Graphics editors need an angle to compete with Photoshop. Many hit Adobe's pricey program where it's most vulnerable by taking the freeware route. Others offer portability, or an emphasis on photographs, or different methods. Hornil StylePix Portable does a little bit of all of that. It's a full-featured desktop graphics application in the Photoshop mode, with layers, highly customizable tools, multiple undo, browsing, batch processing, histogram, slideshows, filters, and effects. It's also totally portable and compact enough to run from a USB drive or portable PC; in fact, it's designed to be light and speedy … Read more
I love that you can now write full, rich, graphical applications for the Web--even for core tools like word processors. As Stephen Shankland recently noted, Google Docs has evolved into something surprisingly useful, even for a professional writer. I second that opinion, and add that competitors like Zoho Writer are similarly powerful, usable, and useful--as are other "Office 2.0" apps for spreadsheets, presentations, project management, and other tasks. Cloud apps have come a long way, baby!
Online editors let you move your work easily to just about any connected computer, and they enormously facilitate live, real-time collaboration. … Read more
Research In Motion has been butting heads with foreign governments over its tight security, but its latest BlackBerry 6 OS has won approval from the U.S. government for those same standards.
RIM announced today that its BlackBerry 6 operating system is now FIPS 140-2 certified. FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) is a series of standards set up by the U.S. government to ensure that computer products meet certain high-level security requirements. The standard is used by government agencies, regulated industries, and other organizations that store and send data dealing with sensitive information.
We recently covered a few approaches to fixing abnormally small or large text on Web pages, including the use of the zoom function, removing cookies, and managing system fonts. In addition to these approaches for fixing or adjusting font problems on Web pages, another thing to keep in mind is how Safari and other browsers manage the default font settings for a Web page.
While most Web sites will set a specific typeface (such as Arial or Georgia instead of Times), there are two ways that a site can handle font sizes: relative and absolute, and the use of these … Read more
There's a new Palm handset! It's the Palm Pre 2, and it's... very similar to the old Palm Pre. Oh well. However, we do get excited about the RIM BlackBerry Style, cheaper prepaid plans, 4G in the Big Apple, and yes, even the Verizon iPhone. Also: A special report on the new FaceTime for Mac.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:
Facebook disables applications that were found to be sharing user identities
BlackBerry announces the BlackBerry Style flip phone
Rhapsody launches a streaming app on BlackBerry
The Barnes & Noble Nook update will let you read across devices and offers faster search and page turning
Microsoft announces a game lineup for the Kinect launch
Pleo the robotic dinosaur is back from extinction and better than ever
RIM just announced the BlackBerry Style, a new flip-style BlackBerry complete with a full QWERTY keyboard, but it is not the BlackBerry Oxford as we had previously reported. The Style will be the second-ever BlackBerry to ship with BlackBerry OS 6 (the first was the BlackBerry Torch), and it is also the first CDMA BlackBerry to have OS 6. It will be a Sprint exclusive at launch.
The Style is the first BlackBerry we've seen with this particular form factor. Most phones that have this unique clamshell and keyboard combination are quick messaging devices like the Motorola Rambler and … Read more
We'll be honest with you: Imagelys Picture Styles produces the kinds of images that we used to use on our first Web site back in the mid-1990s, when we were first learning HTML and thought that having a different colorful pattern of wallpaper on every page was really cool. We're not big fans of this aesthetic anymore, but for those who are, this program can create a wide variety of customized patterns and textures.
The program's interface isn't the most intuitive we've ever seen, but the Help file contains a handy tutorial to help newbies … Read more
There are image editing programs that are so bare bones that they barely do anything besides crop and rotate, and there are behemoth image editors that use a lot of system resources and require a lot of time to master. Hornil StylePix falls squarely in between these two extremes, providing users with a powerful editing tool that is still intuitive and fairly easy to learn.
The program's interface is plain, reminding us a little bit of Microsoft Paint, but with sleek icons that give it a more modern feel. Toolbars across the top and down the left side give … Read more
V-Moda has gained quite a reputation for its stylish, low-profile earbuds, so it's not terribly surprising that the company has decided to dip its toes into the full-size headphone waters. As would be expected, V-Moda's entry into the space is every bit as stylish as its ultraportable siblings.
The Crossfade LP headphones run about $250 and feature top-notch construction, plenty of features, and a comfy fit. Unfortunately, sound quality is not on par with the price point, so if that's your chief concern, these aren't the best option.