Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Monday, May 13, 2013

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Rent The New Photoshop By The Month? Or, Buy A Photoshop Wannabe And Save Hundreds Of Dollars
With Pixelmator 2.2, Who Needs Photoshop?
What Do You Get When You Blend A Little Of Photoshop With Illustrator? - An Affordable Acorn
Big Changes Coming To AppleCare This Fall, Including Warranty Subscriptions, In-Store iOS Device Repairs, And More - Report
Steve Jobs Lost Interview Converts Pundit From Hater To Fanboy
Really Useful Stuff To Know Department: How to Have Preview Sign Your Documents in OS X
International Space Station Dumps Windows For Linux On Laptops
Global Notebook Shipments To Increase Significantly In 2H13 - Notebook ODM Compal Chairman
New QuickerTek Quicky Jr 3 WiFi Adapter, With Added 'A' Band



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Rent The New Photoshop By The Month? Or, Buy A Photoshop Wannabe And Save Hundreds Of Dollars

Mac 360's Bambi Brannan notes that Adobe is no longer content with extracting money from users every few years with Creative Suite upgrades, but now wants to rent Photoshop and Illustrator and Creative Suite apps by the month - forever.

So, Ms. Brennen asks: "Is there a way around this growing trend of subscription applications?"

Yes. She suggests that casual Photoshop users are likely to be impressed by Pixelmator, selling for less than the price of a month's rental of Photosho, Pixelmator comes with Photoshop-like painting and drawing tools, noting: "Photoshop itself never looked so good."

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/XGp7a






With Pixelmator 2.2, Who Needs Photoshop?

AppleDailyReport's Dennis Sellers says Pixelmator has long been his graphics editing program of choice, and has only gotten better with version 2.2, which was released this week.

Sellers observes that the Pixelmator toolbar is very Mac-like. Its streamlined, clean and easy to use after a short learning curve, and also very Mac friendly, working with - among other technologies - a Mac's FaceTime camera, iPhoto and Automator. You can take a photo with the Macs video camera and add the snapshot as a layer in composition, while the Photo Browser palette in Pixelmator lets you access your iPhoto Library, albums, Smart Albums, as well as pictures in your Pictures folder.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/yRBB0

More information on Pixelmator and a free 30-day trial can be found at:
http://www.pixelmator.com






What Do You Get When You Blend A Little Of Photoshop With Illustrator? - An Affordable Acorn

NoodleMAc notes that the standard tools for professional designers and illustrators come from Adobe in the form of Photoshop and Illustator, both of which will cost you plenty of coin, and guarantee a hefty learning curve to become useful apps. Or, you can use Acorn on your Mac. Its the inexpensive image editor that blends a little of Photoshop and a little of Illustrator into a package of tools thats useful for designers, editors, photographers, and illustrators but at a fraction of the cost. Youll pay more in a month to rent Adobe's Creative Cloud standard bearers, than Acorn costs.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/TZkwg






Big Changes Coming To AppleCare This Fall, Including Warranty Subscriptions, In-Store iOS Device Repairs, And More - Report

Appleinsider's Mikey Campbell reports that in a town hall session held on Thursday led by Apple Vice President Tara Bunch, Apple informed tech staff that major changes to the AppleCare and AppleCare+ service programs will be enacted starting this fall, with a broadening of current policies likely to cut costs and make the service more attractive to consumers.

Among other things Campbell says Apple will reportedly reconfigure its paid AppleCare service as a subscription model, or introduce a new tier, which will be attached to a customer rather than a specific product.

For more information, visit:
http://goo.gl/1nk0d






Steve Jobs Lost Interview Converts Pundit From Hater To Fanboy

Forbes Drew Hansen shares some new insights on the philosophy of Steve Jobs gleaned from comments the late Apple CEO made in the Lost Interview, including about
the power impeccable products can have on the human race. He cites Jobs observing that "[Microsoft’s] products have no spirit of enlightenment about them. They are very pedestrian…but the way that we’re going to ratchet up our species is to take the best and to spread it around to everybody so that everybody grows up with better things and starts to understand the subtlety of these better things. Microsoft is just McDonalds."

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/4llKi






Really Useful Stuff To Know Department: How to Have Preview Sign Your Documents in OS X

The Mac Observer's Sandro Cuccia says he continues to marvel at the utility that OS X's Preview app delivers, including a little-known feature is that allows you to edit PDF files and images, and insert a signature.

He notes that you can insert a scanned signature stored in Preview anywhere on a PDF document.

For the tutorial, visit:
http://goo.gl/RXmZQ






International Space Station Dumps Windows For Linux On Laptops

The Register's Iain Thomson reports that the crew of the International Space Station, which has over 140 laptops on board, will trade their old Windows XP laptops for Debian Linux-powered systems to use in their Operations Local Area Network.

Thompson says Ops LAN maintenance subcontractor United Space Alliance (USA), has been using Windows XP laptops for the Ops LAN setup, but network integration team leader Keith Chuvala decided it was time for a change, explaining: "We migrated key functions from Windows to Linux because we needed an operating system that was stable and reliable – one that would give us in-house control. So if we needed to patch, adjust or adapt, we could."

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/SbfTi






Global Notebook Shipments To Increase Significantly In 2H13 - Notebook ODM Compal Chairman

Digitimes' Aaron Lee and Adam Hwang report that while global notebook sales have stubbornly stayed stagnant, shipments in the second half of 2013 are expected to see large growth from the first half, mainly due to the launch of new models and promotions by Intel and Microsoft, according to Taiwan-based ODM Compal Electronics chairman Ray Chen at a May 9 investors conference.

Lee and Hwang note that Compal's Mr. Chen expects shipments of notebooks and tablets together to shrink by less than 10% on quarter in the second quarter, and that the company expects to ship 8-10 million tablets in 2013, with shipments to concentrate in the third and fourth quarters.

Mr. Chen is also cited saying that touchscreen models accounted for 4-5% of Compal's notebook shipments in the first quarter of 2013, with penetration expected to rise to 9-10% in the second and further to 20% in the fourth quarter.

For the full report visit here:
http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130509PD212.html






New QuickerTek Quicky Jr 3 WiFi Adapter, With Added 'A' Band

QuickerTek has announced the release of the Quicky Junior 3 USB wireless network adaptor, the third generation in its Quicky Junior line. Quickertek say they understand that while it's good to stay current, it's also good to improve on current designs. The Quicky Junior 3 is improved in both the physical and electronic arenas. Built with a shorter, more compact design and expanding to the 'a' spectrum of the 802.11 band, it allows older computer users to use newer access points.

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Priced at $79.95, the Quicky Junior 3 comes complete with a small USB a/b/g/n remote stand adaptor, giving it more room and flexibility. Redesigned with the antenna actually folding into the body, with the added capability to use the 802.11 a 5.8 Ghz band wireless specification.

The Quicky Junior 3 is built for the MacBook user that needs a little extra boost in power, but doesn't need a full-blown system enhancement. It will give up to a threefold increase in power to the internal antenna on your MacBook, and is ideal for large offices or homes where you want to take your MacBook into the backyard and don't want to make an expensive upgrade to your entire network. It can also be used to add desktop computers such as the iMac to a network without having to lay more cable.

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The Quicky Junior 3 is smaller and more compact than the previous model, yet maintains the same power. The antenna actually folds into the unit itself, making it sleek and unobtrusive. It's also very simple to use- after the initial installation simply plug it in to any available USB port and start using your network. To utilize all current Apple AirPort Express and Extreme BaseStation as well as most, if not all PC type access points such as Belkin, Cisco, LinkSys, D-Link, and Net Gear.

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http://www.quickertek.com/products/quickyJr3.html

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