Posts Tagged ‘design applications’

ADAM 3d movie

July 3, 2009

So last week I wrote of how ADAM had included 3d rendering into their product, now they have released a short video demonstration to show the power of what is on offer.

I for one had my jaw on the floor when watching Dirk Noppe’s presentation so I hope these capabilities have the same effect on you.

Remember the Advantages of the 3d engine are these:

  • Server-side rendering
  • No special requirements for the client hardware, even smart phones can display the most complex 3D file
  • Server can be configured up to the needs: multiple CPU’s/GPU’s, loads of RAM
  • No waiting to download hundreds of MB’s
  • No waiting for the client to render the file
  • 3D-files are mostly very bulky files: up to gigabytes in size
  • To view these files, every polygon needs to be rendered
  • Simple 3D files contain thousands of polygons, complex files contain hundreds of millions of polygons
  • If rendering on client, whole file needs to be on the client, and the client needs a rendering software
  • Client computers need to be very powerful to cope with this (CPU/GPU)
  • In order to define the right file, it needs to be viewed from different angles and zoom factors
  • Users have to download huge files only to see that it was the wrong one!
  • And remember the interfaces are fully customizable!

    Still watch the video and see for yourself the power that it has to offer then contact ADAM for a full demonstration.

    Author: Gary George

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    Talking of free online training!

    June 29, 2009

    Well it’s rare, but sometimes you do find things that are just awesome…..

    Here I have stumbled upon something that I think we can all take advantage of and share around the community….. well thats what it’s all about isn’t it?

    So take a look at the following links and if you start the courses then please do let the community know how you found them.

    Author: Gary George

    Automation, Automation, Automation

    June 28, 2009

    It’s Saturday afternoon and we’ve had a great day so far, gearing up now to spend the evening tucking into a nice bit of Spanish tapas with friends, so as the sky’s darken and the rain sets in and my partner puts her poor pregnant swollen ankles up before we set off, my mind starts to wander remembering days past where I was faced with providing improved business processes and the way it made me feel.

    Feelings? well yes, where do you begin when faced with the challenge of automating? What are the objectives of adding automation? And why do they want more automation?

    These and many more questions are what ran through my head all those years back and unfortunately at that time I could only see my immediate environment the things we did every day; the things we were trained to do…. So where do you go, what can you do and more importantly how do you do it……

    In many companies there are tools of the trade, the desktop applications, the server software, and the workflow systems, in isolation they all perform the task admirably, the tasks we or our predecessors installed them for. But as the saying goes, beauty is only skin deep and all of these channels of creation have a much deeper hidden power, a power that is normally only tapped into by software solution experts, but with a little effort, a little learning and a lot of reading, you can uncover the powers and start to appreciate what it is that you can automate.

    I posted a while back an example of using Photoshop actions and how people in my experience do little but ignore them, actions that can be made into droplets for easy drag and drop, so why would people want to explore the Applescript or Javascript capabilities of Photoshop…. Or any of the desktop applications for that matter…. Look at what OSX has to offer, a rich Unix OS with scripting capabilities beyond your imagination, Apple even provide a way for the end user to access this scripting in an easy to use UI, yet how many bother to explore what Automator can do for them to improve their day to day working efficiency?

    Looking beyond that and into the workflow systems, it is widely believed that the technical guys come up with all the ideas and plans to improve the flow of information, this is true to a certain degree, but very short sighted, there are a whole host of people that need input into the development of a workflow, as they will inevitably go beyond just having a file input, some processing and then a file output, there maybe for instance some business intelligence that is captured along the way, information that is useful to someone, if not only to justify the workflows existence in the first place….. yes I have heard the old “why are we paying XXXX for the support on this system each year” well with out the business intelligence to say “well it processes 500,000 pdfs a year for us” for example, business decisions can be made out of the context of the operation. (there are plenty of examples I could use here)

    So remember that automation for any pre-media operational step be it user, application, server or business needs to be analyzed, measured for it’s return and then pitched/promoted for it ability to save money or improve business. Never think that something simple is not worth it, if it saves time, then it saves money. And always talk to others about your ideas, no innovation on this planet was ever created by a single persons input and this is the same in pre-media, share collaborate and expand on everything you think.

    Doh…. look at this, I even managed to close my laptop before the blog posted and we went off to stuff our faces, so after a nights sleep ontop of 22 tapas dishes between four people I finally post this properly!

    Author: Gary George

    Is all the skill being made redundant in the Pre-Media industry?

    June 18, 2009

    Well the recession is well and truely with us and tearing through the industry like a torando with the big companies bailing staff overboard like a sinking ship, while smaller companies struggle to maintain their small footprints with lowering incomes. But what is the true damage that we can see, are we at risk of pushing all of the really skilled people out of the industry and into burger flipping jobs just to feed their families?

    The traditional reaction to any crisis is to start laying off staff, but how many of these businesses look for a long term strategy to ride the storm, this isn’t to say that staff would still not lose their jobs, but at least there is a plan that can be communicated though the business.

    We also see a lack of young staff being educated into the business (why would we when there are so few jobs to go around) but these young people with the modern views on communication are the future of our industry and thus we should be investing in their education, they should be learning what we have done previously and modernising it; yet the lack of structured apprenticeships / traineeships leave us to employ staff with limited skills on relatively high salaries.

    This leads me onto another point, not only do we not properly invest in existing staff and new young staff but we also don’t vet our new positions properly; at both my previous employers we had artwork tests to see how much the people could get right in the test as to how suitable they were for the position, sometimes it weeded out the completely useless people, but other times they crept through, why? well we had no real metrics to qualify the results, and during our busy days they potential employees could sit there for an hour or more with the text, something a good person would take 10 minutes to complete….. But is this enough? and how many of these people invest in their own career when looking to change positions? I remember when Indesign started becoming a prominent application in the pre-media departments and we looked for people who were skilled in the application….. what we got where Quark operators who had the ability to adapt to an application that (at the time) wasn’t to different from Quark, but now, a completely different situation. How many people do you know that have taken and passed the Adobe Certified Expert exam’s? Ask yourself now, how many of your current staff even know they exist and could pass them without any revision, i.e. send them for the test today….. what would their percantage be? 30%, 50%, 90%. you may have a shock as to hopw little your top paid staff actually know about the application!

    So should the recruitment agencies actually vet our potential candidates better for us, I mean they receive a finders fee that is a percentage of the employed staff members salary, they could use a test similar to that of the ACE exam’s to provide us with a competency level of them for each of our design application requirements. Could this be helped by software manufacturer deigning the texts for us/them? For instance, could Markzware provide a test for Flightcheck for us to text those who claim to be proficient in Flightcheck to actually prove how well they know it, of the Enfocus products for that matter, really any software that is used the in Pre-media arena, maybe I’ve just identified another business opportunity for myself and therefore copyright the idea of Pre-Media Proficiency exams across pre-media applications….

    Author: Gary George