Archive for April 14th, 2005

Apr 14, 2005

(log N = log A + m log x) and Photoshop

Ok, I suppose I should explain the title. The formula represents “Pareto’s Law” of income distribution. The Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto used the formula to show that the distribution of income and wealth follows a logarithmic pattern. In essence, 20% of the people have 80% of a nation’s wealth.

Pareto was one of the leaders of The Lausanne School, a Neoclassical school of thought and a proponent of the General Equilibrium Theory, an attempt to use a “tastes-and-obstacles” structure as opposed to a “demand-and-supply” structure in economics. The structure is also called “The Law of the Unequal Distribution of Results”. So what in the world could the 80/20 formula have to do with Photoshop? Read on. . .

Apr 14, 2005

Film and Video Professionals Hail New Adobe Photoshop CS2

Press release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 14, 2005 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that Adobe® Photoshop® CS2, a major upgrade to the professional industry standard for digital image editing and creation, will be showcased at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas, April 16-19. Announced on April 4 and available in May 2005, Photoshop CS2 builds on the software’s role as an essential tool for film and broadcast production. Industry professionals are already hailing Photoshop CS2 software’s advanced film and video features (see quote sheet addendum) and improved power, precision and control for creating high-impact, broadcast-quality images and effects. At NAB, Adobe will give live demos and offer free 30-day trials of Photoshop CS2.

Apr 14, 2005

The alchemist of paper

Source: Economist

Bruce Chizen, the boss of Adobe Systems, wants to end bureaucracy as we know it.

“IT’S exciting; we get to change society once again,” says Bruce Chizen, boss of Adobe Systems, the firm behind the popular PDF (or “portable-document-format”) files that are widely downloaded and e-mailed around nowadays. This is not, he adds, about making offices “paperless”, as some people—ludicrously, in retrospect—were predicting a decade ago. Instead, it is about bridging the separation between paper and electronic files in order to make all documents, in whatever form, “intelligent”, thereby blasting apart the way that paper-pushers in government and corporate bureaucracies work today.

If his vision becomes reality, it would be a remarkable vindication for Mr Chizen, who was not at Adobe when it last “changed society”—by launching the desktop-publishing revolution of the 1980s and early 1990s. John Warnock and Charles Geschke, Adobe’s bearded and boffinish founders, had invented PostScript, software that allows printers to reproduce text and graphics exactly as they appear on computer screens. It was followed by Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, three applications used by creative types everywhere.

Apr 14, 2005

High tech now crucial to higher learning

Source: CBC News
CBC News Viewpoint by Greg Hughes
April 13, 2005

I’m about to earn a graduate degree in journalism from the University of King’s College in Halifax, N.S. While small, it’s got a big reputation for excellence.

As I walk around the campus, I see students of all ages using the tools of the trade in the Internet Age: iPods, cellphones, laptops and USB Memory Sticks.

Workshops feature everything from video editing software such as Final Cut Pro to audio programs such as Cool Edit for radio pieces. Computer labs are equipped with state-of-the-art hardware in both Mac and PC format. It’s a very digital, 21st-century campus.

In the span of just 20 years, the mythology of universities and colleges as bastions of pure intellectual and skill development has been shattered. The Ivory Tower hasn’t just got an upgrade – it’s the Silicon Tower now.

Apr 14, 2005

Apprehension Greets Adobe’s CS2 Activation Scheme

Source: Publish
Written By Robyn Weisman

Starting with its Creative Suite 2, Adobe Systems Inc. has implemented a feature that has met with some controversy: an activation requirement for individual license holders, both on the Mac and Windows side.

Once installed, users must register their copies of CS2 either over the Internet or by telephone within 30 days or the software will no longer be usable. CS2 is scheduled to ship in May.