Friday, November 26, 2010

WebGraphics offer access to high-quality design resources

If you are in need of high quality graphic resources for your latest project and are not a graphic designer then you can't go far wrong with WebGraphics. With over 2500 royalty free resources available for as little as $7 a month you are sure to find something that fits your needs. Whether its vector graphics, textures, Photoshop brushes, icons web templates or mockups (tees, DVD cases and the like).

WebGraphics promote themselves as a site with 3 fundamental objectives: best quality in quantity at the lowest price. judging by the standard of their work so far I would say they are doing a good job of achieving that laudable aim.

Finally, in the interests of being above board, if you click on the graphic below to their site, it is an affiliate link.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Free 3D Model of Medical Wheelchair

Zygote are once again offering a free 3D model, this time of a medical wheelchair, for download from their site at 3DScience.com.




You can download the model from  http://www.3dscience.com/ but be sure to hurry as its only available for a limited period. Sign up for their newsletters and receive notification of future free models for download.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lou Reed relents and directs Susan Boyle covering his 'Perfect Day'

I don't normally post on things like this but I am a fan of both Lou Reed and Susan Boyle so I couldn't resist. The story is that Lou Reed initially didn't want Susan Boyle to cover his song 'Perfect Day'. Not only did he allow her sing the song “Perfect Day” but also he directed the video.


Susan recently recorded the song for her new album, The Gift and Reed told the Sunday Mail, “I wanted to create a beautiful and intimate piece shot in Susan’s native Scotland, and she quickly agreed.” Susan adds, “I loved that Lou understood how much it meant to me to film in Scotland. I didn’t mind how much it rained or blew a gale — I enjoyed every minute.”

Check it out and decide for yourself if you prefer Susan's version over Lou's.
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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Pola turns any image into a Polaroid

Pola is a free program from Maunel Barzi that takes any image and tuns it into a Polaroid-esque image. you can download it for free from http://manuelbarzi.com/pola/.


The program has a pretty simplistic interface that looks somewhat basic but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. After all, the program is essentially a one-trick pony and it does the job very well. basically you just drag and drop any image on the program's icon once it's up and running. Once you do this, you are then presented with a crop box. However, the crop margins are fixed and you can only choose where to apply the crop. Once you are happy with the positioning of the crop margins, you have two choices - cancel or apply (labelled as 'shoot'). Assuming you choose to continue and 'shoot', you hear a sound like a polaroid camera taking a picture and a voice says "Pola created".


Bearing in mind that there are no menu items to choose from (such as edit or save) its not obvious at first how to actually save your image. What you actually need to do is click on the image you have created and a floating toolbar will then appear. This has some basic looking icons representing your various options. These are:
  1. Continue
  2. Load an image
  3. Choose output folder
  4. Write a comment
  5. Choose cartridge
  6. Go to Pola.com
  7. Donate
  8. Language
  9. About Pola
  10. Bye
 Most are self-explanatory. Choose a cartridge offers up a smaller toolbar and seems simply to change the border from black to white. The 'Write a comment' option brings up yet another toolbar that has 4 options:
  1. Continue
  2. Font (limited choice with no way of knowing which font is actually being displayed)
  3. Size of text
  4. Colour of text
The comment will be applied to the border of the image (at the bottom part that is bigger that the other margins, similar to a real Polaroid). It can be a bit hit and miss in terms of positioning and there is no way to undo or adjust the position.

All in all, an interesting program that does one job and does it well. All that is lacking is some refinement in terms of the features and I guess if the author gets some donations he may well put some more effort into the program to refine it further.





Rating 3.5/5
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Behind the scenes at Harewood Speed Hillclimb

If you have read some of my earlier posts, you will have no doubt picked up on the fact that I recently attended an event at Harewood Spe...