Adobe Releases Intel-native Photoshop CS3 Preview

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 13:55
Category: News

Adobe, makers of the industry standard Adobe Photoshop program, today released a preview beta version of its Adobe Photoshop CS3 software. The preview, now completely Intel-native, is available for download at Adobe’s web site for users with valid Adobe.com IDs or a valid serial number for Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Creative Suite 2, Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio, Adobe Design Bundle, Adobe Web Bundle or Adobe Video Bundle serial numbers. The download is 684 megabytes and can be downloaded without a serial number, although the software will expire after two days without this.
Photoshop CS3 marks a significant upgrade to Apple’s new Intel-native standard, older versions of the software having run under Rosetta emulation. The beta has been programmed as a Universal Binary for the Macintosh as well as Intel-native for Windows XP and Windows Vista users. The final release date is scheduled for spring of 2007.
The new version contains several new features including the following:
-A major upgrade to the Adobe Bridge component.
-Include of Adobe’s new Device Central, which allows users to design, preview and test mobile content generally centered around smaller screen/portable devices.
-Camera Raw 4 support (now the same engine as found in Adobe Lightroom).
-Non-destructive, reeditable filters.
-Auto-aligned and blended layers.
-Improved performance, especially on Intel-based hardware.
-Revamped interface.
In addition to the Adobe Photoshop CS3 preview, the company has also released two new upcoming web tools as preview releases. CSS Advisor is a web-based community site designed around identifying and resolving browser compatibility issues while the upcoming Adobe Spry framework for Ajax adds Ajax development tools into its programs. The Spry framework is a JavaScript library base that allows web designers to encode XML data into HTML documents using HTML, CSS and a small amount of JavaScript without needing to refresh the entire page and is designed to work within multiple web development tools.
The Photoshop CS3 beta requires a Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, a 1 GHz G4 or G5 PowerPC processor of an Intel-based Macintosh. 512 megabytes of RAM and a minimum screen resolution of 1024×769 are also required.
Final pricing, availability and system requirements have yet to be decided upon.
Macworld magazine was able to catch up with the development staff of Photoshop CS3 and has posted an outstanding video podcast wherein Macworld Editorial Director Jason Snell interviews Adobe senior product manager John Nack, who describes the new features, changes and tools within the preview.
Snell then demonstrates several new tools and features within the preview – including the demise of the magic wand with a better color selection tool.




Take a look and let us know what you think.

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The Apple Core: Pictures of the iTV remote

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 11:36
Category: The Apple Core

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In case you can’t tell by my posts for the last couple of days, I’m really into the iTV. My unhealthy obsession is probably due to the fact I’ve been waiting forever to get a Mac mini for my home entertainment setup. First I was waiting for Intel, then for Core 2 Duo. For those who share my fascination: a new picture of iTV’s remote control popped up on the Interweb yesterday.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Microsoft Takes Poke at Apple Ads With Zune Video

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 08:23
Category: Humor

According to a story on Engadget, Microsoft has posted a parody Apple’s famous “I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC” ad series, comparing a Zune user to an iPod user. The ad was apparently screened at a recent company meeting and emphasized the difficulties in sharing music between iPods as opposed to the push-button ease of a Zune as well as other purported shortcomings of the iPod (such as an ability to collect scratches easily, the steps needed to sync music to the device, etc.)
The video is completely safe for work:




If you have any suggestions, comments or ideas, let us know.

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Wireless Provider Orange Offers DSL and a MacBook for 2 Euros Per Day

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 08:59
Category: News

According to a recent article on Engadget, french wireless provider Orange is gearing up to offer its European markets 1 Mbps DSL service for €60 (or about $79) a month as well as a MacBook along with the service beginning this January.
Users can also upgrade their DSL service to 8 Mbps for an additional €5 (or $6.62 per day), albeit a three-year contract seems to be in order while other terms of the agreement have yet to be ironed out. Orange has stated it feels the deal can attract enough users to move “1,000 units per month” for the first six months of the offer and help offset pressure from is competitors.
Orange has also stated that the first 200 to sign up will receive a new iPod shuffle for a single euro. The offer will be available exclusively to French markets at first but could spread to other parts of Europe should if prove popular enough.
Please let us know if you have any suggestions, ideas or comments about this.

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Apple to Announce iPhone This Monday

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 07:39
Category: Rumor

Flying off the rumor mill and mentioned by Gizmodo, sources have come forward stating that Apple will officially announce the long-awaited iPhone device this Monday.
According to Brian Lam of Gizmodo: “iPhone Will Be Announced On Monday. I guarantee it. It isn’t what I expected at all. And I’ve already said too much.”
After months of anticipation and actually prior to Macworld Expo (typically the event Apple uses to reveal major new products), Apple could be letting the world in on one of its most widely-anticipated devices.
Kind of interesting and if they’re announcing this now, what’s on the horizon for expo releases?
Stay tuned Monday and we’ll provide all the details.
And if there’s no announcement come Monday, I’ll buy you all sundaes. With the toppings of your choice.

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