Category Archives: Adobe

[VIDEO] El Lupe Live Recording
Date Created: November 28, 2011  Date Modified: May 6, 2012

Back when I was a student I aspired to work in the glamours world of the music industry, needless to say that didnt happen, but here is one of the many gigs I filmed at the time.

It was shot on a Canon XM1, but as you can see this upload has been thru the codec blender (blame the producer, not me. I didnt upload it)

More info can be found on the producers MySpace page (Im mentioned by name on this site…)

Occupy Web Technology
Date Created: November 21, 2011  Date Modified: May 2, 2012

The “Occupy” brand has exploded, Im not going to get into all the different products latching onto the Occupy theme–that would take to long. What I have found a little interesting is that two Occupy movements have popped up that I think are worth a mention here, they are Occupy Flash and Occupy HTML. Oh dear.

Lets start with Occupy Flash. Flash is propriety software that is distributed by the corporate giant Adobe, after they purchased their biggest competitor–much to my annoyance at the time. At the time I saw it as Adobe creating a web monopoly, something the OWS have been vocal about since they launched their brand. Since then the web has changed and the Macromedia stable is nolonger the dux-nutz of web development tools. Who uses Dreamweaver as much as they did in 2001?. Flash managed to survive the Web 2.0 upgrade by catering toward a different market, and it worked; testimony to that was Microsofts attempt at encroaching Adobe’s market share with Silverlight… To any webmonkey claiming flash is dead, just log into Google Analytics and right click on the map overlay!

However the folk at Occupy Flash seem to think otherwise:

Flash Player is dead. Its time has passed. It’s buggy. It crashes a lot. It requires constant security updates. It doesn’t work on most mobile devices. It’s a fossil, left over from the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology. Websites that rely on Flash present a completely inconsistent (and often unusable) experience for fast-growing percentage of the users who don’t use a desktop browser. It introduces some scary security and privacy issues by way of Flash cookies.

Flash makes the web less accessible. At this point, it’s holding back the web.

All of the above could be true of any web technology; Sharepoint, iOS, .NET, their all guilty to some extent. Holding back the web? well back in the late 90’s it was Flash that was the fore-front of rich web, and without it we would have never seen any of the Web 2.0 technology we have today; Google Maps, Youtube… I could go on.

Then there is the counter argument from the Occupy HTML folk:

Flash is mature. It’s supported by all major desktop browsers. It’s stable when used properly. If not, it crashes a lot, just like every other technology. It requires constant security updates, just like every other web technology. It doesn’t work well on most mobile devices, and for good reasons. It’s a content plugin, developed during the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology. Websites that rely on Flash can present a unique (and often unparalleled) experience for the massive percentage of users on a desktop browser. Flash powers some amazing experiences that work consistently across all of the major browsers in a way that cannot be replicated without Flash technology.

Championing simplistic statements regarding web technologies makes the web less educated.
At this point, it’s holding back the web.

A “content” plugin? well thats news to me–altho the XML data connector is a great little object to display your content in a visually pleasing way, Flash is for the most part asthetically driven as opposed to content driven (but maybe my definition of content differes from the writers?). The point about Flash working consistently accross browsers is a misnomer too–Konqueror anyone?.

As someone who wasted MANY years of my life with ActionScript, Im not one to quickly bash Macromedia’s Adobe’s rich-web software. That said, having years of experience dealing with an anti-Flash market, and the shortcomings of the platform, Im not one to instantly praise it. Flash is still useful in certain situations, and HTML5 does not get full cross browser support (yet). Really its like comparing Apple’s and Wintel’s.

Im not going to bash either technology, both are useful, both are required by the market. Both cater to a different market share. And most importantly: Both can co-exist on the web. If we as developers and designers dismiss one tech for another then we are only limiting ourselves to one market or the other.

Live and let live.

Joomla! as an intranet?: YES WE CAN!
Date Created: October 24, 2011  Date Modified: November 22, 2011

I was approached a few weeks ago by the Equal Opportunity Commission to build a Joomla powered Intranet–at first I had apprehensions: Joomla is not the greatest of CMS software for this application, and all government departments are running MOSS2010, so It would be simple logic to go with SharePoint for the intranet too?

Adding to the complexity of this project it was also suggested that the Joomla run on a WAMP stack–but with the server being SBS2003 I decided to put it together thru IIS instead of go and install Apache on a system that didnt require it.

The system installed without a hitch–its not the first time I have put together a J! on IIS, but its the first time I did so for an intranet. Hopefully this makes business run a bit smother down there at EOC.

I dont think so
Date Created: October 2, 2011  Date Modified: January 7, 2013

Had an interview at a local design agency, one that actually does design. I dont think I will be the successful candidate, as I made two cardinal sins in the design field.

First off was calling Mac’s evil empire machines, yes I have a bias against Apple, but one must never let opinion override professionalism.

The second, wich ties in with the first a little was that I mentioned flash, the rule here is: dont bring up old technology. Sure flash is still used, but its no longer held in the same regard as it once was. I tnink if I can overcome my own perzonal bias I will have no trouble securing the next placement.

Snuffy’s drug habit
Date Created: July 9, 2011  Date Modified: December 27, 2012

A mate was looking for a pic of snuffy for his FB profile but he said he couldnt find the right one–SOUNDS LIKE A RULE 35 TO ME

UPDATE: I like this one better

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Layer Masks
Date Created: January 18, 2011  Date Modified: October 5, 2011

Knocked these layermasks up at work today rather quickly, they can be found on the careers centre pages at the UNDA website

Please note that not all the layermasks on the UNDA site are mine–some talented person created some for the med school pages–I told them I would do it for them, but they insisted.

This rant was posted in Layer Mask, Photoshop, Work on by .

SVG Slideshow
Date Created: September 14, 2010  Date Modified: May 24, 2012

Im trying out the picasa slideshows thingy, yeah way to articulate. It will probably remove some of my early pics as I have moved them out the blog album..


This rant was posted in Flash, Illustrator, SVG on by .

Rules 34 and 35
Date Created: June 19, 2010  Date Modified: June 19, 2010

I dont normaly do rule 34/5 requests, im too old for that, but I was bored…
This rant was posted in Photoshop on by .

Photoshop Phun
Date Created: May 9, 2010  Date Modified: May 9, 2010

Truth be told this is not photoshop, not even the GIMP. No, for SOME strange reason I decided to use a VERY OLD copy of Macromedia Fireworks. WHY???? I dont know, so dont ask. The pic was created in a rush for a FB group I belong to. We all hate Warrick Cappa, so this wont get me sued or anything… (one hopes)

Its not ment to look like a work of art–its ment to look like what it is, a very crude attempt at photoshopping so dont get all on my case about how shity layermasking it is…

this is going to end up getting very silly….

This rant was posted in Fireworks, GIMP, Macromedia, Photoshop on by .

Image Correction Made Easy
Date Created: May 3, 2010  Date Modified: January 7, 2013

Curves, Historgam, Selective Colour, Replace Colour, Channel Mixer, Gamma, Brightness and Contrast–So many ways to correct colour in photoshoop, however as I am the worlds greatest photographer, I never need to use these… SURE!

I took this pic when I was still getting use to the DSLR, its of my friends dog whos name I cannot divulge. As you can tell its overexposed.

I used Gamma to make it look less washed out

This pic of Perth hip-hop MC Xzact, was one I took on 35mm back when I was doing intro to photography, the scan is too bright but I never knew untill I brought an LCD monitor.

I adjusted the black by using curves–now you can see the grainyness of the film, and how dirty my lense was.

Lab Week 12 – Annimation
Date Created: May 3, 2010  Date Modified: July 16, 2013

Ok, Im being real lazy this morning. We are meant to do some simple annimations in Photoshop, but Im not really a keyframe kinda guy–Im more of a tweener who is learning the joys of moving off the timeline and doing all annimations with ActionScript… its easier and creates a better end product, and also smaller file sizes. This wabbit I knocked up in Macromedia Adobe Flash CS4, it was my first animation using CS4–tho I have done a few using MX 2004. Man that was a culture shock.

This rant was posted in Animation, Flash, MCC129 on by .

fake products
Date Created: March 11, 2010  Date Modified: September 4, 2011

I gave no description for these when I posted this, tho some words should accompany:


This rant was posted in Graphics Tablet, Illustrator on by .

Wacom & Photoshop
Date Created: March 5, 2010  Date Modified: March 5, 2010

There are some real nice wacom tablets in the labs–much more sensitive than mine..
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Wacom & Photoshop
Date Created: March 5, 2010  Date Modified: March 5, 2010

There are some real nice wacom tablets in the labs–much more sensitive than mine..
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Texas George Roughs.
Date Created: January 28, 2010  Date Modified: January 28, 2010

Im spreading out some of the posts that have more images, so things arew ordered a bit better. I have mentioned Texas George before, below are the roughs:

This rant was posted in Flash, Ink, Texas George on by .