Archive for October, 2007

Oct 31, 2007

Photo of ‘extinct’ tiger sparks controversy


Source: China Daily

XI’AN — A newly-released photo, which Chinese forestry authorities say proves the continuing existence of wild South China tigers which have been thought to be extinct, has sparked heated controversy from Internet citizens, questioning its authenticity.

Oct 31, 2007

Interpol closes in on Photoshop-paedophile

Man identified as 32 year-old English teacher from Canada

Written by Tom Sanders

Interpol has identified a suspected paedophile as 32 year-old Christopher Paul Neil from Canada.

The man worked as an English teacher in South Korea and was last at Bangkok’s international airport on 11 October.

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Oct 31, 2007

Lightroom, Aperture cautions with Leopard

Source: Macworld
Written by Rick LePage

As Leopard gets out into both the developer and user communities, we’re seeing a few cautionary notes from developers regarding compatibility and performance. Recently, Apple and Adobe issued advisories regarding their respective image management and catalog applications, Aperture and Photoshop Lightroom…

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Oct 31, 2007

Adobe’s Platform Changes The Game In Applications

Source: Investor’s Business Daily delivered by Newstex

Adobe Systems wants to blur the line between Web and PC applications with a new computing platform that aims to change the way digital information is presented — and perhaps give Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows some future competition.

Oct 31, 2007

Lightroom Update Mid November for Leopard Compatibility


Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty has announced that there be an update to Lightroom in mid-November. This will bring Lightroom to full Leopard compatibility.

Oct 29, 2007

Photoshop inventor gets Lifetime Innovator award

Source: Oakland Business Review
Written by Nathan Bomey

For Thomas Knoll, manipulating pixels topped his priority list in 1987.

Never mind that the sideline effort distracted him from working on his doctoral degree in computer information and control engineering at the University of Michigan.

Because the payoff yielded a landmark result: His tangential project changed the software industry forever.

Oct 29, 2007

Adobe Posts OS X Leopard Compatibility Statement

Adobe has posted a PDF outlining Adobe application compatibility for Creative Suite 3 apps as well as a host of other Adobe applications. The six page, 120KB PDF can be downloaded here.

First weekend reports around the net indicate most Adobe apps such as Photoshop CS3 and Bridge are working with no significant issues. Issues have been reported for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom version 1.2 which will be addressed in an upcoming update.

Also due for compatibility updates are Premiere Pro CS3 and Soundbooth CS3. Earlier versions such as Creative Suite 2 and former Macromedia apps are listed as being “Not Designed for OS X Leopard” and users are warned that these versions are “likely to encounter issues for which there is no resolution”.

Apple only made the final GM shipping versions of Leopard available to ADC members late last week so all sorts of software developers are scrambling to double check Leopard compatibilities this week.

Oct 26, 2007

PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2007

Photos © 2007 by Martin Evening and Andrew Rodney

The annual PDN Photo Plus event took place from the 18th–20th October at the Javits Center, New York. Once again, the Pixel Geniuses were all out in force at the show, as were many of our friends and colleagues at Adobe. Here is a picture diary of some of the things that happened last week, with photographs by myself and Andrew Rodney.

Oct 26, 2007

Dan (Dano) Steinhardt on Photoshop User TV


Dan (Dano to his friends) Steinhardt of Epson America was on Photoshop User TV this week with host Scott Kelby. Episode 104 featured Dano talking about his photography as well as Epson’s new Exhibition Fiber Paper.

Oct 26, 2007

The steady advance of Mac OS X


Source: CNET
Written by Tom Krazit
Progress is measured in steps both big and small. The smaller ones may get less attention, but they are much easier to take.

It’s been a year of big steps for Apple. The company dropped the “Computer” from its name in January as a way of showing Apple was no longer just about the Mac, and the clear priority for 2007 in Cupertino was to get the iPhone out the door and selling briskly. Then, perhaps for kicks, it decided to overhaul its entire lineup of iPods.

Later today, Apple will take a smaller step, with the launch of Mac OS X 10.5, code-named Leopard. Leopard’s coming on scene later than expected, almost 30 months after Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4) launched in April 2005, in part due to the push to get the iPhone out in time. CNET’S review is in, and my colleagues Elsa Wenzel and Robert Vamosi are positive.

Oct 26, 2007

Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3

7-step.jpgScott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3 by Scott Kelby, the Photoshop user’s guide to the seven most important and essential techniques.

Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3 breaks the Photoshop process down to just seven simple, yet powerful, techniques.

Scott begins each lesson with an untouched, original photo just as it came out of the camera and then takes the reader through each of the seven steps so they can see and learn The System in context.

Scott’s 7-Point System gives Photoshop users a road map that they can easily apply to each and every photo they open, so they know exactly where to start, what to do next, and so on until they have a beautiful finished print.

Oct 26, 2007

Adobe Creative Suite 3 sales ‘on fire’

Source: CNET
Written by Martin LaMonica

People are taking a serious shine to Adobe Systems’ Creative Suite 3.

Creative professionals are buying the most recent version of Adobe’s flagship product, released in April, much faster than the previous suite, according to retail data compiled by NPD Group.

Oct 16, 2007

Aperture vs. Lightroom: What do the pros use?

This one was too good to pass up (even though I’m on the road). John Nack posted some info on the results of a recent InfoTrend survey regarding what raw processor pro photographers are using; Aperture, Lightroom or good old Camera Raw….the results aren’t terribly surprising. I won’t spoil John’s fun by telling you but here’s a clue, I just wrote a book about it :~)

Check out John’s blog post: Aperture vs. Lightroom: What do the pros use?

Oct 16, 2007

On the Road to New York City

I’ll be on the road to New York City and PhotoPlus Expo this week. You can check out what PixelGenius will be doing there (including my activities) in This PhotoshopNews story PixelGenius at PhotoPlus Expo.

In addition to those activities I’ll also be in the Canon booth shooting on Thursday at 11:30AM (and yes, I’ll be using a 1Ds MIII) and the Peachpit Booth on Friday at 2PM talking about…Camera Raw of course. I’ll also be doing a print signing at the Epson both on Saturday at 1:45PM (come get a signed print–FREE). Thursday night we’re throwing another annual Pixel Mafia dinner (the usual suspects know where and when).

So, not a lot of posting this week but I have a ton of stories lined up. Oh, yeah, next week I’ll also be gone Monday & Tuesday–I’ll be at a press check for Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3. Seems Peachpit is actually gonna print the thing!

Oct 15, 2007

PixelGenius Posts ICC Profiles for Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper

PixelGenius has posted their profiles for the new Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper due to be shipping in November, 2007. Working with Epson, PixelGenius members Andrew Rodney and Jeff Schewe (an Epson Sylus Pro member) have been testing the Exhibition Fiber Paper (EFP) over the summer. At the suggestion of Dan (Dano) Steinhardt from Epson, PixelGenius created ICC profiles for all of the current and new shipping Epson UltraChrome K3™ printers–including the Epson Stylus® Photo R2400 Printers.

Oct 15, 2007

AKVIS Chameleon Plug-in v.5.0

Press Release: AKVIS LLC releases version 5.0 of its photo collage plug-in AKVIS Chameleon. The new version is a true breakthrough in photo collage creation. The program offers a new mode that allows transferring a roughly selected object to a new background with a clean result. No precise mask tools are needed! Now the program has an interface and all in all three modes with different collage possibilities. The Macintosh version is now Universal Binary.

Oct 15, 2007

Photoshop CS3 for Forensics Professionals

forensics-tn.jpgPhotoshop CS3 for Forensics Professionals: A Complete Digital Imaging Course for Investigators
Written by George Reis

Digital imaging technology has been used in forensics since at least 1992, yet until now there has been no practical instruction available to address the unique issues of image processing in an everyday forensic environment.

Photoshop CS3 for Forensics Professionals serves the everyday, real-world needs of law enforcement and legal personnel dealing with digital images (including both photos and video stills).

Oct 12, 2007

PixelGenius at PhotoPlus Expo


PixelGenius members will be at next week’s PhotoPlus Expo, check out what’s happening and what we’ll be doing.

Oct 11, 2007

Nikon Announces Small World Winners


Press Release: MELVILLE, NY – From a background of blackness emerges a peaceful image of bright red and green – a double transgenic mouse embryo – this year’s winning entry in the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. The image was captured by Gloria Kwon, a researcher at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute, using widefield microscopy and red and green fluorescence.

Oct 11, 2007

Digital Anarchy Announces Knoll Light Factory 3.0 for Photoshop

New Version Has Improved UI, Real-Time Preview, and Support for Intel Mac and 64-bit OS

Press Release: San Francisco — October 9th, 2007 — Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of cost-effective special effects software for Adobe and Apple products, has released version 3.0 of the acclaimed Knoll Light Factory. The new features in this Photoshop package give increased control over the look of hundreds of lighting effects, and further the creative abilities of photographers and designers to enhance existing images or create original works.

Oct 11, 2007

Having Problem Printing From Photoshop CS3?

If you are, you aren’t alone. There are several “known issues” that Adobe is working on and expects to address with a Photoshop CS3 update in the not too distant future.

For the time being, if you are interested in participating in helping test the solutions, you can apply for the position of “tester” by visiting John’s blog, reading the post and following the directions (note, it’s really important to follow the directions!) See: Fixes for Photoshop printing due soon

Oct 10, 2007

NASA Web Feature Wins Design Award From Adobe


WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA’s Web site received a significant multimedia award this week when Adobe Systems Inc., of San Jose, Calif., honored the interactive International Space Station Reference Guide with a 2007 Max Award.

Oct 9, 2007

Scott Kelby Gives Up Photoshop for Music

Photo by Larry Becker

Photo by Larry Becker

Scott Kelby, President of NAPP and all round Photoshop Guru™ has given up Photoshop and returned to music–for one nite only–last Friday nite.

Oct 9, 2007

How Warhol, Hockney’s Photos Led to Revolution


Written by Martin Gayford

Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) — The love-hate affair between painting and photography has been simmering ever since the latter was invented. In the interval, photographers have often imitated the effects of painting, and — as a new show at London’s Hayward Gallery documents — many painters have worked from photographs.

Oct 9, 2007

Adobe grows by 260% in Russia

According to Adobe first year operation results Russia has been called one of the most priority countries. By QIII FY 2007Adobe sales in Russia grew by 260%. The company’s local Representation Office has got its development plan.

Source: cnews (Russian IT Review)

The company Adobe has announced its results of being present in the Russian market for a year. Adobe most demanded product is currently Creative Suite 3, then goes Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat. Pavel Cherkashin, Head of the company’s Representation Office in Russia, states product packages are in greater demand than separate programs.