How to view HEIF and HEIC image files in Windows 10

HEIF image filesSo there you are, trying to view holiday photos and video from friends and family.

The files in question have the extension HEIF or HEIC, which you’ve never seen before.

No matter what you do, they just won’t open. They also don’t have a thumbnail preview in Explorer.


So how the heck do you view these things? And why aren’t they just simple JPEGs or MP4 files?


Paint.NET: The Photoshop Alternative for the Rest of Us

Paint.NET RulesPretty much everyone has heard of Adobe’s Photoshop software. It’s extremely powerful stuff that lets you create all sorts of graphics and images, edit photos at a professional level, and so on.

The only problem is, Photoshop has a very steep learning curve.

What are we left with? Microsoft’s Paint application? Ha! While it has improved over the years, it’s still pretty basic.

So, what do you do if you run Windows, and you want to do some image editing, create graphical elements for web sites, or otherwise play around with images on a computer?

You download the free Paint.Net application, because it rocks. Here’s why…


Why You Need Sprites on Your Web Site

In the olden days, video games relied heavily upon sprites given the rather severe limitations of computing hardware at the time.

You can use this “old” technique to reduce the bandwidth load on your server.

Most major web sites use them, but you may never have even heard of a sprite.

But what exactly is an image sprite, and why does it save bandwidth?