NY Post: Victoria’s Secret retoucher reveals her techniques.
I’ve made jokes before about the Jockey catalogs when they arrive. Missing limbs, belly buttons, more. I guess that’s where retouchers go to learn from their mistakes, before going to a premium brand ...
Macworld: LiquidText for iPad review: All you need for deep research projects.
This looks like something we expected the iPad to offer, years ago. I’ll have to try it out.
Register.UK: Flaws found in security products from AVG, Symantec and McAfee.
“Microsoft is brewing a patch for Detours due to drop next month which will help to address matters.” Hoo boy. Back up your stuff, Win users.
Macworld: Scrivener for iOS review - A sophisticated writing and research app for on-the-go.
Quirky but lovely, I use Scrivener for all my longer-form writing on desktop. I’ve not tried this mobile variant yet.
Luminous Landscape: Whither Adobe? Issues With Accurate Printing From Lightroom and Photoshop.
Roll back or wait for final prints in August. Needs a faster fix, IMHO. This is important software for many.
Macintouch Forums: Building My $1200 Hackintosh.
Zoho: Free Evernote Alternative.
Usual caveats apply. [Such as, can you get out what you put in, etc. etc.]
AppleInsider: Another Mac-specific malware pops up.
Another FYI. Leave Gatekeeper configured to identify developers.
Cinema 4D now has short-term licensing available.
Still one of the best packages that combines the ease of the old Strata StudioPro line, and the speed of rendering of Electric Image rendering packages. I used to do well with Formz -> Cinema 4D.
Macworld: External Editors for Photos review: Every image editor is now an extension.
Just make sure you can easily set color balance/white point. I see that as a distinct weakness in all third-party PS competition.
James Friend | PCE.js - Classic Mac OS in the Browser.
AppleInsider: Users upset by Evernote price hikes & two-device limit for free Basic customers.
Later: Forgot, Volker - even before the price hike - prefers OneNote.
Editor’s note: Apologies about titles percolating to Twitter.
Because of all the work in-house, I’m not being as careful as I should about title lengths. They get truncated by EE1, and I don’t generally notice until I post the *next* entry. Trying to be better, but things still slip through. Another reason to upgrade (another item on the to-do list!).
The Atlantic: The Existentialism of GPS.
DP Review: Study - Instagram interactions declining as user base grows.
Hmmm. Hate the new algorithmic timeline. I just don’t use Instagram. Opportunity for Flickr to regain marketshare, IMHO.
Macworld: Apple previews Apple File System to replace HFS+ in 2017.
SketchApp Blog: Versioning, Licensing, and Sketch 4.0.
Zeldman: Instagram to third-party developers: drop dead.
“Flickr, while it yet lives, provides me with far richer layers of experience and capability than even the most tricked-out third-party Instagram app could dream of. I always used Instagram under protest, as a poor cousin. I used it because people were there, not because I liked it.” Preach, brother.
New Scientist: Study of 1 million sites shows just how closely we’re watched.
“Narayanan and Englehardt discovered that many trackers are sharing the information they gather with at least one other party, sometimes dozens of times. The audit also revealed several previously unknown ‘fingerprinting’ techniques that sites are using.”
AI: Pixelmator for Mac gets new Quick & Magnetic selection tools, Retouch extension for Photos.
Adobe PS Blog: Introducing Content-Aware Crop - Coming Soon to Photoshop CC.
“Here’s how you will be able to use it: Move the horizon by adding more sky or ground; Change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of your image; Fill in the corners when you rotate an image so you don’t give up any of your pixels … and probably more we haven’t even imagined ourselves.” Oh, gimme.
PVC: Adobe Bridge CC - your “free” DAM.
Interesting! If Lightroom gets up your nose, you have another option in the same CC universe.
DP Review: LandscapePro software promises simple steps to dramatic changes.
This kind of software makes me crazy. I saw an article by a photographer the other day, who changes the size of features in his landscape shots via Photoshop. Makes mountains taller, seashells bigger/smaller, that kind of thing. The result is a complete fantasy. Sure, that has a place in photography, but it should be labelled as such. Fantasy. Fine art shot. Not reality. Very hard to place the line between sometimes.
Bad enough we alter colors and ranges of contrast routinely. Worse that we photograph crowded places during slow times, giving the impression that beauty and solitude are guaranteed (Santa Fe, this is getting very hard to do with all the tourism pushes). You see a photo of Santa Fe Plaza empty - it’s fiction. The place always has people in it.
It’s good, occasionally, to ask one’s self “What exactly am I portraying and why”.
AI: Leaked screens show Siri in Apple’s upcoming OS X 10.12 with always-on ‘Hey Siri’.
I can’t help but imagine the new ‘open plan’ offices, with dozens of people shouting “Hey Siri!” and the poor iMacs crossing commands left and right ... worthy of a comedy sketch at least. Using the word ‘delete’ for any purpose would be as heinous a crime as saying ‘fire’ in a theatre ...