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Flame Artist by day. Proud Dad by, uhm, the rest of the time. Lover of everything Apple. Hater of everything Microsoft. Except for the Xbox 360 of course.

Steve Jobs

So long Steve and thanks for the knowledge, experiences and all the fun.

Backdrops

First of all, apologies for the long quiet spell. I’ve been busy at work and having lots of fun with my iPad and iPhone 4 as well.

The screen on the iPhone 4 is just absolutely, incredibly, indescribably beautiful. It’s compulsive viewing, well once you change the horrible default water drops wallpaper! I tried lots of minimalist graphics and wasn’t satisfied until I settled on The Grid.

Nice, no? The image above is 50% of the actual iPhone 4 resolution. Click on it to see the graphics at 100%.

For my iPad I’ve been cycling through a lot of wallpaper from 50ft shadows. Currently here are my lock and home screens.

As for my iMac I set my Desktop preferences to choose at random some of my favourites from 50ft shadows including this one.

Enjoy!

Welcome to the future

Photo credit: mkniebes

My brother Mahmood was right. When I asked him to describe the iPad he bought 6 weeks ago he replied by saying that it’s the computer we’ve all been waiting for. Conceptually, I understood what he meant yet practically I didn’t have a clue. Until My iPad arrived. Barely a day after its arrival it’s the last thing put down at night and the first thing picked up in the morning.

I half-heartedly put my MacBook Pro up for sale a couple of weeks ago. It’s a beautiful, fast and powerful laptop and the best portable computer I had ever owned and yet it feels like a dinosaur the more I use the iPad. Yes yes I know, there’s no Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Nuke, Shake or Smoke apps but I honestly don’t care. I have access to all of those applications and more at work and my new iPad is just so… joyous to use. I haven’t been so excited, enthused and enthralled with a new piece of tech since the iPhone appeared.

Speaking of which, the iPhone feels so cramped and claustrophobic to use now! The spacing between the apps! Constantly scrolling around! I never thought I would say this about the iPhone but the iPad makes it look inferior.

These are my impressions and it was interesting to see how others responded to the iPad at work. The reactions varied from WOW I WANT ONE to a bewildered “but this netbook does more than your expansive toy” refrain. Strangely reminiscent of the Mac-Windows war, which strikes me as completely irrelevant now.

Welcome to the future.

MacBook Pro for sale

MacBook Pro, 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo, 15″ glossy screen, 4GB RAM, 320GB HD, SD card. Bought at the end of January 2010 for £1,650 (with 3 years Apple Care), on sale for £1,250.

This is why.

Apple media advisory:

Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May. We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason—the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far.

No Apple, we’re not pleased at all. Not at all.

And the reaction

Barely a day after the iPad introduction and everyone and their next-door neighbour’s cousin’s friend’s dog has an opinion on the new device. I think the ratio of the number of people who have actually used one over the people opining are probably 1:20,000,000 or so.

    “It’s just a big iPhone!”
    “No camera and no flash!”

As everyone who knows me knows I’m an unabashed Apple fanboy and my opinion? I’m very impressed and I think I see the potential, but I am also ambivalent. I’ll wait until I hold one and try it myself. Everyone who was actually at the keynote and tried the iPad is completely won over, from John Gruber to Stephen Fry to Michael Pusateri. Money quote from the latter:

    I am a technology professional. For almost 20 years I’ve tested, used, broke, fixed, and played with all kinds of technology from broadcasting to air conditioning to software. I am not easily swayed in these things. But even with all my skepticism, I think the iPad is something different. A new way of computing that will become commonplace.

Happy Tablet Day!

This feels just like how it was before the iPhone was revealed, doesn’t it? The Tablet will be announced 6.00pm London time and I have to admit that I’m a teensy bit excited. Today’s tablet rumour video looks slick now but how will it appear after the event?

Seriously though, I love how Apple work so incredibly hard to make me a birthday present.

Countdown to The Tablet

With Apple’s special event happening this Wednesday I thought it would be fun to feature the best Tablet mockups over the next few days. Today’s video rumour is a Tablet running an Ikea app (in Pounds Sterling, no less!). Enjoy!

Apple Canvas

There’s been a huge volume of speculation on the rumoured Tablet and now it’s all but confirmed. Apple sent out invites to the press for a special event next week and the rumour mill has now changed into the cast of CSI: Apple Invite. Among the names for the new device, the two that seem to have stuck are iSlate and Apple Tablet but a recent comment on Twitter by Cabel Sasser just lit a big lightbulb over my head. My Apple predictions have been ropey, to say the least, but that comment along with the invite design above, seems to fit.

So, Apple Canvas?

Colour Grading Apps

I’ve been playing around with two apps that perform simple grading adjustments: PS Mobile, which Adobe finally released worldwide; and Mill Colour, an app written by London/New York/LA post house The Mill. Before I start, there’s a really good article on Phil Green’s site which helps with the grading terminology.

PS Mobile has a nice simple interface with a menu bar in icon form at the top of the screen and undo/redo controls at the bottom, whether the iPhone is in Portrait or Landscape mode. The icons at the top perform image functions, exposure and saturation operations, filters and finally effects. The colour controls are quite intuitive, though not the most responsive. There’s a lag when you drag sideways to affect the saturation or exposure for example.

Here’s what the interface looks like.

As I mentioned earlier, it’s a nice simple interface and it’s simplified further when grading the photo. Here’s the saturation control which is increased or decreased by swiping across the screen.

And this is the colour tint interface.

Aside from the frequent performance lag I would’ve wished for more fine-grained controls as well as separate RGB curves. PS Mobile is a free download from the App Store.

A disclaimer first before I start on this app. I used to work at The Mill years ago. I often think of the place as my alma mater!

I wanted fine-grain controls and here they are! With Mill Colour photos can be graded by adjusting Lift, Gamma and Gain and each with individual RGB sliders. Actually, can I have slightly coarser-grain controls now? The sliders start at 1.0 and then increment up or down by .02 values. It would be a lot more useful to be able to adjust those increments.

In performance Mill Colour is everything that PS Mobile isn’t: the interface keeps up with you, doesn’t have any lag issues and looks clean and uncluttered.

As with PS Mobile, Mill Colour has a set of looks and in this app they feel more professional. To demonstrate the subtlety of some of the looks here are the Print and 70′s look.

There is one thing in the interface which is really distracting and not in the iPhone aesthetic: the horrible button feedback glow-flare.

Aside from the controls adjustments and the button feedback issue, the app is a joy to use. Mill Colour is a free app as well.

Hi. I'm Hani and this is my blog. I also have some photos on Flickr, bookmarks on Delicious, tweets on Twitter and generalities on Facebook as well. Most of the time I can be found at Prime Focus in London, crafting commericals using Flame.

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