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Firefox 1.5 / Shockwave float() workaround

While waiting from a fix from either 'formerly Macromedia' or the Firefox team, here's what I use to work around the float() deficiency on European systems with Firefox 1.5:

Instead of using float() to convert a string to a float, I am now using myFloat(). myFloat() first checks if the current system is affected (seeing if a float is actually a float), and if so changes periods to commas.


Firefox 1.5 breaks Shockwave content on non-us systems

With all my complaining about Safari and Shockwave, you'ld almost forget there are other browsers with issues regarding Shockwave. Firefox 1.5 has been released recently, and many people are complaining about the new browser having issues with plugins in general; they just won't 'play'.

It's official, Macromedia is now 'formerly Macromedia'

The deal was finalised last week, but starting today the website has been slightly restyled(*) and heads 'Adobe, formerly macromedia'

What this means for Director, Shockwave, and ultimately SPi-V is unclear, but I have no reason to believe things will change dramatically in the near future. Director is still Macromedia Director, so SPi-V 1.3 will probably still launch 'powered by Macromedia Shockwave'...

(*) As a tribute to macromedia, I am going to stick with the original Macromedia gradient I ripped for the Director subtheme on ;-)

Splitscreen panoramas

Finishing up a SPi-V release can get a bit... boring at times. I mean, it's great to see people come up with creative uses of the engine, but staring at code to get that last bug out is not much fun. So yesterday evening I gave myself some time off to teach SPi-V a new trick I wanted to do for a long time now: splitscreen viewing


SPi-V turns 1

Today marks the one year anniversary of the initial release of SPi-V!

A year ago, SPi-V was the first publically available, cross platform, hardware accelerated panorama viewer. In it's first year SPi-V has matured thanks to your feedback as SPi-V developpers and panoramic photographers. The next release of the engine is only days away and brings many new features and improvements.

This event is cause for celebration ofcourse, and as a special thank you to the panoramic community, will be giving away free domain licenses.


Spark conference panoramas

Today's the first conference day of Spark, Europe's Premier Flash Event. I am looking forward to being inspired, and learning about where Flash is heading. Panorama-wise, I am ofcourse more of a Shockwave person, but for my new job at Avinity I am doing more and more flash work...

I took two pano's this morning, at Guy Watson's session about Actionscript 3, and Mike Chambers' talk about Flash/javascript interaction. Neither of them are up to my normal standards, but I wanted to make a point of getting panoramas posted within at least a couple of hours of shooting them. So there will probably be some stitcherrors in these panos...

Safari offset redux...

Oh dear... Seems there may be more to the Safari offset problem/fix. After playing Shockwave 3d content (any hardware accellerated content, not just SPi-V), Quicktime VR file display with an offset.

To repro, first open this link on showing Times Square. Notice how it displays where it should, horizontally centered in the frame.

Now open a Shockwave 3d piece in the same window (such as's Cooper Mini). Hurray! Using the latest version of Safari, that displays as it should as well.

Exhibition stitchathon

My new exhibition at Galerie in de Weg opens this sunday, and lasts through januari. Last year, I had 2 shorter exhibits at the same gallery, and I'm quite psyched I'm getting the chance to do it again (thanks Ianus and Anneke). This year's exhibition is entitled 'expositie van 4 kanten' (which is a pun that does not really translate well).

Tessa is always trying to convince me that I have enough panoramas to show, but being my masochistic self I decided I needed all new prints and all new panoramas. So this weekend I held a full out stitchathon, working my way through what seemed like endless piles of unstitched panoramas, searching for that set of panoramas that I could do a square projection of (without using the same hyperbolic projection over and over again). So apart from the prints, I ended up with some rather nice new fullscreen panoramas too - though totally unrelated from eachother. Click each of the images below for the fullscreen panorama


WWPano: The middle of foggy nowhere

A couple of weeks ago, the 7th World Wide Panorama project was launched. This time over, the theme was 'energy'.

At the time of the event (late september) there were these very good looking foggy mornings. I knew this as I travel a lot by train in the early morning for my new job. So I decided to get up early on one of my fieldOfView days, and take a panorama of the foggy grasslands (there's also the fullscreen panorama, but you'll like the SPi-V version better. I made sure there were some powerlines in the panorama too, to fit in with the theme...


OS X 10.4.3: 3d offset bug FIXED!

Thomas Higgins picks up on my note on dir3d-l (after Iwan Baan told me) that OS X 10.4.3 has just been released and it finally fixes the 3d offset bug that has been paguing Shockwave 3d (and SPi-V) on Safari since version 1 (and the betas before).


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