Friday, June 21, 2019

Time to go Fishing Scroll Saw Pattern.

I'm seeing a lot of fishing boats on the road. Data shows that over 33 million people in the U.S. spend some time fishing. Commercial and recreational fishing contributed about 90 million dollars to the US economy in 2012 and it has been growing. 

This pattern has two sizes for the sign. The small version is just over 10" long and the large version is 15" long. I am showing the sign on a weathered board but that is optional. 

Geek Tool Review. Elgato Stream Deck:

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This device review is only going to be useful for a small number of people. It is so valuable to me that I want to share this review for any content creators who may be reading.

This is the Elgato Stream Deck XL. It is a customizable computer keyboard. There are three sizes. I bought the XL which has 32 keys but they also have 15 key and 6 key devices. You can nest keys so there are actually many more keys to use.

Why a customizable keyboard? When I create patterns, photos, and videos I use programs that have dozens if not hundreds of features. To be proficient you have to learn to use shortcut keys. I spend a solid eight hours a day in front of the computer. To produce a large amount of content I have to be fast. Shortcuts make me much faster. With this extra keyboard, I can assign all my shortcuts to a programmed key. No more having to remember or search for a feature. I simply could not do what I do with automation.

I have always used these extra keyboards but I just upgraded to the Elgato Stream Deck XL. I spent the day getting some of my major programs programmed. Programming the device is very easy. Far easier than the other keyboards I have used.

Each key is actually an LCD screen. You can assign any picture to the key to make it easy to recognize. You can see in the next photo the Gmail, blogger and website picture key assignments. If you look at the first picture above you will see my layout for CorelDraw. 

If you look at the next picture you will see folders in the top/left three keys. When I push one of those buttons the folder opens and I have a fresh set of 32 keys to program. This allows you to open any program and have as many shortcut keys as you need. You can even program the keyboard to recognize when you open a program and automatically set the keyboard to that profile of keys. 

There are ways to make this keyboard even more productive. Using If This Then That(IFTTT). You can build on the productivity. Control your home. Order a pizza, imagination is the only limit. You can also use the AutoHotKey scripting language to build large complex macros. Automate to your heart's content.

If you work in complicated programs this device will make you more productive. During the Christmas season, I do custom name ornaments. I literally do several thousand of them. It would be impossible to get those done without automation. I can do an ornament that would take several minutes in seconds using macro automation. 

Sorry for the over the top geek content but this device is a game changer for me and I wanted to share it with others who are interested.

I will try to answer any questions you may have. Just email me. I am slow answering email so be patient.

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Inlay with a 1" Forstner Bit.
The perfect way to sign your work.

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