Safari’s on Windows!

12 06 2007

More importantly, the new Safari is blazing fast! And it conforms to web standards. So WordPress loads properly, and pages load heck a lot more quickly.

Sweet! Get it at the download page.

Oh yar. Did I say it runs on Windows?

  

*UPDATE: Reports from the wild indicates that, depending on which flavour of XP/Vista your PC is running Safari can be quite a resource hog, taking up to 250Meg of RAM. Anyone can verify that? On the plus side, its resource-friendly on a Mac. Friendlier than v2 in fact. Also, if you fire up Terminal and punch in

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1

you enable a debugging menu that allows you to call up a HUD (heads-up display) to aid in debugging websites. Real handy. 

 

**LATEST UPDATE: You can do the same in windows by:

OpenC:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\Safari\Preferences.plist 

Add the following:

<key>IncludeDebugMenu</key>
<true/>

Punch in the Terminal script and you’ll get this:

And if you right click

You’ll call up the nifty HUD





Adobe Photoshop Lightroom vs Apple Aperture Shootout

6 04 2007

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Even though its submission week and I have yet to finish my design, a man needs to take a break now and then. And what better to do than a side-by-side comparison of Apple’s incumbent RAW processing software, Aperture, and the new kid on the block, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Read the rest of this entry »





Goodness Gracious Me! 8-core!

4 04 2007

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New Renderer

30 10 2006

Found myself a new toy in a 3D renderer.

modo 202, by Luxology, delivers the next evolution of 3D modeling, painting and rendering in a single integrated and accelerated platform. Winner of the prestigious Apple Design Award at WWDC 2006 for “Best OS X Graphics”, the interface is clean, sleek, and very much like the Apple professional range of softwares like Final Cut Pro or Aperture. More importantly, the modeller and renderer is amazingly fast, and way more powerful than Sketchup Pro that I’m currently using.

It is not surprising, because the guys who developed modo were the same ones who brought us Lightwave, the 3D software that I cut my teeth on back in junior college. Yet the interface is infinitely easier to use. It reminds me of the program Blender in the logic of the tool palettes. And I loved Blender.

In a head-on shootout with my current 3D renderer Vue d’Esprit, modo trounced Vue not only in terms of rendering speed (and the bonus is that you get real time feedback of what each processor on your desktop/network is rendering) but quality as well. Vue could not do subsurface smoothening, resulting in the faceted curves that you see in the first image. And it usually results in a fairly coarse image unless you render it at the maximum setting (which I did). modo, meanwhile, did it in less than half the time at the default setting. And the interface responds more like a traditional 3D software in the mold of 3Ds Max or Maya.

More importantly, Vue is no slouch itself, being used by ILM or Industrial Light & Magic, the same guys who brought you the special effects in most of your Hollywood movies.

Vue d'Esprit
modo 202





Custom Icons Are So Fun!

19 09 2006

Was taking a break just now so I decided to do some custom icons for my desktop, laptop and mobile. A little bit of photoshop and there you have it!

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Steve Jobs Does It Again!

13 09 2006

iPod Nano Video/Colours, new iPod, new iPod shuffle, movie on your iPod, iTV, brand new iTunes! Woah!

The new Nano — think iPod Mini run over by a 10-ton truck.

The new Shuffle — looks like the iPod remote, doesn’t it?

The new iTunes interface — it’s like the Front Row GUI, or iPhoto, or Finder Slideshow. Love it!

There’s one more thing called the iTV. It’s something like what Airport Express does with Airtunes, which basically acts as a Wifi conduit to stream music from your computer to your Hifi (while acting as a wireless print server at the same time; this function alone justifies the price), but this time, iTV streams video content to your TV. Look at it this way: if you buy a Mac Mini, or use your home Mac, and buy a USB TV tuner, you can throw away your DVD player, VCD player, VCR; heck, you can even throw away your radio — just connect your TV to a good set of speakers and you’re ready to rock and roll.

If Microsoft had been trying so hard to find an integrated home entertainment solution, Apple has beaten them to the finish line. Who cares if Zune has Wifi? Do you seriously believe the batt will last with Wifi switched on? Man, iTV is the new future.





iPod, therefore I am

22 07 2006

Yay. Finally got myself an iPod Nano after like… like when Apple is going to replace it with a (purported) magnesium-alloy one. If you’re wondering, its white and I got it for $225 at the iShop in NUS. Yup, the iShop (that’s the one at Orchard Cineleisure) has opened a kiosk in school and it’s offering a student and staff discount on all items, and 10% on all accessories, which is quite a good deal, considering you can’t even get such prices on Apple’s own website with the discounts and rebates factored in (Apple’s webby offers on average about 9% worth of discounts). Ha, I can finally chalk up some points on my Club21 card (if you haven’t already known, the iShop is part of the Club21 chain).

So yes people, the longtime Mac user has finally gotten an iPod. Oh almighty Steve Jobs, pardon my tainted soul. I have repented.