I actually saw this video back when it was originally produced at a meeting at the local Apple office in Tampa (long since closed), and I remember thinking, “I wonder if we’ll ever really have stuff like this in our lifetime?”
Of course, there was no way for anyone to know back then that what we were looking at was a version of what would eventually be released as Siri. :)
Start from the 1-minute point for the demo of what they envisioned as “The Knowledge Navigator.” Now, I just mentioned Apple, which means this will quickly turn into a comment war, so to divert your attention briefly from that, how about people who shoot HDR photography, huh? That’s not “real” photography, right? ;-)
It’s a blessing and a curse — we had the biggest single sales day in the history of our company (yay!!!), but at the same time, having all that took down our network, half of our sites, our customer service phone lines, and well…you name it. It was off-the-chains (whatever that means. I hear kids say that).
If you couldn’t get through to us for any reason yesterday…. …we will still gladly honor any of our Cyber Monday deals today (see yesterday’s post for a listing).
Although I’m making a joke (to keep from crying…) We take our customer service commitment very seriously, and although we thought we were fully prepared to tackle the Cyber Monday crunch, it went way beyond our wildest dreams and we were digging ourselves out all day (until late into the night). Thanks to everyone who took advantage of our deals, and to everyone who couldn’t get through (or struggled to get their order in online) I hope we get the chance to make it right for you today. Thanks for your patience, your support, and for hanging in there with us.
As mentioned this morning, we’ve been doing a short 5-minute broadcast at the top of each hour today starting at 10:00am Eastern. In each one, we’ve shared some of the best Cyber Monday deals for photographers we could find, including some great ones from KelbyTraining.com and NAPP :-)
Here’s the first video of the bunch (with links below it), and the rest after the jump:
DEAL #1: Save $40 on our kick-butt Online Training for photographers You get it all —- unlimited access to all our online training courses for an entire year (literally hundreds of classes by the best teachers anywhere) for just $159 for a full year (or $139 if you’re an NAPP member). Here’s the link.
DEAL #2: Join NAPP, get cool stuff OK, that’s our next deal (above) — on joining the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). Join today and get 3-extra months added, plus our “What’s new in Photoshop CS6 Training DVD” (usually $49.95) for free. This includes a subscription to Photoshop User magazine by the way (sweet!). Here’s the link. (there’s also deals for member who want to renew their membership).
DEAL #3: Save money on the Photoshop World Conference & Expo (coming in April to Orlando) There are two deals here for Photoshop World (see above): One is a “Bring a Buddy” deal, where if you sign up you buddy can get a full conference pass for only $299 (pretty sweet), and the other deal is if you register for Photoshop World online today you can $50 plus you get a free Speed Pass (you have a reserved seat right up front in most every session). Here’s the link.
DEAL #4: Get a Bundle Deal: Kelby Training Online & NAPP membership together for just $199 This may be our best deal ever, since it’s $100 off the price of both. This way you get the best Online photography training bundled with the world’s best Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom training (includes a subscription to Photoshop User magazine) for just $199. This is nuts. Somebody should be fired. Maybe me. Hopefully not, though. Anyway, it’s crazy and I’m glad it’s only for one day. Here’s the link. (NOTE: This will take you to the NAPP sign-up page — just choose an individual membership and enter this code at checkout:CYBER60 and you’ll automatically get the Bundle deal of NAPP and Kelby Training Online.
DEAL #5: We’re going to help you find everybody else’s killer deals on Photography and Photoshop Stuff
Ok gang, we’re doing something we’ve never done before for Cyber Monday (in fact, I haven’t seen anybody do this yet). Here’s the plan:
We’re going to scour the entire Web to bring you the best Cyber Monday deals out there on photography and Photoshop-related gear, LIVE every hour, on the hour, all day Monday!
It’s just a quick five-minute live broadcast from me and the gang at the top of every hour starting at 10:00 AM ET Today!!! (and only for today, Cyber Monday!)
I just came up with this idea this weekend, so can you help me spread the word Twitter, Facebook, your blogs, etc.? Also, there are just so many great deals out there we can’t keep up with them all, so if you find a really great deal and you want us to share it, leave me a comment right here (make sure you include a link to the deal).
Thanks everybody and we’ll see you starting at 10:00 am at this link. It’s gonna be a fun, money-saving day!
Just a reminder… We have a ton of crazy deals going on today through Monday, November 26! Check out everything below to score huge savings on KelbyTraining.com, NAPP, and Photoshop World and our Books and DVDs:
Kelby Training Online (Our world-class online training for photographers) NOTE: check out the free sample video above with sample clips from our online classes
Today in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving; a national holiday where we give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy (and I truly feel like the most blessed guy on earth). Traditionally this is a day where families come together to eat a Thanksgiving turkey feast, and then we watch football until we pass out. It’s just about a perfect day.
Our offices are closed today for Thanksgiving, but I’ll be back here tomorrow with some insane deals on all our stuff in honor of the biggest shopping day of the year.
In the meantime, please enjoy the stock photo above (nothing brings the warmth, togetherness, and joy of Thanksgiving together like a stock photo).
In all seriousness, here’s wishing you and your family a joyus, happy, and yummy Thanksgiving.