Friday, June 27, 2008

If Adobe Products Have a Twitchy Interface, Remove Intellipoint 6

For months I've been trying to figure out why all of my state-of-the-art Adobe products -- Premiere, After Effects, Encore, and Photoshop -- have been, for lack of a better term, twitching. The screen would shake and redraw, menus would disappear, and only show when I moused over them. It was maddening! Sure, the programs would work, but productivity was at a crawl.

I tried everything I could think of: uninstalling old programs, cleaning the registry, updating video drivers (I was convinced it was a video thing), and I scoured the internet. Nothing.

Finally, after using every search combination I could think of, I found the answer on the Adobe Forums (duh). Here's the link.

Quote from user tl_woods:
This is what I did to fix this.

Uninstall all microsoft intellimouse driver versions. Export your registry settings and then search in registry for intellimouse and delete all references.
I dont think this is necessary but thats what I did.

Reinstall with IntelliPoint 5.5...

http://www.download.com/IntelliPoint-5-5-64-bit-/3000-2110_4-10734878.html

Its as easy as that.

The problem solved, at last.

And here's the 32-bit version of the driver:

 http://www.download.com/IntelliPoint-5-5-32-bit-/3000-2110_4-10734867.html?tag=lst-2&cdlPid=10734866

Friday, June 20, 2008

Cast Set for Sealed Fates



Photo provided by Robert Long II


We finished auditions for our next feature last weekend. We didn't get as large a turnout as we expected, but the quality of those that did show up was surprisingly high. Usually, about 5-10% are really good, another 10% we can work with, and the rest should look for a new career, but this time we must have gotten at least 15% that were excellent, and another 20% that were workable. I'll take that kind of quality over quantity any day.

After viewing the tape and mulling over the choices, we decided--with very little disagreement--on our cast of choice. It was comforting to see that most of the parts had solid backups in case the first choice didn't work out.

This week we called the actors and made the offers. Nearly everyone accepted-- excitedly. While we had to go for a couple of backups, we don't feel like we settled in the least.

Now we're gearing up for production, which should begin in July. There's a lot left to do before then. Final script tweaking, prop gathering/crafting, scheduling, scouting a few more locations, purchasing equipment, and drafting all kinds of lists.

Whew, that's a lot. And I wouldn't miss it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Celtx 1.0 Now Available

I've been following the Celtx software for some time. I currently use Final Draft for screenwriting, but I have a soft spot for free/open source projects.

Celtx has now released their version 1.0, which usually means it's ready for prime time. I can't say for certain that is true, but they have tweaked a lot of their features and added some new ones. I'm personally interested in the production tools: call sheets, prop lists, storyboard organization, etc.  I plan to try out the production features on our upcoming project. I'll post my results.