Matt Gemmell

My new book CHANGER is out now!

An action-adventure novel — book 1 in the KESTREL series.

★★★★★ — Amazon

That's one big fucking duck

Development, Gaming, General, Interface, Personal, Source, Tech & Work 2 min read

A new digital camera, polished metal windows, and the ProKit.

So I bought a new digital camera (and that’s quite something for me; last time I bought a digicam, it was a 2.3Mpx Fuji way back in the day, and cost literally hundreds of pounds). My new toy is the Canon PowerShot A620 (read its dpreview), and I’m loving it so far. Here are a couple of (much-scaled-down) pics of my desk at work, and a corner of our creative department (with some G5s).

Kudos to amazon.co.uk for managing to get it to the office less than 23 hours after I ordered it. Oh, and for selling me a 1Gb SD card for 25 quid. Handy for my Axim too.

Regarding the title of this post, that’s what I said when one of the chaps who tweaked Adium (an open source multi-protocol instant messaging client on Mac OS X) to have a metal-windows interface, emailed me the large-format version of Metal Adium’s silver duck icon. Really, it’s big. Anyway, if you like multi-protocol IM apps and you’re fond of the iTunes-style “polished metal” window style, give Metal Adium a shot. The polished window code in there is mine, which is cool. You can grab Metal Adium’s source code from that page, or grab just the polished metal NSWindow subclass from my Cocoa source code page (it’s called TunesWindow).

The combination of NSWindow subclass tweaking and playing with digital photography again (and Aperture), I thought it could be cool to recreate some of the ProKit controls, as an open source project. I’m going to go ahead and create the HUD window (as used for iPhoto’s adjustments palette) and probably NSProWindow too. It would be good if we had fascimiles of the various NSProButtons and such too, because that visual style really does work well for high-contrast, colour-sensitive graphical apps. I’d be happy to host all the files in an online svn respository or whatever works for folk. If you’re interested in helping out with the coding, either leave a comment below or (better) get in touch via email or IM (details on the About page).

Going back to photography for a moment, I’ll hopefully be posting some of my shots on my flickr account soon, so feel free to pull down the feed if you’re that way inclined. And since we’re talking about web stuff, I’ve done a wee bit more work on Magic Aubergine, but not a hell of a lot. I’ll get to it. Cheers to Jim for showing me how to very precisely create a rounded rectangle border in Photoshop via Illustrator. You do indeed learn something every day, such as how genuinely disturbing your boss can look.

Can’t think of much else right now, and I want to do a bit of Cocoa coding before I take a TV break later on, so I’ll just briefly mention that work is all good, Lauren and I are fine, and that you should check out some of the songs from epic26, my brother’s band.

Until next time, keep it sheercore.