Friday, 27 July 2007

Day204 Big Screens and Mayaing

Big Screen Loaner
We had our loan/demo 46" Touch enabled LCD panel up and running today. I setup my M90 to run it for the week and plan to work off the MBPro for that time. The 1920x1080 HD res is very nice and if you are over an arm-length away the pixels vanish and it looks lovely. This shows one of the paradoxes of the touch capability.
We had a host of applications setup and running for people to experience:
  • Google Sketchup (ok for orbit and pan sing touch but easier for most things with mouse)
  • Image Viewer (easy both with touch and with mouse)
  • Google Earth (moving around is great with touch everything else is hard without mouse)
  • Powerpoint (general nav is great touch, some menu things easier with mouse)
  • Powerpoint Notations (really great with touch and much better than with mouse - super)
  • HL2 (more specifically the Falling Water model, cant use touch but the screen is GREAT)
  • Web (easy either way with basic navigation working well with touch)
  • plus we did other things like comunication etc which at this size was fun.
The staff that have played with the kit so far seem pretty inspired and though some needed some guidance on how to integrate digital tech into existing teaching modes they were certainly keen to have something this good. Basically it is FANTASTIC and I cant wait to see what form we can get a fully fitted out Teaching suite to take.

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Maya
Worked through some intro Tutes for Maya and seem to be picking it slowly but surely.
Here is my list of Maya shortcut keys which I am sure I will find handy:

Maya Shortcut keys
q select..........f zoom select...........ALT+LMB tumble
w move............_ view toggle...........ALT+MMB track
e rotate........123 nurb smoothing........ALT+RMB dolly
r scale........4567 view rendering....SHIFT+Click add select
t manipulate......s keyframe...........CTRL+Click remove select

x snap grid....HOME pivot point............CTRL+a attributes
c snap curves.....p parent......................g repeat
v snap poly.......P unparent

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