Monday
Sep022013

Dishonored - The Brigmore Witches Screenshots  

The magnificent art style of Dishonored continues in the Brigmore Witches DLC. I've collected my favorite high-res (2560x1440) screenshots here.

A few samples below:

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Thursday
Aug152013

Interlude - Minecraft Acid Interstate [Far Lands + Acid Shaders]  

Even if you don't enjoy Minecraft, this is something nice to watch.

Tuesday
Aug132013

Double-Lined Shapes in Visio 2013  

A previous post covered double-lined shapes in older versions of Visio, in this one I'll show you that the process got much simpler in Visio 2013.

Let's start with a simple rectangle with a 6pt black line as shown below.

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While the shape is selected, expand the Line dropdown menu the Home tab of the Ribbon, you won't see anything immediately that helps, but go ahead and click Line Options.

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This will bring up the Format Shape panel with the Line section expanded.

 

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Navigate down to the Compound type and select one of options. If you hover over the second style, you'll see it is called “Double”. So select that one.

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Now your shape has a double-line border.

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Now unfortunately, the line border is only 6pts and it can be hard to see both lines. To really prove that the there are two lines, increase the line weight to something like 60pts.

 

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Now we can see it very clearly.

 

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Now, if you select the shape so that the selection handles are visible, you'll see exactly how the line is drawn.

 

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As you can see the one of the lines goes inwards toward the center of the shape and then one is drawn outside the selection rectangle.

 

So, that's it. Visio 2013 makes it very easy to get shapes with double-lines edges.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday
Jun302013

What it Feels like when you Design Something Great  

Nothing in <it> is confused, nothing inconvenient, nothing without reason, nothing without foundation, all things have their place, not only definite but convenient and where they ought to be. Distinguished are the offices, distinguished the judgements, distinguished the orders.

Leonardo Brumi,
– as quoted in “Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Volume I”

Sunday
Jun232013

The Windows and Wacom Tablet Nightmare is Over  

“It is an awful thing still to dread the magic that you contemptuously investigate”

-Rudyard Kipling, Kim

Many months of frustration with Windows 8 and years of pain with Windows 7 have concluded with a dramatic and pleasant turn of events.

Wacom released a few days ago a driver (Version 6.3.6-w3) which is the solution we've been waiting for. Windows 7 and Windows 8 are usable again if you own a Wacom tablet. I'll describe the results I've had have been excellent. [For further information about the driver go here]

After you install the driver launch the Wacom Tablet Properties application –  you can find it from the Start Menu/Start Screen or from the Control Panel.

Then selection your Tablet, then under Tool select your pen you use, and under Application select All. Then navigate to the Mapping tab. Now, At the bottom-left corner uncheck the checkbox marked Use Windows Ink. Close the Wacom Tablet Properties application.

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You are done –  the effect takes place immediately.

Let me explain what is fixed.

  • No more Dynamic Feedback rings
  • No more Press-and-Hold
  • No Drag Delay

Install the Driver and Do it Now. Really.