Learn Processing

Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions. Initially developed to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing also has evolved into a tool for generating finished professional work. Today, there are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning, prototyping, and production. Online book, free: http://natureofcode.com/book/

Create your own website easily

Create your own website easily without code and using well designed simple templates some options:

instructions for converting all of your DRM’d Kindle books into a non-DRM format that you can read on any number of devices.

Migrating from Kindle to iBooks I started off reading eBooks from the Amazon Kindle store. As time has progressed, I’ve found myself using my physical Kindle less and less. Partly because I forget to charge it, and partly because I can never get the lighting in my favorite reading locations quite right. And at night? Forget about it. So I’ve converted all of my Kindle purchases to ePubs for use in iBooks. I could use the Kindle app for iOS but I’ve found iBooks to be faster at syncing read position, and it feels a lot more natural to use. Read more

Inexpensive Plugins And Effects Packs For Final Cut

Add a nostalgic look to your next movie using Nostalgia Suite ($49). Choose from 10 vintage color presets or even create one of your own. Add a natural, organic lens flare to your footage with the included Flare Builder, a powerful light flare tool. Choose from 13 different real light flares. Control the opacity and color of the flares to give it a strong or subtle look. Nostalgia also comes with a choice of 4 different slide effects and a slide sound effect. With Screen Stitch ($49), you can choose from 36 different split screen effects right from the convenience of your Read more

KeyShowX 2.0

KeyShowX is a simple, yet powerful, tool for making multi-screen presentations and shows. It is a companion product for Apple Keynote or Microsoft PowerPoint. Consider it as a universal, flexible and scriptable remote control unit that allows simultaneous execution and synchronization of multiple presentations running on different computers. As an extra bonus, you can also control Apple DVD Player and QuickTime Player.  

The CryptoParty Handbook

This 392 page, Creative Commons licensed handbook is designed to help those with no prior experience to protect their basic human right to Privacy in networked, digital domains. By covering a broad array of topics and use contexts it is written to help anyone wishing to understand and then quickly mitigate many kinds of vulnerability using free, open-source tools. Most importantly however this handbook is intended as a reference for use during Crypto Parties. Download HTTP Direct Download You can download the 392 page book as a free, 28Mb PDF here About this book The CryptoParty Handbook was born from a suggestion Read more

easily make an animated gif

CREATE a new file:  72 pixels/inch 1 >go to navigator on right > add layers by clicking on small square with turned up edge 2 >create your images on each layer (rem to click eye on left pic to view individual layers) 3 >click window in top toolbar > click animation, a box will appear at bottom of page >create new layers in this box to correspond to your layers in navigation box. eg: click the layer icon (small square with turned up edge) to duplicate selected frames 4 >rem to apply each layer to your image layer using the Read more

free seminars on web development and digital publishing

Noble Desktop has been teaching courses in web development and digital publishing since 1991. They offer comprehensive day and evening classes and certificate programs in web design, web development, digital publishing, print design and photo retouching. Check out their free seminars on web development and digital publishing. Just this month they have seminars on state of the art web design techniques, as well asresponsive web design.  

HTML Symbol Entities Reference

HTML Symbol Entities This entity reference includes mathematical symbols, Greek characters, various arrows, technical symbols and shapes. Note: Entity names are case sensitive. Math Symbols Supported by HTML Character Entity Number Entity Name Description ∀ ∀ ∀ for all ∂ ∂ ∂ part ∃ ∃ ∃ exists ∅ ∅ ∅ empty ∇ ∇ ∇ nabla ∈ ∈ ∈ isin ∉ ∉ ∉ notin ∋ ∋ ∋ ni ∏ ∏ ∏ prod ∑ ∑ ∑ sum − − − minus ∗ ∗ ∗ lowast √ √ √ square root ∝ ∝ ∝ proportional to ∞ ∞ ∞ infinity ∠ ∠ ∠ Read more

Syncing with iCloud on older machines

It can be quite frustrating if you have computers that do not run Lion OS but you still want to sync with the iCloud. The answer, i found, is the software below. It can be installed on any machine running Snow Leopard, which can be installed on any intel machine. http://www.chronosnet.com/Products/sohoorganizer.html You can also use other services such as those offered by Google and Yahoo! to sync between devices as well Sam

Get a Free Software PDF reader

The Portable Document Format (PDF) is a popular format to publish formatted text and documents. There are several different versions of it, some qualifying as an Open Standard, some certified by ISO and some encumbered by software patents. You might want to promote the versions that are Open Standards, because Open Standards guarantee interoperability, competition and choice. Read more… There are many programs to read and write PDF documents. All of the PDF readers in the following list are Free Software, respecting your basic four freedoms to use, study, share and improve them. This gives you control over your computer and helps protect your privacy. Read Read more

sugru is the exciting new air-curing rubber that can be formed by hand.

sugru is the exciting new air-curing rubber that can be formed by hand. It bonds to most materials and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight. Developed by a team of product designers and materials scientists, sugru’s patented technology is unique in its combination of hand-formability, self-adhesion and flexibility when cured. It feels like modelling clay, and it’s that easy to use too. Once cured, its durable properties mean it’s comfortable in extreme environments from the dishwasher to the ocean to Antarctica. http://sugru.com/about

How to Make an Interactive Network Visualization

Interactive network visualizations make it easy to rearrange, filter, and explore your connected data. Learn how to make one using D3 and JavaScript. Networks! They are all around us. The universe is filled with systems and structures that can be organized as networks. Recently, we have seen them used to convict criminals, visualize friendships, and even todescribe cereal ingredient combinations. We can understand their power to describe our complex world fromManuel Lima’s wonderful talk on organized complexity. Now let’s learn how to create our own. In this tutorial, we will focus on creating an interactive network visualization that will allow us to Read more

Habari is next-generation blogging.

Habari is next-generation blogging. Download Habari or try the demo and help our community design the future of blogs. Habari is different While there are a number of technical reasons that highlight the differences and advantages Habari has over other blogging packages, a major component of what makes Habari different is its community participation model. Users who demonstrate a level of quality contributions to the project are granted more privileges within the project.  

The Bastards Book of Photography

The Bastards Book of Photography An open-source guide to working with light by Dan Nguyen   The Bastards Book of Photography is a visual guide for learning your camera’s manual controls in order to make beautiful photographs. No flash or other fancy equipment required. » Go to the Table of Contents. » Read why this book was written » Decide whether you need to even buy a camera » Go to the first lesson on light    

BASIC HTML & CSS for NON-WEB DESIGNERS

Are you a print designer, photographer, fine-artist, or general creative person? Do you have a shitty website that you slapped together yourself in Dreamweaver in that ONE web design class that you took in college? Do you not have a site at all because you’ve been waiting two years for your cousin to put it together for you? Well, we’re here to help. We know that you have little to no desire to do web design professionally, but that doesn’t mean that you want an ugly cookie-cutter site or to settle for one that hasn’t been updated since Hackerswas in theaters. Read more

What happens when my Mac is stolen?

Undercover aids in recovering a stolen Mac by transmitting its location, photos of the thief and screenshots revealing what he is up to.   What happens when my Mac is stolen?   Accurately locate your stolen Mac Undercover uses advanced technology developed by Skyhook Wireless to locate your Mac based on Wi-Fi positioning. In addition, Undercover transmits network information, enabling our recovery center to accurately track and locate your stolen Mac within a range of 10-20 meters. See what happens on your Mac Undercover is the world’s first theft-recovery software that will send screenshots of your stolen Mac at regular Read more

Fantastic Sources for Free Soundtrack Music

ccMixter Music Discovery: Based on the ccMixter community site of CC-licensed remixes, samples, and songs, this resource has instrumental music, playlists, podcast music, and more than 1,000 free tracks that can be used in commercial projects. Netlables at the Internet Archive: This section of the phenomenal Internet Archive hosts music from small netlabels, many of whom put their entire catalogs under Creative Commons license. From exotica to indie rock to deep house, there are neatly 2,000 “sub-collections” of music with hundreds of tracks each. (And if you’re looking for true public domain music, the Internet Archive’s massive Audio Archive is where you want Read more

Litho/digital commercial printers for books, magazines, etc

Here are some commercial printers I have worked with for a variety of jobs, and personally recommend. They have different specialities. Please remember, these are commercial printers aiming at trade business (namely book, publishers or graphic designers). That is to say, not only will they expect perfect PDFs/artwork, but when costing a job, they would expect a fairly firm specification to quote to. While everyone I’ve worked with is very helpful and generous, please be considerate of their time when asking for quotes. Do your research first and ask for staff advice if you have never worked with a commercial printer before. The possibilities are as infinite as all the different books you have seen, so firm Read more

A Comprehensive Checklist To Creating The Perfect WordPress Website

There is no doubt that WordPress is the best content management system (CMS) for your website. Sure, countless CMS’ are available, ranging from open-source to paid, and you’ll hear evangelists on all sides swearing that their choice is the best. But Drupal, Joomla or any other CMS doesn’t hold a candle to WordPress for its ease of use, security and reliability. It’s no wonder that Web developers have built over 50 million websites on its sturdy back, or that so many designers would never dream of using anything else. For the sake of this article, let’s agree that WordPress is the Read more

Data visualisation tools

visualization.ch put together a selection of data visualization tools that they use the most and that they enjoy working with. It includes libraries for plotting data on maps, frameworks for creating charts, graphs and diagrams and tools to simplify the handling of data. Even if you’re not into programming, you’ll find applications that can be used without writing one single line of code. They will keep this list as a living repository and add / remove things as technology develops.

MULTI TOUCH TOOL FOR TRACKPADS

Duncan just pushed the latest version of an open-source tool he’s been working on that sends touch events of a trackpad via OSC. It currently only works for Apple trackpads (MacBooks, maybe Magic Trackpads?).     The app reads finger data from the trackpad, assigns a unique ID to each finger, and continuously sends OSC events about the position, orientation, size, etc. of the touch event. These OSC events can be read by something like Unity 3D, so that you can test a mobile multitouch interface without having to compile to a touchscreen device. I’ve made small demos for Unity Read more

Virb create a website easily

Whether you’re a novice or a pro, a photographer, a band, a small business, or anything in between, Virb is perfect for building your site—quickly and easily. Everything you need for $10/month You don’t have to be a web professional to have a professional-looking site with Virb. Our simplified site builder eliminates all the coding and over-complicated web jargon. Just choose a theme, add your content, customize and launch! It’s (nearly) instant gratification.      

Mac anti-virus software review 2012

So Mac invulnerability to malware is a myth, at least according to security researchers from Kaspersky Lab. And although such a blunt statement may be a blow to the ego of some Mac users, it remains true. Security researchers from all walks have long argued that it was only a matter of time before the Mac became popular enough that virus, malware, and spyware makers would come calling, and the recent Flashback scare has only served as a reminder that overconfidence precedes carelessness. Especially when it comes to technology. The Flashback flare-up happened less than a year after another malware spike, which Read more

THE LONDON BOOKSHOP MAP

96 independent bookshops Independent bookshops fill the gaps in the high street, stocking thoughtful and idiosyncratic selections rather than market-driven choices of books. They sustain local interests and offer different ways for communities to participate in a range of cultural activities. They are crucial platforms for alternative publishing. MAP

Plinths & Shelves

In need of a plinth for the show? www.artplinths.co.uk  – sculpture plinths and cases /  gallery furniture, sale and Hire.  15% student discount available. Other People’s Sculpture make sure you email all dims in an email phil@otherpeoplessculpture.co.uk Telephone +44 (0)7976396516   Another option for London is to rent  high quality plinths from Exhibition Continues. Makes money sense for shows two weeks or shorter.

Ebook Cover Design and Optimum Size Specifications for Amazon, Kindle, B&N, Nook, iBookstore, and iPad Formats

QUICK AND HANDY GUIDE All images should be RGB and not CMYK. Lulu will reject sRGB, if you want to use them to get into the iBookstore, but other retailers accept it. Again, always go for the correct file size first, at the cost of resolution if necessary; not the other way around. EC = Embedded Cover (give to ebook formatter to embed) CC = Catalog Cover (you’ll upload separate from ebook) n/s = Not Specified Format Size in px Resolution File Size Kindle CC JPG, TIFF min 500px max 1280px 72 dpi n/s Kindle EC JPG 600 x 800 Read more

types of book cover in epublishing

COVERS   P-COVER The cover of the printed book. There may further be paperback p-covers, hardback p-covers, trade paper p-covers, etc. “Anybody can do p-covers. They’re not even interactive. BTW, what’s “ink coverage” mean?”     E-COVER PAGE The big splashy first page of an ebook; its primary visual identity. “I accidentally applied the “cover” semantic to the acknowledgments page instead of the e-cover page in Sigil, so now I get to learn TextWrangler! Yay!”     E-COVER GRAPHIC The graphic displayed on the e-cover. (eg, e-cover_graphic.jpg is displayed on e-cover.xhtml.) “Wow, lots of colors in your e-cover graphic! Yeah! Read more

Apple iBooks Author review and how-to

Apple’s much-hyped iBooks Author came out a while back, and Cupertino hopes the free app can become the iTunes for the self-publishing textbook world. Available solely through the Mac App Store at a healthy 320MB, I’ve been putting iBooks Author through its paces in the hopes that the interactive iBook will bring me some added sales of a recently self-published e-book. I wanted to get this review out sooner, but you can’t really know how well this program works unless you actually have something to publish. A bird’s-eye view of a publishing tool doesn’t do it justice—you have to use it Read more

Mac laptop battery monitor

With coconutBattery you’re always aware of your current battery health. It shows you live information about your battery such as how often it was charged and how is the current maximum capacity in relation to the original capacity your battery had when it left the factory. Of course you are able to save the current maximum capacity of your battery. So you can see the changes of your battery health over time. coconutBattery is and will always be freeware. If you like it, a donation is always very welcome. http://www.coconut-flavour.com/  

Coursea – free online courses from top universities

Coursea offer high quality courses from the top universities, for free to everyone. We currently host courses from Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and University of Pennsylvania. We are changing the face of education globally, and we invite you to join us. About Coursera Our Courses Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material. When you take one of our classes, you will watch lectures taught by world-class professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises. When you join one of our Read more

Colour system convertor tool

Nice tool for converting between colour systems, such as RGB to RAL http://www.easyrgb.com/index.php?X=SEEK   Many other tools on the site Color calculator Converts color data to different color standards (RGB, CMYK, L*ab, L*ch, L*uv, Hunter, XYZ etc.). All the math implemented in this calculators is available in the math/formulas page. Create color harmonies From your RGB colors it creates colors complements, harmonies and themes. It can be used to easily create a Web site color theme or to select good trim and accent colors for your home decorations. From RGB values to commercial tints Matches your computer generated RGB values to Read more

HD TV streaming (industry level solution)

The RayV Grid is the worlds first telco grade HDTV Delivery Network over IP. Designed specifically to serve the world’s most sophisticated content providers, we stream for telcos and networks tens of millions of hours of HDTV every month to millions of viewers in over 150 countries. RayV is the most robust, scalable and secure network for delivering high quality video on the web.

tips for recording police / in public

This article is USA focused, but the general tips (i.e. not the legal ones) are useful for anywhere http://gizmodo.com/5900680/7-rules-for-recording-police

Dealing with grids in Photoshop is a pain

With GuideGuide, it doesn’t have to be. Pixel accurate columns, rows, midpoints, and baselines can be created based on your document or marquee with the click of a button. Frequently used guide sets can be saved for repeat use. Grids can use multiple types of measurements. Best of all it’s free. Honestly, if you haven’t started downloading it by now, you’re probably a masochist. Weirdo… Grid Tab Fill in the fields and click the GG button to create your grid. Negative margin values will place the guides outside your selection. Hold the clear guides button to clear all input fields. Clicking the Read more

Screen Aspect Ratio & Dimension Calculator

Calculate image dimension (in pixels) from total number of pixels and aspect ratio Calculate the missing value from two of height, width and/or aspect ratio Calculate optimal viewing distance from screen size Calculate screen dimensions (height/width/area, in inches or cm) from diagonal measurement and aspect ratio website: http://www.silisoftware.com/tools/screen.php        

Slides made from digital

One of the few remaining places to have slides made from digital files. 35mm, medium format and large format. Also offer negatives printing. http://www.gammatech.com   This company is in the USA. While it may seem extreme to order slides over such a distance, it is worth it in terms of customer service, speed, cost and importantly quality. A number of staff members use these slides in artwork, after having many problems with more local suppliers.

Start Developing iOS Apps Today

Creating iOS apps is fun and rewarding, and if you’re a new developer you might be wondering where to begin. This road map provides the perfect starting point for iOS app development. On your Mac computer, you can create iOS apps that run on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Follow this road map to learn where to get the tools you need, understand the major concepts and best practices, and see where to find more information. As you proceed through the road map, you will use Xcode and the iOS SDK, Apple’s tools for app development. You will learn the Read more

Enlargement software for digital images

There are a range of Photoshop plugins to assist with enlarging image files. Attached Mac User article article discussing the most recent versions of these plugins. The conclusion to draw is the type of enlargement software used, really depends on the file you start with. The plugins mentioned make a noticeable difference to enlargement of web-graphics.