Creative Suite 3 Largest Release in Adobe's History

From Macworld

With the release of Creative Suite 3 on Tuesday, Adobe has completed the largest software release in the company’s history. This release also sees the integration of the Adobe and Macromedia brands and products into a tightly integrated suite.

“Over the past 25 years our technology has redefined industries,” Caleb Belohlavek, Adobe’s Director of Creative Solutions, told Macworld. “Our mission has been to revolutionize how the world engages with ideas and information. Our goal is to continue to be on the cutting edge of innovation and drive more powerful solutions to our customers.”

Creative Suite 3 comes in six configurations, covering the spectrum of creative professionals. The configurations are Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Design Standard editions; Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Web Standard editions; and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium. Rounding out the product line is Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection which combines 12 of Adobe’s new design and development applications in a single box.

Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop Extended offer One-Two Punch

From Macworld

Adobe first told users that it planned to deliver two versions of Photoshop earlier this month. While Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop Extended will share many of the same features, the applications will be marketed to separate industry groups.

“What we’re seeing in the market has been accelerating in the last few years,” Kevin Connor, senior director of product management for digital imaging at Adobe, told Macworld. “Photoshop is being used in a much wider array of workflows and there’s been pressure on Photoshop to do more in those spaces.”

The new markets Adobe is reaching out to with Photoshop Extended include professionals in architecture, engineering, medicine, and science. Photoshop CS3 Extended includes the same tools as Photoshop CS3 plus a new set of capabilities.

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Setting up an Automated Workflow to Convert Files for Apple TV on OS X

From Vallery.Net

With the arrival of my Apple TV yesterday I needed a solution to get my Xvix/WMV/Divx files converted and imported into iTunes so that I can watch them. I already have Quicktime Pro, which with the recent release added the ability to “Export to Apple TV”. Since I have a lot of files, and no desire to sit around and convert these one at a time, it seemed like a perfect job for automator. I figured someone out there at some point had to have done something similar so I did a bit of google searching and found the required automator actions. Using the actions I found combined with the sample workflow they have already created for you, it is trivial to set-up a workflow that will convert to the Apple TV format and then import the file into your iTunes library. With a slight modification you can set it up a plug-in and attach it to a folder action. Now I have a simple drop folder on my desktop that launches quicktime pro and converts the file to an Apple TV viewable format, imports the file into iTunes, and cleans up after itself.

Here is a simple step-by-step guide to walk you through what I did.

100GB Upgrade for 5G iPod Available


So you've got an 80GB iPod, but it's bursting at the seams with all of those movies. Wouldn't an extra 20GB be handy? Check out this hard drive upgrade from PDASmart. For $275US, you can get a 100GB upgrade for the 30GB, 60GB or 80GB iPods with video. The drive is a brand new Toshiba MK1011GAH, and includes warranties from both the manufacturer and PDASmart.

Note that the 30GB upgrade will include a higher capacity battery and a new back for the iPod, as its size will be increased to that of an 80GB iPod. They offer a mail-in service as well. Be the hippest geek on your block!

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Adobe to take Wraps Off Creative Suite 3


Adobe Systems on Tuesday plans to launch Creative Suite 3, a showcase for the company's merger with rival Macromedia that is designed to smoothly combine Web design with content creation.

Creative Suite 3, which focuses on print designers, multimedia editors and Web designers, was two years in development. CS3 comes in six editions, though customers can also individually purchase updated applications, such as Photoshop, Illustrator or Flash.

The estimated price for Creative Suite 3 Design Standard is $1,199 and for the Design Premium version, $1,799. The Web-oriented editions cost $999 for Web Standard and $1,599 for Web Premium. The CS3 Production Premium is $1,699. And the Master Collection, the most comprehensive package, is $2,499.

The Design and Web editions will begin shipping in April, while the Production Premium and Master Collection editions will ship this summer, said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Adobe's Creative Solutions Business Unit.

AT&T Receives 1 million Inquiries on iPhone

From iLounge

Cingular, now a unit of AT&T, has received about 1 million requests for information on Apple’s upcoming iPhone, according to AT&T Chief Operating Officer Randall Stephenson. Cingular, which is being rebranded as AT&T, will be the exclusive U.S. carrier of the device. While Cingular, nor Apple, are currently taking pre-orders, Cingular has a section on it website inviting visitors to submit their email addresses to receive information about the phone when it is released. “One million people have asked us to call when this phone is available,” Stephenson said at the CTIA wireless technology conference.

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PhotoShop World Conference and Expo Sold Out

From Macworld

The organizers of the of the Phoshop World Conference & Expo announced on Monday that the show, scheduled for April 4-6 in Boston, is sold out. The conference will be held at the John B. Hynes Convention Center.

"The fact that Photoshop World is sold out for the first time ever just shows the incredible interest in Photoshop CS3, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom – Adobe’s new workflow application for pro photographers – which are both playing a starring role in this year's conference,” said Scott Kelby, the conference technical chair.

Even thought the conference is sold out, the Tech Expo will be open to the public on Thursday April 5th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Exhibitors include: Adobe, Microsoft, Epson, CDW, Canon, Dell, Wacom, Corel, on0ne Software, and iStockphoto.

(Shawn's Comment: Just like I predicted on last week's show :) )
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Maxtor OneTouch III 300GB FireWire / USB 2.0 External HD - $125 shipped

From DealNews

The Maxtor OneTouch III 300GB FireWire/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, model no. STM303004OTAB05-RK, costs $124.99 at Shipping adds $8.52, but you can pay via PayPal and use coupon code "PAYPAL10" to bag free shipping. This drive features a 16MB cache and runs at 7200 rpm.

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Your Photos in a Museum?

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Do you think your photographs are good enough to put in a museum? Me neither but Museumr is still kinda fun. :)

Disable Integrated iSight Cameras


I've been moved to action on this because of a recent NSA security document that states that it is not possible to disable the iSight cameras integrated into Apple computers without also disabling things like USB keyboards and mice. This is simply not true. When a program from OS X (Tiger at least) needs to access the integrated iSight camera, it has to call the QuickTimeUSBVDCDIgitizer.component. This file is located in the /System » Library » QuickTime folder.

Simply deleting this file will prevent any program from being able to access it.

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The Injectionist

Have you eve seen a comedy about torturers? Did you know they are unionized? Have dating issues? Sore feet? Job advancement problems?

Neither did I until I watched "The Injectionist"...

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Star Trek: The Original Series Beams back into iTunes

From iLounge

Apple, which had quietly dropped “Star Trek: The Original Series” from its roster of iTunes downloadable programming, looks to have returned not only to iTunes the first season of this series but also a remastered version as well. This remastered version (which costs $56.99 as a season pass for the first season) has “dozens of new and higher-detailed visual effects” blended into the episodes.

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10 Geek Details on Apple TV

From iLounge

Six months after it was announced, Apple TV is finally here, and of course, our testing is well underway. In order to canvas a variety of different televisions and possible usage models, iLounge’s editors have assembled a robust testing environment for our two Apple TV units: four computers, five HDTVs ranging in size and resolution, one widescreen non-HDTV, and audio receivers with and without optical audio inputs. Prior to our final review, we wanted to share some of our preliminary findings for those who are interested.

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QuickerTek offers 802.11n for Mac mini

From Macworld

QuickerTek announced the availability of an IEEE 802.11n wireless networking upgrade kit for Apple’s Mac mini. The $180 kit enables Intel-based Mac minis to work at the faster wireless networking speeds allowed by Apple’s new AirPort Extreme Base Station and other devices that employ the draft networking specification.

The card offered by QuickerTek occupies the same slot as the factory card provided by Apple for the Mac mini. It’s backwards-compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g standards, and also includes an antenna — instructions for installation are included, along with the tools you need.

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Movie Trailers

I *love* movie trailers. I can and have wasted a great deal of time watching them. But I *hate* when they give so much plot away.

A perfect example are the Spiderman 3 trailers.

The one on the Apple Trailer Page shows the story as we are pretty sure we know it so far. But the one on this page should have a huge "SPOILER ALERT" button on it because it gives away a *crucial* plot point!

Why do movie studios do that? I really get the feeling that there's no reason for me to go to the theater to see the movie now - I'll just wait for it to come out on DVD....

How-to: Upgrade the Drive in Your Apple TV

From Engadget

While thousands of people were enjoying their Apple TVs last night, we decided to take ours apart for some pictures and to upgrade the drive. Seriously, 40 GB is smaller than our iPod and we don't like to have to pick and choose what to sync. While there is little doubt that this will void our warranty, isn't it worth it?We decided to double the size of the HDD from 40 GB to 80 GB; we picked up a new 5400 RPM IDE laptop drive and went to town.

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Griffin Ships iTrip for 2G nano

From PlayList

iPod accessory-maker Griffin Technology on Friday began shipping its popular iTrip FM transmitter for the second generation iPod nano.

The new iTrip has been redesigned to “fit the sleek lines” of the new iPod nano. The iTrip allows users to play their iPod music through the car stereo or home stereo system. Among its other features the iTrip has DistortionFree technology, which provides automatic volume adjustment for the cleanest possible sound.

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Apple TV Diary: Out of the Box

From Macworld

Apple has Apple TV and, thanks to a fortuitously timed vacation by Macworld’s Editorial Director Jason Snell—fortuitously timed for me, that is—I’m the lucky soul who gets first crack at this set-top box. Over the next several days, I’ll take my first—and subsequent—cracks at exploring Apple TV’s many wonders. In this installment, we’ll look at the first out-of-the-box experience.

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Sony comes to iTunes with TV Shows

From Macworld

Apple confirmed that Sony will join the iTunes Store with several new television shows. "News Radio," "Till Death," the original animated "Spiderman," "Starsky and Hutch" and "Charlie's Angels" will all be available for purchase from the store. Sony joins some 60 other channels already available on the iTunes Store including NBC, CBS, ABC, A&E, Spike, Fox and TLC.

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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


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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HOWTO: Connect Your Mac Mini to a TV


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


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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