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Remembering a pioneer in PC animation software: "Autodesk Animator"

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Two months ago, October 2009, marks an interesting anniversary for animation: It’s been 20 years since animation software was available in any meaningful form for the PC platform.

Around October 1989, Autodesk released an extremely well written and revolutionary MS-DOS art program that worked on even an Intel 286 chip: Autodesk Animator.


Everybody hates it when old people start saying “I remember when,” but you cannot imagine the excitement I had when this software was first released. It literally made me buy my first computer: A Packard Bell 286 computer from a catalog-department store called Service Merchandise. The computer had a 40 megabyte hard-drive and 1 megabyte of RAM.


You young people need to pause for a moment and consider what I just said: My dream computer had less than 1/8000th the amount of RAM present in your pocket mp3 player. It did NOT come with a mouse, monitor, modem, network card, sound card (they actually barely existed then until SoundBlaster shook up the scen…

Big Day Today for Disney and Toon Boom

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This is a big day for Disney and Toon Boom.  Too many years have passed since Disney released an actual hand-drawn motion picture.  Today, the studio releases "The Princess and the Frog" to rave reviews.

What's especially cool about this release is knowing the studio did the entire production on the same Toon Boom software I use to create my animations. 


It looks like Disney has remained true to its long tradition of high quality drawn animation.  Let's hope it does well at the box office.


End of Year Top Health Stories of 2009

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End of year lists: Top Health Stories of 2009 included the following:

1. Health Care Reform dominated the news with talk about "Death Panels" terrifying seniors who feared being bumped off early to make way for younger patients.  It was, of course, total nonsense.  The mere fact that anyone took it seriously is a sad commentary on the state of our nation.

2. In second place, H1N1 dominated the news.  Patients became frantic about getting vaccines for both the regular flu and H1N1.  The fact that children were at greatest risk for death from H1N1 did not deter older adults from pushing to the front of the line. 



3. Breast cancer recommendations took a leap into the bizarre as women under 50 were advised against mammograms, defying all previous guidelines.  Since my practice partner had her cancer caught at age 48 by a mammogram (link to story), we took particular offense at these recommendations.


4. A story that got a lot of local attention was the banning of smoking in bars. A…

The Curse of the Scrambled Cursor..... is SOLVED!

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Since Windows 7 arrived, Tablet PC users working in portrait mode have battled the curse of the duplicate and scrambled cursor.  It was confusing, headache inducing, and annoying. 

It remained through multiple beta and final revisions of Windows 7.  Much to our horror, it remained in the final release.

The appearance looked like:


Now, the solution has been found!

Go to Control Panel

Find "Mouse Properties"
Go to "Pointer Options"
Put a check mark in the "Display Pointer trails"
Slide the bar over to "short"
Apply the changes and then restart journal.

This problem seems to have been solved. I am a heavy Journal user and this has driven me CRAZY!!!