Unexplainable Phenomenon

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This would have a made a great April Fools joke, if only it weren’t true, but check out what’s available for sale, brand new in a box from Adobe on their online store; That’s right—PageMaker 7.0. I’m not joking—here’s the link, go and see for yourself (it’s $499 for the full version, but you can get the upgrade starting at $79, depending, of course, on which version of PageMaker you’re currently using).

Now, seeing this brings up a number of questions, the first being, “Why is it there?” There can only be one logical explanation—people still buy it. Think about it—if nobody bought it, Adobe certainly wouldn’t be stocking it, they’d remove the product from the store, and that would be the end of it. But it’s there, and I even added it to my shopping cart just to see if it’s for real, and……son-of-a-gun it’s for real.

OK, now that we know it’s real; what computer made today could possibly run it? Believe it or not—it says it runs on Windows XP (I kid you not!). It says it will also run on a Mac with OS X, but you have to have a version that will let you run it in Classic Mode (in other words, a really old version of Mac OS X). There are third and fourth questions that immediately spring to mind (like what are the “New” features that appear under the “New Feature” link), but instead lets just take a moment and everybody, come on, say it out loud—”Who in the world is buying PageMaker?” Makes you stop and think, doesn’t it? :)


I’m Heading to Photoshop World today. On Crutches!

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Yup, it’s true. I’m on crutches, with a knee-high boot/splint on my leg. I sprained my foot, and fractured a small bone in there as well, while walking on my treadmill last week, so I’m hobbling around on crutches for the next few weeks, and yes—I’ll be doing the Photoshop World keynote on crutches.

I’m not sweatin’ it though—-it’s like my father always used to say about things like this, “If this is the worst thing that ever happens to you, you’ll have a great life.” :)

So, if you see me hobbling around, or cruising in a sleek pimped out scooter, make sure you give me one of those, “Break a Leg” lines. ;-)


Live Blog Reports From Photoshop World Start Tomorrow!

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Jennifer Bontempi will be doing live posts during the whole Photoshop World Conference & Expo, giving you a behind-the-scenes, live from the show look for everybody who couldn’t make it to Orlando this year.

She’s kicks off her posts tomorrow (here’s the link) starting with the pre-conference sessions, through the keynote Wednesday morning, to the sessions, Expo floor—you name it. Also, Rod Harlan over at DVconfidential.com will also be doing a live video blog from the show as well, so check that out right here. If you’re doing any reports from the show, make sure you let me know so I can let other folks know.

See you tomorrow! :-)


Friday News Nuggets

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Hi Folks. The week before Photoshop World is pretty crazy, but it’s all coming together, and I’m pretty psyched. I know some of you will be there, so if you’re there and read the blog, make sure you stop me and say “hi.” Well, here’s what’s goin’ on:

  • Witness the birth of a new planet, as Planet Photoshop.com just revealed their new totally updated site, with new features, a streamlined look, and an expanded Photoshop news blog from the Photoshop Lad himself: Mr. Corey Barker. The site has been really growing in popularity this year, and if you haven’t seen the new site, make sure you stop by and check out the Laddy and company. Here’s the link.
  • I had a lot of people asking about the rig I used to hold my laptop while shooting tethered during that wedding shoot on Monday. Joe McNally turned me on to the whole rig, and you can find out all the details, complete with a link to the gear, on Joe’s blog (here’s the link to his list).
  • For the first time ever, we’re going to have live reporting from Photoshop World direct from the event as it happens, starting with the pre-conference sessions, through the keynote, to the sessions, show floor—you name it. Jennifer Bontempi will be covering the show for us, on our new Live from Photoshop World Blog, and if you can’t be there, this is the next best thing. She’ll have photos, new product news, special announcements, and more so make sure you check in with Jennifer every day of the show, starting on Tuesday with her “Behind the scenes” and pre-conference sneak peeks. Here’s the link so you can join the party.
  • National Geographic Traveler had a nice little online article called “National Geographic Traveler’s 10 tips for photographing your family,” and you can check it out right here.
  • This week’s new online class on “Kelby Training.com” is from none other than Photoshop Hall of Famer, Eddie Tapp, and it’s called “Creating a Color-Managed Friendly Workflow,” which is a very hot topic right now. In the class, Eddie guides you through simple steps for obtaining consistent, professional results in your digital workflow, including the key color management whether for printing our own images in-house, or sending them out to a professional lab. Here’s the link to his new online class.
  • Everybody’s talking about Matt Kloskowski’s new book, “Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature,” but now you can hear Matt talk about it himself. He’s did a quick little video clip that tells you, in his own words, what the book is all about, who it’s aimed at, and more. Take a minute to jump over and hear what Matt has to say right here.
  • In Matt-related news: I just saw that both Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com have my and Matt’s new book, “The Photoshop Elements 6 Book for Digital Photographers” now in stock and ready to ship!
  • Lastly, sports and adventure photographer Michael Clark has posted the latest issue of his excellent free online newsletter, and besides being nicely laid out, and full of great info—at the end he includes some really nice photos from his portfolio. Start your weekend right by checking out his newsletter (it’s a free PDF—click right here to check it out).

That’s it folks. I’ll be working on the final preparations for Photoshop World this weekend, but if you need me for anything, you can just give me a shout on my cell phone (The number is 727-415-Yeah-Right). Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you on Monday! :)


Adobe Releases New Web-Based Image Editor; Adobe Photoshop Express

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[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/KSpO4iFPF88" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]Hi everybody! I put together a special video clip (along with my buddy Matt Kloskowski) just for you guys who read my blog, to give you an exclusive first look at the just-announced Beta release of Adobe Photoshop Express, the new Web-based image editor).

WARNING: Before you play the video above, I want you to clear your mind of any preconceived notions that this is a version of Photoshop as we know it (so forget things like the Layers palette, and filters, and all that stuff). Although Photoshop Express does use some Photoshop technology, it’s designed to be a totally different experience (after all, it’s free), and it’s aimed at a totally different audience (18 to 22 year-old MySpace and Facebook users, who aren’t going to spend $600 to $900 to buy Photoshop CS3, or even $99 to buy Elements).

My buddy Terry White put it perspective for me. He said, “Imagine a kid going to his parents and saying “I need a hundred bucks to buy Elements to fix the photos I’m putting on my “MySpace” page.” Now you know why Adobe created Express, and who it’s made for.

That being said; because Photoshop Express has such great Flash-based online galleries, and you can post your images there for free (you get 2 Gig of online storage free), and put a web gallery of your work online today, with no Web experience whatsoever, I think we’ll all be surprised at how many serious shooters and pros wind up using at least part of Express.

So, clear your mind before you watch that video. Think “This wasn’t designed for me—I already have Photoshop—this is for my kids, and my neighbor’s kids, etc.” and remember—”This isn’t a stripped down version of Photoshop,” instead think; “This is a new online photo editing experience and community,” and if you do, I think you’ll be amazed, and surprised at what Adobe has been able to do. OK, now it’s safe to watch the video.

When you’re done, go check out Photoshop Express yourself (Here’s the link). Thanks everybody, and make sure you scroll down to the next post for free info on how to learn Adobe Photoshop Express.

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