Archive for January, 2007
By Dean Takahashi, Mercury News
Think about a world where you can print photos without ink, a printer cartridge or a big printer sitting alongside your computer. That’s the promise of Zink Imaging, a Waltham, Mass., start-up whose name suggests its bold goal: zero ink.
Interview: Adobe’s president discusses the importance of providing developers with tools that work across several platforms
Written by Elizabeth Heichler, IDG News Service
With its acquisition of Macromedia in late 2005, Adobe Systems won control of the Flash technology that has become a nearly ubiquitous way of authoring and viewing interactive and multimedia content on the Web. Now, the 25-year-old software company with deep roots in creative applications and an iron grip on electronic documents thanks to its de facto-standard PDF document format, has its eye on development and content presentation across all sorts of platforms and devices.
AIIM to Facilitate ISO Standards Process for Leading Electronic Document Format
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 29, 2007 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it intends to release the full Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.7 specification to AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management Association, for the purpose of publication by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book by Martin Evening will be shipping soon. In the meantime, through special arrangement with Martin and his publisher, PhotoshopNews has a free PDF download of Chapter 1. (click HERE to download-4.6MB PDF)
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book describes Lightroom’s features in detail and with photographers in mind. Photographers who routinely work with raw (and even jpg & tiff) images will find Lightroom–and The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book–an indispensable tool in their digital darkroom.
Mark Hamburg, Adobe Fellow & Lightroom founder says of Martin’s book: “For a product that had simplicity as one of its goals, a book of this heft might seem to suggest that we went astray somewhere. The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book, however, is filled with useful information, extensive imagery, and great examples that really explore the power of Lightroom while maintaining a clarity of presentation that had me routinely thinking ‘I couldn’t have said it better myself.’”
SIMPLIFY PHOTOGRAPHY FROM SHOOT TO FINISH
Adobe Announces Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom™–the professional photographer’s essential toolbox provides one easy application for managing, adjusting and presenting large volumes of digital photographs so you can spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens. From its elegant, uncluttered interface to its carefully tailored tools and features, Lightroom was designed specifically to meet photographers’ needs.
Nash Editions: Photography and the Art of Digital Printing is a newly released book by Nash Editions partners Graham Nash and Mac Holbert.
While you certainly may know Graham as a member of the rock band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young you may not realize that Graham is a passionate photographer. Nash Editions almost single handedly developed fine art digital printing. (see the PSN story about Nash’s PMDA Award)
Fine art digital printing was born in the beginning of 1990 when Graham and Mac took a hacksaw to a $125,000 Iris printer (and voiding the warranty) to get it to accept fine art papers. That printer is now on display at the Smithsonian.
This book uses thought-provoking essays and glorious artwork to sum up not only Nash Editions’ achievements but also the state of fine-art digital printmaking.
The release of Adobe CS3 will add momentum to pro Mac sales, an analyst claims
[editor's note: file this one under well, DUH]
Source: Macwolrd UK
Sales of Apple’s professional Macs will take a significant upturn on the release of Adobe CS3, claimed Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster this week.
SAN FRANCISCO–With its two visual effects Oscar nominations Tuesday, Industrial Light & Magic appears poised to win its first Academy Awards in the category it pioneered 13 years ago.
Written by Daniel Terdiman
And for the two ILM animation specialists nominated for their work on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, the nods look likely to reward animation work that their peers are applauding as ground-breaking.
In particular, the kudos for visual effects supervisor John Knoll (co-author of Photoshop with brother Thomas Knoll) and animation supervisor Hal Hickel are mostly coming as a result of the work they did animating the Davy Jones character. In fact, the character was entirely computer-animated, a feat that has some in the industry standing back in awe.
Adobe has updated Bridge CS3 to address a variety of issues. To install the Beta 2 you must have the original Photoshop CS3 beta installed. You will need to use your Adobe ID to log on in order to download the update. The Mac version is 157MBs while the Windows version is 72MBs.
The download and additional info is available on the Photoshop CS3 product page.
To read more about the Bridge Beta 2 release, check out this post on the Bridge CS3 forum.
From WhattheDuck.net and Aaron Johnson comes this poignant bit of reality.
…with a few friends for the Epson Print Academy in Los Angeles / Orange County this Saturday, January 20th, 2007.
We’re coming to LA, er, well actually Santa Ana (hey, it’s closer to LA than Chicago is and a whole lot warmer) for a special one day Epson event – check out the Epson Print Academy web site for details and online registration. There’s still room available!
I’ll be traveling to San Francisco to attend Bruce’s Tribute. I may be able to post pictures as well as several videos later in the week including a very good chance of seeing me in a kilt. Yes, I said kilt-Bruce always said they were comfortable, we’ll see. Later, I’ll be on the road to San Antonio again for PPA’s Imaging 2007, so I’ll be a busy boy.
PixelGenius, the makers of PhotoKit, PhotoKit Sharpener and PhotoKit Color 2.0 have released betas of Universal Binary (UB) versions of their products. These UB versions are needed for the Mac version of the Photoshop CS3 public beta whether you are running a PPC or Intel machine. With the release of Photoshop CS3 beta, all developers of plug-ins will need to release Universal Binary versions of their plug-ins in order to work with MacIntel from Apple.
An End User’s Champion, Fraser’s Contributions to the Digital Imaging and Desktop Color Industry will be Celebrated in an Upbeat, Inspirational Multimedia Event on January 10
Press Release: January 2, 2007 – San Francisco – Visual arts connoisseur, proud and humorous Scotsman, masterful musician, tireless digital imaging scientist and author, and peaceful Buddhist with more than a passing fancy for astronomy — Bruce Fraser was a renaissance man whose most outstanding characteristic was his humanity.
I’m leaving for Toronto, Canada on Tuesday to join Michael Reichmann of the Luminous Landscape to shoot our Adobe Photoshop Lightroom DVD tutorial. Some of you may remember the story I did about The Making of the Lighroom DVD last August.
Well, the observant among you might be able to deduce that since we’re shooting our Lightroom 1.0 DVD, the release of Lightroom won’t be too far off (remember, Beta 4 is designed to cease Feb, 2007). The “observant” would probably be correct :~)
So, I’ll be a little light in posts this week…I will be posting final details of the Industry Celebration and Tribute to Bruce Fraser scheduled for January 10, 2007 from 6:00PM – 7:30PM at Macworld Expo.
Here’s a brief description: In the world of digital color and imaging, few can claim the myriad contributions to product innovation, development and end user education that belong to Bruce Fraser. The principal author of the best-selling Real World series of books about Adobe Photoshop and the definitive works Real World Color Management and Real World Camera Raw, Bruce has enlightened end users and experts worldwide on the intricacies of color publishing and imaging.
Macworld Conference and Expo 2007 along with major manufacturers, Peachpit Press (Bruce’s publisher), and an array of imaging luminaries and digital photography superstars, is pleased to invite all conference attendees and exhibitors to a gala tribute for legendary consultant, author and lecturer Bruce Fraser.
Hosted by internationally renowned musician and photographer Graham Nash, this program promises to be the must-attend event of the conference.
Attendance is free for conference attendees and Macworld has arranged for anybody to register (for free) to attend this event.