Friday, October 31, 2008

Google Website Optimizer Tour

What if there were a way to find out which images, headlines, and website copy are most effective at getting your website visitors to convert? There is, with Google Website Optimizer. Learn more in this video.

When money attacks web optimization.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Microsoft Surface - Drum roll, please!

After many late nights, and several long jam sessions, Vectorform-Labs is ready to share our first entertainment application for the Surface, The Vector Drum Kit. This Surface experience not only allows you to rock out to a 6-piece drum kit, but showcases the durability and responsiveness of the hardware. The ingenuity of the Vector Drum Kit is attributed to our latest addition to the Surface team at Vectorform-Labs, Kevin Foreman (aka DJ Kev).

Earlier prototype:

Check out our video of Mercedes-Benz Executive James Ryan rolling up his sleeves to rock out with DJ KEV on the Vector Drums, and the evolution of the kit’s interface.

Final version of the app:


When money attacks... drums!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Multi-touch display giving Dell Latitude XT users fits?

Dell's Latitude XT is a pretty special piece of equipment, namely because it boasts multi-touch capabilities while being a Tablet PC. Unfortunately, it seems that quite a few users are growing increasingly frustrated with the touch-lovin' screen, with GottaBeMobile going so far as to call Dell out to remedy the myriad issues with its N-Trig digitizer. Among the problems are "digitizer not found" errors upon restart, a digitizer that won't work properly without a few reboots and a nice selection of applet loading errors to top things off. It seems the readers of the aforesaid site aren't faring too well either, with the forums filling up with folks eager and willing to yell "amen!" and "me too!" Are you also experiencing wonky N-Trig problems? Are you fed up with Dell's public silence on the matter? Or have you figured out a solution that you've been keeping all to yourself for the past seven months? Chime in down below.

When money attacks... Dell?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Microsoft Surface - Surface Scavenger Hunt (PDC2008)

The Microsoft Surface team has set up a cool little game here at the PDC developer’s conference.

It’s a scavenger hunt. The Surface crew has set up a number of its table-top computers with touch-sensitive screens around the convention center. Participants are given plastic business cards with a unique pattern on the bottom (it sort of looks like a ShotCode or an Aztec Code). You place the card on the Surface table, and up pops a ring of photo thumbnails. The object is to match the thumbnails around your card with the images on the table. When you spot a match, you drag or toss the photo over your card to add it.

Check out the video:

The corresponding photos are distributed among all of the stations, so you move from station to station, playing your card and collecting the photos until you have a full set. A filled card can be redeemed for a Surface t-shirt.

Video 2:

There’s also an air hockey game that I tested, but either it wasn’t working properly or there was some odd bug in the software. Because I rule at air hockey and I found the Surface game pretty much unplayable.

If you want one of these fancy table-top Surface units, you can purchase one, along with an SDK, for $13,500.

Purchase one at:

Article from:

When money attacks... scavenger hunts!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Google Chrome - Importing settings

To import your settings after you've installed Google Chrome, click the wrench menu and select "Import bookmarks and settings." Select the browser and uncheck any items you don't want to add, then click "Import."

When money attacks Internet browsers.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Vectorform Surface Team

The members of Vectorform Labs newly minted Surface team are starting to get their hands dirty and make some really sweet stuff. Our assembled A-list includes Joe, Dan and Brad, the genius minds driving new technology and interactive development, and Florin, Clemens, Aaron and John, masters in user experience, interface design and motion graphics. Today, the guys are exploring the capabilities of the Microsoft Surface SDK, as well as the applications that came preloaded on our unit, including:

• Data Visualizer
• Controls Box
• Finger Fountain
• Grand Piano
• Paddleball
• Photopaint
• Scatter Puzzle
• Shopping Cart
• Virtual Concierge

And many more…


When money attacks... touch

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I'm a PC - Pride

Who is the real PC? Answer: all of us.

When money attacks... Windows advertising

Friday, October 24, 2008

Microsoft Surface - On MSNBC

We made our world debut on television today, and Microsoft Surface took center stage. We developed a suite of Surface applications for MSNBC and Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director, which aired for the first time at 9 o’clock this morning. If you caught today’s broadcasts you have already seen the Electoral Map and the Battleground States in action. If not, stay tuned as they will be using the Microsoft Surface up until the election. Check out the video below!


When money attacks... politics!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Google Chrome - Instant bookmarks

To save your favorite pages, just click the star next to the search bar, then select 'bookmarks bar' to access the link from any page.

When money attacks Internet browsers.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Surface Pumpkin App

Halloween is right around the corner, and here at Vectorform we are setting the mood with our newest Surface Experience: Vect-O’ Lantern. Created using Microsoft Expression Blend, this application is proof that developers can make unique and engaging Surface Experience’s with simple controls that come bundled right in the Surface SDK. Vect-O’Lantern is made by using an Ink Canvas layered with effects to make a highly addictive Pumpkin Carving Experience.

So this year, instead of going through the trouble of buying a pumpkin, carving tools, and covering kitchen tables in newspapers, we can all draw on our pumpkins on a Surface. Save as many custom Vect-O’Lanterns as you like, then watch it come to life, flickering with a soft candle glow and cycling through other pumpkin creations. Okay, okay maybe this year we don’t all have a Surface…next year then!! (~_^)


When money attacks... pumpkins?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Real PC - Sean Siler (I'm a PC)

Meet Sean Siler, a real Microsoft Engineer, in this longer-form video created exclusively for the Web as part of the "I'm a PC" initiative.

When money attacks... Windows advertising

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Google Chrome - Crash Control

Every tab you're using is run independently in the browser, so if one app crashes it won't take anything else down.

When money attacks Internet browsers.

Friday, October 17, 2008

New Family - Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates Ad (Long Version)

In the second commercial in the series, Jerry Seinfeld convinces Bill Gates to try and connect with everyday people the old fashioned way.

When money attacks... Windows advertising

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Shoe Circus - Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates

Jerry Seinfeld happens upon Bill Gates in a mall and trades shoe knowledge for insights into the future of technology.

When money attacks... Windows advertising

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Google Chrome - Dynamic Tabs

You can drag tabs out of the browser to create new windows, gather multiple tabs into one window or arrange your tabs however you wish -- quickly and easily.

When money attacks Internet browsers.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Google Chrome - Simpler Downloads

No intrusive download manager; you see your download's status at the bottom of your current window.

When money attacks Internet browsers.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Introducing Google Picasa 3.0 (beta)

A quick introduction to Picasa 3, free photo management software from Google.

When money attacks photo software.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Google Chrome - Safe browsing

Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.

When money attacks Internet browsers.