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Converting Measurements to Feet Using Google

| Posted by Nate Allen on March 16th, 2009 at 03:29 pm

Need to convert a centimeter (cm) or millimeter (mm) to feet (ft) or inches(in)? Thanks to Google this is an easy task. Enter the measurement you want to convert (i.e. 2610mm) in the Google search bar followed by what you want it to convert it to (i.e. ft, in, etc.) and hit "Search".

Google Measurement Search


Vector vs. Raster

| Posted by Nate Allen on January 16th, 2009 at 02:20 pm

When working with clients and on projects it important to be provided the best assets to deliver the best product. However, there is a language barrier between clients and developers and due to lack of experience and/or knowledge when it comes to file types. To help combat this and educate the client we have found that it is easier to show an example than try to explain the difference between Vector and Raster file types.

Raster Files:

A raster file type is an image or graphic composed of a grid of pixels or squares. Raster files are ideal for photographs, web and screen images. These files can be scaled down and look good, however when scaled up lose quality and end up looking like big colorful blocks.

Raster Image


  • Amazing gradient and shading display
  • Very common file types


  • Large File Sizes
  • Can be scaled down, but not up without losing quality
  • Some file types require special software to view/display

Common Raster File Types:

  • .bmp, .cdr, .ccx, .cdt, .cmx, .ico, .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .pdf, .png, .tga, .tif, .tiff,

Ideal Useage:

  • Photographs
  • Web Graphics
  • Screen Graphics (TV, DVD)

Vector Files:

A Vector file is an image or graphic composed of connecting points, lines, curves, and shapes or polygon(s), which are all based upon mathematical equations, to represent an images. Vector files are ideal for any design, illustratopn, icon, or logo that needs to be scaled and retain a crisp clean look.

Vector Image


  • Can be scaled up or down and retain quality
  • Small file sizes


  • Not as good at shading as raster (i.e photograph)
  • Some file types require special software to view/display

Common Vector File Types:

  • .ai, .cdr, .ccx, .cdt, .cmx, .eps, .pdf, .svg, .swf,

Ideal Useage:

  • Logo's
  • Print Materials (Usually a combination of vector type and raster images)
  • Illustrations
  • Typography
  • Flash 
  • Anything that will be scaled

For a detailed file type comparison chart: Wikipedia


How to Email a Text Message

| Posted by Nate Allen on December 31st, 2008 at 12:13 pm

If you prefer typing over texting, here is a quick key to send an SMS message through the Internet vs. your phone.

3 Easy Steps:

  1. Find out which carrier the recipient uses.
  2. Compose an e-mail with your intended text message in the body.
  3. Send the e-mail to the e-mail-to-SMS gateway for their carrier listed below.
Alltel [10-digit phone number]
AT&T [10-digit phone number] or [10-digit phone number] (MMS) or [10-digit phone number]
AT&T Enterprise Paging [10-digit phone number]
Boost Mobile [10-digit phone number]
Cingular (Postpaid) [10-digit phone number]
Cellular One (Dobson) [10-digit phone number]
Cricket [10-digit phone number] (SMS)
Nextel (US) [10-digit phone number]
Qwest [10-digit phone number]
Sprint / Nextel [10-digit phone number] ([10-digit phone number] for MMS)
Sprint PCS [10-digit phone number] or [10-digit phone number] (MMS)
T-Mobile [10-digit phone number] (SMS and MMS)
US Cellular [10-digit phone number] (SMS) or [10-digit phone number] (MMS)
Verizon [10-digit phone number] ([10-digit phone number] for MMS) (limit TXT messages to 150 characters)
Virgin Mobile USA [10-digit phone number]



What is Lorem Ipsum?

| Posted by Nate Allen on December 18th, 2008 at 02:11 pm

In publishing and graphic design, lorem ipsum is common placeholder text used to demonstrate the graphic elements of a document or visual presentation, such as font, typography, and layout. It is a form of "greeking".

Even though using "lorem ipsum" often arouses curiosity due to its resemblance to classical Latin, it is not intended to have meaning. Where text is visible in a document, people tend to focus on the textual content rather than upon overall presentation, so publishers use lorem ipsum when displaying a typeface or design in order to direct the focus to presentation. "Lorem ipsum" also approximates a typical distribution of spaces in English.

The most common lorem ipsum text reads as follows:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Source: wikipedia


Myriad Interactive Helps Local Charity Raise Over $50,000 to Help Refugees in Phoenix, AZ

| Posted by Nate Allen on October 5th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Welcome to America Project - Prom 2009 FlyerOctober 5, 2008 - Scottsdale, AZ: Myriad Interactive, a Scottsdale-based creative firm specializing in graphic design, multimedia presentations, web development, and online marketing, has donated its time and talent for a third straight year to help well known homegrown non-profit The Welcome to America Project (WTAP) attract sponsors and guests to its annual fundraising event, The Prom.  Since late 2006, Myriad’s Creative Director Nate Allen has donated his team’s services to produce a brand identity, logo and printed collateral for the event which attracts over 200 party-goers to Scottsdale each spring, for a retro night of  dressing up and dancing to 70s and 80s music to raise money for refugees living in Arizona.

“Prom is a light-hearted event for a serious cause.  We needed an eye-catching logo with a retro feel, and invitations and promotional flyers that would stop people in their tracks – online and off,” says Sue Michalowski, Development Director for WTAP.  “I’d worked with Myriad before and knew they had that special combination of technical know-how and sheer hipness that would deliver just what we needed.”

Myriad’s invites for WTAP’s Prom have circulated throughout Phoenix both on paper and via the internet.  For the over 1,000 WTAP supporters and volunteers, the Prom logo has become a recognizable icon for an original, musically charged and emotionally moving night.  Since its launch in 2007, The WTAP Prom has raised over $50,000 to pay for furnishing the homes of refugeees newly arrived in Phoenix from war-torn countries worldwide. “For about $200 WTAP can cover our costs to furnish one apartment for a refugee family of four,” says Michalowski.  “Thanks in part to Myriad’s pro bono creative help, we’ve covered those costs for over 200 refugee families in the last few years!”

“We are happy to help, especially an original local cause doing hands-on work right here in Phoenix,” says Nate Allen, founder and Creative Director of Myriad. “We specialize in web and multimedia projects, so this gives us a great chance to let loose and get back to our roots – designing brand identity and designing for print.  Knowing that we’ve contributed to the comfort of refugee families starting new lives in Phoenix is the bonus on top.”

About Myriad Interactive
Myriad Interactive is a new media agency specializing in integrated marketing solutions. The firm offers a complete suite of creative services including graphic design, animation, 3D, copy-writing, custom audio and digital video.  Located in Scottsdale, AZ, Myriad focuses on providing its services to the business communities of Arizona and the Southwest.  With a successful blend of marketing strategy, creative talent and technical expertise Myriad has served clients in the region for over five years.

About The Welcome to America Project
The Welcome to America Project, a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 2001, helps newly resettled refugees transform their bare apartments in Phoenix into comfortable, warm homes.  This volunteer group collects high quality furniture and household items from donors throughout the Phoenix area, and delivers them free of charge, every Saturday to refugee families arriving from Africa, the Middle East, and other war-torn regions.  Since November of 2001, WTAP has delivered home furnishings and necessities to over 500 refugee families, raised over $550,000 of in-kind donations, and logged thousands of volunteer hours.  The organization has won numerous awards and accolades for its grassroots, volunteer organization and work.

For more information, please contact: Sue Michalowski, or visit


Don't Show the Cursor on a Flash Button

| Posted by Nate Allen on September 7th, 2008 at 11:03 am

Do you ever want to use a button to trigger an action in flash but avoid get the mouse hand since it doesn't actually click through to anything? No problem, just a simple line of code and you're all set.

From the Main Timeline:
(button or mc name).useHandCursor=false;

Within a Button or MovieClip:

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