Well I am happy to release NiRF.NET 1.0.3 Currently tested in IE7 Safari and Firefox 3, NiRF now supports css background images.
This means you can pick a custom font and give the class a background-image. This will overlay your custom font over top of the background-image.
Nirf actually reads the background image and creates a new image using that as the background. To position the text on the background image you simply use top and left padding (in px) in the css class, this will push the text where you want it to go on the background.
Now there are many uses for this feature one is simply having images with Captions on them, Another might be Dynamic tabs on a web page with custom fonts on those tabs.
To see a demo of the new custom font background-image and hover options check out http://nirfserv.getnirf.com or head over to the downloads page then download the hosted or the NiRF.NET version. Remember to use the hosted version you need a free account and you need to generate a user key.
so for a long time I had been wondering if there was a way to remove files from visual studio 2005 so they would not show up in the project and be added to source safe. For example I have a fonts folder with 2000+ fonts that I just don’t want added to source safe. Well all the posts I found said this was not possible in visual studio 2005 and that you were pretty much stuck. Well I stumbled upon a solution, if you make any file or folder Hidden (right click properties) then the file will not show up in visual studio solution explorer. Then you can check in your project without worrying about source safe grabbing all those unwanted files. Hope this saves someone lots of time as it did me!
The First NiRF
Well its been an extremely busy weekend coding, with a few 3am coding sessions and a multitude of Motivational Liquids (aka Beer) we have finally reached our first release of both the .NET and PHP NiRF server versions. If your just tuning in, NiRF is a new dynamic text replacement method to use custom fonts on web pages. You can now download them from the Downloads Page at http://getnirf.com As this is a first release we encourage the community to report any bugs found or problems encountered in the Forums. Or you may contribute your code and upload it to our code repository found in the downloads section once logged in.
Thanks for your support we hope this is the first step toward creating an easy to implement standard we can all use to enjoy custom fonts on websites.
So I heard on twitter some commotion about a rocket launching, I went to the live webcast to see what was happening, well it was an exciting launch (the second attempt) right up to the point the camera went dead and we were informed an anomaly had taken place on the vehicle. With no further updates I logged off the site and went back to business as usual. I found out later the stage 1 engine did not seperate… That is really too bad, it doesn’t seem to phase the spacex team though and they are going full on with the next rocket. Kudos to the whole team. Even though it was a failure it was still an amazing thing to watch. Seeing the rocket soar high into the clouds and the ground become a small spec in the rear of the camera was really something. Makes you realize how small this planet really is.