Daily Archives:August 28th, 2006


Are you a Photoshop user? If so, I heartily recommend John Arnold’s tutorials at Photowalkthrough.com. He takes fairly ordinary images and, in these multi-episode video tutorials, walks you through what he does to them, why, and how.

This is fabulous tuitiion, but not for those in a hurry; each tutorial is typically in four parts of 20-30 mins each. But it’s time well-invested if you can get away from other distractions. I watched one on a long flight recently and learned a vast amount.

Maps optimised for humans

I’ve never used Microsoft’s Mappoint mapping service in the past, but it has a rather neat option when requesting directions, called LineDrive™ – this attempts to produce more useful directions, such as you might sketch for someone on the back on an envelope.

This is the route from my house in Cambridge to my brother’s in Southampton, 130 miles away:

Cambridge to Southampton

I think this is rather nice, and an efficient use of screen space; ideal for mobile devices. Just as long as you don’t ever stray off the route…

Thanks to Christine Herron for the link.

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