April 2004

Mystery Photo #3
ImageLast week’s answer is Microwave. You might have a cancer already if you stared at it a little too long.


Stattoo is pretty cool even though it’s basically feature-less at this time. I like it over Konfabulator. Here’s what I like/dislike about Stattoo:


  • Better consistency (same skin, preferences panes)
  • Very OS X-like
  • Icons that actually look nice and make sense
  • Interface-wise, it makes more sense (everything in one row)
  • Stattoo’s few included stattooes are pretty useful


  • Background color is weak. White text with shadow on a light background doesn’t work that well
  • Icons on top-left corner feel a little awkwarding
  • Very limited customization for each stattooes
  • Cannot change skin to something of your liking

Get Panic’s Stattoo Here

Graphite version for Thick Strip | Blue version for Thin Strip

If you want to modify the color, etc., here’s a Photoshop file.

Toolbar icons on Brushed Metal WindowThere are some people who think that Toolbar icons and Brushed Metal Window absolutely doesn’t go together, I do agree with them but after some playing with toolbar icons for my client’s upcoming application, it’s possible for them to look good together by changing the shadow setting. Instead of using standard floor shadow, I used back shadow to help create a depth between icon and Brushed Metal Window.

Another way would be insetting them like Safari’s toolbar controls but it will not works for some icons such as Manage Filters icon on Fig. 1.

Apple should address this problem in their Human Interface Guidelines if they’re going to leave Toolbar support for Brushed Metal Window.

Pixels on LCD Monitor(note: enlarged image is 1600×1500 and 1.2 MB)

It’s pretty interesting to see what LCD pixels look like when zoomed in and macro’d with digital camera.

Each pixel is consisted of three colors (RGB). I think this may be the reason why CMYK looked so crappy on LCD monitors (even with modified ColorSync setting). I usually do all of my CMYK works on secondary monitor (CRT).

I think LCD is better than CRT even though it’s not good at CMYK. It doesn’t make my eyes strain, color overall look more vibrant, save electronic, etc. The only things that annoyed me the most is ghosting problem and screen burn-in. If you leave a white window untouched for a several minutes, it will “print” on the screen and take a while for it to return to correct color. This happens even with top-of-the-line LCDs.

If you plan to buy a LCD soon, make sure it is from quality brand name such as Apple, Sony, Viewsonic, etc with long warranty. Cheap LCD usually have the worst refresh rate and high numbers of dead pixels.

For more info about LCD, go here [Howstuffworks.com]

Mystery Photo #1
ImageLast week’s answer is CD Case. It’s the left black border that holds front plastic cover. You Music Collectors should have known better!

MacThemes.net - Updated Design
Jan and I’ve made several adjustment to the design and it should address some of the biggest complaints such as IE compatibility, navbar with current page status (note the blue pin underneath Themes), and several others.

I added a corkboard and darker blue grid to improve the contrast of the design. You can feel free to play with the pins but just be careful with them. You know, they could kill baby kittens :(

The site will hopefully be ready by tonight.

Apple Motion

“Motion is a completely new take on motion graphics for film, TV, video and DVDs. Motion brings together design, productivity and industrial-strength output in one comprehensive package.” – Apple Motion

I’m so drooling at this! This is exactly what I’ve been needing for DVD Multimedia, TV commercials, etc. I’ll buy two licenses once it’s out, one for me and one for my brother.

This ought to teach Adobe some lesson for not paying close attention to AE on Mac. It’s a Bad Carbon Port™. AE’s performance is terrible and the GUI is so 1990s.

Mystery Photo #1

Guess what it is. Answer will be posted with next Mystery Photo.

Application Icon Replacement - Flash/Fireworks MX 2004
More replacement icons.

All Applications Document Icons are also included in the package.

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