And the Best VFX OSCAR GOES TO “Life of Pi”


WOOOHOOOOO !!!!! (Celebrations all around) The Best Visual Effects Oscar goes to “Life Of Pi”. Another proud moment of being a part of an Academy award winning team, once again. The first time being in 2008, when we got our Oscar for the best VFX on Golden Compass. Congratulations to all those who worked on it !!! 🙂
Regarding the guys i know (and have met) in picture, second from left is Bill Westenhofer (VFX supervisor at Rhythm and Hues) and second from right is Erik De Boer (Animation director at Rhythm and Hues).

P.S. i do not own any copyright over the picture, its just for the record.

How to install Photoshop CS2 on Ubuntu 12.04

Well now that Adobe have apparently made Photoshop (along with several other Creative  Suite 2 applications) free to download. While we can’t say till when they will keep their activation servers disabled for this, we might as well install it in Ubuntu 12.04 while we can. And yes i know there’s already GIMP, then why Photoshop. My answer to that would be “WHY NOT?”.

Let’s get going! First download Photoshop from the Adobe site (hint: google “adobe photoshop cs2 download“). Also copy the serial number whilst on the download page.

Ok then with the download done, let’s get started. First we need to install all the files needed to support Photoshop in Ubuntu.

You can do that by running this command in the terminal:
winetricks gecko corefonts vcrun6
or just install wine 1.5, this will install all the necessary files/fonts require to run PS smoothly.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.5
sudo apt-get install winetricks

if gecko or vcrun6 somehow doesn’t get installed, here’s what you’ll have to do.
For vcrun6:
sudo add-apt-repository  ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
winetricks  mfc42

For gecko:
Depending upon your system config choose either the 32 bit file or the 64 one
32 bit:
64 bit:
After it gets done. Run these…
sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/wine/gecko

For 32 bit:
sudo mv wine_gecko-1.9-x86.msi /usr/share/wine/gecko/
For 64 bit:
sudo mv wine_gecko-1.9-x86_64.msi /usr/share/wine/gecko/
And finally…
Right click on the photoshop.exe file you downloaded earlier and select ‘Open with > WINE Windows Program Loader’.

Follow the on-screen prompts as they appear, not forgetting to input your serial-number  when asked.

When everything’s complete, you can launch Photoshop CS2 via the Unity Dash. Enjoy !!!

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