MacBook with tag cloud

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This week's tagging project: a MacBook cover that displays my tag cloud, thanks to the folks at Pimp My Laptop.

Here's how I did it:

  1. I used the tagroll feature to customize the look of my tag cloud and make sure it included all my tags ("size" controls how many tags display; max/min font controls the size of the individual tags).
  2. I hooked my laptop up to a huge external monitor so I could make the tagroll display big enough to create a screen capture that was high enough resolution to print out clearly.
  3. We took screen captures in chunks (Rob figured out the necessary size to display by working backwards from the Pimp My Laptop specs) so that they'd be even higher res.
  4. We stitched it back together in PhotoShop until we had an image of the size specified by Pimp My Laptop.

Ta da! I'm now wearing my tag cloud on my (laptop) sleeve. 


Kate says

September 20, 2006 - 8:34am

Beth says

October 19, 2006 - 6:02am
I wonder if there a pc version, but I could just take a screen shot of my tag cloud and make it wallpaper? No? Thanks for this!

Rob Cottingham says

October 20, 2006 - 10:58pm
No reason why not, so long as resolution isn't an issue -- i.e. you're not planning to print it out at a largish size. Printing it out at about one-third or one-half the size it appears on screen would still look decent. And if you're just talking desktop wallpaper, no problem at all -- it'll stay at screen resolution.

Daniel Steinbock says

November 27, 2006 - 5:29pm
Very cool! You could use TagCrowd to do this with any source text, not just your tags.

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