Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Well, I sorted out what I was doing wrong! I was trying to save the file in a different directory that the directory that I save the program under. So obviously Eclipse is sensitive to where you store things! Just thought I would report that if any of you are facing the same problem!
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Hi Ladies And Gentlemen,
Well in the last day or so, I have been reading about Eclipse which is a programming tool I have even purschased "Eclipse for Dummmies". I havent got very far though this book yet because the first project is to make a Java project and I soon as I click on next this dialog comes up and says "assertion failed: Can't happen" so when this happened I figured that there could be two things wrong. 1. My Java software is out of day and 2. it was the wrong version of Eclipse. So I updated my version of java and loaded another version of Eclipse on, didnt fix anything.
Has anyone got any thoughts?
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Hi Ladies and Gentlemen,
Happy Monday morning, I've got one great review to start the week off in the weekend I received a present from my Mum and Dad an iPad stand from Luxa! This thing is a real piece of art taking a similar design as the Cinema displays. The stand itself is fully adjustable allowing the iPad to be in portrait or landscape mode aesthetically I can see what Luxa was trying to do here, I think that they archived it they were trying to copy the look of existing mac products, not just the Cinema displays but their mice and other computer accessories in regards of color, style and functionality. I was also impressed by the packaging that this stand came in somebody had put in a lot of thought to make the stand as nice as possible.....(photos below)
I could really fault this, you can fully adjust it, its made from strong material, it has class, it has feeling (ok, maybe thats going to far.) If I really wanted to pick at it, there would be one tiny thing and that is you cant use this with some cases. I know your not suppose to use this with a case on the iPad but if your like me and find it hard to always have to get it out and put it back in a case it can be time consuming (especially with one hand).
Let me know your thoughts!
Have a technology filled day!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Today I'm going to talk about the Zinio app for iPad. When I initially loaded Zinio onto my iPad I thought it was great, you're able to puchase and read magazines where ever you are. As for the magazine collection goes you can purchase most magazine you see on bookstand and reading them on the iPad is a rich experience due to external links, interactivity some mags can even talk to you!
However, there are three things that wont make me read magazines anymore, when you first get Zinio it come with some magazines preloaded so you can see what its like before you make a purchase of subscription while I was reading one I was unaware of how much it was costing me to download. I'm on the Alpha plan which means I get 250 mb for twenty bucks per months so I was reading this free magazine for approx 6 minutes and it used up 95 mb of my quota! Its fair enough to say I wasnt too happy!
The second thing, I tried to sign up to the Zinio website but they didn't have "New Zealand" in the drop down list. Yeah I could of sent them a email but I didn't worry after seeing where my quota had gone.
The third thing, when I loaded it onto my iPad and launched it, the iPad crashed! After sniffing around forums etc... I found out that I actually had to update it to work, this wasn't really a problem but it took up half an hour and 450 mb I did not need.
I do believe (and hope) that Zinio would approve this app, because I think its a fantastic idea reading mags on the iPad, its just so much easier than a physical book!
But dont take my word for it, if you want to try it, go ahead this is just my experience.
So I'm sorry to say but reading electronic magazines is still quite expensive (and a bit sow) on the iPad
Have a technology filled weekend!
How are we all doing? Today I have been out most of the day but still managed to get 2 new apps onto my iPad! The first one is "Photoshop Express" this is like "Photoshop Mobile" on the iPhone but with a few new features and filters. My favorite filter is "soft focus" which dos a wonderful job, but what I like to most about this app is the splash screen that appears when it first starts up. It is sooo nice! Oh and it has Facebook connectivity so you can upload your pictures when you have finished editing them, I've actually tried this and works reasonably quickly. This is a free app so I recommend in getting it it takes up 6.5 mb.
The second application I got is called "PasswordWallet" what it is, is a simple password wallet (which you might of guessed from the title) costed $6.49 from the app store but worth it. The thing I like about this is the simple interface it is really easy to put entries in and read entries. Of course it comes with a master password which you have to put in to access your data, this can be anything you want. At a crazy 2.2 mb its a well worth app (if you need it!)
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Here are my top ten apps for the iPad!!!
10. XE Currency
XE is a free app, great to have on any iPad, stable and fast can convert to just about any type of currency.
9. Pinball HD
$4.19 from the app store this game will keep you playing for hours. Stunning 3D Graphics add-ons available!
Free app, a little bit slow, but does the job this app allows you to check the weather out from all around the world!
$4.19 from the apps store kind of like a strategy game you have to park the cars into desired places without crashing them! Very additive
$6.49 from the apps store, keep track of your finances Pocket Money is a really simple easy program!
$2.59 PaperdeskLT is a simple drawing/writing program. I have used this lots.
4. Busy Harbour
$1.29 Addictive strategy game with boats! The objective is to get the re boat out of the harbour. Very fun, makes time go by very quick!
Free app! Cant think of that song? Just put Shazam up to you speaker, then it will tell you who sings it etc… Works well!
$12.99 from the app store a must for graphic designers. iDraw is like illustrator on the iPad. Highly recommended
$6.49 from the app store this has to be the most addictive game I have played. I give this five stars!!!
Well I’ve had an iPad for several weeks now so I figured it about time that I did a review on it already! This thing is incredible, as most of you will know this thing can store photos, music, pictures as well as purchase games and numerous applications for it!
Some people say “it’s just a big ipod touch” well I’ll have to disagree with that it’s so much more with in saying that its not a full blown computer. Using 3G or Wifi you can surf the net, check your email just about anywhere in the world, ok there are some places where 3G is not available yet but most places do!
Now for the apps, there are thousands and thousands of apps on the app store which is amazing and of course I have tried some of them, but there is one that I would stay away from and that’s the “Atomic Web Browser” in my opinion this browser is ok but its not stable and you cant save pictures into your library like you can with Safari. I still think that Safari is the best internet browser for iPad! Another application that I’m not happy with is the new TVNZ app, sure it doe the trick, eventually but the TV listing are unclear as you don’t know precisely whit time a TV show is about to start, the whole application is slow!
iBooks : Here are my thoughts, iBooks is good as a .pdf reader but apart from that I’m sorry to say, its not much good! If you go in to the books store, its all like history and literature, HELLO?? I think that this could be a amazing apps if they had more books on technology and subjects like that……Battery : I found the battery to be amazing like what Apple said, I got 12 hours of use from it from a single charge, but being a electronics man myself I’m curious to see how long this lasts for, it will be interesting to see how long it lasts in 2 years time……
Screen : The iPad comes with a 9.7inch LCD screen and this thing is clear and responsive when you touch it. As expected you can change the brightness of the screen (which also saves battery life, in a big way) you can even rotate the screen and lock the screen in portrait or landscape. A very small problem that I have found though you can see you fingerprints on the screen at the end of the day, which I find annoying of course you have to be very careful on how you clean it. Myself I use “Monster Screenclean” (http://www.monstercable.com/screenclean/monster_screenclean.asp)
Its expensive but the last thing you’d want to do is to destroy your $1500.00 device due to a cheap alternative. You can pick up “Monster Screenclean” at Magnum Mac. I’d also recommend purchasing a screen protector these can also go for around 30 bucks but once again worth it. Come to think of it I’m surprised that Apple didn’t include one with the iPad. Naughty Steve!!!
Photos : Half of the reason why I brought a iPad in the first place was to show off my photos. Photos on this thing look gorgeous!!! Apple has done it again, you have too see it for yourself to believe it.
Music : Again apart of the reason why I purchased this fantastic device was to play music in my car, yes I could of played my music through my iPhone but hey, why not have a iPad?? I am far from disappointed the sound quality is amazing (that’s if you wire it up properly to you car!)
Maps : Maps were actually better than I expected you can even have street view. Beautiful and clear. You can buy a app through the app store which is called “TomTom GPS” costs around 100 bucks so I’m currently saving for it but according to reviews its meant to be pretty good. Be warned though Maps app eats your data!
In conclusion, yes there are some programs that need a little more work but apart from that, I seriously don’t know how I survived without my iPad before I use it every single day.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Hi Ladies and Gentlemen!
Ok I know what your thinking, you're probably thinking "what FotoFX?"!!!! It has been a busy year so I have not had the time for club FotoFX unfortunately, but now things have settled down and FotoFx is back up and running. The website has changed once again, nice and simple!
Also this blog isn't going to be just on FotoFX it's also going to have more stuff (reviews etc.....)
As for me, well this year has had it's up's and down's as in my training. Up till now I've been doing a degree in Visual Arts and I have been asking if "is this really for me?" well to make a long story short, it wasn't! So I have dropped it and hoping to do a Bachelor in Computer Systems which starts next year so that involves programming and stuff like that. And that more down my alley.
Keep looking at the website as a FotoFX meet up is going to be arranged very shortly, also Im interested what and where you guys want meet up?
So once again I am sorry that it's taken a long time since I have written a blog post as well as not having time the club FotoFX.
I hope you are all keeping well!
Location:Opononi, new Zealand
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Hi Ladies and Gentlemen,
Yes, well I’m still learning all about this Canon 7D its like, for me learning a whole different new system. Previously I owned a Canon 450D, beautiful camera and as I mentioned in my previous blog the 7D is a more professional machine which means I’ve really got to work at it. Sure it has automatic settings but that isn’t good enough for me. I’m going up north this weekend so hopefully the weather will be fine for me to play with it.
Ladies and Gentlemen I have to say the instruction booklet that was supplied with the 7D was so small it is like reading the smallest font imaginable! I use the instruction book a quite a bit so that’s why I got it reprinted and bound A4 size so much easier to read.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Hi Ladies and Gentlemen,
So, in my previous blog I mentioned that I was going to Franklin Road to photograph some Xmas tree lights, and I did! It was a wonderful night, no rain! A bit unusual for Auckland isn’t it? Anyway we arrived at Franklin Rd but I soon realised it was a hard place to take photos as there is heaps or tress and just about every angle you’d get something that you would want in the photo. In saying that I did get some shots that I thought were good but not perfect.
Well here we are 1st of December 2009 and its still raining in the City Of Sails, what is going on with our weather. Us photographers want to get out shooting so I’d strongly recommend get a rain jacket for your SLR they retail from $59.99 and most camera stockists.
For those of you that are wondering where to go to take photos, go to Western Springs Gardens. I went there a week ago, the park is huge and there are plenty of things to photograph and be creative with. OK, now for one of my creativity tips: When shooting on location we tend to concentrate on shooting the big things like building, cars, people etc……… Well as welll as concentrating on the big thing try the small things. I’d give you an example lets say you’re at a Marina trying taking pics of people getting on boats or old sailors hats (if you come across them. Remember your pictures have to tell a story
Hi Ladies and Gentlemen,
OK, Here are my top 10 tips on how to take creative Xmas tree lights at nights
1. You want to set your camera on Aperture Priority Mode on canon SLRS, this is the Av mode. You want to choose a large f-stop such as f/28 or f/34. IMPORT TIP: Use a tripod the shutter speed maybe long.
2. A creativity tip here if your DSLR has movie mode put it on and when you start have you movie out of focus start recording and slowly bring it into focus! I’ve tried this myself, works well! A tripod may not be necessary here
3. Set your camera on BULB and try taking picture with the shutter open 1 or 2 or even 5 minutes at a time. You can get some very interesting results from this.
4. Increase and decrease your exposure! Increasing and decreasing your exposure can sometimes give you some interesting effects.
5. Experiment, Experiment, Experiment! Remember the days when film was around and you had to pay 20-30 dollars to get it developed? Not any more play with your SLR, doesn’t matter if you takes you a couple of hours!
6. Don’t worry about composition or framing. When taking Xmas lights you can forget about composition and framing just concentrate more on the colours, shutter speed and aperture!
7. Take your time. This has to be one of the most important, playful tips in my book. Take your time, experiment!
8. Never use flash! This can ruin your image making it look dark and boring
9. Use cameras self timer or cable release, you need to eliminate camera shake any way you can.
10. Shoot in RAW once you get home you will have so many more option to play with inside of Adobe Camera RAW.
If you don’t follow any of these tips please at least use a tripod!
One last important tip: Always make sure your lens is clean! Because your taking pictures at night, if your lens isn’t clean, your just wasting your time!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Hi Ladies and Gentlemen,
How are we? We are now approaching the Xmas season, which means getting some wonderful shots spending time with our friends, and family also it’s a great time to start photographing Xmas lights. I will be heading to Franklin Rd tonight, which is well known for houses dressed up in lights. There is a couple of thing that we need to be aware when we are photographing lights, so I will be doing another blog sometime in the week regarding this.
Well I am a very happy lad, I have just purchased the Canon 7D I picked it up from Photo Warehouse last Wednesday and I can tell you its an advanced machine I guess you could say its like going from a Toyota to a Porsche! With its 18 MP sensor the images quality is amazing. There is only one thing that annoyed me though, when I took my first RAW image (oh and by the way I only shoot RAW) I noticed that there was quite a bit of noise when I put it into Photoshop camera raw. To cut a long story short after doing days of research, as it’s a brand new camera it requires the latest version of Camera RAW
So here is the answer: Get camera RAW 5.6 NOT camera raw version 5.5 it has to be version 5.6, which you can download here: http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Camera_Raw_5.6
One of the reasons why I brought the 7D was because it’s able to record HD Video. Before I brought I was kind of unsure what the quality would be like as some people said the quality is amazing and other people was saying you still cant beat a video camera, well folks I here to tell you the video capability of the 7D is amazing you will not be disappointed. Final Cut Pro also handles this fine too. In fact I’ll go as far as saying that a 7D would be perfect to video a wedding. As far as the sound goes its not the worst it pretty good but if you want it perfect like I do you still have to use a pro microphone. The file size for a 7D video 44 seconds = 247.8 MB which is not bad as I’m recording the highest setting 1920x1080 at 25 frames per second!
This works perfectly with the 7D oh and when you first open it will say “as this is a beta version it will expire in …….” Trust me they say that but it wont.
Of course the 450D, my previous canon is still a beautiful camera perfect for a beginner to intermediate it credit my 450 To giving me a understanding of DSLR, I think I will still keep it.
Please support my friend, Rick Sammon by going to http://dpexperience.com/ when the site is open I'm sure its going to be excellent! Rick Sammon has to be one of my idols look at his photography and you will see why! Not to mention Scott Kelby, listen I urge you to look into these guys you can learn a lot from them.
Keep those shutters rollin’
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Attached with this blog entry is a photo, this has to be one of my favourites because the way I shot it, it looks like a road going to no where, don’t you agree? I would love to hear your thoughts. You can see some of my photos from today on
I’m in the process of planning something big for next year its going to be a show called “Frostys Stuff”. Basically its going to be a show about anything of everything! Photoshop tutorials, tech reviews, daily goss and more green screening is going to be used also. Keep your eyes peeled for that one, the first episode should be in the new year.
Anyway, keep shooting!
Monday, November 2, 2009
On my last blog I posted I mentioned something about a FotoFX creativity tour….well it has all been confirmed and is going to happen on 12 of December, right before Christmas! Yes it is a quite a way off yet but I’m planning it so its going to be a really fun day. I will be there showing you how to be creative with your photos and camera techniques also be covering things like different exposures, angles, time lapse, Photoshop techniques, different kinds of sepia and black and white photography. Some of you might think, “the Viaduct, yeah well there is some photo opportunity’s but cant we go somewhere else that these a little more to photograph?” I know where your coming from but trust me once I show you some of my creative ways to capture photos you will be pleased that you came.
It would be handy if you knew a little bit of Photoshop because I will be telling you different ways how to make your images even more creative with filters, sepia, black & white etc……
If you have any suggestions for this meet up, chuck me an email at : firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to hear your thoughts!
Well that’s me for now
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Well what a fantastic weekend it’s been, I have just spent it up north with friends and family up in the sunny Hokianga! It was beautiful weather up there but unfortunately I didn’t get very many photos as we only spent 1 day up there. The weather has been fantastic I’m sure you all know what that means, MORE PHOTOS! Anyway while I was away in the weekend I had my aunty with me which she has flown out from Australia a couple weeks ago anyway, I thought it would be nice to take her to a lookout that I have been to several times before, so we were in the car driving there and when we got there it was blocked off and it wasn’t worth the photo, because the view from that point wasn’t all good. It was a shame because she would of loved the view from up there and why I brought this up is because the reason it was blocked was due to vandalism which is a shame as it blocks keen photographers missing out on good shots!!! I hope it reopens someday……. But why do other people have to spoil it for us?!! Sorry but it just frustrates me
Its exactly 6 days intill we have our next meet up in Cornwall Park, which at this point according to the forecast its going to be real nice! If you want a map or general information about this meet up head over to the website : www.fotofxclub.com
I have some fantastic news “FotoFX” is going to have its first creativity tour! Dates will be released shortly so keep on eye on my website for details…..
Intill next time keep those shutters rolling!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I’ve had record numbers of visits to this site over 1200 this month and still counting thank you to all of you that visit this site and joining up to this great club!
Just a reminder we are having a meet up on the 7th of November at Cornwall Park at 1PM, for those of you that haven’t been to Cornwall Park, it is huge so there’s plenty to take pictures of. I hope to see you there.
The xmas season is creeping up and I’m thinking about running a seminar on how to take xmas lights with SLR cameras if your interested send me an email and the more emails I get the more likely I will do one.
Anyway I’ve got to get back to my study.
Until next time, happy photographing!
PS. Has you have probably noticed I've been trying to host my blog on my website, unfortunetly its not working, so for now on it will be on this website!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Its been a while since I have posted on this blog, sorry about that. But to make up for that, I have some exciting news which is the first "FotoFX" Club meetup has been scheduled to the 10th of October at Long Bay Beach - 1 pm. RSVPS too my email. email@example.com . We will be meeting at Long Bay Regional Park, Northern car park by the miniature railway, Please to here of a map : http://www.fotofxclub.com/sites.html Once we are there we will be able to share ideas amongst each other as well as take some cool photographs as Long Bay Beach is full of awesome photo oppertunitys.
I took part as a group yesterday organized by Michael Provost (www.webpix.co.nz) it was a "CBD & Viaduct walk and talk. As the was my first meetup I was blown away by the amount of people that showed up and soome of their camera were HUGE!! You can see some of my photos that I took during this meetup here : www.flickr.com/photos/waynefrost
Untill next time,
"FotoFX" Club - The newest photography club on the North Shore
Friday, September 11, 2009
As you probably know my name is Wayne Frost, founder of FotoFX (www.fotofxclub.com) I trust that you have seen that website, if you havent, head over there and check it out! Oh and by the way as this club is new Im open to comments and suggestions! Ok we have that all out of the way let me tell you about Foto FX, it is the newest photography club on the north shore the objective of this club is just to really have some serious fun! As well as getting together, sharing thoughts and ideas as well as covering the technical side of things like camera operation, abit of Photoshop and After Effects.
So if you havent joined, you can do it anytime by going to www.fotofxclub.com.
I hope to see you (and your camera) soon!
Intill next time,
PS. You can see some of my images at :