Friday
Dec202013

VisioAutomation.VDX 1.1.0 Released  

This release of VisioAutomation.VDX simplifies the process of initially creating the VDX Drawing object and the process of saving it to VDX format.

To create a new Drawing object using the default (built-in) template

using VA = VisioAutomation;

var template = new VA.VDX.Template();
var doc = new VA.VDX.Elements.Drawing(template);

To create a new Drawing object using your own template:

string xml = System.IO.File.ReadAllText( “somefile.vdx” );
var template = new VA.VDX.Template( xml );
var doc = new VA.VDX.Elements.Drawing(template);

To save as a VDX file

doc.Save( “output.vdx” );

Thursday
Nov282013

The Creation of a Typface: FF Quixo

It's not common that you'll get a sense of the work it takes to create a typeface. We are in luck however, because via this post on Behance you can explore the process Frank Grießhammer used in designing FF Quixo.

So now you can see how much work it is to go from this:

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To this:

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Tuesday
Nov262013

Microsoft Research: Automated video looping with progressive dynamism  

Oh, just watch the video ….

My favorite line from the video “Sometimes the video loop is visually plausible but semantically incorrect”.

 

And then try it yourself: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/hoppe/proj/videoloops/README.html

And if you are more curious you can read the paper: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/hoppe/proj/videoloops/

 

Saturday
Nov232013

Interlude: A Doo-wop cover of Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop"  

Sometimes covers are far, far, better

 

 

Sunday
Nov172013

More about (Photoshop) Blend Modes than You ever wanted to know  

Sparked by an interesting Hacker News thread recently –  if you need to implement blend modes or understand technically what is going on then you'll find these useful.

Photshop Blend Modes Explained
http://photoblogstop.com/photoshop/photoshop-blend-modes-explained

Insight into Photoshop 7.0 Blending Modes
http://dunnbypaul.net/blends/

Let’s Learn Math: Photoshop Blend Modes
http://www.venture-ware.com/kevin/coding/lets-learn-math-photoshop-blend-modes/

Photoshop Blend Mode Math
http://inlandstudios.com/en/?p=851

Implementations

Obligatory Wikipedia Link
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blend_modes

 

 

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