7 Essential Tips and Tools for Graphic and Magazine Design

Thanks to Shweiki Publishing for passing along these tips -- all of which are free online services that can take the place of ones you have to pay for. Even if you're a pro, these services are good to know about. If you try any, please let me know your reactions! August 5, 2014

Zevrix PDF Checkpoint Now Can Convert Colors of PDF Documents

Zevrix Solutions has updated their PDF preflighting and conversion automation product. Remarkably fast, PDF Checkpoint automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes multiple Adobe PDF files. PDF Checkpoint is an ideal program for users who need fast, affordable and easy-to-use software for efficient PDF workflows February 26, 2014

Bringing to life a world-wide zombie invasion 'World War Z' starring Brad Pitt

Discover the remarkable things they're doing these days with 3D scanners and printers. The movie industry is rapidly adopting the new technologies -- as you'll see in this piece about making Zombies for the box office hit 'World War Z' starring Brad Pitt! (links to trailers included!) September 20, 2013

DTG Picks : Vector Drawing Apps for the Mac

Many, many times we get email or forum postings lamenting about the high cost of the Adobe Illustrator and other Adobe products... and now you can't even buy them, you "rent" them from the 'cloud' . . . so we've done a little digging and testing and you can try these for highly functional surrogates for Illustrator :
* iDraw: powerful feature-packed vector drawing and illustration app
* If you're not a design pro, you may need Logo Design Studio
* Animate : Bring your imagination to life!
* TouchDraw : structured 2D vector graphics
* Clipart Collection by UAB Macmanus
* VectorPro Color
. . . and more September 19, 2013

Leading Photo and Video Pioneer Expands Retail With Cube 3D

3D Systems announced today that B&H Photo began selling 3D printers online and at its Manhattan superstore on 9th Avenue and 34th Street. The Cube® 3D Printer is immediately available in the store for $1,299. July 26, 2013

Extraordinary Visions : Lightwave rolls out new features and enhancements

We never cease to be amazed by what they're doing in the 3D and rendering world of illustration. NewTek's Lightwave continues to take huge strides toward the ultimate capabilities, and this new upgrade puts fur on it . . . February 13, 2013

HTML 5 Tutorial iOS-Friendly Web Design

With the mobile market exploding, web designers and developers need to be aware of how their web sites translate on the mobile devices. Some work, some don't. Do'ya feel lucky? Maybe you need a little HTML5 training? July 18, 2012

Creative Tidbits: Concepts

Following all the fun of the fonts fest, and before the creative tidbits column moves into the holiday season, here are some really great references we held over . . .
* Realistic paintings * Rare photographic situations * Lettering Max Goldt's L'Eglise des Crocodiles * Innovation Lives on the Edge of Ridiculous Ideas * Designing Photographer's Identity ... and an extra special piece called "Happy Birthday Steve" November 23, 2011

Favorite APPs for Designers

Following our previous selections of apps for designers, now we'll take a look at these new ones on the dock... * Amazing photo-to-sketch software * Cutting up photos made easy * Doodle over photos, create amazing art * Video Editor for FREE * Oil Painting Effect * PicWall gives you a virtual wall * Video-Joiner app ... and more! August 18, 2011

Folders on the side

SideFolders hides itself on the left or right side of the screen and pops up when the user moves their mouse to the edge of the screen, giving them instant access to all their files and folders. Besides showing all devices and favorite places, the user can add files and folders so they can be accessed instantly as well as access to files they recently worked with or downloaded. July 19, 2011