Hooray! My Kangaroo video counter is working again on Youtube. I estimate I’ve lost about 3-400 counts but it is going.
I sent an email to youtube pleading for it to be started again and for them to look at this practice again. I don’t suppose anyone actually read it… or did they?!
Is it just me or are those guys on the adobe launch programme really boring?
It’s probably me. I got involved with CS5 way back when Flash was called FutureSplash – those were exciting days. Flash hasn’t really moved on from there in all that time. Well not the Flash that I use – it’s a brilliant drawing tool and the drawing tools have hardly been touched in years. If anything, some tools have got worse. Illustrator just doesn’t have that intuitive drawing feel to it.
Flash has become a tool for programmers and developers. What’s needed is a something like Flash that is just a drawing tool that can then be imported into Flash for the geeks to play with. (No, not Illustrator)
I also use Photoshop and inDesign and occasionally Dreamweaver, but only to cut and paste simple code.
I have to admit that Photoshop’s new Content Aware eraser is eye-poppingly incredible as is the Puppet tool. Do not believe a single thing you see from now on! But somehow, I’m uderwhelmed by that too. It’s almost as if I’ve become so jaded that I feel “well, it’s about time, what took them so long?” Once, everything new in software was mind-blowing
now it’s just – great.
What I was really interested to see was the Flash export to iPhone and iPad. But when you look at it, this promise is hedged about with disclaimers. There is a massive grudge match going on between Adobe and Apple and I don’t want to get mashed up in the middle, so all the ideas I’ve been having recently based on the rumours and sneak peaks of CS5 can go into the bottom draw and I can get on with trying to make a living in the real world. That will save me a bit.
All this digital developing business has got so out of hand. It ain’t fun anymore. The geeks and the bean-counters have taken over and spoiled it all for everyone – as usual. Bring back simple, hand-knitted html websites!
Oh yeah… the CS5 image and design suck. If that’s all they can do with the new tools…
Say, “Grrrr!” Say, “RaaaRR!” Then get your pens and pencils out to draw this angry, Grizzly Bear video that I’ve just put up on YouTube. It’s easy – You can do it – C’mon – let me hear you say, “Roooar!
Arrgh! I’ve hit the 300 barrier in YouTube stats. If you reach around 300 plays too quickly, YouTube puts a block on the video stats – for no apparent reason. My Angry Lion drawing got stuck like that for a couple of months. I deleted it and reloaded it in the end.
It’s so frustrating. You get a bit of luck on one site but the site that viewers get directed to doesn’t like it – thinks you must be up to something. I’ll never know what this day of good fortune has meant to the featured video. Thanks YouTube. You give such an amazing service to the world, but this little thing is incredibly irritating. There are many videos complaining about it too!
That has been the story of the internet for me for the last thirteen years or so that I’ve been doing websites and stuff. The internet gives and immediately takes away.
It has always been that I find something good, start to exploit it and then the rules change. Youtube downloads is one such thing – I put on my site a message to teachers to download my videos and take them into school as they can’t view Youtube through the school’s firewalls. Now YouTube has stopped downloads! Duh! The rumour is they will charge 99c for downloads – that’s okay, I’d get a cut (I hope), but yet another rule change that ruins my plans.
I woke up this morning to find lots of messages sent to my inbox from my blog, which is hosted on WordPress.com. One message said, “congratulations on being chosen for the WordPress home page!” It’s true, I had to take a screen grab for posterity. It may never happen again.
The highlighted page is, “How to draw a Kangaroo.” There has been a whopping hike in my blog stats and a significant hike in my YouTube videos being watched, which is very gratifying for a stats junkie like me!
I’ve been blogging pretty well everyday since December, in an effort to prove to my publishers that it is a waste of time. Maybe I’m wrong? My stats graph is slowly, inexorably rising. The only drag with WordPress is that you can’t put advertising on it, but then I made a choice about that at the beginning. I get a bit fed up with ads flashing all over blogs. The odd link to related material is fine, but stuff fed from a central server? you don’t know who is using you to sell their products.
Thanks for the recognition WordPress.
It seems it’s not possible to download videos from Google anymore – without a bit of specialised software, anyway. I’d relied on this being available for teachers to be able to show my videos in school from a home-made cd.
I’d tried uploading to teachertube before, but I’d found it hard work. Something has changed and their uploading process seems to be working a lot better so I’m duplicating Drawing School on Teachertube. It will take a little while to get it all uploaded, but at least I’ve started.
As I understand it, TeacherTube is generally allowed through school firewalls so you can show my “how to” videos on whiteboards. Please let me know if this works.
I’m starting to get all excited about the Adobe global launch of Creative suite 5 tomorrow. I’ll report back if there’s anything interesting. I’m sure there will be. Am I a little sad?
Is anyone interested in trying a virtual School Visit on the whiteboard using Skype. Skype is probably banned on your system, so you would need to get clearance to use it, have it installed on your class laptop or whatever you use, and yo would need a skype account too. If this doesn’t sound too daunting, get in touch!
Here’s an new video showing you hoe o draw a panda bear. It’s all in pencil this time. Pencil seems to suit bears better but I’m doing a grizzly bear in pen next time. Enjoy! Tell all your friends!
I’ve been telling a story about this little girl in schools and libraries for about ten years now. The story has changed and evolved in that time. I thought I had it cracked when I rewrote it around a pop-up gimmick I invented. But the banks crashed, the recession hit and it proved too expensive. I’ve been thinking about how to rewrite it ever since. I had one major rewrite, but it didn’t work at all.
It’s amazing the way the subconscious works. Last night I had an email from the editor I was working with at the time, Natscha Biebow, with a lovely picture of her son on his first birthday. She was writing to say she wouldn’t be returning to work.
I suppose, subconsciously, I’d been awaiting her return to get on with the story. Her email must have loosened something in the brain, because I woke at 5.30 with the answer. It was so simple I can’t think why it’s taken me ten years or more to think of it!
Am I going to tell you the secret? Of course not! Unless you are a picture book editor and would like to have a little look!