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Apple Design Awards 2007

Student product reflects clean talent By Ko Maruyama
Picturesque 1.0 (and now in rev.1.0.2) took top honors last week at the Apple Developer Conference.  By demonstrating how a simple and popular idea can be easily turned into a small application, two students from down under flipped us on our heads.  Creating the often requested "reflection" style, the application makes quick work of the process, offering control without a major price tag.

Rather than going through multiple steps in some bitmap software in order to manipulate the image upside down, apply various vignettes to it, and finally add glow and export alpha channels.  This simple application allows you to quickly make images with reflections (or no reflections) and apply them later in your workflow.

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Zac Cohan and Nik Youdale are two university students who met in high school and started developing software together when they were 16 years old.  It's a big honor for the two new Cocoa developers, but is just the start.  Starting their partnership in a company called "Acqualia", they've since developed three separate applications for the Mac.

Zac started learning Cocoa in January 2006, but didn't really start to push himself to pursue its potential until June of 2006.  Nik had a little bit of a head start with C, learning that language in 2005, and later started in with Cocoa in 2006 around the same time as Zac.

Nik also had a leg up, having had a PC in the house since the age of 7.  He also had the opportunity(?) <g> of putting his own computers together and building his own systems - until Zac successfully converted him to the Mac in 2005.

While both are only in their second year of university - they've already gained quite a bit of exposure with this handy little application which is sure to make reflections show up everywhere you look.

Below is a quick movie review about what the software does and a link to their website.  If you want to try it out for free, you can download a copy.  For less than $20 you can start to outfit everything on your computer with reflective, glowy, stroked images.

This is such an easy way to make any image have the reflective "mac-esque" appearance, I wouldn't be surprised to see it folded into some users daily routines.  Perhaps the next feature will be a dock or widget version of the application.   Anyone who can "drag, click, save" can create a sleek graphic from an image.

Nik: FIRST MAC = G4 733Mhz
Zac: FIRST MAC = 400Mhz Blueberry iMac DV

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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