500px – onOne Software [Perfect Effects 9 Premium, free]
If you’re on 500px, you can get a copy of the latest Perfect Effects 9 Premium for free. PE8 has been another tool in my arsenal; just updated to PE9. Grab it while you can.
c|net: Fantastic Adobe video spotlights 25 years of Photoshop artistry.
Photoshop was my saviour, as I’ve expressed many times. Not many of us can still claim that we learned to do drop shadows in channels, because layers didn’t exist.
Tangent, slight: There were many graphics software packages before PS. I see a bundle of news articles today missing this fact. I used to use Rio on Vista and NU-Vista graphics boards in PCs. Rio was *very* powerful, more powerful than the first Photoshops. PS didn’t do true 32 bit graphics for many years. But it was a tres handy Swiss Army knife for converting TGAs to other formats. I could quickly get Mac and PC formats into TGAs for my video system in less than fourteen steps ... and for that, I’ll be eternally grateful.
Macworld: DiskWarrior 5 - Essential drive maintenance and repair tool gets even better.
DW has always been the go-to fix in my arsenal. I haven’t had to purchase it for a while now, but I may spring for it soon ... as my original externals begin to age. I’ve got backups, but DW is extra insurance.
CreativeMarket: The Best Tricks to Reduce Photoshop File Size.
A solid color layer on top of all other layers? “Photoshop’s high quality file previews are surprisingly weighty, so simplifying them as much as possible saves you tons of space on huge files.” Learn something new every day.
Macworld: Box fixes security flaw in Mac desktop Sync app.
Update your desktop app, if you use the Box service.
Macworld: Your Photos for OS X questions answered.
“Photos is not an Aperture replacement. It doesn’t offer Aperture’s organizational powers, brushes, versions, and so on. You can certainly be disappointed that a free bundled app doesn’t replace one that once cost a couple of hundred dollars, but all that’s going to earn you is frustration. Apple’s moved on and it seems you’ll have to as well.”
Mashable: Apple’s Photos app for OS X Yosemite.
“The new Photos app might note sate all hardcore professional Aperture users, but frankly, it doesn’t really have to. Adobe has made a great product with Lightroom and if you’re a pro, that’s probably what you should use.” I’d wait for other reviews, of course; this is the first mention I’ve run across. I’m in Lightroom and very happy. I would be unhappy with having to dig through simplistic icons to get to advanced adjustments - I would hope there’s a pref to turn off/on the little icon dock. No mention of how it behaves with plugins.
Alternote — note-taking app for Mac.
“Alternative Evernote Client.” Hmmm. Beta.
SF New Mexican/Science Matters: The Internet giveth and the Internet taketh away.
“The new study was able to measure a second problem, known as content drift, that describes the change over time that occurs in most linked documents or references. Does the link still connect to the version of the document that was intended? If not, there is content drift. By combining content drift with link rot, the researchers were able to come up with a metric for what they call reference drift or reference rot, indicating how far out of alignment the basic documents were with their intended links. In the archives studied, 20 percent of the articles were not reliably moored to their references.” Link of the day. Roger gives us a great one. If I go back to my oldest archives, if 80% are not rotted, I’m surprised.
Imgur: Updated Google Maps Middle Earth.
Guardian.UK: Research says iPads and smartphones may damage toddlers’ brains.
“These devices may replace the hands-on activities important for the development of sensorimotor and visual-motor skills, which are important for the learning and application of maths and science” Poking a screen doesn’t compare to sorting building blocks by size, I theorize.
ReadWrite: The Scoop On Microsoft’s New Outlook App For iPhone and Android.
Inbox, Dropbox’s Mailbox, Amazon yesterday, Outlook for mobile ... seems the email sector is hotting up.
Amazon WorkMail – Managed Email and Calendaring in the AWS Cloud.
UI looks clean. Integrates with Outlook - that’s going right up against Office 365. Hard to fight the penetration of MS Word, however.
Latest Mac OS X [Mavericks] Security update ... long period of white screen is normal.
I let mine update via the App Store, restarted, and my iMac sat on a white screen for a very extended period, with no hard drive sounds. Eventually it all started chugging again, and loaded normally. Just warning others - be PATIENT.
Brad Frost: Over It.
Lightroom Killer Tips: A Quick (but very powerful) Adjustment Brush Tip.
Lightroom Killer Tips: 7 Really Useful Lightroom Shortcuts.
And they are. Really useful.
Macworld: Unlocking Disk Utility’s hidden secrets.
Never knew you could multi-verify. Bookmarked. Macworld, please stop with the auto-play videos. We hates it, Precious.
Evernote Blog: How to Create a Table of Contents in Evernote.
Bookmarked. The mind boggles at the circular logic in storing Evernote tips in Evernote ...
Ars Technica: Why DNS in OS X 10.10 is broken, and what you can do to fix it.
Woof. Have backups. Just one of the reasons I haven’t upped to Yosemite yet. Apple, get on the stick, will ya?
Yanado - Task management inside Gmail.
Never heard of it. Thought some might be interested.
Macworld: Top tips for working with the Mac’s menu bar.
The tip about accessing the Library folder alone is reason enough to link this.
Alfred Blog: A First Look at Alfred Remote.
I suppose there’s a need. I’ll let you know if I ever need to boot up Photoshop while driving ... or on the toilet.
codelitt: How will we ever get back our casual web browsing experience?
“Sure, I and others with solid technology backgrounds can connect through the TOR network, encrypt every single email with PGP, keep our drives encrypted with Truecrypt, and use OTR protocols for our IMs - but what about the billions of casual web browsers? Do they no longer deserve their right to privacy because they didn’t have these skills?”