Category: General

General creative topics

What’s the difference between CMYK and RGB?

Color GamutSince the dawn of desktop publishing, it’s been unquestioned that Thou Shalt Convert to CMYK. Those who submitted RGB files were considered uninformed, even uncivilized.

So what’s the difference between CMYK and RGB? CMYK vs. RGB at CreativePro has the quick answer.

For what it’s worth, I haven’t converted a file to CMYK in a long time. Since virtually everything I design ends up leaving my computer as a PDF/X-1a, I have InDesign convert to CMYK in the PDF-making process. You should note that this only works if you have a fully color managed workflow.

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The coolest looking mouse around for under $30

Spectrum Mouse

I came across the Spectrum Optical Wired Mouse from Satechi and thought it was so cool that I had to share it. For $25 (regularly $30) you get a wired 1000 dpi optical mouse with scroll wheel.

The chrome appearance looks slick enough, but the cool part starts when you flick the switch on the bottom of the mouse to the On position. The bright LED lights inside the mouse cycle through blue, yellow, violet, turquoise, white, red, and green. To illuminate a single color, switch to the Lock position when the desired color is achieved. The LEDs can be turned off by switching to the Off position.

At $25, it’s worth grabbing one, if for no other reason than just to have around as a spare. I plan on getting one and setting it to blue to match the blue glow emanating from the USB hub on my desk.

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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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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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Logitech offers alternative to Apple’s Magic Mouse

Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse

Made with a brushed metallic body and a silky-smooth touch surface, the Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T631 perfectly complements the sleek good looks of your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. There are two things I really like about this mouse (though I’ve not actually used one).

The first thing is that it’s wireless functionality is handled via Bluetooth, rather than the obnoxious little USB dongle that Logitech has been known for using in the past. I hate taking up a USB port for a wireless mouse.

The second cool feature is the fact that, unlike most all other wireless mice, you don’t have to plug it in to a charger or use batteries. The Ultrathin Touch Mouse features an internal battery that you can charge by plugging it in to a USB port. Now I know what you’re thinking: You just said you hate using up a USB port. But at least you only have to do it for a short amount of time. Logitech claims that one minute of charge time provides enough juice to power the mouse for another hour (under normal working conditions).

The Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse is available for $69.99, but there are coupons available – one popped-up right on the Logitech site when I visited it. If you’re in the market for a new mouse, and you love the idea of using touch gestures like the Apple Magic Mouse.

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Free Webcast: Font management in Adobe Creative Cloud

Font management seminar
Fonts. We love them. From cool to crazy, free and open source to extremely expensive, there are a massive number of fonts in the world, and we want to collect them all for current and future projects.

While impressive, an ever-expanding personal font collection can become unwieldy, problematic and even unusable over time.

Join Extensis font management expert Jim Kidwell in this free webcast to 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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