Category: Articles and Books

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Five Hot New Features in Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows

Adobe announced Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows this week, and since I’m deep into working on the update to my Photoshop Elements Visual QuickStart Guide, I wrote an article for the Peachpit Web site about what’s new in Elements 7: Five Hot New Features in Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows. I talk about the integration ...

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New Books!

As you can imagine, I’ve been pretty focused on becoming a dad lately, but that doesn’t mean it’s occupied all of my attention (just most of it). Just prior to my daughter’s birth, I wrapped up Photoshop Elements 6: Visual QuickStart Guide, my book that covers the latest version of Adobe’s consumer image organizing and ...

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Hectic, but Calming

Belly, 37 Weeks Originally uploaded by Jeff Carlson Where to begin? My life has been dual-focused lately: either working on getting a book done, or preparing for baby. I want to take a month off from work when the baby arrives, but to do that I need to throw myself into this book project so ...

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Projects Project Projects!

The past few months have been some of the busiest of my professional life, mostly due to a confluence of deadlines that I expected would be spread out over a longer period of time. But since I mostly write about Apple and the Mac, I never know when new products are going to hit. In ...

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Mac Journalism, or When Emotion Clogs the Brain

Glenn Fleishman and I wrote a review of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard that appeared in the Seattle Times last week (we both write a bi-weekly column called Practical Mac). Depending on the topic, we get a little email here and there from readers and the occasional request for advice that has nothing to do ...

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My Leopard Review at The Seattle Times

My colleague Glenn Fleishman and I wrote the Seattle Times review of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, which is now available online: Apple’s latest cool cat. In addition to talking about Time Machine, Leopard’s signature built-in backup feature, we hit on a few things that I haven’t seen given a lot of coverage so far, ...

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Long Hours

Midnight Pavoni Rendezvous Originally uploaded by Jeff Carlson On Saturday, I planned on going to bed at the same time as Kim and get a good night’s rest. We spent the day with family, watching my 2 year old niece for a few hours and then having dinner at my sister’s house. She lives in ...

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iMac Review at Hot News

My latest Seattle Times column on Apple’s new iMac appeared on Saturday, and today a friend pointed out that Apple is featuring it on their Hot News page: “The very model of a modern Macintosh” iMac, “the very model of a modern Macintosh,” may have evolved over the years into “this new aluminum fighter-jet of ...

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Do I ever have my work cut out for me

Last week, Apple dropped a bomb I knew was going to arrive at the most inconvenient time: the release of iLife ’08. For the last few years, the peak event for my professional life has been Macworld Expo in January, where Apple typically announces new hardware and software. One of my major book projects has ...

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Seattle Times Column and Safari 3.0.2

My Seattle Times Practical Mac column today talks about Safari 3, which is a beta for Mac but also for Windows: “Trekking through Apple’s new Safari“. In addition to talking about improvements over Safari 2, I noted Apple’s initial hiccup with Windows security: Safari also offers better security, especially compared with Internet Explorer, which is ...