Creative types alienated by Adobe Systems' Creative Cloud subscription program have a new alternative for some of their work: new image-editing, illustration, and layout software from Xara.
Last week, the U.K. company released the new version 9 of Xara Page & Layout Designer, and this week, it released the ninth version of its flagship product, Xara Designer Pro X9. The former is geared for page design tasks for which people might use Adobe InDesign, and the latter bundles that layout tool with the company's other newer version 9 products, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer X9 for illustration and … Read more
With both 64-bit and 256-bit encryption options and passwords that accept almost any character, Image Encrypt Batch Tools has the power to secure your images so they can't be viewed without your password. Even if snoops get their hands on your pics, they can't open them. As SwMost's documentation points out, no encryption key is completely unbreakable. But Image Encrypt Batch Tools' 256-bit encryption option will take some effort to break.
Image Encrypt Batch Tools opens with a small interface, half of which is taken up with an attractive coastal scene. We had two choices to make … Read more
Gmail for iPhone offers a self-contained alternative to the Mail app built into every iOS device, and for those with Gmail accounts, it is a very good experience, all but eliminating connection issues and delays. While the core functionality is roughly the same between Gmail and Mail, the added features that have been part of Gmail for the better part of a decade are on full display here and they make Gmail for iPhone one of the best all-around mail apps on the App Store.
Gmail for iPhone is a self-contained app that doesn't require integration with any of … Read more
The publisher of the Walking Dead, Saga, Witchblade, and the Savage Dragon announced on Tuesday that it's closing the book on digital rights management. New books from Image Comics are now available for digital download from its online store without DRM.
Readers can purchase new books from ImageComics.com in several platform-agnostic formats: PDF, EPUB, CBR, and CBZ. Previous publishing agreements haven't changed, so people who prefer to buy from proprietary apps such as Comixology, Amazon, and Apple will still be able to do so.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Guy dressed as Darth Vader runs Death Valley in 129-degree heat.
- Grenades and #travel: the TSA wins Instagram with its feed of confiscated items.
- For the first time, you can actually own the comics you buy.
- U.S. police go high-tech to tackle Fourth of July celebratory gunfire.
Evernote for Mac makes it possible to write yourself reminders and notes, and keep them stored and organized in the cloud for safekeeping. By installing additional apps for your other devices you can also access your notes on the go from an iPad or iPhone.
We installed Evernote for Mac via the App Store, and were brought directly to a screen for creating an account. Once inside the app, we poked around, appreciating its attractive and functional interface. On our test machine, we wrote a quick note and attached a file to it. Switching over to an iPhone, we fired … Read more
With an interface that is easy to use, speedy performance, and useful conversion features, Pixillion Free Image Converter for Mac would be a helpful program for those who need to modify their digital photos. However, the free version comes with some limitations.
While the installer is well designed, it attempts to install an Internet toolbar by default. For those paying attention during the process, this can be prevented by unchecking a checkbox. Pixillion Free Image Converter for Mac's main interface is quite intuitive and easy to navigate. A large plus sign allows files to be added to the program, … Read more
Google is petitioning explorers to help it take Google Maps to where no roads go -- through South American jungles, into Africa's canyonlands, among Asia's thousands of islands, across Hawaiian lava fields, and more.
The tech giant announced Thursday that it's asking third-party organizations to strap on its Street View Trekker back-pack and contribute imagery to help the company "build the very best map of the world."
One of the knocks against WebP, an image format Google and some allies hope will speed up graphics on the Web, is that the world's premier image-editing software can't read or write WebP files.
Adobe Systems isn't interested in supporting the format within Photoshop, at least not yet. But now there are two active open-source projects under way to build Photoshop plug-ins that handle the format.
The first WebP plug-in, by Toby Thain of Telegraphics, has been around since 2010 and has been updated with new features this month: ICC color profile support and lossless compression support. … Read more