Archive for February, 2008

Feb 12, 2008

Apple Release Aperture 2

aperture_125_080205.jpgMajor Upgrade Features Improved Interface, Faster Browsing & Enhanced Image Processing

Press Release: CUPERTINO, California—February 12, 2008—Apple® today introduced Aperture™ 2, the next major release of its groundbreaking photo editing and management software with over 100 new features that make it faster, easier to use and more powerful. With a streamlined user interface and entirely new image processing engine, Aperture 2 also introduces new imaging tools for highlight recovery, color vibrancy, local contrast definition, soft-edged retouching, vignetting and RAW fine-tuning, and lets users directly post their portfolios on the .Mac Web Gallery* for viewing on the web, iPhone™, iPod® touch and Apple TV®. At a new low price of $199, anyone can easily organize, edit and publish photos like a pro.

Feb 11, 2008

Apple Releases the 10.5.2 Update

Apple has released the OS X 10.5.2 update (available in Software Update or the Combo Update).

From the web site:

About Mac OS X 10.5.2 Update
Add a new Mac to your Mac. Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard is packed with over 300 new features, installs easily, and works with the software and accessories you already have.

What’s New in this Version
The 10.5.2 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website:

Early indications are that the update addresses certain text field issues with Photoshop CS3 (10.0.1)

Feb 8, 2008

Call for Nominations for the Dean Collins Educational Scholarship at Photoshop World Conference & Expo

Photoshop World Conference & Expo – April 2-4, 2008 – Orlando, Fl

TAMPA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), today announced a call for nominations for its third annual Dean Collins Educational Scholarship for 2008. The Dean Collins Educational Scholarship is awarded annually to one high school or college educator nominated by his/her student(s) to provide the recipient an opportunity to attend NAPP’s annual convention – Photoshop World Conference & Expo. The scholarship also includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, a one-year NAPP membership, and subscription to Photoshop User magazine.

The deadline to submit nominations for the Dean Collins Educational Scholarship is Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. A nomination form can be downloaded off the Photoshop World website.

Feb 8, 2008

Polaroid shutting 2 Mass. facilities, laying off 150

As company exits film business, plants will close in Norwood, Waltham

Source: Boston Globe
Written by Hiawatha Bray

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Polaroid Corp., the Massachusetts company that gave the world instant film photography, is shutting down its film manufacturing lines in the state and abandoning the technology that made the company famous.

Feb 7, 2008

You Suck at Photoshop #5


Watch You Suck at Photoshop #5. Previous Installments: 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Donnie’s definitely over the edge…

Feb 7, 2008

Ultra-Orthodox press digitally erases women from images

Neta Sela Haredi print, internet media refuse to publish photos of women, even those in prominent positions; female member of Winograd Commission omitted from photograph on news website

Source: ynet news
Written by Neta Sela

So how many members were there on the Winograd Commission? A prominent ultra-Orthodox website, (site is in Hebrew) chose Thursday to digitally erase the image of Winograd Commission member, Professor Ruth Gavison, from their coverage of the commission’s report.

What is seemingly a simple Photoshop function translates into a very thorny dilemma for the haredi print and internet media.

Read entire article

Feb 7, 2008

Nik Software Announces Viveza™

Press Release: Nik Software, Inc. announces Viveza, the latest addition to its line of award-winning photographic plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Nik Software’s Viveza is a powerful and intuitive software tool designed to enable photographers of all skill levels to precisely select and control the light and color in photographic images while working within Photoshop.

Feb 7, 2008

AKVIS SmartMask V.1.2. Now for Windows and Macintosh!

Press Release: New version of AKVIS SmartMask is available for Macintosh and Windows! The SmartMask plug-in is an efficient masking tool that saves you time on complex selections and is fun to use.

Macintosh-version is Universal Binary. It works with both Intel and Power PC mac-computers.

Feb 7, 2008

Photoshop User TV Goes On “Real TV” on Fox Business News Channel


According to Scott’s blog (Photoshop Insider) “Photoshop User TV goes from Internet Podcast to national TV broadcast, as each week’s show will now be aired on the new Fox Business News channel (here’s the link), which reaches into 20 million homes nationwide (none of which will be watching us). Check your local cable provider or Satellite service for Fox Business News, and we’ll see you then!!!”

The show started airing on Feb 5th and will air weekly.

Feb 7, 2008

Adobe ACE Exams Now Available for CS3

Adobe Certified Expert exams are now available for the Creative Suite 3 product line including the Photoshop CS3 re-certification and ACE exams. Additional information including Prep Guides is available on the Adobe Partners site. Prices are $50 for re-certification and $150 for the ACE exams.

Feb 7, 2008

Kelby Once Again Top-Selling US Computer Book Author

Press Release: Berkeley, CA—February 6, 2008—For the fourth consecutive year, Peachpit author Scott Kelby has been recognized as the top-selling computer book author in the U.S. according to Nielsen BookScan data.

Kelby’s Peachpit titles continue to lead the pack with the number one iPod® book, The iPod Book: Doing Cool Stuff with the iPod and the iTunes Music Store, Fourth Edition; the number one digital photography book, The Digital Photography Book; and the number one Photoshop Lightroom book, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers.

Feb 7, 2008

$100 Discount For Photoshop World


Receive $100 Off Registration to the World’s Largest Adobe Photoshop Educational Event

Press Release: TAMPA, Fla. — Advance registration for the world’s largest educational event for graphic artists, photographers, graphic and Web designers, and Photoshop users of all skill levels — Photoshop World Conference & Expo – is underway with a $100 discount at or calling 800-738-8513 by Friday, Feb. 29. Sponsored by Adobe Systems Incorporated and produced by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). Photoshop World will be held April 2-4 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

Feb 6, 2008

Photoshop of horrors embarrasses Memphis weekly

Written by Jennifer Brooks

There was a problem with the photo of state Rep. Stacey Campfield that the alt-weekly Memphis Flyer ran last week. (See original story here).

It was a fake.

Feb 6, 2008

Adobe Names Kevin Lynch Chief Technology Officer

Promotion Marks Increasing Significance of Rich Internet Applications Across Adobe’s Business

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBENews) today announced the promotion of Kevin Lynch to chief technology officer (CTO). In this new position, Lynch will oversee Adobe’s experience design and core technology across business units. As part of this role Lynch will continue to drive Adobe’s technology platform for designers and developers, which includes Adobe® Flash® Player, Adobe Flex®, and Adobe AIR™, the new cross-operating system application runtime that bridges the computing power and data capabilities of the desktop with the real-time dynamic capabilities of the Web.

Feb 6, 2008

Adobe Discontinues Adobe Stock Photos Service

Starting April 1, 2008 the Adobe Stock Photo royalty-free image service will be discontinued. Those people who have used the service and purchased and downloaded photos should read the Adobe Stock Photos info page.

All searches should be completed by March 4th and all final purchases made by March 31st, 2008. There are standalone uninstallers for both Mac and Windows to remove the Adobe Stock Photoshop from the Creative Suite or standalone products.

Find out more about the discontinuation of service by reading the FAQ.