Noordhoek Sunset with Agapanthus

Noordhoek Sunset with Agapanthus

A Noordhoek Sunset with Agapanthus that could well go into my series “Good Evening from Noordhoek”!

Noordhoek Sunset with Agapanthus

Noordhoek Sunset with Agapanthus

On this digital photo “Noordhoek Sunset with Agapanthus” we clearly see the setting sun moving back behind the mountain – Chapman’s Peak – to the right. As from mid February until mid November we don’t see the sun setting directly in the Atlantic Ocean anymore; hence we really cherish the special time when it honours us with its spectacular daily drama!

This picture was taken from my garden a few days ago, and I tested a new filter in Adobe Photoshop…


How to create Apps

How to create Apps

With the absolute ‘apps mania’ driving, overrolling and haunting today’s digital world, there is no way around the application software that will sooner or later have us say good-bye to Internet browsers. Accordingly, the first YCADEMY Seminar January 2013 focuses on “How to create Apps” and future seminars and workshops for the first half of the year are clearly lined out. I call it the “Power of Apps” – and it needs our power of the mind. And not only that!

How to create Apps Seminar by YCADEMY

How to create Apps

“How to create Apps” is crucial and essential knowledge to be and stay on top of website development and website design.

Today, we are looking at so many different formats – iphones, ipads, tablets, smartphones, phablets, laptops and I don’t know what besides the usual desktops -, thatYcademy Seminar January 2013, but that’s easier said than done! Preparing and adapting websites for different browsers – Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari etc to name just a few – was already quite a task and often pretty frustrating, but what we are facing now is worse! It may well mean that instead of developing one website for a customer we actually have to develop three or four or even more, depending on where the customer wants his message or shop to be seen! It could well explode costs!

Thank heavens for YCADEMY Seminars to steer us safely through this labyrinth of new technological developments at such breathtaking pace!

Ycademy Seminar January 2013

The first day at the Ycademy Seminar (yesterday) took us through an in-depth introduction of apps, their value, features, the dangers, the security issues, the cost, native apps versus hybrid (HTML 5) apps and more issues. We also looked into WP-Touch again, that had already established our author blogs and websites firmly on the mobile web since a while. We simply have to be visible on the mobile web – period!

What is the best and most cost-effective solution for our loyal customers and clients in terms of web development and website design?

That’s the main question for “Web Design with Passion” ; I will know more after today !

Testflipping South Africa

Testflipping South Africa

Testflipping for English Comprehension (Grades 5 and 6) for South Africa is on the way, spearheaded by Cape Town teacher and educationalist Mrs. Esme Solomon!

English Comprehension Grades 5 & 6 South Africa

Testflipping South Africa

There’s much more to follow on Testflipping South Africa – but now first for a good rest after the first day of the YCADEMY Seminar January 2013!

How to remove fine white transparency lines on a PDF

How to remove fine white transparency lines on a PDF

In the preparation of my Wedding Album in ADOBE InDesign I included many small picture details that I had created on transparent layers in ADOBE Photoshop. When checking these pages and spreads in PDF format before handing the project over to the printers, I discovered some fine transparency lines – on just a few pages of many – and my long and painful odyssey into how to remove fine white transparency lines on a PDF (…or in InDesign or wherever…) started!

How to remove fine white transparency lines on a PDF

Of course, I checked all my pages and layers in ADOBE InDesign first – and there were absolutely no errors.

The joke was, that whenever I moved a picture frame to a different position, and all showed 100% in the Preview or Presentation mode, all was perfect! But when I checked it in the PDF (Acrobat Pro) – here were the fine lines again! And – the weirdest of all: they had not moved! Then they no longer showed on one PDF – hallelujah! – but came back on another! And then various PDFs did not show the same results either plus, some of the pictures looked like sliced up into pieces of a mosaic! It was something to go crazy and I only give you the short version here!

I consulted the online FAQ’s of the printer, and while it put me on the correct path by directing me to change the settings in Acrobat Pro (recommendation: untick “Smooth Line Art” as per picture here, found under > Edit > Preferences > Page Display on your PDF), this did not help then as I could not untick this in my version! On top of it, their fine text said that IF these fine lines showed in the submitted PDF, they would print! That was just not acceptable for me; everything was to be as precise and perfect as prepared – no errors, no warnings!

Blurb FAQs

However, Blurb has a brilliant customer service and responded promptly to my request (with attached screenshots), saying those lines should not show and asking me to send them the entire PDF to look into …

How to remove fine white transparency lines on a PDF

Once I had gone to all those lengths to find an answer as to how to remove fine white transparency lines on a PDF, I discussed the distressing issue with Yorgo. We looked into basically everything once again: there had to be a way!

And – finally – there was!

Here’s the short solution to help you save hours of research and tons of hairs turning grey and falling out: the corrected settings in my PDF for printed matter as per above:

PDF corrected settings for print in Blurb

The big EUREKA was: under rendering, untick “Use page cache”.

Unticking “Smooth line art” had no influence on the above problem at all, although I managed to untick it by first unticking “Use 2D graphics acceleration”.

So I had smelled the rat – the cache – all the time, but I did not know where to find it! It’s all about basics… and we never stop learning! Thank heavens – problem solved!

I could upload the book (PDF) for print and am looking forward to receive a stunning Wedding Book around the 19th February, 2013!

Holly enjoys a Noordhoek Sunset

Holly enjoys a Noordhoek Sunset

Holly enjoys a Noordhoek sunset from my garden, while the sun has started moving back on its course until it will disappear behind Chapman’s Peak until around 15 November 2013.

Holly enjoys a Noordhoek Sunset

Holly enjoys a Noordhoek Sunset

Well, it’s not only Holly who enjoys the Noordhoek sunsets South of Cape Town, South Africa – we all do! We won’t find this year’s fashionable emerald green in the sky, but the finest hues of pinks, purples and blues and often a symphony of liquid gold!

Time to sit on the verandah or right on the rocks or in the soft sand on the beach and watch it sink into the Atlantic Ocean – sipping something cool and delicious and just… Being! Perfect to let go and connect with Nature’s flow – it’s the best we can do anyway!

Good Evening from Noordhoek

Good Evening from Noordhoek and have a Happy Sunday!

New: Testflipping Comprehension

New: Testflipping Comprehension

Announcing the new arrival on the South African market: Testflipping Comprehension !

Testflipping Comprehension Flier by Bianca Gubalke Design

New: Testflipping Comprehension

Creating a flyer (or flier) – meaning a simple printed paper pamphlet or ad to be distributed by hand – was part of our daily Ycademy Workshop yesterday, where we are currently working on how to use ADOBE InDesign.

The new schoolbook “Testflipping Comprehension” to improve the reading ability and understanding of the English language for Grade 5 and Grade 6 kids, was a good reason for me to get cracking with my first example.

The English website to follow soon…

Testflipping Comprehension

Testflipping Comprehension

Based on its huge success over the past years in Germany, “Testflipping Comprehension” is a first attempt to assist South African parents and their children in Grades 5 and 6 to improve their reading ability and understanding of the English language.

Testflipping Comprehension for South Africa

This is not only important for performance in school but it is becoming a matter of survival in an increasingly competitive world where education is the decisive factor for a future career.

Testflipping Comprehension

Testflipping Comprehension includes a special address for parents of a dyslexic child.

This tastefully illustrated compilation consists of 15 stories with interesting, entertaining and educational content in the form of Standard Comprehension Tests with language comprehension questions and clearly defined solutions.

A realistic point system makes it very easy for a stressed mom – or the child herself/himself – to learn, to understand, and to keep track of progress in a methodologically sound and joyful way.

Testflipping Comprehension Feedback

‘Testflipping Comprehension’ was just published by the brand-new South African publishing company, Cajus Publishing, however, the well-known German Bookshop Hugendubel gave the following feedback regarding the German edition for children in Germany who are learning English:

“Your comprehension tests are becoming a true blockbuster!”

Simon, 9 years old, sees it like this:

“I think the book is very good and I love to exercise with it.”

Finally, here’s from Andrea L., a stressed mom :

“Thank you from an extremely relieved mom and two relaxed kids!”


How to pass your English Comprehension Tests

At the end of the day, this is about how to pass your English Comprehension Tests. As such the goal is to help children to approach exams with confidence and ease – and to have relaxed parents. Brief: a happy family!

As mentioned, the books just arrived and a website is under construction.

Testflipping Comprehension to Improve your English


Meanwhile, contact me via the contact form if you are interested in acquiring a book. It’s ideal for ages 11 – 13 years old.

Alternatively, you may want to get “Testflipping Comprehension” for older kids (14 to 16 years) directly on Amazon – CLICK HERE.

Meanwhile, I am preparing the website, patience please!