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It may only be a point release but that doesn't mean that Electric Rain, makers of the #1 3D modeling software tool for Flash animators hasn't come out swinging. What you'll find with this new release is a tight focus on the rendering options in Swift 3D. Quick Run Down on Swift 3D First I have to admit I'm partial to Electric Rain's Swift 3D. To me, it has always been the small product that stood shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Soft Image, Max and the other big 3D boys. Swift 3D isn't the only Flash 4D design product on the market. It's simple the one outselling its competition. According to erain.com over 40,000 developers have bought Swift 3D. So what makes it special? The answer is lies with its focus; it's designed for Flash animation by Flash animators. You see the Flash animation group isn't like other groups. We have special wants and needs, a real de... (more)

Creating Cooler Colors with Adobe's Kuler

Are your colors cool? Do you wish they were cooler? Adobe believes there is power in color. Their new web solution, Kuler, is a clear demonstration of this. In this article, you will find out how to use Kuler to create, share and rate color themes. Kuler is a new Web-based app from the Adobe Labs. Type in the Web address kuler.adobe.com and you will arrive at the Kuler site. The focus of Kuler is to allow you to create new color themes. This sounds easy enough. There are other solutions for creating color collections, such as the color palette tools found in some graphics tools t... (more)

Will Corporate America Embrace the iPhone?

Will Corporate America Embrace the iPhone? Apple is a “change” company. Look at their track record: Mac II, iMac, iPod and now the iPhone. What has not changed, however, is the view of Apple a company that delivers only consumer based products. Apple simply is not perceived as an Enterprise company. Apple is working to change this perception. It is a slow process but something came along to change the pace: the iPhone. Enterprise Tools coming to the iPhone Apple is looking to “wow” the professional market. For this to be successful, Apple meet certain base criteria. For instance... (more)

Apple Slashing Prices on iPods

Today's the day. New stuff from Apple. Of course, as soon as we know what the new stuff is, I will blogging about it. We can argue whether we like it or not. But, before all that Apple has done something interesting: the prices on existing iPods have been lowered. Here are the prices as of just a few hours ago: 8 GB iPod touch reduced to $189 from $229 ($40 off) 32 GB iPod touch reduced to $279 from $399 ($120 off) 16 GB iPod nano reduced to $149 from $199 ($50 off) 120 GB iPod classic reduced to $229 from $249 ($20 off) The one's that have caught my eye are the deep discounts on ... (more)

What Do You Want To See in Silverlight 4?

It used to be so easy to slam Microsoft. There are the 800lb gorilla with all the money that have done some shady business deals - but that is very much in the past. Today Microsoft keeps doing things that make it hard not to like them. They are going Open Source and being transparent and even making mistakes (Vista, anyone?) and the 800lb almost appears humble. Or maybe I need to stop drinking the cool aid. With that said, there is a very cool tool that MSFT is using to determine what will be in the next version of Silverlight. Called the "Silverlight Feature Suggestion" site, y... (more)