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For the March 2010 issue of Boards Magazine, Emily Gobeille and I worked with Nexus Productions to develop an interactive cover experience called Rise and Fall. The software uses the amazing opensource Ferns tracking library together and openFrameworks, an opensource creative coding library written in C++.

Here is a little preview of the experience.

Software and cover:
Download the software and the cover as a pdf to try it out for your self:

Source code:
Grab the source code here:
Post questions about it on the openFrameworks forum.

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Posted on March 16, 2010



  1. powderly says:

    holy fuck dude that’s cool! it MUST have been emily’s idea…

    … now if only the open source gods would bring me an interactive copy of playboy magazine where you turn the cover upside down and megan fox’s clothes fall off…

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  3. Randy says:

    @powderly I got my girlfriend a pen like that once in Chinatown for $2. The Chinese already have surpassed us in developing the technology. It can be done!

  4. Great Blog I love the lay out and the color scheme is it possible to get a copy of your theme? Please send me an email at
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  5. manny says:

    hey thats so cool

    its sad how lots of things start open source and then some big coorp steal the idea and claim to be their own by patenting it

  6. manny says:

    hmm , worst even is the stupid patent office

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