Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Automate this...

Dear Diary,

Since I am uploading many vector files to Shutterstock, I came up with an automated solution for creating the 500px thumbnails that you have to upload along with the vector file.

Is a simple automator application for Mac OSX.

Just drag your files on the application, and then a folder will be created on your desktop with the thumbnails on it !

I hope it will be useful to some of you out there :)

Download it by pressing here

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lollipop-art just launched

Dear Diary,

Our brand new portfolio site just launched today :)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

How Benjamin Button Got His Face

Dear Diary,

Is very rare to see such a major innovation on visual effects, since we are all used to see state-of-the-art special effects in almost every major film nowadays. But this one is different. So different as "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is itself.

I couldn't believe my ears when CGI-Guru Ed Ulbrich during his speech on TED, stated that "Benjamin's face in the first 30 minutes of the film is totally computer generated"... I mean, everyone in the field knows that a convincing 3D human face is considered as the "Holly Grail" of motion graphics! How did they do it then!?

The general idea that these folks had was quite straight forward... when you have to nail like a million spikes and the greatest tool available around is the stone... then go invent the hammer.

No more words for this marvelous presentation... Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

To post or not to post...

I am currently thinking about making some tutorials for Photoshop / Illistrator / Cinema4D and automations for Mac OSX.

So I thought of asking you first...

Please leave a comment here in case you need some specific one (for example: How to make these shiny good-looking web 2.0 buttons etc.)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Finally... an alternative browser to do the job !

Dear Diary,

Yesterday while I was stumbling through some mac-related websites, I came across an application called "Stainless".
So, what's so special about it?

As far as I know is the only web browser that supports session-aware bookmarks and parallel sessions. Practically, this means that you can actually have multiple tabs for the same service using different credentials (for example, you can have 2-3, or as many gmail boxes you wish, open at the same time, each one for a different e-mail account). As for bookmarks, you can have for example a bookmark pointing to your facebook and another one pointing to your girlfriend's facebook (of course in logged-in mode), if you use the same machine.

For me, it's a lifesaver because it means that I don't have to log out anymore from my personal gmail account just to check my work's one.

Furthermore, it's free and very very light and responsive.

Definitely worth having it on your mac.

You can download it here
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