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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

As another year passes, I think back through 2011 and I’m thankful for a lot of things. I hope you all have a safe and happy 2012!

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Merry Christmas to all…

Merry Christmas

Have a fantastic Christmas weekend.

I’m closing up shop for the weekend to spend some much-needed time with the family for Christmas weekend, and I hope you do the same. Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

For the last-minute Christmas emails, be sure to grab the free Christmas Stationery Pack for Mac OS X Mail.

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Announcing The Graphic Mac 3.0: New look and more updates

It’s been long overdue, so I’m happy to announce the latest update to The Graphic Mac. It’s been about a year since this site had any major updates to the look and feel, and I hope you find the new version much easier to read and navigate.


My goal was to de-clutter the entire site, making it easier for you to read, and for me to maintain. Gone are a few features that didn’t get used much, such as the community links section in the sidebar. I’ve also disabled comments on posts.

Post iconsThe major change, beyond the appearance, are the addition of “Post-Types.” Next to each post headline you’ll find a small icon that indicates what type of post it is. There are several different types available, including picture, link and standard posts (as seen in the image at the right), as well as audio and video.

For the most part, you’ll find standard post icons (like the one for this article), and link icons. Link posts are simply links to other sites, which you access by clicking the title of the post right from the homepage.

Issues: Link post headlines lead to the desired URL only when clicked directly from the homepage. For some reason, when you click the headline from an individual post page, they don’t take you to the link – instead they just refresh the page. I’m working on finding a solution.

Because the new Post Types are easier to work with, it is my goal to post content more often.

To make finding similar posts easier, a search box is available in the sidebar and the footer, as well as a tag cloud in the footer. Of course, you can always just click a topic link in the sidebar.

I hope you like the new look of The Graphic Mac, and continue to visit the site daily. If you have any feedback, you can send me an email.

Thanks to everyone who offered support, sent me software announcements and article ideas, clicked an ad in the sidebar or footer, or simply sent an email to say thanks for the site. You guys are the reason this site exists!

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Adding fonts to your website is easy with Extensis WebINK

The days of sticking with Arial, Georgia, Times New Roman, and ComicSans on your website are dead. Extensis has made available a few tools that make the task of adding fonts to your web design easy for those of us who aren’t traditionally considered “web guys.”

Using fonts on your website was a pipe-dream just a short while ago. Plugins were introduced that allowed you to use Flash to load fonts on the fly, but the results were less than spectacular, and quite cumbersome to work with. But recently introduced technologies have made it possible for designers to display fonts on your web page using little more than a snippet of code.
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VectorScribe takes vector path and shape editing to new levels

Astute GraphicsPlease join me in welcoming The Graphic Mac’s latest site sponsor, Astute Graphics. The first time I heard of Astute Graphics was back in 2008 when I reviewed Phantasm CS, a new plugin suite for Adobe Illustrator. In that review, I called Phantasm CS “the most useful plugin set I’ve ever come across for any version of Adobe Illustrator.”

Today I want to introduce you to VectorScribe, the latest plugin from Astute Graphics. VectorScribe allows you to quickly and easily create and manipulate vector paths in Adobe Illustrator CS3 to CS5 through the use of several new tools and panels.

VectorScribe by Astute Graphics

VectorScribe makes complex path operations easy

Because there are two versions of VectorScribe, Designer and Studio, and the tools are so incredibly powerful and in-depth, I’m just going to briefly overview them here. But before I do, let me just say that if you’re the type of Illustrator user who only opens AI once or twice per month to quickly edit an existing logo, VectorScribe probably isn’t for you. But if you spend a good amount of time in Illustrator, working as a logo designer, architect, illustrator, or cartographer, then you’ll definitely enjoy this plugin! (more…)

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Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

For those of you who reside in the United States, I would like to take this time to wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy your extended weekend with family and friends – just be sure to exercise great judgement if consuming alcohol is part of your celebration plan this weekend.

For those outside the U.S. who are not familiar with Memorial Day, it is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates men and women who died while in military service to the United States. First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.

Regular posting to The Graphic Mac will resume on Tuesday.

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Run Windows on your Mac – save $30!

If you need to run that one or two Windows apps, there’s no need to buy a separate PC to do it. True, Apple has made it possible to boot into Windows natively, but the process is cumbersome and not very flexible – especially in a cross-platform workflow.

Parallels on sale for $50, and get 10 other great apps as a bonus

Parallels on sale for $50, and get 10 other great apps as a bonus

Parallels allows you to run Windows right inside the comfort of Mac OS X, and it does so extremely well – allowing you to Drag-and-drop files between Windows and Mac applications, launch Windows applications from your Mac dock, and do so with a great amount of speed and control.

Parallels normally sells for $79.99, but you can get Parallels 6 for $49.99 for the next few days via the MacUpdate Bundle – which includes 10 other great apps like 1Password, TechTool Pro 5, Civilization IV, and A Better Finder Rename.

If you do choose to purchase the bundle, I appreciate you using the affiliate link I’ve provided!

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