Adobe Photoshop CS2 coming in May

Adobe leaks Photoshop CS2 details:
“Adobe, Inc. accidently leaked details of its next-generation Photoshop CS digital image editing package on the Internet this week, revealing plans to introduce the software next month along with Creative Suite 2.0.

Company-authored documents, obtained by AppleInsider, say the new version — due to begin shipping this May — will bring “a new level of power, precision and control to the digital photography experience.”

Officially labeled “Adobe Photoshop CS2,” the software will feature advanced tools for digital photographers and video professionals such as a new Spot Healing Brush for correcting blemishes, and Smart Objects that will allow users to scale and transform images and vector illustrations without losing image quality.

Filling requests from video professionals, Photoshop CS2 will reportedly add support for non-destructive editing and the creation and editing of 32-Bit High Dynamic Range (HDR) images. A new direct export feature will let users view FireWire Previews on a TV.

Photoshop CS2 will also pack new creativity tools such as Vanishing Point and Image Warping, documents say.”

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[ Via AppleInsider ]

Amazon $35 rebate for Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger [updated]

Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger

Amazon is offering a $35 mail-in rebate for pre-orders of Apple’s OSX 10.4 (Tiger), the next major upgrade to OSX. Tiger retails for $129.99, so with the rebate you can drop the price to $94.99. It also qualifies for free super-saver shipping.

Apple has stated that Tiger will be available in the first half of 2005, but rumor has it that it should be officially announced any day, and shipping by April 15th. Being an early adopter (and a software whore) I want mine NOW. Tiger does have some cool new features.

Update:
Only hours after posting this story, Amazon has pulled the rebate offer, and changed the status from “pre-order” to “item not available”. What the hell Amazon? I’ve seen them do goofy things like this before.

Update 3.27.04:
I happened to check this again today, and it looks like the rebate offer is back up again. Order while you can.

iShirt

iShirt

Tomi, the guy who made those cool podbrix has come out with the iShirt. I believe it has a magnetic strip that holds the iPod Shuffle in place. I personally wouldn’t wear this but I think it’s great that he had an idea and ran with it.

He had previously made a similar shirt called Brixwear 1000. He had a limited run of 300 shirts. He sold them for $28.99 each. He sold out in 18 minutes! Way to go Tomi.

Need a gun? Go to Georgia.

There was a story on NPR this morning about a proposition in Georgia that would require a picture ID to vote. Apparently they don’t require one now. There are a lot of people raising a stink, saying it will discourage some people from voting. Who are these people? Why don’t they have any sort of picture ID? It seems to me that most legal residents would have one.

Maybe it’s just me, but requiring a picture ID to vote doesn’t seem like an outrageous request. You need one to drive, you need one to cash a check.

To put this into context, in Georgia, you can get a gun license with nothing more than a utility bill as proof of identity. What are those people thinking?!?

Hackers targeting Mac OS X?

Hackers targeting Mac OS X? | MacMinute News:
“Hacker attacks on Mac OS X are on the rise, according to a report from anti-virus software company Symantec. ‘Contrary to popular belief, the Macintosh operating system has not always been a safe haven from malicious code,’ said the report, which was issued on Monday. ‘It is now clear that the Mac OS is increasingly becoming a target for the malicious activity that is more commonly associated with Microsoft and various Unix-based operating systems.’ Symantec said that over the past year, it had documented 37 high-vulnerabilities in Mac OS X that ‘have been confirmed by the vendor, which, in the Apple case, almost always means that the company has released a patch.'”

[ Via MacMinute ]

Apple scoops up SchemaSoft

Apple scoops up SchemaSoft | MacMinute News:
“CNET News.com reports that Apple has acquired SchemaSoft, a small Canadian company that helps software developers translate rival file formats. ‘Apple has acquired assets from SchemaSoft, a developer of software components for facilitating digital information workflow,’ the company said in a statement. Apple said it plans to use SchemaSoft’s technology in future products, but declined to offer details. According to the article, SchemaSoft’s tools are ‘capable of extracting data found in a variety of formats including those used by Microsoft Office documents, Adobe Systems’ Portable Document Format as well as those used by Quark and others, the software maker states on its Web site.'”

[ Via MacMinute ]

Be Cool… NOT

Be Cool

1.5 Star

Today we saw Be Cool. I never saw the first movie, Get Shorty, but I’ll say don’t waste your money on this one… it stunck! I’m only giving it 1.5 stars (you get 1 star just for making a movie). It seemed like they shot a bunch of footage without really knowing how they would be assembling it, so it didn’t really come together. Most of the performances were uninspired. They got the extra 1/2 star for a couple of funny moments, but those moments were few and far between. I haven’t really seen to many commercials for this movie, and now I know why.

Greatest American Hero

Greatest American Here DVD

Who remembers The Greatest American Hero? It was an awesome tv show made in 1981 about a school teacher, who is given a super-hero suit by aliens. The suit gives him the ability to fly, super-human stregnth, and a variety of other abilities. The only problem is he lost the instruction manulal. I used to watch it every week, I loved it. I just found out that it is now available on DVD. On one hand I really want to see it, but on the other I’m afraid, as an adult, I’ll think it’s crap.