April 12, 2010
Posted: 10:22 AM ET
Adobe will unveil a new line of software today aimed at making high-end Web production and photo editing easier for average computer users as well as professionals.
The company's Creative Suite 5 programs include new versions of Photoshop, the photo editing software, and Flash, Adope's animation and video format that is somewhat in jeopardy because Apple products don't support it.
The company will host a live webcast about the new products at 11 a.m. ET. Check this link for the details on that.
A new Photoshop feature will let even casual photo editors add and remove elements from photos.
Say you want to delete a power line from a nature pic, for instance. You'll be able to highlight the power line, delete it, and then Photoshop will automatically fill in the vacant space with a matching background.
Here's a video where you can see it in action.
March 25, 2010
Posted: 02:44 PM ET
Fans of tech nostalgia, it's time to rejoice.
Film for Polaroid's old-school instant cameras went out of production in 2008, but a European company has started reproducing certain types of the film again.
The black-and-white film works with SX 70 Polaroid cameras from the 1970s.
Color film will be released this summer, according to news reports.
The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog has details on the difficulties of producing the film:
The Associated Press notes that Fujifilm produces other varieties of Polaroid-compatible film, but not this type.
By some accounts, Polaroid is making a bit of a comeback these days. Lada Gaga, the singer and fashion maven, is part of the company's publicity campaign. And Polaroid has come out with digital cameras that print photos on-the-spot, but they haven't taken off the way its vintage instant cameras did.
Even if you don't have an instant camera, there's still plenty of Polaroid entertainment to be had on the Internet these days. Flickr has a robust Polaroid-sharing community, with more than 14,000 members. There's a popular iPhone app that gives mobile-phone photos a Polaroid look (you even get to shake your camera to "develop" the prints).
And, of course, there's always that OutKast video.
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