Showing posts with label Image. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Image. Show all posts

Monday, December 01, 2014

Two Microsoft RIP's today - Public Office 365 Sites and Office Clip Art

Microsoft Will No Longer Offer A Public Site Option in Office 365 As Of Dec/Jan

RIP: Office 365 Public Sites!

Microsoft is throwing in the towel on the Office 365 public site option. According to a Msft source, it will be removed from the Office 365 Sharepoint Online offering as of an update scheduled for Dec 2014 / Jan 2015. Existing accounts using the public site will not be affected by this dramatic change, but can expect the already lacklustre support to dwindle further.

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I've seen many asking for confirmation about this, but no official response yet, so take it with a grain of salt (but it sure rings true...). The next RIP story is official...

Office Blogs - Clip Art now powered by Bing Images

Starting today, customers searching for Online Pictures in Office desktop products worldwide will view and download royalty-free images curated through Bing Images.  The Office.com Clip Art and image library has closed shop. Usage of Office’s image library has been declining year-to-year as customers rely more on search engines.

Bing Image Search has higher quality images that are more up-to-date. For example, searching for “cellphone” gives more variety and modern looking phones instead of the old-school bricks from Clip Art. Also, Bing uses a copyright filter based on the Creative Commons licensing system.  These are images you can use, share, or modify for either personal or commercial use (settings can be switched to Show all web results to view more images).

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As I usually say when these RIP type stories come in, maybe it's better to acknowledge it's dead and kill it than let it linger on in a zombie like afterlife (insert "SilverLight" cough here...)... um yeah... I guess.

If the public Office 365 site info is true (I have one and I've not seen any notice yet) that would be kind of stinky. BUT again, if Microsoft isn't ready to truly invest in it and given how far behind they are falling in this space, maybe it is better to kill it, IF they partner with a real player and help people move their sites. If they don't help people move, that would be very Closing Google Reader of them.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Five Free Icon Packs for the Dev in your Cube...

Dean Hume's, Coding Tips & Tricks - Free icon packs for developers

Over the years, I have started to hoard a collection of links to various free icons that I find on the net. Often, I use these icons to spruce up simple prototypes or just make my web pages look livelier. Unfortunately, I've been collecting these links to icon packs and never get the chance to use half of them! If you are a web developer that has need for free icons, then this might be for you.

This article will hopefully provide you with a list of free icons that you can use in your day to day development. This list features five great icons packs that are available to download today.

IconMonstr ...

IcoMoon ...

Simple Icons ...

The Entypo Pictogram Suite ...

Typicons ...

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Can't have enough of these kinds of resources cached. What's great is that all but one of these are new to me. :)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
I HAZ ICONZ MONSTRZ- 1309+ Free icons from iconmonstr (PNG, SVG)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Vectoring in on the perfect set of Windows/Windows Phone app logo's. Just add one SVG and Vector

David Washington - Create logos for Windows and Windows Phone with one SVG

In a previous post, How to make an app logo that doesn’t suck, we talked through the importance of using vector graphics for your logos to maintain fidelity as they are scaled up to higher pixel density screens. We used a tool that I wrote called Vector to then export the logo to all the different required sizes and scale factors.

Since I wrote that post, Microsoft has announced universal Windows apps for Windows and Windows Phone that you create one app that can be published for all Windows devices.

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Vector now exports Windows and Windows Phone images

So I took the feedback to heart and updated Vector so it can now export all 42 potential images for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. You can take all the images that are exported, drop them in you Visual Studio shared project, and call it a day.

Go get it now and go make logos for both Windows and Windows Phone that don’t suck!

Vector

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Description

Vector is for Windows and Windows Phone app developers. Use it to automatically create images for tiles, splash screens, and all other images required from your app from one scalable vector graphics (SVG) file. Simply choose an SVG file, place it on your tile with multi-touch or your mouse and export all of the images. Vector also exports all the images for devices with high pixel density screens. Exports up to 42 images from one SVG file!

Exported images from one SVG:
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Features

  • Create tile images from one SVG automatically

  • Export all scales for high pixel density screens

  • Preview different tile colors

  • Use multi-touch or mouse to place the image

  • Use settings to choose which images to export

  • Auto-center images

  • Supports Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone tiles

Besides his awesomely titled post, How to make an app logo that doesn’t suck, this utility is a must have for Win/WP App dev's. I mean do you really want to generate 42 different versions of the same image? (of course, as soon as I wrote that, seems like Microsoft should be able to do that for you... given a SVG, generate the images, but one thing at a time I guess... ;)

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Visual Studio Image Library updated, now includes VS 2013 style and is now over 10,000+ images

Microsoft Downloads - Visual Studio Image Library

The Visual Studio Image Library contains application images that appear in Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Windows, the Office system and other Microsoft software.

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The Visual Studio Image Library contains application images that appear in Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Windows, the Office system and other Microsoft software. The libraries for both Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013 are available and each library contains over 5,000 images which can be used to create applications that look visually consistent with Microsoft software

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Something every developer needs... Don't spelunk the EXE or DLL for image resources, just grab this...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Visual Studio 2012 Image Library - 5,000+ images downloadable now... (Think, flat "modern" images...)

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Free your mind... from worrying about paying for some great images ... IM Free

Andy Sowards - IM Free – Your Supply of Dazzling Free Images

"Earlier this week, I was combing through all sorts of microstock agencies, searching for authentic photos to use in my everyday design projects. It’s never easy, because most stock photos are bland, and those that really caught my eye look very familiar. No wonder they do, I’ve spotted them in countless other places on the web. You’ve probably found yourself in the same predicament many times by now, and spent too much on low quality stock photos. You’ll never have to do that again.

IMCreator is a widely acclaimed site building platform that helps both amateurs and professional designers build excellent websites. This ingenious online software has recently launched a service that overruns the way we used to acquire commercial images. It curates loads of exquisite photographs taken from Flickr. Each of these items belongs to real photographers, who entrust you with their works for free.

IM Free is a miscellaneous body of collections stacked with royalty-free photos, and it’s immediately accessible. You don’t have to create an account or impart any kind of personal information before getting your hands on those treats. The only thing that is expected of you is that you give credit to the authors each time you use one of their items, which is an essential step, because it’s the only way to maintain this costless model.

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As a side note, IM Free is a fast-growing collection of free designer resources that will also be integrated into the website builder’s page editor before long. In other words, IMCreator users gain firsthand access to the finest source of free photos, and no longer have to waste their time searching online markets for top-grade imagery.

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IM Free

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This looks like an awesome resource for some great images...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Graphically Challenged?" Want to see how even you can create your own game character in Inkscape?

The Sociable Geek - Creating a Character for your Game Using Inkscape

In todays video session we will be showing you the basics of how to Create a Game Character using Inkscape.  If you have never used Inkscape or think you can't draw, then this session is for you.

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"...think you can't draw..." He hit that nail RIGHT on the head. :)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
How to make dirt [clipart]
Inkscape 0.46 Released

Monday, March 24, 2014

Image Resizer for Windows Explorer (Right-Click... Resize Picture...)

Windows Enterprise Desktop - Image Resizer: Free, Handy Windows Explorer Shell Extension

For those not already familiar with the terminology, the software tool “Image Resizer for Windows” is what’s called an Explorer Shell Extension (aka ShellEx). When you install it on a Windows PC, it adds to Explorer’s capabilities. Thus, if you can puzzle your way into the screen capture to the left (which I resized using the very tool I’m writing about at the moment), you’ll see that an entry in the right-click Explorer menu called “Resize pictures” has been added to call put this utility to work. Selecting that menu entry produces the Image Resizer window that appears beneath the menu snippet, and shows that you can pick any of a number of default resizings (small, medium, large, or mobile). You can also create you own custom resizings as well (as I typically do for my blog posts, which are limited to 500 pixels in width, maximum).

For anybody who must work with images or screen captures on a regular basis, Image Resizer for Windows is a great add-in for their software toolbox. It’s a CodePlex project so it’s Open Source, free, and safe for general and widespread use. There’s even a server version that’s based on ASP.NET available through imageresizing.net. And for those whose memories go back far enough, yes indeed, this is a faithful replacement for the old Windows XP PowerToy also named Image Resizer. It’s pretty popular, too: according to the CodePlex home page for the tool, it’s been downloaded over 1.4 million times.

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Image Resizer for Windows

About
Image Resizer for Windows is a utility that lets you resize one or more selected image files directly from Windows Explorer by right-clicking. I created it so that modern Windows users could regain the joy they left behind with Microsoft's Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP.
Feedback & Support
If you need help installing or using the tool, use the Discussions tab to ask your question.
If you find a bug or think of a feature, use the Issue Tracker tab to submit your request.

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While it's been a couple years since this was updated/released, it's still a great tool for anyone doing "stuff" with images/pictures. Best part is the source is available... :)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Easy image resizing for the digital camera happy - Image Resizer Powertoy clone for Vista & Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)
Image Resizer PowerToy for XP and Vista - Easy Resizing of Images, Pictures, Digital Photos, etc via Windows Explorer

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Windows Azure (and cloud services) Symbol and Icon Set (Visio, PPT, PNG)

Microsoft Downloads - Windows Azure Symbol/Icon Set

This package contains a set of symbols/icons to visually represent features of and systems that use Windows Azure and related technologies. The symbols are in Microsoft Visio, Microsoft PowerPoint and Portable Network Graphics (PNG) formats.

Version: 1.04

Date Published: 2/18/2014

Windows Azure Symbols ALL v1.04.zip, 3.1 MB

This package contains a set of symbols/icons to help you create visual representations of systems that use Windows Azure and related technologies. Feel free to use the symbols in your architectural diagrams and training docs.

Snap of the zip;

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Here are the PNG's;

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You had me at "visual studio"... :)

The number of different tech items are pretty cool too. From MySQL, BitBucket, GIT and more.

Related Past Post XRef:
Icons/symbols to draw pretty Azure design diagrams...

Friday, January 17, 2014

MS Paint in your stocking... Awesome Time lapse video of Santa being drawn in MS Paint

The blog of Rob Margel - Windows Help - Santa Clause in Microsoft Paint

I Love seeing cool stuff produced in Microsoft Paint such as (the Pixel Painter, 4 year painting, Mona Lisa,Great Football Moments) and this Is another great video

“Time lapse speed painting of Santa Claus using Microsoft Paint. Nearly 50 hours of drawing compressed into a couple of minutes”

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Wow, while I just can't imagine investing this kind of time into this (if I even had this kind of talent), yet that doesn't mean I can't appreciate this effort!

 

Related Past Post XRef:
MS Paint Development Video (Humor)

Excel as a digital art drawing platform? Yep! Beautiful digital art done completely in Excel...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Researching creating looping videos that don't look like they are looping videos (Think "Speed" loop without the glitch)

Microsoft Research - Hugues Hoppe's publications  - Automated video looping with progressive dynamism

Abstract: Given a short video we create a representation that captures a spectrum of looping videos with varying levels of dynamism, ranging from a static image to a highly animated loop. In such a progressively dynamic video, scene liveliness can be adjusted interactively using a slider control. Applications include background images and slideshows, where the desired level of activity may depend on personal taste or mood. The representation also provides a segmentation of the scene into independently looping regions, enabling interactive local adjustment over dynamism. For a landscape scene, this control might correspond to selective animation and deanimation of grass motion, water ripples, and swaying trees. Converting arbitrary video to looping content is a challenging research problem. Unlike prior work, we explore an optimization in which each pixel automatically determines its own looping period. The resulting nested segmentation of static and dynamic scene regions forms an extremely compact representation.

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Not really sure what to tag this as, but I thought it was really kind of cool, I mean who doesn't love a little "..selective animation and deanimation of grass motion, water ripples, and swaying trees..?" :)

(via Kurt Shintaku's Blog - DOWNLOAD: “Video Loops” – A unique Animated GIF generator from Microsoft Research)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Nokia Imaging SDK v1.0 RTW now available, officially a "boatload of new features and functionality"

Nokia Imaging SDK 1.0: Power tools for Windows Phone developers

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Today at Slush 2013, one of the top start-up conferences in the world, Nokia announced the latest version of its Imaging SDK (v1.0) to give Windows Phone developers the tools they need to create sophisticated new imaging apps for Nokia Lumia smartphones.

“Based on the core technology that we have in our own imaging apps, such as Nokia Camera and Creative Studio, the Nokia Imaging SDK gives developers access to filters, effects and on-screen rendering options that are unlike any other library on Windows Phone,” says Samuli Hänninen, vice president of software program management for Nokia’s Smart Devices business.

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A boatload of new features and functionality

The Imaging SDK is available exclusively for Windows Phone developers. It includes more than 50 built-in filters such as Sepia, Black & White, Mirror, Tones, and Chromakey, which enables “green screen” magic to come to life so a developer can provide a background to render objects in.

Need more filters? With the new SDK release, developers can now create their own custom filters and add previously unseen effects to their apps.

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Initially launched as a beta this past summer, hundreds of beta participants have already published their apps and provided feedback about the Imaging SDK. Some of the many apps created using this SDK include Smart Resize, Social Scene, TapShoot, Panna Paint, OneShot, as well as Pikura, which was the winning app in the Nokia Create Mini Mission 1 that called for updates to apps using the SDK.

“After a successful beta, we’re confident that this release will be well received. We’ve taken into account a lot of the feedback and have made the SDK even better for developers,” says Sami.

The Nokia Imaging SDK is free to download and available now from Nokia Developer and via NuGet.

Well if it's got a "boatload of new features..." then is HAS to be good, right? Something fun to play with this weekend or this coming holiday season...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Reimagining images with the Nokia Imaging SDK for Windows Phone 8

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Drawing for Developers (Yes, you can!)

Ryan Lowdermilk - Developer? Can’t draw? Learn how to create amazing 2D art, today

Most developers would tell you, they are not artists – in the classic sense. They would tell you a story of how their UI design is poor and they always choose the worse color schemes for their apps. They would end the story by telling you about their failed attempt at creating a game and how they failed due in part to their “lack” of artistry. Well, today is the day those excuses are forever null and void. Today we will learn how to create amazing 2D, game art. For developers, by a developer.

From characters and vehicles to textures, backgrounds and accessories. If you can draw a circle and a square, you’re in the right place.

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Josh-CO Dev - Creating your own game art

One thing that I have always struggled with is art, anything artsy actually. Quite frankly, I am a terrible artist. For this reason, game development has always been quite difficult for me as I either have to make my own horrible looking art, or find free art on the internet. While doing some research I ran across a great website here. This guy is able to take some art knowledge that I would consider fairly complex, and really dumb it down so that us non-artistic programmers can really “get it.” In particular, he has some great articles on drawing characters and tiles. I’ve used this as a great resource to help in my current game and have learned enough concepts that I can better my own art. So, go check him out!

2D Game Art for Programmers

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Awesome! I'm going to have to have a go at this...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Horton hears a Hadoop [set of icons]

Hortonworks - A Set of Hadoop-related Icons

The best architecture diagrams are those that impart the intended knowledge with maximum efficiency and minimum ambiguity. But sometimes there’s a need to add a little pizazz, and maybe even draw a picture or two for those Powerpoint moments.

We’ve built a small set of Hadoop-related icons that might help you next time you need that picture focusing on the intended function of various components. If you need the official logos then you can grab those from the various Apache project sites. We also put in some thoughts on how to use them for best effect, but feel free to ignore us and use them however you like.

For this v1.0 we’ve covered some basics of physical and software components and put them into a Powerpoint template. Love them? Hate them? Want something different? Let us know and we’ll see if we can add them to the set and maybe even build a Visio stencil…

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Because everyone needs Hadoop icons.... um... right? Well if you do, here you go...

(via gigaom - Need help with your Hadoop marketecture? Here are some open source icons)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Get the Getty... Getty Trust opens 4600 free (and original resolution) images in its Open Content Program...

groovy post - Getty Trust Launches 4600+ Free Images in Open Content Program

Are you a fan of classic art? John Paul Getty was also. And this week the Getty Trust launched a new Open Content program that is making available high-res digital reproductions of all classical artwork which the Getty Trust holds the rights to including works from the J. Paul Getty Museum collections, Getty Research Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute. The collections are some of the best in the world including featured pieces by Monet, da Vinci, van Gogh, and Rembrandt. All free of charge to anyone on the planet!

Click here to view all 4,689 entries in the Open Content program.

The best part of this announcement is that the full original resolutions of these images are already up and publicly available to download, completely free of charge. This brings some of the file sizes end up quite large, some over 100 MB in size. The full resolution doesn’t have a link on the gallery page however, to access it you’ll have to visit the individual record (page) for each piece of art.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust Home - Open Content Program

The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required.
Please see the related press release and Getty president and CEO Jim Cuno's announcement on The Getty Iris for additional information.

Why Open Content?
The Getty adopted the Open Content Program because we recognized the need to share images of works of art in an unrestricted manner, freely, so that all those who create or appreciate art—scholars, artists, art lovers, and entrepreneurs—will have greater access to high-quality digital images for their studies and projects. Art inspires us, and imagination and creativity lead to artistic expressions that expand knowledge and understanding. The Getty sincerely hopes that people will use the open content images for a wide range of activities and that they will share the fruits of their labors with others.

Access to Open Content Images
Initially, the images available through the Open Content Program are of works in the J. Paul Getty Museum's collections. Over time, images from the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute will be added. Museum images can be found on the Museum's Collection webpages or on the Getty Search Gateway. Those available as open content images are identified with a "Download" link. Images provided are JPEG files at a minimum of 300 DPI. See the Guidelines for Successful Printing (PDF) for more information on file format.
If you need new photography, resizing, or color correction, you can request those services by Contacting Museum Rights & Reproductions. A fee (PDF) will be charged for this service.

Public Domain and Rights
Open content images are digital surrogates of works of art that are in the Getty's collections and in the public domain, for which we hold all rights, or for which we are not aware of any rights restrictions. Rights restrictions are based on copyright, trademark, privacy and publicity laws, and contractual obligations. If an image you want is not designated as an open content image, it is because one or more of the above identified legal rights restricts our ability to make that content available under this program. While the Getty reviews the metadata about each picture before making it available as an open content image, there may be some underlying rights that were unknown to us. For that reason, we strongly recommend that users consider the possibility that rights of third parties may be involved, and permission for those rights may need to be obtained by the user for the proposed use.

Fair Use
Open content images can be used for any purpose without first seeking permission from the Getty. Images of many other works in the collections are also on our website in varying formats. The Getty supports fair use of images when the applicable legal criteria are met. For more information on use of digital images of works in the Getty's collections, please refer to the Getty's Terms of Use.

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Open Content Search

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Now I didn't see an API, but still think an app or Getty Paper of the Day or thing would be very possible... :)

Free Payment icon's for your online web purchasing...

Six Revisions - Free Online Payment Icon Set (PSD and PNG)

This free set of icons contains the logos of top online payment solutions and credit cards like PayPal, Google Wallet, Visa, and MasterCard. This icon set contains 12 icons and is perfect for use in e-commerce websites. We have also included the PSD file in case you want to make changes to the icons.

This free icon set is brought to you by Responsive, a design and development studio in Bucharest, Romania.

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If you've been looking for a free set of these, well here you go! (and if not, well they might come in handy in the future...)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Excel as a digital art drawing platform? Yep! Beautiful digital art done completely in Excel...

Twisted Sifter - Digital Art Made with Excel Spreadsheets

Believe it or not, the artwork above was made entirely in Microsoft Excel. In fact, you can actually play with the actual Excel documents in this attached zip file. The digital paintings are the work of Tatsuo Horiuchi, a 73-year-old Japanese artist who began experimenting with Excel’s artistic capabilities 13 years ago.

According to Japanese art and design blog Spoon & Tamago, Horiuchi said:

“Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed on most computers. And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint.”

Horiuchi first gained attention when he won an Excel Autoshape Art Contest in 2006..."

No lie. It really is Excel and it's really done using the native Excel drawing tools...

If seen some creative uses of Excel, this? Wow...

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(via Keith Combs' Blahg - Art with Excel - Who Knew)

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Gov Webicons - Your one shop, 41 Agency stop for US Government agencies icons (SVG/PNG)

open.NASA - Introducing Gov Webicons

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After doing some research on SVG images on the web, I came across FC Webicons, a set of social media icons presented in SVG with PNG fallbacks for older browsers that don’t support SVG images. As that code is open source, I adopted it to present NASA’s logo in a futuristic, resolution independent way…but decided, hey, it was so much fun, why stop there?

I’m happy to introduce today Gov Webicons, a set of 41 federal agency icons that you can use on your website with just two lines of code. Creating a dashboard of agencies? Include them all. Want to just update your own agency’s icon? Take out just the code and images you need and have fun living in the future.

Gov Webicons is open source and hosted on GitHub. I’d love to include additional federal agencies and can do so as long as there is a publicly available SVG version of their graphic online. Any tips on improving Gov Webicons or ideas for more agencies to add? Drop me a line in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

seanherron / Gov-Webicons

Gov Webicons Set is a set of resolution-independent social icons for use on your website. They use feature-detected SVG graphics (with PNG fallbacks) to display the icons over their appropriate negatively indented anchor titles.

If you have icon suggestions, either submit a pull request or open an issue with a link to the SVG file of the agency you wish to see included.

Enjoy Gov Webicons!

Based on FC Webicons by http://fairheadcreative.com. (Code is CC-Attrib; attrib to http://fairheadcreative.com)

Usage

  1. Include gov-webicons.css in your HTML
  2. Use the following code to include a federal agency icon:

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Included Agencies

  • Air Force
  • Archives
  • Army
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Coast Guard
  • Congress
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Government Accountability Office
  • General Services Administration
  • Health and Human Services
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Labor
  • Library of Congress
  • National Aeronautics And Space Administration
  • Navy
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Office of Science and Technology Management
  • Peace Corps
  • Executive Office of the President
  • Patent and Trademark Office
  • Small Business Administration
  • Secret Service
  • State Department
  • U.S. Treasury
  • Seal of the United States
  • United States Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Veterans Administration

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Come on, you know you've wanted a NASA, DEA, US Treasury, Secret Service, etc web icon on your site...

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

More Metro... Syncfusion Metro Studio 2 released. 2500 icons, still free [reg-ware]

Syncfusion - Metro Studio 2

Largest collection of Metro- style icons

Syncfusion Metro Studio is a collection of over 2500 Metro-style icon templates that can be easily customized to create thousands of unique Metro icons.

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FAQ

Where can these icons be used?

Metro is a design language so it can be applied to any platform or technology. At Syncfusion we have used these icons in everything from PowerPoint presentations to applications written in all .NET platforms including WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone, Windows Forms, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, and WinRT.

Can these icons be used in commercial applications?

Yes, the icons are available royalty-free and can be used in commercial applications. Icons can also be used in open source projects and hosted on sites including but not limited to CodePlex, GitHub, BitBucket etc.

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2,500 free('ish) icons is officially cool in my book. Downloaded and installed. Make sure you click through to Bruno's post on this as he provides many more screenshots of the app in action...

[Found via El Bruno - [#METRO] Metro Studio 2.0 of the friends of SyncFusion]

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Getting into the mood... (well...) Microsoft Research Mood Board

Microsoft Research - Microsoft Research Mood Board

Microsoft Research Mood Board is a Windows application that combines image search, image collection, and sketching to support creative activities.

Download Details

File Name: MSRMoodBoardSetup.msi

Version: 1

Date Published: 23 April 2013

Download Size: 3.46 MB

There's not much more information seemingly available. Here's some snaps from the app...

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Desktop Icon;

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Main screen;

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A couple terms searched. Not how the download arrows on the images matches the colors in the search area;

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After clicking on an Image (not the download arrow, just the image... think zoom);

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The intent seems to download images and build a collage/etc...

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The UI seems touch friendly, though it is a x86 download and not a Windows Store/Metro app (so should work on Surface RT Pro or Win8 touch screen, but not on a Surface RT).

There's collapsed view as well;

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In short kind of a fun application to play with...

One thing, I'm guessing the dev's had high rez monitors. On my 1368x768 Win8 box, with the application in normal mode, I couldn't get to the bottom of the app, etc, and couldn't resize it from the top/title bar as you normally can. Had to maximize the app to access all the features. Not a biggie but a little irritating.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Taking Facial Detection to the next level (and fulfilling my monthly cat post requirement) - Kittydar (Kitty Radar Cat Detector)

i-programmer - Kitty Radar Cat Detector

The Kittydar cat radar detector, written in JavaScript, is now available on Github. Kittydar, short for kitty radar, performs the vital task of identifying the locations of all the cats in an image you present to it.

According to the project's ReadMe on Github, the way Kittydar works  is that it first chops the image up into many "windows" to test for the presence of a cat head. Within each window a gradient is computed and a Histogram of Oriented Gradients or HOG is then used as the raw feature in a learning system.

The system is based on a neural network that has, according to the researcher Heather Arthur who created KittyDar, been pre-trained with thousands of photos of cat heads and their histograms, as well as thousands of non-cats. The neural network data is included in Kittydar in JSON format and is used to perform the classification.

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http://harthur.github.io/kittydar/

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How it works

Kittydar first chops the image up into many "windows" to test for the presence of a cat head. For each window, kittydar first extracts more tractable data from the image's data. Namely, it computes the Histogram of Orient Gradients descriptor of the image, using the hog-descriptor library. This data describes the directions of the edges in the image (where the image changes from light to dark and vice versa) and what strength they are. This data is a vector of numbers that is then fed into a neural network which gives a number from 0 to 1 on how likely the histogram data represents a cat.

The neural network (the JSON of which is located in this repo) has been pre-trained with thousands of photos of cat heads and their histograms, as well as thousands of non-cats. See the repo for the node training scripts.

Limitations

Kittydar will miss cats sometimes, and sometimes classify non-cats as cats. It's best at detecting upright cats that are facing forward, but it can handle a small tilt or turn in the head.

Kittydar isn't fast. It'll take a few seconds to find the cats in one image.

There's lots of room for improvement, so fork and send requests.

Propers

Come on! You KNOW that's cool!