More Stuff

OK here we go. 4 new products. 2 new versions of classics, and 2 completely new Adobe applications.

AfterEffects is for MacOS X 10.2, Windows 2000 or XP. The following applications are Windows only

  • Adobe Premiere Pro: more editing, less rendering. Picture in picture is way easier. (no more having to be a rocket scientist with Picture-in-Picture)
  • Adobe EncoreDVD: wow! this is a fun product; easily create DVDs
  • Adobe Audition: This is the result of Adobe’s purchase of Cool Edit Pro. I’ve been using this today to clean up some old audio tracks I had lying around. Wow.

Video (Windows Media Player 9) of the Sydney MINI2 Meet 18 May 03 here: MINI2 Video, 18th May 2003. Created with Adobe Premiere Pro, of course.

Adobe’s vision for the Enterprise: Intelligent Document Architecture

InDesign: Duotones into InDesign

This has been in my head for a while: InDesign 2.0: Photoshop, Duotones into InDesign

In my time I have seen various ‘complaints’ that Adobe does not publish the specifications for the PDF (Portable Document Format) in a timely fashion – thereby gaining market advantage. Well, the Draft PDF Reference, Version 1.5 is available before Acrobat 6.0 ships! Whilst this is a Draft version, and subject to change, it does go to show that we are a friendlier company than some people claim.

Now, at 1107 pages in length – its not going to be a read for all of us!


What a strange day. Spent the morning doing “sales management” stuff (part of my new job) and the afternoon looking at SVG, C# and debugging SOAP/Webservices style communication with the Adobe Graphics Server.

Cari pointed this out: Photoshop Camera Raw and JPEG2000 plugins for Photoshop 7.0. These are purchaseable downloads from Camera Raw gives you much greater control when loading images from Digital Cameras.

For a while there, the world began and ended on Monday December 2, 2002. Sorry about that. Coding error my end. Been a lot of that lately on my end. Thanks Mark.

Adobe Tips

As promised, I am starting to document the techniques shown at the recent Adobe roadshows

Illustrator 10: Illustrator 10: Making Good Text Go Bad. Photoshop 7: Photoshop 7 File Browser Automatic Numbering Technique

Apart from writing the above articles, I decided to noodle around with the GD library that is a part of PHP4. GD permits the dynamic changing of images programmatically, rather than having to do it by hand in an image editing tool. In my example, the code is grabbing a random Neil Finn lyric from the Random Neil Finn Lyric Server. The end result looks like this:

The text is gathered from a SOAP stream, and composited on top of another dynamically served image.

OK, I have another confession. I absolutely cannot miss an episode of Meet the Osbournes. Its partly the fact that this dysfunctional family seems to work, a Simpsons in real life. Ozzy, obviously suffering from too many non-natural substances in too great quantity, is really a pussy cat. This persona belies his 30-plus years of a proto-high priest of the dark side. The irony of seeing Ozzy go bananas over his noisy neighbours is delicious. What a riot.