Google & Microsoft: Where have I seen these companies before?

Over the course of the last two years or so, I have (for whatever reason) been paying more attention to Microsoft and Google as companies — not so much their products. The entire time, I kept thinking that they reminded me of another tech company. One that was too big to fail. I’m speaking about Apple, of course.

The list of “too big to fail” companies is long for those who were in the game early. Remember GEnie, Compuserve, AOL, Earthlink, WordPerfect, Macromedia, Quark, Netscape, IE, AMD, IBM, Syquest Drives, Zip disks, and more recently, MySpace. I’m sure I could think of dozens more if I had time.

Compuserve
I’ve had a hard time getting past the “outline” stage of an article about this topic, and yesterday I came across this excellent article at AppleInsider titled Google, Microsoft claiming Apple’s crown, albeit from 1994. Daniel Eran Dilger pretty much summed-up everything I wanted to say about the subject quite nicely.

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Word Crimes. Love it!

My personal favorite: “I could care less.” Whenever I hear someone say that, I immediately file them in my mental rolodex of idiots to never speak with unless required by law.”

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Adobe releases free multi-language font for Creative Cloud users

Adobe, in partnership with Google, is pleased to announce the release of Source Han Sans, a new open source Pan-CJK typeface family that is now available on Typekit for desktop use.

Source Han Sans

Source Han Sans, available in seven weights, is a typeface family which provides full support for Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese, all in one font. All told, each font weight in the family has a total of 65,535 glyphs (the maximum supported in the OpenType format), and the entire family rounds out at just under half a million total glyphs.

This is awesome for designers who must work with multi-language files. The font is available for all Creative Cloud users (including free subscription users).

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Free cloud computing vector art: Part 1

Free Cloud Computing vector art

When I’m searching for a piece of vector artwork, one of the first places I start looking is Vecteezy. There are plenty of sources for vector art online, but Vecteezy is definitely one of the best. It offers a great mix of free and premium vector art you can download immediately and start using.

Today I offer the first set of exclusive cloud computing vectors from Vecteezy – perfect for use in infographics or any other cloud computing-related design. (more…)

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Font management with Suitcase Fusion & Adobe Creative Cloud

Font Management Webinar
A reader asked me if a downloadable version of the webcast was available for a recent font management webinar from Extensis.

At the time, I was not aware of one. Fortunately, Extensis has made that webinar available for viewing by everyone.

View this recorded webcast to learn proven techniques to help you focus on design rather than font management. You’ll learn how Suitcase Fusion 5 takes the work out of managing your fonts in Adobe Creative Cloud to improve your creativity.

Learn how to:

• Remove corrupt fonts from your workflow
• Dispel the dreaded “missing font” dialog box in Creative Cloud apps
• Efficiently organize your font collection
• Speed font prototyping
• Remove font duplicates
• Clean font caches
• And more…

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