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    Turning the Pages 2.0

    Whew! Well, a bit of work I was involved with got released today!

    Turning the Pages 2.0 for The British Library.

    To view this, you'll need at least Windows XP Service Pack 2 and the .NET Framework 3 installed - there are links on the site. This will only currently work in Internet Explorer.

    Myself and my colleage Alex Young (Regularfry around these parts) came up with the core 3D systems for this, including Alex's funky converstion tools which we've named Shaxam - linky in my .sig if you want to bag a copy of the giveaway Modeler version.

    All the modelling and animation's done in LightWave, so a nice bit of a calloo callay for the Home Team - apparently Mr. Gates his own self turned up at the BL today to unveil this, and to put The Da Vinci Notebooks back together for the first time in centuries (if only digitally), and I understand NewTek and LightWave got a nice namecheck in the process of that.

    The BL plans to make as many books available as rapidly as possible using this tech, so as time goes on and other libraries adopt the system it should quite alter the way libraries and their collections interact with people.

    So yeah. I feel good about it.

    Hope you all enjoy playing with the books and buttons and things.
    Last edited by Bog; 01-30-2007 at 12:24 PM.
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    Wow, beautifull work Bog! Very nice!
    I especialy like the hairy jesus in the book of hours
    The shockwave stuff works like charm on the mac.

    You're done now or just starting?

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    Why is shaxam posting news from 5 months into the future?
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    I'm done on it for now - there'll be more bits and pieces implimented on it as time goes on, including a whole bunch of other paper-types and so on, but I've got those finished here waiting to be put into the app.

    Nice to actually see specularity working on things like the Sherbourne Missal and the Qur'An. Mm. Shiny.
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    Windows only. Bum.
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    The Shockwave version works in Safari on the Mac.

    Good job Bog, it's pretty cool.

    Is the Shockwave version the same as the normal Windows version or is it more limited in some way?
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    Simply Excellent, Great work
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    fantastic work!! runs very well on safari mac, btw... (edit: LOL i'm not the first one..)

    compliments!

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    Great work... just checking out Leonardo's notebook. The interactive pages are superb.
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    Thanks for the kind words, guys.

    The new version's a bit witchy, but it's a huge advance on the Mac/Shock versions - it's basically Direct3D in a window, so you've got actual book geometry going live there. If you can see the XP/Vista version, check out the Sherborne Missal and Sultan Baybar's Qur'an - the gilding on the pages is spec-mapped out the wazoo and looks really nice on the turns. You can also rotate the books, move 'em around, view multiple books in the same workspace.

    The kit itself is now insanely easy to use - you take your photos or scans or whatever, drop 'em in a folder, pick the material type (Rigid Vellum, Rag Paper, Bible Paper, whatever) from a drop-down and hit "Publish".

    Boom. Done.

    Got 20 years' back issues of Astounding Science Fiction and Analogue here... tempting... so tempting!

    The idea is to roll this out to libraries around the world, so everyone can just publish there collections. It's a thing... it's quite a thing.

    I have the pride.
    Last edited by Bog; 01-30-2007 at 05:07 PM.
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    Oh, I've gotta point out - it's only Windows only for now. MS are gonna be releasing the underlying tech for Mac as well when they get 'round to it, but they understandably wanted the thunder focussed on Vista for now. Not gonna leave anyone behind for long...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bog
    Oh, I've gotta point out - it's only Windows only for now. MS are gonna be releasing the underlying tech for Mac as well when they get 'round to it, but they understandably wanted the thunder focussed on Vista for now. Not gonna leave anyone behind for long...
    Sounds cool, I'll check out the Mac version when it's available...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scazzino
    Sounds cool, I'll check out the Mac version when it's available...

    Allways be causious with instaling Microsoft stuff on a mac Scazzino, you never know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarford
    Allways be causious with instaling Microsoft stuff on a mac Scazzino, you never know...
    I hear ya! I try to keep it to a bare minimum...

    I normally keep all MS stuff isolated on our test PC, but that's on the fritz at the moment... of course...
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    Wow, this is incredible. I really enjoyed the William Blake journal and the original Alice in Wonderland.

    I had thought that Lightwave - Shockwave production was dying off. You have encouraged me to give it a closer look. Keep up the great work!

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