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Pros: Easily manage thousands of fonts, including Google Web Fonts and WebINK fonts. Auto-activation support for InDesign CS3–CS6, Illustrator CS3–CS6, InCopy CS4–CS6, Photoshop CS4–CS6, and QuarkXPress 7–9. Font Doctor included for free.


Cons: Inconsistent support throughout Creative Suite applications. No support for TypeKit.


Score: 9 out of 10


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Welcome to the first installment of my new monthly column, “Around the World in ePublishing with Pariah Burke.” Each month we’ll look at a different digital publication—sometimes an ebook, sometimes an e-textbook, sometimes a digital magazine or catalog. With each publication we’ll examine the techniques and technologies used, the good and bad choices the designer and publisher made, and sometimes even how to incorporate the same features and effects into your own publications.


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Pros: Some nice editing tools, good local filtering and rating, cool journal facility.

Cons: Metadata is not standard IPTC; edits have limited latitude; iOS sandboxing makes for complex multi-app workflow.


Score: 7.5/10


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Pros: Can find and edit anything in a PDF.


Cons: Pricey for an average designer.


Rating: 9/10


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There's a curious irony to the "death of film." As the rise of digital shooting has caused camera makers, film manufacturers, and processing facilities to abandon traditional analog technology, it has also created more interest in film-based processes than ever before. Hobbyist photographers who've never set foot in a darkroom now have an aesthetic for everything from archaic, alternative processes to Polaroids and toy cameras.


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Pros: Dramatically improved Camera Raw; simple but useful video editing; great new Crop tool; improved performance; improved typographic controls; great wide-angle distortion correction


Cons: Bridge sees no discernible improvement; interface changes may bother some


Score: 90


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Pros: Improved develop engine extracts surprising dynamic range out of single images. White balance and noise reduction added to local adjustments. Soft proofing brings more predictable output. Book module much easier than learning a layout program. Map module takes advantage of geotagging. Huge price drop.



Cons: No face recognition. Much larger install than Lightroom 3. Awkward video adjustment process, and slide shows can’t include video. Modular design is sometimes limiting.



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Pros: Great selection and compositing tools; very good retouching tools.


Cons: Missing some simple, critical features. Interface needs polish. Limits to file size. All original metadata gets stripped out.


Rating: 7/10


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Pros: Adobe’s new Proto touch app wins points for being fun, easy to use, and for making you look cool and up on the latest trends when you’re with clients.


Cons: Although Proto is great for creating wireframes for small sites, it’s not going to replace more professional tools, such OmniGraffle or Microsoft Visio.


Rating: 7/10


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While the phrase "the pen is mightier than the sword" is dubious advice for many practical situations (fending off invading barbarian hordes, etc.), the phrase "the pen is mightier than the mouse" is almost always true when you're talking about digital painting and graphics work. Wacom Technologies has long been the market leader for pressure-sensitive graphics tablets, thanks to their innovative tablet design and excellent battery-free, cordless pen.


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