Voice-driven photo editing: Here we go again

Four years ago Adobe showed off a prototype of voice-driven photo editing:

Now they’re back, showing a slicker but shallower (?) version of the same idea:

Well, we’ll see. Hopefully there’s a lot more to the Adobe tech. Meanwhile, I’m reminded of various VR photo-related demos. After donning a mask & shuffling around a room waving wands in the air like a goof, you realize, “Oh… so I just did the equivalent of zooming in & showing the caption?!”

Who f’ing cares?

You know what would be actually worth a damn? Let me say, “Okay, take all my shots where Henry is making the ‘Henry Face,’ then make an animated face collage made up of those faces—and while you’re at it, P-shop him into a bunch of funny scenes.” Don’t give me a novel but cumbersome rehash, gimme some GD superpowers already.

But hey, they’re making a new Blade Runner, so maybe now Ryan Gosling will edit his pics by voice, and they’ll bring back talking cameras, and in the words of Stephen Colbert, “It’s funny because nothing matters.



Introducing Toontastic 3D!

I’m thrilled to announce that my friends Andy, Thushan, Mike, and their merry band of Google toymakers have totally reinvented their storytelling app for kids, Toontastic 3D! Now available for both iOS and (for the first time) Android, the award-winning Toontastic—which my kids & I first dug back in 2011 (!)—has leaped into the third dimension. Check it out!

Thushan writes,

With Toontastic 3D, kids can draw, animate and narrate their own adventures, news stories, school reports, and anything else they might dream up. All they need to do is move characters around on the screen and tell their story. It’s like a digital puppet theater… but with enormous interactive 3D worlds, dozens of customizable characters, 3D drawing tools, and an idea lab with sample stories to inspire new creations.

I hope you love it, and we can’t wait to see what you make!



The Dell Canvas looks beautiful

Changes aren’t permanent, but change is…

Back when Mac users were departing the platform in droves, Adobe did Apple a favor, making it hard to find info about how to transfer your Mac serial number to Windows. Then Apple sprang back to life, customers started asking to make the opposite transition easy, and we obliged. Now the pendulum seems to be swinging back, with Mac pros cheekily bemoaning their neglect and companies like Microsoft & Dell (yes, really) making what appears to be kickass creative hardware:

PetaPixel writes,

Like the Surface Studio, the Dell Canvas works with a pen and dial (in this case, Dell’s ‘totems’); like the Cintiq 27QUD, it’s meant to be used as a peripheral, a 27-inch QHD touchscreen ‘workspace’ that connects to your existing Windows 10 computer and makes it a whole lot more creatively useful when using programs like Photoshop or Autodesk.

It should cost $1800 & be available to order at the end of March.



Animation: Making champagne supernovae in the tub

CGI is for wimps! Who needs fancy particle systems when you’ve got ink, water, and After Effects?

By only using an aquarium, ink and water, this film is also an attempt to represent the giant with the small without any computed generated imagery. As a tribute to Kubrick or Nolan’s filmography, Novae is a cosmic poem that want to introduce the viewer to the nebulae’s infinite beauty.

Of course, I find the making-of to be the really interesting part:

And here’s a second peek:

By the way, if these visuals are up your alley, check out this entry on The Daily Overview, “a massive bloom of cyanobacteria—more than 100 square kilometers—in the Baltic Sea.”