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It is the year 2275, and earth as we know it has come to an end. The last remaining survivors have sought out to restore the planets resources using their unique space crafts known as Elementals. The Elementals have set out into deep space to collect vital elements while avoiding the deathly fireballs of deep space in hopes to restore balance to the once fruitful planet.

Time is of the essence and it’s up to you to help the Elementals in their quest to save their dying planet.

Elementals features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based world with zero gravity all controlled via the iPhone’s accelerometer. You get 30 levels in easy mode and another 30 in extreme mode that all require extreme logic, timing, skill and lots of patience to conquer. Quite possibly the hardest game that will be on the App Store.

Features a total of 60 levels (Easy / Extreme), accelerometer, Retina Display Support, leaderboards, achievements, Facebook and Twitter Integration

I’ve started development of Elementals about 5 months ago in my spare time. I’ve done all of it myself, coding, artwork, concept and design, etc…

Main Game Menu:

Options Menu:

Level Selection Menu:

Level 2

The above are just a few of the screen shots of Elementals. I am hoping to have everything done and submitted to the app store before the end of January.

Right now I’m working on memory optimization and plugging a few leaks. I encourage everyone to follow Elementals on Twitter and like it on FaceBook to stay up to date.

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elementals-HD/127088354021100?v=wall”]http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elementals-HD/127088354021100?v=wall

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ElementalsHD”]http://twitter.com/#!/ElementalsHD

Beta Testing Begins Soon

If you’d like to be a part of the Beta Testing Team please send an e-mail with your info to [email]chrs944@gmail.com[/email] with the subject line Elementals HD Beta Testing

Please be sure to include the following:

  • Your Name
  • Your Email
  • Your Device Type: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad, iPod Touch, etc…
  • Your website or blog if you have one

Being a part of the Beta Testing Team will get your name / blog / website listed in the credits and also allow you to be among the first to write up a review.

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10. Use it to download Safari, Firefox, and or Chrome.

Ok so the title was slightly misleading. Once you’ve covered those 10 steps using internet explorer, get rid of it.

Sorry I have to be so harsh about it, but Internet Explorer is an old dog, and it won’t be learning any new tricks.

Not only is it currently the most outdated browser among the 5 popular browsers*, but it’s staying that way by not supporting about 95% of the new features associated with up and coming HTML5 and Css3.

Browser Compatibility

For the rest of this chart, if you’d like to see what web features Internet Explorer, and other browsers do support, or if you’re just looking to laugh, check out FindMeByIP.com

*The 5 current most popular browsers include, in no particular order :

  1. Mozilla Firefox
  2. Internet Explorer
  3. Safari
  4. Google Chrome
  5. Opera

If you’ve got any other information I may have missed, or just have something to say, feel free to comment below.

I’ve had my fair share of experience with Photoshop and although it is one of the most powerful image editing tools available, it does have a few short comings. Luckily we have plugins that can be added to Photoshop to make life easy. I know from experience that it can take countless amounts of hours searching the internet for quality plugins. I thought since I’ve already discovered some of the most essential plugins that I’d share them with you, well the Best 10 of them…

Plugin Number 1: Web 2.0 Styles

Web 2.0 Styles

Web 2.0 Styles

Have you ever wondered if there was an easy way to achieve all those pretty web 2.0 colors without having to mess with blending options ? Well this plugin adds 131 Web 2.0 Styles to your list of Styles that you can apply to any Layer in Photoshop.

Download it here - Web 2.0 Styles

Plugin Number 2: Web 2.0 Logo Styles

Web 2.0 Logo Styles

Web 2.0 Logo Styles

Ever wonder how these guys draw their Web 2.0 Logos? Sometimes its nice to learn from others, build up the basic skills and start your own creativity from there. This plugin has styles that are used for some of the most well known Web 2.0 Logos

Download it here – Web 2.0 Logo Styles

Plugin Number 3: Web 2.0 Logo Fonts

Web 2.0 Logo Fonts

Web 2.0 Logo Fonts

Well, not really a Photoshop Plugin, but nevertheless a definite must have for anyone looking to spice up their website with a Web 2.0 Look, These Fonts together with the above styles will produce nice professional Web 2.0 Looking Logos

Download it here – Web 2.0 Logo Fonts

Plugin Number 4: Din Stripe Pattern

Din Stripes Pattern

Din Stripes Pattern

A must have plugin to use those fancy Web 2.0 Stripe patterns that everyone seems to have on their website today. You can use this pattern with overlay’s to get different color stripes.

Download it here – Din Stripe Pattern

Plugin Number 5: Skin Smoothing Action

Skin Smoothing Action

Skin Smoothing Action

If you’ve ever needed a way to make your photos look more professional, then this is the plugin to use. This is by far the best skin action for Photoshop that I’ve found. If you know of a better one, leave me a comment and I’ll gladly add it here.

Download it here – Skin Smoothing Action

Plugin Number 6: DVD Symbols Photoshop Brushes

DVD Symbols Brushes

DVD Symbols Brushes

If you’re ever designing cover art for a DVD or a movie or are working on a home video and you want it to look professional then these DVD Symbol Photoshop Brushes are the ideal tools for the job. There are many other brush sets out there that include DVD symbols but this is by far the most complete and accurate set that I’ve been able to find.

Download it here – DVD Symbols Photoshop Brushes

So I know I said 10 Best Plugins but there are so many great plugins, its really difficult to break them into the 10 best. So I thought I’d share some resources, sites I visit quite frequently. Here are a few websites you should definitely bookmark.

  • http://www.deviantart.com – A great resource for Wallpaper, Flash Source Files, Photoshop Source Files, Photoshop Actions, Photoshop Brushes, Photoshop Custom Shapes, Photoshop Patterns, etc…
  • http://www.dafont.com – Now there’s a site I use pretty regularly. It has just about every font you can think of and best of all, the fonts on the website are free.
  • http://www.chris-fletcher.com – A great resource with lots of tutorials. ha ha :)

Hopefully you’ve found this list useful. If you’d like to add to this list, leave me a comment and if I think its useful, I’ll ad it to the list.

Just finished compiling a list of 10 free Mac OSX Games that are in my opinion definitely worth downloading and playing. So without further ado, here is the list:

  1. Frets on Fire – If you are a Guitar Hero fan but are tired of playing the same songs over and over and would like more of a variety of songs then give Frets on Fire a try. They have versions of their software for Windows, Linux and Mac and best of all, its open source so its FREE !
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  3. MAME OSX – Are you a fan of Arcade Games ? You should check out MAME OSX. MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. You can download the emulator for free and then search on google for the games, here are a couple of sites you can get ROMS from: ROM World | ROM Nation | ROM Hustler | Free ROMS. These are sites that I trust and recommend.
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  5. Frozen-Bubble – Do you like puzzle games like Tetris and Zuma ? You should check out Frozen-Bubble. You control a small canon, shooting bubbles and trying to hit other bubbles so to create groups of 3 or more bubbles of the same color. Originally developed for Linux but ported to work on MAC OSX
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  7. Pac The Man X - Who doesn’t love Pac-Man ? Well, I know I do and if you do, then you need to check out Pac The Man X, developed by McSebi Software… Pac The Man X is a perfect clone of the original Pac-Man game and is sure to keep you playing for hours and hours.
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  9. Bull Frog – Are you one to get addicted to games ? If you aren’t then be prepared for Bull Frog, you are sure to be addicted to this game in no time. You’re a Bull Frog trying to eat all types of insects. Definitely give this game a try, it is sure to wipe out your boredom and maybe even consume a small part of your life.
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  11. Mac Solitaire – Is it Solitaire that is keeping you from getting rid of that pesky PC and switching to a Mac, well you are out of excuses now. PCV – Soft has developed a version for the Mac of this popular Windows based game and best of all its free.
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  13. Quinn – A Tetris style game developed specifically for MAC OSX. It features a clean, elegant user interface, beautiful graphics, and smooth, subtle animations for fluid gameplay. Instead of reinventing the game with yet another variation of the rules, the goal of Quinn is to combine the simplicity of the original idea with the genuine Mac experience for perfect user enjoyment.
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  15. Enigma - Enigma is a puzzle game inspired by Oxyd on the Atari ST and Rock’n’Roll on the Amiga. The object of the game is to find uncover pairs of identically colored Oxyd stones. Simple? Yes. Easy? Certainly not! Hidden traps, vast mazes, laser beams, and, most of all, countless hairy puzzles usually block your direct way to the Oxyd stones … ( Versions are available for Windows and Linux as well )
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  17. One Card - OneCard is a Cocoa card game with rules similar to Uno. It is fun for all ages from 5 up. In OneCard you try to play cards which match another card in colour or value.  There are also special action cards such as Wild, Skip, Reverse and Draw cards which make the game more interesting.  The first player to get rid of all their cards wins the round.  The winner then scores points based on the cards left in other players’ hands and the first player to reach the goal score wins the game.
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  19. Oolite - Oolite is a space sim game, inspired by Elite, powered by Objective-C and OpenGL, and designed as a small game that is easy for users to pick up, modify and expand upon. Almost every aspect of the game can be changed by using simple, free graphics packages and text editors. Originally written for Mac OS X, and under continuous development for over four years, Oolite is available for Mac OS X (10.3.9 and higher), Windows XP and Vista, and Linux. It requires at least a 400 MHz processor, 256 MiB of memory, and a graphics card capable of accelerating OpenGL graphics.
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Now I know I said 10 games but I just thought of another great game that I just can’t leave off the list. Without it the list would be incomplete so here it is, the 11th game on the list:

  • Farmers Mahjong - FarmersMahJongg will create a game setup from which you must try to remove all tiles. You can only pick them up in pairs by clicking the first and double-clicking the second tile. Removable tiles must lie along the edge of one of the tile levels. You can undo a move or let the computer suggest possible moves. If you failed to solve a setup you can decide to restart the last game in order to try another solution. But remember that currently there is no guarantee that a board really has a solution!

 

So here they are, a list of 11 great games for Mac OSX, hopefully you’ll have as much fun as I do, playing these games. Comments are welcome, and please feel free to contribute to the list but please only list freeware games.

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Here are ten great applications you can download from the Texas Instruments Web site:

  1. Advanced Finance: This program turns your calculator into a financial calculator.
  2. Cabri Jr.: This is an interactive, dynamic, geometry program that allows you to export geometric figures between the calculator and the Cabri Geometry II Plus software for Windows.
  3. Catalog Help: This handy program gives you the syntax for entering the argument required by a calculator function.
  4. CellSheet: This program turns your calculator into a spreadsheet. If you also download the fre TI CellSheet Converter software, then you can transfer your spreadsheet files between your calculator and Microsoft Excel or AppleWorks.
  5. GeoMaster: This is a geometry program that will draw circles, triangles, and polygons. It will also make measurements and perform geometric transformations.
  6. Inequality Graphing: As the name implies, this program will graph inequalities.
  7. NoteFolio: This program turns your calculator into a word processor. Because using the calculator keys is more difficult than typing on a keyboard, I suggest purchasing a TI Keyboard so you can key in words the way you do on a computer. And don’t forget to download the NoteFolio Creator software so you can transfer files between the calculator and Microsoft Word.
  8. Organizer: This program is a personal organizer in which you can schedule events, create to-do lists, and save phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
  9. Probability Simulation: This program simulates rolling dice, tossing coins, spinning a spinner, or drawing a card from a deck of cards.
  10. StudyCards: This program creates electronic flash cards. Be sure also to download the free TI StudyCard Creator software that allows you to create the flash cards on your PC.

 

The following steps tell you how to download application programs from the Texas Instruments Web site. To download and install applications, follow 

these steps: 

1. Go to the Texas Instruments Web site that is located at www.education.ti.com. 

2. In the “Know what you’re looking for?” drop-down menu, select “Apps & OS versions.” 

3. Click the type of calculator you have. 

4. Click the application you want to download. 

5. Click Download Instructions and read them. The Download Instructions are the same for each application. So you need read them only once. 

6. Click the Guidebook to download it. Save the application Guidebook (manual) on your computer, or print it. 

7. Click Download under the picture of the calculator and follow the directions you’re given. Make a note of the directory in which you save the file you download. After you accept the License Agreement, you’re asked to Log In. If you aren’t a member of the site, sign up — it’s free.