Monthly Archives: September 2007

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PC-Only

Category : Ethics

Mac
Is the Mac Dead?

“Why support the mac anyway? There are so few mac users and the platform is dying… in a few years there won’t be any mac users at all.”

Question: When did I first hear the statement above?

The answer is 1991.

That’s right, 16 years ago.

As someone who prefers using a mac I tire of hearing this argument over and over again. When I purchase a product that can be used on multiple platforms (Windows and Mac or even better Windows, Mac, and Linux), I have greater confidence in that product because I know the manufacturer has spent the time to test it thoroughly! I can’t say that about Windows-only or even Mac-only products.

I think PC-users benefit from cross-platform products. Windows is unfairly branded as an insecure platform when really its the software running on Windows that is the source of insecurity. If a program is designed to work on multiple platforms, it tends to be designed better (i.e. fewer security flaws). Developers don’t want to repeat the building of the wheel (time is money) so they tend to develop more robust software. When they encounter a problem on a Mac they might investigate whether the same problem occurs on a PC thus benefiting Windows users. The same can happen in reverse. This results in better software all around for everyone.


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Mighty Morphin’ Mac

Category : 3-D Modeling


DazStudio from Daz Productions

When I first started creating my own 3-D Models, I found the most popular online resources — Morph Manager, UV Mapper Pro, and Cr2Editor — are all PC-Only. With patience and perseverance I discovered some alternatives to these programs that work on the Mac!

Shade is an excellent tool for building 3-D Models from scratch that is produced by E-Frontier and is available for both the Mac and the PC. 3-D objects are designed in Shade using splines, curves that can be re-shaped by moving a small set of control points; this is the same method used to create shapes in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. In building my own models, I learned that Shade has UV Mapping capabilities equivalent to UV Mapper Pro. Although Shade has a steep learning curve, it is well worth the time and monetary investment.

DAZStudio created by DAZ Productions is quickly becoming a powerful alternative to Poser. The cost of entry is much less than Poser (DAZStudio is free) although it lacks some of the capabilities of Poser. There are many plug-ins available, some free and some for sale, that increase its functionality to the level of Poser. One very useful free plug-in to get for DAZStudio is Inj / Rem Export, a tool for creating Morph Injection files.

Xcode, Apple’s Development Program, is available on the OS X installer disc. This is the closest thing to a CR2 Editor available for the Mac. XCode won’t add extra-formating to a file unlike TextEdit. It is a powerful tool but it seems like a waste to use it for something as trivial as editing a text file.