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Weekly Blog Update – April 22, 2015

Hey Guys!

It’s been a weird week right? We all want to kick back and have a good weekend right? Good! Because this will be a pretty chill end to the week.

I’m going to show you guys something pretty out of this world – It’s called Mod X, a CMS (Content Management System) that puts you in control of EVERY aspect of your site – Including application builds and so much more!

Mod X offers multiple ways to implement code and strings of site pages, and allows for easier control over your mass amounts of data – and is scaleless, meaning you can go as big or as small  as you need! Everything is completely manageable and has a smooth UI to help you on your way. The goal of Mod X was to make design and implementation that much simpler for Web Developers of all levels, and even allows for multiple languages of code to exist in a seamless website environment without one stepping on the other! Below I’ll attach the link to the information page for Mod X – and include a pretty lengthy video that youtuber Jesse Showhalter made that directly compares WordPress to Mod X!

*At around 5 minutes in he begins breaking down advanced WordPress usage – showing you plugin usage and such! Very interesting to watch!

Here’s more information from the Mod X website!

http://modx.com/get-modx/

Weekly Blog Update for April 15th!

Amazing right? Of course it is! You just watched the reverse editing of a piece of delicious pizza being turned into a supermodel!

This is only one of the many examples as to why Photoshop is industry leading, and why that fact will NEVER change.

Photoshop is:

  • Flexible
  • Easy to Use
  • Widely Known
  • Efficient
  • Customize-able
  • And jammed packed full of tools!

Industry leaders everywhere such as Ad Companies, and even private sectors such as police forces – ALL use Photoshop! It’s not just photo editing – It’s creating from nothing, it’s creating new things from old things, it’s ad campaigns and fundraisers, it’s your only source of income, it’s the reason you have a job – It’s a million things and everyone wants to learn how to use because it’s the program that does it all!

Here’s a few smaller reasons you’ll want to use Photoshop, and keep up with all the new tools too!

http://www.grassrootsy.com/2011/03/23/10-reasons-why-you-should-learn-how-to-use-photoshop/

http://naldzgraphics.net/design-2/learn-adobe-photoshop/

HTML 5/CSS — J-Prop Shop Pages!

This is a practice page that allowed me to work with some of the basic elements of an HTML coded website. It's a small intro to CSS Sheets and linking them.

This is a practice page that allowed me to work with some of the basic elements of an HTML coded website. It’s a small intro to CSS Sheets and linking them.

The browser view for The J-Prop shop main webpage code!

The browser view for The J-Prop shop main webpage code!

The second page of practice, this one focuses on a specific product and allows you to work by what you've just learned. It was a lot easier to keep things cleaned up than the first code.

The second page of practice, this one focuses on a specific product and allows you to work by what you’ve just learned. It was a lot easier to keep things cleaned up than the first code.

The Browser view for the Basic Stick webpage code!

The Browser view for the Basic Stick webpage code!

Chapter 8 – Retouch and Sharpen

The goal here was to remove unsightly wires and imperfections for a travel brochure.

The goal here was to remove unsightly wires and imperfections for a travel brochure.

The goal with this image was to remove body hair and other imperfections.

The goal with this image was to remove body hair and other imperfections.

This image objective was to perform a general retouch and get the feel for retouching tools.

This image objective was to perform a general retouch and get the feel for retouching tools.

Another General retouch that helped grasp the extended use for manipulation tools, and the use of brushes.

Another General retouch that helped grasp the extended use for manipulation tools, and the use of brushes.

This image was to apply a blue field that highlighted the girl and her dog, to put an emphasis on their relationship for a pet food ad.

This image was to apply a blue field that highlighted the girl and her dog, to put an emphasis on their relationship for a pet food ad.

Learning to apply blur fields to highlight specific areas of a photo.

Learning to apply blur fields to highlight specific areas of a photo.

Blur field practice to learn about highlighting specific subjects.

Blur field practice to learn about highlighting specific subjects.

More Blur field practices, this field is the tilt shift which allows for horizontal blur control.

More Blur field practices, this field is the tilt shift which allows for horizontal blur control.

More Blur field practices, this field is the tilt shift which allows for horizontal blur control.

More Blur field practices, this field is the tilt shift which allows for horizontal blur control.

Using additional filters to focus a blurred image.

Using additional filters to focus a blurred image.

Weekly Update from April 1st!

Last week I talked about Apple’s Continuity feature, which came bundled up in the OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 operating systems! Included in this update was a host of features such as Call Forwarding to your iPad/Mac, Hand-Off, and more!

Just to recap- I let you guys know what the off-handed square was, to the left of your Finder Icon in the Dock, and let you know what it meant and why it was there. No worries – It’s not dangerous or there to ‘mess you up’ but rather to give you the option of sharing web pages to your fellow students. Next week I’ll work on removing Continuity from the computers of those who don’t want that option turned on!

Here’s Apple’s page on Continuity, and it shares a lot of information about the new features!

https://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/continuity/

Here’s the DEMO that they did that shows off the uses of the new features in Continuity!

http://www.cnet.com/videos/share/id/4UrhPbfHq37y6GVnNOJFswcFIcj3mCm2/

Weekly Blog Update – March 18th!

Continuing with last weeks theme, I talked about the new Apple Watch!

*Click the List symbol and select Apple Watch to skip right to the meat of things!

http://www.apple.com/live/2015-mar-event/?cid=li-us-keynote-mar-2015

  •  Comes in Three styles!  *Sapphire Crystal, Aluminum, and 18k GOLD!*
  • Accurate from up to 50 milliseconds of the UTC
  • Glances – Allows you to see all the information you check most!
  • Extremely personalized
  • You can not only receive texts, but also take phone calls – from your watch…
  • Full E-Mail availability  – and so.. much much more!

 

Lots of styles and faces ! *Property of Apple*

Lots of styles and faces ! *Property of Apple*

 

The Apple Watch has a tactic response node, meaning when something you want to be alerted about happens – You’ll feel it, and you’ll know!

Watch the whole thing above – The demos are really cool to watch!