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Article: Adobe Photoshop cloud subscription a step up

My latest Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times appeared this weekend: Adobe Photoshop cloud subscription a step up. Although I didn’t set out to focus on the subscription aspect of Adobe’s Creative Cloud—the newest apps are available only via monthly or yearly subscriptions, not as a standalone price—I couldn’t help but dig into it ...

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Canon EOS M Firmware Update Improves Autofocus

This is encouraging: A new 2.0.2 firmware update finally improves the laggy autofocus of the Canon EOS M. The EOS M is a great camera that was initially hobbled by pretty bad autofocus (a reality I address in my book Canon EOS M: From Snapshots to Great Shots). Check out a video comparison of the ...

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Using ShutterSnitch on the iPhone

On my iPad for Photographers blog, I wrote about how I turned to ShutterSnitch on my iPhone—more often than on my iPad—to transfer many of my photos at Disneyland. Although the iPad is much lighter than a laptop, I found it easier to carry just the iPhone around the park. (I know, lots of ShutterSnitch ...

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New Article: ShutterSnitch, the Wireless Photo Assistant for iOS

Over at CreativePro, I look at the excellent PhotoSnitch utility for importing photos into an iPad: ShutterSnitch, the Wireless Photo Assistant for iOS. Although I discussed the Eye-Fi software in the first edition of the book, I tossed that for the second edition and expanded on using ShutterSnitch because it just works.

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Premiere Elements 9 for Mac Review

Adobe introduced Premiere Elements 9 for Mac, the first time the video editing application is available on the Mac. My review is now online at Macworld.com: Premiere Elements 9.

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VHS Conversion Utilities Compared

Wondering what to do with those mouldering VHS tapes? Christopher Breen at Macworld compares the Roxio Easy VHS to DVD and the Elgato Video Capture: VHS capture tools compared.

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iMovie ’09 8.0.5 Released, Supports New iFrame Format

Apple today released iMovie ’09 8.0.5. In addition to improving support for importing video captured using the latest iPod nano, this version introduces support for iFrame, a video format employing H.264 video and AAC audio compression. According to Jim Dalrymple at CNET and Peter Cohen at The Loop, iFrame is a format developed by Apple. ...

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Windows Live Movie Maker Says Goodbye to the Timeline

iMovie ’08 took a lot of flack for dispensing with the timeline, the single horizontally scrolling representation of a movie. Instead, your project is organized left to right, top to bottom like you read a paragraph of text. Microsoft is taking the same approach with its new Windows Live Movie Maker. View the movie on ...

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iMovieLocationEditor review at Macworld

I gave iMovieLocationEditor four mice in my review at Macworld, which is now online. I wrote: The new Map feature in iMovie ‘09 taps a database of 4,000 cities, airports, and other locations. If the location you want to use isn’t in that list, version 8.0.1 of the software added the capability to enter your ...

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Recover Deleted Files from a Memory Card

Have you done the bone-headed thing I did recently? I erased a memory card in my camera, and then realized I hadn’t transferred the latest photos to my computer. Fortunately, they’re easy to recover as I write about in an article at TidBITS: Recover Erased Photos from a Memory Card (2009-06-03). Although the article’s focus ...