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Adobe's Answer to the App Store, Sorta

May 14, 2009 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Adobe is starting to convert the hoary old Adobe Exchanges into a sleek new set of Adobe Marketplaces.

Adobe Exchange: http://tr.im/adobeexchange
Adobe Marketplace: http://tr.im/adobemplace

Like Apple's App store, which provides iPhone and iPod owners a one-stop location to browse and buy third-party applications, the Adobe Marketplace will be a venue for Adobe customers to do the same. 

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Goodbye FTP, Hello DropBox

May 14, 2009 - 2:00am ||| 1 Comment | Add new

My computing life has become significantly easier ever since I installed DropBox, the free "cloud computing" solution that works on Macs, Windows, and Linux computers:

DropBox
http://tr.im/amcdrop

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InDesign to iPhone via ePub

February 5, 2009 - 3:00am ||| 1 Comment | Add new

Did you know that you can make your InDesign documents appear on an iPhone as though the user was reading your publication on an Amazon Kindle? For free? Today?

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Clean Up Dupes in Lists Fast

February 5, 2009 - 3:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Do you ever get multiple copies of the same catalog in the mail? Or three or four copies of the same HTML email from the same company? The problem here is a dirty list: Someone forgot to check for duplicate entries.

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X-Scope for Designers

March 25, 2008 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new
Designing web sites and interactive projects requires a lot of precision measuring. Most authoring programs provide the tools you need for this, but the tools are unavailable when you're testing the final result in a browser or in a running Flash video. If you've never designed a site that looked different in a browser than it did in Dreamweaver or GoLive, you haven't designed enough sites.

I used to rely on a freeware utility called Free Ruler (OS X-only) to help me measure things "live":more >

HyperCard(ness) is Alive and Well

March 25, 2008 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new
Anyone here remember Dark Castle? Cosmic Osmo? Inigo Gets Out? These were ground-breaking, best-selling Mac games in the late eighties and early nineties, all artwork done by MacPaint virtuosos in black and white, and all created with HyperCard, Apple's intuitive "programming" language that used stacks of cards as the key concept.

Learn more about the creativity of these early artists in this free web-based book, itself purposely Hypercard-looking:

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My New Column on CreativePro.com

March 25, 2008 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new
The editor of CreativePro.com, a web portal for the graphic design industry, is a long-time DesignGeek subscriber and fan. She has occasionally reprinted stories from DesignGeek on their web site. (Always after asking permission first, and suggesting a generous fee. So of course I'm a fan right back!)

Now, though, she's convinced me to author new content just for their site in the form of a monthly column. "HerGeekness Says:" debuted on March 3, along with the launch of their new web site design.

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iPhone Simulator for Web Designers

March 25, 2008 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new
In a recent issue of the weekly e-zine, "Creative Techs QuickTips" (more on this below), author Craig Swanson described a way web designers and site owners could proof their sites as they'd appear and function when viewed on the Apple iPhone, without needing to actually use the iPhone itself.

As Craig said, it's important to do this because a) "After only eight months, iPhones now account for a remarkable 71% of all US Mobile Browser web traffic;" and b) designing for the iPhone requires "much more than simply designing for a smaller screen size.&more >

Light Beams Brushes for Photoshop

March 25, 2008 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new
Every single day someone, somewhere, posts a new free set of custom brushes for Photoshop. And then e-mails me about it, hoping I'll write about it in DesignGeek. (Why do they seek promotion of a free product? Besides just getting the word out, probably because their site has Google Ads, so increased traffic = potentially more AdSense revenue for the site owner. Completely understandable.)

I seldom have time to check out the links they send me, let alone write them up. But this brush set I came across on my own, and it's really fun!

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Parallels Success Story

March 25, 2008 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new
Like a lot of design studios, we're cross-platform, though our Macs outnumber the PCs. As I trade up from older G4s and G5s for Intel Macs, I would love to sell off the Windows boxes too, and migrate the contents of their hard drives to virtual disks running inside OS X via Parallels. The dream is to have fewer, more powerful and flexible computers, each workstation able to run OS X and Windows XP or Vista at the same time.

I'd put the extra money into sleek new flat-panel screens, at least 24" each.

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