Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gypsies, and iPhones and Blackberries...OH MY!

I've been wide awake until the wee hours of the morning lately, and my brain always refuses to turn itself off when that happens. With all the work I've been doing on the cartridge images lately, I guess it's no surprise that my thoughts turned to them, and I found myself wishing I had an iPhone so I could load all the images on it like I've heard some of you are doing with the handbook PDFs. Suddenly I had a lightbulb moment! I could put my images on my Blackberry!!! So, at 1:43 AM, I was out of bed looking in the dark for my purse with my Berry in it and booting up the laptop.


I have the Blackberry Curve 8530, and I use an 8G micro SD card in it, so I knew I had plenty of memory. With the memory card in my laptop, I created a file especially for the image files and put all the cartridge images in it (above). Notice the search box at the top of the screen in the photo below. This lets me search for the cartridge I want since each file is named by the cartridge name, ie "create_a_critter_01.jpg" in the photo. For example, to find Create A Critter, I just have to start typing "create" and the images will be pulled up for that cartridge.



Now I can enlarge them to fit the screen and scroll through them one image at a time (above). What I didn't think of was that I was going to be able to zoom in on the images to see the details better (below). Can I just tell you how excited I am?!?! Just last night I was in Wal-mart trying to decide between 2 of the new Lite carts, and I couldn't see the tiny images on the back without my reading glasses well enough to decide which one to get. If I'd only had them on my Berry already, I could have easily browsed them! I'm also thrilled that I can zoom in to see layers and colors better - something that you can't do with them on the Gypsy. I know you can also zoom on the iPhone, and they will be even bigger on it than they are on my Blackberry.

I can zoom in on one specific image in each .jpg to see the detail
I LOVE being able to carry all the images with me on my phone so I always have them with me to browse when an idea hits me! I hope some of you out there will be just as excited about it, too! Please do leave a comment if you use them this way. I'd love to have an idea of how many iPhone and Blackberry users there are out there making use of them! And tell me if you've used them on other devices, too. Your comments make my day!

Cricut Kisses and Crafty Wishes!


12 comments:

Gaby ~ Scrapabookaholic said...

Before you started crating all this work and sharing, I had been uploading to my iPhone, YOU just made it so much easier for me!!!!
THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am still considering a reader such as an iPAD to see it even bigger!

nanapuddin said...

Cindy, you are an angel!! I had been thinking about putting it on my blackberry but hadn't gotten serious about it until now! Thanks a million for doing this!

Kraftychick said...

Cindy - I don't have an iPhone or a Blackberry BUT I can certainly see how great this would be (I will pass this on to one of my scrapping friends who would love this idea!) I haven't tried it yet, but I wonder if you can "zoom" in on the pics on the Gypsy - even uploading your files, they are still pretty small (and I know you did a lot of work on them and it is more than fantastic!)

Thanks for all you do! By the way, do you want to borrow some of my Ambien - 'cause I can't sleep when my mind's racing either!
jackie

Cindy said...

Krafty, there is no way to zoom in on the Gypsy, but you can zoom in on your computer. Remember though, I only had so-so quality images to start with, so zooming in may make some of them really blurry or grainy, but I've had good luck with many of them!

Anonymous said...

OMG, I was just at Best Buy yesterday and was looking at an ipad and watching some U tube videos on how to use the Gypsy--so this is the greatest idea yet. Not glad you are awake every night but great ideas come at 4:00am.

AnnS said...

My daughter's getting and iphone an wanted to give me her Blackberry. I didn't think I had any use for it. Thanks for giving me a reason to take it.

Anonymous said...

I've put all the handbooks on my iphone, it's a godsend

Jannarama, aka Jann H Schott said...

Wow! This is a great idea! I don't have a Blackberry or iPhone...I have a Palm TREO 755P (which I will upgrade to a Blackberry or Droid unless Sprint comes out with the iPhone!)...

There's a program called "Documents" where I can see word, Excel & even pdf documents on my Palm. So this is a great idea! Thank you for sharing (and it's 0111 in Arizona, so I understand about the late night ephiphanies!

Anonymous said...

I have a Motorola Droid any suggestions where I might be abkle to do this with

Cindy McVey said...

anonymous, I'm sorry but I'm not at all familiar with all the different phones out there. anybody else with a Droid that can help?

Anonymous said...

Cindyk,

Are you done downloading the booklets? I don't seem to have all of them. Should we do it ourselves? It's been over a month since you listed any.

Deb with Dogs said...

I found this use is a great crossover for the techno-geek crafter? Glad to see others do it too. I have the Blackberry, DS on a laptop, the desktop PC, the Gypsy, and 2 cricut machines...

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