Redirect www and non-www with htaccess

Here is one of the things, that I always do first, when setting up a project on a new domain name.
To prevent duplicate content by generating 2 links to the same page
like http://bloodsucker.de/redirect-www-non-www-htaccess/
and
http://www.bloodsucker.de/redirect-www-non-www-htaccess/
you only have to make sure, that mod-rewrite is activate in your apache configuration and then write something simliar
to this into a file called .htaccess (which has to be in the root folder of your project):

RewriteEngine OnRewriteBase /RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.yourdomain\.de$RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.yourdomain.de/$1 [L,R=301]

The 301 redirection tells the searchengine, that this page has moved permanently to this location.

Well this is how you Redirect www and non-www with htaccess.

Wacom Cintiq 13HD Review of the Graphics Tablet Product test

This Review of the Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display is written from the view of a hobby animation guy.

Thoughts on getting a Wacom Cintiq 13hd in the first place

I got in contact with Adobe Flash pretty late ( short before it started dying for most usecases), but I somehow was always fascinated by the things you could achieve with it.

When I started learning Flash I did not own a descent graphics tablet – just some 50 Dollar no name tablet that I bought for a first test.
Later on I bought another tablet/pad which sucked as much as the old one did, but had a little more workspace.

As I never was a professional artist (and probably never will be one) I always hesiated buying a professional tablet / interactive pen display, especially because
my daily job is coding in PHP, Javascript and so on, which is a really time consuming work either, so I thought: you will buy this thing, and before you made use of it, it´ll be outdated
or so anyways.

Aside to my profession of coding I always liked painting and drawing as well as animating – but it was always hard to do on the PC, without a good graphics tablet
and because of the time issue that I generally have by doing programming for a living, having a family and some friends as well as hobbies, I really wanted to make art in the most reusable way, which definitely means: digital.

I did it, I bought the Wacom Cintiq 13hd

So one day, after looking up and down on amazon, ebay and pretty much the rest of the web, searching for Wacom alternatives , talking to designers who had worked with Wacom graphics tablets
I decided to buy the Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display.

Wacom Cintiq 13hd – the price and alternatives

The price still seemed a bit high for a hobby which I practice randomly (sometimes I rather abuse my body by going skating to keep the mind and body balance), but compared to the 24 inch versions or a Windows 8 pen Tablet like the MICROSOFT Surface Pro 2 Windows 8.1 or the Wacom Companio (which is available as a Hybrid between an Android and a PC/Mac Screen Device) it was the best choice to make I guess.

For quick sketches while traveling I still own the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 which is enough for that purpose.

The Wacom Cintiq 13hd has arrived

So the next morning my Wacom Cintiq 13hd arrived.
I directly unpacked it.
It came with an (outdated – they always are with every piece of hardware I guess…) drivers dvd some cables, the pen, some spare leads, a box for the pen, the stand for the tablet… and … finally – the tablet itself.

I installed the drivers (FIRST), which i downloaded in an updated version from the acom site and threw everything except of the tablet, cables and pen in the corner and plugged it into my laptop. First thing : open Photoshop and Flash and start painting.
Feels strange, yet good in the first impression.
There are plenty of options to configure in all the programs that support the Wacom Tablet, starting from program specific pressure or tilt sensitivity over custom brushes to use and so on.

Getting used to it

What felt strange in the beginning, was that the Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display does not support touch input, which I was used to from the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on the one hand, but on the other hand, this was somehting that really bugged me ever since, as you really often zoom in or out while painting, even with the settings to prevent it being switched on.

So after some random painting i went into doing some quick animations and started one bigger side project (music video for my brothers hardcode/punkt band).

This would not have been possible without a tablet, and would have been a pain in the ass with preparing everything on paper or doing the line work by mouse – I don´t even wanna think about that option.

The Wacom Cintiq 13HD in action with Adobe Flash and Photoshop
The Wacom Cintiq 13HD in action with Adobe Flash and Photoshop

Conclusion

Although I am not using the Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display as much as I´d like to (time issues again) it was really worth the investment.

If you ever bought a shitty graphics tablet before, before buying another shitty one, save some money, wait a month or two more, and get this incredible piece of technology.

But if you are constantly traveling and wanna be creative on the way, you should think about a fully featured Windows 8 Tablet with a pen. But this is directly more thatn double or triple the price.

I am fine with my combination of the laptop and the Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display as I would not start working in a cafe or pub, because I like to have a quiet environment to work.

PS: You really want to have a Smudgeguard with your tablet, as it stops your skin from distracting your line strokes and it´ll clean (and keep clean) your tablet while painting.

The Skeldog – First Flash animation

Well – this is somehow my first flash project.
I was learning flash because i always wnated to and because i wanted to get more money in my old job.

So i took a pencil drawing i made a few weeks ago, and tried to give it some life,
by animating it, coloring it, and give it some keyboard controls.
Well – this is somehow my first flash project.
I was learning flash because i always wanted to and because i wanted to get more money in my old job.

So i took a pencil drawing i made a few weeks ago, and tried to give it some life,
by animating it, coloring it, and give it some keyboard controls.

Check it out here.

skeldog

Vibemaster Vibrator Massage App

 

This was my first attempt to build an app for android.

I made this about a week after I got my first smartphone (a Samsung Galaxy Y – really crappy thing).

The idea was that I would write an my first smartphone app and get it into the Google Playstore as quickly as possible. So on one Sunday morning I sat down and played around with Phonegap  and chose to try the vibration first as it only was one command to execute.

When it worked instantly it came to my mind, that this already was a fully featured vibrator app (not the first one at this moment, so I was not the only one having that thought).

So I found a name, made a Logo, opened a Google Play Developer Account and uploaded it. The next day I had my first app online.

Because it actually didn´t work that well (vibration stopped when the screen went into sleep mode) and there was nothing to do about it using phonegap, I recoded it natively in Java after making the first native app for a client, because now I had the skills to natively recode it.

Well, I still have some feature/improvment plans, but as it is a fun-only project, it might take some time until i´ll really do that.

Until then, you can get it at the Google Playstore there:

Android app on Google Play

I wouldn´t mind a 5 stars rating for it, so don´t hesitate to give me some stars 😉

Thanks!