Before the advent of computer generated graphics, how were elaborate opening titles and scrolling movie credits created for films? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd
on Aug 26, 2007 -
Neeerrrrrrrrdfilter: I want to play Bioshock. Help me find the most economical way to upgrade my video hardware so that it will run the game satisfactorily. [more inside]
posted by killdevil
on Aug 22, 2007 -
Is it possible to export pictures from Microsoft Word documents? I need to re-color a graphic that's been inserted into a Microsoft Word 2003 document. Unfortunately, that is the only copy I have of the graphic. Word doesn't seem to provide a way to color over graphics. Even getting it into Paint would work fine--but first I need to get it there. Am I screwed?
posted by schroedinger
on Jul 27, 2007 -
What's the best stock photo site (including pay sites)? Along the lines of this question
, I'm looking for a high-quality site that offers royalty-free stock photos. I'm looking for basic corporate techie stuff for an IT government (read:not-for-profit) web site - people working at a laptop, servers and wiring shot from cool angles, etc. The previous question brought up some good free stuff, but what about pay sites such as Corbis? I'd really like some sort of subscription-based setup instead of paying a la carte for each photo (if that even exists).
posted by adverb
on Jul 25, 2007 -
so i bought a new monitor, however, its wide aspect ratio and the crappy video card that came with my dell doesn't support the wide aspect.... [more inside]
posted by nihlton
on Jul 23, 2007 -
Are the graphics cards that install through the PC card slot in your laptop actually any good?
posted by matkline
on Jul 18, 2007 -
Buying an Nvidia graphics card... which manufacturer to go for? Does it make a difference? [more inside]
posted by edbyford
on Jun 29, 2007 -
Is there a program that can automatically create line graphs from a text file with a list of numbers? [more inside]
posted by kaozity
on Jun 25, 2007 -
Does anyone offer a brush set for Photoshop CS3 that mirrors the brush set for Painter X? [more inside]
posted by Vaska
on Jun 4, 2007 -
Mac Font question: I am doing some home tech support for an elderly couple, and they're looking for a symbol/dingbat sort of font that draws frame/table elements (corners, etc.).
I know I have seen fonts just like this but can't for the life of me remember what they might be called. If you can think of the names and/or give a link to a free download, I would appreciate it. [more inside]
posted by briank
on Jun 1, 2007 -
Given a three dimensional triangular mesh M, composed of irregularly sized triangles, is there a program, plugin1
or algorithm that will create a new mesh M' with the same overall shape as M but with regularly sized triangles (i.e.:all triangles having similar sizes)?
1: For 3dsMax, Rhino, etc. [more inside]
posted by signal
on May 15, 2007 -
Please help my father find as-original decals for the 1955 Ferguson 35 Deluxe tractor he's restoring! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape
on May 13, 2007 -
How do I improve the legibility of the horrible old Cyrillic newspaper microfilm negatives I am scanning? The main problem is that the background is often faded and hard to distinguish from the text. Is there some clever software trickery that will solve it?
posted by thirteenkiller
on May 13, 2007 -
DesignFilter. Help me poke and prod my nondesigner's mind to consider new ways to present that hackneyed standby of the elementary school social studies textbook, the timeline. Too much information inside. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on May 2, 2007 -
PC performance issues. 1) Is it a good idea to fill up all 3 of my DIMM slots, when my motherboard manual says that the max speed will be DDR 200 instead of DDR 400? The motherboard is an ASUS K8V SE Deluxe.
2) How do I best identify the bottlenecked hardware component that's causing framerate jerkiness e.g. when playing Oblivion (e.g. RAM, processor, AGP card)?
posted by thirteenkiller
on Apr 26, 2007 -
Probably a dead-simple CSS question. I'm trying to pad an image in a Wordpress based blog so that the text isn't crunched right up against it. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold
on Apr 17, 2007 -
We're buying a new laptop for my wife tomorrow to replace her aging desktop. The only thing she'll use it for is to digitally scrapbook. The only program she'll use really is Photoshop CS2. Is it worth it to pay the extra to get a laptop with a real graphics card or will things work just as well with an motherboard solution such as the Intel 950 that uses your RAM to fuel it? Right now we're leaning towards the HP dv9207us. We'd like to know if it's overkill or with one of the 700$ specials you always see with motherboard built-in graphics work just as well? Help?
posted by damiano99
on Mar 17, 2007 -
Recommend some good, professional motion graphic (Flash, video) studios in the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by robbie01
on Mar 17, 2007 -
I program actionscript on the side and I'm looking to pick up a designer's slack on a particular project. Can anyone recommend some really great internet resources (tutorial write-ups, guidelines, video) for learning how to create "Web 2.0" style graphics? [more inside]
posted by phaedon
on Mar 9, 2007 -
What's a cool way of doing a business flowchart? You know, one that traces the flow of transactions through the various departments of the business? Preferably something that is not too complicated nor requiring a great eye for design.
posted by limon
on Mar 5, 2007 -
What UNIX command-line tool can I used to convert tiff files to lzw-compressed tiff files. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep
on Jan 16, 2007 -
We installed XP x64, and can't find drivers for our video card, NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4600. There are drivers for older cards and new cards, but not our card. A lot of the sites claiming to have the drivers are lying, and have maybe pasted in the inf for the 32-bit drivers by mistake. Is there any way I can make this work?
posted by Arcaz Ino
on Jan 9, 2007 -
I am helping a volunteer group collect donations. I need something other than a thermometer or a mountain climber to graphically illustrate our progress. HELP!
posted by punkfloyd
on Dec 15, 2006 -
Lobby slideshow, compose on Mac, run on Windows? One of my tasks where I work is to create slideshows that runs 24/7 on a large plasma screen in our lobby, which has a windows box attached to it. Previously, I did it in a Windows program called ProShow Gold. The slideshow could be saved as an executable, dumped in the startup menu, put on a loop, and I had the machine automated to shutdown at night and start back up in the morning.
My issue now is that I'm getting a mac for my computer at work. The lobby slideshow will still be run on the windows box. I know how to do create slideshows in iPhoto on the Mac (and would prefer to do so), but however I create these things, they will still have to be run on this Windows Box.
Can I generate something on the Mac that will work like the slideshows I generated in ProShow (that I can just put in the startup menu of the Windows box, and that will automatically start when the machine boots up everyday and run fullscreen all day on a loop)?
posted by purplegenie
on Dec 6, 2006 -
Is it possible for me to use my PowerBook G4 as a display -- meaning, can I connect some input source and view it just like I would an external LCD? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani
on Dec 2, 2006 -
About twenty years ago I borrowed a book from a local library.I cannot remember either the exact title or author and the library do not have a record of my borrowings.It was a newly published large/thick coffee table hardback book filled with rather kitsch and brightly coloured religious pictures created by the author.As far as I can recall she was a Eastern European Catholic nun/sister whose name was used in the title.As in 'The Thoughts of Sister X'.It would make an old man very happy if he could track down this obscure volume.
posted by Dr.Pill
on Nov 18, 2006 -
Art directors: Any books or publications that can help inspire me to create better marketing materials for a small tech company. [more inside]
posted by ernie
on Nov 14, 2006 -
I know somebody who has the opportunity to design casino-worthy playing cards. What does a playing card need? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Nov 14, 2006 -
MatLabFilter: Printing figures to memory? I know that I can use the versatile print command to print a figure to a file. But how might I be able to turn a figure into a matrix in matlab's memory? [more inside]
posted by garethspor
on Oct 28, 2006 -
Macbook Pro graphics query: For a Photoshop user, is it necessary to get the 256MB graphics card?... [more inside]
posted by timnyc
on Oct 21, 2006 -
Does anyone have, or have you seen a computer with a video co-processor installed? (Like the PhysX card
by Ageia) Is it worth the extra $250?
posted by crunchland
on Oct 9, 2006 -
I'm looking for advice on what and where to look for a new PC to run graphics and art programs (Photoshop et all) [more inside]
posted by ibfrog
on Sep 15, 2006 -
I have searched and searched online for American Indian art to no avail. More specifically - I'm looking for the kind of bold clip art (thick lines) or logo-type of art associated or signifying with each of the following: Shawnee, Lakotas, Iroquois, Ojibwe, Cahokia, Cherokee - animal art is fine as well. Are there any symbols of the same type of art that might relate to law or justice??. Am I looking for something that doesn't exist? Thanks in advance for any help!!!
posted by Jujee
on Aug 21, 2006 -
I would like to make a simple percentage-bar graphic to insert into a Microsoft Word document, but am not sure how to do it or even which program to use. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu
on Aug 14, 2006 -
simple question... which has faster SOFTWARE rendering capabilities, allegro or sdl.... or if you know of something faster than the 2, do tell
posted by xteraco
on Aug 11, 2006 -
I'm a web app developer with a really strange Internet Explorer image bug. Please help! Specifics and screenshot within... [more inside]
posted by cerebus19
on Aug 3, 2006 -