Octwelve – A Web Designer's Blog by Luc Melgar

Inspirational Video For Creatives

May 18th, 2013 · No Comments ·

Hi guys! I stumbled upon this video and I want to share it with you as I find it very inspiring. Actually, it’s not just for creatives but for everyone who dreams of changing their lives, pursuing their dream, reaching their goals, and executing their ideas.

Tomb Raider App for your Mobile

February 21st, 2013 · No Comments ·

The excitement of Tomb Raider started way back in 1996, and it was clearly visible that Lara Croft was made of pixels.  Her body didn’t look too good either, with the blocky square-shaped breasts and butt. There was a lot room for improvement for her face too. However, in 1996, no other game had better graphics.

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How To Convert Flash Vector To Illustrator

December 15th, 2012 · 1 Comment ·

Situation:
You have been given a flash file and you want to extract the graphics which are all done in flash and convert it into a vector file. The software that i’m using here are Flash CS6 and Illustrator CS6.  Continue reading …

2012 Gift Ideas for Web Designers

December 9th, 2012 · No Comments ·

I came up with a list that we, web designers crave for. We are the geek types! We love all things techy, cool tools, we love colours, we love everyday things made beautiful.

1. Macbook Air – $ 999

Why not a Macbook pro, you ask? I foresee that your designer friend already have a power Macbook Pro. Macbook Air is for portability like during a meeting with a client, photoshoots, or even when i’m travelling. I sure want to bring a laptop that’s light and sleek!

2. Wacom intuos 5 – $349

Wacom Intuos is a pen tablet used by creative professionals for digital painting, photo editing, and other digital artworks.

3. iPad – $399

Many within the design industry are using iPads for a whole lot of things. I mainly use my iPad for research, keeping up with design news, the latest design trends, finding inspiration, organizing tasks, presenting a design to client….etc etc..The list is endless. Doing all these in iPad is much easier than doing it in a laptop.

4. 1 Tb WDC My Passport External Hard Drive – $95

Designers need a lot of storage. We can never get enough!

5. SanDisk Cruzer Slice 64GB USB Drive – $39

Speaking of storage, we also love carrying a small and lighter file storage device. A 64Gb thumbdrive would be cool.

6. Pantone Color Bridge – $149

This Pantone color is for process printing or web design. It can be used to select PANTONE colors to determine how it will appear when reproduced in CMYK or to create optimal display of colors on monitors and web pages.

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How to transfer files from Mac to Samsung Galaxy Tab [BEST SOLUTION]

November 3rd, 2011 · 41 Comments ·

Who you are:
You are… like me! A Mac user who has to deal with an android device – a 7″ Galaxy Tab

What’s your problem:
Same as mine! Really getting frustrated on how to transfer files from Mac OS X to Galaxy Tab’s internal storage

What you’ve tried:
An older version of Kies
An official installer from Android for Mac
Hacks and cracks

I’ve tried these too, excepts for the cracks and hacks. But I’m telling you, none of this works.

It’s really easy guys! Here’s how!

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A Tribute to the Coolest Nerd, Steve Jobs!

October 6th, 2011 · 3 Comments ·

It’s amazing how one man can influence the whole world, how his brilliant ideas made a difference in our daily lives. That man is Steve Jobs. He maybe gone but his legacy is immortal. Long live Steve Jobs!

A tribute to the coolest nerd. Long live, Steve Jobs! Continue reading …

D40 with 50mm f/1.4D

August 9th, 2011 · 4 Comments ·

Yup! I’m still using my 3 years old Nikon D40 dslr. But after 3 years, I need more, specially when shooting people. I recently bought the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D lens. It’s an awesome lens. The images are very sharp. It’s just awesome! However…….it works with D40 but it just won’t autofocus. It’s very very challenging to focus manually, specially when you have a less perfect vision like me and you have to shoot your subject fast. So i guess it’s time to upgrade my Cylops (my d40′s name :P )

Check out this test shot with the 50mm f1.4D lens. Watch out for more in my flick.

For Sale: Razer Copperhead Mouse

April 22nd, 2011 · 4 Comments ·

Hi guys! Anyone interested in Razer Copperhead mouse? I recently bought this but I think it’s quite big for my hands. This is brand new. I just opened it for testing. I’m now selling it for S$69 only. Original price is $89. Still have 1 year warranty from shop.

This doesn’t have a Mac compatibility seal but it does work in Macs for standard use. It’s very fast at 2000dpi and very precise too. It’s very good for graphic design works, not just for gaming. The one i use in the office is Razer Krait. I’ve been using it for 3 years already and still works perfectly! If only my hands are a little bigger for Copperhead!

Please email me at luc@octwelve.com if you are interested. For Singapore delivery only.
I’m still looking for Razer Krait, so if anyone has any brand new, please let me know too! :)

Here are some pics of the mouse.

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Productive Breaks

February 6th, 2011 · 10 Comments ·

My blog isn’t dead. I’m just taking productive breaks :). As always, I’m preoccupied with my day job. I realized this structured office life has been going on for 3 years. It’s quite difficult to sustain passion when it’s draining all your energy. So, I strictly finish and leave work in office and get a life after 6. However, by doing this, seems like I’m not learning anything new. I’m stuck with my roles and responsibilities in the office.

Soooo, I decided to make time for studying and enrolled myself in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. I’m currently taking short courses of multimedia arts during the night. Going home around 10 pm feels zen. No traffic jam, no crowds, just me sitting in the upper deck  of the bus with my book.

There are 3 things that’s keeping me right now. Work, School, and Cityville. :P

Can’t install Tweetdeck and Adobe Air on Mac? Here’s how!

October 27th, 2010 · 18 Comments ·

I run into this problem when I tried to install Tweetdeck app on my new macbook pro with Mac OS X 10.6.4 Snow Leopard. Adobe Air installation is required before you can install Tweetdeck on any computer. I can install both Adobe Air and Tweetdeck, but when I open Tweetdeck, it shows up an error that Adobe Air is damaged blah blah blah.

I asked for support from Adobe’s forum and after 22 days of waiting, they sent me an applescript which solved the problem.

Click here to download the script to fix the installation problem of Adobe Air on Mac OS X 10.6.4 Snow Leopard