Macphun Creative Kit – Review

On August 19, 2015, in Apps, Macintosh, Photography, Review, by Sam Negri

Macphun Creative Kit
Macphun Software
Price: $149.95 U.S.

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How many times have you tried to learn Adobe Photoshop or Aperture and given up in frustration? Or maybe you decided, as I did, since you’re not a graphic designer, you really had no need to invest in what’s required to unlock the power that Photoshop and Aperture boast. I don’t have the time or patience for that.

I’m a photography amateur, or hobbyist. I have other things I’d rather do than spend all day sitting in front of a computer trying to make my images look better.

The developers at Macphun Software understand this. They created five photo editing applications and bundled them as their Creative Kit. It’s a great product because you can start using it without reading a manual or learning a lot of arcane terminology. By “using it” I don’t mean you’ll get the full benefit of what these applications have to offer. What you’ll get if you don’t read any tips or watch some video tutorials is the surprise and satisfaction in seeing an anemic photo dramatically improved. There is no actual manual.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

TechFan Podcast 210 – Updates and New Stuff

On May 22, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim has an update on the mini-Arcade project. David purchased an Apple Extended Keyboard II and explains how to get it to work with a modern Mac. Adobe makes a business decision, more on streaming services and car audio, and David plays with the new MacBook.

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About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC/6 – Review
Company: Adobe
Price: $149.00 standalone version, upgrade $79
$9.99 per month in the Creative Cloud Photography Program
$49.99 per month in the Creative Cloud Complete Program

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Adobe just released a new version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to photographers. We were waiting for a new version last year, when Adobe released Photoshop 2014, but it never came. The wait is over and it was worth the wait. This new version is named Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 if you buy the standalone version, or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC if you subscribe to it from one of the Creative Cloud programs. For this review, we’ll simply call it Lightroom CC.

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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

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MyMac Podcast #495 – Why buy when you can rent?

On February 18, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC

Don’t you just HATE buying software and having that feeling of a one time price? Wouldn’t you rather just have to pay less for it each month or it stops working? Gaz and Guy debate this topic with their usual thoughtfulness so you probably shouldn’t expect a hard and definitive answer…or should you? Also the weather takes a hard beating or perhaps it’s the other way around, ISPs suck, Captain Kirk should sound like Curly, and Guy needs a more typical Press hat for Macworld. All this week on the MyMac Podcast.

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Guy’s App Pick: Mixlr by Mixlr.com. A free service with paid for add ons for creating live podcasts that people can listen to and contribute to in an included chat room. Available on the Mac App Store.
Gaz’s App Pick: PopClip from Pilotmoon Software. PopClip appears when you select text with your mouse on your Mac. Instantly access context-specific actions including copy and paste, plus extensions like Send to Evernote. Try it free from their website or buy from $4.99 US, £2.99 GB or €4.49 in Europe
People’s Pick: None this week (ohhh)

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 Review

On November 13, 2013, in Photography, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 for Mac
Company: Adobe
Price: $99.99 USD
Upgrade price: $79.00 USD

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I have a tendency to take a lot of photographs, be it with my iPhone or with my digital camera. There are times when I go to review the pictures I’ve taken and for whatever reason; user error, lighting or equipment used, that the pictures just don’t seem to really depict what I actually saw and thought I was taking a picture of at the time. For those times, I make use of Photoshop Elements for Mac.

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About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Company: Adobe
MSRP:  $149, upgrade $79

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
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A First Look by a Lightroom Novice

My earliest copy of Photoshop (version 3) was bundled with a SCSI scanner purchased many years ago. During the ensuing years I have had many versions of Photoshop and almost as many image archiving schemes. Most recently I have been using iPhoto for casual family snapshots and a file and folder based strategy for my commercial and fine art images. I have been using Adobe Bridge to access these images. For the past couple of years I have been telling myself to give Adobe Photoshop Lightroom a try as it would seem to offer a blend of the most positive aspects of Bridge and iPhoto with enough of the power of Photoshop to handle much of the day to day image manipulation.

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About Bob Wood

I am a nearly life long photographer now doing commercial as well as fine art work. I have almost 20 years as a Mac User Group officer and enjoy the people and imparting help and knowledge to our members. There is nothing like seeing the light go on in the eyes of your, Mac or Photography students.

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Davis 1

The Photoshop Darkroom, Creative Digital Post-Processing
by Harold and Phyllis Davis
Focal Press
Price: $39.95

Davis 2

The Photoshop Darkroom 2, Creative Digital Transformations
by Harold and Phyllis Davis
Focal Press
Price: $39.95

Published roughly two years apart, these companion books are the equivalent of a one semester crash course in Photoshop. Both books are lavishly illustrated on quality stock. Both provide step-by-step instructions for achieving a wide range of effects in Photoshop. The tutorials do not cover everything there is to know in Photoshop. The focus appears to be a mix of simple tasks, like moving images from the camera to the computer, to the more complex, such as using LAB channel adjustments to change colors.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 – Review

On July 10, 2013, in Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Price: $149 US, upgrade $79 US
Company: Adobe

Adobe just released the new version of its photo management and editing software, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. The software comes with many improvements to help photographers in their work. In this review we will explore them so you can judge if the upgrade is worth it.

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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

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Renting software – MyMac Podcast #457

On May 14, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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If software doesn’t come in a box, is it still your software? Trick question because it was NEVER your software to begin with. Microsoft and Adobe are keen to remind you of that with a monthly fee for their most sought after programs like Office and Creative Suite. On the lighter side, the GMen get an iTunes review in Morse Code, neither can mange to say Esoterism Tesseract,and apparently it’s too much for Google to do a search.

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Guy’s App Pick: Cute Cut Pro by YU BO $5.99
Gaz’s App Pick: HDR Artist Pro £6.99
People’s Pick: Troy Muller recommends Spectacle by Spectacle FREE!

 

It’s a New Year – MyMac Podcast #436

On January 1, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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This came out after we had recorded the podcast, but please take a moment and wish all the best to David Cohen former host of the MyMac Podcast and current co-host of TechFan for a quick recovery after an automobile accident in France.

Guy loses his Adobe Stuff but doesn’t seem all that fussed about it and Gaz has his Eye on his TV (wink wink). The GMen go over some weird tech news for 2012 And both at some point or another believe themselves to be Batman. You wouldn’t think this would take too long, but it actually is one of the longest shows they’ve done this year.
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Tech News of the Weird: Steve Woz likes his iPhone to wiggle!
Where we go our weird 2012 tech news
Gaz’s App Pick: Chime by Blacktree FREE!
Guy’s App Pick: Modern Conflict by Gaijin Entertainment
People’s Pick: From Erick Diaz Camera Plus by tap tap tap .99

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Review

On October 17, 2012, in Photography, Review, Video, by Steve Hammond

Adobe Photoshop CS6 review
Price:
Standard Edition: $699.00 US, upgrade $199.00 US
Extended Edition: $999.00 US, upgrade $399.00 US
Company: Adobe

In the spring of 2012, Adobe released Creative Suite 6, or the CS6 version of their content creation and editing software suite. Among the updates, the flagship Photoshop got a CS6 version as well. Is it worth upgrading or buying? Read on to see what’s new about Adobe Photoshop CS6.

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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

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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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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

 

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Adobe Creative Cloud Heidi Voltmer Interview

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

Adobe Muse CS6 Creative Cloud subscription software enables designers to create websites without writing code.Click on the links below to listen to our informative two-part interview with the Muse Product Manager, Dani Beaumont. If you are taken to another page with each audio link, click on them in there, please. Thanks.

Interview Part 1
Interview Part 2

About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

Selling Out
TechFan Podcast #77

On May 18, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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David returns from Greece to join Tim in a lively number of topics, including ASMC, iPad cases, the Zagg Keys Solo, Square, Adobe, stands for your portable devices, the Quirky Converge, USB Charging cables, PadPivot, and much more. Plus, listener feedback!

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About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

 

Adobe Creative Suite 6 Illustrator product manager Brenda Sutherland raves about the totally-new 25th anniversary edition of the drawing software, encouraging all users to enjoy its impressive speed and Creative Cloud access.

Please listen to this brief interview, for a total time of under five minutes.

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BRENDA SUTHERLAND ILLUSTRATOR CS6 INTERVIEW

About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

Adobe InDesign Creative Suite 6 Product Manager Kiyo Toma explains how the new version improves upon the old, and how it ties into Creative Cloud.

Please listen to both parts, for a total time of nine minutes.

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KIYO TOMA IN DESIGN INTERVIEW 1

KIYO TOMA IN DESIGN INTERVIEW 2

 

About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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Nemo attends media event in San Jose, California. Photos with captions below. Interviews with Illustrator and InDesign CS6 Creative Suite product managers to follow.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 Review

On April 20, 2012, in Features, by Steve Hammond

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 Review
Price: $149 Full Version; $79 upgrade US
Company: Adobe

Adobe announced on March 6 the new Photoshop Lightroom 4.0. This version of Lightroom adds many new features. In this full review, we will explore the major ones.

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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

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Adobe Photoshop Touch
Review

On April 11, 2012, in Apps, Features, iPad 2, Photography, Review, Tablet, by Suzé Gilbert

Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad
Developer: Adobe, Inc.
Platform: iPad 2 and New iPad
Version 1.1.0
$9.99US
 Many photographers, myself included, have been patiently waiting for Adobe to develop a powerful photo-editing app for the iPad to compare with Photoshop. Adobe launched Photoshop Touch last year for the Android platform and Photoshop Touch is now available for the iPad. It is compatible with the iPad 2 and New iPad but the iPad 1 is not supported. As an image editor Adobe included several terrific features gleaned from Photoshop that are not currently found in other photo-editing apps.

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About Suzé Gilbert

Photographer,painter,printmaker, iPhone app addict, proud member of Mac nation. I blog at www.suzegilbert.wordpress.com

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