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An interview with painter and digital artist James Faure Walker about the impact of digital technologies on his work as an artist, writer, and educator. He was a founder of "Artscribe" Magazine in 1976, and his work has been internationally exhibited and collected. His book Painting the Digital River: How an Artist Learned to Love the Computer was published in 2006 by Prentice Hall. Recorded at the Siggraph/ACM Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, in August 2006 by Harris Fogel. Posted 9/12/2006 (33:12)



Tired of Typing? All about OCR (Optical Character Recognition) with IRIS's Jean-Marc Fontaine. Have you ever had a stack of printed documents and wanted to turn them into an editable word processing document, but not at the hassle of re-typing all the information? If so, then consider OCR software which can scan, convert, and save your printed pages as editable text. Recorded at the Douglas Stewart C2ES Conference in Madison, Wisconsin in June 2006 by Harris Fogel. Posted 9/11/2006 (12:52)


Panoramic photography has been around as long as photography itself, but its existence in the digital realm has been a rocky one. When Apple first introduced Quicktime VR back in the late 1990's, the best panoramas that could be produced amounted to nothing more than grainy thumbnail-sized images. Prior to Stitcher Unlimited 5.5, photographers could only use regular wide-angle lenses with this application, and this meant that they had to shoot many, many more shots to cover the entire 360° scene. If you are interested in creating panoramic photographs Brian Greenstone's in-depth review of the latest version of Stitcher Unlimited 5.5 provides a wide-angle overview of the subject.

Brian Greenstone, Posted 9/5/2006

The first Call of Duty from Aspyr stood out from other WWII First Person Shooters (FPS) because it emphasizes teamwork to complete mission objectives.  In fact, its tagline was "The War That Changed The World, No One Fought Alone". And Aspyr's recent release of Call of Duty 2 builds on the original CoD's strengths.

Thomas Fogel, Posted 7/27/2006

2001 was a year to remember. For example, the first Oscar for animated feature was awarded (to "Shrek"). But more importantly, it was the year Freeverse Software released its terrific game, WingNuts. I have spent a lot of time being frustrated by Baron von Schtopwatch's robot planes, and I've hammered on my Mac's keyboard so frantically, I'm afraid it will stop working. So you can see why I am really excited about the recent release of WingNuts 2: Raina's Revenge.

Thomas Fogel, Posted 7/27/2006

A shred interview with musician The Great Kat on matters ranging from the importance of classical music, the idea of virtuosity, and the impact of the digital age upon musicians. Listen in for a no-holds-barred, full-throttle interview with a musician that "Guitar One" Magazine named as one of the top ten fastest gutair shredders of all time. Recorded in New York, by Harris Fogel. (14:41)

Harris Fogel, Posted 7/28/2006

I've been a Timbuk2 believer for a long time, since their early days making tough bags that really were used just by bicycle messengers. Like khaki pants with their military heritage, these bags went from specialized service to popular product, with a little re-engineering along the way. The features of the Timbuk2 Commute XL are sensible and functional, and it's clear why this model is still considered a classic.

Benjamin B. Olshin, posted 7/26/2006

If you have ever shot photos with your digital camera and had your happy smile turn to panic when your card is unreadable, then Picture Rescue from Prosoft Engineering might just save the day and salvage that smile!  There are a few things that every digital photographer should have -- extra batteries, a battery charger, extra memory cards, and just possibly, a copy of Picture Rescue!

Harris Fogel, Posted 7/27/2006

When I finally purchased my first Mac in 1992 it was a PowerBook 100, and the first and most important piece of software that I installed was a little shareware application called PopChar, which debuted in 1987. It added a tiny little "P" in the top left corner of your menu bar and allowed you to instantly call up any hidden characters in the font you were using. Fourteen years later, I'm still using it on every Mac I own, and consider it one of those indispensable tools that really make my Macs a lot more useful.

Harris Fogel, Posted 6/29/2006

An interview on the state of digital fine art paper for inkjet printing with Innova's inkjet paper guru Wayne Connelly! Wayne is responsible for some of the most respected papers used by photographer and artists around the world. If you have ever wanted to understand what makes a great paper to print on, or what factors go into creating and choosing a paper for your prints, then listen to this informative and candid interview! Recorded in Philadelphia in June 2006 by Harris Fogel. (24:35)

Harris Fogel, Posted 9/12/2006