July 22, 2004 Visual art is a language based on the way the human brain processes visual information. The techniques used in visual art have been developed and tested by generations of artists spanning hundreds, and sometimes thousands of years. This information builds a vocabulary providing tools from which to express and communicate.
October 1, 2003 Line is one of the most fundamental tools in the visual arts. The use of line is found in cave paintings and rock carvings dating back well over 20,000 years, making it one of the oldest documented artistic techniques.
October 27, 2003 In visual art shape can be defined as simple or complex, or geometric or natural. Abstract shapes are symbols, images used to convey concise meaning or identity without the use of written language.
December 30, 2003 Type and written language are abstract shapes arranged to create images that have symbolic meaning. Typography is the study of type, typefaces, and the evolution of the printed alphabet.
July 22, 2004 A shade is a combination of white and black to produce gray. All of the shades of gray between white and black are values. Value has many uses, and even on the most basic level it can simply and effectively create visual interest in an image.
July 22, 2004 Color Theory is describes how people react to color. Color science allows for the most efficient reproduction of color.
January 31, 2004 Pattern is a repeating visual element that can be created by duplicating size, shape, position, symmetry, frequency, value, and color. Most often people associate size, shape, and position of visual objects with pattern, but value and color are also strong pattern tools.
July 22, 2004 The flat surfaces we use to communicate ideas, including print, television, the web, and motion pictures, all present information in two dimensions. Following are some effective techniques for representing the three-dimensional world using more limited two-dimension media.
Ambrosia ApeironX 1.0.1
March 1, 2005 ApeironX doesn't have the sophisticated 3D graphics and online competition many modern gamers demand, but it offers simple and satisfying gameplay that can rapidly become addictive.
Apple iMac Intel 17"
April 6, 2006 The first of the Intel-powered Macs were released in January 2006. Apple claims the new Intel Macs demonstrate significant performance improvements over earlier models, and that most PowerPC applications run well on the Intels... but do the new computers live up to the hype?
January 2, 2004 Blender combines 3D modeling, rendering, animation, video sequencing, and game development in one application. It is also available on every major platform, meaning Mac, Windows, and Linux users can all work and play together with exactly the same tools.
June 27, 2007 With increased DSL speeds, internet digital television is now possible. In our region, Cavalier Telephone has begun providing DTV as a package with either telephone, internet, or both.
Elgato EyeTV Hybrid
August 2, 2007 The EyeTV Hybrid is a compact and affordable solution for viewing, recording, and editing digital broadcast and analog television.
September 7, 2011 Because we owned PSPs with custom firmware that were suited for portable emulation, we were late to jump on the bandwagon for the GP2X Wiz. Unlike the PSP, the Wiz was designed and built with the intent of running homebrew and emulation, in theory making the Wiz a much better proposition for handheld emulation than a custom firmware PSP.
February 2, 2004 The iFire is an ideal solution for anyone who wants to use their Apple Pro Speakers with devices other than the iMac G4.
February 15, 2012 Take 64 multicolor LEDs, arrange them into an 4x4x4 grid, program them to dance, and the result is a gloriously fun electronic light sculpture.
Kaon Interactive vSpace Master
July 1, 2005 vSpace Master's 3D presentations work exactly as intended and offer a significant advantage to many other 3D presentation technologies by eliminating the need for browser plugins.
Logiciels Malus Sambucus X 2.3.1
April 2, 2004 Overall Sambucus has an excellent interface that is straightforward and simple to use, but a few downsides detract from the overall polish.
Logitech Trackman Wheel
November 16, 2005 Overall the Logitech TrackMan Wheel is recommended, especially for users who suffer from aches due to repetitive mouse use.
Mac PCSX Test 3
February 2, 2005 With very high compatibility, this beta version of PCSX opens up Mac gaming to a new world of possibilities.
Netgear WGR614 Wireless Router
December 20, 2004 Once installation is complete, this wireless router performs admirably. Unfortunately the oversimplified installation instructions make the initial experiences with the product frustrating at best.
NYCO ChargerGrip for PSP
September 22, 2007 Our first several days with the ChargerGrip were fun, as the extended battery life and improved ergonomics made for better gaming. Unfortunately, within two weeks design and construction flaws appeared.
NYCO Play on TV Adapter for PSP
January 9, 2007 Many PSP owners have expressed interest in watching their UMD movies and playing games on their TV screen. NYCO's PSP adapter meets this user demand.
Nullriver PSPWare 2.5.1
December 18, 2006 The awkward process of correctly formatting and transfering content for use on the PSP is streamlined with this utility.
Parliant PhoneValet 2.0
July 1, 2004 Thanks to this small piece of hardware, individuals and small businesses can inexpensively acquire a professional phone logging and messaging center.
Parliant PhoneValet 3.0, PodCast, & Anywhere
September 1, 2005 This package is a significant upgrade to the previous PhoneValet products, and offering the same ease-of-use as previous versions while greatly extending the features.
Psyclone Nodus Speaker System for PSP
October 23, 2007 The Nodus is a well-designed speaker system that compliments the PSP both in appearance and performance. The audio output is impressive for a compact sound system.
Roxio Toast 8 Titanium
April 4, 2007 Toast provides streamlined and specialised features that are often more reliable than using dozens of other third-party applications.
Sharper Image Traveler's Noise-Cancellation Headphones 2.0
October 5, 2007 These headphones are comfortable and the noise-cancellation is effective. Compared to standard headphones, the audio quality is mixed.
X-Arcade Dual Joystick
December 6, 2004 This controller provides real arcade joysticks and buttons, reintroducing a gaming experience missing from handheld controllers.
December 1, 2006 This controller brings a new experience to arcade, FPS, sports, and golf titles that benefit from the trackball, and the head-to-head two-player gaming action makes many classic games more fun.
X-Arcade Trackball Mouse
December 1, 2005 Sturdy construction, solid trackball movement, and large arcade buttons bring new life to arcade classics and even make mouse-compatible games more fun.
AppleScript for MacMAME-to-MAME OS X Screenshot Conversion
October 1, 2007 We are impressed with MAME OS X, but were disappointed to find that all of our old screenshots from MacMAME weren't in the right format. Here is an AppleScript anyone can use to convert things properly.
Basic Blender 3D Lighting
February 2, 2004 Configuring 3D lighting is similar in many ways to what is done in the real world with photography and video.
Distributed Blender Rendering with Xgrid Beta
May 25, 2004 Because Blender can be easily accessed from the command line, it is well suited for use with Xgrid as a solution for network rendering.
DIY HDTV Antenna
January 26, 2009 Our homemade antenna was completed in only a few hours, and for the first time we enjoy broadcast HDTV without frustration.
New Life for a G3 iMac
December 21, 2004 After running our iMac G3 Media, Print, and File Server for a week, its performance is even better than expected.
Optimizing Blender 3D Rendering
February 6, 2004 Blender's rendering options offer a lot of power, but what settings are right for your project?
Planning a Mac Arcade Cabinet
October 4, 2007 There are many things to do with an old computer, but one of the most enjoyable is using it to create an arcade cabinet. Included are details about hardware requirements, arcade controls, and control panel configuration.
Quicktime VR with Blender 3D
March 18, 2004 Quicktime VR is an easy and satisfying way to present Blender models and scenes on the web.
Toon Effects in Blender 3D
September 27, 2005 Blender has the capabilities to render pleasing cartoon-like outlines, flat shading, and cel shading.