February 28, 2013

Watch a master illustrator at work

Check out Danny Cooke’s portrait of master sign maker David A. Smith exquisitely crafting an album cover & related artwork. And—gasp—does this mean I don’t hate John Mayer?

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Adobe at SXSW

Aaaand, once again I wish I were going to South by Southwest. If you’re luckier than I, check out Adobe Creative Camp Sunday, March 10th. Sessions include:

  • Introduction to Adobe Edge Tools and Services
  • Concept to reality: Creating Adobe Edge Reflow
  • What’s new in Adobe Creative Cloud?
  • Responsive Design, from every angle
  • The content-shaped elephant in the room
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February 27, 2013

Case study: Going from print to Web design

As I customer I always found it so much more interesting to hear from fellow designers than from toolmakers. On Friday at noon Pacific, Aaron Macdonald, the principal of A3 Creative Solutions, will talk about how his shop used Adobe Muse to broaden their skills:

A year ago A3 was specializing in print and brand design and turning web design work over to other agencies. When he became a Creative Cloud member, Aaron began experimenting with Adobe Muse to leverage his print design skills to design his first website. Aaron will discuss how this has changed his business, discussing his evolution from a traditional print designer into cross-media design agency utilizing Creative Cloud, Adobe Muse and Business Catalyst to design for the web and provide an enhanced service to his customers.

You can register here.

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Adobe Muse keeps improving

Adobe Muse, the new visual HTML creation tool, has gotten a raft of much-requested new functionality, including hierarchical master pages, widget updates, and a new spellchecker. Check out the details here, and apply the update simply by opening Muse and clicking “install now” from the updater screen.

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February 26, 2013

Photoshop Touch comes to iPhone & Android!

I’m delighted to see that following up on the very popular tablet version, Photoshop Touch for phone is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play for $4.99. PM Stephen Nielson writes,

Much like the tablet version, Photoshop Touch on the phone has core Photoshop features like layers, advanced selections tools, adjustments and filters. We also packed in features exclusive to Photoshop Touch, like Scribble Selection for high-precision selections using only your finger, and Camera fill for real-time creative blending of your camera feed with layers. This app features the same creative filters as the tablet version, like Color Drops and Acrylic Paint, and also a new Ripple filter.

With Photoshop Touch and the Adobe Creative Cloud, I can start a project on my phone, continue it on my tablet, and polish it off at my desk in Photoshop CS6. Photoshop Touch will automatically keep my projects in sync on each device, at the full resolution and with all the layers intact. This capability is available to every customer with a free Creative Cloud account. There is no paid subscription requirement for syncing.

Give it a whirl & please let us know what you think.


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Lightroom 4.4 Release Candidate now available

Terry White writes,

Lightroom 4.4 is now available as a Release Candidate on Adobe Labs. The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. The final release of Lightroom 4.4 may have additional corrections or camera support.

New cameras supported:

  • Canon EOS 1D C
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
  • Fujifilm X100s
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Hasselblad Lunar
  • Leica M
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Nikon 1 S1
  • Pentax MX-1

See Terry’s post for a list of bugs fixed in this release.

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A look into Julieanne Kost’s creative process

It’s refreshing to see an artist trade slickness for candor, and that’s just what Julieanne does in showing off the trial, error, and production techniques that went into creating her still life piece “Cyclical”:


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February 25, 2013

Camera Raw 7.4 Release Candidate now available

Camera Raw 7.4 and DNG Converter 7.4 Release Candidates are now available on Adobe Labs. (Remember, release candidates are versions that we think should be ready for use, but which still need a bit more testing & are being offered as public previews.) This release includes bug fixes, new camera support, and new lens profiles.

New camera support:

  • Canon EOS 1D C
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
  • Fujifilm X100s
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Hasselblad Lunar
  • Leica M
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Nikon 1 S1
  • Pentax MX-1

Check out the Lightroom Journal for a list of lens profiles added & bugs squashed. [Via]

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Sign up for ADIM13

“The Adobe Creative Cloud, Zombies and Beer – It doesn’t get better than that,” says Russell Brown. He points out that his ADIM13 show (April 7-10 in Boulder, CO), features some great speakers, including

  • Julieanne Kost
  • Chris Converse
  • Mordy Golding
  • Sandee Cohen
  • Katrin Eismann
  • James White

According to the show site,

You’ll begin with still images to create monster-themed beer packaging, then you’ll create an online beer advertisement utilizing advanced Photoshop video features. In the process you’ll master many of the wonders of Adobe Creative Cloud… You’ll follow your very own monster-themed project from inception to completion, including: printing, laser engraving a glass bottle, and hand assembly. Your finished packaging will be displayed in class for all to see.


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February 24, 2013

Oscar nominees as pictograms

Check out Matteo Civaschi’s set of clever pictogram movie posters that encapsulate this year’s nominees in pictogram form. For example, there’s the Life of Pi:


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What It’s Like to be a Dog Toy

Did you ever wonder? Well, me neither, but it still makes for a kinda entertaining little film:


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February 23, 2013

Ken Burns 2.0

I really enjoyed hearing master storyteller Ken Burns discuss how his personal history helped give rise to his life’s work, and more:

You can read much more detail in this interview on The Atlantic.

Just as interesting to me, from a geeky perspective, is the way the famous & simple Ken Burns effect has morphed into something richer & more ambitious, imparting parallax movement to the various pans & zooms. In fact, the clip above prominently credits After Effects artist Elliot Cowan. Let’s hear it for Content-Aware Fill, “postcards in space,” and more.

[Via Troy Church]

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February 22, 2013

New Russell Brown textures for Creative Cloud members

Photoshop CS6 subscribers can download a new panel for applying cool paper texture effects.

  • If you don’t yet have it, download the Adobe Exchange panel for Photoshop CS6 (note the Download button up top). Double click the package to install it.
  • Restart Photoshop & then open the panel by choosing Window > Extensions > Adobe Exchange.
  • Search for “paper.”

Here’s Russell’s video demonstrating how to use the package.

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Animation: “Gray Keys”

Constraint can be a beautiful thing, and I like being reminded of how expressive the interplay of simple geometries can be. Behold the work of painter/mograph artist Carlo Vega:


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February 21, 2013

Michael Jackson in flat stop-motion Lego

You go, Annette Jung:

One hopes MJ fell in love with a girl—perhaps one named Billie Jean. [Via]

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The entire Gangnam Style video as a hand-drawn flipbook

Oh dear lord—someone actually did this. Timothius Martin actually did this.


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February 20, 2013

HTC debuts simultaneous photo/video capture, more

Interesting developments in mobile photography:

“We invented a way of dual-path encoding where we would shoot still and video simultaneously with no data loss,” Whitehorn says. “We wouldn’t drop data yield down at all. We would bring in full-resolution video and full-resolution stills at the same time… What that means is you have this living asset, that moment will be alive — you can always scrub that moment and get that perfect smile.”

The camera trades away megapixels (coming at 4, vs. a more typical 8+) for quality: “What we realized is that megapixels is just a metric for blue shirts in Best Buy.”

Another neat feature: Zoe mode starts recording video before you even press the record button so you don’t miss a moment. “Think of it as TiVoing your life.”

Video also can be shot in an “always on” HDR mode at full 1080p resolution or in slow motion.


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New VSCO film pack for Lightroom, Camera Raw

Looks interesting (literally):

Whether inspired by the clean, commercial look of films like Fuji FP 100c or the sun-drenched vibe of Polaroid 690, VSCO Film 03 for Lightroom 4 and Adobe Camera Raw 7 represent the most diverse VSCO Film pack yet. With over 115 presets, VSCO Film 03 is overflowing with both present day film stock, as well as expired vintage films. The pack also includes a custom Toolkit specifically created to help you emulate the varying looks of instant films. This is not an update or an upgrade. It is a completely new VSCO Film pack with completely new film emulations and tools.

Check out the site for examples, pricing, and discounts.

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February 19, 2013

Adobe Camera Raw turns 10 today

…and Lightroom turns 6, and Photoshop 23!

What was born during Thomas Knoll’s vacation to Italy (wherein he was so frustrated by his camera’s raw conversion software that he downloaded their SDK & wrote his own) has come a long, long way. PM Tom Hogarty says, “I count 42 official releases over those 10 years or 1 update every 2.8 months. However, when you include all of the public RC builds you could easily double that!”

Click through to the Photoshop team blog to see an infographic that marks this milestone. Thanks to all the engineers & QE who’ve made this engine so invaluable, and to all the passionate photographers who help the team keep doing what they do. Here’s to the next 6, 10, & 23 years!


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In memoriam: Petro Vlahos

I can’t claim to have known his name, but like you I know his work: Petro Vlahos pioneered blue- and green-screen techniques & founded Ultimatte before passing away this past week at the age of 96. The BBC writes,

Mr Vlahos’s breakthrough was to create a complicated laboratory process which involved separating the blue, green and red parts of each frame before combining them back together in a certain order.

He racked up more than 35 movie-related patents and numerous Academy commendations.

By coincidence, I came across the following peek behind the scenes of The Hobbit. It bears out what Robin Shenfield from compositing firm The Mill says of Mr. Vlahos’s work: “It’s the absolute building block of all the visual effects that you see in television and movies.”


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Demo: Automated photo insertion, compositing

Alyosha Efros has some ideas on cracking a particularly hard nut:

Apparently there’s a Java demo available, but it seems I long ago disabled Java. [Via Sylvain Paris]

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February 18, 2013

“These people want to die, but God has not chosen their time”

I’ve previously linked to the incredible aerial photography of George Steinmetz, much of it captured while dangling from an ultralight wing over Africa. I think you’ll enjoy this 20-minute talk about his life of adventure, replete with fantastic images, as much as I did:



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Foliobook syncs Lightroom, iPad via Dropbox

Foliobook Is My New Preferred iPad Portfolio App,” writes Adobe evangelist Terry White:

I use Lightroom to publish to folders in Dropbox via the built-in Hard Drive Publish feature. This is also one of the ways I go from Lightroom to my iOS devices.

In this latest update to FolioBook, FolioBook Now “Syncs” with Dropbox. That’s right! Real syncing. Simply choose the folder on your Dropbox.com account that you wish to sync with as a gallery in FolioBook and it will “sync” the new photos to FolioBook and remove the old ones. Hooray!

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February 17, 2013

Quote o’ the day

I’m going to try holding myself to this:

My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school, “So? Did you learn anything today?” But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?”

That difference – asking good questions – made me become a scientist.

— Isidor Isaac Rabi, Nobel laureate


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February 16, 2013

Film: Styleframes NYC Opening Titles

Disturbing, but beautifully shot & executed:

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February 15, 2013

I just found my new favorite weather app

John Gruber once wrote, “In hindsight, I think the use cases for the original iPad are simplicity and delight.” Haze for iPhone nails that mission for weather:

“Is it going to be warmer tomorrow? Don’t read it. See it. The beautifully animated background shows you the trend. Use Haze frequently to unlock colorful themes and customize the look.”

The UI rewards exploration with lots of polished details, and the use of theme unlocking is an interesting way to encourage active use.

The one downside I’ve detected thus far is that the reliance on taps & gestures rather than on traditional buttons & labels leaves some functionality obscure. I feel dumb for not having discovered one of the most basic operations (tapping the central readout circle) on my own. (I hadn’t seen the video before downloading the app.) Even so, the app’s easy to navigate & a joy to use.

Oh, and if you like this sort of thing, check out Summly for news. It crashes too much & the summaries aren’t always great, but it’s lovely enough to explore that I stick with it.

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Come download Reflow, Adobe’s new responsive-Web design tool

“Photoshop speaks a fundamentally different language from the web,” writes PM Jacob Surber. That’s great for many things, but Adobe’s new Edge Reflow—available to download now, for free—takes a different approach, creating designs that present themselves differently depending on device (phone, tablet, desktop):

Honesty in design: Reflow itself is built using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, with the goal of helping web designers design for HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Our intention is to remove layers of abstractions, so designers can create for the web using the web.

Focus on standards: Reflow will ONLY enable designers to create experiences that are compatible with the web. In some situations this can be limiting, but as the capabilities of the web changes, Reflow will evolve as well. Adobe has committed to contributing and advancing web standards. Our goal is to integrate that work, as experimental features, in our web tools such as Reflow.

Check out a quick tour:

[Update: An overview from Forbes concludes, “None of these tools design the site for you, and they don’t address the engineering issues that I mentioned above, but they sure make the multi-screen design process a lot more accessible to a lot more designers. Someone deserves to be knighted for that!”]

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Adobe delivers new HTML5 animation chops

Adobe Edge Animate 1.5 has arrived, bringing support for CSS filters & gradients that can be animated, plus enhanced Web font support (powered by Typekit). You can download it here, and check out the details in this blog post and in the demo below:

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February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day from Adobe



[Via Andrew Kavanagh]

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QOTD: Walt Disney on storytelling

“It is a curious thing that the more the world shrinks because of electronic communications, the more limitless becomes the province of the storytelling entertainer.” — Walt Disney

[Via Ron Green]

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“If you’re not scared you’re gonna lose it, it’s not that great a picture”

Okay, I’ll admit it: my first reaction was basically “Man, the world needs to wax Jay Maisel’s proverbial car even further about as much I need a hole in my head.” But dang if this 7-minute piece by The Big Picture isn’t totally charming. (If only it were higher res! But still, the images & personality come right through.)

[Via Kelly McCathran]

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February 13, 2013

Great Adobe license plate o’ the day

This joins PXLPFCT, TYPENRD, & LIGHTRM on my growing list of faves. [Update: Other winners include 24P (After Effects), RTFM (support), and ADOBE PS.]


[Photo courtesy of Dan McSweeny]

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Does Instagram make people better photographers?

This subject came up at lunch as we chatted about whether tools can & should aspire to help people be better illustrators, storytellers, etc.

My initial reaction was that no, Instagram doesn’t make you better, but it makes a great many people feel better (giving photos some flair, paving over flaws like crappy lighting). Making people feel cooler than they are is nothing to sneeze at, but one could argue that a shortcut to “interestingness” detracts from doing harder work around composition, lighting, etc.

On second thought, though, I think Instagram does make me a better photographer—or at least it makes me work harder to make interesting images. People love to put on fancy conferences about gamification & incentives, but the game here’s simple: When my photos draw likes (especially from, say, photographers I respect or some cute girl I knew 20 years ago), I feel good; when they don’t, I feel bad. (Hey, I’m human.) Thus I’m highly motivated to share only my most interesting work.

What do you think?

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Photojojo University arrives

Photojojo—the effortlessly, inimitably charming little photo newsletter/store—has just introduced Photojojo University. Site creator Amit Gupta explains, “It’s photography fundamentals, taught for people discovering photography for the first time with a phone.”

Each lesson is lovingly crafted for the small screen and sent straight to your email for anytime reading. Each week, you’ll get two bite-size lessons complete with photo challenge to practice your skills.

Looks fun; I’ve just signed up.

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February 12, 2013

Photoshop Cafe’s free CS6 Superguide is now available

“WOW!!!” writes Russell Brown. “This is a fantastic set of Photoshop CS6 tips and techniques for FREE! Really fantastic stuff.” 

In the free 77-page CS6 Superguide eZine, “The new features of most of the CS6 Products are covered in depth, with articles from industry leaders such as Jack Davis, Colin Smith, David Blatner, Janine Warner, Stephen Burns, Chana Messer, Weston Maggio and more.”

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Feedback, please: Voice-driven photo editing

What do you think of PixelTone, an experimental interface from Adobe Research & the University of Michigan?

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Friday demo/Q&A: Get started creating video with Creative Cloud

Friday at noon Pacific:

If you’re currently using Photoshop or Lightroom and want to go the next step to create video, join this session to learn the basics of video capture, editing and delivery with Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe Evangelist Jason Levine will show how creative pros can get started with Adobe Prelude, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Media Encoder, all included in Creative Cloud membership. You’ll be amazed at what you can create with a little coaching!

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If you want to know what it’s like to work on improving the Photoshop UI…

…check out this post from XKCD.


I’ve compared working on mature apps to so many things—changing the wings of a plane while it’s in flight, building Johnny Cash’s Frankenstein car, and more. People always say, “Stop adding anything new… except this handful of things for me, personally.” And they always push us to “simplify” and “just reduce” the apps, yet they flip out if you take away their cherished anachronism. I always think of the Onion article, “98 Percent Of U.S. Commuters Favor Public Transportation For Others.”

Ah well—still good fun. [Via Foster Brereton]

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February 11, 2013

Come to great Adobe events this spring

  • The Create Now World Tour is underway, likely coming to a city near you (check the site for details). If you’re a Creative Cloud subscriber, there’s likely so much more you could be taking advantage of; if you’re not, come see what you’re missing.
  • Russell Brown’s ADIM conference is set to take place in Boulder, CO, April 7-10. I’ve always had a blast at ADIM. “You’ll begin with still images to create monster-themed beer packaging, then you’ll create an online beer advertisement utilizing advanced Photoshop video features. In the process you’ll master many of the wonders of Adobe Creative Cloud… You’ll follow your very own monster-themed project from inception to completion, including: printing, laser engraving a glass bottle, and hand assembly. Your finished packaging will be displayed in class for all to see.”
  • Adobe MAX goes down May 4-8 in Los Angeles & features more than 300 sessions and labs taught by industry leaders and Adobe experts, covering everything from Web & design to digital publishing, gaming, and video. Note that attending also gets you full year membership to the Creative Cloud, so admission is actually a lot cheaper than it seems. (Oh, and if you attend the Create Now tour, they knock another $200 off MAX attendance.)
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Editing the Rock: Behind the scenes of a Super Bowl ad

Remember that Super Bowl ad I mentioned having been edited in Premiere Pro? Over on Studio Daily editor Adam Pertofsky talks about working with ProRes in CS6:

“I had tried it out on two other jobs and decided to just jump in and go for it,” he says. “When Final Cut X came out, I tried working with it for a while, but it just doesn’t do what I need it to do. After my engineering guys here suggested I try Premiere, I started to play with it and it seemed very familiar to me, right from the get-go.”

“It’s probably the most responsive of all the nonlinear editing software that I’ve used… The trimming tool alone made this particular job a breeze because I could instantly see where all my ins and outs were. I also love not having to render any more.”

The piece talks about other aspects of the shoot & edit, too—not just about software.

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February 10, 2013

Augmented-reality app translates newspapers for kids

Color me deeply skeptical, but intrigued: The BBC reports on an app that modifies the paper version of The Tokyo Shimbun in ways kids might appreciate:

“What it’s really about is something that’s been talked about for a long time, about content being presented in different ways depending on who the user is,” he said.

“It means two versions of the content – a grown-up one and the kids one. That has enormous potential. It also tackles a big gap in young readership.

This makes me oddly wistful: I’m Proust-ing out, almost smelling the newsprint & listening to the “funny papers” rattle as my dad read me cartoons, or as he’d read news & obits with a drink after work. The real obit, of course, is for the paper newspaper: I’m afraid all this will show up as a quaintly hilarious discovery that flits by on some future adult’s in-optic-nerve newsfeed. But whatever; I’m suddenly, and surprisingly, all choked up.

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February 09, 2013

2,000 pieces of PVC make a music video

I don’t share this because it’s beautiful. It is, but I share it because of the obsessive insanity that Polish duo Kijek/Adamski must have put into creating the animation.

The Fox Is Black writes,

Made with approximately 2000 silhouettes extracted from PVC plates using a computer-controlled cutter, the video is a rush of color and a parade of movement. For Kijek/Adamski, the video is “an everlasting chain of convulsive memories”.

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February 08, 2013

Buildings in Motion: Giant canvases for animated GIFs

Adobe writer (and, tangentially, Survivor survivor) Lex van den Berghe interviews street artist INSA, talking about the crazy dedication needed to turn buildings into “GIF-iti.” Check it out.


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Make your own Samuel Jackson puppet

Say “what” again, CrazyTalk app.

[Via Troy Church]

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February 07, 2013

Help my wife nag me (in a good way!)

Okay, enterprising coders, here’s your free million-dollar (or at least multi-dozen-dollar) idea o’ the day: I need a way for my wife to assign me a task/reminder & geofence it.

For example, yesterday she sent me to the kids’ preschool with a tuition check in hand—which I promptly forgot to deposit. I wished she could have sent me a reminder that was associated with the school’s location. 30 seconds after arriving I could have gotten a notification. Then this morning she forgot her phone & asked me to bring it to work. I wanted to turn her text message into a reminder pegged to my current location: if I try to leave here, ask me about that phone.

I did a little poking & I see that the iOS Reminders app lets me geofence items (i.e. remind me either when I arrive somewhere or when I leave), but I can do this only if I have my phone handy. Via iCloud.com you can add people to reminders—but then you can’t (as far as I can see) make those location-specific.

So, who’s gonna code up not “Find My Friends,” but “Remind My Friends”? (This seems like a great addition to the fun couples’ app Avocado.) C’mon, it’ll be fun to get Sherlocked at WWDC, won’t it? ;->

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Of drills & holes

While building new apps I keep thinking of the quote attributed to the CEO of Black & Decker: “People don’t buy our tools because they want one-inch drills. They buy them because they want one-inch holes.”

As technologists we think about the guts of things, but customers often favor the simpler thing (Twitter, Mac OS Spotlight) over the more conceptually powerful one (Google Wave, WinFS). My career’s full of this: advocating general, interesting stuff (e.g. HTML layers for Photoshop) only to get pantsed by simpler approaches (just tweaks to the existing PS vector tools).

I’ve heard that Amazon starts projects by writing a press release of what features the user will see, then working backwards to check that they’re building something valuable. We’d do well to do the same. As Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

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The most charming video you’re likely to see all week

“I asked a six year old what my movie should be about,” says Bianca Giaever, “and this is what he told me.” Just watch: 

(Now I really want to step up my bedtime storytelling game.) [Via]

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February 06, 2013

New Adobe Inspire Magazine comes to iPad & Web

Photoshop 3D features, CSS transitions, InDesign alternate layouts, and much more are featured in this month’s Inspire Magazine, both online and in the App Store.

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Photoshop’s fans are in the top 10 most loyal


Brand Satisfaction compiled millions of responses from Facebook Fans of over 15,000 Facebook pages to determine the Top 20 brands with the most loyal Fans.

Photoshop is #10 out of 15,000+. Take that, In-N-Out Burger—and Starbucks Frappuccino, watch your back! ;-) Thanks to Photoshop’s awesome fans!

[Via Tom Hogarty]

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Film: “A Day In India”

Sustainable-food company The Perennial Plate has captured a visually sumptuous look at India:

It’s hard to put your camera down in India. With so much beauty and filth, food and poverty, happiness and stress: its an overwhelming (and wonderful) place to film. We came back exhausted, full and still overwhelmed (this time with the task of editing all the footage into a short video). Because India is a big place, and each area varies dramatically, we attempted to construct a day across India: from north to south, from dawn till dusk.

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February 05, 2013

Students & teachers: Get 60% Creative Cloud membership

You can get the whole shebang—Master Collection, publishing, storage, and more—for $19.95 per month. Get in on it here.

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Premiere Pro at the Super Bowl

My little sons drew enormous enjoyment from this piece:

Adam Pertofsky, award-winning editor and partner at Rock Paper Scissors, recently cut the “Got Milk” Super Bowl spot for the advertising agency Deutsch NY with Adobe Premiere Pro.



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“Paperman,” a lovely short film from Disney

Gorgeous in every way. The Fox Is Black writes,

“This adorable story of finding love is told with a new in-house technology called Meander which combines the best of 3D modeling and traditional animation.”

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February 04, 2013

Storytelling through (almost) just photography

PetaPixel on the Paul Harvey Super Bowl “Farmer” ad:

One of standout commercials during the Super Bowl yesterday was the above ad by Chrysler promoting its Dodge Ram line of trucks. The 2-minute ad pays tribute to farmers across the nation, and is composed entirely of photographs showing various facets of the farming industry.

Note that the images aren’t entirely static. Watch for bits of parallax, clouds that stream by, particles that float, and more. I love that kind of subtle enlivening, creating something in the cinemagram vein (not quite a photo, not exactly video).

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Angry Birds All Levels

I find Evan Roth‘s work endlessly intriguing:

Evan Roth’s Angry Birds All Levels uses black ink on tracing paper to show the gestures required to complete each level of the popular bird-flinging game. Roth placed the paper over his iPhone to capture each swipe and tap, and the result is a work that aims to “contrast the excitement that happens in the gaming environment with the monotony that actually takes places in the physical world.”

[Via Mark Coleran]

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February 03, 2013

A fascinating, roto-tastic animated video

I love this video from British director Cyriak:

The Fox Is Black writes:

What starts out as a few simple repeating elements soon becomes a chaotic collage of video snippets that take on a life of their own. He says that he uses Photoshop and After Effects for most of his animations, which I find totally astonishing. I’d suggest watching this video several times so that you can fully appreciate the amount of work he had to put into this incredible music video.

Reminds me of Michel Gondry’s impossibly* brilliant video for Kylie Minogue’s Come Into My World:

*if nothing else, in that it gets me to willingly listen to a Kylie Minogue song

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February 02, 2013

Combining citizen video journalism with HTML5

UC Berkeley’s interesting Rashomon Project is billed as “An Online Toolkit for Assembling Multi-Perspective Chronologies.” In other words, it takes multiple videos, auto-aligns them (by analyzing their metadata & audio signatures), and presents them via an HTML5 interface. “Our goal,” they say, “is to allow the public (potentially hundreds of thousands of viewers) to gain a much better understanding of contested events from user-generated photos and video than is currently possible.” Here’s their 1-minute demo video.

Update: By coincidence I just discovered that Andy Baio synchronized TV coverage of a car chase with man-on-the-street footage of the same broadcast & chase:

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Contest: Design a birthday cake for Photoshop


From the team:

Photoshop’s 23rd birthday is coming up and we want YOU to be a part of the celebration!

We’re asking our fans to create a birthday cake design using Photoshop! We’ll choose one submission to be created into a REAL cake to be delivered to Adobe HQ on our birthday, Feb. 19!

We’ll also share your artwork in a photo album right here on our Facebook page. Submit your photo here before Feb. 8.

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February 01, 2013

The Monsters of Macworld

Looks like Russell Brown & customers are having fun with makeup, iPads, and Photoshop Touch at Macworld Expo. Check out this brief post from the team, plus Russell’s Adobe Revel photo gallery

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Check out WidthScribe for Illustrator

A rough transcript of me watching this demo: “Uh-huh… sure, sure… Whoa!

Using pressure to essentially “paint on” width, plus the Width Gradient tool? Very cool indeed.

WidthScribe comes from the same Astute Graphics folks who make the powerful VectorScribe for Illustrator.

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