Sunday, May 12, 2019

Fixes for hyperlink issues on PowerPoint for Mac

Some PowerPoint 2016, 2019, and 365 for Mac users have encountered a bug in my projects that causes certain hyperlinks to take two clicks, instead of one, to activate. Unfortunately for us, it's a PowerPoint for Mac-specific flaw that's been unresolved for over three years.

However, it turns out if you add spaces to the project filenames, the hyperlink problem goes away. Don't ask me why; it just is what it is.

I would have re-uploaded Flashcards for PowerPoint and Wheel of Fortune for PowerPoint, but GitHub Releases does not allow spaces in filenames. Therefore, if you encounter the hyperlink problem in these projects, you should rename the file to include spaces.

Example: rename the file
Wheel of Fortune Mac 4.1.1.pptm

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

New Masher Series Icons

Did you know that I created new, spiffy icons for Button Masher, Keyboard Masher, and Mouse Swipe over three years ago?

I was originally going to save these icons for the next, big release for the Masher Series: version 5.0. However, I still haven't gotten much work done on this update, and I'm at that breaking point where I just want to share these new icons now. So here they are, in their full glory!

Note that I haven't yet abandoned the Masher Series! I'm still eager to update the games at some point, but they're unfortunately not a high priority at this time.

Music - Medieval Start

Here's an old piece of music I built way back in 2013. It used to be uploaded on Newgrounds, but I've finally been able to locate the MP3 to upload here.

Below is the original description of Medieval Start from Newgrounds, along with the music itself.

The beginning of a medieval adventure

This is my first digital song I ever created. At first, I wasn't aiming for any specific genre, but as I progressed, my peers felt like it was suited for medieval music. The music is created in Garageband '11 using five different instruments. Enjoy, and don't forget to leave a review!

beginning, first, medieval, peaceful

About Page: September 2018 - April 2019

As part of the ongoing site renovation, I've replaced the About page with an About Me page that focuses more about who I am rather than how the blog works. I'll explain my reasons behind the change in a later post.

For archival sake, here's the About page that was live from September 2018 to April 2019. You can find the March 2015 to September 2018 version here.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Site updates in progress

It's not just you; the Games by Tim site does look a tad different than it used to.

I'm currently restructuring the site in an effort to improve site usability. I have quite an extensive todo list, so I'm slowly implementing my planned changes.

You may notice weird pages or wacky layouts as I work on the site. I'll do my best to keep the site in a useable state whenever I take breaks from development.

Once I finish the site updates, I will write a blog post describing the changes more in detail. If you have any questions regarding the site in the meantime, feel free to leave a comment here.

Note: I've uploaded the above image to test for the new favicon.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Switching download providers (again)

Update (Mar 25): The migration process is complete.

Not long ago, I migrated all my PowerPoint projects from MediaFire to Google Drive. Since Google Drive cannot track download counts, I used the Google URL shortener,, to help me do so.

Now that is about to shut down on March 30, I need another way to keep the download counter going. Thankfully, GitHub comes to save the day! It turns out GitHub tracks the download count of any file uploaded to a repo's Releases page, and man I wish I knew this sooner.

So here's what's gonna happen:

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Flashcards for PowerPoint v1.2 - Flashcards in Style

Amid incoming midterms and final exams, a friend of mine told me she needed to study for a geography test. Just before she was about to purchase note cards, I casually brought up that I've made a flashcard tool in PowerPoint.

Her eyes lit up and her mouth lifted a grin, as she typed her entries and starred her flashcards. Not only did I feel rewarded that Flashcards for PowerPoint went to good use, I also noticed some usability/UI issues as my friend worked through the file. The result? Another update to Flashcards for PowerPoint: version 1.2!