The DeanBeat: Should you finish playing the vast world of Zelda or Mass Effect: Andromeda?

When big games come out at the same time, I let out a groan. I usually wind up choosing one over the other. But in the case of the most recent pair of huge virtual worlds, I decided to play them both at once. And so I am bouncing between Mass Effect: Andromeda, which Electronic Arts published this week, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, at the same time. The experience has made me see some common threads in trying to entertain someone inside a vast virtual space. Please check out our GamesBeat Summit 2017 event coming May 1-2 on the inspiration between science fiction, tech, and games. Use Deantak code for 20 percent off. But I’m getting to the point where I realize that both games are really long and it will take me forever to finish both at this pace. These worlds are so big Read the full article…

The Art Of Calligraphy: Getting Started And Lessons Learned

    Typography is a primary element of composition. Being a designer, I pay a lot of attention to its quality. Operating Photoshop is easy for me; however, to level up my skills, I am always learning to work with letters, using my hands, without any computer programs. The first time I took a calligraphy course was about a year ago, and the decision was quite hard. I was sure that it would be painstaking and that I would need excellent handwriting to learn this art. How mistaken I was! The post The Art Of Calligraphy: Getting Started And Lessons Learned appeared first on Smashing Magazine. Read the full article…

How Mobile Technology Can Create Smarter Homes

According to CNET, there were about 1.2 billion mobile broadband subscriptions in 2011, mobile computing is quickly becoming the primary computing platform. As a developer, mobile is an exciting place to be and the technology and landscape is changing every day. So what do we make of products like Google TV? With so many companies trying to shoehorn every possible online service onto a tiny screen, do we really need to think about a technology that is stuck in one place, where people spend very little time these days? Web TV came and went in the 90s, with little success at bringing web services to the sofa; but, is cramming everything into a mobile device the right way to go either? Technorati Tags: android, Apple TV, home automation, home security, interactive TV, ios, smart home Read the full article…

Cutting the Cord to Cable TV

The internet is like a massive well, brimming with video entertainment, but can it provide enough quality programming to replace your current cable provider? Many have already cut the cord with their telephone company, opting instead for an internet based service that has put a few extra dollars in their pocket every month. With the average cable bill at around $75 per month, the prospect of doing the same with your cable company has the potential of even greater monthly savings. Online video services, such as Hulu and Netflix, are currently offering free and low cost, legal alternatives for viewing some of the most popular cable and network shows begging the question, “Why am I still paying for Cable?” Technorati Tags: Apple TV, Cable TV, free cable, video streaming, watch tv online Read the full article…

Swatch 2010 Young Illustrative Award

Sorry to waiting so long to post this, if you haven’t heard and would like to participate in the Illustrative international festival for contemporary illustration and graphic arts, you will need to get your submissions in by October 22, 2010 to be considered for the award. The festival will be in Berlin on May 6, 2011. Find out more at www.Illustrative.de Technorati Tags: contest, Design, festival, graphic art, Illustration Read the full article…

Adobe Developer spotlight: Todd Williams

Wow! Spotlighted by Adobe, this is really awesome! I couldn’t want to let the month go by without acknowledging how cool it is to have my pretty mug share the Adobe Devnet homepage with those of Kevin Lynch and Ben Forta. It is a great honor to have Adobe notice the work we are doing over here in Tampa. Thank You! The Thank You Speech: I would first like to thank…. (music starts playing) .. and It is an honor…. (Large suited men are closing in) … the world would be a much better place if … (being dragged off stage still clinging to the microphone, dragging the podium behind us) .. and in closing I would like to say…. BTW: My mom now has a print out of the Adobe Devnet homepage on her fridge, as well as bumper sticker on the back of her car saying “My son Read the full article…

Illustrating In Illustrator 101 part 3 of 5

Defining Shapes Lines: Some may think that illustration is all about the lines, comics and other art styles may give this impression. I use line-work in most of my illustration styles, though not always black lines. If you do not use lines in your work, you use color or some other means of creating contrast between forms and objects. It is this contrast between colors or light and dark values that produce the lines we think we see everyday in the world around us. We will discuss the use of line-work and contrast to properly define shapes using light and shadow. Comic artists may use line-work, but on closer inspection we find that those lines do a lot more then just define the shapes of the drawing. The line weight varies as it contours each element. This line variation builds the foundation of the form which gives the illusion of Read the full article…

Try WorkWatcher Free for 1 Month

WorkWatcher is the application we use at HD Interactive to manage our business and virtual workforce. WorkWatcher will be completing beta very soon and we are offering a free 1 month subscription for a limited time. Anyone interested in giving WorkWatcher a try, to see if we can save your company and employees much time and money, send an email to info@workwatcher.com today. A Hosted Solution with an AIR Application Client: We are web developers by day, but wanted to give WorkWatcher the feel of a desktop application. Something you keep open and use throughout the day, but still have the portability of a web application. Just download WorkWatcher to any computer and you can pick up where you left off. Technorati Tags: Adobe AIR, business management, linux, mac, management software, payroll, project management, windows, WorkWatcher Read the full article…

Box of Sox built using Ansca Corona

The gig is up. All those who thought I was really smart for building Box of Sox with xCode now know the truth. Box of Sox and tapDots were built with Corona, not the beer, but an iPhone SDK from Ansca Mobile. Corona uses a scripting language that is very similar to actionScript, javascript, and php to access the iPhone’s APIs and build applications. As a Flash developer working with Corona was so familiar, I had my first prototype built in less than a day. The best part is my brain did not meltdown like it does trying figure out xCode/Objective C programming. Ansca is officially announcing Corona and it’s early adopter program this week at the HOW Conference in Austin Texas and will give a live demo on Friday in a session called “iPhone Development for Designers”. They will be joined by our own Sean Carey and Joseph Desetto Read the full article…

Some Sketches and Illustrations Summer 2009

Some of you may be aware, I know I bring it up all the time, that I began my career as an illustrator. With all of the programming and UI stuff, it could be months between having opportunities to pick up a pencil. So my sketchbooks are filled with notes, website grids and UI diagrams instead of drawings. I am trying to find time to do more sketching, like in high school, I may not pick the best places to start sketching, but the point is to find time to practice. There have not been very many graphics on the blog, so I hope to balance things with a few sketches and illustrations from the last year or two. They are just sketches, but it is cool to see some of the different styles and subjects. Technorati Tags: box of sox, drawing, harry potter, icons, Illustration, Illustrator, iPhone, nicolas cage, Read the full article…

Adobe MAX 2008 day one

The first day of MAX has ended at 10:30 pm Monday night. East coast time is taking it’s toll, but I know I am not the only one. I just finished moderating a video tips group that was full of drooping eyes. Today was a success with 4 new t-shirts and a few new tips learned. All of the sessions are going to be available for free at Adobe TV. I have heard the Flash Catylist (thermo) sessions were really good, the Flash Player Internals session had some nice insight on optimizing code, my favorite one of the day. The Flex Tips session showed off some features of Flex Builder that I never new existed and now will not be able to live without. MAX 2008 Sessions added to Adobe TV – 12/11/08 MAX 2008 on Adobe TV. Technorati Tags: Adobe Max, AIR, Flash, Flex Read the full article…

MAX continued

Max keynote is available online now. keynote I cannot do it justice from my iPhone, so check it out. Updates: Apparantly the keynote video does not live at the address I placed above, that is what was on the big screen at the end of the keynote. sorry about that. Here are a couple links of real live blogging (bet they had a laptop). Liveblogging MAX 2008 Day 1 General Session Keynote Adobe MAX 2008: Monday – Keynote Tour de Flex on a 20′ screen, shot by Greg Wilson. Tour de Flex on a 20 ft Screen Technorati Tags: 2008, Adobe, AIR, Flash, Flex, keynote, max, Tour de Flex Read the full article…

Abobe MAX 2008 San Francisco

Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Flash catalyst announced, previously Thurmo. (Red) Wire announced, delivered on AIR. $5 a month. Kevin Lynch on stage. Cloud and client. Across multiple screens/devices. Flash player 10 is awesome. Audio waveform data, 3D, text engine, drawing API, pixel blender. FAST realtime processing. Technorati Tags: Adobe Max, AIR, Flash, Flex, keynote Read the full article…

Adobe launches Tour de Flex

It is official, Adobe launches Tour de Flex, the update to the Flex 2 Component Explorer. Check it out here Tour de Flex. Check out the About link in the drop-down in the upper right, to find links back to this blog (Todd Williams) and our company HD Interactive. Also Greg Wilson has more background on how this version can to be. Technorati Tags: AS3, component explorer, Flex, flex.org, hdinteractive.com, Tour de Flex Read the full article…

Adobe Max and Taterboy blog update

Adobe Max is just a few days away and we are so excited about some of the events planned this year. Unfortunately the little bit that I know can’t be discussed until Monday November 17. I will try to do some live blogging from the keynote as well as the rest of the conference. Some of you must be thinking I have been slacking off with about three weeks since my last post. Maybe you are not keeping track, but I am and I feel really bad about it. I assure you there are still plenty of post ideas rattling around topside and some are sitting on my hard drive partially complete. It has been really difficult, this past few weeks, finding the time to finish them up and make ’em live. To prove my commitment, here is a vague outline of things to come: Max will provide plenty of Read the full article…

Tampa Flash, Flex and AIR Developers Group

The Tampa Flash, Flex and AIR Developers Group has launched their website with their first meeting scheduled for October 7th, 2008 at 7:00 PM. They have some cool things planned and some great sponsors. The meeting will be held at the Art Institutes of Tampa and refreshments provided by the International Culinary Schools. Greg Wilson, from Adobe, will be the presenter for the inaugural event and we can expect frequent visits from Adobe representatives in the future. Find out more at www.tffadg.com and RSVP if you are in the area. Technorati Tags: Adobe, AIR, Developers Group, Flash, Flex, Tampa Read the full article…

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog. It is pretty weird that I have been involved in building blogs and social network type sites for clients, yet I only now getting around to posting something online for my self. The web has been a great source of learning for me over the last few years and thought it was time to give something back.  I have a few posts already planned out, most are Flash tips and tricks, and a few already in the works. Most of the flash tips are based on my experiences as a designer learning AS3, then I would like to share some other classes and older AS2 stuff. So stay tuned and in the mean time go build some cool stuff.   If you would like to see some samples of past projects I have worked on, check out www.hdinteractive.com . Technorati Tags: AS2, AS3, Design, Flash Action script, interactive, Read the full article…