Browsing articles from "November, 2009"

Special one-day Apple shopping event

Nov 25, 2009
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Shopping for some Apple products? There is an Apple shopping event this Friday (27th) on the Apple Store (NZ). At this stage it’s unknown what the specials will be, but it will be worth checking out.

Check it out here.


AdobeTV – Layers tips for Photoshop CS4

Nov 23, 2009
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This episode from AdobeTV has tips for duplicating layers, merging duplicates, blending layers, auto selecting and creating a reverse layer mask with just one click.

TomTom 1.2 update for iPhone out now

Nov 21, 2009
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The TomTom for iPhone is a great product – but it doesn’t have all the features of the full TomTom hardware. Each release improves this situation. TomTom have just released a free update to v1.2.

The latest 1.2 release gives you

  • the latest map update for NZ
  • “Safety Camera” locations and warnings
  • Speed limit warning
  • Improved accuracy with GPS Enhancer
  • Support for the original iPhone and iPod Touch (TomTom cradle required for best results)

Some of these settings are OFF by default, so go to Change Settings->Alerts to turn on the camera and speed warnings. Click on Advanced to turn on the GPS Enhancer.

Safe driving!

Spark custom pricing

Nov 10, 2009
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One of the least known features of Spark is its custom pricing feature. If you have access to Database->Customers, you can click into a customer record and go to the Custom Pricing tab. In there, you can choose from all Labour and Material products and set pricing for that customer only. This pricing will then be used for all Proposals and Invoices.

NOTE: This feature works as long as in your Administration->Preferences, your “Calculate Time Cost Based On” is not set to “Staff”


Auckland InDesign User Group Meeting

Nov 9, 2009
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The next meeting of the Auckland InDesign User Group is scheduled for November 24th at the Media Design School in Queen Street. This will be last session of 2009.

Don’t forget to Register.

Tuesday, November 24 2009
6:15 PM to 8:00 PM
Media Design School
Level 10, 242 Queen Street

06:15 PM – Introduction (Martinho da Gloria)
06:30 PM – Working with Excel spreadsheets (Marcus Radich)
06:50 PM – InDesign power shortcuts (Heather Rennie)
07:10 PM – The Links palette unleashed (Marcus Radich)
07:30 PM – Text variables (Martinho da Gloria)
07:50 PM – Industry announcements
08:00 PM – Drinks and nibbles


Apple TV 3.0

Nov 3, 2009
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The Apple TV is a great system. Goodbye to your local video store by renting movies directly from your TV (via broadband). The latest update to the Apple TV operating system brings a new user interface (although, once you drill down below the top level menu – its similar to 2.0). Its a great looking update.
So, some of the things people don’t realise the Apple TV can do:

  1. Browse and view YouTube Videos. (You can watch LOL cats all day)
  2. Browse Flickr photos
  3. Connect to your iPhoto and display your photos on your TV (Great when you have 472 holiday photos to show friends)
  4. Browse the rental movies by Actor, Director etc (Great if you like to follow directors)

It can also view any movies which are stored in iTunes on a computer on your home network – just as long as they are in mp4 format.