KODAK AND MICROSOFT

Kodak got a bunch of publicity last month when it attacked Microsoft for not giving its photo finishing software fair treatment in Windows XP. (See my link and comments on July 7.) It was played up as another example of big bad Microsoft giving preferential treatment to its own services and squashing competition. […] continued

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MICROSOFT PHOTODRAW DISCONTINUED

After months of speculation, Microsoft has now confirmed that Photodraw has been discontinued. There’s no obvious replacement. Photodraw was perfect for quick work with photos and clip art. Nothing on the market comes close for ease of use or breadth of features. We can keep using Photodraw – it’s not broken, and it works fine after upgrading to Office XP – but this announcement means that there will be no new release to deal with Photodraw’s shortcomings. […] continued

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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

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GRAPHICS PRIMER

I know lots of people who are finding that working with images on a computer is hard and mysterious. It’s taken me years to get grounded – and all that experience has mostly taught me how little I know. If you’re serious about learning about screen resolutions and pixels and web-safe colors, this is a sample chapter from a book named Easy Web Graphics, with a wealth of basic information about the things you’ll need to know. […] continued

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