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Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« Last post by TordelBack on Today at 04:19:13 pm »
Probably the best idea!  Loving this thread BTW, Funt.  Very good read.
Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« Last post by Funt Solo on Today at 04:15:36 pm »
Spoilers just in-case Funt Solo is trying to stay unspoiled.

Thanks, Colin: I am attempting to stay unspoiled.  The most recent prog I've read is 1749 (meg 314), and I've avoided all the prog and meg review threads beyond that point.

Regarding Flesh: Texas - I'm glad other people enjoyed it.  I got that the Smileez was a narrative device that allowed the writer to throw logic out of the window, but ... maybe I should have read it on Smileez?
News / Re: Warlord Stront game!
« Last post by Leigh S on Today at 03:35:47 pm »
Will do!

Spiro and Gyro!  Maeve the Many-Armed!  Kid-Knee!  This is fantastic stuff! 

But yeah, where's Schicklgruber?  A few Kreelers would be nice too. 

Leigh, if you had any of the Mongoose/Warlord Dredd figures handy, I'd love to see a comparison - could be a valuable source of alternate mooks, marks, droids and Little Friends of Dennis.
Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« Last post by Professor Bear on Today at 03:35:03 pm »
the prospect of Resistance leaves me unmoved - and no-one else in my house has evinced any interest.

For some reason, my main takeaway from the single short description of Resistance to come out of Disney so far is that it uses no gendered pronouns anywhere in the description of the lead character.
Games / Re: Last game played...
« Last post by Mardroid on Today at 02:33:02 pm »
I bought that shortly after getting my Nintendo Switch, having enjoyed the original on the PS2.**

For some reason I didn't get into it as much this time, although I suspect that was largely due to dying to often due to being very rusty myself. Hand controls seem to take me a while. The amount of times I hit the wrong button is just silly. I plan on giving it another good go though.

*Something I'm kind of regretting. It's a truly lovely gadget, but I think I should have opted for a PS4 pro. The games just seem more my cup of tea. And the games that do appeal on the switch (xenoblade, I'm thinking of you) have a cutesy mangaish l art style I'm not all that into. I won't get rid of the switch just yet though.

**I never did get beyond the train level, mind you, and gave up after multiple reattempts. I enjoyed the ride before that, though.
Creative Common / Re: Possibly Big News For Digital Artists…
« Last post by IndigoPrime on Today at 02:31:32 pm »
Stroke of genius making the bog-standard iPad Pencil-compatible too. Not suitable for all pros, and not as powerful as the iPad Pro, but still a decent machine and good for people who'd like to dip a toe in the water. I'm not keen on the screen (which is more iPad Air than iPad Air 2), but for 320 quid, it feels like something approaching a bargain (rare for Apple). And desktop-grade creative apps are increasing in number and quality. (Procreate also recently got a major update, and continues to impress. I'm now waiting for the semi-inevitable announcement at some point about the iPad more smartly supporting external displays for artists, sound editors, video editors, etc. You know it's coming within the next year or two.)

So, yeah, Wacom finally have a proper rival, and Adobe's strategy is now looking decidedly dodgy. Right now, you can buy Affinity Photo and Designer for Mac and iPad, for a one-off total (all four apps) of 96 quid. So that's under two months of Creative Cloud, or three months of Photoshop/Illustrator on Creative Cloud. And of course, they only work on the desktop – not the iPad. If you want Photoshop and Illustrator for iPad… you basically buy the Serif apps!
Creative Common / Re: Possibly Big News For Digital Artists…
« Last post by Jim_Campbell on Today at 02:20:42 pm »
I imagine the steady stream of pro artists working heavily, some exclusively, on iPad Pros now must be making Wacom quietly shit their pants, too. No way this isn’t putting a hole in their horribly-expensive-with-unspeakably-crappy-drivers hardware business.
Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« Last post by TordelBack on Today at 02:11:23 pm »
As so terrifyingly often, I begin to suspect that the Prof's rumblings about Disney and the Prequels may have been close to the target. In addition to 'new' CW episodes, there are Padme books and comics coming... as the most poorly served of any SW character, I wonder what's afoot.

If it's just an attempt to regroup the fractured 20/30-something fanbase, it's unlikely to work, since i'm already seeing calls for Filoni (formerly arch-Satan SW-ruiner and enabler of SW's first Mary Sue, aka "that mouthy bratty bitch showing her belly like a pedo's whore" and Lucas' most infamous bootlicking cuck, now recast as Fedora-wearing fellow bro coming to kick Kennedy in the cootie-hole) to be installed as Supreme Leader of LFL.
Creative Common / Re: Possibly Big News For Digital Artists…
« Last post by IndigoPrime on Today at 01:34:46 pm »
The Photoshop announcement was an entertaining clusterfuck. Something had clearly been happening. Someone senior at Adobe tweeted, then denied, and then the PR came. Looks like they're spooked, but Serif has a long lead and a TON of goodwill. I also suspect Adobe will make this – as per all their other mobile apps – part of Creative Cloud. By contrast, the Serif apps are currently 14 quid each on iPad, which is ludicrously cheap.

There are some really great touch elements in the app too, which you may have already spotted. When exporting, you can drag the format buttons to other apps (including Files or Mail). Multitouch is well supported, with additional fingers used to adjust options for the current tool. Dragging over panels often performs actions, such as increasing stroke sizes. There's real attention to detail.

Now fast forward a year or so and imagine when Publisher is on iPad too. It's going to be nuts.
Creative Common / Re: Possibly Big News For Digital Artists…
« Last post by Jim_Campbell on Today at 01:23:55 pm »
I just saw an email from Affinity that their vector illustration software Affinity Designer will be coming to the iPad next year :)

Just re-visiting this thread to update now that Designer is out for iPad Pro (don't think it'll run on any lesser-specced kit, plus I can't really see the point without the Pencil).

As mentioned in previous discussions, Designer is the only credible (IMO) Illustrator alternative… if you don’t need to supply live AI files to any of your clients, then you can already definitely letter using the desktop version. There are people doing pro work with it already.

I’ve downloaded the iPad version and had a quick play. You can set up comic size pages in CMYK, place art, add layers. Type controls seem good, including Opentype options. Autoligs work by default. Art, fonts, etc, can be pulled in from iCloud/Dropbox — I copied a selection of .OTF fonts to a Dropbox folder and the app installed them fine.

Default save is local, but iCloud Drive is also offered. You can export to iCloud/Dropbox/Files in all the important formats. Export options are extensive, and include EPS, PDF, TIFF and PSD.

Initial verdict: I could absolutely letter on my iPad using this.

(It's looking like this, Affinity Photo, and the very impressive port of Clip Studio to iOS has finally got Adobe worried, since they've now announced a full version of Photoshop is in development for the iPad.)
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