Macphun Creative Kit
Price: $149.95 U.S.
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.
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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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC/6 – Review
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
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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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)
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 for Mac
Price: $99.99 USD
Upgrade price: $79.00 USD
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.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
MSRP: $149, upgrade $79
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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The Photoshop Darkroom, Creative Digital Post-Processing
by Harold and Phyllis Davis
The Photoshop Darkroom 2, Creative Digital Transformations
by Harold and Phyllis Davis
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11
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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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.
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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!
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.
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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.
Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad
Developer: Adobe, Inc.
Platform: iPad 2 and New iPad
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.