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Category - Graphics/Web-Design
Late on Monday, Adobe announced that three of its web and image management programs had all received significant updates: Animate -- formerly known as Flash Professional, but now more of an HTML5 design program -- has been bumped up to Animate CC, a full member of the Creative Cloud family of apps, with many new changes. The company's Muse CC has also been updated to incorporate "responsive design" capabilities, and Bridge CC picks up photo downloader support under 10.11.x (El Capitan), automated cache management, and the ability to auto-stack panoramic and HDR images.
Live, on desktop and mobile, is the new MacNN homepage design. We're pretty pleased with it so far, but with any major renovation of a venerable property with a deep history so many years after the last one, there are bound to be problems, concerns, and issues. Let's continue to discuss them, shall we?
Everyone likes getting something for nothing, especially when there's no or relatively few catches. Freebie Friday is the post where the MacNN staff find stuff you can make use of this weekend, without spending a single cent. This time, we have a Kelly Clarkson album, some handy items aimed at designers, and a trio of apps for photographers from the App Store.
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too good to go into our usual deal lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. If you do a lot of designing or image editing, but don't want to pay a hefty monthly subscription for Adobe's productivity suite, consider this Autodesk Pixlr Pro & SketchBook Pro: 1-Year Subscription bundle from MacNN Deals.
Graphics tablets are a wonderful tool for artists and designers, as well as hobby doodlers and more. Being able to simulate the feeling of putting pen to paper is wonderful, and certainly beats trying to manipulate a mouse or Photoshop tools to do the same thing. If you're looking to grab a tablet, but you're not ready to drop hundreds of dollars on a Wacom, we implore you to think about trying out a Monoprice graphics tablet.
The Canadian government has received criticism from graphic designers, for its selection of font to celebrate the country's 150th anniversary of Confederation. The government's decision to use a free font has drawn the ire of the Graphic Designers of Canada, among other complainants, for not going through a standard process of creating a font and paying a lot of money for the finished product, instead of attempting to save money.
Mobile broadband provider Karma is starting to reduce the speed of its Neverstop subscription service, after some users used the service for their home Internet connection. A small contingent of subscribers have allegedly used hundreds of gigabytes of data, some also apparently getting around Karma's restrictions on home video streaming devices, with the high usage forcing the company to look into placing more restrictions on the available speed.
You've been putting this off for long enough. Let's make a website, let's make it right now -- and let's use all that is great about WordPress, while avoiding all its nudges into spending money. We have nothing against spending money, we'd rather you spent it getting the best value for yourself. Perhaps we're wrong and unfair, but feel as if WordPress is always crossing its fingers and hoping you won't notice how it cajoles you into options you don't need.
As the editor of MacNN, a podcaster, an author who's got a few book projects in the works and some other less-nerdy time-sucking interests as well, I'm on my Mac a lot. A whole lot: sometimes 14 hours a day, along with a couple of hours where I take a break to look at my iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. I'm on it so much that I have to set up reminders to look at things that are farther away than four feet in front of me: like the mountains, or my wife. Why? Well, in large part it is down to a handful of core apps. Here's what keeps my "moon-tan" from the glow of my screens going strong.
The Pixelmator Team today announced a major update to the Pixelmator app for iPhone and iPad -- the full-featured, layer-based image editing app. Pixelmator for iOS 2.2 now works perfectly on the iPad Pro, fully supports the new Apple Pencil, and allows users to open and edit 16K images. The update also adds 3D Touch support on iPhone 6s, a collection of artist-designed Basic brushes, a new Auto-straighten feature, and more.