Archive for May, 2010

Story of the missing History brush

I was analyzing a search report for Photoshop Elements Help this morning. One of the instances of a high bounce rate (highlighted red in the report) was for ‘history brush’. I searched for ‘history brush’ in the Help PDF and found zero results.

Well, I am a new user of Photoshop Elements. And that’s the reason I expected it to be defined there. Had I been familiar with Photoshop Elements (and Photoshop), I would have instead googled for ‘history brush’. And that’s what I did next.
The scenario is crystal clear now. Photoshop users who are aware of the power of the History brush in Photoshop look for the tool in Photoshop Elements.

The History brush does not exist in Photoshop Elements.

The History Brush is useful for performing photo editing tasks, but it’s also a tool that can save you when you encounter one of those “Oops, I didn’t realize I’d done that” moments.

Has anybody figured out a way to simulate the History brush in Photoshop Elements?
Yes, of course. Here’s a list of resources to help you understand and experiment:

If you are a new user like me, let me know how easy or difficult it was for you to simulate the Photoshop History brush functionality with layers in Photoshop Elements.
And for those Photoshop users who are looking for a History brush in Photoshop Elements, I need to do something more. Because they are limiting their search in Help, I need to find the right place(s) in the Help and tell them that the History brush is not available in Photoshop Elements and point them to workarounds (pretty much what I have said here).

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I can’t see Flash content on Windows 7

I haven’t yet had a chance to work on Windows 7. Although for many months now, I have had some second-hand experience of using it. The developers I work with, my coworkers, and my tweples – everyone’s talking about Windows 7 on the other laptop or the new PC.
Apart from substantiating the general euphoria about the interface and the speed, the comments or the tweets sometimes highlight pain points, many of which are compatibility issues and have a quick fix or workaround.
In a recent blog post, Rick Stone talks about one compatibility issue that our Help users are likely to encounter. Many HTML pages have Captivate demos inserted in them. If you are running Windows 7, you might find that these demos are not appearing (instead, there’s a large placeholder).

Cause and Solution
Flash Player is currently not supported on 64-bit browsers. Use a 32-bit browser.
For more information, see this document from Adobe KnowledgeBase.

To share his experience with RoboHelp users, Rick has added a link to his post in the relevant topic in RoboHelp Help.

If you have encountered any problem testing RoboHelp output and found a solution, share the information with other users by adding a comment.