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June 21, 2011 at 11:41am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 0 Comments

Apple Store Update

Today Apple made good on their June promise by making Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) available for download. Apple delivered a sneak peak of FCP X back in April, but the company was very mum about Final Cut's complimentary applications, and gave little indication if they would be included in some form of FCP Studio suite, sold separately, or removed from Apple's lineup altogether.

Apple has answered the questions in full today. Motion 5 and Compressor are sold separately via the Mac App Store for $49.99 each. Own a Mac, spend $100 and you have two professional tools at your fingertips. Amazing. Final Cut Pro X is also available via the Mac App Store for $299.99.

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June 20, 2011 at 11:21am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

Mac OS X Lion, Mac OS X 10.7

According to Apple Insider, Apple won't be shipping any new Macs until Mac OS X Lion is available. The rationale is that "Apple management is so pumped up over the advantages presented by its forthcoming Mac OS X Lion operating system that the company has been holding back the release of at least one new Mac refresh until the software is finalized". In addition, Computer World reported that Apple has announced all new Macs purchased after June 6, 2011 will receive a free OS X Lion upgrade.

The reason we must wait for new hardware — the spin goes — is because Apple is so excited about Lion its holding back hardware releases, we think there may be more of a practical side to this decision.

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June 18, 2011 at 5:44pm Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

With Guy #2 on assignment, Mark & Werner carry on without by providing a quick and witty analysis of the post-WWDC world we find ourselves in.

This podcast is brief and weighs in at just over 30 minutes — just the right length for a quick work out, mid-day nap, reading a chapter in a Vince Flynn novel or half of a Miami VIce episode. Start listening >

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June 18, 2011 at 8:33am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 1 Comment

There are many good applications for digital painting on the Mac and Pixelmator and Photoshop are just two of them. Both offer the core tools needed for digital painting. Digital painting used in many areas like 3D surfacing, story boarding, concept art, and matte painting.

In this, my fifth and final comparison between Photoshop and Pixelmator, I will compare Photoshop and Pixelmator for digital painters and see if an other applications might be better suited. I will also give my conclusions on comparing Pixelmator to Photoshop.

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June 17, 2011 at 10:34am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 0 Comments

Most professionals in the print industry use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Each application servers a different purpose. Pixelmator was not designed to compete with them, but that does not mean it can’t be used for print use.

Print work takes on many different forms and Pixelmator can easily fit into many workflows. Does Pixelmator have all the tools required for print work? Let’s look and see.

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June 16, 2011 at 10:28am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 0 Comments

If you own Apple (AAPL) stock or are considering doing so, but are not sure when's a good time to get in, this video is a must-see. Michael Holland isn't flashy, nor does he bring anything revolutionary to the table, but his sticking point is AAPL valuation is incredibly low and it can't stay there forever.

AAPL closed the market Wednesday at $326.75 with a intraday market cap of only $302.16b. AAPL is also carrying a forward looking P/E ratio of only 11. These figures for AAPL are starting to become a fixture to the stock, and they are absurdly low. What is Apple going to bring to the earnings table next quarter? There are some sparks out in the analyst world that suggest it will be another above and beyond quarter, but will another strong quarter push Apple's stock price north or leave it in purgatory?

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June 17, 2011 at 10:31am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 3 Comments

Photographers have a different set of features that they require in their main application. Adobe tried to support this with Adobe Bridge in Photoshop and although some like it, most find it very slow and difficult to use. To answer the needs of digital photographers, Adobe, Apple and others stepped up to create an application dedicated to photography. Applications like iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom have become the digital hub for photographers.

iPhoto has a very limited set of editing tools and is mainly used to organized photos. Aperture and Lightroom, on the other hand, have many more powerful tools to quickly edit and manage photos. When it comes time to really manipulate a photo, these applications don’t have the tools that Photoshop and Pixelmator have. This article will mainly compare image editing and manipulation tasks in Pixelmator and Photoshop.

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June 15, 2011 at 10:02am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 0 Comments

Pixelmator already provides a great editor for those who edit and create images for web graphics. It has a powerful set of core tools for creating layouts, user interface elements, and can easily manipulate pictures for web use. Pixelmator’s interface and tools are easier to learn and use for users who don’t spend all day in an image editor.

Pixelmator 2.0, which is due out this summer adds many nice tools to really improve the workflow for graphics creators. Some of the more notable new features include: vector drawing, a pixel editing tool, and a new type tool. Now, lets take a look at both the current and new version compared with Adobe Photoshop for graphics creators.

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June 14, 2011 at 12:50am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 4 Comments

Pixelmator is an image editing application made only for the Mac OS. It was first released back in 2007 and has gone through many updates in the past 4 years. At the beginning of June, the team at Pixelmator announced their upgrade to version 2.0. This new upgrade is due this summer and adds many features that their customers had been asking for like vectors tools, dodge and Burn tools, and an improved text tool.

Pixelmator has a strong set of core tools for image editing. There is a natural tendency to compare it with the 800 pound gorilla of image editing, Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop has many more tools and filters than Pixelmator, but it is also ten times the price. Are there tasks where Pixelmator is better than Photoshop? In this 5 part series, I will examine many tasks Photoshop is currently used in and see if a software application that is one tenth the price can replace Photoshop.

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June 13, 2011 at 9:18am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

iTunes & iCloud

Apple is very good at making hardware. They are also very good at making software that runs on that hardware. But what they are really good at is creating an eco-system that uses their hardware and software to solve a much larger problem.

What made Apple's lead in digital music sales and then the creation of an entire new industry — podcasting — so successful was this self-sustaining eco-system. For cool hardware Apple gave us the iPod; for cool software iTunes (desktop version); but it was the iTunes Music Store was the linchpin that made it so other companies couldn't just make cheaper hardware and/or software to compete on par with Apple. Sure one could buy a Samsung MP3 player and purchase music from Amazon, but the integration was always second-rate. Nothing ever just worked like the iPod, iTunes and the iTunes music store.

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