documenting the wood letterpress typefaces available at Leicester Print Workshop in a way that will allow member artists to plan their work in advance of visiting the workshop. I hope it will also act as a tutorial for other workshops wishing to offer the same service to their members.

It was built using the Illustratr theme, with built in support for Portfolios. The Blog has backdated posts explaining work up to date and will hopefully be updated at least once a week with new work; the Portfolio will list all the wood letterpress fonts so far printed, scanned and turned into bitmap fonts and provide downloadable Photoshop and OpenType font files for artists to use.

Chart embed trial

After a twitter request by Nicola Griffith about how to put a chart into a WordPress site, I thought I’d have a go. I found this help document and followed the instructions to embed the following meaningless chart:

Seems it works!

OneNote as blogging tool

OK, I really don’t believe this is going to work, but I just read a page that says OneNote can send a page to your blog, so here goes. Apologies to anyone who sees some abortion of a post before I can delete it!

Now, let’s try adding a picture into the flow…

And a table, maybe…

One Two Three
Four Six Eight

OK. That’ll do for now. Let’s hit send!!

Surface Pro 3

I was intending to write a post about the prints I’ve been working on for the last couple of weeks (and planning for at least a year) but hit a problem. That problem was that I bought a new Surface Pro 3 and, it being a shiny new toy, didn’t want to use anything else to write the post. Past blog posts have mostly been written on a Macbook Pro using MarsEdit, the best blogging app I’ve seen. Others were written on our family desktop computer using Windows Live Writer on Win7. So, I installed Live Writer on the SP3: really dire. The default font size is 7pt and changing it to the 14pt used on the website crams all the lines together; no idea why it is so bad on Win8.

I dug around on the web for a better blogging app and there don’t seem to be many around, and none in the Windows App Store. Then I found a comment on a blog complaining about Live Writer’s Win8 problems saying that Word now incorporates all the features of Live Writer. Just have to select Blog Post from the new document list of templates. So that is what I am doing here to try it out, before taking my daughter’s advice and using the WordPress online posting capability.

First, I’ll try to insert a picture, if I can find one on this machine since I’ve screwed up network drive mapping. (Actually, skip that, found out how to delete an existing mapping from command line.)

And, since it has the option in the toolbar, a table:

One Two Three
Four Five Seven
Nine Eleven Twenty

Only thing I cannot see how to do is to set tags. Oh well, lets see how it looks anyway.