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TAGA's 61st Annual Technical Conference The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) has announced the keynote speakers for its 61st Annual Technical Conference taking place on March 15 - 18 in New Orleans
  • Nikon Creative Lighting Nothing can ruin a good photograph faster than a rude flash exposure. Flash photography has become an art in itself and should be mastered by all aspiring photographers. Nikon owners, and those with cameras that can use the Nikon lighting components should get this book, study it, and improve your photography 100%
  • Scanning Negatives and Slides Scanning Negatives and Slides you will learn how to achieve the best possible digital image from a negative or slide, and how to build a workflow to make this process efficient, repeatable, and reliable.
  • Photographic Multishot Techniques Photographic Multishot Techniques -- the potential of high dynamic range imaging (HDRI). Now, the newest techniques based on a bracketed series of exposures make it possible to go beyond HDRI: photographers can increase resolution for ultra-sharp, detailed images, and they can extend the depth of field
  • Easy invoicing for business For the small business or consulting firm, Involer is a simple, easy to use invoicing application for Mac OS X where you can create, print, export and track the status of your invoices within a single, easy to use interface. With Involer, you can be up and running with your company in just a few seconds, and sending invoices in minutes.
  • Free iMedia Browser for Macs Karelia Software has released version 1.1.3 of the Karelia iMedia Browser, a free utility that adds the familiar "media browser" experience to just about any Mac application. Version 1.1.3 enhances searching, now including searches of keywords and comments in iPhoto libraries, and fixes an issue with redundant search results from iTunes. Version 1.1.3 also supports much larger iPhoto libraries.
  • Adobe InDesign Font Catalog One of the dreads of InDesign users is getting to their fonts. Chris Paveglio has possibly solved at least some of the woes with his new InDesign Font Catalog. InDesign users should check this out.
  • Adobe InDesign Auto pricing AutoPrice for Adobe InDesign CS4 and QuarkXPress on both the Macintosh and PC platforms is a powerful yet easy-to-use plug-in module that streamlines the updating of prices and similar information in InDesign and Quark documents.
  • Adobe InDesign LinkOptimizer LinkOptimizer is a workflow automation solution to optimize link size and resolution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer allows to reduce the size of InDesign jobs and increase the processing speed by eliminating excessive image data.
  • Layered Screen Captures Layers 1.0 is a unique screen capturing utility for Mac OS X -- screenshots captured in Layers are Adobe PhotoShop compatible
  • Download and Create Web Photo Galleries Just point HyperImage to any website, and watch as thousands of pictures stream down to your computer.
  • High Rez backgrounds for Photographers Are you a photographer? Do you create previews for clients? Art Fotografic's Album DS is the easiest, most feature-complete tool for professional photographers to produce panoramic albums. Now, they have introduced 125 beautiful, all new, high resolution backgrounds.
  • Build Web Sites Like a Pro Build Your Own Web Site The Right Way Using HTML & CSS widely regarded as the definitive beginner's guide to building web sites. This step-by-step guide takes you from scratch, through the basic tools, right on up to a fully functioning web site.
  • The Google Way The Google Way - how one company is changing the way we think about business - Google is already a household name, and the verb *google* has become a part of the international lexicon. But how do they do it, and will they continue to succeed?
  • Motionographer Announces 2009 F5 F5, an initiative of Motionographer, is a new festival exploring the intersection of art, design and entertainment.
  • iPhone ColorSplash Some popular graphic photo retouching techniques once available only to Photoshop users now comes to the iPhone! ColorSplash is a new application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that lets users give photos a dramatic look.
  • Get Yourself Connected Network Know-How is every computer user's guide to designing, mapping, and maintaining a trouble-free network. Author and veteran networking consultant John Ross takes readers through the nuts and bolts of networks
  • Anti-theft for your Mac Here's a unique new twist on protection of your Mac and your data.
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  • InPreflight for InDesign Zevrix Solutions announces the release of InPreflight 2.6.3, a maintenance update to its quality control and packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
  • Picturesque for Mac OS X If you haven't seen Picturesque, then you should. The new 2.1 is a major update to the Apple Design Award winning image beautifying application. Picturesque makes images look gorgeous for the web, adding Web 2.0 style effects.
  • TypeTrax for Adobe InDesign TypeTrax is a new product for managing design projects created using Adobe Creative Suite. Developed jointly by Insider Software and Moksa, Inc., TypeTrax manages projects, and tracks, organizes and pre-flights project files, including fonts and digital assets.
  • Hydra HDR Imaging Hydra goes beyond the physical limitations of camera sensors. From a series of regular photographs of the same scene, Hydra creates an High Dynamic Range image which is much closer to what one can actually see.
  • Photographic Multishot Techniques Photographic Multishot Techniques -- the potential of high dynamic range imaging (HDRI). Now, the newest techniques based on a bracketed series of exposures make it possible to go beyond HDRI: photographers can increase resolution for ultra-sharp, detailed images, and they can extend the depth of field
  • Mellel word processor for Mac OS X RedleX has released Mellel 2.6, a major update to the leading word processor for Mac OS X. Mellel does it differntly. And better.
  • Wikipedia on Wikipedia Wikipedia: The Missing Manual by John Broughton is available for free online for editing and updating just like any other Wikipedia entry. Book viewers will be able to do all the same things they do on any other wiki: view the document, edit it, add to it--in short, whatever they want.
  • Creating a Web Site Think you need an army of skilled programmers to build a website? Think again. With this book, in the true tradition of Missing Manual books, you'll learn how to create Web pages using all of today's important tools...
  • Head First Web Design Want to know how to make your pages look beautiful, communicate your message effectively, guide visitors through your website with ease?
  • BusyCal calendar sharing a new Mac OS X desktop calendar application designed for sharing calendars on a LAN and syncing with Google Calendar. BusyCal combines the calendar sharing and synchronization technology from its award winning BusySync, with a beautiful desktop calendar interface that is instantly recognizable to iCal users - all in one easy to use integrated application.
  • GPS Enabled Activity Tracking rubiTrack is a full-featured GPS enabled activity tracking software for the Mac. Utilizing latest Mac UI technologies, rubiTrack lets you display, analyze and organize your outdoor activities. rubiTrack is for runners, bikers, walkers, hikers, skiers and everyone else who logs GPS data. rubiTrack reads tracks from GPS enabled devices like the Garmin Forerunner, Garmin Edge, AMOD GPS Trackers and Nike+iPod and the iPhone 3G.
  • Grants for tech savvy Schools Canvastic continue their search for school districts that are technology leaders nationwide. Districts will be awarded licenses of Canvastic version 3.5 valued from $10K to $200K or more.
  • 2008 Mod Of The Year The Mod of the Year award for 2008 is given to the Mac-related modification that best captures the imagination of a panel of judges who must rate it based on creativity, difficulty, and functionality. This year the Mod of the Year is a pre-AGP Macintosh hacked to run Leopard.
  • Pick Zits on iPhone Just when you think you've seen everything, Candywriter pushes the boundaries of the novelty app a little further with its release of Zit Picker. With two fingers and an iPhone or iPod touch, Zit Picker allows players to keep the lovely Veronica's face beautiful and her complexion clean. Players must pinch, pop, and pick Veronica's zits before the stress becomes too much and makes her cry. As the game progresses, zits come faster.
  • Infrastructure: Local to Global Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth will be joined by ESRI, Autodesk, Adobe and other industry leaders at the GeoWeb 2009 -- taking place July 27-31, 2009
  • An Event Apart An Event Apart has launched a newly designed and developed website to communicate 2009 speakers and locations. The site sports a redesign created by Jeffrey Zeldman and coded by Eric Meyer.
  • Ringtones to Help Children of Nepal iRingPro iPhone Ringtones to Help Children of Nepal a portion of every iPhone ringtone sale going forward will benefit Children of Nepal, an organization that provides education, meals and medical care, to impoverished Nepali children.
  • Performance Testing The Art of Application Performance Testing explains the complete life cycle of the testing process, and demonstrates best practices to help you plan, gain approval for, coordinate, and conduct performance tests on your applications.
  • Lean Software Development Lean software development can dramatically increase productivity and quality. Lean principles are being applied successfully to product design, engineering, the supply chain, and now software development.
  • Mac Poster Machine I wrote about Posterino some time ago when it first came out. Now I've been using the latest update to make posters of 'famous' newspaper front pages announcing the Obama election win for holiday gifts to my democrat friends! Once oversized art is produced, just upload to your local Kinkos for output on the wide-format printer. Posterino is so cool, you at least should download the demo and see for yourself!
  • Free Graphics Software We've selected the best and most fun graphics add-on software you can get for the Mac ... for FREE! Try some of these -- we think you'll like them
  • Create stunning image montage animations Create stunning image montage animations instantly in After Effects CS3, Final Cut Studio or Final Cut Express. Four awesome CoreMelt plugin packs into one package - Download the free trial and receive 8 free plugins plus Glass Slices, Slice Across, Random Crop Transition, and faster native field rendering.
  • ContrastMaster for MacOS X ContrastMaster is a plugin for effective contrast enhancement as well as creating dramatic contrast looks, photorealistic paintings and HDR-like effects. It can turn low-contrast photos into vivid and detailed images and transforms ordinary photos into interesting and dynamic shots.
  • The Leadership Vacuum What will we lose with the next generation? Nick Tasler, TalentSmart's global research leader takes a look at the future's work force and what exactly constitutes a high quality leader -- but what he finds is a huge gap between Boomers and Millennials in self-management.
  • PowerPoint Tips: Keep Your Audience Awake Three articles from CIO present a collection of PowerPoint tips and presentation techniques you can learn to improve your presentations -
  • Run BASIC Run BASIC allows you to apply your desktop programming skills to create web applications without struggling with the overhead of typical web programming frameworks.
  • How fast is your internet? PCMag.com Best ISPs in America... To uncover the nation's best ISPs, PCMag utilized the custom-designed SurfSpeed application (a utility that grabs pages from several popular Web sites to measure actual Internet surfing speed
  • To-do list to the next level TaskPaper is a simple yet surprisingly adept list maker. TaskPaper takes the humble to-do list to the next level with sophisticated presentation, data entry capabilities, and powerful retrieval. Yet, it retains the full power and interoperability of a plain text document.
  • Cyber Safety News Wrap As we wrap the year to an end, there are important issues to keep an eye on in the year to come. Cyber crime ranks high on that list, as does the ongoing fight against child safety on the net. Then, social networking, home and online video gaming, digital connectivity and cyber government will rank next.
  • Creating Compelling Dynamic User Interfaces Have you seen Apple's Front Row application and Cover Flow effects? Then you've seen Core Animation at work. It's about making applications that give strong visual feedback through movement and morphing, rather than repainting panels. Now, create your own...
  • Using Drupal When reviewing CMS systems for new blogs, and web sites, I made the mistake of trying out Drupal and Joomla. Both programs are miserably complicated -- to the point that clients didn't want to use them. Developers and programmers are scarce and expensive. If you plan on using Drupal, you're going to need help.
  • Designing Gestural Interfaces Tap is the New Click -- An internationally known thought leader on design, Saffer covers kinesiology, sensors, ergonomics, physical computing, touchscreen technology, and new interface patterns--all you need to know
  • Coding4Fun Dan Fernandez and Bran Peek, help you tackle some cool software and hardware projects, using a range of free Microsoft software. You can code for fun with C#, VB, Lua, ASP.NET, WPF, XNA Game Studio, and Popfly... If you love to tinker but don't have time to figure it all out, this book is for you
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    Fred Showker
    Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

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