10.04.11

How to Convert a 2D logo into a 3D logo Using Gimp and Blender3D

Posted in Flash at 8:39 am by Curtis J. Morley

Here is a quick tutorial on how to create a 3D logo in Blender from a .gif, .jpg, or .png, 3D Logo  in conjunction from Austin Ehlert. Thanks Austin.

Getting Set Up

  1. Download and install Gimp
  2. Download and install Blender 2.59
  3. Call your creative department or download an image from the internet. I found a logo you can use here -  Nike Logo

Part 1 - Paths from GIMP

  1. Open Gimp
  2. File >> Open >> nike-logo.jpg
    Nike-Logo for use in Creating Augmented Reality
  3. Double Click on the "Select by Color Tool" [Shift O]

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10.03.11

Speaking at the Learning 3.0 conference on Augmented Reality

Posted in Flash at 8:57 pm by Curtis J. Morley

What: Speaking at Learning3Point0  Conference
When: October 3rd 2011 12:30-3:30 (2 Weeks from today)
Where: Training 2011 Conference, McCormick Place, Chicago Illinois. Room C3
Topic: Minority Report Learning — How Augmented Reality Makes E-Learning Kinesthetic

One of the hottest technologies - Augmented Reality. You will learn through this hands-on clinic the easy way to implement Augmented Reality into your training and websites. You will also learn how kinesthetic engagement can enhance the training from a presentation to a viral experience. You will learn the best practices around the technology and how to make augmented reality a user-driven experience.

Learn to:

Think differently about the web, mobile, and devices.
Use AR to engage users in the learning.
Create unique markers to your learning material.
Create 3D objects with open source (Free) technologies.
Learn about viral coefficient.

NOTE: Bring your own laptop computer with wireless internet capability to this session. Please also download Adobe Flash CS5, Blender 3D, Gimp, Flar Toolkit, Flar Starter Kit, and AR Marker Generator

I look forward to seeing everyone there.

As always, Happy Flashing,

Curtis J. Morley

P.S. Scan this QR Code with your Android Phone or iPhone to set an appointment for the session.

Adobe and Apple having Coinciding Press Conferences

Posted in Flash at 11:14 am by Curtis J. Morley

Flash on iPhone?

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

 

09.23.11

User Guide – How iPhone5 Can Regain Market Share

Posted in Flash at 5:48 am by Curtis J. Morley

iPhone market share has been slipping dramatically over the last year as Android has become the dominant smart phone. Apple went from it's peak of 37% now down to 28% and has been eclipsed by Android OS. So how can Apple catch up to the pervasive android phone? Here is the user guide for Apple to at least catch up and maybe be on top again.

The things that Apple can do to catch up to several of the Android phones in comparison to those Android competitors - EVO3D.

  • Display: iPhone 5 needs to have a bigger screen. The HTC EVO 3D has a 4.3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, in addition to being able to display 3D images without glasses. The Apple iPhone 4 has a 3.5-inch LCD display with 640 x 960-pixel resolution. Apple refers to this high-resolution screen as a “retina display.” Microsoft did a productivity study years ago and the one factor that they said would increase prodcutivity more than any other is the size of the screen in someones office. This relates to the smartphones as well.
  • Operating system: The HTC EVO 3D runs Android 2.3, while the Apple iPhone 5 is expected to run Apple’s iOS 5. iOS 5 s supposed to be much improved. The deciding factor is - will it have live widgets and customization?
  • Processor and RAM: The HTC EVO 3D has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. To compete the Apple iPhone 5 needs a Dual-Core Processor and over a GB of RAM.
  • Keyboard: Most Android phones have SWYPE which is hands down the best phone input on the market. Apple is still two handed hunt and peck. If iPhone5 wants to catch up it must have SWYPEYou don't have to take my word on this because the world record for the fastest text message is held by Melissa Thompson using SWYPE. This is a clincher for Apple. They will ultimately lose a large portion of the market if they do not speed up the input for the device.
  • Flash: Android has Flash. iPhone does not. Do I need to say anything else?
    OK, a few more words on the subject. 40% of the web has Flash in some form or another. This is the biggest thing that Apple can do to catch up to Android devices. I know in the past the iPhone has had sub-par hardware which they masterfully hid behind no multitasking but now the hardware in the phones is capable. Let the Apple-Adobe war go away with Steve Jobs. (For all the Mac fanboys - I think Steve Jobs was one of the most influential people in the last 30 years for advancing technology.)
  • Camera: The HTC EVO 3D has two 5-megapixel rear cameras capable of creating 3D photos. The EVO 4G has a stunning 8-megapixel camera. The Apple iPhone 4 has a 5-megapixel still-image camera that can also shoot 720p HD video. Both phones have front-facing cameras for video chat, with the EVO 3D measuring in at 1.3-megapixels and the iPhone having 0.3-megapixels (640 x 480). To compete Apple needs at least 10mp camera. Another catch up for Apple is adding the 3D technology to the iPhone5 that HTC has had for almost a year. Apple does own some patents, so we will see.
  • Battery: The HTC EVO 3D is expected to has a 1,730 mAh battery that is user replaceable. This battery has been reported in several cases to get over 18hours. I myself has run it through a normal (which translates to crazy) day without charging over 18 hours. All smart phones users (except EVO 3D) complain about not having enough battery.
  • 4G: I would be very surprised if the iPhone5 didn't have 4G. This is again an area where they are going to have to play catch up to other phones.
  • Mobile HotSpot: Most HTC phones have the ability to broadcast a wifi connection for up to eight devices. For example a person can be in the middle of a field with there laptop and as long as they have their phone with them they can connect their laptop to the internet.
Thanks and Happy Flashing on your Android and hopefully iPhone5 next month.
Curtis J. Morley

09.22.11

Sequential Number Generator

Posted in Flash at 9:31 am by Curtis J. Morley

Need a sequence of numbers? Yes this is the right place. Put the starting number in the first box and end number in the last box and the sequence will be generated on the bottom of the page. The box of generated numbers is small so you will have to click and drag down to select all. The great thing about his little Flash app is that it will automatically be copied to your clipboard so you won't have to do anything but hit the button.

So why would you need a sequence of numbers? The reason I created this was for Parker Donat who is doing Lead Gen for FranklinCovey. Lead Gen requires a lot of homework. One major part of the Lead Gen homework is segmenting lists geographically. Zip codes in general are a great way to do Lead Gen geo-segmenting because they are sequential based on geography. Phone Area codes Zip codes start with 0 on the east coast and move across the country until zip codes starting with 9 stretch down the west coast. Zip codes that start with 90, 91, 92, 94, 95, 96 are all in CA such as the famous 90201. Ben Fry's Zip Code Decoder is the best way to see this visually. If you are using a tool like Jigsaw, NetProspex, Hoovers, or my favorite InsideView then one effective way to search is by zip code. I built this tool for you to do it quicker and more effectively.

So without further ado, here is the sequence generator.

This Flash app goes hand-in-hand with my Comma Maker. Another tool to help speed up the Lead Generation process.

Happy Lead Gathering,

Curtis J. Morley

 

09.21.11

Android Based Phones Overtake the iPhone OS in SmartPhone Market

Posted in Flash at 5:58 am by Curtis J. Morley

Well It appears that the previous assumption was correct that Android would replace iPhone as the dominant SmartPhone. Because of the limitations of the iPhone Android has gathered dominant market share. The question is for how long. How long will Android dominate especially in the U.S.? To answer this should look at the launch date of the new iPhone 5 (Thanks Al Gore) and we need to do a feature comparison. Look for another post shortly that describes how iPhone5 can regain market share.

Android dominates the smartphone market over iPhone, Blackberry and others

 

 

Thanks and Happy Flashing on your Android Phones.
Curtis J. Morley

 

08.24.11

Please Stop Giving Us Money

Posted in Flash at 9:48 pm by Curtis J. Morley

Is money becoming such a commodity that companies just don't need it anymore or was there some other explanation for the bizarre phone call I received yesterday?

It truly was an unbelievable Customer Service Expereince . Jackie from Sprint called me around noon and described that she was with the Sprint "Something or other" team. I really wasn't that interested because I have been very disappointed in Sprint's customer service in the past and even more disappointed with the Sprint Technical Support or lack of it. On most calls with the Sprint Technical Support team I end up teaching them something and I have called upwards of 12 times to get the same issue resolved without success.

This nice girl, Jackie from Arizona, said she had some good news for me and would like to look over my phone plan with me. I was about to politely decline when she said, "It looks like we can save you some money on your monthly bill. It was during the business day and I have had several solicitations like this from Sprint before but, she caught me off guard with her offer to save me some money. I was still skeptical but, she had my attention. She said it looks like from my research... (Did Sprint just say research?) ...that you are paying Sprint too much and I am calling to see if you would like to reduce the amount you pay us each month. Now she really had my attention. The rest of the conversation went something like this:

CM - You are calling me so I can save money by paying you less?
Jackie - Yes sir. It looks like you make the majority of your calls to mobile numbers. Even though you have 1,000s of minutes of total calling it looks like  you only actually call about 600 minutes/month to land lines. Because Sprint has Free Mobile-to-Mobile calling you can reduce your rate plan.
CM - So do I have to renew for another two years?
Jackie - Nope. There is no renewal required.
CM - So what kind of fee will I have to pay to set this up?
Jackie - No fee whatsoever. This is a free service that you can do at any time.
CM - What services will I lose.
Jackie - You will continue with all of your current services including unlimited texting, unlimited data, GPS and navigation, free any-mobile any-time calling, unlimited hotspot data and eight connected users, free 4G, free etc..., unlimited etc..., and free etc...
CM - I half expected you to say a free tablet.
Jackie - {Happy Laugh}, No Mr. Morley, no free tablets today.
CM - So, this is a little unbelievable. You called to ask me to stop spending so much money with you? No additional commitments, no reduction in service, and no additional fees.
Jackie - We just want to let you know that we are looking out for you.
CM - What if I change plans and next month bill is crazy because I call all landlines.
Jackie - Just call back in and we will take care of you and change your plan back.
CM - So how much will I save?
Jackie - We can reduce your plan by $40/month and you will still have a good buffer.
CM - Really?
Jackie - Yes really.
CM - This is just unbelievable. Next you are going to tell me that you have made me a creme' brulee.
Jackie - I do make a great creme' brulee, but I don't think it will taste as good if I send it through the mail.

 

Sprint loves money, but in my case they loved something even more than my $40/month.  The question is - what? Let's take a look at what Sprint bought for $40/month. From this one simple act Sprint gained:

  • A fun blog post from an influential blogger.
  • 10+ backlinks.
  • Slightly higher placement on the search engines
  • Multiple comments (Hey readers tell me your experiences with Sprint).
  • About 20,000 people that will read what this post about how amazing customer support Sprint is.
  • Multiple referrals to my friends and family. (I have already shared this story to 10 people including to the Customer Loyalty Team at FranklinCovey)
  • For the first time in my history I answered the automated call that followed to rate the experience.
  • A customer that won't have to be put on a two year plan because he now knows that Sprint has his back more than any other company.

As Head of Global Marketing for FranklinCovey I would easily pay 40 month for all of this. I would pay $120/month if I knew that I could turn demoters into active promoters. I would pay to pay to create a movement toward crowd sourced promotion to trusted individuals. So the ultimate question is -- Is extreme customer support really another form of marketing?

Let me know your thoughts.

Happy Savings -

Curtis J. Morley

 

06.22.11

Comma Maker

Posted in Adobe, Business Development, Data, Flash at 11:11 pm by Curtis J. Morley

Have you ever had a list in excel or word and needed that list to be separated by a comma and space instead of a new line. Well I have, and still do, so, I thought I would write this little Flash app that creates comma separated values from a list separated by new lines. In other words a list of zip codes will go from this:

84057
84119
84663
84523

to this:
84057, 84119, 84663, 84523

Enjoy and Happy Flashing. Parker, this ones for you.

06.14.11

iStockphoto Promo Code

Posted in Blogging, Flash, Friends, Marketing, Photography, quicktip, Random thoughts at 10:38 pm by Curtis J. Morley

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I used this promo code on iStockphoto today and received $15 off my $75 purchase. So I only paid $60 on iStockphoto for 50 credits. A pretty good deal if you ask me. If you click the link above I will get a small commission thanks.

Here is the code - Promo Code: stocklayouts

Thanks to Elizaibeth for turning me onto the promo code.

 

06.07.11

Giving the Keynote at ELearning DevCon – Rewiring Your Brain

Posted in Flash at 5:05 am by Curtis J. Morley

I am pleased to Announce that I am giving the Keynote speech at Elearning DevCon

 

Rewiring Your Brain

Curtis Morley
Head of Corporate and Global Marketing | FranklinCovey

 

What is new media doing to our brains? 20 years ago the average number of interruptions and distractions was once every 2 hours. Currently it is once every 2.5 minutes. Urgency Addiction and Information Overload can actually produce Learned ADD and a rewiring of the brain. Learn what research is saying about how we are training our brains to think quickly and shallowly instead of focused and deep thinking and how this plays into E-Learning.

 

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