Thursday, February 26, 2009

Safari 4 Intro Motion

When you launch Safari 4 for the first time you get some little introduction graphics courtesy of the new CSS effects built into the browser. Its pretty cool that all this is possible without flash, video or javascript. Just CSS and HTML.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Post Title

Apple just announced the new Beta of Safar 4 which has some really neat features and interface changes. The problem is that it pretty much copies chrome just by looking at the screenshots, even more so the windows version. I have Tafe now but I'm downloading the Beta for mac I will post my thoughts later. I haven't been this escited about a browser in a long time...

Monday, February 23, 2009

My favourite Apple Commericals

Along with producing the worlds greatest products, Apple also employs one of the best marketing teams in the world. Below are three of my favourite Apple commercials.

I love this song and I love the colour scheme first introduced with the AppleTV. The effects are amazing.

Apple Ad from FT on Vimeo.

Here's to the crazy ones...
One of the most famous and classic advertisements of all time. Placing Apple as a true pioneering company.

This is a funny one, demonstrating the ability of the very cool iMac G4. Gotta love the CD tray gag :).

QuickPost Beta 2 Baby!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A little sneak peak

Beta 2 of a certain recently released app is nearly finished, heres a little sneak peek of what may or may not be coming...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

First Chrome for Mac screenshots

Mike Pinkerton (former Mozilla) has been working with Google on the mac version of the worlds quickest browser, Chrome. He has released screenshots of the first web page loaded by the app, indicating that they have the multi-process system working. This is something I'm really looking forward to as Chrome is my default windows browser, it will be real nice to use it on my main platform, Mac OS X. 

Here is a screenshot of what a 'crashed' tab looks like, I love the little icon,

Monday, February 9, 2009

WALL-E & Steve Jobs

Wall-E is one beautiful movie, both graphically and emotionally, something that could only be produced by a company like Pixar. After the pixar computer was developed at Lucasfilm, Steve Jobs purchased it and turned it into a viable company (have I heard this before?) before it was purchased by Disney. That purchase makes Steve Jobs the single biggest share holder of the Disney company, now with that out of the way here is the actual reason of the post: Upon purchasing the DVD for Wall-E I found two little easter eggs on the main screen (The B&L logo and the compass), clicking the compass opens the screen you see above. This provides the overview for the short title clip that was used in the pitch for Wall-E to John Lasseter and Steve Jobs. I love the last bit "Steve Jobs' un-enthusiastic response was: "I don't like the title."" After  20 minute demo and that was all he could say...he is a salesman, pitch is everything. Wall-E is ripe with Apple goodness from the 'Mac Chime' that plays when he boots up, the iPod he keeps and EVE being designed by John Ive, the worlds finest industrial designer. Johny Ive is responsible for the design of the iMac that saved Apple (and every mac that followed), the iPod, iPhone and more recently the worlds most advanced notebook, the MacBook. Just thought I would share this little 'Steve Jobs Moment' for you all. :) Want to see it for yourself, click the compass. Screenshot below.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Leopard Intro Movie Found

I have finally found the absolutely stunning intro movie that comes with leopard, viewed when setting up a new machine or fresh install of the OS. While browsing the example Quartz projects included with Xcode I found the file path of the mysterious video and I'm going to tell you how to get it. Disclaimer: This file is deep within system critical files, do not move, delete or rename anything inside. I accept no responsibility if you screw up :). Maybe you should make a backup if you are not sure. Lets begin shall we?

To begin, locate the 'System' folder on your boot drive and follow this path: System > Library > CoreServices. Inside of this folder you will find an app called 'Setup Assitant', right click it and select 'Show Package Contents' as indicated below.

In the new finder window that opens up navigate: Contents > Resources and locate a file callled 'TransitionSection.bundle', right click it and select 'Show Package Contents".

In the new window that opens navigate: Contents > Resources and you will see the video file which you can copy to a more convenient location(Make sure not to remove it when copying). If you want the snazzy song that goes with it, the file intro-sound.mp3 will complete the experience.

Amazon Kindle 2

Amazon has just released some photos and launch details of their new Kindle, an ebook that uses and electronic paper display. A neat little feature is that it has access to the Amazon Wispernet via Sprint EVDO. My current Tafe course is based around designing and building electronic hardware, something I have always been fascinated about, with companies like Apple building devices and computers into incredibly thin enclosures. The kindle 2 as demonstrated below is an incredibly thin and sexy peice of hardware. From the creamy front to the aluminium back, design cues from a certain device have been used to their full extent. Great stuff Amazon, keep it up.