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  • Take Your Best Shot Take Your Best Shot - Digital Imaging Expert Tim Grey tackles your photography q uestions with clear, informed answers to the questions serious photographers ask most often
  • Mastering XML Transformations XML went from a strange new idea to entrenched buzzword in record time. Its flexibility as a language for presenting structured data made it the lingua franca for sending data across the web.
  • Batch image and photo editor Once before we mentioned a very cool program for anyone who needs to resize digital photos. Now there's a new version of ResizeMe 1.2, the batch image and photo editor for Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard., designed to help users save time and be more productive.
  • Tiled Poster printing on the Mac... In DTG and Photoshop 911 one of the most frequent requests is for help getting a photo tiled upsized for printing to a large multiple page poster. In the pre-OSX days, many Apple programs included the "Tile" feature. But, for some reason Apple decided that OS X users would be able to afford hugely expensive large format output. Well, if you can't afford $3 to $5 per square foot printing, keep reading
  • Creating Great Presentations The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte, President and CEO of Duarte Design in Mountain View, CA -- slide:ology offers practical approaches on how to create ideas, translate them into pictures, display them well, and then deliver them in your own natural way.
  • Digital Image Processing for Leopard Jade is a uniquely talented digital image processing application for Mac OS X Leopard -- state-of-the-art algorithms enhance color, contrast and dynamic range. It's easy-to-use and even does batch processing
  • Photo presentations FotoMagico photo presentation tool for professional photographers support for Adobe Lightroom libraries. Now includes a teleprompter that shows notes for every slide on a presenter's display and a new export option for uploading slideshow videos directly to YouTube.
  • New RapidWeaver themes For web gurus, this is the first commercially available RapidWeaver theme to offer three separate but very usable levels of navigation. If you use RapidWeaver, then you'll want to check this out...
  • Geotagging for Aperture Maperture is the easiest, most intuitive way to add GPS data to your digital photos ... edit plug-in for Aperture that makes geotagging your photos a snap. Whether you're geotagging a few images, or your entire library
  • Lightwave plug-in for Poser Pro Poser Pro delivers powerful, yet easy-to-use 3D character design and animation tools that help artists integrate custom and pre-built characters into professional projects and production pipelines.
  • Graphics Editor for the Screen Opacity Express 1.0 is a slimmed down version of Opacity and includes most of the powerful features from Opacity like vectors, layers, variables and factories in an even simpler interface -- all of the tools artists need to create beautiful images for icons, applications and the web.
  • Hide from prying eyes Hide Folders 2008 is a freeware program for Mac OS X dedicated to protect documents and folders. With a click, you can conceal files and folders with all their contents.
  • Canvastic for Kid Publishing Canvastic is an integrated writing, graphics and publishing tool for students in grades K-8 to version 3.5 to publish pages, books, presentations and more. This is a pretty cool resource
  • MailSteward and MailSteward Pro MailSteward archives email in a relational database for easy access and safe backup of all your email. Whether you manage a business, are an independent professional, or just a person with a lot of email, for legal reasons, business reasons, and personal reasons, it is essential to be able to safely archive and easily search your email.
  • Free iMedia Browser Here's a wonderful, free, utility that adds the familiar "media browser" experience to just about any Mac application. A stand-alone utility, the Karelia iMedia Browser lets users easily browse and drag content from their entire collection of photos, music, movies, and bookmarks.
  • QuickTime to Flash Have you ever wanted to convert your video files to Flash without expensive, difficult to use software programs? Macvide has come up with a tidy solution, and you'll get great results minutes after launching a video project
  • Serif comes to the U.S. Serif desktop publishing and design software combines pro-level applications with extreme usability, Serif's PagePlus X3, WebPlus X2, PhotoPlus X2 and DrawPlus X2 enable users to achieve professional-quality results for business needs -- now available in the U.S.
  • Call for Speakers Graphics of the Americas 2009 is opening its call for speakers to participate in the 34th annual event being held February 26-28, 2009 at the Miami Beach Convention Center -- creatives are invited to participate...
  • 3DS Users Group Conference 3DSUG Selects Venue for Annual 3DS Users Group Conference, taking place in Daytona Beach, Florida, March 15-19, 2009. The 3DS Users Group Conference is the only event of its kind planned for the users by the users of 3D Systems, Inc equipment.
  • Sketching on your iPhone Sketches a fun, casual drawing and annotation tool -- users will be able to jot down their notes and scribble their thoughts using their fingers, illustrating their ideas with simple but colourful diagrams, notes and sketches -- on your iPhone and iPod touch
  • Fashioning Technology Even if you're not into making your own fashions, this ultra-cool look at the possibilities of mixing fashion garments with technology is fantastic browsing -- it's a new DIY (Do-It-Yourself) guide from O'Reilly Media and the creators of Craft magazine
  • Video Trailers Beat Book Reviews Doubleday is learning that video trailers are better advertising than most print media. They've launched a contest and a series of trailers for "Rules of Deception," the new espionage thriller by Christopher Reich
  • GraphicConverter update If you're not using GraphicConverter, you should be. Now, Lemke Software has launched GraphicConverter 6.1.1, their awesome image editing and conversion utility for Mac OS X. So, you'll want to stay up to date!
  • Tiled image of images Thousands of Mac users have been waiting on this. Over in DTG magazine and Photoshop 911 we have received literally hundreds of inquiries of where a Mac user can find such software. It's been available on Windows for some time -- but now, Limit Point Software makes it for Mac.
  • Color Efex Pro 3.0 Grab this free update of the award-winning Color Efex Pro 3.0 photographic filters -- now supports Aperture 2.1, Nikon Capture NX 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS3 Smart Filters -- powerful, and easy filters for photo enthusiasts and professional photographers.
  • Copyright Act Changes Anyone and everyone who publishes anything anywhere needs to follow copyright law. The U.S. Copyright Office has issued its report on whether to maintain, modify or eliminate Sections relating to the cable and satellite statutory licenses in the Copyright Act.
  • Print Perfect Pictures LateNiteSoft has taken over Snapshot -- full control over the print size and how you want to crop and frame your picture. Add borders and speech bubbles and more. Pretty cool stuff!
  • Batch Resize Photos with ResizeMe Dare to be Creative has released ResizeMe, a batch image and photo editor for Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard. ResizeMe can resize, scale, rotate and flip many images and photos at once.
  • Make client folders quickly Client Folder Maker is a simple to use, general purpose folder creation and management tool -- It allows the user to set up a hierarchy of folders once, then re-create that hierarchy anywhere
  • NetSketch Drawing on the iPhone This could be one of the coolest apps to arrive on the iPhone / iPod Touch scene to date. This young student developer could have created his retirement with NetSketch! Drawing and collaborating are cool -- but hand-written notes will probably be the revolution! No more texting? Compare notes? How cool is that?
  • Silver Efex Pro photographic plug-in Nik Software has rolled out the new Silver Efex Pro photographic plug-in for use with Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture, the most advanced, complete, and straightforward black-and-white solution.
  • Burn again and again Now you can re-mount the disk like a hard drive volume and add or remove files, or even edit and change files several times. BurnAgain FS 1.0.2, a free update to the CD/DVD multisession burning utility for Mac OS X.
  • Clipboard Evolved Mach Software Design has launched a new version of its flagship product, Clipboard Evolved -- making it fun and easy to manage all your important data.
  • Flashforward The Flashforward Film Festival have announced 50 Nominees in 10 categories for Big Orange Rubber Arrow to be awarded on August 21 at the Flashforward Film Festival in San Francisco
  • New DTP program for Mac iCalamus 1.13 - multi-lingual, frame-oriented desktop publishing solution for Mac OS X. iCalamus offers an easy approach to desktop publishing DTP -- excellent choice for creating simple posters, to complex magazines, scientific works and book publishing
  • New copyright technology Publishers: the U.S. Copyright Office released new technology to process applications online - eCO and "Form CO" with 2-D Barcode Technology : translation: lower filing fee of $35 for a basic claim -- fastest processing time!
  • Creative Suite 3.3 Yes, it's yet another upgrade for the Adobe Creative Suite! What? Haven't upgraded to CS2 yet? CS3? Now's the time. Creative Suite 3.3 now incorporates Acrobat 9 Pro
  • Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Adobe Systems has announced that the new Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro software will be integrated into Adobe Creative Suite 3.3 Design Premium and Standard editions, Creative Suite 3.3 Web Premium and Creative Suite 3.3 Master Collection editions.
  • The Ultimate HTML Reference Do you code html? The Ultimate HTML Reference is a complete and up-to-date guide to HTML -- definitive resource covers all aspects of HTML and XHTML, including the upcoming HTML 5 specifications
  • Frame your art ImageFramer custom image framing utility for Mac OS X makes it easy to apply photo-realistic frames to digital images, drawings or any original artwork.
  • Leopard Security Mac OS X Leopard Security - a 429 page volume - offers detailed descriptions, step-by-step instructions, as well as command-line examples, and best-practices are presented for the home user or the enterprise security architect
  • Photoshop CS3 Accelerated Photoshop CS3 Accelerated - navigate Photoshop, whether you're a beginner or a pro - accelerate your photoshop skills with this practical, sophisticated guide
  • Google Apps: The Missing Manual So as Google's reach spreds across the internet, their online apps include a word processor, spreadsheet, and other office productivity programs. But Google sucks when it comes to documentation. You'll need some help!
  • Painting the Web Not since Lynda Weinman arrived on the scene has there been such a comprehensive book on creating graphics for the web. Catch Users' Eyes and Keep Them on Your Site -- Painting the Web
  • Google Apps Sooner or later, you'll want to learn Google Apps, which includes a word processor, spreadsheet, and other office productivity programs, now poses serious competition to Microsoft Office's dominant position on business desktop applications
  • Maker's Notebook for makers, crafters, backyard scientists, inventors, and engineers -- actually anyone with a creative bent -- the journal even comes with engineering graph paper packed between its sturdy electric blue cover
  • Learning Flex 3 offers an engagingly unique, hands-on approach that allows you to tinker with examples right away and create your own Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) with Flex
  • Give it the JUICE Okay you green folk -- Juice Bags ProFolio, a business bag that will charge cell phones, PDA's and other handheld devices as quickly as if plugged into a wall socket. Go Green!
  • Welcome to Macintosh this feature length documentary that explores how Apple, Inc. has changed the world. Notable Apple personalities Andy Hertzfeld, co-creator of the original Macintosh, Guy Kawasaki, long time Mac evangelist and Leander Kahney, author of the book Cult of Mac
  • Touchscreen for Apple iMacs Troll Touch "SlipCOVER" Touchscreen custom designed, "User-Installed" touchscreen system for both the 20 and 24 inch Apple Aluminum iMac -- pretty cool -- high resolution, analog resistive touchscreen technology which supports user input via fingertip

Thanks for reading...

Fred Showker
Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

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