Sunday, November 23, 2008

How to force quit a program in XFCE

how to force quit in XFCE - Ubuntu Forums: "how to force quit in XFCE"

While I was farting around whit XFCE, as I like that it is a lot like Gnome, and that it's a little snappier etc, and that I might want to know more about it if I am to use it on an old machine, or if I just want my machine to have a little different look and feel for a while. Its sorta like cheating on my Gnome Girlfriend, but not worthy of any guilt. So anyway I got to the Ubuntu forums to see what I can find, as XFCE by default doesn't have a Kill Program Icon in the "Add to Panel", er "Customize Panel" list.

I found this entry on the Ubuntu forums:

Thomas Beckett Said:

I always find it easier when you have a gui program to just run the
"xkill" command - the pointer changes to the kill icon - you then
click on your crashed program and its gone


Ok, that's cool. That works. But what about the next time? I want a darn icon on the panel so that I can click click kill and get.
To get this, I did thus.

Right Click on the panel > Add Launcher (Program Launcher with Optional Menu) > in the Command box enter in xkill Add a name to this function if you wish, I used X Kill add a description if you wish, and add a Icon if you wish. And Viola! You can now kill rascal programs with a click click and get on with your bad self to the next thing you forgot about to do since you were going to do the first thing that didn't work cuz you had to kill a program and get on with your day.. And also maybe try to figure out why the darned blabeded thing crashed. OR move on to some other less crashy program...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Nativeraving: Creating Animated GIF files with Ubuntu 7.10

Nativeraving: Creating Animated GIF files with Ubuntu 7.10

The section below what what helped me out the most...

Next you need to fire up the GIMP and open the first frame.

Next we need to open all the frames as layers.
To do this we need to go to our first frame and go to the menu:

File>Open as layers

Browse to the folder with all the frames in it and hit CTRL+A

Then hold CTRL and click on your first frame to deselect it and then open the files.

Hit CTRL+L, that will bring up the layers.

To preview your animated image simply go to the picture window then:

Filters>Animation>Playback and hit play.

To help reduce the file size go to:

Filters>Animation>Optimize (for GIF)

All you have to do now is save the image as a GIF and choose to save it as an animation.

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