March 21, 2007

Hot damn: Half a million people download Photoshop CS3

I’m pleased to say that as of last Friday, the Photoshop CS3 beta had been downloaded by more than 500,000 individual users.  (For the Rainmen among you, that’s 251,612,564 MB of P-shop goodness.)  Wow… I really hoped people would be into it, but you never know until you try.  Thanks to everyone who has made this effort a success!

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New open-source XMP library from Adobe

Good news for metadata-minded developers: Adobe has posted a new update (v4.1) of its XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform)
technology for manipulating
metadata. The source code has been released under
the same open source license as its previous versions.  According to the press release, the update

…significantly extends Adobe’s past XMP offerings by providing new libraries for developers to read, write and update XMP in popular image, document and video file formats including JPEG, PSD, TIFF, AVI, WAV, MPEG, MP3, MOV, INDD, PS, EPS and PNG…

The XMP Core enables the parsing, manipulating and serializing of XMP data, and the XMP Files enables the reading, rewriting, and injecting serialized XMP into the multiple file formats. The XMP Files can be thought of as a "file I/O" component for reading and writing the metadata that is manipulated by the XMP Core component.

We’ve seen good uptake of XMP in the developer community (e.g. Apple calls it "industry standard"; Microsoft calls it "the foundation for our ‘truth is in the file’ goal"), and hopefully the new library will help the momentum continue.  In particular XMP is supported in the DNG format, paving the way to standardized raw files that function as rich packages (embedding multiple sets of editing instructions & multiple rendered previews).

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Know when to fold ’em

//na// If those mammoth screens get to be too much, rest your scalded eyeballs with the help of some paper:

  • Thomas Allen makes dioramas from the covers of old pulp novels. Seems like they’re popping up (er, sorry) everywhere, from the cover of James Ellroy novels to the pages of (I think) GQ. [Via] Turning old images into "2-and-a-half-D" creations reminds me of The Kid Stays in the Picture, a film that achieved a similar effect using old photos plus Photoshop and After Effects (popping characters off their backgrounds, panning across them to introduce a sense of depth).
  • The folks at the ni9e blog have fun (and no doubt baffle stewardesses) making paper-based visualizations of SkyMall demographics.
  • If you’ve got more time (and skills) than money, thank your waiter with some cash origami. [Via]
  • Okay, it’s not cash, but check out this amazing folding chair (the name doesn’t do it justice).  Doesn’t it seem like the Apple campus should be full of these?  (Well, maybe if they were off-white.)
  • [For more paper goodness, see previous.]

(Upon hearing this blog entry’s title, my wife remarked, "I know when to walk away…")

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