Dear Apple, Inc.
45 MB is a LOT of download to upgrade a video codec (Quicktime). Perhaps you should ditch it and support an open format?
Can't afford Adobe Illustrator? Get Inkscape.
Want to do serious vector art under Linux? You need Inkscape.
go get it!
I have written before about mind-mapping software, and I heartily endorsed FreePlane as an Open Source tool that was light and easy to use. And it still is.
But just today, while researching LMS's I came across this little nugget:
it's another mind-mapping tool, but this one is based on the eclipse IDE platform. It's a heavier download/install, but the d/l package immediately includes the mac, windows & linux variants, and they are self-contained, so there's nothing more to installing them than to drag the appropriate app folder somewhere sensible, double-click on the application, and voila! it opens.
The app itself is running very smoothly, allows drag-and-drop re-ordering of your mind map/tree, and has several built-in themes (almost all usable!), and several dozen pleasing graphics to spice up your nodes.
A useful-looking bit of kit to help you locate chunks of code (widgets) that you can incorporate into your own web designs. Requires Adobe AIR installed, but you've already got that sorted, haven't you?
Download Adobe Dreamweaver Widget Browser - Adobe Labs.
Ever wanted to work with Web Animation?
Want to get your animation playing on one of those "closed" devices from Apple?
[to be clear: I didn't create this animation or any of the artwork in it. That's all ©opyright Adobe™, Inc. I'm just putting it up here because I think it's damned cool.]
I want to shake the hand of the clever person who thought of this idea. Very smart way to engage teens with reading and writing, with very little cost to the library.
Well, mighty quiet around here lately.
After the last posting, I was thrust into the year-ending scramble to finish school projects.
Then I was in the in-between-semesters time of doing-the-things-around-the-house-I-had-let-slide-while-doing-school-work time, with a side order of "unfinished school business."
Somewhere in there I attended the Canada 3.0 conference and trade show in Stratford, Ontario, representing Seneca college, at the personal request of the chair of the School of Creative Arts and Animation (SCAA).
And based on my performance/presence there, I was further invited to represent Digital Media Arts and SCAA at the Ontario Centres for Excellence Discovery 2011 show in Toronto, Ontario.
Got me a CDOT golf shirt and everything!
Wait: CDOT? Yes. That's the Centre for Development of Open Technology, and you can find their web site right here.
Why am I mentioning it? Well, during the Canada 3.0 conference, I so impressed one of the professors who works for Seneca's Office of Research Initiatives, Dawn Mercer, that she asked me to take on an internship - for the summer - with CDOT to work on some CDOT internal projects, and one big project they are working on with an external client. I cannot discuss the nature of that assignment, but suffice to say I'm getting to do real-world research and development in User Experience Design, at the Proof-of-Principle stage. And it's a paid internship. Awe-some.
First thing on my plate was to re-design the landing page for CDOT, as currently they're simply using a wiki page to represent. It looks like every other wiki built on the wikimedia backend, so it's fairly tame (or, ugly, if you want to be blunt). I am told, however, that it's light-years beyond the old "built for Netscape 2.0" version that preceded it...My job is to get the right content onto this page while still adhering to Seneca's own branding. It proceeds apace.
here's the logo for CDOT that I re-did as a vector image for one of the earlier re-design sketches.