FotoStation: DAM Solution for Your Digital Library

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DAM-FotoStationYou don’t have to be a professional photographer to know that a full photo library is somewhat of a nightmare. Sure, you’ve created your “vacation” folder and your “birthday” folder. You’ve even taken great pains to make sure that iPhoto has organized your “events” according to date. Still, trying to find that photo of your grandparents for your heritage project, or locating the assembly shots of your last robotics experiment, can seem impossible. We know how you feel, we’ve been there too. But the days of scrolling through your files and questioning your ability to recollect when and where you saved something is over. Studica is now offering Fotoware DAM solutions and students can take advantage of special pricing on a stand-alone license of FotoStation.

DAM (Digital Asset Management)

FotoWare is a company dedicated to developing digital asset management (DAM) software that helps you find, process and share your digital files with friends, family, classmates, professors and other associates. DAM systems often consist of management resources that assist you in annotating, cataloguing, storing and distributing digital files. DAM is mostly associated with businesses and organizations, but the tools found in FotoStation provide individual users with the resources they need to streamline their workflow. Don’t limit your work to whatever your pre-installed photo software can do. Whether you’re working on a presentation, a slideshow or putting together a photo album, FotoStation provides you with professional tools to make it faster, more effective and with the highest quality.

It’s different from your basic photo software, like iPhoto or Picasa, in that FotoStation allows you to define how your photos are stored, processed and shared. FotoWare has taken special care to create features that are tailored to your needs and almost completely customizable. Define your own search criteria. Create your own editing actions. You can even customize your print size. The possibilities are up to you, which makes this software the ideal choice for professionals, students and everyday photo enthusiasts.

How Do They Do It?

 FotoStation is a workstation for both Windows and Mac that helps you effectively organize your pictures. Create. Save. Share. Retrieve. Repeat. It is that simple. Here are just some of the amazing features that make it possible.

Organization – Find your files faster than ever

  • Customized search criteria  allows you to find the exact photo you’re looking for among thousands
  • More visual? That’s okay, you can visually filter your photo archive to find files you’re looking for with Data Mining
  • Sort collections by file properties and/or metadata content

Actions – Automate processing tasks, speed up your workflow

  •  Create your own workflow by combining processes into a single action, and produce exactly what you want within a matter of seconds
  • Crop and resize your picture when dropping it into a document or presentation
  • Protect your pictures from unauthorized use, by applying a copyright or a watermark

Share – Distribute your images with confidence

  • Upload your files over FTP or HTTP, or send an email, with a single click
  • Create custom slideshows and export them to movie
  • Print beautiful photos with many templates for single or multi-image prints

If you’re a fan of the selfie, or have collected one-too-many foodie photo-ops, chances are you could greatly benefit from FotoStation’s processing power. Get the latest from FotoWare at an amazing price. At Studica.com, students can take advantage of their academic status and save over $350 on a FotoStation stand-alone license. Use these professional-grade tools to organize your photo collection and put your images to work for you.

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Exploring STEM Education: Studica Career Prep Program

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This past July, Studica has had the pleasure of hosting three students for the summer
co-op session here at our Mississauga, Ontario location. Studica is dedicated to providing students and educators with the very best in STEM resources, and was thrilled to give students hands-on experiences with STEM skills. This placement in co-operation with the Peel District School Board helps meet the increasing demand for STEM curriculum in schools, and prepares students for future workplace environments. Our three co-op students, Moulik, Justin and Arsalaan, developed key skills to achieve academic and career success.

Studica asked the students to design a small project using various engineering and design components. They were charged with designing and constructing this project within pre-determined guidelines using the following items: fischertechnik, mySTEM Do Engineering Kit, Studica’s mySTEM™ board, NI myDAQ,  XYZ DaVinci 3D Printer and LabView Student Edition. Assembly was completed with fischertechnik parts and mySTEM Do Engineering Kit, while the mySTEM™ board and NI myDAQ were used for wiring motor and sensor components. Additional, custom components were printed using the DaVinci 3D printer, and LabVIEW assisted in the student’s programming of the final product.

Overview of STEM Education Program

Week 1: Developing Basic Programming Skills

During the first week, the students worked with LabVIEW tutorials and mySTEM project board’s intro curriculum to develop their basic programming skills in preparation for their project. They also familiarized themselves with the various parts and mechanics of the mySTEM Do Engineering Kit.

STEM Education Co-op Program

Co-op students work together to explore STEM Project-based learning curriculum

The team had a great first week with great mentors and supervisors helping every step along the way. They absolutely looked forward to finishing their project on time and showing what three motivated minds could achieve with the right mentorship and resources.

Week 2 & 3: Construction and Re-design

During the second and third weeks, the main goal was to complete construction of the components and then proceed to link them together. The students planned to start testing and troubleshooting by the end of the second week.

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STEM Model of Microwave using NI myDAQ, mySTEM project board, and Fischertechnik Do Engineering Kit

Initially, the team had agreed to design and build a Rube Goldberg machine. Their original design included the following systems: a marble drop, Ferris wheel, bridge and lift. The co-op students were optimistic and excited to continue working on their project and enhancing their STEM education through mechanics and programming. After brainstorming and further analysis, the Rube Goldberg machine had to be shelved as the original design exceeded the scope of the available parts and components in the Do Engineering Kit. Instead, they decided to build four models demonstrating real-life mechanisms: a ski lift, car jack, bank safe and microwave.

Built using fischertechnik parts, these models would replicate the mechanisms used in real-world products and applications. This allowed the students to explore designing and building the models using hands-on experimentation. The models were controlled by the NI myDAQ programmed with LabVIEW Student Edition along with the Studica mySTEM Project Board.

The team successfully completed two of the models in their third week, the ski lift and the car jack, and looked forward to completing the other two designs – the microwave and bank vault.

Week 4: STEM Designs Completed

The fourth and final week proved to be a very productive week for the team. The two remaining models, the bank vault and the microwave, were successfully built, programmed and tested – just in time for their school’s career fair.

The remainder of the project involved creating documentation and demonstration videos for the models by the end of the next week. These STEM models were documented to improve understanding of the mechanics and programming behind their functionality. The documentation included a picture of the model, a description of its functionality and wiring, a difficulty rating, and sample VIs.

Conclusion of Co-op Project

Initially, the students expected to develop skills that were relevant to their potential careers. However, they did not expect to be capable of completing the models due to a lack of familiarity with LabVIEW and fischertechnik.

At the end of the placement, however, the students had exceeded their expectations after completing all four models on time. They gained practical knowledge in graphical programming via LabVIEW and simple electronics from the NI myDAQ and Studica mySTEM project board, as well as personal skills including; problem solving, organization and communication skills, teamwork, and personal discipline skills, including perseverance and time management. These important skills will help these students both in an academic environment as well as in future jobs.

Studica is dedicated to supporting engaging STEM Education, which in turn allow teachers to provide students with opportunities to acquire skills for a successful future. We are proud to say that the placement was able to inspire these students to possibly pursue a STEM-based Post-secondary Education. Giving them the chance to experiment with robotics tasks such as researching, designing and programming, helped them clarify their career choices.

The co-op students found the work to be both engaging and exciting. They highly recommend this type of co-op placement for those interested in getting real work experience and trying to make a decision in regards to a career in STEM industries. Studica was very happy to host these summer co-op students, and we encourage fellow educators to reach out to STEM experts in various industries and create an interactive STEM-based curriculum for their students.

More videos of parts 2-4 can be found on the Studica YouTube Channel

Author: Edward Wang, Intern Summer 2014

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Cinema 4D R16 from Maxon Shines at IBC 2014

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Cinema-4DThis September marks the release of Maxon’s CINEMA 4D R16, the company’s latest 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solution software. The release is said to address the changing workflow of creative professionals working in broadcast, film, visualization and other interactive media. This new software suite comes just in time for the annual International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), which will be held in Amsterdam from September 11th-16th.

We have a feeling this is no mere coincidence, and are excited to learn more about CINEMA 4D’s newest features. The IBC attracts over 50,000 attendees from more than 170 countries every year. It is the place for people to learn about developments that are shaping the industry. Maxon is taking this opportunity to showcase its innovative technology, which continues to set new standards for quality in 3D production. The company is set to exhibit at the convention and has scheduled events from Friday, September 12th through Tuesday, September 16th.

If you’re like us and aren’t able to make it to this year’s IBC, we’re here to tell you, you’re in luck. Have no fear fellow techies, Maxon has announced that it will be broadcasting all of its presentations live via its website, click here. Don’t worry about calculating the time difference either. Maxon’s presentations will also be available in their entirety after IBC on the company’s YouTube channel.

Getting Cinema 4D R16

Studica offers Maxon Cinema 4D R16 at unbelievable academic prices. Students and faculty can save up to 90% off of retail prices. There’s no better time to get this software and learn exactly what it can do in terms of 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering. Maxon software is useful in a variety of industries, including: film, television, science, architecture and engineering. Give your students a leg up by teaching them using the same tools as industry professionals. And don’t forget to stay tuned to all of the amazing news yet to come from IBC 2014.

Maxon Events at IBC 2014

It’s going to be difficult to pick and choose from the plethora of planned events. We’ve tried to make a little easier by picking out a few events we think will be most helpful to both new and experienced Maxon users.

Everything you need to know about Maxon’s amazing software
Friday, September 12th @ 12 – 1 pm (Also presented on 9/13, 9/14, 9/16 @ 10 – 11 am)
What’s new in Cinema 4D Release 16 (presented by Glenn Frey)

  • See the new features of Cinema 4D R16 in action as Product Specialist, Glenn Frey, walks you through numerous workflow optimizations
  • Features highlighted include:
    • PolyPen tool – used for precision modeling
    • Motion Tracker – integrate 3D elements into live footae
    • Reflectance channel – creates complex materials with multi-layered reflections and specular highlights

Explore Cinema 4D’s compatibility with major partners like The Foundry
Friday, September 12th @ 1 pm – 2 pm
(Also presented on 9/13 @ 12 – 1 pm, 9/14 @ 4 – 5 pm, 9/15 @ 10 – 11 am)
The Foundry – Creating content in Cinema 4D for COLORWAY

  • Maxon is hosting partner representatives at IBC, one of which is Matt Brealy, a COLORWAY Product Manager at The Foundry
  • Matt will demonstrate the workflow between Cinema 4D and The Foundry’s COLORWAY. COLORWAY will significantly streamline the iterative design workflow bringing clarity and efficiency through fast, non-destructive material and lighting changes

Use the Cinema 4D toolset as it applies to a professional workflow
Saturday, September 13th @ 11 am – 12 pm (Also presented on 9/14 @ 3 – 4 pm)
50 in 50 – Production tips from the trenches (presented by Ryan Summers)

  • Summers is an animator, director and full-time problem solver at Imaginary Forces, a U.S.-based creative studio and production company . His credits include Pacific Rim and Person of Interest
  • He is set to give insight into how he uses Cinema 4D to create content for feature films, film marketing, television production, game trailers and commercial advertising

Explore a new art form and discover new ventures for Cinema 4D features
Monday, September 15th @ 3 – 4 pm (Also presented on 9/16 @ 2 – 3 pm)
Faking Paper – A Making Of (presented by Pingo van der Brinkloev)

  • Pingo van der Brinkloev is an accomplished VFX  artist, short film producer and creator of the Cinema 4D Advanced Production Techniques (C4DAPT) series
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the short film ‘Making Paper’
  • Pingo will demonstrate techniques for creating stop-motion animation and semi-procedural assets using Cinema 4D

 

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Special Needs Students Benefit from fischertechnik Learning

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special-needs-students-and-fischertechnikfischertechnik Product Manager, Lance Zurek, worked closely with the Minnick Schools, the education division of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Grant Coordinator, Diane Merryman, to present the Minnick School system with 35 fischertechnik kits to be used for project-based STEM education programs. Minnick Schools specialize in educating special needs students with learning disabilities, behavioral issues and Autism. After using fischertechnik in the classroom, several teachers noticed positive reactions from their students. Lisa Milliken, Assistant Education Director of Education Services for Minnick Schools, stated:

“We have been delighted that students are achieving a better understanding of science, math, and engineering concepts, and using the vocabulary during discussions. Students are learning the difference between simple and complex machines with the hands-on activities provided. They are also learning about teamwork as they build projects together.”

Learning Tools for Special Needs Students

The importance of social learning as well as technical advancement is particularly important for students with special needs. Students with Autism benefit greatly from these foundational skills as it increases their chances of one day finding employment and/or living independently.  Linda Brinkley, a Science teacher at Wytheville Minnick School, reiterated the positive affects fischertechnik had in regards to her own classroom:

“They [fischertechnik] provide a visual tool for the students to see how different machines work, and bring to life conceptual information that is often difficult for students with disabilities to understand and retain.  It is also a great team building exercise for students who require instruction in social skills, and what we call “get along” skills.

We have had many ‘a-ha’ moments from our students as the model components within the kit allow the students to visually see and experience what a compound machine looks like and how it would make the work easier for a person.  By building the model they have a better understanding of the different simple machines used in a compound machine.”

Several other teachers in Minnick School system agreed with Mrs. Brinkley on fischertechnik’s ability to inspire social interaction and team building in their classrooms. This initiative aspires to bring innovative learning tools, like fischertechnik, to student groups of all levels. Over the coming months, Studica will continue to work closely with the educators at Minnick Schools to develop materials and methodology focusing on how fischertechnik can be used to help students with special needs learn in an engaging and intuitive manner. Beyond that, the partnership will create new tools for teaching various aspects of STEM in all classrooms, from K to 12 with the fischertechnik line.

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Wacom Cintiq Rebate Offer – Makes it a Great Time to Update

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Wacom_CintiqUpgrade_300x250Wacom‘s Cintiq series is a line of tablet/screen hybrids that allow you to draw directly on the display. What we mean when we say “hybrid” is that this unique, graphics tablet incorporates a liquid-crystal display (LCD) into its digitizing surface. You get the benefits of Wacom’s professional pen input technology in a convenient, high-definition screen, comparable to popular desktop monitors. What could be better than a user-friendly, natural work space with state of the art resolution? Perhaps, rebate savings of up to $200 when you upgrade your tablet system.

Wacom Rebate Offer

Wacom-Cintiq-24HDUntil September 31st, Wacom is offering rebates to customers in the U.S.* that have previously purchased Cintiq Pen Displays. Simply, provide Wacom with a completed rebate form with proof of your purchase of a new Cintiq product, and the company will send your rebate directly to you. This family of interactive pen displays combines the advantages of an LCD monitor with the natural feel and workflow of Wacom’s patented technology. Don’t limit your creativity; let it expand with the possibilities of digital design. Cintiq displays allow you to immerse yourself in the creative experience with features like zoom, pan, rotate and intuitive multi-touch control. Check out the latest Cintiq models and see which one works for you. Eligible rebate purchases include: Cintiq 13HD, Cintiq 22HD, Cintiq 22HD Touch, Cintiq 24HD and Cintiq 24HD Touch.

These are just some of the amazing new features in store for Wacom display users. Take advantage of this intuitive technology at this discounted price, while you can. Rebate offer ends on September 30th. Whether you’re looking for something that is up to the task of digitizing your artwork or simply interested in capturing everyday data, signatures, etc., Wacom’s Cintiq displays has what you need.

*Rebate offer only valid for customers in the United States

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fischertechnik Partnership Assists Students with Disabilities

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fischertechnik-and-Students-with-disabilitiesRecently, the fischertechnik Division at Studica, Inc. announced a partnership with Minnick Schools, the education division of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia. The goal of this partnership is to explore how fischertechnik can be used in educating students with Autism and special needs, and to develop materials that can be shared by all teachers working with this unique population. Studica is passionate about STEM education offering online resources, classroom solutions and always looking for new ways to assist in the learning process. Our fischertechnik Product Manager, Lance Zurek, worked closely with the Grant Coordinator at Lutheran Family Services of VA, Diane Merryman, to develop this partnership. (Read more about this partnership.)

Studica’s fischertechnik Division presented the school system with 35 fischertechnik kits, valued at over $2,700. This is an excellent fit for an organization that provides educational services to students challenged with learning disabilities, behavioral issues and Autism. The program currently involves 149 students and 38 teachers at five schools. It is expected to grow to serve at least 750 students over the next five years.

New Learning Pathways for Students with Autism

The introduction of the fischertechnik kits has allowed Minnick educators to focus on creating new pathways and practices for their students. This curriculum has the potential to help students with Autism build basic fundamental skills, as well as teach STEM related concepts. During the process, Merryman said teacher response has been very positive:

“The students with autism appeared to really like the engagement and social interaction.  But I could see that there was a lot of critical thinking going on too, which is a real asset for vocational training.  For higher functioning students who have behavioral issues, teachers want to see a direct relationship with the curriculum and SOLs.  The goal for these students is to help them overcome their behavioral and social challenges and transition back to the public school without a loss of academic progress.  I think the kits are ideal for that.”

Monitoring Classroom Engagement

Experimenting with the kits and allowing the students to react and engage with the subject matter was the first phase of establishing this curriculum, and it was met with excitement. Teachers that worked with students with Autism notice that the kits fostered an increase in engagement, social interaction and critical thinking. Similarly, teachers working with students with special needs and/or behavioral issues noted that the hands on activities motivated the students to engage with the written instructions. This helped with reading and comprehension skills for students who struggled. Pairing vocabulary words to different aspects of a completed fischertechnik model ensures the vocabulary becomes a part of long term memory, which improves the likelihood that students will be able to recall the meaning of those vocabulary words when faced with Standards of Learning testing in Science courses.

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Adobe Premiere Help: How to Enable CUDA Graphics Card

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I recently built myself a new computer a few months ago. I decided to treat myself with a brand new GeForce GTX 770 graphics card, which has worked wonderfully for all intents and purposes. Part of the reason I went with an NVidia graphics card was because I do video editing using Adobe Premiere. I had read that Adobe Premiere can utilize NVidia’s CUDA Cores to pre-render effects in Adobe Premiere, which cuts down on render times and makes the program run smoother overall.

Sadly, when I first installed Premiere, I booted it up expecting this enormous performance from my machine. This did not appear to be the case right out of the box. After searching around online, I found out that Premiere only has a handful of cards that have GPU acceleration enabled by default. In order to get other CUDA-enabled cards to work with Adobe Premiere’s GPU Acceleration feature, you have to go through a series of modifications. Bear in mind that just about any NVidia card that has 1 GB or more of RAM has CUDA cores in it nowadays. Whether you are getting a GeForce or a Quadro series card, you should be able to utilize CUDA cores to put extra performance into Premiere.

Adobe Premiere: Steps to Enable GPU Acceleration

But enough introduction, here’s how you enable GPU Acceleration for your CUDA graphics card in Premiere on Windows 7 64-bit.

1. Make sure Premiere is closed and open up a command prompt by going to start  type in cmd and press ENTER. This should open a command prompt window.

2. In the command prompt, type cd C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere CS5 and press ENTER. NOTE: If you have CS6 or a different version, you will need to modify the file path accordingly.

3. Now that you are looking at C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere CS5 in command prompt, type GPUSniffer.exe and press ENTER. This will run the GPU Sniffer program, which will show you some detailed information about your graphics card, as seen here:

Adobe Premiere Step 1

4. Take note of where it says “CUDA device details” and more specifically, where it says “Name” and lists your card afterwards. You will need to go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere CS5 and open the file called cuda_supported_cards.txt. In this file, you will see a small list of graphics cards. You need to put a new entry in this document listing your graphics card as it shows up on the GPU Sniffer. So, for instance, mine would be GeForce GTX 770. You can see an example in this screenshot:

Adobe Premiere Step 2

5. Save the text document and open up Adobe Premiere. Create a new Project.

6. Go to the “Project” menu  Project Settings  General. Under “Video Rendering and Playback” click the dropdown box where it says “Renderer” and choose “Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration”. This option only shows up if the cuda_support_cards document contains your graphics card. If you see this renderer option, then it means you have successfully setup Premiere to recognize your CUDA-enabled card.

Adobe Premiere Step 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premiere should use GPU Acceleration as the default renderer in all your projects. But the easiest way you can make sure of this is to look at your Sequencer and see if there is a yellow bar near the timeline.

If that bar is yellow, then it means GPU Acceleration is working.

Adobe Premiere Step 4

Now you should notice effects processing quicker and smoother within Premiere. GPU Acceleration should allow Adobe Premiere to process effects in the background while you continue to work. This should alleviate the need to constantly render your sequence in order to maintain smooth playback.

I do hope this was helpful. Feel free to leave comments and feedback. Remember students, teachers, schools and non-profit organization can save on software, electronics and more with academic discounts at studica.com. Thank you!

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New 3D Character Animation Software Perfect for Game Dev

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3d character animation software 2Smith Micro has just released Poser Pro Game Dev that is designed to make 3D character animation more convenient for video game developers.This new software is specifically designed to help Unity game developers create and integrate 2D and 3D content directly into their existing projects. The features highlighted in Poser Pro Game Dev are ideal for enhancing the Unity ecosystem for developers that are looking for a character system that uses animation tools with content. Combining the character and prop design tools of Smith Micro with the incredible gaming development platform of Unity has finally happened!

“We’re excited to make our massive content library available to Unity developers, and give our worldwide community of Poser and Anime Studio developers a convenient way to bring their designs to gaming,” noted Steve Yatson, Vice President of Productivity and Graphics Solutions at Smith Micro.[1]

The newest feature in Poser Pro Game Dev, the support of the FBX file, is what makes this collaboration possible. This feature allows for a fast, easy import to the Unity platform so you can incorporate the set of prebuilt 2D and 3D content into your Unity game development ecosystem. Both companies have emphasized how animators and game developers are benefiting from this partnership, and given the features of the new Poser software that is no surprise to us.

Key Features of Poser Pro Game Dev [1]:

  • An expansive content library with 87 ready-to-use human figures, animals, insects, robots and creatures.
    This includes hundreds of 3D props and scenery elements.
  • New polygon reduction allows you to intelligently reduce 3D figures and props to lower polygon counts, while preserving important attributes
    (i.e. morphs, materials, surface topology, etc.)
  • New figure combining makes it so you can combine complex figures—perhaps,
    the warrior you created with conformed armor, a sword and a burly beard to
    match—into a single figure with a game engine ready texture. Bonus, Poser Pro Game Dev can automatically locate and delete hidden polygons in your newly formed
    single figure so you don’t have to worry about gaming performance.
  • Kinect for Windows is integrated into this new system so that you can drive Poser biped figures, and create motion capture sequences.
    Use the Kinect to create these sequences and save them as animated poses in
    your library, or export them from Poser to directly into Unity.

Smith Micro‘s line of software is a comprehensive collection of creative programs that allow you to illustrate, animate and apply 2D and 3D art to a variety of mediums. From comic books to short films to gaming platforms, these animation tools are used wherever character creation and animation is needed. Couple that kind of design power with the versatility of Unity‘s 3D high-performance development platform and the creative possibilities are sure to skyrocket.

3D Character Animation Education Offerings

Smith Micro provides a variety of student and faculty pricing that allows classrooms to engage students in design and development software. Poser Pro Game Dev offers an instant savings of $100 off the retail price to those with proof of their academic status. That goes for both students and faculty! The academic license on Poser Pro Game Dev is authorized for up to ten users. Get this amazing software for the entire classroom without breaking your budget.

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At SIGGRAPH 2014, Unity Announces Back to School Deals

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SIGGRAPH 2014SIGGRAPH 2014 is taking over Vancouver, British Columbia. The annual conference is a gathering of industry leaders devoted to computer graphics and interactive techniques. It attracts everyone from researchers, artists, developers, filmmakers, scientists and business professionals. Unity Technologies definitely fits that bill and will be in attendance with a big announcement in tow. Following the acceptance of the Develop Awards’ Best Engine Award last month, the ultimate game development company announced that it will be providing massive discounts to students and faculty – just in time for back to school.

Unity’s Back-to-School promotion is set to start with the opening of the SIGGRAPH conference, on August 10th and runs through September 30th.

Unity Back to School Deals

What does this mean for the academic community looking to get their hands on this amazing game development software? Savings of up to $249* on licensing for Unity Game Development Software.  All of these promotional orders are considered pre-orders for the eagerly awaited Unity Pro 5. Which means when you purchase software now, you will receive the latest edition of Unity 4 and be one of the first to nab version 5 upon its release before the end of 2014. Award-winning Unity game development software, instant savings and an included update, these are the things that make a deal too good to pass up.

Upcoming Unity Pro 5

Unity Pro 5 is designed from the ground up to be an easy-to-use game development platform, no prior knowledge of software development required. That being said, Unity certainly didn’t forget any bells and whistles. Some of the improvements in Unity 5 include:

  • Real-time global illumination that is mobile, desktop & console ready
  • Improved reflection probes and physically based shading
  • Updated user interface (UI) that creates an intuitive design system for 2D and 3D designs (Now available for Unity 4 users)
  • Realtime mixing and master that allows you to create detailed mixing graphs, tweak your mix in play mode and create snapshots & blend between them
  • WebGL platform enhancement that allows you to deploy to the web without a plug-in
  • Unity Cloud does not require a third party SDK. It makes it so you can author ads, cross promote and find partners via a web portal

This is just a peak some of the cutting-edge tools included in Unity’s new software platform. To check out more Unity 5 improvements and features click here.

Students actually get professional Game Design experience at an academic price, and educators will be able to implement and/or improve on their STEM education programs. Capitalize on students’ passion for gaming and interactive learning, while preparing them for the digital workforce. With this limited time deal, there’s no better time to get on board with Unity.

Unity Back to School Deals*

These promotional prices are in US dollars for the USA market. Pricing in other countries may vary.

 

Original Price

Sale Price

Student & Faculty Annual Suite $149 $99
Student & Faculty Commercial Stand-Alone $750 $649
Student & Faculty Perpetual  Commercial Suite $1999 $1750

*In US dollars, subject to academic eligibility. Offer ends 9/30/14.

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fischertechnik Profi Dynamic XL voted “Toy of the Year 2014”

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Dr Toy Award 2014This year it seems like the honors just keep coming for fischertechnik. Only a month or so back, we were informed  that noted child development expert, writer, and toyologist  Stevanne Auerbach ,PhD. (better known to the general public as “Dr. Toy”) had selected the  fischertechnik Oeco Energy Set as one of the “Top Green Products of 2014”. This week we received the news that the prestigious German magazine for parents, “Familie & Co.” had selected their 50 favorites from among all the new toy products featured at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg this past February. For those of you who may not be familiar with it, the Nuremberg Toy Fair is the World’s largest, and all of the major players in the toy business visit and exhibit. Well, not only did fischertechnik make the list of the top 50, but their newest addition to the “Fun with Physics” family, namely the Profi Dynamic XL (set #524327), was selected as the “Toy of the Year” for 2014!

About fischertechnik Dynamic XL

PrintFamilie & Co. has been selecting toys for recognition (with the winners receiving the “Golden Rocking Horse” award) for thirteen years. Criteria for selection include that the products selected are engaging, well built, promote skills, and of course are fun to use…all attributes which of course apply to the great new Dynamic XL set!

The Dynamic XL builds on the original Dynamic set (#511932) by including almost twice many parts—1250 in all—and numerous all new components, such as special curve and funnel pieces. It also allows for building 8 larger scale models than with the original set, ideal for further exploration of phyics, and of course hours and hours of fast paced fun.

The award winning Dynamic XL #524327 is now in stock and ready for shipment—find out more by clicking here.

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