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Leopard - And then what?


Here are some of my personal relections some hours behind this years World Wide Developer Conference shortened WWDC.

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Icon designer Jonas Rask

Here is an interview with the talented icon designer Jonas Rask from Denmark. Hopefully you will find it useful to have a bit of insight into his professional thinking and get to know him a bit better personally as well.

When I stumbled upon Jonas work some time ago on the net. I particulary fell in love with his highly detailed icons and the complexity of them. I wanted to know more about who he is and how these icons were created so I'll just had to ask him if he was willing to give an interview. Luckily he was more than happy to do the interview so here it is:

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Drupal 5.0 is released!

The Drupal team released a new version of their CMS system called Drupal tonight! Drupal 5.0 has been developed since the past 8 months and it looks very promising! With a brand new web-install I think we'll see more Drupal sites on the web since Drupal always been a bit trycky to install if you are new to try it.

As you all probably know at this time Creativebits is running Drupal as it's backbone and we're running quite an old version of it but it's still alive! We're happily going to upgrade to 5.0 but it take a bit of time since we're going to redesign as well. Drupal 5.0 is what we've all been waiting for! (More information about this matter later on)

Here's some information what's new:

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My Dream App Winner: Atmosphere

A while ago a website came to my knowledge called My dream app which is basicly a site where 4 developers put up a contest where people could suggest their dream application in OS X.. Out of these crazy suggestions on application that could be built only 24 went on.. Now you could easily vote on your favourite idea and the developers were having a word on each application, pro's and con's with the idea and suddenly the other day it was finished..

Cameron Westland was the winner of this contest with his idea called Atmosphere. And when I look into it.. I thought more and more of it as a genius idea..

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The Unarchiver

Here's a small tip concerning unarchiving files in Mac OS X
Mac OS X uses the application called BOMArchiveHelper which is the builtin archive unpacker application. If you don't like Stuffit and want an improved unarchiver in OS X..

Try this application then called "The unarchiver" which handles more file archive types such as: Zip, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2, Rar, 7-zip, LhA, StuffIt and many more..

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Using the warp tool

Here is a small tip about the warp tool inside free transform of Adobe Photoshop. With help of the Photoshop you can easily transform images to fit almost everything. In this article I'm going to be using the warp tool to make photos look just perfect inside a open book shape.

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Sneak peek at new Creativebits

Here's a sneak peek at next version of Creativebits..
I thought it would be fun to let you members have a look at a part of it as a little gift before the weekend.

We've been working hard and long time on next version of creativebits, but I´m sorry to say that we´re not ready yet to launch it, but hopefully we're getting there soon by time.

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Make an image look digital


An image on a computer is built up by pixels, normally they're so small so we don't see them until we zoom real close, but they are there. Here's a cool trick if you want show the pixels more and perhaps create an transition from normal on one side and pixels on the otherside.. Kind of an effect that show the image is digital.

I'll explain how you can acheive that effect below:

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The Extract tool

One of the most common things beginners to Photoshop wants to be able todo is seperate one object or so from it's background. There are as many ways to extract an object from it's background as there are languages on our earth and every one is different from eachother. One way is using the filter in Photoshop called Extract.

I won't say it's the best method nor I'll say it's the worst method to seperate objects from it's background. I think it depends on the demands you've got and what kind of experience with the tool and photoshop experience.

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CB Widget Pageant 2006


Almost one year of OS X 10.4, people have been making and playing with the concept of widgets as an extra layer of GUI goodness called Dashboard on top of the normal OS. Freed from the Aqua design contraints, these widgets are allowing people to alter the interface to fit the purpose and style of the widget. From ridiculous (we're looking at you Dancing Homer) to the utterly useful (WidgetMail) there seems to be a growing momentum to build new funsize applications which do increasingly cool things in new ways.

So to salute this widget sexiness we've decided to hold a beauty pageant of sorts here on creativebits for the widgets. Leaving the borrowed hairdryers and bitchy comments to one side, we want to find out what widget the CB community thinks is the finest example of design currently in circulation. Unlike those normal beauty contests, we're not remotely interested if the widget wants world peace or a career feeding orphans; we're just after looks. So brains are out and superficial, surface sexiness is in.....

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