It was brought to my attention that the VizWorld site didn’t look quite right on the iPhone, due to the big Feature Articles block at the top. Well, I’ve fixed that and made a few other changes that should make it much easier to use on the iPhone/iPod Touch. Also, now there’s a special VizWorld Icon for iPhone bookmarks.
So enjoy, and let us know what you think!
A few people have mentioned that the sheer volume of stories here on VizWorld can be a bit overwhelming. While personally I take this as a compliment, I can see how other people may not. In response to this, I’ve created a Yahoo Pipe that I’ld like to share with all of you.
Simply visit this link, and specify the tag you’re interested in. For example, if you only want news on NVidia, then enter “nvidia“. You can view the tag cloud on the right sidebar of this page to see the most common tags, so you could use “movie“, “vfx“, “nvidia“, or “ilm“. Enter any tag you want into this page to have a custom RSS feed built for you that will only show stories containing that tag.
I hope it helps to trim VizWorld.com down into only the stories you want, but I also hope you continue to visit here for new stuff you may not see otherwise! Articles like our regular features and podcasts!
It’s that time again, it’s an open call for User Input and Opinion.
- What is VizWorld Missing?
- What could we improve?
- What would you like to see more of? Less of?
Chime in, all comments & criticisms welcome (but please keep it civil). Add Job Listings? Do More Podcasts? Got a company we should cover? A topic we missed? Or just want to talk amongst yourselves?
Use this post to do it, or anywhere in the forums!
A new website is on the scene offering 1GB of storage space for art, music, and film complete with tools for streaming and selling your work to viewers. PutItOn.com is now offering signups for free, and offers such features as text translation into 10 languages, 0 transaction charge on sales, and several portfolio management features.
So if you’re a starving artist looking for a place to showcase your work, try it out. Let us know how it works for you.
PutItOn.com – Home to the World’s Undiscovered Artists.
A new company hoping to get their piece of the massive geospatial information visualization pie has emerged by the name of “SpatialKey”. Currently in Beta, SpatialKey is a “next generation geotemporal visualization and analysis” tool (you can just taste the buzzwordiness of that). It’s a web-based application with a public documented API so that you can explore, filter, and share your data and visualizations via their web interface. According to their blog people have already built simple visualizations of SalesForce leads and Parking Tickets in San Francisco.
It’s a tall-order that many have attempted before. Here’s hoping they can pull it off. See their advertising video and the SalesForce visualization after the break.
SpatialKey Data Visualization and Mapping – Home.
The second of our new Authors here on VizWorld is now ready to be announced: Maitri Erwin:
Maitri Erwin is a technology executive at TechniGraphics, Inc. Her research focuses on the visual representation of geospatial, 3D engineering and simulation information. Former work with a large energy company included the mapping and visualization of earth’s shallow subsurface for oil and gas, and the development of 3D & 4D environments for such interpretation and analysis. You can also find Maitri at her blog and on Twitter .
Keep an eye out for her premiere article on Geospatial Visualization, coming shortly.
I mentioned last week that VizWorld would be hosting content from some new authors, and the first of that new content is now ready to go. Before it’s live, tho, a bit of background is in order. Our first new Author is Alark Joshi.
Alark Joshi is a data visualization researcher at Yale University. His research interests include illustration-inspired visualization, medical visualization and social data visualization. He enjoys innovative representations of data and blogs at http://visualizeit.wordpress.com.
Check back soon for his article “Seminal Information Visualization Papers“, a list of every book and paper that infovis researchers should study.
This week in the forums we’re asking a few multiple choice questions for you to check out:
- Do you prefer DirectX or OpenGL? And this one’s not just for programmers, but for application users as well. Alot of software lets you choose (3ds Max, for example), which do you pick?
- AMD or NVidia? Who delivers your graphics goods?
Hit the forums and chime in, let us know!
The VizWorld Website Staff is growing. Over the next few days you might start seeing posts of a different tone and structure. Those will be thanks to the new editors and contributors we’ve taken on here at VizWorld! As they come on board, I’ll introduce them so that you’ll know who you’re reading from and their point of view.
And if you are interested in becoming an author here on VizWorld, then visit the Contributors page. We’re particularly interested in:
- Animators and Graphics Design Experts
- Artists for creating tutorials
- Conference Attendees
But those aren’t all, we’re looking for any qualified individuals who can write articles on a regular basis. Whether it’s a single post, a weekly article, or anything in between, let us know!
The VizWorld forums haven’t gotten the traffic I had hoped, so I’ve added some new plugins to add some new features:
- The forums now allow anonymous posts, so you no longer have to create an account.
- To prevent spam (From anonymous posts), there is a “Human Check” that you have to pass, a simple single-digit math problem
I hope that these changes will open the forums to more people. I haven’t gotten hardly any answers on any of the weekly questions! So go check out the forums and start posting!