Adobe Photoshop Elements 11
A Beginner’s Review

On October 11, 2012, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11
Company: Adobe
Requires: multicore Intel processor, Mac OSX v10.6-10.8, QuickTime 7, Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, 4GB hard drive space for both Mac and Windows
Price: $99.99, upgrade $79.99

Last year about this time, Adobe released Photoshop Elements 10. I wrote a two-part review, first on the Organizer, then on the Photoshop Editor. Not a company to rest on their laurels, Adobe has updated both the Editor and Organizer, giving us—you guessed it—Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.

The first thing you’ll notice when you open Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 (PSE11) is a new welcome screen, where you’ll choose between opening the Organizer or Editor. This setting can be changed to go straight to one or the other, if you prefer, when opening the application.

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Sketchbook Pro 6 Review

On October 11, 2012, in Apps, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Sketchbook Pro 6
Company: Autodesk
Mac App Store Link

When I started illustrating my book “Looking for a Dinosaur” I originally planned on using Sketchbook Pro on the iPad. When I couldn’t get the illustrations to look right on the iPad (no fault of the app), I decided to try Sketchbook Pro 5 on my Mac. Unfortunately, that was lacking several tools I really needed (number one being a blending brush), so I moved on to Painter 12. I am happy to say that Autodesk has recently released Sketchbook Pro 6 for the Mac with many improvements including a smudge brush. Is it good enough for me to use over Painter for my next project? Read on.

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Macally Foldable Charging Stand For iPhone 4S/4

Macally Foldable Charging Stand for iPhone 4S/4 is a foldable L-shape charging dock for iPhone 4/4S. It has a rubberized edge grip to hold the iPhone, and is foldable for easy storage and travel. The stand can charge and sync the iPhone 4S/4 in a vertical or horizontal position.

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Snapheal Review

On October 8, 2012, in Apps, Photography, Review, by Donny Yankellow

$19.99 (Currently on sale at $7.99) or Mac App Store link

One of the coolest features that has been in Photoshop since CS5 is the content-aware fill, which (when it works perfectly) lets you seamlessly remove something from a photo with very little effort. The problem with Photoshop for most people is the price. This is where Snapheal comes in. It give you a content-aware like functionality and more in a program that is much cheaper than Photoshop, and it works great!

Not only does Snapheal work great it is very easy to use. When you open the program you are presented with a window to import a photograph. You can drag and drop a file right onto that window, load a photo, or you can import from iPhoto from within the program.

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Apple Marks the Spot
TechFan Podcast #94

On October 5, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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TechFan returns from the pressures of business. Tim is still absent – perhaps he’s lost due to the maps in IOS6? To get the low down on the latest Apple media storm, David recruits Darren Griffin of and they discuss the state of smartphone mapping.

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Four photos from a quick visit today. Tim is standing and pointing proudly to his new achievement. Guy and Kevin are recording a TechFan podcast interview. Tim’s office features some of his antique Macs on top of the shelves. Guy and Tim pose across the street from the store.


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N.O.V.A 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
App Developer: Gameloft
Version Reviewed: 1.0.2
License: US$6.99

Combine action, adventure, and sci-fi elements, and N.O.V.A 3 delivers an exceptional gaming experience for your iPhone or iPad.

N.O.V.A 3 is a first person shooter game developed by Gameloft, one of the premier game developers for iOS. The N.O.V.A series has often been referenced in likeness to the popular Halo franchise. There are certainly elements of the game that overlap, although that is not by any means a negative view.

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Genius PenSketch 12″ x 9″ Tablet

On October 3, 2012, in Macintosh, Photography, Tablet, by Curt Blanchard

Genius PenSketch 12″ x 9″ Pen Tablet
Model: M912A
Manufacturer: Genius
MSRP: $279.00 (Street: $210)
PenSketch M912A Pen Tablet

Put a pressure-sensitive stylus in your hand, apply it to a graphics tablet for the first time, and magic happens. It’s a revelation that makes you wonder about all that mousing you’ve done in the past to retouch a photo. You can read all you want about what it’s like to use a tablet, but you need to actually use one to understand how amazingly precise it feels.

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4 + 2 + 3 = 9
MyMac Podcast #423

On October 2, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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I would love to say something clever about the title, but the truth is we just couldn’t think of a better one. Guy is on the mend and Gaz wanted to update to Mountie (really he did…HONEST!), but time just kept slipping away. Guy’s going to Chicago next week so come on out to the new MacSpecialist store in Oak Park, Illinois if only to heckle him. Also the GMen talk about all this hullaballoo over disappointing iPhones sales and the new Maps App.

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Guy’s App Pick: Swift Publisher 3 by BeLight Software $19.99 on the Mac App Store
Gaz’s App Pick: Chasing Yellow by Dreamfab

Books and Reading Apps
Three Geeky Ladies #10

On October 2, 2012, in Three Geeky Ladies, by Three Geeky Ladies

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The Ladies talk about various reading apps for books and magazines on the iPad, and compare it to reading on the Kindle and Kindle Fire. Sorry for the sound quality in the second half; the Skype gods attacked Suze´once again.

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Product: 3M Privacy Filter for 13″ Macbook Pro

Company: 3M

Price: $64.65

Have you ever felt as if someone is trying to sneak a peak at what you are doing on your computer? The problem has been fixed with 3M’s latest product, the Privacy Screen, for a variety of laptops and monitors. With a Privacy Screen you are able to type up a important document or search the web without anyone knowing what you are doing but the viewer sitting in front of the screen. 3M has managed to make a simple and easy to use filter for all types of displays.

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The Biggest Losers

On October 1, 2012, in Apps, Features, iOS, Opinion, by Guy Serle


With not much else to report on, tech blogs seem focused on two things concerning the iPhone 5/ iOS 6 launch. The first is that the iPhone was SUCH a disappointing launch with ONLY 5 million units sold the first weekend. ONLY 5 million sold. The only constraint wasn’t a lack of customers, but a lack of hardware. Apple probably could have sold another 5 million that first weekend if they had them, but they didn’t. So for analysts to claim that they should have sold 7-8 million is nonsense and apparently that’s the basis for their disappointment?

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