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Mock ups can really showcase graphic design so that the public can get a ‘real world’ view of the end product. Do you use mock ups to enhance your presentations? If so, buying them for different purposes can really add up. Here’s a chance to get hundreds of mock ups now and in the future for one reasonable price.

 

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Ever wondered which Adobe tool to use to create your latest masterpiece? So many great tools and they all create great designs, it is hard to choose. Well Terry L. White, a great Adobe Evangelist has your answers. So grab your favorite caffiene drink and learn from the expert so you can create with confidence.

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Hello fellow geeks, technophiles and those who need translation of geek-speak. Wondering what Techsnoop has been up to? Wonder no more! Techsnoop has been busy learning many new software tricks. This put a massive strain on Techsnoop’s trusty Toshiba laptop which has served faithfully for many years as a design ninja.

Shopping for new tech is one of Techsnoop’s favorite activities, but not when there is a ticking clock. The stress of getting the best value in a crunch situation is not fun. But the Geek Gods were with Techsnoop, and a great deal appeared on an unlikely contender: the HP Envy x360. A convertible laptop was not even on the list of shopping items in this replacement foray. But the specs on this model were irresistible.

The Look

HP Envy CaseA sleek aluminum body with subtle curves, makes this a beautiful laptop even when closed. Under the hood, 12GB of ram, 6GB of video ram and a 1TB hard drive offer speedy response and lots of room for large design files. Altogether this created the need for a closer look. This is a Windows 10, 64 bit system with a 6th generation i7 processor and the price was so great, Techsnoop can’t even print it. Let’s just say many laptops with lesser specs were much more expensive.

 

Spectacular Specs

The official roundup:

Design – slim, lightweight aluminum body makes this beautiful to look at, hold and show off.
Weight – about 5 lbs, average and not too taxing to carry around. The trade-off is no optical (DVD) drive, but not a deal breaker.
Screen – bright, crisp, saturated colors. Not retina, but very close.
Touch – the touch screen has great sensitivity and seems calibrated correctly, with 95% or better accuracy.
Windows 10 – much better than Windows 8, Windows 10 allows you to configure and work the way you want with minimal distractions from the UI. Kudos.
Battery – five to six hours of use on a charge, Techsnoop gets between 4 and 5 hours with heavy applications and video playback.
Keyboard – keys are sensitive and responsive. A small dip keeps keys flush with the tray so keys don’t get pushed when in tablet mode. And there is a backlight button so you can keep working in dim lighting.

In fact, Techsnoop was working smoothly during a recent power outage in the Metro area! (But no internet :-()

Fun on the Go

The tent style is fun and efficient for watching video, learning tutorials or following recipes, while the tablet is great for taking notes, sketching or collaborating. No matter which form is used, the HP x360 is a solid computing tool to have. While Techsnoop will be adding more tech to the family, the HP Envy is a welcome and fun addition.

HP Envy Tablet HP Envy Stand

Great design requires inspiration and preparation. Sitting at a desk for long hours can cramp muscles and distract the brain from inspiring thoughts. So Techsnoop has a great solution for you inspired by the perennial geek favorite, Star Wars.

If you have been spending too much time at the keyboard or desk and need a break, try this great Tai Chi routine led by none other than the great former Jedi Darth Vader himself. And while you are getting your geek exercise, maybe the great animation will inspire you.

Thanks to John Leo for the great work on this animation project. Techsnoop feels inspired already.

Star Wars Tai Chi from John Leo on Vimeo.

Transforming Feathers

The birds from Rovio are back at it. This time partnering with the long-running franchise of Transformers for a fresh take on a fan favorite. While no official release date has been listed, matching up with the Transformers: Age of Extinction movie on June 27 would be a good bet.

While recent title sales have fallen off from the original smash=hit numbers, Angry Birds titles are still popular. And the games are still addicting. The physics based Angry Birds Space launched a new type of play where strategy is just as important as aim. If Rovio sticks to the formula, there are many possibilities offered by the mash up with transforming robots, cars and planes.

Tell Techsnoop what your favorite Angry Birds title is in the comments.

Angry Birds Transformers

If you have been sad since Star Wars The Clone Wars ended, try getting your fix in the games.

SWTOR, or Star Wars The Old Republic is now a free-to-play game with intensely rich and beautiful graphics.  Lightsabers, blasters and jetpacks, oh my!

The characters are detailed and richly colored, the ships and space stations are nearly real-world level.  In addition, the characters and objects are expertly animated so the movements are smooth, not jerky.  And of course, the sound has that other-world quality we have associated with Star Wars since Episode I.  Even on the free level there are great stories to follow and action to enjoy.  As with all free-to-play games, there is fine print or restrictions.  Read them here.

But what makes this game great are the graphics.  You feel that you are in a movie especially if you opt to plug into a large monitor or HDTV.

Click the image below to view the video trailer for SWTOR.  And let us know if you had fun playing.

star wars the old republic

How many times have you wished that your computer could read your mind so you wouldn’t have to figure out how to use a seldom accessed feature?  Or, how many times have you wished your gaming reflexes were just a little faster?

Wish granted.  Several companies including Chaotic Moon Labs, have developed software and hardware applications to create shopping carts, skateboards and video games you control with your mind.

Add these to the list of future tech available right now.  Let us know in the comments how you feel about your shopping cart following you around and scanning everything you put in it.

 


Hey, designers.  Ever had a great 2D photo you wished you could make a movie clip with?  Didn’t want to be stuck with a flat, boring slideshow?

Well Techsnoop has the answer to your problem with this great tutorial from JSWoodhams.  Thanks for the great video showing how to achieve this effect with Photoshop and After Effects.

So, break out the Coke or coffee and pay attention!  Oh, and please let us know if you want more of these tutorials to be posted in the comments.  Have a great week.

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(Credit) Rovio

If you like Angry Birds but were secretly rooting for the pigs, this game is for you.  The new game Bad Piggies brings a new level of interactivity to a great game franchise.  Build your own transportation to fit the environment of each level and get those birds!

Rovio has done it again and none of us will get anything done for weeks.

 

Friday Fun!

There has been a long standing tradition of comparing Star Trek to Star Wars and asking which is best.  Now Best Engineering Online brings us a great infographic comparing the two universes point by point.  Look it over and decide which you like best.

Personally, Techsnoop is firmly in the Star Trek universe due to the tendency of humans to try to be the best they can.  Not to mention all the great tech we have filched from them (smartphone, tablet, diagnostic bed) and the great gardens.  However, I like Star Wars also and no one can tell me Yoda isn’t the best Jedi ever.  But the drinking, drug problems and over manufacturing of many planets is not a healthy universe.

Let us know in the comments which universe you like best.
Star Wars vs. Star Trek
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