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GIMP – Edit multiple files in a single window

Posted in Gimp, Workflow with tags , , on March 2, 2014 by Sirusdark

Gimp LogoI recently discovered a bug in GIMP: whenever you edit multiple files with GIMP, if the program is NOT already opened, you will get as many windows as files you asked to edit. Not really desirable.

Here’s how to fix this problem:

GIMP, always numero uno

1. First, start GIMP.

2. Then select all the files you wish to edit.

3. Edit your selection with GIMP.

Gimp will then open all the files in tabs WITHIN GIMP instead of separate windows. Problem solved!



WinCDEmu – Do anything without using an optical drive

Posted in Free, Software with tags , , , on July 17, 2013 by Sirusdark

Here’s another free tool any Windows power user should have: WinCDEmu. It allows you to mount to any drive letter an image file. It supports: ISO, CUE, NRG, MDS/MDF, CCD, IMG images.

Download WinCDEmu here:

Tired of swapping in and out your CDs or DVDs? Tired of lending your movies and getting ’em back scratched? Don’t wanna spend money on dual layer DVDs? There’s so many reason to use it!

Don’t want to install a software? Good news! There’s even a portable version!





Excel Functions translated in 16 languages and saved for offline use

Posted in Software with tags , , , , , on May 10, 2013 by Sirusdark

Here’s one of the most useful combination of webpage and Firefox add-on I use:

A list of all Microsoft Excel’s function translated in some 16 languages and saving it for offline use with UnMHT.



In Microsoft Excel, the names of functions depend on which language MS-Office was installed. Since I work in a different languages, it was a pain to find the corresponding functions from a language to another… not anymore! Here’s a table containing the Excel function names in 16 languages. You can even filter which one you want to see.


Offline we go!

Then, it’s nice and all, but what if I don’t have access to the Internet? Or worse, if that nice webpage goes dark forever? There’s an app for that : UnMHT


About UnMHT

UnMHT allows you to view MHT (MHTML) web archive format files and save complete web pages, including text and graphics (and scripts), into a single MHT standalone file, which can be viewed in Firefox/SeaMonkey.




Make digital tablet pressure brush work in Gimp

Posted in Gimp with tags , on March 4, 2013 by Sirusdark

Welcome to another tutorial!

Here’s how to make a digital tablet’s pressure brush work in Gimp (ver. 2.8.4) under Windows XP Pro SP3, using a Wacom Bamboo CTH-460.

Step 1
-Make sure your Wacom tablet is properly installed.

Step 2.
-Open Gimp, go in EDIT > Input Devices >
-Set both WACOM Tablet Eraser (if available) and Pressure Stylus to “screen“.

Step 3.
-Enjoy drawing with pressure recognition!

MORE: Erasing
-Those whose stylus have an eraser tip, simply flip your stylus upside-down and Gimp will switch from the pen to the eraser tip. It remembers which tool was selected for which tip, so make sure you select the ERASER tool for the eraser end and a BRUSH tool when using the writing tip (or any tool you want).




No Japanese characters in Firefox? Solved!

Posted in Browser, Bug, Software with tags , , , on January 7, 2013 by Sirusdark

I just solved this very problem minutes ago. I couldn’t see Japanese characters in my browsers, now I can.

This how-to is aimed at Windows XP Pro users (yes, we rock).

Sure, a quick Google will give you answers, but you might not find much about the problem I encountered: that is missing files or actually, files with messed up extensions within the install disc.

So here’s a complete how-to, including how to solve this problem:


– To view Japanese (or any East Asian languages as it’s called) it is your OS that supplies these libraries to your browser, not the other way around. I was missing them, so I needed to install those from the Windows XP install Disc.


– Insert you XP Pro CD, then go in your Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Click on the Languages TAB and at the bottom, check the check box that says:¬† [] Install files for East Asian languages. You’ll probably be shown a message saying it can’t find a file (it will prompt for each missing file, thus telling you which one to look for!).

Regional and Languages Options_001

Missing files

– Don’t worry, your files are not missing from the disc. It’s the file extensions that are messed up. Probably Microsoft did that to prevent at large distributions of the DLLs. Anyway. My trick was to copy all the folders from the CD onto my hard drive, in a temporary folder, then use a small program to rename properly all the extensions. It requires just a few minutes and a few mouse clicks.
good and bad extensions_001Good extensions (.dll or .DLL) and bad ones (.CH_ or .DL_, etc.)

Rename those extensions

– I used the freeware File Extension Changer 1.1 application from When you’re prompt that ABCXYZ.dll file is missing, rename all the “.dl_ to .dll”. Missing a “.htp” files? Rename all “.ht_” extensions to “.htp”, and so on. Click retry and wait for the next “missing file”. Rename, repeat, rinse, etc.

File Extension Changer_001


-You won’t need to rename every single extensions, some will still have an underscore ( _ ). As long as you renamed all the one that were requested (missing) you’ll be good to go.


– When you’re done, Windows will prompt you to restart. Do so, then launch your favourite browser (Firefox of course), visit that website you were dying to see the Japanese characters and Voil√†!

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