This is how you say: "AhhOOoooOoooo!" in proper form...
This is how you say: "AhhOOoooOoooo!" in proper form...
I recently completed a comic for 24 Hour Comics Day.
You can read it online by clicking HERE, and you can see last year's sad, seven page failure, along with several of my northwest cohort's amazing work HERE.
Appologies in advance for the bad site design / frames..
The site is getting an overhaul in the near future, with more 24 hour comics added from this year in the very near future. Stay tuned!
Who knew? Wired quitely retired it's "Animation Express" site recently, that hosted my short animated film "Woke Up Dreaming", as well as hundreds and hundreds of amazing works from the dot com flash boom! (I always doubted their true commitment to sparkle motion..)
In the next day or so I'll post a divx/mpeg4/flash extended version I have kicking around here somewhere..
There really aren't pictures to describe the dream I had last night. Cheese Pirates. Yes, there were these people, you see, who worked for grocery stores, that would reverese engineer cheese. There were several rival groups that would put out little .nfo files with their particular "0-Day L33T" cheese, ripping on the other groups that got the formula to stilton wrong...
Grr! Sore throat again.
Hope I'm not getting the full GOMBOO!
Inspired.. (somehow) .. by this brilliant FILM.
Looking for a new job, possibly overseas.
A change of pace. How about it world? Could you use a few cartoons?
Another little test animation for Kung Foo Dogg..
I've set up a new page, accessible through the left navigation frame, for contact info, in case anyone needs it. I've been keeping the ol' e-mail address pretty private.. (no thanks to those darn spammers, don'tcha know..)
Or, you can just click HERE.
Get thee to the Tablet PC Show!
-James Kendrick and Marc Orchant host an excellent and informative show that will guide you down the path to productivity, open up a whole new world to you, and the tablet that's no doubt grafted to your side... -Thanks for the mention guys!
In other news, I've updated the Tabtip-Tamer to V2. V2 now includes the following drawing / pen editing graphics apps:
Flash, Fireworks, The Gimp, Ink Art, Alias Sketchbook Pro, ZBrush, Pixologic, Alias, Mirage, Painter, Photoshop, Illustrator, & Expression
Why do you need Tabtip-Tamer? (v2) -In the past few posts, I've tried several long-winded explanations.. But here it is one more time.
When you use Flash on a Tablet PC, (or other vector drawing app) -for some reason, the tabtip.exe process takes higher priority than the drawing application. This results in a laggy behavior, not when using the tip (handwriting recognition input), but when editing graphics in Flash, drawing, or possibly using any other drawing application that uses pressure sensitivity.
(I'm guessing it's only vector based applications)
Tabtip-Tamer-V2.exe's only function is to automatically boost the tabtip.exe priority to HIGH, while one of these apps is running. This has the end result of smoothing things out while drawing, and dropping the handwriting recognition back to normal functionality when you're not in your drawing app. I swear to you, I do not currently own a tin foil hat.. ! ;-) Install in your startup folder.
Over & out!
I just used the 1/4 inch attachment on my electric hair clippers a few days ago. Don't like the haircut. It looks terrible. I look either mean and scary, or like a skinny guy undergoing chemotherapy. It'll grow back, right??
Bought a new Trek 7200 hybrid road / mtn. bike! My beloved 60lb Schwinn is sadly being shelved after 10 + years of peddling.
(I'll keep the ol' "Mormon Cruiser" around for guests...)
In fact, the program does raise the priority of tabtip.exe, but only when one of those apps I mentioned (Alias Sketchbook Pro, Flash, etc. is the foreground app.)
The program dosen't watch for the task manager window, so if you were to go to check to see if the priority is changed, more than likely, when you go to right click tabtip.exe, it will have already sensed that those apps are no longer the foreground window, and switch back to normal priority. -So you think, hey, this program isn't doing anything! (Really the program that it most benefits is Flash. The program is almost unusable without boosting tabtip.exe to high.) -But you should sense a more real time feel in any of the programs I've included.
I,(or you, dear reader) could build a version with a longer delay (longer than 2 seconds) in the 'watching' for the text in the app window.. (the time before tabtip.exe switches from normal to high and back again ) -and after switching out of sketchbook or flash, you can sit and right click on tabtip.exe to watch the process change from high back down to low. (restoring smoothing handwriting in the floating tip)
I occured to me that this app works so transparently, many users might not realize it functioning. The real difference is in Flash, again. I wish I could record a video of the before / after and get it out there into the world. It's made many an animator/artist tablet pc owning buddy give a sigh of relief!
Another little test..
In an earler article, I wrote about less than stellar use of Flash on the Tablet PC. The culprit? The process "tabtip.exe". Tabtip.exe has had it's share of problems, but for the uninitiated, and uninformed Tablet Pc artist, running specifically, Macromedia Flash on one of these devices can prove to be very frustrating for the average user. Although JK (congrats on your Microsoft MVP award!), of http://jkontherun.blogs.com, suggested perhaps I needed a tablet with dedicated video memory. (true) Yet, I came up with the following solution for this problem that I've experienced on no less than three different brands of Tablet PC. (Motion, Gateway, & Acer)
When Tabtip-Tamer.exe is run, it runs, and sits active in the system tray waiting for a window with Flash, Painter, Illustrator, Photoshop, Alias, or Expression in it's title to come into focus. When said window is active, autohotkey does it's job of boosting the priority of tabtip.exe to HIGH, allowing for smooth drawing / motion in Macromedia Flash. (And possibly these other apps mentioned.) One problem that autohotkey solved, was moving tabtip.exe back to normal priority when any other window came into focus. (When tabtip.exe is boosted to high, there are problems with the handwriting recognition engine stalling and acting improperly when it's given too much cpu time.)-So if you say, switch out of flash to write an e-mail using the TIP, you are out of luck unless you go into the task manager and again manually switch tabtip.exe back to normal priority.
-HERE- is a link to download my Tabtip-Tamer.exe (Use at your own risk!)
-Drop this into your startup folder, so's it runs every time your machine starts up..
Here is the code I used for my AutoHotKey script, in case you want to modify it for yourself.
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FlashWinTitle = Flash, Alias, Mirage, Painter, Photoshop, Illustrator, Expression
SetTimer, WatchFlash, 2000 ;Checks the window every 2 seconds
If ActiveTitle Not Contains %FlashWinTitle%
Process, Priority, tabtip.exe, normal
Else ;it is the active window so make it high priority
Process, Priority, tabtip.exe, high
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Thanks to "invalid user" at the autohotkey forums! I owe you that cartoon..