Author: James

Photoshop Mix for iPad

Adobe Photoshop Mix gives you powerful, easy-to-use tools that let you combine and cut out images, apply looks, and make nondestructive edits on your iPad — all compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC.

The short video at the top of the page shows the general idea behind the app. Looks pretty cool. I wish my son would let me use his iPad so I could try it out.

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Rant: Mockups, leaks and delays… STFU!

A “mockup” cannot be leaked. In order to be a leak, the item in question must actually be real (from the company that actually makes the item) – not a computer generated or plastic molded concept image. A mockup is generally created for the specific intent of sharing with other people.

The RockAnd while we’re on the subject of bullshit headlines used by every blog looking for page views, a product cannot be delayed if a date for its release has not been given by the company that makes the product.

And, you don’t need an analyst’s supply chain check to tell you that Apple will almost always announce a new iPhone every September. It amazes me how many sites manages to publish articles that use 200-500 words, quoting “analysts” and the ever popular “anonymous source,” to tell you what everyone already knows.

Since I’m off on a rant here, allow me to lay a digital smack-down on sites that offer a list of 10 things Apple MUST add to the next iPhone. Without exception, every one of these stupid articles list at least eight things that nobody but the biggest tech nerd gives a crap about.

I’d like to hire The Rock to lay a real-life smack-down on all their candy asses!

Photo by Matt Brink.

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Free vector poster art

Freepik poster collection

Freepik has made available a great collection of poster artwork in vector format that you can use in your personal or commercial design. Each of the 26 posters in this collection includes a preview JPG, a text file with links to where you can buy the fonts used, a flattened Adobe Illustrator (.ai) file, and an editable Adobe Illustrator file. (more…)

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Monochrome brings social app viewing to the Mac

Monochrome

Monochrome lets you browse and check all your favorite social networks at the same time from the ease of your laptop or desktop Mac. You can listen to SoundCloud or watch YouTube while working on something else without the battery taking a huge hit.

If you don’t live with your iPhone in your hand at all times and want to view some of the most popular social networks in one small window on your Mac, Monochrome looks like a great solution.

All the social networks Monochrome supports can be seen in the screenshots below.

Monochrome networks

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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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