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 Post subject: Museum progress XI
PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 5:03 am 
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Hi,

The last thread of this kind is no older than 2 months. Still I think it is worth the time because some minutes ago I added a puzzle with index=4000.
Getting to this point from the last milestone took so much time because I focused on improving existing entries by adding more than 100 images.

I do not know whether I should go on like this or focus back on the newer things where a backlog of ca. 30 entries accumulated. Currently there is some sort of leakage in motivation.
I could still need help with my image-editing staff. Any volunteers?

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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 6:04 am 
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That's really impressive Andreas!
I'm often in the museum and view the fantastic puzzles.

Which puzzle is number 4000?


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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 6:26 am 
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Come on guys! Any help would be appreciated, just cleaning up a couple of images a week would be good :)

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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 10:35 am 
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OK, you can count me in as a volunteer.
I have to go to the hospital next week, though, and get my left eye operated.
I'm not sure how long it will take until I see again reasonably (It is a serious operation, but not very serious.)
Andreas, I'll write a PM when I'm fit again.

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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 2:13 pm 
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Look, now we have a one eyed volunteer to do image editing! Shame on the rest of you :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 4:07 pm 
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Gus wrote:
Look, now we have a one eyed volunteer to do image editing! Shame on the rest of you :lol:
If I come back with one eye only I'll step back as a volunteer. So, don't be afraid of that old veteran destroying Museum pictures :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 1:31 am 
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Andreas you have done an exceptional job and in the past years you have made some
unbelievable progress that (I believe) no one else could have made!

The point (as stated by others before me) is all about having images+description.

I believe all designers/inventors should make clean photos of their own puzzles,
or at least find someone close to them who knows how to do this. The help they
will then provide to the Museum team would be extremely precious. Moreover, it is
the creators who are the ones that can actually present their own creations better.

Again, thank you Andreas!


Pantazis


PS. Konrad, all the best for your eye operation!

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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 12:54 pm 
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Konrad: I will come back to you.
Dreiser wrote:
Which puzzle is number 4000?
Nothing special:
http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pkey=4000
Please recognize the variable in the url.
kastellorizo wrote:
The point [...] is all about having images+description.
Yeah. Descriptions would be helpful too. But that is a completely different dream.


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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 11:06 am 
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I would love to help. Starting next week though, because I'm not at home and don't have a computer/ laptop (just my iPad).

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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
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Melysa wrote:
I would love to help.
Welcome on board. I will come back to you in private.


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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 6:22 pm 
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School's over for me and I enjoy image editing a bit. I really appreciate the TP museum and the work you've done with it, Andreas, so I'll volunteer. I can do description writeups or proofreading as well if you need that.

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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
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QuirkyCubes wrote:
School's over for me and I enjoy image editing a bit. I really appreciate the TP museum and the work you've done with it, Andreas, so I'll volunteer. I can do description writeups or proofreading as well if you need that.
I will come back to you in private too.
Writing descriptions would be very helpful, too.

Andreas


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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 12:29 am 
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Hello Andreas,

I would be more than happy to lend a hand with image cleanup, editing etc.
I am a graphic artist by trade with many years of experience, so I feel confident I can be of assistance.

Please let me know how I can help.


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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 5:18 am 
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Thank you for you help.
I will come back to you as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 1:14 pm 
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OK, I'm back home and the operated eye is better than before, already :)

I have done some editing for Andreas and learnt some rules interactively.
I tried to find something written by the use of the Search function, but without success.
I'll summarize my current understanding for other new volunteers and hope that Andreas and other experienced editors will correct me or add something missing:

- white background (I'm not sure how this is handled for white puzzles. My last pictures where white puzzles, originals with white background. The puzzle bodies looked a bit greyish. What if the original pictures have very white puzzles on dark backgrounds?)
- do not reduce the resolution of the original pictures (Andreas has his own tools doing this. The current size in the Museum is 350x350, but it may happen that Sandy switches to a higher resolution in the future)
- square format where appropriate
- output format .png (not .jpg)
- delivery to Andreas via rapidshare or dropbox preferred
- put logically related pictures into one .zip archive

Something missing?

Maybe we should have a set of rules for taking pictures for the Museum, too:
- white (at least uniform) background for black puzzle bodies, dark (grey) background for white puzzles
- resolution at least 500x500 pixels

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 Post subject: Re: Museum progress XI
PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:43 am 
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Hi, I am back from a weeklong business trip. Therefore an earlier answer was impossible.
Konrad wrote:
What if the original pictures have very white puzzles on dark backgrounds?
In many cases there were some residues of the dark background. Therefore a white background is better even in case of white puzzles.

About taking images:
Most important rule is: Make SHARP images. If that proves to be difficult then shoot several images and pick the sharpest.
500*500 is the favorised minimal resolution after cropping the puzzle from the background.

Thank you Konrad for writing this up.


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