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Ideogram.nl/boxmaker has a neat free template maker for making gift bags, boxes, cones, envelopes, and other things out of card stock. Select any size or geometric shape and it will create a template that shows you how to cut out what you need and where to fold and glue it. (How about a dodecahedron? Twelve sides.) Paint it, color it or use fancy paper and you’ve got an unusual gift box.
Cyberlink’s “YouNote,” a new free app at the Windows app store, is fun and even useful. It’s a virtual notebook for collecting notes and pictures and putting them in pockets of interest. We found it fun to collect notes this way under different topics, like recipe books, travel, sports, etc. Add the pictures, cartoons and scribbles and some of our notes are cute enough to use as scrapbook pages or greeting cards. The program works with regular or touch screen PCs using Windows 8. But, alas, all is not yet perfect in this infinitely perfectible universe: There are other ways to skin Schrodinger’s cat. YouNote is missing some key features found in the older and massively popular Evernote, a free […]
You can do a lot with LEGO blocks, but surely nothing more remarkable than what’s pictured in these two books from No Starch Press. Should keep the kids busy over the holidays. – “Beautiful Lego” ($30), by Mike Doyle, is all pictures of completed projects, and beautiful they are, everything from a haunted house that seems to be falling apart, to a fantastic city floating in space. – “More Amazing Vehicles ($20), by Kuipers and Zamboni. Using step-by-step photos and instructions, the authors show us how to build anything from a Formula One race car to a fork-lift truck.
If you’re an artist, or like the game “Draw Something,” chances are you’re using a stylus, a special pen that makes it easier to draw on the iPad (though you could draw with a finger). Frankly, most of these styluses seem the same to us. But the “Pogo Connect Paint Brush” is something different. It looks and acts like a brush, only it’s digital.
ArtRage 4 is the latest version of a program hardly any writers cover anymore Too bad, because it’s a good one. It’s been around for several years, so why talk about it now? Well, the new version is really cheap. It’s $5 for the iPad, $2 for the iPhone, and $50 for a Windows computer.
Amazon.com/art is Amazon’s new fine-art site. Want Norman Rockwell’s “Packagefrom Home” for $4.85 million?They’ve got it. Other big ticket paintings include those from Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. It’s an Amazon partnership with America’s fine art We immediately turned to the “under $200″ category and found 143 pages of listings. The nice thing is they show you therelative size of the piece by always including a photo of the framed picture next to the same chair and table.