Monday, January 28, 2013

How to Open .webloc files in Windows

Don't download and install some sketchy unknown converter .exe program to "convert" it for you.
A .webloc file is a shortcut or bookmark that is created when Apple users send each other bookmarks.  (Don't blame them, Apple users don't know any better.)

All you have to do:

  • save the file
  • If you can see that the file name ends in .webloc:
    • just change the .webloc to .txt
    • open it
  • If you can't see the file extension (.webloc):
    • right-click the file
    • Open With 
    • Notepad  (you might have to select "Choose Program..." first).
Copy the stuff that's in between <string> and </string>, and paste it into the address bar of your web browser.

FYI:  A .webloc file just a simple text file formatted in XML (if you don't know what that means, don't worry about it).

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Chrome Custom Fonts + System Dialog Printing Buggy

Using a google docs available font such as "Coming Soon" will print successfully using chrome's native printing dialog, but not via the system printing dialog.  PCL or PS driver doesn't matter.

This issue did not happen in the versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox I had installed.  When you have a custom font, it asks to open or save as a pdf.  The exported PDF embeds the font, and it prints just fine.  Doesn't matter if it's the PCL or PS version of the print driver.

Unfortunately, some other documents print successfully in the system dialog box, but not via Chrome's native printing dialog.