Sunday, March 28, 2010

Text 2.0

What if your book really knew where you are gazing at?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Julia on Board

From Julia

Its all about HTML5 - CANVAS and CSS

Raindrop Logo in CSS

Playing around with -moz-radial-gradient this past while, and seeing the amazing job done on the CSS Opera logo by David Desandro, I thought I’d have a go at recreating one of the logos I illustrated within the past year using pure CSS.

Opera logo in CSS

Aside from another shameless plea for attention, this demonstration gives me a chance to look at some CSS3 properties across browsers.

Dynamic 3D lighting effects in Canvas

I made a little experiment with normal mapping and phong shading in javascript which turned out to work quite well. I think with a little bit of tweaking it could be used in a real time game. Just move your mouse over the images bellow to see it in action. You'll need a modern browser supporting the canvas tag for this to work. Google Chrome seems to be the fastest.

Bye Bye Flash: Network Graph is now Canvas

When I initially sat down to write the Network Graph two years ago, I chose Adobe Flash for two primary reasons: 1) I was already familiar with Flash, having worked with it professionally, and 2) plausible alternatives such as Canvas and SVG were poorly supported across browsers, buggy, and slow.

Times have changed, however, and the HTML5 Canvas draft specification is now almost fully implemented on the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. Opera supports Canvas but not the text API. Canvas is missing entirely from Internet Explorer, but the word on the street is that IE9 will finally offer support. In the meantime, the open source community has created excanvas, a way to get Canvas support on current versions of IE.

PosterGenius for linux @work

Screenshot demostrating a real poster creation using PosterGenius for linux

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Eclipse 2010 Community Awards Winners Announced

PosterGenius was not the winner for the "Best RCP Application for 2010" but one of the finalists.

I want to congratulate:
  • The people behind Tasktop Pro, the best RCP application for 2010, for the greate product they have create.
  • Our development team, here at Scigen Technologies, for the more than 3 years of hard work that puts PosterGenius in hall-of-fame in eclipse community awards.
  • The Bioclipse community. I'm really impressed by the whole Bioclipse project and RCP implementation.

March 25, 1995: First Wiki Makes Fast Work of Collaboration

1995: The collaborative internet takes a giant leap forward with WikiWikiWeb, the first site that actually invites people to hack it.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

DVD Flick

DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Opera on the iphone: yes and soon

Opera Software has a version of its Mini browser prepped and ready for the iPhone. Opera Mini 5 for the iPhone will be available in the App Store in a matter of weeks, but the company is demoing a beta version of the tiny mobile browser here at South by Southwest Interactive.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The ’70s Photos That Made Us Want to Save Earth

Gentleman update your browsers... - ambilight effect in pure html

Only "video" and "canvas" tags are used. (and some JS)

Use a browser that supports above html5 tags (Chrome for example)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

PosterGenius keygen or cracked

Welcome guest,

you are probably here because your are googling for a free (and/or cracked) version of PosterGenius.

Instead of using a cracked unstable and unsupported copy of this software i have a challenge for you.

As a member of PosterGenius dev team i will provide 3 PosterGenius personal licenses to 3 guys who will have the best argument.

Just answer to this simple question:

"Why do you need/want a free license of PosterGenius?"

The best answers will win a free official license of PosterGenius.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Nebula Gallery widget in production

Nebula gallery widget usage in a commercial quality application:

Application: PosterGenius (

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Install PosterGenius on Linux with no tears

A simple step-by-step guide to install PosterGenius on Linux (Ubuntu)

First of all you have to download our .deb package. The package for the moment is available for internal purposes only. But if anyone out there wants to try our early release of PosterGenius for Linux please let me know.

PosterGenius for linux will be available for free. Stay tuned, we will make it available to the public very soon.

Download .deb package and save it in your hard drive.

Launch gdebi installer
I suggest the more user-friendly gtk version. Start a ternimal and type

sudo gdebi-gtk

The package installer will follow:

Point to .deb package
Use installer's File menu and point to .deb package of PosterGenius

Select PosterGenius .deb package and click "Open"

Click "Install Package"

Click "Close"

Launch PosterGenius

PosterGenius entry is available at "Applications > Graphics > Postergenius".

PosterGenius Screenshots

This blog-post as poster

Download this article as poster or/and pdf print friendly format. Both was created with PosterGenius for Linux

Install PosterGenius on Linux with no tears - Poster (pdf)

Install PosterGenius on Linux with no tears - print friendly (pdf)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

PosterGenius, finalist for the eclipse community awards 2010

PosterGenius has been selected as one of the three finalists for the Best RCP Application for the 2010 Eclipse Community Awards.
Regardless of whether we will win the contest or not we already feel winners. It's a great recognition for 3 years of really hard work for one of the best team i have work with ever.

Please let me introduce this team:

  • Pavlos Moustakidis
    The man with the vision to simplify poster creation process
  • Stavros Kounis
    This is me.
  • Sakis Kotisis
    A kick ass java programmer that join us just after the first prototype of PosterGenius. Maybe the most talented programmer i have ever meet.
  • Georgos Tsopouridis
    A non-programmer that can build eclipse rcps and plugins better and faster than everyone else. Is the never-tired part of our team.
  • Stefanos Manolakis
    Our rookie that easily adapt it's skills from one technology to another. Is the man that do all the dirty jobs and clean up everything.

And last but not least:

  • Evangelos Karageorgos
    Our designer, marketing leader, QA leader and typography guru. We hate him. Is our nightmare. He believes that anything designed in Photoshop can be implemented in GUI.

Finally i want to give some credits to:

  • Eclipse Platform
    It was our choice from the beginning. Thanks to this great technology we have reach our goals. Is the platform we can rely on.
  • Eclipse Community
    Several issues in the platform have been resolved upon our requests (in bugzilla).
  • Nebula Team
    Nebula Gallery is heavily used in our product.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Event log stopped working - Error 1747

After a restart it was unable for my lap to establish wireless or wired networks connections.

Googling around the only solution looks to be O/S re-installation ! :-(

Thanks to Al Oliveira's post the solution was very simple:

c:>netsh winsock reset

Now everything works like a harm and i have not lost a whole day.