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Website Technicality Fixed
March 20, 2009, 2:21 pm
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I hereby retract my last post, after aquiring some help from Rob Knowles, we managed to fix the website today, cheers Rob, much appreciated



Technical problems
March 20, 2009, 2:07 pm
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Unfortunately I have been having trouble uploading my flash file to the website, I have had to seek additional advice and will therefore try and sort it out as soon as possible, please bear with me for now, should be done by lastest Wednesday 25th March.



Final Artefact
March 20, 2009, 11:38 am
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I have finally finished my final artefact, which includes all of the 10 photo’s I did for the first artefact, the website I created for the second artefact and the final flash atefact, I have used multiple software to create this including Abobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Flash. I have also copied all files to CD and included any links needed and handed in to Ellen Terry reception.

Finally an online copy of my artefact can be found at:

http://www.geocities.com/robdutton1989



Making Flash Slideshow
March 20, 2009, 10:39 am
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Today was the day, the day we were going to make our slideshows, I had really tried for the majority of the week to play around with flash, making small artefacts consisting of small shapes, motion tweens and shape tweens, however this was the first time I would actually be using proper images.

When we made our final picture artefacts they will be inserted into our final website to create the last final artefact. Mez and Nick gave us a step by step tutorial on how to make the flash slideshow, which to my suprise, was actually fairly easy to do, I expected it to be extremely complicated, however once you got into it and knew what you were doing, it all came together fairly quickly and easily, we were also asked to use buttons, such as next slide and previous slide, which then had to be linked into documents using action scripts, something that flew straight over my head when I heard it, however, after some slight help it became extremely easy, having not used these things before, I was surprised at how quickly I grasped how to use them. Firstly I imported all of my pictures into the timeline and inserted all of the buttons needed, this was so that the pictures would not just scroll through every frame, after a bit of help from Rob Knowles, I then learned how to put scripts in to make the slideshow continue through and then go back to the beginning.

Mez then showed us how to make movie clips, in order to create a fade between each image, slightly more complex and time consuming before we had to create an individual separate movie clip for each picture, having the first Key frame having all of the coulour drained out of it and the last being the picture with all of its colour, we then added a motion tween to it so that it would bring in the colour every frame that went past, this created a fading effect, however, to my worry, it seemed to keep playing through in a loop, the picture fading in out again and again, to combat this I entered the ‘Stop’ script, this stopped the image from looping, we then had to delete the old photo’s in the timeline and imported the movie clips, then tested the movie and found out it worked perfectly.

This is My Final Flash Artefact

This is My Final Flash Artefact

If you refer to my webpage link www.geocities.com/robdutton1989 you will see my flash file embedded into the page.



Introduction to Adobe Flash
March 20, 2009, 10:09 am
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Today was the first day that I learned how to use Adobe flash CS3, initially I was extremely apprehensive as have heard about flash being an extremely hard and tedious program to use, I was expecting to be seeing us having to edit each individual frame, which obviously would be an extremely long task, however, besides all of that I was still looking forward to trying my had at flash and to try and diversify my knowledge and experience of different programs, I am a quick learner usually so I couldn’t see me getting into too many problems with the program and if I did, I am fairly competent at researching the answers myself.

The first thing we were asked to make was a small animation, Mez guided us through how to do this, it basically included moving shapes across the page and also morphing one shape into another, we did this by creating the key frames on the timeline, then inputting images in the window, then moving to the last Key frame and changing or morphing the shape previously, we then added a motion tween, to the images that were supposed to move across the screen, or a shape tween, to the images that were supposed to morph into a different shape.

This is a shot of my initial animation

This is a shot of my initial animation

I am hoping to be one of the main students that Mez in keeping an eye on, 1) because it keeps me motivated so that she can’t see many weaknesses in my work or effort, 2) because if she spots any mistakes I have made, she can quickly steer me in the right direction and 3) because I would like to provide some help towards the Dreamweaver and flash tutorials, due to me feeling I am fairly competent at using both of these programs.

I can’t wait until next week where we will be moving into more advanced things in flash, including making our slideshows, I hope as the weeks go by I can learn more and more about all sorts of programs, so that in future I will be able to do everything so much easier and be more diverse in my experience of different program, I already know quite a bit about programs such as Photoshop and Sony Vegas, I am also learning more and more each day about Avid Express, Flash CS3, Dreamweaver and a few more programs, not bad to start with but I feel I can excel myself and learn most of the professional programs on the market today.



March 18, 2009, 8:50 pm
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In the lecture on March 23rd we talked about the future of a virtual reality world. Not too long ago living in a virtual world, however in the past few years of boom in the technological developments the world has seen, this is now a reality, although still in its beginning stages, people are not able to live as an alter ego, in worlds such as ‘Second life’ . ‘Second life’ is basically an online replica of the world where you can go around living like a proper human and take part in almost any task you wish, you can also buy land and build on top of it. To participate on ‘Second life’ you need to create an avatar, basically a profile for who you want to be and what you look like, however in the virtual world, it’s not like the real world, everyone on the site is made out to be beautiful, therefore meaning there are no ugly or fat people on the site, this I feel is unrealistic because it doesn’t represent what the real world is like. Apparently, Coventry University have spend thousands of pounds in creating itself in the world of second life, this is due to mass hits from people all around the world and gets advertising for the university all around the world, however when we did a class survey of how many people in our course used second life, there was only one person, this show that even though it has a massive amount of hits, there is still room for lots of improvement.

Every person in Second life looks like this

Every person in Second life looks like this

One thing that does annoy me about this site is, to live a life on this site, you do need to pump your own more into this site, for the real addicts this could create a real problem and cause huge financial problems. The main thing that enrages me is, huge businesses can exploit these people by offering out products for the avatars and the people that get hooked in are literally giving their money away for nothing in return, I believe this is corrupt business and should be classed as illegal. The big thing about this is so many people could get so addicted to this game that it literally could become their life, I spend a lot of time on the computer but this could send someone over the edge, it promotes gameplay to an over exaggerated level and really could result in affecting their health.

Coventry University on Second Life

Coventry University on Second Life

Finally the other thing that makes the game unrealistic is there is rarely any bad weather, every day in second life seems to be full of sunshine, this, I feel there are still a fair few aspects that would need to be changed in order to complete the real transition into a virtual life.



March 18, 2009, 7:29 pm
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When I first heard about web 2,0 I thought, what the hell is that, the web is the web, isn’t it? I’m the type of guy that always needs to know everything about everything, especially when it comes to working with computing, so naturally, my inquisitive nature made me delve into this subject more. I believe that the difference now between web 1.0 and web 2.0 is that web 1.0 is using a client server, where you can access various other servers to access information, whereas in web 2.0 you use peer-to-peer to send and receive information from each other. Web 2.0 has revolutionised the way in which we all use the world wide web, each and every one of us can now enter our own information without any restrictions, this has in particular revolutionized the way we can communicate through the internet, examples of web 2.0 sites are, Facebook, Myspace, Last.fm and bebo, all of these sites allow us to share vast amounts of information into the world, ranging from what you’re doing now, to what exciting thing you are going to be doing next week.

An image to describe Web 2.0

An image to describe Web 2.0

The shot below is from my own last.fm account, last.fm shows various information about music, it can allow people to play a playlist of most of the songs that you are listening too and even can tell the user the exact song that you are listening to now, pretty cool if you ask me. The picture below shows that I have had to 16,298 song plays since April 22nd 2008 and that I am currently listening to ‘Deadsong’ by the band ‘Before the Dawn’.

My last.fm account page

My last.fm account page

Web 2.0 uses CSS, a dynamic design feature, whereas Web 1.0 uses static designs, this means Web 2.0 websites, to me, always seem more interesting and better looking due to fantastic graphics, where as Web 1.0 is usually just the basic use of HTML code and looks boring, this loses the amount of views because nowadays people are always looking for something new and interesting within the internet. Big businesses employ a great marketing strategy of advertising mainly on Web 2.0 websites, this is because they get the vast majority of views on the web right now. However it is a common misconception that Web 2.0 sites are only social networking site, this is not true, Web 2.0 can be used to convey all sorts of information, such as the www.fineandcountry.com website which uses a virtual tour function so you can see around a certain house.