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Harvard Gazette Online - 0 views

    Nice and clean, navigable, has a little bit of the left-right idea we had.
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 0 views

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    just for fun, please observe the WORST university website i've found. not so bad? just click through to anything.. try publications.
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RIT - University News - 0 views

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    This is a nice news site overall with good access to different categories.
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    Like the look and the main feature and the 3 columns below. A little busy in terms of finding different categories.
James Buck

Profile: Adobe Bridge CS4 | Software | Macworld - 0 views

  • Adobe Bridge is an organizational and image-browsing powerhouse that’s been shipping with Photoshop since the inception of the creative suite. However, in previous versions it was sometimes painfully slow and the workspace wasn’t friendly as it could have been. That’s all changed in Photoshop CS4 ()—Bridge got a makeover, a speed boost, and a new Review Mode that’ll make photographers squeal with joy.
  • ou can navigate through your hard drive and view files as scalable thumbnails. To see larger previews, click an image and it’ll appear in the Preview panel (or just press your keyboard’s spacebar for a full-screen preview). At the top of the window lie several new navigational aids including Forward and Back arrow buttons
  • Using Bridge to import your photos (done seamlessly via a separate app called Adobe Photo Downloader) can be a huge timesaver as you can make it do all kinds of housekeeping chores for you. For example, you can set it up to automatically rename your photos, add keywords, a description, and copyright info to each and every one. It can perform a backup as part of the import process and burn a DVD for off-site storage. This valuable function of Bridge has been carried over from the previous version.
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  • Path Bar, which serves as a clickable trail of breadcrumbs that keeps you spatially oriented within your file system
  • Among other improvements are a new Collections pane, which, expanding on the existing collections feature, gives you the ability to group your images into virtual albums. You can build Collections manually or have Bridge do it for you by selecting certain criteria like star-rating, name, keywords, and so on. These Smart Collections will grow over time as new photos with matching criteria are added to the collection automatically. They take Bridge beyond being a mere browser, by giving it some powerful library functionality.
  • Bridge gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to viewing your image collection. For example, you can use the Sort menu at the top of the window to arrange your images by name, date modified, size, and so on.
  • The Filter panel, on the other hand, lets you weed out images by displaying those that match a certain criteria, like star-rating, rejections, and so on
  • After importing your images, the new Review Mode lets you see them in a giant, floating carousel. It’s a quick and easy way to view your images full-screen, mark rejections, and apply a handy star-rating system.
  • Bridge can also create an instant slideshow of your work, and generate PDFs or a Web gallery.
  • The galactic bummer is that you can’t save any of the options you’ve painstakingly entered—though it does remember the last settings you used.
  • With the workspace overhaul and speed increase, Bridge is a real joy to use. The ability to quickly zip through the images on your hard drive is very satisfying, especially for those who have a lot of imagery in their lives.
  • inability to save your settings as a preset is bone-jarring.
  • After all, the module feels air-lifted right out of Adobe Lightroom where the ability to save presets does exist.
  • For those mourning the loss of Contact Sheets and Picture Packages over in Photoshop CS4, a little customization in the Output module would have been placating
James Buck

Review: Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Review | Photography | Macworld - 0 views

  • Many of the improvements are small ones that focus on usability and productivity, but they add up to real improvements that make it easier to manage photos
  • Adobe has also expanded Lightroom’s editing functionality significantly, making it less likely that you’ll need an external photo-editing program (such as Adobe Photoshop () or Photoshop Elements () to work on your photos.
  • organizational capabilities
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  • edit your photos nondestructively (this simply means that any adjustments you make to an image do not physically alter the original; you can always return to your original photo
  • The same five modules—Library, Develop, Slideshow, Print, and Web—still anchor the program, but Adobe has reordered and refined things considerably, so you can easily get to your images, edit them, and present them for viewing on screen, in print, or on the Web.
  • f the LED is green, the drive (and its folders) is online and has sufficient disk space available. If it is yellow, the drive is available but is getting full, and if it is red, the drive is full. If the LED is not lit, the drive is offline. (You can still see offline images and their previews; you just can’t edit them.)
  • create albums (or collections, as Adobe terms them) based on any combination of the same set of criteria found in the Filter feature. If you’ve used the Smart Album feature in Apple’s iPhoto or iTunes, you’ll be right at home here.
  • Adobe has also included an associated tool called the Graduated Filter, which uses an approach borrowed from the photographic world. Adding a Graduated Filter to a photo creates a rectangular region where the effect is gradually reduced from the top of the region (where it would be strongest) to the bottom (where it would be weakest). This is similar to a graduated filter that you might place on a camera lens, to gradually darken skies, for example, and Lightroom’s Graduated Filter can do the same thing. But, like the Adjustment Brush, you can use the same seven effects (or combinations thereof) to create your own adjustments far beyond darkening skies.
  • If you’ve used any of the brush tools in Photoshop, you’ll feel right at home with the Adjustment Brush.
  • The feature with the biggest wow factor in Lightroom 2.0 is the Adjustment Brush. This tool, found in the Develop module, lets you “paint” tonal and color adjustments directly onto your images with your mouse or tablet pen
  • Recognizing that many Lightroom owners also use Photoshop, Adobe has made it easier to move files back and forth between the two programs.
  • Support for multiple displays, something both Photoshop and Apple’s Aperture have had for years
  • The Quick Collection feature, which lets you add or remove images on-the-fly to a special album
  • The Print module has a number of useful enhancements, but the biggest is the Picture Package layout feature, which lets you create multipage photo layouts for an image.
  • Professional studio photographers will miss the fact that the program doesn’t include support for tethered shooting
  • doesn’t support photo books, something Aperture, iPhoto, and Photoshop Elements all do.
  • no provision for soft proofing, which lets you view your images on screen via ICC profiles for your chosen printer, but people I’ve spoken to about this at Adobe feel that soft proofing is unnecessary for Lightroom
  • odd to me that version 1.0’s Clone and Heal tools were not revamped as brushes. My least favorite job inside Lightroom is using the Heal tool, one spot at a time, trying to repair a scanned image or other photo that has defects. It works fine for the small stuff, but I want the Healing Brush tools found in Photoshop and Elements
James Buck

Eddy Winner: Photoshop Lightroom 2 | Photography | Macworld - 0 views

  • Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe’s first attempt at a photo-management and -editing tool for photographers, was a solid application when it was first released in 2007. Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 () is even better.
  • Many of Lightroom 2.0’s improvements are small ones in the areas of usability and productivity, but together they make managing your photos much easier. Adobe has also significantly expanded Lightroom’s editing functionality (particularly with the the new Adjustment Brush and advanced filtering capabilities), so users can now do without a separate photo editor such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
James Buck

Microsoft Expression Media 1.0 Review | Photography | Macworld - 0 views

  • Expression Media is quite different from Aperture, Lightroom, and iPhoto (). Where those products combine image management and image editing, Expression Media focuses mostly on media management. It does a good job of managing your images, but it can also track movies, audio files, text and HTML files, fonts, and PDFs, as well as documents created with Microsoft Office, Adobe's Creative Suite applications, and QuarkXPress (
  • . (It does have some limited image editing functionality, but it really can't do much more than simple tonal correction, red-eye reduction, and cropping.)
  • The heart of Expression Media is the catalog. Each catalog is a visual database that contains information and thumbnail images of the files that it tracks. The program doesn't store your files in the catalog,
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  • One of Expression Media's strengths is its speed. Since it doesn't render images at full size like Aperture and Lightroom do, you can zip through a catalog quickly, rating images, comparing them, adding keywords, and more
  • You can't create Flash-based sites as you can with Lightroom,
  • At $299, Expression Media's biggest limitation is its price. Lightroom, at $299, and Aperture, which is now $199, include image editing and image management capabilities. With Expression Media, if you're just getting started, you'll also still need to invest in an image editor like Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, which adds significantly to the cost of your image management system.
  • If you already have an editor, and want more than what Adobe Bridge provides, Expression Media is good, but we think more people will still go for a program like Lightroom or Aperture, or even iPhoto, just to get more expansive editing capabilities. However, if you prefer to maintain your own system for tracking, managing, and archiving images--and other kinds of media--Expression Media is a solid and easy-to-use program with some great file-management capabilities.
James Buck

The FASTForward Blog » 2009 » June: Enterprise 2.0 Blog: News, Coverage, and ... - 0 views

  • They are developing an open source community, profiles and blogging platform that I think will change community software the way Wordpress (Buddypress’ parent project) has changed blogging.
James Buck

Movable Type, Wordpress becoming social platforms | Webware - CNET - 0 views

  • The power of a blog is its network of users, and Web users are becoming accustomed to a culture of participation. Just as blogging is changing publishing, social networking is going to change blogging. So it's appropriate the these products are getting new social features.
James Buck

Buddy Press Turns Wordpress Into Social Network - 0 views

  • “BuddyPress will completely transform a vanilla installation of Wordpress MU into a fully functional social network platform.”
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James Buck

Buddypress 1.0 - What, Why and How? | - Web, Advertising and Technology Blo... - 0 views

  • It is easy to wonder who in the world would make another social network now, for there are already tonnes of them around and to top it none of them are making any significant money.

    In my opinion, Buddypress gives options that large blogs didn’t have before, that it is to build a community around itself. The network is essentially a mini community of users, contributors in that particular niche. For instance, a few food bloggers can come together and make afood community filled with blog recipes, profiles, photos of their food, etc. using Buddypress. While they used to earlier connect using Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc. for these, having a community site simplifies things and is more engaging. Of course, this is just an example, and it’s scope if limited only by imagination. And that is the major USP of Buddypress.

  • Running a community oriented site is a lot more hardwork than running a blog. The success of Buddypress has to be tied in with the success of publishers because that is how Wordpress grew, and that is how the developer community will take notice which makes WP what it is.
    Running a community oriented site is a lot more hardwork than running a blog. The success of Buddypress has to be tied in with the success of publishers because that is how Wordpress grew, and that is how the developer community will take notice which makes WP what it is.
James Buck

Review of Buddypress | Off Madison Ave - 0 views

  • For starters, setting up an account on one of these sites is very easy to do, and once a user is done the page they come away with is essentially a WordPress blog all their own. Or so it seems - in fact, if you are running this program on your own server and domain, these mini-blogs and site content will turn your visitors into content generators for you. If, for example, you have 50 people who are very interested in what your company sells, and you gain them as members, they will write on occaision in their blog, and those blog updates are fresh content for Google. If the posts are particularly good, people will link to them, and all that link juice will come back to improve the rankings on your site.

    In a way, it is a brilliant way to get content developers for your site who will work for free.

James Buck

Adobe - InDesign CS4 tutorial : Export from InDesign to SWF - 0 views

  • When sending InDesign documents for review, whether to clients or to coworkers, you may want to create a more compelling presentation by exporting them as a PDF file or Adobe Flash® SWF file. You can open SWF files in most web browsers and you can add custom buttons, such as next page and previous page, which allow users to interact with the document. Before exporting to a SWF file, you can add effects like page transitions such as fades or wipes, and animations such as page curls. You don't need Flash to build these presentations; you can add all these special features directly within InDesign.
    • Repeat steps 2-8 to create a Previous Page button on the master page.
    • To associate the master page and the elements you have created with the rest of the pages in your document, choose Apply Master To Pages from the Pages panel menu.
    • To remove master page elements from an individual page, such as the Previous Page button on the first page of a document, override the elements by pressing Cmd+Shift/Ctrl+Shift and click the element, and then press the backspace key.
    • Return to the normal state by clicking the Normal layer in the Buttons panel. Any changes you've made to the rollover state of the button aren't visible at this point.
    • Click the plus sign in the Buttons panel to add an action.
    • Choose Go To The Next Page from the context menu. This action turns your button into a next-page button, allowing users to navigate forward through the file when it is exported as either a SWF or PDF file.
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    • Select your button artwork and activate its normal state by clicking the Normal layer in the State Appearance area of the Buttons panel. The artwork is now a button.
    • Click Rollover to add a rollover state to the button. If you want the appearance of the button to change during the rollover state (that is, when the user mouses over the button), you can change it now. You can add a stroke or fill, change the size or position of the graphic, or add an effect.
    • To change the fill color of the rollover state, make sure the button is still selected and open the Swatches panel. Make sure Fill is selected in the upper left-hand corner of the panel and click a color swatch.
    • A master page can house elements that you want applied to an entire document. For example, if you want to add navigation buttons to each page of your document, it makes sense to put them on a master page. To create a master page:

      1. Choose New Master from the Pages panel menu. The icon for this menu has a downward facing arrow and some lines next to it. The icon is located in the upper right corner of the Pages panel.
    • Select the artwork for your buttons and position it on the master page. Almost anything can be a button: you can use a graphic drawn in InDesign, a placed image, or even a piece of text.
    • Open the Buttons panel by choosing Window > Interactive > Buttons. The buttons panel will appear as a free-floating panel which can then be docked along the right side of the InDesign window.
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