Once upon a time the Mac market was littered with paint programs—CE Software’s Amazing Paint, Microfrontier’s Color It!, Delta Tao’s Color MacCheese, MECC’s Easy Color Paint, Apple’s MacPaint, Electronic Arts’ Studio/32, Aldus’ SuperPaint, and Deneba’s UltraPaint, to name more than a few. Look now and what do you find? High-end applications such as Adobe’s Photoshop and Corel’s Painter. Where’s a dabbler (with a dabbler’s budget) to turn?
Ambient Design’s ArtRage 2.2 ($20), that’s where.
To quote our winner this week: "Aww... look at the cute bunny. Poke his belly. Uh, oh. It only gets worse from there. Brace yourself."
From John Nack
"Getting Started in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom" is available as a free PDF download.
Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian said on Tuesday that he has spoken to Apple about his company's ambition to stream iTunes music and video to the upcoming iPhone. It's unclear, however, what Apple thinks of the plan.
Aero Quartet has released SimpleMoviex version 3, an updated version of their Mac OS X movie editor. A demo is available, and it costs $30 to download. Billed as a replacement for Apple’s QuickTime Pro software, SimpleMovieX is designed to enable users of digital video on the Mac to edit their content.
WiebeTech introduced Mouse Jiggler, a USB device designed to keep a computer from entering sleep or screensaver mode. It costs $29.95.
(Shawn's Comment: Or use this free app called Jiggler that does the same thing.)
If you are a long-time Apple user then you have probably heard of the four pundits below. They have written reams of bad advice, poor comparisons, unclear analysis, insane predictions, and general crap. But if you are relatively new to the world of Apple then you might mistakenly assume that these guys actually know what they’re talking about. Rest assured, they don’t.
From Bloomberg News
Cisco Systems Inc. and Apple Inc., each of which has a device called the iPhone, are exploring a half-dozen ways their products can work together, Cisco Chief Development Officer Charlie Giancarlo said.
(If you're getting last weeks show you might want to click on Quicktime Preferences in your Quicktime Menu, click on browser, and then click on Empty Download Cache (or uncheck the "Save Movies" in disk cache")
Photoshop, Radtech & Final Cut Studio 2
April 18th, 2007
No video this evening but you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
You can also join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show - on the World Without Borders site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.netmug.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.
Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.
Besides the obvious reasons, there's this.
Here is my cute little wife:
Not only is that a gun in her hand (a "Glock G22C, .40 cal compensated, semi-auto pistol...it's right in there. I can get it for you if you'd like...") but the guy standing next to her isn't her date:
He's there because she was attending the "semi-annual Glock Sport Shooting Foundation Match where, from 25 yards, I put three bullets in the same hole..."
Lesa was caught up in the "big storm" that went through the New England/New York area this past weekend. She was flying in from Dallas and was delayed on the ground while they waited for the weather to clear a bit at La Guardia in NYC. She tells me to go online and check on the departure time of her flight out of Dallas so I would know when to head into NYC to pick her up.
That's great - except I was on the phone with Lesa at that time and the flight didn't actually leave for another 90 mins.
The NYPD are on the scene in downtown Brooklyn at 22nd Street near the Gowanus Canal. They are confirming that they have a 15 foot pilot whale stuck in an enclosed area, and in distress. They are attempting to free it.
(Shawn's Comment: WTF is the "NYC Jewish News" covering a whale story in Brooklyn!? )
From John Nack
Adobe has posted a clean-up script for Mac that will remove vestiges of the Photoshop CS3 public beta as well as other pre-release apps. It's important to run this script (and not just throw the app folder into the trash!), and/or to use the application uninstaller, before installing the shipping version of CS3 apps.
Shaw Wu of American Technology Research has issued a new report detailing a number of iPhone developments that he expects to happen during the device’s launch. First, Wu said his sources believe AT&T will offer a rebate of $50-$150 to iPhone purchasers.
I just noticed you can undo closing a tab. If you hit Command-W too vigorously, just hit Command-Z (or Undo in the Edit menu), and your tab gets reloaded.
Lexmark International announced the addition of new models to its line of low-cost inkjet printers. They’re all Mac and PC-compatible and some even feature wireless networking capabilities.
From Sacramento Business Journal
Apple Inc. will pay $43,200 in penalties to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District for an air quality violation that occurred at its Elk Grove facility in April 2006.
The violation occurred over several days as Apple operated its emergency standby generator for a purpose other than maintenance or emergency power.
OK, this is a question for all you Apple employees (you can answer anonymously, if you'd like)...
Over on the ehMac.ca forums, this statement came up regarding working at Apple:
It might still be a nice place to work, but having a CEO that yells and fires people in hallways and elevators would be like working at Abu Ghraib, without the nice pictures.
I responded, "Don't know about "nice" but every Apple employee I know loves their job - the challenges, the experience, the idea that they really are changing the world....That makes up for the occasional tyrannical rages. :)"
What say you, Apple employees? We are on the outside, looking in (often with our virtual noses pressed against the glass). What's it like, in general, working at Apple? Good pay? Good benefits? Mind-numbingly tedious (like most jobs in "Corporate America" :) )?
Don't give away any company secrets but let us know what it's like at One Infinite Loop.
Shareholders of Apple, one of more than 100 US companies being investigated for stock options accounting irregularities, will vote at their May 10 annual meeting on whether to change the rules on how options are granted.
The head of Adobe Systems has questioned Microsoft’s commitment to keeping its new Silverlight platform compatible with other operating systems besides Windows.
A subsidiary of Vietnam's largest company FPT has opened the first store in the country specialising in distributing products of Apple Inc.), company officials said on Monday. "The shop selling only Apple products is one of the six we want to open this year in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City," a company spokeswoman said. The store is in Ho Chi Minh City.
Apple is offering Final Cut Studio 2 tours in eight major American cities: Washington, D.C., Seattle, Miami, Hollywood, San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas and New York City. It’s free to register, and Apple is offering two separate tour tracks: Final Cut Studio 2: What’s new, and Final Cut Studio 2: Overview.
Adobe said it began shipping Creative Suite 3, the company’s suite of applications designed for the creative professionals. Available today are Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Standard editions and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Standard editions.
Apple unveiled Final Cut Studio 2, a significant upgrade to the company’s video production suite that delivers new creative tools designed expressly for editors.
In addition to shipping Creative Suite 3 and showing off its first Apollo application, Adobe has released public betas of Premiere Pro and After Effects for Windows and Mac users.
Shareholders of Apple, one of more than 100 U.S. companies being investigated for stock options accounting irregularities, will vote at their May 10 annual meeting on whether to change the rules on how options are granted.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs again took a salary of only $1 in 2006, according to an Apple filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “The majority of Jobs’ compensation is paid through an equity grant, though he received no new grant in 2006,” reports CNN/Money. “During the year, a 2003 stock grant fully vested, giving him Apple stock now worth nearly $1 billion.”
Other Apple executives also fared well. Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer realized $56 million in value from stock options during 2006, in addition to a $615,000 salary, a $450,000 bonus and restricted stock valued at $14 million. Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook received a salary of $697,000, a $525,000 bonus, and restricted stock valued at $22 million in 2006.
German language Mac site Macprime is reporting that the show has been cancelled. It seems that not enough exhibitors were interested.
(Shawn's Comment: Not interested in being sued, perhaps. No one was given permission to use the name "Macworld" in association with any European Expo)
Griffin Technology has announced the addition of three new iPod cases to its lineup - the Courier for iPod, the iVault for iPod nano and the Tempo armband for iPod shuffle.