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ImageOptim — make websites and apps load faster (Mac app)
ImageOptim optimizes images — so they take up less disk space and load faster — by finding best compression parameters and by removing unnecessary comments and color profiles. It handles PNG, JPEG and GIF animations.
mac  software  resource  apps  images 
may 2012 by Chris.Hamby
MapShaper shapefile editor
Amazing & easy. RT @RobertERoth: The new MapShaper is so rad; import/export now includes GeoJSON & TopoJSON formats:
web  mapshaper  tools  flash  software  maps  shapefile  mapping  gis  from delicious
march 2012 by Chris.Hamby
Data Wrangler
Wrangler is an interactive tool for data cleaning and transformation.<br />
Spend less time formatting and more time analyzing your data.
data  visualization  opensource  software  from delicious
may 2011 by Chris.Hamby
Adobe Adds HTML5 Creation Tools to Dreamweaver
SAN FRANCISCO — Adobe will begin shipping a package of HTML5 web design tools for Dreamweaver, the company says.

The HTML5 Pack for Dreamweaver will available for download on Adobe Labs some time on Wednesday. It will be a free download for anyone who owns Dreamweaver Creative Suite 5, and Adobe will roll it into an automatic update for Dreamweaver once the add-on pack has been thoroughly tested.

The add-on pack gives Dreamweaver CS5 the ability to provide code hints for HTML5 elements and CSS3 styles when building pages in the text-based Code View window. Adobe is also adding a few starter layouts for people building HTML5 pages from scratch. More layouts will be added later.

Dreamweaver’s Live View mode — which uses the same WebKit rendering engine as Safari and the Android browser to preview web pages — is also getting an update. The Live View window will now be able to render pages built with HTML5 and CSS3, so developers coding native video and audio playback to their pages will be able to preview those pages in Dreamweaver.

The announcement was made during the Google I/O, the developer conference taking place here this week. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch spoke as part of the morning keynote at I/O. Lynch hinted at this release earlier in May when he appeared at the Web 2.0 Expo developer conference and announced that Adobe would soon be shipping more tools for HTML5 content creation.

The release comes soon after Apple began encouraging developers to create web apps in HTML5 rather than rely on Adobe’s Flash Player to deliver videos, audio clips and animations. Apple’s iPad and iPhone famously don’t support Flash, so Adobe’s push towards giving designers new tools for building HTML5 web apps will help the company maintain its foothold on a web where Flash is becoming less attractive.

Dreamweaver Creative Suite 5 was released this spring. But it’s one of the oldest WYSIWYG web editors out there, and any web developer with knowledge of HTML5 and CSS3 has had the ability to use Dreamweaver’s Code View to build pages using the emerging standards for years. These new tools make the workflow easier though, allowing developers to take advantage of Dreamweaver’s helpful code hinting and to preview changes right inside the app, instead of uploading the files to the web to view their changes in a browser.

Lynch demonstrated a couple of other things, too. He showed how you can make a rich advertisement in Dreamweaver using CSS3 transforms and HTML5 animations. This will be especially handy for anyone wanting to create an ad for Apple’s iAd platform, which will be totally HTML5-based.

Also added to Dreamweaver in the HTML5 pack is a tool that lets you see what your pages will look like on multiple devices with different size screens all at once. It’s a preview pane with several windows — one for a desktop browser, one for mobiles, one for a tablet and so on. The preview tool uses dynamic stylesheet swapping, so you see your layout change instantly based on which device you’re viewing it on.

Of course, that’s extremely useful for anyone creating a website that’s going to be deployed on mobiles and iPads. Oh yes, and Android tablets — whenever they show up.

See Also:

Google I/O Will Be Chrome’s Time to Shine
Adobe’s Kevin Lynch: Apple’s Playing a Legal Game, Not a Technology Game
Who Needs Flash?
Flash Faces Down Threats on Adobe’s Big Day
HTML5  Software  adobe  Dreamweaver  googleIO  from google
may 2010 by Chris.Hamby
Miegakure: A puzzle-platforming game in four dimensions
Miegakure is a platform game where you explore the fourth dimension to solve puzzles.
games  gaming  software  mac  puzzle 
march 2010 by Chris.Hamby
Chrome Experiments - Detail - Harmony
Simple Procedural Drawing Tool with a set of special brushes
canvas  javascript  chrome  software  creativity  procedural  art 
march 2010 by Chris.Hamby is a painstakingly curated presentation of the best produced and designed iPhone applications that are available for download via the App Store.
iphone  design  apple  reviews  inspiration  blog  application  games  mac  software 
february 2010 by Chris.Hamby
Face Detection
James Gurney on the power and limitations of face detection software
art  software  technology 
december 2009 by Chris.Hamby
George Stiny, James Gips: Algorithmic Aesthetics: Computer Models for Criticism and Design in the Arts (1978)
“Can a computer appreciate a work of art? Can a computer create a new work of art? What does it mean for an object to be a work of art? How are objects understood as works of art? Dozens of ways of understanding art have been proposed. Is there one true way to understand works of art? If not, what do the different ways of understanding art have in common? How might they be implemented in a computer? Does this “computer” or “algorithmic” approach have any contributions to make to the field of art and aesthetics?

The book was written between 1974 and 1976 in Los Angeles. We had no access to a computer so we employed a typist to translate our hand written pages into typed manuscript.”

Published by University of California Press, 1978.
ISBN 0-520-03467-8
220 pages

More info (authors)

Direct download
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book  aesthetics  computer_art  design  graphics  music  software  from google
october 2009 by Chris.Hamby
Poladroid beta is seriously awesome
Filed under: Software, Beta Beat
Geezers like me probably remember Polaroid cameras. Before the instant gratification of digital, we stood in the back yard shaking a slowly-developing print of Aunt Shirley sitting with her sheet cake. The result was a square, over-saturated print that would be passed around with calls of "Don't get frosting all over that!"While the Polaroid corporation stopped production of the bulky cameras in February of 2008, you can still find a few in stores. Or just try Poladroid.Poladroid creates Polaroid-style images from your photos. The UI is a lot of fun. Drop your photos onto the Poladroid "camera," and after a few seconds, it spits out your unprocessed print. Watch it slowly "develop," or speed up the process by -- you guessed it -- shaking vigorously. You can create an image at any stage in your print's development by double-clicking and selecting "Take a sample." When your print is fully ready, a red "x" appears on the bottom.This application, while in beta, is a whole lot of fun. I dropped a dozen pictures onto it in the first five minutes and the results are just great.I'm really looking forward to the progress of this little app.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments
beta  photos  pictures  poladroid  polaroid  software  from google
october 2008 by Chris.Hamby
Free Stuff: Keynote Objects
Filed under: Software, Odds and ends, Freeware, iWork, Graphic Design
iPresentee, a small company providing themes and objects for Apple's iLife and iWeb software suites, is offering a free download of Keynote Objects. Keynote Objects is a package of 100 attractive icon-like objects that can be used not only with Keynote, but also with Microsoft PowerPoint and Word. All of the objects have a transparent background, and are easily resized, rotated, made more or less transparent, or shadowed.I'm actually going to use several of the objects as icons for a new web site that I'm designing, simply because they offer an attractive and cohesive set of art objects. What will you use your free Keynote Objects for?Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments
freeware  ilife  iwork  keynote  powerpoint  software  word  from google
june 2008 by Chris.Hamby

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