Adobe Lightroom
Design

Adobe Lightroom 3 beta 2

What follows is the official announcement for the availability of Lightroom 3 beta 2. I’ll start playing with it right away and report my findings.

Apple Aperture 3
Design

Apple finally releases Aperture 3

Aperture 3 brings a number of improvements across the board, most notably better library organization, with easy catalog switching, searching and filtering; GPS integration; face detection; support for video; non-destructive brushes.

Design

The making of Avatar – some juicy details

In my previous article, I listed the companies involved in the making of Avatar, as well as the tools used. Now I intend to bring more detail and show some of the technical challenges and innovations that helped shape the world of Pandora and its inhabitants.

Design

The software used in the making of Avatar

Avatar has captured the imagination of millions of people from around the globe. Creating a completely new world from scratch, one with hundreds of species of flora and fauna and breathtaking landscapes is a daunting task that Cameron completed with flying colors. Let’s see what companies and software were involved.

Design

Photoshop and the Rule of Thirds

If you are a photographer and want to use the so-called Rule of Thirds in your compositions, here’s a neat trick to show it in Photoshop:

Programming

flashCHESS III in Google Chrome OS

A truly humbling moment: Google has selected my flashCHESS III flash chess game to be included with their Chrome OS.

Design

A photographer’s secret weapon – Portrait Professional 9

Portrait retouching. Everybody does it. In many cases is common knowledge, in fact it’s expected – “of course it’s photoshopped”. From the now famous Dove commercial to the ridiculous Ralph Lauren ad, portrait retouching is a very sensitive area yet part of everyday life. In this post, I’ll review a program that makes retouching a child’s play.

Programming

VirtueMart quick tip: show brand/manufacturer logo in product details

VirtueMart supports Manufacturer details but by default it just shows the manufacturer’s name in brackets, with a javascript pop-up window, that looks pretty ugly. Fortunately we can add the logo by using the description field of the Manufacturers details and by hacking one file.