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Gluon's Cropster ID
Rating: 4 out of 5
Moam's QwikMarx 2.5
Rating: 3 out of 5
Cacidi Systems' Cropmarks 3.0
Rating: 2 out of 5
PDS Associates' Text Styles Reporter
Rating: 5 out of 5
Slendro Solutions' StyleReporter
Rating: 4 out of 5
Ratings Key
1 = Not worth it even if it's free
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Pros: Supports the popular WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal content management systems; makes working with CSS easier; improved features for coding in PHP; more page preview options.
Cons: No HTML5 or CSS3 support out of the box.
Rating: 85 out of 100
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Pros: Actions and the Action Wizard, improved customization for PDF Portfolios, simplified user interface that promotes efficiency.
Cons: Unclear method for creating PDF Portfolio custom layouts, lack of Read Mode as an initial view, Acrobat X Suite is Windows only.
Rating: 90/100
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This article is excerpted from the February/March 2010 issue of InDesign Magazine, #34. Buy this issue or subscribe to InDesign Magazine.
Every InDesign user has a mental list of "I wish InDesign could…" features rattling around in their heads. We wait and hope the next version will answer these wishes, but that doesn’t always happen.
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Pros: Support for both Mac and Windows. Versatile font management for graphic designers, service bureaus, and agencies. Powerful search features including the ability to find similar looking fonts. Auto-activation for major graphics applications. Seamless integration with WebINK along with one year of free service.
Cons: Sharing of font vaults in collaborative environments could use some streamlining. Creation of nested font sets is a bit awkward. Web-based release notes not updated.
Rating: 90 out 100
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Pros: Accurately simulates shallow depth of field. Gives much greater control over highlight appearance and apparent depth than Photoshop alone. Plug-in's sliders are simple enough that moving beyond the presets is very easy.
Con: $199 price is too high given how infrequently you'll be able to use it. Note that that limited use is not a deficiency in the product, but a reality of the difficulty in masking more complex images.
Rating: 7.5
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Pros: Easy to use, elegant program that enhances photographic portraits with skill and sensitivity. Just mark out the position of the features, and the program will do its job. However, there are enough controls there to keep compulsive fiddlers happy for hours.
Cons: It's too easy to get carried away and produce over-smoothed results. But this is ultimately down to the operator, not the program: It can be as subtle as you want it to be. While the program works perfectly for straight-on and three-quarter views, it has more difficulty with profiles.
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Pros: Publishes e-books to three formats; adds helpful new features for producing text-heavy documents regardless of their final destination.
Cons: The App Studio for creating iPad apps may not be available until late July; some e-book formatting must occur after the document content is completely finalized. [Editor's note: will publish Jay Nelson's mini-review of App Studio soon after it's available to the public.]
Rating: 8 out of 10
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Pros: Fantasic new tools for global adjustments; nik's uPoint technology for selective adjustments; update provides some much-needed features like a histogram, and the ability to apply borders
Cons: I didn't find any, and I looked hard for downsides.
Rating: 10 out of 10
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Here are some stylized bonsai tree photos for everyone. There are 8 stock photos in all, 4 bonsai trees with 2 stylistic photo treatments each. I created these around the time of this post using vintage images. I love bonsai trees so it was fun to experiment with textures and effects on the different images. [...]
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