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Welcome to the BEST, MVP
and Editors Choice awards for from the past.
__ Very few products from the past really WOWed
us like in years past. Even the new iMacs and iBooks didn't really give us enough
inspiration to put down what we're using to jump on board. In fact, not one single
product came forth that really set the biz on ear. While all the manufacturers seem
to be blinded by online commerce, and oneupmanship, the graphic arts industry has
sat quietly by and watched the same old stuff get new window dressings. I sat through
the very same demonstrations at Macworld as I saw in late 1998. I've seen the Adobe
InDesign launch four times. Even Olympus with their new 2.2 megapixel digital camera
didn't rival last years 400z product. Some of the industry pundits would have us
believe that VIDEO is the next big horizon. Bunk. There will be 100,000 times as
many DTP projects as their are desktop videos this year. We say get behind the graphics
industry and give us some truly new tools and software.
__ 2000 was a very good year to stay the same and keep
on churning out the work on the equipment and software we already have. We're hoping
for some really awesome things in 2000... looking for a 1,000 mHz graphics processer...
looking for DSL Wireless to sweep the industry, and hand-helds to come into their
__ These products are outstanding. We’ve used them,
and tested them in a variety of situations, and we believe that any of them would
be beneficial to you in your various digital pixelsmithing activities whether amateur
BEST, and MVP:
Multimedia for Macintosh, is the best all-round program for graphic
artists we've seen in three years. Best of all it's shareware. This product gets
BOTH our BEST award and "Most Valuable Product" award. iView is brought
to us by iView Multimedia Limited in London. You can download the latest version
easily at: http://www.scriptsoftware.com.
MVP: Macromedia DREAMWEAVER takes the
cake in web development for 1999. Improving and expanding capabilities, Dream templates,
and refined code, Macromedia has moved the graphical interface web authoring arena
up a new level. While Adobe falters behind with warmed over GoLive, Macromedia zooms
ahead with java scripting, CSS, and database connectivity that actually works for
a change. It's so good, BBEdit supports it, where BBEdit 5.5 now incudes a "GoLive"
cleaner command along with it's well known PageMill cleaner. http://www.macromedia.com/
BEST: Type In Use Second Edition actually
should be called the "Most Valuable Book of all times" for all graphic
designers and publishers, whether desktop or not. This essential bible on presenting
information and content through the use of typography is required reading for anyone
who wants to create superior communications. "I simply cannot recommend it strongly
enough!" Fred Showker, Editor, DT&G Magazine.
BEST: John Odam's Start With a Digital Camera:
This Guide to Using Digital Photography to Create High-Quality Graphics, is by far
the most recommended book for the digital photo revolution. For beginner to intermediate
Digibugs two thumbs up for this BEST BOOK for 1999. See our review
and full details.
1999 Editor's Choice:
The Corel WOW Book: Linnea Dayton, Shane Hunt and Sharon
Steuer have authored a landmark volume for an entire decade of high powered graphic
artists using the mose underrated program of all times, Corel Draw. While the world
is barraged by the Adobe marketing machine CorelDraw has quietly been growing features
to match or rival Photoshop. Now this book gives an entire generation of Corel users
their own WOW! Bravo!
"WOW" says Fred Showker, Editor of DT&G Magazine, "the first
really fresh and power-packing graphics tutorials I've seen in some time!"
Black & White:
Our "BEST" photography disk of 1999 is the wonderful collection of black
and white images from Rubberball
__ What struck us as so fantastic is the image quality
and sensitivity of these images. Even the standard (rather boring) shots of family
and regular people are captured with a master's touch of light, dark and personality.
"For real graphic impact..." says Fred Showker, Editor of DT&G Magazine,
"the world over saturated with sloppy color, you'll make a refreshing graphic
statement with such striking black and white images as these."
1998 BEST AWARDS
Web Pages That Suck...
kick-butt book from Vincent Flanders and Michael Willis
Alien Skin XENOFEX - the ultimate
new Photoshop effects plug-in
Auto F/X - PhotoGraphic Edges v4
NIKON Coolpix 900s - digital
Century Soft "ClockWork" - PIM for the
Inside Photoshop 5 - Gary David
Bouton's masterpiece book on PS5
Inside Photoshop 4, Limited Edition -
New Riders (PS)
The BE Developer's Guide - O'Reilly (DT&G)
The Illustrator 7 Bible - IDG Books (DT&G)
The Photo CD Companion - Eastman Kodak (PS)
Pricing Guide for Web Services - Brenner Publications
ACE Photography Index - ACECamera Web Services (WDR)
Blade Pro - (Shareware) Kagi Software (PS)
Electronic Clipper - Dynamic Graphics (DT&G)
ImageVice - BoxTop Software Inc. (WDR)
MasterClips Art Collection - IMSI Software (DT&G)
MovieWorks Interactive - Interactive Solutions (DT&G)
OneClick - WestCode Software (DT&G)
Photo/Graphic Edges - Auto F/X (PS)
SOHOMaster - New Perspective Software (DT&G)
The Central Stock Starter Kit Vol. 1 - Central
The Master Series - Rushford & Ross, L.C. (DT&G)
Visual Page - Symantec (WDR)
Web Art and Design CD-ROM - Indigo Storm Designs
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