PDF SECURITY

Maybe you saw the news item – classified information about the shooting of an Italian intelligence agent in Iraq was found by journalists in a PDF document given to the media by the US military.

Here’s an article with more information about why the text was not secured in the PDF file. […] continued

Read more

ADOBE PREMIERE ELEMENTS

Not everyone would have predicted it a few years ago, but digital cameras have become a matter-of-fact item in many homes. Normal, non-tech people have learned to unload pictures from a memory card, view them on the computer, and print them on a color inkjet. Ambitious home users can use a program like Adobe Photoshop Elements or Microsoft Digital Image Pro to crop the photos, correct lighting problems, or even manipulate them a bit. […] continued

Read more

ADOBE & APPLE DRIFTING APART

Apple fans are increasingly hard-pressed to justify clinging to a product with an insignificant, dwindling market share. The conventional wisdom is that Apple computers have some relevance in the world of graphics and publishing, for various reasons depending on whatever argument suits the moment. At various times I’ve been told the graphics software is easier to use than comparable Windows software (or it’s more complex but also more powerful), or there’s a greater selection than what’s available for Windows (or there’s a smaller selection but it must be good because it’s more popular among professionals), or the like. […] continued

Read more

CURRENCY IMAGE DETECTION

From the “Interesting Things To Know” Department:

According to a post on the Adobe forums, the latest version of Adobe Photoshop has the built-in ability to detect that an image is of American currency and prevent you from opening the file. Apparently it will also do this with Euro notes. Reportedly the latest version of Paint Shop Pro has the same restriction. […] continued

Read more

ADOBE READER 6.0.1

Adobe released a minor update to Adobe Reader (formerly “Acrobat Reader”), from version 6.0 to 6.0.1. If you use Reader, you might get a popup notifying you of the upgrade.

A number of people are reporting problems with the upgrade on Adobe’s forums. After installing the upgrade, some people can no longer open PDF files in Internet Explorer. […] continued

Read more

FREE ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ALBUM

Adobe has released a new version of Photoshop Album, its software for organizing digital photos. (Click here for my description of the original program.) The new version adds a handful of new features, but my guess is that Adobe focused more on fixing the bugs in the original release. […] continued

Read more

ADOBE DEFECTS FROM APPLE

Adobe Systems announced a new version of Premiere, its high-end video-editing platform, but with one important change that bodes ill for Apple – the new Premiere will be Windows-only, making this the first version of the product that doesn’t support Apple’s Mac OS. Here’s an article about Adobe’s announcement. […] continued

Read more

ADOBE ACROBAT READER 6

Adobe released Acrobat 6 today, including a new version of the free Acrobat Reader. Download Acrobat Reader 6 here. Acrobat PDF format is starting to be used everywhere – you might as well have this upgrade in case you want to view multimedia content embedded in a PDF file or simply use the improved interface. […] continued

Read more

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ALBUM

I use Microsoft Digital Image Pro for virtually all my photo editing and graphics projects. It does a better job of combining ease of use with powerful editing tools than anything else on the market. Many of my loyal friends and clients have heard me ranting and raving about the impossibly complicated tools in Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, the market leaders. […] continued

Read more

MAC VS. PC: HYPE VERSUS REALITY

I hear it from people all the time: PCs might have some advantages, but boy, there’s nothing like a Mac for graphics and video work, especially if you’re a professional.

Well, nonsense. The Adobe programs are identical on either platform, and PCs have long outperformed more expensive Macs. And the gaps in price and performance are getter larger. […] continued

Read more

NEW ADOBE ACROBAT & QUICKTIME

I don’t know whether these are compelling upgrades – haven’t tried them, don’t know about new features – but Adobe has released Acrobat Reader 5.0 and Apple finished work on Quicktime for Windows 5.0. Acrobat 4.0 was very polished and stable, and I’m not sure what would make a new version seem like a big improvement. […] continued

Read more

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS

Adobe Photoshop is legendary. Graphics professionals can do magic with it, and they turn up their nose at anything else. I’ve tried to learn it repeatedly, and I remain firmly convinced it is the least intuitive, worst designed, most annoying program in the world. Did I mention that it’s incredibly expensive? […] continued

Read more