Monthly Archives April 2008


Hi everybody. I’m here at Photoshop World in Orlando, Florida, and today is Pre-con day, so the pre-conference workshops kick off this afternoon; all the instructors have arrived; the show floor is taking shape, and the keynote stage is almost done, and well—-there’s just a lot of excitement in the air (especially when I hobble down the hallways at the hotel and other instructors see me on crutches, and break into laughter).

Don’t forget to catch Jennifer Bontempi’s live blog reports, (we just call her “J-Bon”) which starts today (here’s the link), and if you see me scootin’ down the halls, make sure you say hi, and make, at the very least, the obligatory “break a leg,” joke. It just never gets old. ;-)Wish you all could be here! See ya tomorrow. :)


I know we’ve all heard about stuff like this before, but reading an article in yesterday’s Tampa Tribune really brought it home again. On Thursday, Tampa Police arrested three baggage handlers for Continental Airlines and charged them with selling digital cameras, iPods, Cell Phones, and laptops they allegedly stole from passenger’s checked baggage at Tampa International Airport.

But it was what they said they were getting for the stolen goods that really freaked me out. For a digital camera, they got $50. Fifty bucks for your 5D! Fifty bucks for your D3. Fifty bucks for your D300, or 30D, or Mark III and your lenses. I know I shouldn’t be, but I was still stunned. Now, I know many of you read, and you know better, but for everybody else, I hope this is reminder that when you fly your camera gear needs to stay with you.


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? :)