Back on Firefox

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions,software | Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Even though Google’s Chrome wasn’t a bad browser, the only reason I tried it was the horrible UI in Firefox under Windows 7′s Aero.

After a good two hours of looking around for the perfect Firefox theme, I bumped into two plugins that saved the day, Glasser and Stylish.

Glasser will conveniently turn most of the browser’s upper area transparent. Or rather, take advantage of Aero Glass’ theme.

But Stylish is really cool. It allows you to easily modify everything in Firefox, from the button colors, text highlights, to the menu width etc… and all using a simple CSS syntax. Really nice.

So, if you’re like me and hate the blueish shitstorm present everywhere in Aero Glass, or at least in Firefox, go get these two addons, they’re really cool!

Firefox 3.5.5 customized

Giving Aero one last shot

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions,software | Monday, November 16th, 2009

That’s true. I’m so pissed and desperate that Microsoft broke the old classic themes in Windows 7 that I’m willing to give Aero one last try.

I’m already having hard times getting used to the over-brightened workspace (dual monitor setup certainly doesn’t help), especially since I’m used to working late at nights. I adjusted most of my professional applications to make it a little more easy on me. I’ve brightened 3ds Max a little:

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Windows 7 Upgrade

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions,software | Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Windows 7 Professional

Finally, my Windows 7 Professional (box) arrived, so I’ll be reinstalling my system shortly (possibly this weekend), after finishing all the tests I’ve wanted to perform in a virtualized environment, to possibly avoid bugs or problems with the kind of software I’m running here.

One noticable, and much welcomed, difference from Vista right out of the box, is the presence of the 64bit media. Previously, with Vista, which was the very first operating system for the masses offered in both 64bit and 32bit flavours on one license by Microsoft, shipped only with a 32bit version on the DVD, you had to ask Microsoft for sending you the 64bit installation DVD for the price of shipping, which was ridiculous. Fortunately I had friends who bought the 64bit OEM version I could borrow the DVD from, but those without such luxury had to go through this painful procedure. Thankfully this has been solved as Windows 7 ship with both of the DVDs in the box (not OEM!).

Windows 7 Professional DVDs

I’ll be looking forward to the “enhanced experience” :D but really, mainly the new features, speed improvements and new technologies under the hood made me to upgrade. I can always revert to Vista if I wanted to (I also bought a box copy), or even Windows XP, but I probably wouldn’t go that far! :D I rarely only use WinXP nowdays in VMware for testing purposes etc…

Custom UV and Tracking maps for VFX professionals.

loocas | miscellaneous,technical | Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

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Specialists demand special tools. This is what drove me to create these two, very specific, custom texture maps for VFX professionals. The first of the two is a custom UV texture map used for visually evaulating the level of precision and correctness of UV coordinates on 3D meshes. The other one is a custom TRACKING texture map developed for compositors for 2D tracking purposes of 3D renders or any other 3D elements that were 3D tracked and rendered.

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FrameCycler Professional 2007 – the best sequence player!

loocas | software | Monday, April 7th, 2008

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Some time ago I was looking for a specific software that’d allow me to review, convert, manage and compare my footages, be it frame sequences or AVIs, MOVs etc… I was really getting sick of RAM Player available in Max. First of all, you had to have Max running in order to load up a few files in the sequence viewer and secondly it didn’t provide the necessary tools that I needed. So I jumped on Google and searched for some sequence players/viewers. After some time I stumbled across several options, which names I don’t recall, unfortunately, so I reviewed some of them and found them kind of lacking in features or difficult to operate or way too resource demanding (for a simple program that loads up sequences, 200MB isn’t really necessary). I wished there was a single piece of software that’d merge the best features of those I reviewed together in a simple, yet powerful, user interface.

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