Archive for the ‘Online Graphics’ Category

Zoom.It

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Here’s something free from Microsoft for you to check out:  Zoom.It which enables you to view and share high resolution imagery.   It’s hard to explain exactly what this means so it’s better that you just click on one of the links below to experience it first hand.  It does require the Silverlight download from Microsoft and it might not run on all computers.

Extreme Panoramic Imaging Project at Yosemite National Park in California, USA – Make sure you use the roller on your mouse to zoom all the way into the map and then into the panoramic photos that appear above each half circle.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Charts – Try zooming in and moving around there charts of the whole world to experience the depth and volume of information that can be contained in one of these.

Hard Rock’s Memorabilia Collection – Zoom and pan your way through this amazing collection of goodies from the legends of rock and roll.

How would you like to make your own dynamic high resolution photo that people could pan and zoom through online?  It’s actually pretty easy provided you have someplace on the internet where you can paste an image.  Then copy the image’s exact web address and take it to this site (Zoom.It) where all you have to do it paste in the address and wait a couple of seconds.

For more information about how this technology works check out the links to Windows Azure and Microsoft Silverlight on the Zoom.It About page.

 

Gapminder.org

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

GapMinderHans Rosling is currently a proferssor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and he has been a speaker at TED multiple times.  He is probably best know worldwide for Gapminder.org, a website where you can view and explore statistical data from all around the world in an easy to use graphic format.  “Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view” is the Mission of Gapminder.

Why do you want to take a moment to explore Gapminder.org?  Because regardless of what previous experience you might have had with statistics, this website is bound to change your opinions of the science of statistics as well as some of your own misconceptions about the world we live in.  Take a look at this 4 minute video about the last 200 years of history to give you a taste of what statistics can tell us about our world.

Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes -The Joy of Stats – BBC 4


Photosynth

Monday, November 15th, 2010

You probably know Microsoft as the company that brought you Word, PowerPoint and Excel and a few other ubiquitous programs that everyone has to use sooner or later.  But did you know they’re also up to all kinds of interesting web-based projects?  Today’s internet moment, Photosynth, is a great example of just such a project.  It enables you to stitch photos of particular location together to create a virtual tour of that location.  Here’s a great 7 minute video from the March 2007 TED Conference featuring Blaise Aguera y Arcas.

Photosynth was originally conceptualized as a research project by Noah Snavely and his colleagues at the University of Washington and was called Photo Tourism.  Today, Photosynth is a complete website where you can upload your own photos and create your own online virtual tour as well as tour the creations of others.

Enjoy exploring the Photosynth below of Yosemite National Park in California.  See if you can find the climbers on El Capitan.

Pixlr.com Online Image Editing

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

pixlrImage editing can be difficult and really good software can be pretty expensive.  Pixlr.com offers you a free online image editing program that has enough features to satisfy many of your needs.  If you’re at all familiar with editors like Adobe PhotoShop you should have no problem with the basic editing options and buttons.  If photo editing is new to you there is a great list of video tutorials available at http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/ which were created by Haldor Lønningdal of ICT Publish in Norway.Pixlr.com

Check out Pixlr.com sometime and try editing an image.

Make Your Own Font

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

yourfontsUntil the advent of computers and desktop publishing ordinary citizens simply couldn’t make choices about what font their words appeared in.  There was what your typewriter came with and if you wanted something special you could go to an expensive “graphic artist” for a consultation. We’ve come a long way and the amount of fonts available to the casual computer user is in the hundreds if not thousands.

But what if you wanted to make your own font? You can at YourFonts.com!  Simply print out their template sheet, write your letters as you want them to appear on the template, scan your letters and uploading them to YourFonts.com for processing.  There is a fee for the service but once you download your custom font you’ll have it as an option on your computer in all your software.

YourFonts.com was created by High-Logic.com which is based in the Netherlands.  Erwin Denissen is the owner and creator of the font making software.  Give YourFonts.com a try!  If you’re fast enough you might be able to use this technology to help you with your Holiday Cards!

Photo Sharing with Flickr

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

flickr1Looking for a picture?  How would you like to search an online repository of over 4 billion pictures?  Flickr.com is an amazing resource where thousands of people have been able to post and share their photos with the world.

Flickr was developed in Vancouver Canada by Ludicorp in 2004.  In 2005 Yahoo bought Flickr and migrated all it’s photos to the United States where Flickr has been based out of ever since.  Most recently Flickr started allowing video uploads.

Free photo sharing online.  Check it out!  http://www.flickr.com/


Be Funky

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

BeFunky.com is a great website for manipulating pictures online.  You can take any digital picture and turn it into a black and white or color cartoon drawing.  Have fun with a photo of a friend.  Add a text box and turn your favorite photos into a comic book story.  There are also several easy to use online editing tools.

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You can also use BeFunky.com to create a uvatar and they’re working on a video cartoonizer.
Try it, you’re bound to get more creative!

The Skyscraper Page

Monday, August 10th, 2009

im02The SkyscraperPage.com offers a unique collection of diagrams of over 21,000 skyscrapers from cities all around the world.  The diagrams are made by over 600 contributers and they are displayed in a variety of ways.  You could view the world’s tallest buildings or the tallest buildings that are under construction.  Check out all the skyscrapers in a single city like:  New York, Tokyo, London, Chengdu, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Dubai, Las Vegas, or any other city in the world.  Did you know where most of the world’s tallest buildings were built?

This is an amazing website and even if you have absolutely no interest in architecture, anyone who’s ever seen a skyscraper in any city can appreciate a chance to see them lined up by size for once.  If you are an architecture enthusiast or an illustrator you might want to learn more about the illustrators association. Finally, they also sell posters of skyscrapers which you might like to check out.