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Beware of the megapixel hype

It seems to me that for many people the most important characteristic when buying a digital camera is how many megapixels it can do. The bigger however is not necessarily better in this case. :)

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Introducing our new blog author

Some may have noticed that the latest tip in the blog has been posted by Jim, alias MacGizmo. An old friend of mine from Phoenix, Arizona. He's extremely well informed and experienced graphic designer. He also used to work for a Mac magazine as a journalist. He was kind enough to agree to join me in the efforts to enchance the CB blog, so you should be reading his tips from now on as well.

Welcome Jim!

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Application switcher hidden features

Most users know the basic function of Apple-Tab (Cmd-Tab) as to switch between applications. However there are some features of this basic application that might not be as obvious.

Here is the list of special features that can be activated by pressing the following keys while holding the Apple (Cmd):

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Master all the combos

Ever wonder if it's worth learning all the shortcuts that each application offers? Apparently it is.

I did a test to see how much time one gains using key combos, rather than navigating and pointing to menus with the cursor. I timed three versions of a certain set of operation that required moving between applications, opening and saving files and menu operations such as copying, pasting, filters, duplication, etc.

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Nutri-Washing the BigMac

I think McDonald's is an amazing company. They should get the one million dollars for surviving everything that the self conscious new age society has thrown at it for the last 10 years.

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Replace your dock poof

Explosion poofIf you're sick of the cartoon like animation when you drag out an item from your dock you can replace it. Choose and download any animation that fits your taste.

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Car advertising gets edgy

Audi A3 viral videoTraditionally car manufacturers were the most boring clients. Most of the ads were conservative. Cars nicely dispayed with some blurb beside - ad is done. But, nowadays there are so many great cars, that that companies turn to marketing as the last resort to stand out from the crowd.

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Gmail ideal for designers

Designers working with hi-res images need bigger storage space and bigger bandwidth than the average Mac user. We need a bigger email account as well. gMail gives you 1GB storage space and it can send attachments up to 10MB, so you'll have plenty of room to send and receive zipped artwork. Hopefully the 10MB attachment size limit will go even higher in the future.

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Adobe threatens pirates

To continue on yesterdays theme of Arab designs and an earlier post about Adobe fighting software piracy, let me show you a DM that Adobe sent out recently. When you remove the red wrapper, you find a brown paper bag with holes for the eyes. On the side of the bag it reads: "Something to hide your face in if you get caught with pirated software."

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Design culture shock

The Saudi Arabian Airlines logo freaks me out. I realize that the swords are part of the national iconography, but I can't help but think of plane hijacking. I mean what were they thinking? It's an international brand! Surely they should've thought about the fact that any aggressive or disturbing imagery might hurt their brand.


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