Tomorrow (May 1st, 2012), I will be hosting two LIVE online sessions: Adobe Creative Cloud For Designers:
Tuesday May 1, 2012 at 10am Pacific and 5pm Pacific (GMT -7), 1PM and 8PM Eastern (GMT -4)
Join Terry White, Adobe Worldwide Design Evangelist, to see Adobe Creative Cloud and the new features in Creative Suite 6 in action. Learn how you can create at lightning speed thanks to new performance engines in Photoshop Extended and Illustrator. See how to quickly create multiple layouts from a single set of content in Adobe InDesign CS6. And discover Adobe Muse, for designing HTML websites without writing code including 400+ web fonts served by Typekit that make it a breeze to include distinctive typography in your site design.
Along with reviewing technology and gadgets, I also review mobile apps. When the App Store came out a few years ago I started doing an “App of the Week” here on my blog. However, I realized that one iOS App per week just wouldn’t cut it seeing how there there hundreds if not thousands of Apps being released every week. So I decided to setup a dedicated site Best App Site so that App reviews could happen more regularly and also not tie up space here for reviews that some may have no interest in. One of Best App Site’s co-authors and web designer Erik Bernskiold just overhauled the site with a new look and feel. Aside from making the site more appealing to the eye, Erik also did quite a bit a work on the backend to make it easier for us to post reviews and to make it easier for visitors to find the reviews they want. The New Best App Site also is even more mobile friendly with a fluid design that quickly adapts to tablets and smartphones.
A big thanks to Erik and I hope that all of you enjoy the new site as much as I do! Head over to bestappsite.com and check it out.
Although I’m on the go again, I had to take a moment to thank the great people of México City for coming out to our Adobe CS6 and Creative Cloud launch event!
On behalf of Greg Rewis, Paul Trani and myself, you made us feel very welcomed and we had a great time showing off Adobe CS6 and Creative Cloud. México City came out in full force and filled the venue. Although the event was several hours in length, practically everyone stayed till the end!
It was also a nice surprise to see Adobe Mexico go all out and get into the theme of CS6 with their very own CS6 Models
Imagine my surprise when someone handed me this sketch by @rayacosta! I was both flattered and honored. Thanks Ray!
This was a great start to the CS6 Tour, Thanks both São Paulo and México City! Home for a couple of days and then off to Europe, Argentina, Chile and South Africa! Stay tuned to the events section on the sidebar of my blog for details.
Wow! What an amazing event we had here in Brazil last night. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who came out to our event. I had a blast showing Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud.
Both Greg Rewis and I always have a great time presenting to the Brazil audiences.
A packed house!
It’s always good to see my young friend Breno!
The crowd was really excited to see Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse and our new Web technologies. I had fun showing off the many of he new features including a live PS Touch demo with Creative Cloud.
It’s bright and early as we head to the airport and on to Mexico City!
Today Adobe announces Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud. Watch the LIVE WEBCAST here TODAY (4/23/2012) at 10AM PT (GMT -7)!
There’s a lot to talk about and I’m sure we’ll spend the next few months here on my blog, on my Adobe Creative Suite Podcast and social media talking about all that’s new. I thought I would kick things off with my Top 6 Favorite Features in InDesign CS6, Illustrator CS6 and of course Photoshop CS6.
Adobe Illustrator CS6 – My Top 6 Favorite Features
Adobe InDesign CS6 – My Top 6 Favorite Features
Adobe Photoshop CS6 – My Top 6 Favorite Features (repeat)
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It seems that I’m always on the look out for the ultimate portable travel speaker and I’ve reviewed quite a few here. With each one I think I’ve found the right one, that is until I find the next one. The Jambox is not a new product. However, for some reason I resisted it until recently. I was in my local Apple Store picking up something else and I saw the Jambox on the rack. I was immediately drawn in by the compact size. It’s much smaller than I thought it would be. Next thing you know I was doing the self check out using the Apple Store App on my iPhone and I was out the door.
I got back to my office and charged it up. One thing I appreciated right off the bat over previous speakers that I’ve reviewed here was the minimal amount of cords/cables. Other speakers that I’ve tried that separate and have a cable attached between them kinda bother me. The Jambox comes with a thin stereo cable to attach to your computer, mobile device or other music source. However, since this is a Bluetooth speaker that cable is totally optional. The only other cable is the standard micro USB cable for charging. Once you charge it up and disconnect the USB cable there are no other cables required to listen to your tunes wirelessly.
How does it sound?
I expected the sound to be good and it was. However, the bass was better than I expected for such a small box. I had no problem pairing it with my iPhone and iPad and the music playback from the Music app and Pandora app was flawless. No skips or drop outs.
Speaker phone bonus
If you do pair it with your smartphone you can also use it as a bluetooth speakerphone. There’s a dedicated answer call button right on the top of the Jambox. My iPhone 4s rang while the music was playing. It paused the music and I just tapped the button on top to answer the call via the built-in speaker phone. Nice!
The Bottom Line
I know I’ve said this before, but this time I really mean it (until I find a better one 🙂 ), this is hands down my favorite portable speaker for travel. It’s small, sounds good, charges via USB, works wirelessly, and can be used for my conference calls.
When the original AR.Drone came out I have to admit that I immediately dismissed it as a “toy” and I had very little interest in it. Sure, like any toy it would be fun to play with for a while. However, like many other toys you could quickly lose interest. Therefore I never bought one. Not even for the “cool (aka geek) factor”. Then the AR Drone 2.0 came along and it added something that I thought would be useful. The AR Drone 2.0 adds a better camera that does video at 720p HD. Yes, this raised an eyebrow and I decided to take a look. I did a pre-order and my AR.Drone showed up a couple of days ago. I figured I might have a use for this on set, especially on location shoots to do fly arounds of the set and the area that I’m photographing.
The great thing about this little drone is that it’s light weight and very easy to fly. It doesn’t come with a remote control! You actually fly it from your mobile device (iOS or Android). I downloaded the App on my iPad and iPhone. The AR Drone 2.0 has it’s own built-in WiFi network. Once you charge the battery and pop it in, it powers up and starts broadcasting a network. You connect to this adhoc network from your device and then launch the AR Drone App (a free download). You see what the AR Drone sees right on your device. Using the accelerometers in your iPad, iPhone, etc. you tilt the device to control direction. There’s an on screen joystick to turn the drone. If you suddenly lose control, just take your fingers off the screen and the Drone will hover in place.
Since the built-in camera is always running you can tap the record button within the App and start recording/streaming video from the AR Drone right to your mobile device. Very Cool! The App even allows sharing directly to YouTube.
Here’s a sample video I did flying around my photography studio while a friend also video’d the AR.Drone 2.0 itself using my iPhone 4s:
What’s not so great…
Battery life is still relatively SHORT! You get one rechargeable battery and charger and the battery last for about 10 minutes of flying. Then you’ll need about 90 minutes to charge it back up. Unless you plan to do really short flights/videos, you’ll definitely want to have a couple of charged batteries on hand (about $35 each). It’s light weight and while that’s a good thing for travel, it means that a strong wind will take it away. Since it works via WiFi you’ll also have limited range. Like most small cheap HD cameras, this one doesn’t do well in low light. With a small lens/sensor comes lower quality video in low light. However, with enough light the video is more than acceptable for my needs.
The Bottom Line
The AR.Drone 2.0 is an improvement over the original! Adding 720p Video Recording makes it useful as a tool. On a calm day I can really see some great outdoor uses for it.
In this episode of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast Terry White shows how to use a Lightroom Web Gallery from The Turning Gate in InDesign to make an Interactive Portfolio for your iPad or Android Tablet.
Grab the Photoswipe Gallery Plug-in that I used in the video here.
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In October 2011 I posted a rant asking Logitech to add a tripod mount to their webcams. While readers did point out that the C615 does in fact have one, my webcam of choice was the C910, which did not have one. “Hey Terry! Why do you even need a webcam since your MacBook Pro has an HD FaceTime camera built-in?” The FaceTime HD camera that is built-in to my MacBook Pro is fine for video chat, Skype, FaceTime, etc. however, for my video recording/podcasting needs I want to be able to mount the camera higher than the top of my laptop. Logitech seemed to be stuck on this being the only option for the majority of their cameras. I did ultimately get a C615 and I use it on the road because it’s so small. I usually mount it to a Gorillapod and life is good. However, when I’m in studio or at home I prefer the higher quality of the C…… oh wait, they have a new one….
The Logitech C920 is What I Asked For!
Hands down the NEW Logitech C920 has to be the best if not one of the best webcams for the money. The video quality is crystal clear and smooth. Also at long last it has a standard tripod mount in the base! Woohoo!
You can immediately see the advantage of being able to mount the camera where you want in the sample above. I’m sitting at my desk and the FaceTime HD camera is tilted up so that I can see my screen. However, the Logitech C920 is mounted on a tripod right in front of my desk and is aimed straight on. This way I can put the camera where ever I want. You can even see the difference in lighting/quality in these unretouched/unadjusted screen grabs.
I record my video tutorials/demos using Screenflow. Screenflow recognized the new camera right away with no need to install any drivers or other software.
“Terry, can’t you use your Nikon D7000 or D4 for even better quality?” Sure and I have used my DSLRs for better quality than these sub $100 webcams. The problem though is that it adds to the post production process since the video would then have to sync’d and edited in afterwards vs recording directly into Screenflow. Also DSLR video is harder to focus when you’re working alone 🙂
They did more than just add a tripod mount
This camera got some beefier specs too! Adding onboard compression (reduces CPU usage of your computer) and H.264 as well.