Being a responsible computer user, you have an automated backup system in place, right? But does your backup system use the same robust technology that Adobe uses for its File Sync features in the Creative Cloud? I think not.
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.
It's easy to export a PDF from almost any program, but those same programs can't open a PDF for editing—it's a one-way street designed solely for output. Recently, help arrived in the form of Markzware's new PDF2DTP, which can convert a PDF into an editable Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress file.
AKVIS Sketch v.13 not only makes it easy and fun to generate professional-quality drawings and watercolor paintings from almost any image, it also offers a few other intriguing features.
Perfect Portrait 1 is a huge timesaver for portrait photographers. It automatically identifies faces and features, and with a press of a button, eyes become whiter and clearer, teeth become whiter, lips have greater definition, wrinkles are softened, and shine and blemishes are reduced.
NoiseControl 1 is a plug-in for Photoshop and compatible programs (both Mac and Windows) that’s remarkably effective at reducing image noise while keeping edge details and natural grain. It can also sharpen a noisy image without increasing noise, and even add simulated film grain to an image to make it appear more natural.
TypeDNA has several features that make it worth far more than its $39 price. It’s a capable font-management utility, with all the basic features of any font manager: you can group fonts into sets, see detailed information, view character sets, flip through font samples, view by font foundry, see only serif or sans-serif fonts, etc.
I’ve used Pantone’s swatch books for more than 25 years, and I’m more excited about the new PANTONE PLUS Series than any previous update to the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM.