Monthly Archives: April 2016

Snapseed 2.4 introduces negative structure, more

Available today on Android and iOS, the new release introduces several enhancements

  • Negative Structure in Details (great for smoothing out noise; see before/after below)
  • Style selectors that automatically scroll to next item
  • Better histogram
  • Bug fixes

Additionally on Android, Snapseed now offers optimized on-screen controls for TalkBack accessibility mode. On iOS, Snapseed now supports RTL (right to left) screen layouts.


Google Photos gets revised search + your own music in movies

Available now on Android & coming soon to iOS, the latest release features a redesigned search experience, customizable movies, and more:

Find your photos faster with a new search bar. Start searching in one tap, or scroll down after tapping on the search bar to see faces, places, and photo types from your library.

I’m especially pleased about this long-requested enhancement:

In addition, Google Photos now offers the ability to customize automatically created movies with your own music, photos, and videos, so it’s easier than ever to make the perfect video after a holiday or trip. It’s also perfect for Mother’s Day – which you knew was coming up on May 8, right?

Finally, it’s now possible to rename or delete device folders you’ve created and manage your photos on SD cards by adding a new folder, copying, and moving photos.

These changes make Google Photos faster and easier to use than ever, and will be coming soon to iOS.



“Seductive death machines”: The beautiful titles of “The Night Manager”

“I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin…”

I stumbled across these sumptuous, fetishistic visuals from Patrick Clair & co. & was immediately captivated:

The Art of the Title Sequence’s interview is well worth a read:

Think about when these flares might be fired in real life, in the final moments before the impact of an incoming anti-aircraft missile, in the moment just before the near-certain death of all aboard. That’s quite a swan song, and quite a breathtaking moment of spectacular pyrotechnic beauty and lethal human tragedy.


Lovely, disconcerting aerial perspectives on NYC

The Brooklyn Aerials crew took Hitchcock’s dizzying “Vertigo effect” aloft in this new short film:

PetaPixel explains,

The rolling, tilting, and panning motions helped set their video apart, but it’s the vertigo effect where Balance really stands out. For each of those shots they used a Canon CN-E 15.5-47mm zoom lens, starting at 47mm and zooming out to its widest angle while simultaneously moving the drone towards the subject, keeping the subject the same size.

Here’s a peek behind the scenes:

[Vimeo 1 2]

A super fun robot book for kids

First, know this: Everything Adam Rubin & Dan Salmieri create together is rad. You should get as many of their books as you can.

Now they’ve upped their game with Robo-Sauce, a book that actually transforms along with its characters.

I only wish the book had contained a camera so that you could see the Micronaxx delighted reactions. Finn re-channeled his old robo-spirit:

If you and/or kids are into this stuff, don’t miss Toca Boca’s Robot Lab:

[YouTube 1, 2, & 3]

Nepal from above: Drone footage and more

My new friend “Big Alex”* Osterloh from Google Munich brought his drone & GoPro to Nepal to help document the local folks we sought to help. In the short video below he mixes that footage with some photos that I & others took:

And here’s a longer version featuring more photos & vids from Alex:

*The trip also featured “Regular Alex” (from Bulgaria) and “Girl Alix” (a volunteer coordinator from All Hands). We didn’t want to call Regular Alex “Little Alex,” so some members of the trip were deeply confused upon hearing references to “Girl Alix” (not knowing that we’d taken on a third person by that name).

[YouTube & 2]

Come see Pixar founder Ed Catmull speak at Adobe SF today

I just found out about this event & wish I could attend (darn “actual job” getting in the way again), but if you’re free at 4pm in San Francisco, you should definitely cruise over to 601 Townsend St. to see one of the true OG’s of computer imaging speak. Ed Catmull is president of Pixar & Disney Animation Studios, and if you do anything with graphics today, you’ll likely use techniques he invented. The talk won’t be broadcast, so get there a bit early so that you can check in with security & meet other interesting peeps.