If you want a perpetual license for the Adobe Suite, go out and buy CS6. Yes it's a year old, but a year from now you will still have the same suite, no more payments, it will always be on your desktop. Today at Adobe MAX, Adobe announced that the Perpetual license, that which you buy and you are done, will no longer be sold. Now, if you want the latest from Adobe, you rent it. This is a mixed bag, truly.
Flipsy.com is a quick and easy way for consumers to find the estimated value of and get top dollar for their used iPhones, iPads, Macs,video game consoles and books. The service offers instant comparisons of buy back offers from multiple vendors, lets customers sign up for price alerts and provides comparisons of trade-in values versus private party sale values. Users can sell used devices to vendors or name their own prices in the Flipsy.com marketplace.
Imagine the power of Photoshop. Now imagine the power of Photoshop on your phone. Photoshop Touch has been on the iPad for some time, and that's all well and good if you're taking images on your iPad and/or you don't mind transferring images from your iPhone to the iPad, but the reality is that we are probably more likely to be taking images on the iPhone itself. If we need to do something to that image now before we send it out to all of our friends, we need to fix it on our iPhone. Well, now we can. With some exceptions with the profoundly bad Help for Photoshop Touch, Photoshop Touch works mostly amazingly well.
Mac Backup Guru 1.0 for OS X is an elegantly simple, user-friendly file backup utility that takes the hassle out of backups, and employs advanced algorithms to ensure that the synced backup maintains a level of data integrity equal to the original
Fun Greetings Deluxe can get the job done and create many different types of very attractive and presentable greeting cards, square cards, flat cards, postcards, single & double fold cards, and Money Holders, offers nearly 200 professionally designed card templates appropriate for 13 different occasions, and the price is reasonable, but the user interface could use some refiinement
Acrobat XI has been released by Adobe, adding new capabilities and removing some strong features. Most significantly for Windows users, LiveCycle Designer has been completely dropped (it's still available but as a separate product) along with Acrobat Suites (unrelated to the Creative Suites). For everyone, there's been the removal of self-contained multimedia capabilities within Acrobat. Rather, Acrobat has shifted gears somewhat to focus on its core function: creating PDFs from more sources. It also adds better capabilities to export from Acrobat into Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In addition, it is much easier to edit PDFs and to work with images within PDFs. And finally, after watching the Creative Suites provide workspaces for over 10 years, we now have workspaces within Acrobat, but alas, the interface...
Extensis released this new version of its font management program, Suitcase Fusion, some time ago, but I chose to hold off on releasing my review until all aspects of the application were up and running. Sadly for Extensis, a big part of this wait was for Adobe to make some bug repairs to Photoshop so that it, Illustrator and InDesign could take advantage of an interesting new feature in Suitcase 4. If you do a lot of font experimentation during the creative stage of your design work, the wait was worth it (but with caveats, as you will read).
With Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), it's a whole new ball game. It offers new algorithms to both interpret raw images and to process them, including the ability to work with 32-bit HDR images. ACR continues to amaze photographers who've learned that raw images will lead to significantly better results than letting the camera interpret what's been gathered. Bridge, however, has stalled. This incredibly useful application has barely had any adaptations or improvements beyond upgrading to 64 Bit. Regardless of what hasn't happened to Bridge for CS6, Adobe Camera Raw is reason enough to update your Photoshop.
This is Illustrator, the overhaul version. After 25 years (yup, it's been out that long now), Illustrator is having the first major internal overhaul since, well, ever. It's not that there haven't been internal updates, there have. But this release is now 64-bit native and is one of the applications from Adobe that is getting the Mercury update engine to better speed things up. By that, I mean that not only is AI getting access to as much memory as you've got (that's where the 64-bit comes in) but it is also accessing hardware acceleration via OpenCL. And while all that was being done, the AI team also completely rewrote the Live Trace feature (now called Image Trace) and introduces a new Pattern Maker that is as much fun to use as the results are to behold. So sit back and be ready to enjoy Illustrator CS6.
FileMaker has just released the latest version of FileMaker Pro. With this new release, FileMaker dives deeper to make it easier to create portable device layouts for FileMaker Go, and now provides FileMaker Go for free. They also realize that not every database creator is a viable designer, and now provide a number of ways to help in that regard. In addition, there are new chart types and enhanced container fields, and you now have the ability to create layouts to make them accessible to screen readers. In the grand scheme, there is a lot more to FileMaker than just a pretty face, but in this release, the developers focused on helping you create a pretty face. And, as usual, there's a lot more there.
Photoshop didn't really have an update with the 5.5 build other than some bug fixing. That's why when some of the Adobe applications show CS5.5, PS showed CS5.1. That means that they've had a whole two years to develop CS6, and it shows. When CS5 showed up, the public was warned that a lot of developing time went into making PS 64 bit, not that the focus on 64 bit seemed to have slowed down their creativeness in that build. With CS6, we get some expanded filters, improved painting tools, enhanced content aware fill capabilities, a whole new way to deal with the distortion of wide angle lenses, and new video features that may make Premiere Pro look unnecessary for small projects.
MathMagic Personal Edition is a stand-alone equation editor designed to be suitable for for users ranging from novices, students, teachers, higher education, and to high-end desktop publishers. If you're looking for a Mac equation editor, you really can't go wrong downloading a free trial copy to check out
Every Mac user, experienced or veteran, will almost certainly have on occasion deleted a file by accident or due to absent-mindedness. Data Recovery Guru lets you locate and 'unerase' seemingly deleted files, and the app's friendly GUI designed to be uncomplicated and easy to use makes data recovery 'non-technical.'
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