Archive for March, 2006

Mar 31, 2006

DxO Optics Pro Update

New DxO Optics Pro V3.55a Provides Significant Refinements As Well As Support For Three New Advanced Digicams

Press Release: Paris, France (March 30, 2006) – DxO Labs announces today the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v3.55a software, a free upgrade to DxO Optics Pro v3.5. Version 3.55a of DxO Labs’ flagship product for automatic image quality enhancement contains a number of significant refinements which will improve users’ experience when using DxO Optics Pro.

Mar 31, 2006

Apple’s Intel Move Still Riling Mac Developers

Source: eWeek
Written By Daniel Drew Turner

On the eve of its 30th anniversary, Apple Computer is in the middle of a major transition—moving its Mac hardware and operating system over to the Intel chip. But Apple isn’t alone: this transition affects every developer of Mac software, including Apple itself.

Mar 29, 2006

Scott Kelby does a Lightroom eBook

At Photoshop World last week, Scott Kelby announced the release of his new book, The Adobe Lightroom eBook for digital photographers.

Scott says: you can actually buy and download my book right now, today online, because it’s my first eBook (well, it will be an eBook until the product leaves beta and finally ships, but the advantage of the eBook is that it will be updated as Adobe updates each version of Lightroom).


Mar 29, 2006

Apple joins BAPCo as member

In a post on Gearlog it was noted that Apple Computer has joined BAPCo, the industry-standard Windows benchmarking consortium.

Mar 28, 2006

CMYK values of PANTONE swatches are different in Illustrator CS and Photoshop CS

Source: Adobe Support Knowledgebase
What’s covered:
PANTONE swatch overview
PANTONE swatches in Illustrator CS
PANTONE swatches in Illustrator CS2
PANTONE swatches in Photoshop CS and CS2
How to match Illustrator PANTONE swatches to Photoshop
How to match Photoshop PANTONE swatches to Illustrator

Mar 28, 2006

Microsoft’s Adobe rivals due after Vista

Source: CNET
Written by Martin LaMonica

Microsoft will step up its assault on Adobe Systems’ customer base with the release early next year of its Expression line of design and development software.

Mar 28, 2006

Adobe Announces Education Leader Program

More than 100 Educators from North America and the UK to Participate

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 28, 2006–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBENews) today announced the Adobe Education Leader program to cultivate education technology innovations by providing educators with resources such as education software, free curriculum, training, and a forum to share best practices.

Mar 27, 2006

Eichhof mulls bid for Amazys Holding

Source: via AP

ZURICH, Switzerland — Swiss conglomerate Eichhof Holding AG said Friday it’s considering a bid on Amazys Holding AG (and it’s subsidiary GretagMacbeth), which is currently in takeover talks with X-Rite Inc. of the United States.

Mar 27, 2006

Photo Talk Radio-in case you missed it

In case you missed the live Photo Talk Radio broadcast with Jeff Schewe and Gil Smith, the show is now available for listening (Windows Media Player required) on the March 25th episode web site.

Mar 27, 2006

Counting Ants

Following up his original article titled The Ultimate Digital System, Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape has posted a new article called Counting Ants – Seven Days in the Field with a Digital View Camera.

Rain, Snow, Sleet, Hail, High Winds
Seven Days in the Field with a Digital View Camera

In mid-March, 2006 I spent a week shooting in central and northern California.

Our travels took us to Redwoods National Park, the northern reaches of coastal Highway 1, Yosemite National Park, Big Sur, Point Lobos, and numerous points in between.

Mar 27, 2006

PANTONE Color Bridge library not available in Adobe Creative Suite applications

Source: Adobe Support Knowledgebase

Issue: Adobe Creative Suite applications include the older PANTONE Solid To Process library instead of the PANTONE Color Bridge library.

Solution: Download the PANTONE Color Bridge library and install it in Adobe Creative Suite applications.

Mar 27, 2006

Bruce Chizen talks Photoshop

Last Friday, PSN posted a link to an interview by Forbes titled Adobe’s Chizen Keeps His Chin Up. In case you didn’t drill down to the original article, you may have missed the part of the interview where Mr. Chizen talked about “industry-specific” strategies for Photoshop and the expected launch date for Creative Suite 3.

Mar 27, 2006

Photoshop TV Tops One-Million For Month of March

From Scott Kelby comes this bit of news…

We had just arrived down in Miami for Photoshop World when we got the news: Photoshop TV had already topped one million downloads for the month of March (our first time hitting over one million in just one month).

Mar 27, 2006

Beyond the iPod: Apple at 30


Written by John Boudreau – Mercury News

In the ’80s, Apple Computer brought the personal computer to the masses.

And in the first few years of the 21st century, the Cupertino company’s iPod digital music player has revolutionized how we listen to, buy and tote around our music.

So, what’s next?

Mar 24, 2006

Photographer held for hours by police

Spokesman admits the officers were out of line, union disagrees

Source: ABC 7 News
Reported by Joe Torres

(White Plains, Westchester County -WABC, March 21, 2006) – A local photographer is looking for an apology after he was held for hours by police.

He was taken into custody for questioning because of what he decided to snap a couple of shots of.

Mar 24, 2006

Soldier’s imagery from Iraq dominates All-Army Photo Contest

Source: U.S. Army MWR
Written by Tim Hipps – USACFSC Public Affairs

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Soldier deployed in Iraq discovered the beauty of digital photography and dominated the 2005 All-Army Photography Contest.

Sgt. Nicholas Sendelbach mail ordered a digital single-lens-reflex camera from New York to the Middle East and all but swapped munitions for lenses to document his Army unit’s humanitarian missions.

“I would either shoot with my machine gun or my camera, whichever was useful at the time,” he said.

Mar 24, 2006

Scott Byer on the Mac Intel Switch

From his Living Photoshop Adobe Blog, Photoshop engineer Scott Byer had this to say regarding the switch to Universal Binary using Xcode.

By now you have probably figured out that we aren’t releasing Universal Binaries of our current application versions. If you haven’t, all you need to know is pretty explicitly spelled out here.

“But, c’mon”, I hear people saying, “Steve said it was just a recompile!” Or, “Back during the PowerPC transition, you guys released a patch!”

Well, this time is different. And I really wish it weren’t. But let me tell you how…

Mar 24, 2006

Adobe’s Chizen Keeps His Chin Up

Source: Forbes
Written by Danit Lidor

New York – Bruce Chizen, chief executive of Adobe Systems since 2000, recently led his company through an eight-month, $3.4 billion acquisition of Web design software company Macromedia. Legal concerns about an industry monopoly were eventually dismissed, and the deal was finalized in December 2005.

Mar 23, 2006

Jeff Schewe and Gil Smith to be on Photo Talk Radio

PHOTO TALK RADIO, “Where You Really Can See Photos On The Radio”, the dynamic Internet talk show devoted to the photographic community, hosted by Howard Lipin and Michael A. Garcia Cr. Photog., will be having photographer (and PhotoshopNews editor) Jeff Schewe and fellow photographer Gil Smith on this week’s show.

Mar 23, 2006

Windows XP on Macs: Tested, Benchmarked

Posted By: Sascha Segan

Since narf2006 and blanka announced their solution for booting Windows XP on Intel Macs last week, many aspiring dual-booters have been posting on the OnMac forums trying to get Bill’s baby running on Steve’s systems. We thought, what can we add to all of this? Why, we can boot XP on a 20″ iMac, a MacBook Pro, and a Mac Mini Intel Core Duo all in the same room, of course. And we can make all three of them remotely access a fourth Mac system via VNC, so we’re looking at Mac OS as a window in Windows XP Pro.

Mar 23, 2006

Adobe Reports Record Q1 Financial Results

Strong Performance Driven by Creative Solutions and Adobe Acrobat

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 22, 2006 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported record financial results for its first quarter ended March 3, 2006. The Company’s Q1 results reflect the recent acquisition of Macromedia, and are compared to pre-acquisition results of prior fiscal periods.

Mar 22, 2006

Windows Vista Delay: Good News for Apple?

Delay could prompt holiday shoppers to check out Apple’s wares–and it might force PC vendors to offer incentives to keep customers from straying.

Source: PC World
Written by Yardena Arar

Microsoft’s decision to delay the consumer versions of Windows Vista until early 2007 could encourage some holiday computer buyers to get Macs instead, industry analysts say.

Mar 22, 2006

Update: Microsoft Delays Consumer Release of Vista to January 2007

Business customers will still get the OS late this year

Source: ComputerWorld
Written by Elizabeth Montalbano

MARCH 21, 2006 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) – The broad availability of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Vista client operating system has been pushed back to next year, Jim Allchin, co-president of the company’s platform and services division, announced today.

Mar 22, 2006

The Art of Adobe’s Deal

Written by Troy Wolverton

Adobe System’s (ADBE:NasdaqnewsresearchCramer’s Take) acquisition of Macromedia made a lot of sense in the abstract.

Investors will get their first glimpse of how well the deal is working Wednesday afternoon, when Adobe reports its first-quarter results.

Mar 22, 2006

Adobe reportedly in talks to buy lot

S.J. Parcel Called Ideal For Company

Source: The Mercury News
Written by Jon Ann Steinmetz

The last downtown property big enough to support an Adobe-sized office campus may find a familiar buyer: Adobe itself.