For last month’s Yahoo! Hack Day, I decided to show off some of the impressive capabilities of the latest Adobe Flash Player and ActionScript 3 by building a visually interesting new way to browse Yahoo! News top stories. In a surprisingly short amount of time, I was able to mash up two existing Yahoo! services, and then represent the information in a virtual environment I call the NewsGlobe.
I love the non-committal use of ‘surprisingly short amount of time’, in my head that means a few hours. I’ve got a hyperactive head sometimes.
But I really would love to know how quickly this was pulled together. Because although, as the author admits, it’s not perfect. It is a slick piece of interface design which I’m sure will be imitated widely. And once you’ve built the engine there’s lots you can do with it…
My mind’s drifted back to The Day Today and I can’t help thinking about building News Kidneys or 3D Currency Cats:
This is the simplest and best thing I’ve ever seen for creating music fast. It’s massively usable. You can literally get into it by clicking a few keys – admittedly you’ll be making derivative euro-dance. But it’ll sound totally competent no matter how incompetent you secretly are. Go there and have a play, it’s blooming awesome: http://www.tony-b.org/. Really. Do. It’s great.
Even thought the music is really cheesy playing with this put a real smile on my face!
Connected to the entertaining demos post the other day. I love the way that these Photoshop Tutorials manage to tell a story of marital breakdown and infidelity through a bunch of nerdy design-tip-screencasts.
I was laughing out loud at them last night. And now I’ve seen them on Photojojo too so I know it’s OK to confess my love for them in public.
They wouldn’t work if the balance of tutorial vs comedy wasn’t spot on. But it is. So that’s OK.
Warning: contains painful comedy and associated swearwords.
You suck at Photoshop – Episode 1
You suck at Photoshop – Episode 2
You suck at Photoshop – Episode 3
Originally via Lifehacker – it’s nice to see that productivity geeks have a sense of humour too ;-)
If you’re a Mac-head it’d have been hard not to have noticed MacHeist over the last couple of weeks. Basically it’s a bunch of small software makers who’ve joined together to bundle up their software at a too-good-to-miss price point. You can get 14 different packages for the princely sum of $49 (for us UK’ers that’s a double-good deal at the moment). But it’s only available for the next couple of days – don’t miss out.
Plus they’re giving away 25% of the proceeds to charities you can choose which one(s) you support.
It’s worth it just for Snapz Pro and Appzapper alone. I’m just trying out some of the others and think that 1password could be a total blinder, and Pixelmator looks like a great photo editing package for those of us that can’t justify spending lots on Photoshop. Plus there’s some games in there and some other handy apps I’ve not dug into yet.
I like MacHeist both as a bundle of software. And as a promotional mechanic too. Not sure how the economics work for the individual publishers, but it’s certainly a great way of getting their stuff out there and creating a wide and deep online footprint for their products.
This ad for Geometry Wars I liked. It’s almost another kind of entertaining demo, sort of:
It makes me smile and chuckle.
They’ve also got some bonkers online advertising which I can’t actually find right now. And the website is also pretty odd. In a kind of retro-kitch-gaming way: http://www.geometrywarsgalaxies.com – it’s far from being a good site, but it does a nice job of continuing the lo-fi old school vibe (I like the 3 types of navigation you can pick too).