Since I don't a header graphic for December, it's the only one missing from my collection, I thought I'd use John Norton's lovely comic core. He's a happy little dude.
Labels: Fun, Graphics, Header Graphic
by John Norton - John dropped me a line last night. He discovered this weblog via a friend that was looking for fellow developers from Fresno. I'm amazed more and more each day how small this world really is.
Anywho, now I have a nice new comic strip to visit!
Labels: Fun, Graphics, Indie, Social
Dan Wood's Mac Indie Marketing
: "The idea was to get as many indie developers to insert a bit of code, and some artwork, into their application, and have it released before Halloween. Then, simultaneously, Snow Leopard users would notice that a lot of their apps - at least those that were from participating indie companies - had special Halloween icons."
- I love this idea, and would participate no questions asked, if I had a Mac Application. It should be no surprise I'd participate, just look how my header graphic changes month by month. Not to mention how much I LOVE HALLOWEEN! Great stuff.
Labels: Design, Development, Graphics, Halloween, Indie, Mac
I've been working on a web page trying to finish up some last minute touches and I needed a Web 2.0 starburst icon. I tried using one that was auto generated by a website, but that didn't really work out liked I'd planned, so I started looking for alternative solutions.
My first attempt was to fire up Acorn
, great application, and edit the one I had. In the end I wasn't pleased with the results, due to my lack of skills with an otherwise fine piece of software.
Next I thought, I know I can do this in Visio
in about two minutes, but being lazy like I am, decided against it.
Thought number three was the winner. Since I could do this in Visio I'd probably be able to bang it out in OmniGraffle
, right? Well, not so fast. My Visio prowess doesn't translate to OmniGraffle. Hmmm....
Enter a Google search for "star shapes for omnigraffle"
, which produced a link to a script! Ah-ha!
I downloaded Peter McMasters Star Script
, created a new folder in my FastScripts
Scripts Folder, called OmniGraffle strangely enough, and dropped Star.scpt in place.
Here's where it gets scary. I switched back over to OmniGraffle, selected the FastScripts menu, located Star, and clicked...
It worked as advertised! Woo-hoo!
After I had the shape I was looking for I added a shadow, changed the fill, inserted some text, exported as .PNG, and did a bit of touchup in Acorn, and I had what I was after. A nice cheezy Web 2.0 Starburst!
Labels: Applications, Automation, Graphics, Mac, Scripting
[via Doug Finke
]: "Create online UML diagrams in seconds from inside your blog posts, articles and documents."
- I'd experimented with doing web based diagramming back in early 2002
. This is an idea whose time has come, but not just for UML, for all kinds of connected diagrams. Flow charts, organization charts, data flow diagrams... the list goes on. The yUML guys use text
to direct their diagram creation, back when I did my experiment I used OPML to create a hierarchal connected diagram because OMPL was a perfect fit for it. I used Visio, created a simple application to parse the OPML and turn it into something the Organization Chart Add-On could parse, executed Visio programatically, launched the Organization Chart Add-On programatically, generated the diagram, saved, and exited Visio. When I was thinking the web service through I figured the hardest part would be scaling of course, since I was using Visio to generate the drawings, but that's easy enough to work around.
This is great stuff, and I hope to see more in the future.
Labels: Development, Graphics, Visio
Inside Adobe Illustrator
: "You'll see that Von's approach, which is in fact used by many professional Illustrators, is very careful and methodical (in the best sense of these words). Before ever firing up Illustrator, Von has gone through lots of thumbnail sketches, roughs and finally produced a tight sketch that he will scan into Illustrator to use as a template he 'builds vectors'."
- Pencil and paper are still the quickest way to rough out ideas, even when you're doing software engineering. The artist in this case then scans his work to use as a template. Sounds like a good plan.
Labels: Adobe, Graphics, Tricks and Tips
: "It turns out that squircles are a sort of rounded square.You can read about the details on Wikipedia, but I'll summarize a squircle as a a 'circle to the fourth power'. Normally, you would describe a circle as being an x2+y2 kind of beast. A squircle would be what you get if you were to plot x4+y4."
- For the mathematician in you. If you're not a math head check out Chris' notes for a little math lesson. Enjoy.
Labels: Algorithms, Development, Graphics
: "Not to miss a diagramming opportunity, Visio Guy is here to help you with your pool with a smart, interactive Final Four bracket!"
- Chris comes through again! If you're a Visio user and a hoops fan take advantage of Chris' hard work and setup your bracket. Thanks Chris.
Labels: Diagramming, Graphics, Hoops, Visio
: "So, we’ve been developing a slick cross-platform media framework to standardize or products on (proprietry, of course), and I couldn’t resist building an ASCII text renderer."
- Tom did a brilliant job with the design of our new media pipeline, but this, well, you'll have to forgive him, he couldn't help himself.
Labels: Cross Platform, Development, Fun, Graphics, Video
: "Over the past few months we’ve had to create a few iPhone mock ups for presentations. The problem we’ve encountered is the lack of resources to help us design something efficiently. Up until now we’ve used a nice PSD from 320480.com but we still found ourselves having to build out additional assets or heavily modifying bitmap based buttons and widgets."
- If you're a Visio user and you need a UI design tool for the iPhone I'd encourage Chris Roth, Mr. Visio Guy
himself, to get to work.
Chris, you could blow this out of the water. Then we need to figure out how to generate the Interface Builder .xib file, and associated handlers. That would be a fun project.
Just having the template for building UI's would be wonderful.
Labels: Adobe, Apple, Graphics, iPhone, Visio
: "Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) markets the PlayStation® family of products and develops, publishes, markets, and distributes software for the PlayStation®Portable entertainment system, PlayStation®2 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, for the North American market."
- I'll bet it's a very tough place to work, but rewarding.
Labels: C++, Development, Games, Graphics, PlayStation, Sony, Technology
This week, February 5th and 6th, is the Visio Conference
in Redmond. I'd like to go just to see the new application in action. I don't own a copy of Visio 2007 and I haven't seen what you can do with the new features built around Databases, and random data in general
. Heck, I haven't even seen the new AutoConnect
Labels: Friends, Graphics, Seattle, Visio
: "There are two specifications, CCIR 656 and CCIR 601 which define standards for component video, and I'm sure other pages on your site refer to them. In any case, CCIR 601 defines the relationship between YCrCb and RGB values:"
Labels: Color, Cross Platform, Development, Graphics