• filed in on 9. January 2010

Adobe Creative Suite OSS alternative v2

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A long time has passed since I wrote my first post on OSS alternatives to Macromedia and Adobe and a lot has changed in the field of open source graphic design software. Software has matured and most notably for me, the GUIs have become pleasant enough to be usable for everyday work. Read on and see the list.

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  • filed in on 7. January 2010

2D kinetic animation system for live performance

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The Animata project is a cross-platform open source real-time animation software for live performance. It is controlled by OSC messages and there are example patches for connecting it to MAX/MSP and PureData, but it could just as easily be controlled from other OSC enabled software.

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VLMC Videolan Movie Creator

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The team behind the ever popular no-codec-pack-necessary video player VLC are preparing a video editor to be released shortly called Videolan Movie Creator. If you can’t wait for the first release of the software, you can build your own (probably very unstable) version now. It’s free and open source. To see it in action watch the video after the break. Heres hoping it could be an good alternative to Windows Moviemaker, Apples iMovie or perhaps even Adobe Premiere?

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Update on Goosync

I have written earlier about a great service that sync’s Google calendar with your phones built in calendar via Sync ML.

The guys at GooSync have updated their service with a few killer features:

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3D rapid prototyping the easy way

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A recent interest in 3D have made my eyes open to a whole new world of DIY projects. From the scary thought of a DIY 3D printer that has the ability to replicate, costing about 400 USD to make yourself. To a commercial 3D desktop solution costing 4995 USD, that could make the rapid prototyping available to every design studio or school.

But the RepRap DIY solution is still a bit crude and not for everyone to build, and the desktop model from Desktop Factory is not available yet. So in the meantime, i’ve found this brilliant solution…

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Free your mobile phone

Touchscreen mobiles are all the fuss with the iPhone finally being available.. One negative comment I hear a lot about the iPhone is that it’s not open for developers (other that webapps).

Enter the openmoko linux based operating system on the easily hackable neo1973 handset.

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  • filed in on 9. February 2007

Free MP3 Ringtone Video Tutorial

Video tutorial on how to install a free legal MP3 track as a ringtone on your phone. From ccmixter.org over the air to your mobile phone. Using nothing but Creative Commons licensed music, your browser and you phone. (I used my Nokia N70)...

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QuickTXP

Here’s a little something I have in the works for the Mac/Textmate envious Windows using Textpattern site building users out there :) – it’s a free alternative, but no way near as powerfull as Textmate with the bundle...

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Free MySQL hosting

Having searched for a remote-access MySQL host for a while, it came as a bit of a surprise that the only MySQL v5 database host I could find that looked credible was a free one. Freesql.org offers one free database per user and hosts > 10.000 databases on one server. The speed…

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  • filed in on 24. January 2007

This is advertising

Based on experience from former revisions of this site, Google AdWords isn’t the way to generate revenue from the articles on this site. A single refferal link in an article on Ruby on Rails hosting, to the hosting company Dreamhost ‘s site earned me 2500% more than…

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  • filed in on 21. January 2007

Site redesign

Planning a live redesign of the site starting today. Should not take more than a couple of days with everything messed completely up.

Site is done in Textpattern a content management system with more to it than meets the eye on their site :) Nice templating language, complete…

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  • filed in on 3. November 2006

Stencil Art 101

Quick and dirty tutorial video showing how to make your own stencil

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  • filed in on 23. October 2006

Rub This! Found in-the-wild

My font Rub This used on a poster for the turkish film: Climates. Eventhough it’s great to see my own work used on a poster for a winning movie from Cannes…

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FINALLY! I can sync Google Calendar via SyncML

It’s here.. The service I’ve been screaming for: Goosync. It allows you to sync Google Calendar via SyncML (OMA DS). This means that I can sync my Nokia N70 with Gcal really easy and free (it’s in beta, so who knows for how long it’s free)...

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  • filed in on 15. February 2006

LED Throwies - looks like great fun.

LED Throwies are an inexpensive way to add color to any ferromagnetic surface in your neighborhood. A Throwie consists of a lithium battery, a 10mm diffused LED and a rare-earth magnet taped together. Throw it up high and in quantity to impress your friends and city officials…

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  • filed in on 14. February 2006

30 boxes - free web based super calendar

I have been looking for a good calendar I can access from everywhere… Personally I don’t need all the “features” of Microsoft Outlook. I use Gmail for my email (one Gmail account for handling several IMAP4 non-Gmail accounts – and it does a better job than outlook), but the search for a good calendar app to replace Outlook has been long. Well – I FINALLY found…

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Revver video distribution

Heres a tool for distributing your video content. Revver allows you to upload a video clip of most formats, they’ll convert it to an Quicktime file, add an click-able advertisement on the last frame of the clip and host the file. Allows for easy sharing of video clips with the rest of the world, and an opportunity to earn a little cash with your next videoclip gone viral…

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  • filed in on 14. February 2006

Comments not working properly

Updated to version 4.03 of Textpattern, unfortunately the comments are not working properly. You’ll get an 302 error in Firefox and an 404 in Explorer, the comment is still recorded though (and screened by me before it’s displayed – anti-spam measure).

EDIT: Updated to 4.04 and everything works like a charm.. GO Textpattern :)

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  • filed in on 2. August 2005

Apples Mighty Touch

Apple has finally come to its senses.. its touch-sensitive new multi-function MightyMouse has just been released. non-spoof.

There is a long way from Apples normal one-button mouse to this multi-mouse featuring two touch-sensitive concealed buttons, one finger tackball that doubles as a scroll wheel and two programmable squeeze-buttons on the side of the…

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  • filed in on 2. August 2005

New iPod Flea - OUT NOW

This has got to be one of the funniest Apple spoofs in a long time

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  • filed in on 2. August 2005

Cafe Makeover - using Transistor-Radios

I would love to do a cafe one-night makeover – using nothing more than some sort of a sound output, a FM radio transmitter and a lot of cheap transistor-radios hanging from the ceiling acting as a cluster of loudspeakers

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Search engine friendly Flash sites

One of the reasons not to make a site in Flash, is simply that search engines can’t index the vector graphics text Flash produces. The same guy that has made the DENG browser has come up with a method for replacing normal text with flash versions of the same text…

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Tired of waiting for Browsers to catch up?

Eventhough there is now SVG support in the nightly builds of Firefox, its a long wait untill we see XForms, XFrames and CSS3 support in common browsers.

So if you are dying to try your hand at XForms and CSS3, check out Claus Wahlers DENG project…

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  • filed in on 24. April 2005

Free alternatives to Macromedia and Adobe

We all know Adobe is going to acquire Macromedia, and you have probably also read blogs guessing as to why Adobe suddenly felt the need to pay 3.4 billion dollars to secure their monopoly. Comments are piling up, some positive and some negative.

If I were to comment on the deal, it would be on the negative side. I just do not believe in monopolies. Therefore I have compiled a small list of free alternatives to some of the software packages the two companies maintain. Most of these run on multiple platforms, but some…

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Next Level of Mobile Computing

Realm Systems are planning a revolution for the mobile computing world. Using bold statements such as: With Realm, any Computer, any Operating System, anywhere is your computer…

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Palm Zire as an extra screen.

One of the cool features with the Nintendo DS is the DS. On one screen you play the game, and on the other you get status info, see a map etc. I have mimicked this for my pc with an inexpensive Palm Zire

Its all pretty simple and should work with other Palm devices as well.

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  • filed in on 27. March 2005

Floating Logos

Fine art photographer Matt Siber has an interesting project on his site. The Floating Logos project removes the poles of signs and makes them float in mid-air. Maybe this is the next thing for Flickr users to throw themselves at after depleting the transparent screen idea…

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  • filed in on 26. March 2005

Amaztype

You have to try this one out! Type in a searchword and watch the word build from Amazon product photos that match you search word.

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  • filed in on 26. March 2005

Animation School Samples

Some great animations from the students of Gobelins in France. Their Animation Gallery makes you want to get out your pen and paper…

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Drop Cash - Campaign Donations

If you need to collect donations for a campaign, dropcash has an easy to use, free for all (so far) service that uses PayPal for money transfer. All you need is a free…

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