Recently I blogged about how I was going to start to use Processing. Since then I have realised that the Processing application is way too basic for me. Using Eclipse or Flash Builder much of the time I naturally looked to see if there was a way of bringing in Processing to the Eclipse environment, and very quickly I found the following link: http://www.creativecoding.org/en/beyond/p5/eclipse_as_editor (link no longer active)
I have just been having a play with the new Drupal 7 Alpha version and it is looking very nice. For those who haven’t come across Drupal it is an open source content management system built on PHP and MySQL and powers many popular sites such as Nasa, Warner Brothers, Greenpeace, Britney.com and of course Highlander.co.uk.
The first thing you will notice is that the whole install process has been given a make over and is a bit smoother (and simpler). There are even options to include common modules with the install, and select languages at install, neither of which were there previously.
One of the applications that I keep an eye on is an open source app called Blender. I think it is a fantastic 3D application.
But it does a lot more – particles, games, physics, compositing, and so on.
Previously it suffered from a non-standard interface, and so was quite difficult for newbies to download and just run with it.
However there is a new version coming out, version 2.5, which is in alpha at the moment, and I would recommend anyone who is into 3D to download Blender 2.5 alpha and play with it.
Like a lot of people, I suspect, I tend to buy books, download source files, and squirrel them away somewhere, saying to myself – I will read them, I will go through the files – and, inevitably, you don’t.
However, this being a new year and all, I thought in order to push myself to learn something new, why not blog about it and take everybody along for the ride.
And for this purpose I have chosen to learn Processing – and I have also chosen to start with this book…
The Essential Guide to processing for Flash developers
Happy new year everybody – and in january this year I am in the process of creating a new, advanced, actionscript 3 course – during which I decided to do some particle work.
Here are some particle systems that I came across in the process…
…the latter is a new system, and I must say that I am impressed.
It is a nice system, easy to use, good documentation, and some lovely demos.
In particular, have a look at this one…
Check Stardust out, you will not be disappointed.