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Friday, November 27, 2009

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2

Reviews Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2

Products by Adobe

Platform: Windows Vista / XP, Mac OS X Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

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Product Details
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software is the professional photographer's essential toolbox, providing one easy application for managing, adjusting, and presenting large volumes of digital photographs so you can spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens. Product Description: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom - ( v. 2 ) - complete package Category: Creativity application Subcategory: Creativity - graphics & image editing Version: 2 License Type: Complete package License Qty: 1 user License Pricing: Standard Language(s): Universal English Platform: Windows, MacOS Distribution Media: CD-ROM Package Type: Retail OS Required: Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Apple MacOS X 10.4, Microsoft Windows Vista, Apple MacOS X 10.5

* Enhance specific areas of a photo, or precisely adjust overall color, exposure, and tonal range nondestructively
* Automatically import, rename, and sort your entire shoot; find your photos quickly with powerful yet flexible sorting, selecting, and organizational tools
* Present your work in dynamic slide shows, interactive web galleries, and a variety of flexible print templates; easily upload your photos to popular online photo-sharing sites
* Configure your workspace to manage image workflow and presentation more efficiently thanks to support for multiple monitors
* Every change you make to an image is automatically tracked, so you can return to any state with a single click

* Platform: Windows Vista / XP, Mac OS X Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
* Media: CD-ROM
* Item Quantity: 1

# Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.7 x 1.9 inches
# Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

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Reviews Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2

This version is a different animal. I don't know whether to call it an image cataloging program with powerful image editor or an amazing image processing program with an intuitive cataloging feature.

Its library catalogs images across multiple drives with an enchantingly user-friendly interface. The enchanced previews allow you to sort the sharp from the not-quite-so-sharp at a glance. Keywording for a shoot can be accomplished in minutes thanks to the spray formatting feature. Enter or choose a group of words once, then apply them to multiple shots.

The program recognizes multiple image formats, including 180 versions of RAW, and you can covert them with ease. The Develop mode is magical. You can adjust exposure, white balance, healing (for those pesky dust spots)and everything else Raw for Photoshop can do, plus gradients and a brush tool that applies adjustments to certain parts of the image. In fact, most users will not even need Photoshop.

The Print and Web output features are amazing. You can easily put together picture packages for friends, or clients, or create a fantastic Web gallery with eye-catching templates. The sharpening tool for output has been improved. You will love it.

The UI's and workflows are certainly different, but I find both manageable. I felt that there was a bit more of a learning curve with Aperture, particularly if you are familiar with iPhoto. Aperture is not really iPhoto on steroids. I found working in Lightroom not to be particularly hard, but the benefit of reading the documentation opened up the software a fair amount.

I really liked Lightroom's tight integration with Photoshop. At one point there were many more plugins for Lightroom than Aperture, but now that seems to be evening out. Correction tools are quite good for both applications, but Lightroom's Localized adjustment tool is something I hope Apple will copy.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

Reviews Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

Products by Adobe

Platform: Windows

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Product Details
The Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 Software for Windows s an intuitive, yet powerful, consumer image editing application for Windows. The software is designed in a way that anyone can use it, bringing the legendary power of Photoshop into the hands of even the most casual photographer.The software features tools that let you organize images into albums, retouch photos, create digital photo albums and share your photos with friends and family. A membership to the Photoshop.com is included, giving you 2GB of online storage for pictures and videos. You can share your Online Albums via a personalized URL, allowing you to view your galleries from anywhere with an Internet connection. Pictures automatically sync between your computer and your online account.

* Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 combines power and simplicity so you can easily go beyond the basics to tell great stories with your photos
* Make your photos look extraordinary with easy-to-use editing options--whiten teeth, recompose photos, remove unwanted elements and more
* Share your stories in beautiful, personalized print creations and web experiences, and share on popular devices
* Easily manage and protect all your photos and video clips from one convenient place
* Enjoy automatic online backup with 2GB of free storage, and access your photos and videos anywhere you are

* Platform: Windows
* Media: DVD-ROM
* Item Quantity: 1

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Reviews Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

This is a fantastic photo editor and organization solution. I'm not sure why there are so many bad reviews. I had no problems at all. If there was one thing I would change, it would be to have two different launchers. One for the standard splash screen to select edit or organize and one launcher for the editor only. You can get around this by right-clicking on a photo file and select 'Open with' (Vista) and choosing the Photoshop editor.

This review assumes some familiarity with digital photography and digital image concepts, and some previous exposure to other PSE versions.

-No issues with PSE 8 installation on a computer with a recent Windows 7 upgrade running on a dual-core 3 GHZ processor with 4 GB of RAM. Because the upgrade to Windows 7 on this machine a month earlier was complicated by the versions of other Adobe products, this was an area of concern. Those problems --resolved by eventually upgrading Acrobat to version 9 in conjunction with the Windows 7 install-- happily remained dormant during the installation of PSE 8.

-At install, PSE 8 recognized that PSE 6 was already installed. It did not force an uninstall of version 6, but eventually prompts to select which version to use. I selected PSE 8, and uneventfully completed the PSE 6 uninstall later. The install routine advises you that you may uninstall the earlier version at any time, but that you will have to select which version to run.

-The license for this product permits installation on one primary and one "mobile" computer, with the restriction not to use PSE 8 on both computers at the same time.

-Total installation time (including entering the registration code and skimming the EULA) was less than 10 minutes.

Function and features:
-The interface, function and features of PSE 8 will be familiar to users of versions 6 and 7. The .psd files are still manipulated using layers and selection tools, the complete spectrum of image effects ("filters") remain, and the image enhancement and editing tools remain available essentially unchanged from the last two versions (along the ability to save in wide range of digital file formats).

-PSE 8's organizing function recognized and indexed (which it calls "importing") my existing 38000+ digital images with some help. Windows users who store images in a location other than the default "My Pictures" location under your user name, will have to prompt PSE 8 where to find their pictures.

-PSE 8 recognized the scanner on my system, and immediately allowed my to import scans using both the scanner's proprietary interface (Epson software) and WIA (Windows Image Acquisition, the successor to the TWAIN image acquisition standard) options.

-Output to the printers on my system was trouble-free. Accepting the default printing options yielded fine results, but advanced options for those who like to tweak are readily available.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Norton 360 3.0 1-User/3Pc

Norton 360 3.0 1-User/3Pc

Products by Symantec

Platform: Windows Vista / XP

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Product Details

* Platform: Windows Vista / XP
* Media: CD-ROM
* Item Quantity: 1

* Norton 360 3.0 provides automated, comprehensive protection for your PC and online activities--the industry's fastest, lightest, most complete security solution
* PC security defends against viruses, spyware, botnets, and more, protecting your computer and all your online activities
* Identity protection safeguards you against online identity theft, letting you shop, bank, and browse with confidence
* PC Tuneup keeps your PC running at peak performance, which makes your computer run faster and helps keep it running like new
* Automated backup and restore protects your important files from loss--safeguards your irreplaceable photos, movies, music, and more

# Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.7 x 1.9 inches
# Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
# Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.

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Reviews Norton 360 3.0 1-User/3Pc

-Intrusion prevention/Auto-protect (Firewall)
-Virus scanner with the largest database among all virus scanners
-Heuristics scanner that makes even Kaspersky jealous
-Other security features (Email scanning, browser settings check, network address check)
-File backup
-Disk defragger
-Temp file removal
-Registry scanner
-Does all of the above automatically while your computer is idle
-Has a full gamut options to fully control what 360 can and cannot do

I installed Norton 360 thinking I might have many problems installing because I already had a virus, but the installation took less than 5 minutes and within 30 minutes all the viruses, trojans, and rootkits had been removed from all three infected computers. This is an excellent product. It runs quickly, unobtrusively, in the background, and just WORKS.