Archive for March, 2006

Mar 13, 2006

Software Firms Getting Cozy

The desktop software market is getting more competitive as companies invade one another’s turf.

Source: Yahoo News
Written by Patrick Seitz

Microsoft (NasdaqNM:MSFTNews) is going head to head with Adobe Systems (NasdaqNM:ADBENews) in document sharing and interactive Web design software. Apple Computer (NasdaqNM:AAPLNews) is taking on Adobe as well, but in photo editing software.

Mar 13, 2006

Public Beta of Adobe XMP Toolkit Now Available to Open Source Community on Adobe Labs

Complex Design and Publishing Workflows Made More Efficient Through Use of Metadata Technology Across Diverse Applications and Systems

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 13, 2006 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the public beta of Adobe® XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform) Toolkit Version 4.0, a pre-release of the company’s industry-standard file labeling technology. Based on open source technology, the new beta toolkit contains Adobe XMP libraries that provide third party software developers and industry partners with standards-based building blocks to develop optimized workflow products, taking the heavy lifting out of metadata integration in a new generation of design and publishing applications and systems.

Mar 10, 2006

Epson Print Academy Track Two Downloads Updated

The downloads page of the Epson Print Academy Track Two Attendee web site has been updated to include new notes from Bruce Fraser, John Paul Caponigro, Mac Holbert and Jeff Schewe.

To access the downloads page you’ll need to enter the Track Two login and password provided at your Print Academy session. Check the EPSON PRINT ACADEMY TRACK TWO INFO PAGE for access to the downloads page.

Mar 10, 2006

OpenRAW Survey

Update: Due to an overwhelming response, with 18,000 replies so far, the OpenRAW Survey will now close on March 15th, 2006.

RAW Survey launched: An International Study of the Experiences, Requirements, Preferences, and Concerns of Photographers regarding RAW Imaging Technology

Mar 9, 2006

No Vista on Mac’s horizon

Source: CNET
Written by Ina Fried

SAN FRANCISCO–Hoping your Intel Mac will easily run Windows Vista?

Don’t bet on it, one Apple Computer engineer said Thursday.

Mar 9, 2006

Urgent Call for Your Action on Orphan Works


The problem
The U.S. Copyright Office issued its report on Orphan Works only a couple of weeks ago. The end of that report contained proposed language for an amendment to the Copyright Act. That proposal is now being fast-tracked in Washington with a good chance of passage before the end of this Session. In my opinion, if that language is enacted in its current form, it will be the worst thing that has happened to independent photographers and other independent visual artists since Work Made for Hire contracts.

Mar 9, 2006

PPA Calls for Changes in Orphan Works Proposal

Press Release from PPA

The Copyright Office has suggested legislation that, in its current form, could have a devastating impact on the professional photographers. The proposal would limit, or in some cases eliminate, the damages available against an infringer of an orphan work. An orphan work is a work presumed to have copyright protection, but whose owner cannot be located even after a reasonably diligent search conducted in good faith.

Mar 9, 2006

Photographer trade groups alarmed by “orphan works” U.S. copyright proposals

Written by Eamon Hickey

A number of trade groups that represent photographers have recently raised the alarm about proposed changes to U.S. copyright law that address so-called orphan works – works whose copyright holders cannot be located.

Mar 8, 2006

Gordon Parks, a Master of the Camera, Dies at 93

Source: The New York Times
Written by Andy Grundberg

Gordon Parks, the photographer, filmmaker, writer and composer who used his prodigious, largely self-taught talents to chronicle the African-American experience and to retell his own personal history, died yesterday at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.

Mar 8, 2006

Micron Technology Buys Lexar Media

Press Release: BOISE, Idaho, and FREMONT, Calif., March 8, 2006 – Micron Technology, Inc., (NYSE: MU) and Lexar Media, Inc., (NASDAQ: LEXR) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Micron to acquire Lexar in a stock-for-stock merger. Under terms of the agreement, each outstanding common share of Lexar will receive 0.5625 shares of Micron stock. Micron anticipates issuing shares in exchange for 81.6 million Lexar shares outstanding. Additional Micron shares will be issued upon the exercise of assumed stock options.

Mar 8, 2006


Possibility of a Record-Breaking Year Sets Aside Predictions of Soft Sales Performance within Digital Imaging Industry

Press Release: PORT WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, March 6, 2006 – According to leading consumer and retail information provider The NPD Group, forecasts show the U.S. digital camera market will generate close to $6.8 billion in revenue and sell a record-breaking 29.5 million units in 2006. The digital camera market is expected to increase by eight percent in revenue and 17 percent in units over 2005.

Mar 8, 2006

The Photoshop CS2 Speed Clinic

The Photoshop CS2 Speed Clinic:
Automating Photoshop to Get Twice the Work Done
in Half the Time

If you’re looking for an easy way to work fast in Photoshop CS2, congratulations, you’ve found it! Matt Kloskowski, Education and Curriculum Developer for the NAPP.

Matt shows you how to use the power of automation to instantly save time, money, and frustration.

Once you master these powerful tools, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without them.

Mar 8, 2006

Adobe to invest USD 200m in India over 5 yrs

Source: The Economic Time, India
Written by Amanpreet Singh

NEW DELHI: The $ 2bn Adobe Systems is bullish on India. In his first visit to India after the global takeover of $3.4bn Macromedia in December ‘05, Bruce Chizen, CEO of Adobe Systems announced a slew of new initiatives for India.

Mar 8, 2006

More than just a photo portfolio

Source: The Christian Science Monitor
Written by Jim Regan

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – After having reviewed a few hundred websites over the years, it’s not often that I can say, “I’ve never seen anything like this before,” but Ashes and Snow genuinely presented me with an original experience – both in terms of its subject matter and its presentation. The latter is only available to those with high-speed connections and computers, but the former can be seen by anyone with a reasonably up-to-date browser.

Mar 8, 2006

Digital masters

New technology is changing the way artists work, but not everybody approves.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Written by Benjamin Preiss

SAMANTHA EVERTON may be an award-winning artist but her work sometimes struggles for acceptance in art circles. It’s not her images that are controversial, but rather her tools. For Everton, a Mac G5 computer, Photoshop software and a camera are as important as any painter’s brush and paint.

Mar 7, 2006

Cleaning your digital-camera sensor

Removing dust from your digital SLR is tricky—but it can be done
Source: Macworld
Written by Christopher Breen

I recently found myself on board a cruise ship packed not only with Mac experts but also digital-camera gurus as well. With so many of the brightest brains in the business on board for the MacMania/Photoshop Fling cruise—and with nowhere but the Pacific Ocean for them to flee—I took the opportunity to confide my dirty little secret about my digital SLR camera: I had gunk on my sensor, and I didn’t have a clue how to safely remove it.

Mar 7, 2006

What’s happened to Adobe?

The long-awaited Adobe/Macromedia merger has finally been given the go ahead, but is the message being broadcast by Macromedia’s redesigned website the way forward for Adobe? Jason Arber hopes not

Source: Computer Arts
Written by Jason Arber

In early December, Adobe finally swallowed Macromedia whole. Macromedia stock has been converted to Adobe stock, and now Bruce Chizen effectively controls pretty much all the software in my OS X dock.

Mar 6, 2006

Photoshop CS2 pauses when you paint quickly (Mac OS)

Source: Photoshop Support Knowledgebase

Issue: When you paint quick strokes with the brush or other tools, Adobe Photoshop CS2 pauses for 5 to 20 seconds before painting your stokes to the screen.

Mar 6, 2006

Images printed to an Epson Stylus printer are too dark or have a magenta or green color cast (Photoshop CS2 on Windows)

Source: Photoshop Support Knowledgebase

Issue: When you print to an Epson Stylus printer such as the Photo 2200 (Photo 2100 in Europe), or the Pro 4000, colors may be too dark or have a magenta or green color cast.

Mar 6, 2006

Blog satire mistaken as news by agencies in Syria, Pakistan

Source: BoingBoing
Posted by Kathryn Cramer

The satrical news website Unconfirmed Sources ran a story the other day on Bush’s surprise visit to Kabul. The post contained the following photoshopped picture of Jack Idema & co. with President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai: The article concludes:

Mar 6, 2006

Who wants or needs 64 bits?

Source: CNET
Written by Michael Kanellos

It looks like the world isn’t clamoring for 64-bit desktops just yet.

Nearly two and a half years have passed since 64-bit processors started going into PCs. But the software to take full advantage of these chips remains scarce, and customers aren’t buying much of what’s out there. The 64-bit chips provide greater performance than their older 32-bit counterparts, but that’s because of speed upgrades and other architectural enhancements.

Mar 6, 2006

Art With Ansel Adams

Source: The Philadelphia Daily News
Written by Edward J. Sozanski – Inquirer Art Critic

Ansel Adams has been done to death, hasn’t he? Apparently not. The famed American photographer is one of those marquee artists whom museums love to show because they guarantee a strong turnout. Indeed, on the recent weekday when I saw “Ansel Adams: Celebration of Genius” at the James A. Michener Art Museum, there were more visitors in the main special-exhibition gallery than I had encountered there in years.

Mar 6, 2006

John Nack About Universal Binary

Adobe Photoshop Product Manager John Nack (read the PSN Interview with John Nack) was interviewed on Inside Mac Radio (March 2, 2006 episode) regarding a variety of subject. One was the problem with taking mature applications such as Photoshop and recompiling as a Universal Binary application for the Macintosh platform.

Mar 6, 2006

Do-it-yourself mashups like a digital blender

Visual Remixes Quickly Spreading Around Web Sites And Blogs

Source: The Mercury News
Written By Michael Hill – Associated Press

Tom Cruise zaps Oprah Winfrey with the Dark Side of the Force. Bert and Ernie pose as poster boys for gay cowboy love. Sweet, white-haired Mary Worth belts out Black Eyed Peas song lyrics: “I’m a make, make, make you scream!”

Entertainment from a parallel universe?

Mar 2, 2006

Hardware Review-MacBook Pro

Source: ars technica
Written by Jacqui Cheng

Just about a month-and-a-half after Steve Jobs’s surprisingly unsurprising announcement at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco that the first two Intel-based Macs to be rolled out would be the iMac and the MacBook Pro—the apparently newly renamed PowerBook—MacBook Pros finally started arriving at eager users’ doorsteps. The six-week gap between announcement and arrival was plenty of time for rumors to grow.