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CDPUG Logo Assembles Itself in Three Dimensions

Think 3D is only for monster movies like Godzilla?  Think again.

Ron Skoczen, a Cleveland area graphics professional who specializes in 2D & 3D technical illustrations, has been experimenting with the CDPUG logo. Here are a few samples of his work.

With a little bit of tweaking to make sure all the cubes were touching and connected, the model is then exported to a .stl file and ready to go to 4D Parts Direct for output.








With the aid of ArtSmart (video), a free plugin developed by Adobe and Maxon, it is easily imported into C4D with colors and layers intact and extrusion automatically applied.

CDPUG Logo Assembles in 3D

CDPUG Logo Assembles in 3D

To create the random pile of cubes on the bottom of the model a cloner object with a dynamic tag was created and the cubes were allowed to fall into a pile to form a base.

The animated cube video is seen here on You Tube  This video is short and fast so plan on watching it more than once :-)

More Information contact: 

Ron Skoczen, President
Skoczen Studios

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An Overview of Wacom Graphics Tablets
Demonstrated by CDPUG Members

wacom tablet

ars longa est, vita breva
(art courtesy of

CDPUG General Meeting

Date: 08/28/14
Reception Starts: 6:00 p.m.
Meeting Starts: 6:30 p.m.
Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center
1 Infinity Corp Ctr Dr # 250
Cleveland, OH 44125 Driving and Parking Directions

Speaker(s): Gerry Shamray. Lauren Smith of Things Remembered. Karen Sandstrom. Henry Lee of Copy King
Cost: Free for members, $10 for guests

You’ve seen them online, in stores and in studios –graphics tablets or digitizers. They stood for the modern digital artist before the age of iPads and Touchscreen PC’s. The most familiar types of digital drawing tablets are ones made by Wacom that feature a pen or stylus that functions very much like a traditional drawing implement. Others are hybrid devices that have an embedded LCD screen, allowing you to draw directly on them. Depending on the model, these feature various levels of pressure sensitivity and programmable buttons to allow the artist in you to express your creativity. With it, the powerful digital drawing tablet can be anything you want: a paint brush, a ballpoint pen, a marker, even a spray can.

This meeting will introduce you to graphics tablets technology, the software that is used with it and how to get the most out of your digital drawing tablet, through demos, examples and actual user experiences. If you have a digital drawing tablet gathering dust at your desk or have considered purchasing one, this meeting is for you.

Links that provide additional resources on this topic

(Note: All links open to a new web page)

Wacom HomePage

Wacom Community

Wacom on Facebook

Wacom Boards on Pinterest

25 Tuts for Getting Started with your Wacom Tablet

Using Graphic Tablets & Programs to Break Into Digital Cartoon Design

15 Apps to Use with Graphic Tablets

5 Tips for Tablet Users: Workflow Tutorial

These links hopefully will provide everyone a starting point for help, inspiration and growth with this remarkable digital tool.

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shncShaker Heights Nature Center
Artists’ Reception
Friday, August 22
5:30 to 8:30 pm

Meet the artists, view their work and enjoy refreshments at the Artists’ Reception that kicks off a collaborative art exhibition called Raiders of the Lost Art, showcasing artists practicing in a realm of mediums considered to be “lost art” such as calligraphy, embroidery, archival ink and paper images and original oil paintings. The exhibit will feature the works of Eugenia Vainberg, Janet Dodrill and members of The Western Reserve Calligraphers Club and their art inspired by nature with emphasis on local landscape, flora and fauna.

The exhibit will be on display through November 7. Pieces from the exhibit are available for purchase during the reception and throughout the exhibition period.

Shaker Hts. Service Center
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
2600 South Park Boulevard  (map)
Cleveland, OH 44120

Phone: (216) 321-5935
Fax: (216) 321-1869

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50% Back to School Sale for Take Control Library

owl-readingWhether August means back-to-school for you personally or you consider learning to be a lifetime endeavor, we’d like to make it easier for you to pick up new skills. Through August 25th, you can add any number of our ebooks to your Take Control library for 50% off the cover price.

All our books are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats, so you can read wherever, whenever, and on whatever device you like.

(Though we hope everything works properly, if our site is overloaded by sale traffic, try again later in the day when things have settled down.)

We don’t expect you to read every Take Control title cover-to-cover; instead, each book has a Quick Start section that gives you a look into the book beyond the table of contents so you can jump instantly to the information you need.

Whether it’s dealing with passwords, upgrading your AirPort network, getting a handle on Apple’s Pages word processor, automating repetitive tasks on your Mac, or finally writing your own book in Scrivener or iBooks Author, we have a title to help. We also have ebooks about iCloud, Mail, FileVault, iBooks, CrashPlan, PDFpen, TextExpander, setting up a paperless office, and more.

Expert Authors

What can you learn from our expert authors? Tons. Here are some highlights:

* Passwords: Develop a secure password strategy that won’t slow down everyday activities, thanks to Joe Kissell’s best-selling “Take Control of Your Passwords.” Also don’t miss Joe’s “Take Control of 1Password,” about the popular 1Password 4 password manager.

* Wireless networking: Upgrade your wireless network with Glenn Fleishman’s “Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network.” The book will help you extend the range with multiple AirPort base stations, add USB drives and shared printers, enable security options, and more.

* Pages: Find in-depth guidance for using Apple’s Pages for all manner of word processing tasks and to create visually attractive, media-rich layouts. In Michael E. Cohen’s “Take Control of Pages” pre-book, you’ll find 200+ pages documenting Apple’s rewritten Pages 5 for Mac, iOS, and even iCloud. Since “Take Control of Pages” is in progress (Apple keeps making changes!), it’s available only via Leanpub, but you can still save 50% with this URL:

* Apple TV: Apple’s diminutive streaming media box is much more than a conduit to the iTunes Store. Find out how to play a wide variety of media and have more fun with “Take Control of Apple TV,” by Josh Centers.

* Podcasting: Start podcasting or improve your podcast with the recently updated third edition of Andy Affleck’s “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac.”

* Dropbox: Enjoy a thorough look at how to use Dropbox — particularly the non-obvious bits — for file transfer and collaboration with Joe’s “Take Control of Dropbox.” (But don’t be deceived; as useful as Dropbox is, it does not a backup strategy make. The definitive word on backups remains Joe’s “Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac.”)

* iTunes: Manage your music collection and find your way around iTunes more effectively with Kirk McElhearn’s tips in “Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ,” where he answers oodles of questions about playing, ripping, buying, tagging, viewing, organizing, searching, syncing, sharing, and burning your music.

* Automation: Make working on your Mac less tedious, more accurate, and more easily repeated with “Take Control of Automating Your Mac,” also by Joe. (For even more Mac mojo, don’t miss his “Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal.”)


Tonya & Adam Engst

So stock your Take Control library today with the titles that you’ve been wanting to read or that you think might become useful in the future — remember that we give readers minor updates for free, so your library can stay up to date throughout the year!

Thanks so much for your continued support, and the many useful questions and kind comments you’ve sent over the years. Please do us a quick favor, and spread the word about this sale to your friends and colleagues — this is the perfect way to introduce someone to the series or to get your buddy to take the advice in “Take Control of Your Passwords” to heart (if you can guess his password, we guarantee that a cracking app can too).

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

I sent CDPUG President Henry Lee a link to this Productive Design Mac Bundle thinking it might be one of those CrapWare bundles to ignore. It’s not! Henry was so excited that he bought it on the spot. And Henry is a thrifty guy!  The bundle includes Ember, Pixa, Poser 10, Anime Studio Pro 10, Art Text 2, TotalFinder, and Design Hacker Bundle. I am looking forward to Henry animating my “SpikeBot” Action Figure at a future CDPUG Program!

The special goes until August  11, 2014. The bundle is 95% Off – Just $39.99 for $900 worth of tools!

Here is Henry’s reply.


That’s a phenomenal bundle for any designer wanting to do 3D, Animation, Illustration. The perfect bundle mix! I paid $49 just to upgrade to Poser 10 by itself, so this is a no brainer!!!!

Please post to blog! Will post to FB.



Here’s the link again.

Productive Design Mac Bundle Link

Hope you all enjoy,


P.S. The link is an affiliate link of Don McAllister of ScreenCastsOnline. ScreenCastsOnline is my favorite source for video training on Mac Products. Don has helped CDPUG with raffle prizes in the past, and so I am returning the favor. It is one of my fantasies that Don would present remotely to CDPUG. His content is great.

“Take Control of FileVault” explains how to protect your Mac’s data in the event of theft

Perish the thought, but if your Mac were stolen, would you worry about the thief — or whoever the Mac was fenced to — seeing your email, photos, financial data, and other sensitive information? OS X’s built-in FileVault encryption technology can ensure that your Mac’s contents are safe from prying eyes, but if you’re hesitant to entrust your data to FileVault before you understand how it works, “Take Control of FileVault” will dispel any misconceptions, answer your questions, and get you running FileVault with confidence. The book normally costs $10, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $7. Learn more about the book and buy it via the coupon-loaded link below.

Security expert Joe Kissell begins by demystifying FileVault in a quick FAQ that explains, among other things, how it is that you can work with your startup drive normally even though all the data on it is encrypted. It also explains the distinction between today’s FileVault 2 and Legacy FileVault, which was completely different. After the FAQ, Joe provides detailed steps for activating and using FileVault on both your startup volume and external drives. He also explains how FileVault interacts with your backups and how to use Find My Mac to lock or wipe a stolen Mac’s drive once you’ve turned on FileVault.

Put bluntly, even ignoring personal data, if you have a MacBook that contains business data, such as customer names and addresses, credit card numbers, or the like, you should be enabling FileVault. Too many laptops are nicked from coffeeshops or left in cabs to risk leaving the drive unencrypted.

Additional topics include making and using encrypted disk images, third-party software that can encrypt just a single file or folder, and accessing special FileVault features from the command line.

Thank you for your support of our authors and the Take Control series!

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

P.S. Check out some of our other recently released ebooks, all at 30% off:

* Take Control of Automating Your Mac
* Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network
* Take Control of Your Paperless Office
* Take Control of Dropbox
* Take Control of iCloud