Thursday, January 31, 2008

Steve Wozniak interview

Thought some might like to hear the interview with Steve Wozniak-Spirit of Creativity Part 1. Audio and text. Jon L
Steve Wozniak interview
Part 2 of the interview with Steve Wozniak.
Part 2
Steve Woz's website:
Found a website dedicated to Steve Jobs. I read the biography and found it very interesting. So here is the link.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Thought I'd share some new software. Rapidostart is very nice indeed. I have two monitors, so this comes in real handy for a launcher on my main monitor. Works very easily and with a menu for adjustments. Gives the dock some needed competition. A must have. Jon L

Color management for prints

Some good podcasts in video are found in itunes. Good if you have an iphone or itouch; or just your computer and now apple TV. Photoshop for digital photographers is the name of the podcast. Or from the website: From camera raw to print. Other topic's include work flow (a good pre-curser to printing); Lightroom calibration, as well as many other topic's. Jon L

Monday, January 07, 2008

Dr Browns Cs3 scripts

This is a must have for any photoshop user! It has saved me hours of time doing tedious tasks. My favorite is 1-2-3 process, for resizing your raw or PSD's into Tiffs or jpegs and now gif's.
There are some videos covering these scripts and a podcast as well. And lots of tutorials and much much more.
Thanks to Mr Russel Brown and his scripts. Jon L

Scripts included with this installation:
- Dr. Brown's Background Remover
- Dr. Brown's 1-2-3 Process
- Dr. Brown's Caption Maker
- Dr. Brown's Slide Show
- Dr. Brown's Stack-A-Matic
- Dr. Brown's Black and White
- Dr. Brown's Place-A-Matic
- Dr. Brown's Merge-A-Matic
- Dr Brown's Fit Video to Audio
- Dr. Brown's Interpret Footage

Update: Mac Maintenance

Last year I did a post on maintenance and looks like with a new operating system-we all need an update. First I got most of this from a podcast. It's worth a listen. The typical Mac user podcast.
Typical Mac user
In this area of maintenance software I would look at these.
ONYX, Main Menu, Cocktail, Mac Janitor, Maintenance. Tinkertool, and hopefully Apple Jack will get a Leopard update soon. Some are freeware and other shareware.
You can find these at Versiontracker Make sure these are updated for Leopard and not for Tiger. Some are very simple maintenance scripts and some are much more in depth. Some of these are used weekly or monthly and others are for every six months or more.
Always have a backup and quit all other software when running these programs. Other things to do to keep your mac humming, are:
Don't delete cookies; Launch Services; Zap the Pram (shift command +p +R as your mac reboots. Restart every few days to clear out swap files.
What we want is a smooth running computer and doing these preventive steps will avoid problems from developing.
I warn everyone about trying every program under the sun; check them out and make sure if it is safe to run and make sure you have the latest version update. An example is Xslimmer-will you be able to update the software after slimming down the files? Tidy up (shareware) is for finding duplicates and App Zapper is for deleting all files connected to a program.
Also look for files that take up space-do you need them? Toast for example has files saved that you may not need and using megabite's for nothing. Or how about iphoto, Aperture, Lightroom; are some of these using the same files?
One key thing is to run permissions before a major update and after. Make sure things are kept in the proper place. You can use disk utility for this. Other useful tools are Super duper for backups and time machine. Right now only Time machine is available for Leopard. I use time machine on another drive partitioned with Leopard.
I urge everyone to listen to the podcast for the fine details. JonL