January 29, 2014

How Illustrator’s new Live Corners came to be

The AI team has posted an interview with product owner, Yogesh Sharma, in which he discussed his background & shares some insight into how the latest features came to be.

What was the biggest challenge for you and the team?

Our approach to creating corners and keeping them “live” revolves around several core algorithms. We generate the corners and grow them back to their original shape using math rather than remembering each corner’s radius and original form. One of the algorithms was turning out to be extremely hard to crack. In the next review meeting with Illustrator management, the team was given two weeks to figure out if the feature could be delivered in time.

Despite being under so much pressure, the team refused to give up. Two of the Illustrator’s seasoned engineers, Amit Kumar and Varun Nair, were asked to pitch in and help with the problems: that really turned the tables for us. Over the next couple of weeks, the team burned the midnight oil and cracked all the algorithms.

The team plans to post a whole series of interviews with team members, so you might want to subscribe to the blog.

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“Flag” Kickstarter project promises free, museum-quality photo printing

I love the craftsmanship & vibe these guys bring to their project:

To make photo printing fun – for the first time by our reckoning – we’ve designed a photo finishing system ready for the 21st century. Museum quality (Giclée) printers, German 220 gram photo paper from sustainable sources, laser cutters, and robots with carbon fiber arms will allow Flag to deliver prints, for free, that are better than any you can pay for today. We want to turn your memories into mementos you can be proud of.

Our secret to making photo printing free? An advertisement on the back of each print. It will always be tasteful, and we are steadfast in our commitment to never sell or share your personal information with advertisers. [Via]

Tangentially related: The Impossible Instant Lab is a crafty digital-analog Frankenstein:

Select a picture, place your iPhone on the Instant Lab and within seconds it ejects your analog instant photo, ready to develop in the palm of your hand. It doesn’t matter whether your digital image was shot with your phone or created in Adobe Photoshop – any image on your phone’s display can be turned into a real analog instant photo. […]

Being a real camera, it uses a special four element coated glass lens to take a photo from your iPhone’s display and lets it develop inside the layers of the integral film. It’s a purely photochemical process

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Amazing: Classical paintings put in motion

Rino Stefano Tagliafierro & team have done an amazing job animating classical paintings. “It’s as though these images which the history of art has consigned to us as frozen movement can today come back to life thanks to the fire of digital invention.”

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