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[filmscanners] VueScan and MojoWorld - the hidden connection


  • To: lexa@www.lexa.ru
  • Subject: [filmscanners] VueScan and MojoWorld - the hidden connection
  • From: "Julian Vrieslander" <julianv@mindspring.com>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 03:16:57 -0400
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This is a bit off-topic, but might be interesting to some on this list.
Many of us are VueScan users, and some of us already know that Ed Hamrick
builds his program on the wxWindows cross-platform framework.  I have been
trying out another product that is built on wxWindows: the MojoWorld
Transporter.

MojoWorld synthesizes and renders artificial, but realistic looking
landscapes (entire planets, in fact), based on fractal mathematics.

<http://www.pandromeda.com/>

Wired has an article with interesting background info on the MojoWorld
project and its chief scientist, Ken Musgrave.  Check out the screenshots.

<http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,48155,00.html>

The software is available in versions for Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, Windows, and
Linux.  I discovered that it was written on wxWindows after inspecting a
crash log (this was for Mac OS X version of Transporter).

Some people have complained that VueScan's user interface does not follow
proper standards for Windows.  I use it on a Mac, and I find it rather
spartan, not totally consistent with Mac UI standards, but usable.  The
authors of MojoWorld took another approach.  They built a unique, highly
stylized, and platform-independent UI on top of wxWindows.  I'm not
suggesting that Ed needs to go this route.  But it is very stylish, worth a
look if you are interested in UI design.  And the images produced by the
freebie Transporter softare are certainly impressive and fascinating.

Standard disclaimer - I have no connection to Pandromeda or its MojoWorld
project.

--
Julian Vrieslander <julianv@mindspring.com>

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