I was going to write a long-winded rant about my frustration with sites that release “free” fonts, images and graphics that aren’t really free to use; but Mike Rankin shared a well-written Free Font Manifesto at CreativePro that pretty much covers it.
Just upgraded to Mavericks? Do you know someone who needs a little training on the new features? Lynda.com is generously offering their Intro to OS X Mavericks training video by Chris Breen for free until Nov. 17th. Watch the OS X Mavericks training video here.
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Video Description: While many of the important changes in Mavericks are “under the hood,” there are some intriguing “over the hood” features that make your Mac more efficient and easier to use. Macworld’s Chris Breen shows you the way. Learn how to install Mac OS X 10.9, aka Mavericks, and discover how improvements to the Finder, the iCloud Keychain, multi-monitor support, and apps like Maps, Calendar, Safari, and iBooks make your Mac experience even better.
I reviewed Folx back in mid-2011, and found it to be quite good as far as Internet downloaders go.
If you’re not familiar with Folx or Internet download managers, I encourage you to read the previously linked review. It’ll give you an excellent idea of what Folx can do.
While ISPs have offered faster and faster broadband download speeds, the number of files we download, and their overall size has grown much faster. That’s where Folx comes in.
Folx speeds up your downloads by intercepting the download from Safari, Chrome or Firefox, and splitting the download into multiple threads (sort of like downloading the file in pieces from multiple computers and joining them together at the end). The larger the file, the greater the speed increase you’ll likely see; and you’ll also see speed increases when downloading lots of smaller files at the same time.
Folx 3 improves upon the previous versions in several ways. The most obvious is an improved user interface. Previous versions looked like a cheap port of a Windows application. Folx 3 looks much more at home on the Mac. It also added support for Firefox and Retina display Macs, which were lacking in the past. (more…)
The latest version of Safari not only adds speed increases, notification center integration, and reading list/shared link access, but it adds a feature that many of us have wanted for years. Plug-in management on a per-site basis.
Topher Kessler has the scoop on Safari 7’s per-site plug-in management over at Cnet.
When Apple released the new version of iWork, people immediately noticed the new icons, new interface, and the features that Apple inexplicably removed from previous versions. What most people didn’t notice is that Apple has a completely new file format. Drew McCormack offers his opinion on why Apple chose to change the iWork file format.
I tend to agree with him. Apple didn’t change the format just to be a stick in the mud.
The official statement from Adobe is that Mavericks and Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud play nice together. In fact, they claim compatibility back to CS3.
I had to re-enter username & password for the Creative Cloud app after upgrading to Mavericks, InDesign runs horribly, and Adobe Illustrator opens on an old MacBook Air, but not on a brand new iMac with the exact same apps & fonts installed. Previously, Creative Cloud was running perfectly fine.
I’ve also come across dozens of other apps that are now broken, such as two different screen capture apps.
I would say if you haven’t installed Mavericks on your main rig, don’t do it yet.
Extensis has upgraded Universal Type Server, the latest version of the professional-grade font server which helps organizations manage, organize, and distribute their font libraries. Universal Type Server 4 delivers brand new auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Creative Cloud applications, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and InCopy. If you work in small groups or at a large agency, you’ll find UTS a great server-side font manager.
Alien Skin has announced the upcoming release of Snap Art version 4. Snap Art is their natural media application for photographers and artists. It works with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and is also a stand-alone application. Snap Art 4 will cost $99, with upgrades for $69.