Solid-State Drives (SSDs) are finally improving in quality and dropping in price to bring stunningly fast performance in a small package (not too different in size than an iPhone 5). Even after testing a number of storage brands and models that feature SSD drives, I wasn’t prepared for the unreal speed of OWC’s Envoy Pro EX: It’s a portable SSD solution that outperforms the desktop SSDs.
Piccure is a plug-in for reducing camera shake blur, the same issue that’s addressed by the new Shake Reduction filter in Photoshop CC. As with Shake Reduction in Photoshop CC, the usual caveats apply: this won’t help images that were not focused correctly, and the more obvious the camera shake, the less effective it will be. In short, don’t expect miracles.
Manfrotto’s Magic Arm has become standard issue grip equipment for photographers seeking a flexible, durable, jack-of-all-trades solution that MacGyver would be proud of. Fans of the Magic Arm are going to love Manfrotto’s new Snake Arm, an innovative, compact, reimagined take on the flexible grip arm.
Flame Painter 2 is a unique program that’s not for everyone; however, creatives will find loads of excuses to play with this application. Flame brushes are just one small segment of the process, and the control and precision you have using these esoteric elements will make you feel bad for folks trying to do similar things any other way.
For creative professionals, tracking time spent on projects is a necessary fact of life. In an ideal world, your computer would track the time you spend on projects, and you could then adjust the numbers to account for mistakes, and include additional time spent on noncomputer tasks. If you spend most of your billable time in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, InCopy, or Flash, or in Microsoft Office, CreativeWorx offers exactly that possibility with their TimeTracker system.