Getting Good Grayscale Out of Photoshop

From Macworld

Ask a group of Photoshop users for the best method to convert a color image to grayscale and you’re likely to get a debate as long-winded as the QuarkXPress vs. Adobe InDesign argument. Heck, many of us can’t even agree on whether it’s grAyscale or grEyscale!

In 2005, I wrote about a conversion method used by fellow blogger, Jim Barthman. Looking back, that method seems almost obscene in its complexity compared to what I’m going to share with you today.

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Environmental Issues on Apple Shareholder Agenda

From PC World

Two environmental proposals will be on the agenda at this year's annual Apple shareholder meeting. Envirometal group, Greenpeace, is rallying support for the proposals, while Apple's Board of Directors is recommending shareholders vote against the proposals.

Greenpeace said they have 70 other groups supporting them as they publically urge former Vice President and current Apple Board member Al Gore to use his influence with the Board. According to Greenpeace, Apple's Board of Directors is due to send out a statement recommending that stockholders vote against two proposals that would strengthen Apple's environmental policies.

Greenpeace said that Apple's communication with shareholders calls these initiatives too "costly, time intensive and duplicative of existing [Apple] policies, initiatives and efforts," and the Board of Directors "unanimously" recommends that shareholders not support the resolution.

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Over 120 Plugins For Apple Mail

From Hawk Wings

You will find 140+ plugins, add-ons, scripts and helpful apps here.

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Leopard not ready for April - "Barely beta, not final or Gold Master"

From Ars Technica

There have been a lot of rumors lately from "unconfirmed" sources about Leopard's expected ship date.

Developers who work closely with Apple have been dying to tell the world how very, very wrong we all are. We have always maintained an air of skepticism regarding the early release speculations, but confirmation of these suspicions have been bombarding us lately. Our sources have told Ars that there is very little chance ("and that would be pushing it") for Leopard to ship in late April—that is, if Apple wants to ship with a halfway stable operating system.

Developers have not even entered into the constant seeding period. "We still have the same seed we got 2 weeks ago," we are told. "I'd say it's barely beta, not Final or Gold Master."

"The Mac"

iTrix in the forums pointed me to the "Best Mac video i've ever seen by Setty Smooth.."

I wouldn't go that far but it's awfully funny in its funny awfulness. :)

Best Buy takes Back Apple TV Exclusive

From CNET

Best Buy on Thursday retracted its previous claim that it had arranged to get deliveries of the Apple TV device two weeks ahead of every other electronics retailer except Apple's own stores.

Apparently that was a bit of an exaggeration, Best Buy spokesman Jeff Dudash said Thursday. To be clear: Best Buy will still be getting an initial shipment of 3,000 Apple TVs that will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday, March 27, he said, but he wouldn't say whether Best Buy will have the device for any exclusive period of time.

Best Buy is now deferring to Apple on retail shipment strategies for its latest product. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said he is looking into the matter, so stay tuned.

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RadTech Discounts!


Our friends at RadTech are offering a 15% off discount to all of our listeners on all of their products!

Just go to their web site, select from among their great products and enter this code:
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HOWTO: Connect Your Mac Mini to a TV

From TUAW

Sure there's that new gadget that's supposed to debut any second--what is it again? Apple Radio? Banana TV? Something like that--but why fork out three hundred clams[1] when you could attach your Mac Mini directly to your TV and watch your iVideos without any further fuss or muss? Think about it. Full connectivity, full compatibility--Xvid, DivX, whatever format pleases your fancy. Here's a quick how-to.

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An Absolute Beginner's Guide to the Terminal

From MacInstruct

Sitting discreetly in Utilities folder (nestled nearly unnoticed amid your applications) is one of the most powerful tools ever created for the Mac. It is simple and elegant, yet can be intimidating (if not terrifying) and has the power to cure some of your computer’s most puzzling ills.

In OS X on the Mac, the command line lets you speak directly with Unix, the venerable operating system that lies at the core of every post-Classic Macintosh. Some of the more advanced tutorials and columns in Macinstruct will be showing you some tips and tricks for using the command line interface on OS X. Here, we’re just going to show you a few ways to get there and give you a chance to try a few safe (look-but-don’t-touch) commands.

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Apple TV Podcast Showcase

From PodcastingTricks.com

When the AppleTV arrives at homes across the country this week, certain podcasters will no doubt see some increased traffic. Apple has created this showcase of free AppleTV-friendly video podcasts.

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Top 10 Reasons You don’t need Apple TV (Yet)

From iLounge

Apple has officially kicked off its Apple TV publicity campaign, providing review hardware to friendly members of the press and enabling selected journalists to publish early reviews. The goal: to try and build enough positive buzz to sustain the newest member of the Apple family despite some mainstream skepticism about its prospects for success.

To provide a bit of balance for all the hype you’re likely to hear over the next several days, we bring you this: a list of the top ten reasons you might not need Apple TV, at least yet.

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VisualHub Update Adds Apple TV Support

From Macworld
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Media conversion utility VisualHub has been updated adding support for Apple TV conversions. According to the developer, high definition video can be converted for the Apple TV up to 10 times faster than QuickTime Pro. On a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo, a 2-hour 720p movie can be converted in about 5 hours. Obviously, the faster your system, the better performance you will see. The utility also does full resolution encodes of DVDs. VisualHub 1.2.3 is a free update to registered users and costs $23.32 for new users.

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Research Firm says Apple Notebook Number Miscalculated

From Macworld

After issuing a report earlier this week stating that Apple’s unit notebook shipments had dropped seven percent, DisplaySearch on Wednesday said that number was incorrect due to a miscalculation.

John Jacobs, Director of Notebook PC Market Research for DisplaySearch, told Macworld that the actual unit volume for Apple’s notebooks dropped two percent from the third quarter of 2006 to the fourth quarter of 2006, representing 17,000 notebooks in all.

Notebook market share only dropped 7/10 of one percent for that same period.

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Apple TV Has Landed


David Pogue does a video preview of the AppleTV, which can connect your computer to your TV without wires.

The Graphic Reporter's Tip of the Week

On last night's show, I talked about how to draw lines of all kinds. This includes lines with arrow heads, lines without, and all manner of circles. Hope you enjoy the tutorial!

Also, if you're in San Francisco, send an email to sly [at] yourmaclifeshow [dot] com. We'll be there from March 29 to April 1. Whee! We can't wait.

Archives for March 21st, 2007

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Our guests on Wednesday's show were:

- Scott Byers, Wilkes University VP of Finance and General Counsel

- Lesa King, GraphicReporter.com

- Peter Cohen with The Big Story

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Your Mac Life Forums are Up & Running!

By popular demand, Aaron has turned on the new Your Mac Life Forums. Bookmark this page, post away and let us know what you think and what topics you'd like to see.

Former Vice President Al Gore and Apple Stock

From Market Matador

Today, Former Vice President Al Gore received options on 10,000 shares of Apple Inc. The options were a part of his stock option plan as an Apple Director. In a filing with the SEC, Apple said that the options had an exercise price of $91.13.

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Best Buy Finagles Apple TV Exclusive

From CNET

Best Buy said today that the just-released Apple TV will be available in all 822 of its U.S. stores starting Tuesday. That's two weeks ahead of all other retailers that are not named the Apple Store.

Granted, the set-top box will be available in limited supply at first. The initial shipment will be 3,000 units, which spread across more than 800 stores means there will be about five Apple TVs available at each store for the MSRP of $299. This is the first time Best Buy is selling Apple products besides iPods and computers.

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Leopard Launching at NAB

From T3

T3’s ear to the ground hears the rumbling of Leopard approaching next month. Eight-core Mac Pros and the final unveiling of Leopard. That’s what’s in store at next month’s NAB event, according to our well-placed source. Our man with his finger on Cupertino’s pulse says Leopard’s tracking for an April release, and is now all but confirmed for the NAB event.

Apple has sent out invitations to the Las Vegas showcase, titled simply "Lights, Camera, Apple,” setting the stage for its next-gen operating system to finally be unveiled.

(Shawn's Comment: First thing - why would I listen to a gadget magazine about when Apple's next OS will ship? And secondly, why is everyone missing the point? NAB is a *professional* show - if anything, Apple will show off *professional* apps. That's what "Lights, Camera, Apple” is all about, you doorknobs)

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Sly's Website of the Week - March 21, 2007

A very silly catapult game – based on Monty Python’s Spamalot!

It took me forever to get a handle on it, and even then I still suck at it. ;-)

Good luck!
Sly
p.s. Apparently if you actually purchase SPAM, you can use the codes on cans of SPAM to get extra or secret games. Now there's an incentive to eat SPAM....NOT! ;-)

Elton John Signs entire Back Catalog Exclusively to iTunes

From Ars Technica

...until May.

Elton John announced this morning that his entire back catalogue will be available for download on March 26. "I've wanted my music to be available for digital download worldwide for some time, but I knew that the entire catalog—not just the hits—needed care and attention to be released in this way. Now that it's happening, I'm pleased for the fans' sake," said Elton John in a statement.

This will consist of 30-something albums and 400+ tracks of smooth, Elton-Johnny goodness, starting with his 1969 album Empty Sky. Almost 40 years of his musical career will be online, exclusively through iTunes through April 30. After April 30, John will presumably make his music available via other download services, although he did not specify which ones.

This move by Elton John is exactly what everyone expected The Beatles to do with their entire back catalog, once it comes online.

Picking an HDTV for Your Apple TV

From Macworld

Apple TV hasn’t hit store shelves yet—it only began shipping to customers Tuesday—but the impending arrival of Apple’s set-top box could mean that it’s time for potential Apple TV owners to upgrade their old standard-definition television sets.

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Why Apple TV Will Bomb

From Macworld

Apple has finally begun shipping pre-orders of its Apple TV wireless set-top, according to news reports. The device can stream media stored on your PC to your TV including music, pictures and 720p High-Definition video. The company has set the price at $299, but I'm here to tell you that it will ultimately have trouble giving them away.

So, although the tech-intelligentsia will slobber over Apple TV and call it the Second Coming, Apple TV will fail to reach beyond the cultish Mac audience, probably topping off at about three million homes.

(Shawn's Comment: I love when "experts" make predictions like this - they *always* end up biting them in the posterior. What do you think?)

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SmileOnMyMac Releases BrowseBack Update

From Macworld

Macintosh utility-maker SmileOnMyMac on Wednesday released an update for BrowseBack, the company’s web history visualization tool. The update features better interaction with system sleep and logout and reduced resource use while loading web pages. Improvements have also been made to the automatic pruning of old BrowseBack files. BrowseBack stores a PDF of every web page visited and makes the pages accessible through an interface that allows the user to browse thumbnails of those pages. The free update is available for registered users.

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From PC to TV -- via Apple

From the Wall Street Journal

The race to connect your TV to your computer and the Internet is about to kick into high gear this week when Apple Inc., the company many believe is best positioned to pull off this feat, introduces a slender, wireless set-top box called Apple TV.

This silvery little $299 gadget is designed to play and display on a widescreen family-room TV set all the music, video and photos stored on up to six computers around the house -- even if they are far from the TV, and even if they are all Windows PCs rather than Apple's own Macintosh models. It can also pull a very limited amount of music and video directly off the Internet onto the TV.

But, all in all, Apple TV is a very well-designed product that easily brings the computer and the TV together.

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Stupid Apple Remote Tricks

From MacInstruct

If you've purchased a Mac recently, you probably have an Apple Remote. This nifty little device allows you to enter Apple's Front Row interface and control your Mac from afar. It's common knowledge that you can use your Apple Remote to play music, watch movies, and flip through pictures. This all comes in very handy, especially when you use your Mac as a full-blown entertainment center.

What you might not know is that you can also use your remote to put your Mac to sleep, present a Keynote presentation, and lock your Mac. We'll show you how!

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Wilkes University & Photoshop World

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Griffin Technology, The MacBU, RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "Wilkes University & Photoshop World"

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Lights...Camera...Watermark?

Appleinsider seems to think it has some kind of coup in announcing that Apple has sent out invites to their Special Event at NAB in April. They've even posted a pic of the invite you can see here.

But can someone explain why Appleinsider sees fit to stick a giant watermark over the image? It's not like Appleinsider created the image themselves. It's not like several hundred other media outlets haven't also received invites. Hell, you can get invited yourself by applying on Apple's web site. And make note of the image you see there - doesn't it look awfully like the one Appleinsider seems to want to claim for its own?

New QuickTime Exploit hits MySpace, Steals Passwords

From Computerworld

A Trojan horse exploiting a flaw in Apple Inc.'s QuickTime that was patched two weeks ago is infecting MySpace.com users' computers, collecting confidential information, including passwords, several security companies said today.

The attack is reminiscent of one late last year that plagued MySpace users and forced the popular social networking site to shut down hundreds of profiles.

Like that December exploit, today's leverages the QuickTime "HREF" function, which allows movies to contain URLs or JavaScript that load Web pages into a browser. Rather than issue a fix to all QuickTime users then, however, Apple took the unusual step of letting MySpace itself link to the blocking code. In other words, only MySpace users were protected.

"This function is not strictly a bug or a vulnerability, but it is something that can be misused," said Ivan Macalintal, research director at Trend Micro Inc.

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