It's been fun, thanks for reading

Saturday, December 24, 2005
As you have probably noticed I haven't updated VisualFood in quite a while. This was a fun project that taught me a lot about blogging and I'm sorry to leave it behind but I just don't have the time anymore.

All is not lost, as I've started a new project with a friend and we've been very happy with the result. Head over to Non Stop Mac to see it.

Thanks for all the insightful comments, e-mails and support. One day I may start something new on the visualfood.net website, you never know.

Convert files into web-ready Flash documents or PDFs

Wednesday, November 16, 2005
With Macromedia FlashPaper 2 you can instantly generate Flash documents that can be accessed by over half a billion web users, or transform files into secure, compact PDFs for e-mailing, archiving, and printing.

The single user license is $79. For a case study of how this can be use check this page.

Lussumo Filebrowser and Vanilla

Sunday, November 13, 2005
Recently I found some very cool software that will be of interest to web developers of all levels of expertise.

The Filebrowser is a lightweight open source PHP application that allows you to thumbnail images and view them in a web browser. The download is a mere 47kb.

If you need a way to have your images ready for browsing online in a snap and you are not keen on installing complex software this is the way to go.

From the same creators comes Vanilla, a light-weigh, highly extensible web forum. Vanilla has an awesome xhtml setup that allows you to create custom styles, or you can use some of the ones we've already created. Vanilla also has a custom language component that allows you to run any language. Just like Filebrowser, Vanilla is open source.

Live CSS editing

Thursday, November 10, 2005
CSSVista is a free piece of software web developers on the Windows platform will appreciate. It makes things simpler when tweaking CSS code since it lets you edit your CSS code live in both Internet Explorer and Firefox simultaneously.

Gates, Jobs, & the Zen aesthetic

Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Presentation Zen is running a very insightful article that compares the presentation style of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie. The author makes many good points and it just shows that having the most money doesn't have to make you the best presenter.

I would like to note that this is not a post by a person that has something against Microsoft. The author shows examples from which we can all learn something. Here's a quote: "Maybe Microsoft can afford lousy PowerPoint presentations, but you and I can't. For "the rest of us," it all matters."

Chasing icebergs in Iceland

Monday, November 07, 2005
Photoblogography published an article with some impressive photographs of Iceland. This is a feast for the eyes, a must see. I can't put my finger on it but there's just something about ice and the ambience of extreme winter that I really love.

The author notes that he submitted this article to be published in the "Icelandic Geographic" but they never replied to him. I can only say I'm happy, because if it were accepted I probably wouldn't have never seen these photos.

Graffiti Archaeology

Sunday, November 06, 2005
I never would have imagined of putting the terms "graffiti" and "archaeology" together but I guess the time has come. In these modern times the history of some things evolves faster than a few hundred years ago. Having done some graffiti in the past myself and being very interested in the culture, this project caught my eye immediately.

Graffiti Archaeology is the study of graffiti-covered walls as they change over time. The project is a timelapse collage, made of photos of graffiti taken at the same location by many different photographers over a span of several years. Most of the photos are from San Francisco, over a timespan from the late 1990's to the present.