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Adobe has released the beta version ofJan 09 2006

Adobe has released the beta version of a program called Lightroom (OS X only), a competitor to Apple's Aperture. Both are pro-level apps for manipulating and organizing digital photos. Here's the story of Lightroom's development from one of its developers. (via df)

A list of iPhoto 5 annoyances. I wishDec 14 2005

A list of iPhoto 5 annoyances. I wish iPhoto were as finished a product as iTunes is. (via df?)

Khoi Vinh reports on computer technology inDec 13 2005

Khoi Vinh reports on computer technology in Vietnam. They're wired for broadband and Windows still dominates.

Adobe is planning on combining Flash PlayerDec 06 2005

Adobe is planning on combining Flash Player and Acrobat Reader? As Todd says, "I don't know about you, but I just got an acrid taste in my mouth".

Update: John Dowdell notes that Adobe has clarified their position re: the above combination: "we will continue delivering the Flash Player as a small, efficient runtime for content and applications on the web". (thx, neil)

Shaun Inman's Mint stats package contains aOct 31 2005

Shaun Inman's Mint stats package contains a great easter egg. Just key in the Konami cheat code (up up, down down, left right, left right, b, a) and you're greeted with a custom graphic. More old school video game-inspired easter eggs on web sites please.

An excellent John Gruber piece on theOct 17 2005

An excellent John Gruber piece on the life cycle of the independent Mac developer, using for an example Brent and Sheila Simmons, whose company Ranchero was recently sold to NewsGator.

Clive Thompson on Life Hackers in theOct 16 2005

Clive Thompson on Life Hackers in the NY Times. I'd informally heard about the benefit of larger screens on productivity (I feel more productive with a larger screen), but this article describes some study results: "On the bigger screen, people completed the tasks at least 10 percent more quickly - and some as much as 44 percent more quickly."

The Onion: Project Manager Leaves Suicide PowerPointOct 11 2005

The Onion: Project Manager Leaves Suicide PowerPoint Presentation. "We all got Ron's message loud and clear when that JPEG of his wife wipe-transitioned to a photo of her tombstone". (via mathowie)

Movable Type turns four years old.Oct 10 2005

Movable Type turns four years old.

Is PowerPoint responsible for the woes ofSep 07 2005

Is PowerPoint responsible for the woes of the Space Shuttle? Well, no, but it's not helping any. "The deeper problem with the PowerPointing of America -- the PowerPointing of the planet, actually -- is that the program tends to flatten the most complex, subtle, even beautiful, ideas into tedious, bullet-pointed bureaucratese."

A timeline of splash screen graphics forAug 16 2005

A timeline of splash screen graphics for Adobe Photoshop. I didn't know that Photoshop was developed outside of Adobe and then licensed later. (thx mark)

Vanilla is a smooth-looking piece of forum softwareJul 22 2005

Vanilla is a smooth-looking piece of forum software.

Some iPhoto 5 tips and techniques for managing your digital photosJul 20 2005

Some iPhoto 5 tips and techniques for managing your digital photos.

Makers of the PulpFiction newsreader for OSJul 12 2005

Makers of the PulpFiction newsreader for OS X sold to illumineX. Congrats to Erik and the team...sounds like a much needed rest.

Richard Stallman on the absurdity of software patentsJun 24 2005

Richard Stallman on the absurdity of software patents. Stallman draws a parallel between software patents and hypothetical literature patterns.

A map of Firefox usage in EuropeJun 08 2005

A map of Firefox usage in Europe. 30.5% in Finland and almost 25% in Germany.

The next version of Internet Explorer will have tabbed browsingMay 16 2005

The next version of Internet Explorer will have tabbed browsing.

FontLab buys Fontographer from Macromedia and plans for future upgradesMay 12 2005

FontLab buys Fontographer from Macromedia and plans for future upgrades.

Keyword Assistant plug-in fixes iPhoto's stupid ass keyword-adding interfaceApr 22 2005

Keyword Assistant plug-in fixes iPhoto's stupid ass keyword-adding interface. Software developers, say it with me: "auto complete, auto complete, auto complete!"

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