ArtDaily: The Mercedes-Benz research vehicle at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz.
“One central idea of the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion is the continuous exchange of information between the vehicle, its passengers and the outside world. Six displays are installed around the interior for this purpose. Through gestures, eye-tracking and touching the high-resolution screens, the passengers can intuitively interact with the networked vehicle. Consequently, the F 015 Luxury in Motion becomes a digital haven and a refuge for relaxation or work.” Hoo boy. And imagine if hacked. [Not to rain on the parade or anything.]
Fusion: Second Life college campuses - A tour of abandoned worlds.
I had more than one client believe the hype. Luckily they listened to reasoned argument.
DSLR Video Shooter: Here are 7 Ways to Speed up FCPX.
Most are obvious, yet the article still has some good tips.
Interesting Yosemite issue.
In the last few days, my iMac has begun to permanently lose focus on Finder windows. Not sure what’s happening, but the title bar will be greyed out. The three left-side buttons will respond to rollovers, but not actually function. Found a workaround - go to the Window menu up top and re-select that window [A diamond dsiplays next to the Window title - as if it’s been minimized]. A transparent ghost copy will zoom up from the left side of the Dock, flash over the window, making the window re-shade darker grey and begin working again.
Macworld: Parallels Desktop 11 lets Mac users say ‘Hey Cortana’.
Available now, I think.
Adobe/Kost: How to Rename a Lightroom Catalog.
Commander One: Free dual-pane file manager for Mac.
After all these years, a Norton Commander for the Mac. I’ve used Path Finder for a long time, but I’ll give this a shot.
Designer News: Sketch vs Photoshop a year later, where are we?
Sketch should be compared more with Fireworks, than PS, IMHO. Not as deep, but infinitely more usable than Fireworks.
Codepen: Star Wars scrolling text in CSS3.
Someone will *need* this, I’m sure.
Etresoft: About EtreCheck [Mac App].
Looks useful. Never heard of it before. Anyone know of it?
Macworld: Apple releases iOS 8.4.1, OS X 10.10.5, and iTunes 12.2.2 updates.
Tuts+: Introduction to OwnCloud - Using Applications.
Watching this, because I’m curious about dropping away from pay-for services.
“Sublime Text plugins for developers.”
The second plugin listed is Sublime Text [a program, not a plugin] itself.
To quote Nick Fury, “This is why I have trust issues.” Every damned time I click on an interesting link ...
DP Review: 500px launches redesigned iOS app.
The new blue icon’s hard to find on my iPhone. And I liked the previous version better - the pix just plain looked better in small size against black. Not a fan.
Mozilla Security Blog: Firefox exploit found in the wild.
Update your Firefox. Now. Kudos, Mozilla, for fixing this one so quick! That’s the way to do it.
A List Apart: The Tedium of Managing Code.
The Creative Cloud menu bar app continues to be a pain ...
It will load on bootup, but no graphics will display. So I fire up “Activity Monitor”, quit it, and restart to get a functioning version up and running.
Of course, things are worse elsewhere. I’ve got Google Chrome running with a single tab open, and it has so many “Chrome Helpers” open you’d imagine it’s actually phalanx of geriatrics needing wheelchairs, walkers, colostomy bags, adult diapers, etc. etc. What’s the browser of choice these days?
AppleInsider: Apple to patch actively exploited privilege escalation bug in OS X 10.10.5.
Just wait a day or three ... and manufacturers respond. Not like the old days. I didn’t even need to blog this, yesterday.
Adobe: Lightroom CC 2015.1.1 is now available.
There’ve been some annoying bugs ... this repairs some of them, so be sure to update.
Later: Note, it has *not* shown up in my CC widget yet. Waiting. Impatiently.
“FmPro Migrator is a stand-alone application which quickly and accurately migrates FileMaker Pro databases to MySQL, Oracle, Access, SQL Server, Sybase, DB2, OpenBase, PostgreSQL, FrontBase, SQLite and Valentina. FileMaker Pro database structure and data are migrated to a database table in the destination database.” I just had an Access mess end up under my nose. Marking this for future reference - just in case.
Giving Postbox another go (Mac app).
I’ve been expanding into other email addresses, and Gmail is just too damned slow for modern email work, no matter how good their spam filtering is. Outlook.com is better these days (speed-wise). I purchased a Fastmail account back a while ago - very quick - I may restrict it to business-only work. I’ll let y’all know how I get on with Postbox. It’s a nice catch-all, that can save stuff to Evernote with a click.
Macworld: Capture One Pro 8.3 review.
Having Macworld review Capture One is like having Consumer Reports review an F1 race. You wonder why. “Aperture replacement” my eye. Those who shoot tethered in studios love Capture One. The editing features are complex and much more subtle than the Adobe offerings. The workflow is decidedly different, so you kind of have to go all-in if you’re going to use it. New is the subscription feature, which means I could grab it for three months ($75) for specific shoots.
Luminous Landscape: Making People and Other Things Go Away.
If you’ve not heard or used the technique before. Pretty nifty, but does require exacting technique up-front. Don’t bump that tripod too hard. Mirror lockup adds a bit of crispness, too.
SE Roundtable: The Next Google Panda Refresh May Not Pick Up On Your Site Changes Today.
“... if your site was hit by the last Panda update and today you decide to refresh all your content by having experts write the most authoritative and useful content pieces, it still may be too late. Google may have already ran all the data for the Panda refresh but they have not yet pushed the release.” Offered if you’re the sort who worries about such things ...
Snapz Pro X wasn’t working on Yosemite.
It would sort of work once, never generate an image, and disappear. A fix, that seems to work.