A hectic week just passed. I just wrapped up the last episode of posing work for a Flash series production that I am working on. Now that that’s done, I can now concentrate on doing animation, which I am also doing for that particular Flash series. Boy, do I have some catching up to do. This is the last episode of the production; I wanted to do a great job on this one and go out with a bang.
(Two productions at the same time? I will write about how I managed to do that in another post.)
Monday usually is my favorite day. I get a lot of work done on a Monday. Everyone else I know hates Mondays because it’s the first day that they have to go back to work. I, on the other hand, just love it! In my opinion, it’s better to love Monday than to hate it, that way you will love the rest of the week. Lame, but it works for me.
My productivity is usually at an all-time high on a Monday. However, this particular Monday, like every second Mondays of the week, is invoice day. I had to prepare my animation output sheet for the cut-off and submit my invoice. Although the routine job of preparing my invoice is a welcome relief from the sometimes hard grind of doing animation and meeting deadlines, I get so relaxed doing it that my adrenalin level drops dramatically and I start to feel sluggish and unproductive. So maybe I can pass the time writing about what I plan to do for the next month or two.
I must admit I’ve been on an upgrade frenzy. I’ve been trying to come up with an optimum set-up for my home office cum animation studio. Here’s what I’ve done so far:
- Upgraded the RAM of my iMac from stock 1 GB to 2 GB. This made my iMac much snappier and faster. I had to do that so that I can use that machine for Flash Animation and Posing work.
- Upgraded the iMac’s OSX from Panther to Leopard. There are features in Leopard that I wanted to take advantage of. One of which is Spaces, a feature that allows me to group my application windows. This helps me organize clutter on my desktop and allows me to designate specific spaces for work, internet and messaging. The other feature is Time Machine, an automatic back up system that keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on my Mac.
- Upgraded Flash 8 Professional to Flash CS3 Professional. This allows me to run Flash faster on my Intel Mac.
I still keep my old PC turned on. I now use it mainly as a back up machine. I also use it to submit my work via Internet Explorer. The current Intranet set-up of my current employer requires Windows Internet Explorer for downloading and uploading of files.
So here are the rest of the things that I still need to purchase to complete my planned optimum “All Apple” set-up:
- An External Hard Drive. Since I now have Leopard as the current version of OSX, I need an external hard drive to make Time Machine work.
- An Airport Extreme Base Station. This is a wireless router made by Apple. This will replace my current wireless router. What makes this router necessary is that it has a built in USB port which I can use to attach my printer or another external hard drive, allowing me to share the printer and files between two machines.
- A Mac Pro. This beast will replace my PC and will become my main work station. I’m still waiting for Apple to upgrade the latest version of this machine. There are rumors that they might come out with a new model or at least an upgraded one next January. Until then, I must content myself doing work on my current iMac.
- Windows XP Professional. Wait a minute, what’s all that talk about ditching Windows and going all Apple, and now getting XP? As I mentioned earlier, the Intranet that the animation studio I am working for uses can only be accessed via Windows Internet Explorer. To run Internet Explorer, I need Windows. Intel Macs can run Windows using Bootcamp. Quite a neat feature.
Although I don’t see a gap in my schedule because of all the prospective work I have lined up next year, I would love to find time and continue my self-study of 3D. I used to dabble with Maya. I have Softimage XSI installed on my Windows PC, but I just can’t find the time to restart my learning. And since I am moving into Macs, XSI will probably be ignored altogether, being a Windows program and all.
I am sure more will be added to this list. For now, I am just glad I have it all laid out. All it needs now is the seal of approval from my commander-in-chief: my wife Liza.