Saturday, 28 April 2012

What about Klout?

by Flashopen

Something is obvious about Klout, its services are not so obvious.
Not clear in its results, not clear in the way it calculates your influence on internet, not user friendly and above all, not transparent about how it uses your data from the social media channels your are involved with. Yes, its mysterious algorithms to rank your digital image on the net is even more questionable.

However, the concept/idea that is behind this social-spaghetti is plausible and very appealing for the most curious about their own performance on Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, Google+, etc.

According to the blog of Social Media TodayHow to Cheat at Klout Klout sucks! I agree.
You may want to have a look at the tips of that blog, that I believe, and if you've got previously acquainted with Klout, it will definitely not become a surprise to you.
I also think that Klout sucks too, but I'll give away their success though, of which is pretty impressive and that is obvious... yes sir it is!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Arduino-powered DrumTop

by Flashopen
Original post by Engadget

Brilliant Arduino powered project by MIT Media Lab using household objects to perform drum real-time beats. DrumTop is above all an educational tool that can teach youngsters the physical properties of household objects in a more exciting and efficient way.
The prototype consists of eight disc-pads (speakers) that tap objects placed on top. The FSR sensor recognises the objects pressure and synchronises it into beats. Rhythm can also be adjusted!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

David Hillman Curtis

by Flashopen

Hillman Curtis

David Hillman Curtis left us for good on April 18th.
Hillman was 51 years old. He fought a long and a ruthless battle against a monster called colon cancer. He lost.

Filmmaker, designer and author, Hillman has designed sites for Yahoo, Adobe, Aquent, the American Institute of Graphic Design, Paramount and Fox Searchlight Pictures, etc. He has seen his own David Byrne's documentary "Ride, Rise, Roar" to win a price at SXSW 2009 and he shared his inspiration and knowledge by authoring several commercials for Rolling Stone, Adobe, Sprint, Blackberry, BMW amongst many others.
More at

Hillman was the inspiration itself and although he had left us, his precious work will stay and it will make sure we won't forget him ever! Good bye Hillman, God bless you.

By the way, thank you Hillman for making me to love Flash more!
Excellent book (2000): "Flash Web Design - the art of motion graphics".
Flash Web Design

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Signing fonts in Adobe Reader

Signing fonts in Adobe Reader
by Miguel Sousa

The new version of Adobe Reader (10.1.3) released last week includes new functionality that allows users to sign documents electronically. This new capability leverages three fonts that we designed and developed in record time. They emulate the real handwriting of some of our team members and are intended to serve as a proxy to anyone’s signature.

The process involved collecting text samples from various people, scanning them, converting the images to outlines and, after a good amount of cleaning, adjusting and positioning, the vector shapes were assembled into a font. It was a fun project that allowed us to be more playful and less rigorous, quite the opposite of what we normally do.

The video below demonstrates how easy it is to use the new e-signing functionality in Adobe Reader (skip to 1m55s).

And if you so prefer, Adobe Reader also lets you draw your own signature or upload an image.

Adobe Launches First Ever Brand Campaign in the UK

Adobe Launches First Ever Brand Campaign in the UK:
After several months in the planning, we’re very excited to be able to tell you about our first ever brand campaign in the UK!
You probably know Adobe for different things. In the Digital Media space – through household name products such as Creative SuitePhotoshopInDesign and Flash – we’re working with publishers, creatives and brands to help them create great content and publish it anywhere. In the Digital Marketing space, we’re helping brands and agencies create, measure, monetise and optimise their digital marketing investments.

Our new campaign in the UK, which builds on the campaign that has been running in the US, is about bringing this all together to tell the bigger Adobe story, and showcase how we’re helping businesses transform the digital experiences they provide their customers. The campaign shows how through our innovations, we are helping businesses create better, more exciting digital experiences.

The cool new creatives visually represent this by bringing together Adobe and our innovation, or customer story, with the iconic ampersand. The first creative theme to feature in the UK is Adobe & Social and focuses on one of our latest innovations –  Adobe SocialAnalytics - which helps companies measure the business impact of their social marketing, removing the guesswork and replacing it with strategies based on insight.

Vanity Fair stars in another early creative. It showcases how Adobe helped them create an interactive, media rich tablet version of the iconic magazine – taking their business into new and exciting areas.
We can’t wait to tell you about the other brands we have lined up to take part!
The campaign is running across online, print, mobile and tablet media from today, Monday 27th February, and we’d love to hear what you think.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

This is Cool: Project Glass

by Flashopen

Yes, this is cool: Project Glass, a Google experimental project to explore the amazing possibilities of your day-life providing you with (not) everything you need.

And yes, you would have, most probably, to wear glasses!
Surely the sort of project that may raise many questions, worries, suggestions, critics, you name it.

Personally, I would wear any kind of glasses to get my hands, I mean eyes, on something like this. Time, as always, will tell.

More info related to the Project Glass:
Sergey Brin Takes Project Glass Out of Google’s Lab
Google’s Secret Glasses Project Unveiled: Introducing ‘Glass’
Google Gets Transparent With Glass, Its Augmented Reality Project