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You've seen images that are made up of hundreds (or thousands) of smaller photos, right? Now there's a new text version of the concept. Textify.it is a free web service and a $.99 app for iOS devices. For either version, you supply the imagery and tweak some settings, click a button, and bam! You have a new image made entirely out of different-colored text.
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Professional illustrator Nate Williams says that creativity comes from "curiosity, inspiration, play and discovery." All four are in evidence at letterPLAYGROUND, a site Nate developed where you can submit your own letterform designs and see what hundreds of other people have dreamed up. It's a bit like a democratic Daily Drop Cap!
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HTML5 and CSS3 can produce some amazing websites. The problem is, many browsers don't fully support the new capabilities. If you don't plan for those viewers, your carefully crafted site could look like a pile of... well, you get the picture.
Modernizr is a JavaScript library that you can use as a starting point when building websites that work for every circumstance. The new version, Modernizr 2, includes improved Media Query testing, 40 feature detection tests,
instructions on conditional resource loading, and more.
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Alex Furness was a graphic designer who was tired of the seconds he wasted staring at the computer screen waiting for Photoshop to complete various tasks. So he created Popuload, a simple Mac-only app that shows news feeds as soon as Photoshop's loading bar appears.
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Pentax will release a GPS unit, named O-GPS1, in July. This $250 gizmo attaches to the hot shoes of certain Pentax digital SLRs. The O-GPS1 can note altitude, latitude, longitude, and universal time coordinated (UTC) and bundles the data with each image you shoot.
As of last month, there are only three compatible cameras: the K-5, K-r, and 645D. No doubt support will grow as Pentax releases new cameras.
The O-GPS1 also uses the capabilities of these cameras' built-in shake reduction system to go beyond simple tracking:
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JixiPix has updated VintageScene to version 2.0. As its name implies, this $7.99 Mac-only application turns the crisp digital images of today into replicas of old-school shots that have been faded and weathered by time. Depending on the combination of effects you choose, you can harken back to the 1800s, or just go back a few decades.
In Version 2.0 (a free update for existing owners), JixiPix has updated the user interface and added a third effect, Faded Time.
You can buy VintageScene 2.0 from the Mac App Store.
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"CS Magic" is the name of an online education company that specializes in teaching you to get the most out of Adobe's Creative Suite. One of its series of webinars focuses on Acrobat. The next installment in the series, Acrobat Collaboration Techniques, will be broadcast for the first time on June 2 at 9:00 to 10:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time. April Clark will lead the session.
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One problem with an InDesign table is that if its contents are linked to the original Excel file, any formatting you've added in InDesign disappears when someone updates the linked spreadsheet. You can either have sticky formatting or dynamic contents, not both. And don't expect the numeric information inside a table (linked to a spreadsheet or not) to be part of a formula. It isn't.
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An iPad is a great tool for showing off photographs, whether you're in an office or on the road. It's light and small, and the backlit screen means that your work practically glows. The only downside is that the colors can be off, since there's no way to calibrate the iPad's screen.
Until today.
Datacolor's new SpyderGallery iPad app is for people who use the Sypder3 colorimeter and want to carry that color-correct workflow from desktop computers to the iPad. SpyderGallery is a free download.
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St-Germain is a high-end artisanal liqueur:

And the luxe look of the bottle is reflected in a marketing brochure that Trish Witkowski of FoldFactory.com explores in her latest "60-second super cool fold of the week" video feature:

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