Tag Archives: optimisation

Yahoo login adverts

I was recently asked to create some full screen video ads for Yahoo’s login page. The constraints were: 1440×1024, must loop seamlessly, no HTML5 blend-mode effects, no plugins and 500k maximum file size. I managed to create a few videos, such as the one below, all within these constraints, using After Effects and the amazing WEBM format:

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Optimal scrolling for 2D games or UIs

I recently stumbled upon an old bit of code which demonstrates a technique I created for an efficient scrolling data grid on the YouView TV platform. I call it ‘Blit Scrolling’. Below is a demo of the concept – click on the window and use the arrow keys to scroll around (Flash required):
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Boosting Unity performance on mobile devices

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Mobile devices are becoming more and more powerful. However, not all your users will have high-end mobile devices, so you should keep a low-powered device handy for testing the performance of your games.

Here are 10 ways not usually mentioned on how to improve mobile Unity performance. The usual advice (use low-poly models, minimal lights, few effect, etc) is good. But if you still need need to increase performance, try these tricks: Continue reading Boosting Unity performance on mobile devices

CODING WRONGS – Where do I start with the bad?

It gets scary out there sometimes. During my freelance career I’ve worked at a lot of different companies and have seen such coding horrors as you cannot imagine. So I thought I’d start immortalising some of them – so that we can all learn better coding practices, by looking at the bad.

Starter for 10 – What’s wrong with this picture?

Did you spot the fubar? It’s not an obvious one. Continue reading CODING WRONGS – Where do I start with the bad?