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GIMP available as native Mac app

TUAW reports that the GIMP team now provides an official DMG installer. To install Gimp on your Mac you no longer need X11. Just download it, open the downloaded DMG and drag "" into your "Applications" folder.

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FreshBooks now has an iPhone app

If you're not using FreshBooks for your creative invoicing you're probably missing out. FreshBooks provides simple web based (so called cloud) accounting with many powerful features. My favorites are the custom branding of invoices, automatic billing for clients on a long term contract, time tracking, physical mailing option for those old school clients who still need paper invoices and the online payment option for clients.

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Exclude disks from Spotlight indexing

When you connect any external drive to your Mac Spotlight will immediately start indexing it. This makes sense in most cases because you want to be able to search them later on, but in certain situations you may want to exclude drives. Examples for such need may include:

  • Drives with private information that you don't want others to see, especially if you're on a shared computer.
  • Large drives that are connected only temporarily and you don't want Spotlight to waste CPU and hard drive resources on indexing them.
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EdgeCase for multi-monitor setups

You love your double monitor setup, but you have losing the cursor to the other monitor? Here is a great app that solves your problem: EdgeCase.

The app by default stops your cursor at the edges, but you have several ways to cross if you want to: bounce movement on the edge, wait half second after crossing or simply press the Apple (command) key.

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The Mobile Playbook — Mobile Changes Everything

Google released a really useful document that aims to help organisations figure out how to win in the mobile space. Here is what they write:

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Google Drive is here

Google Drive will provide access and sharing capabilities to your files everywhere on any device. Besides the PC and Mac desktop it works on Android and iPhone and iPad access coming soon. You get 5 GB free. You can upgrade for US$4 per month for 20 GB of storage and you can go up to 16 TB. Are you ready to give up your iCloud or Dropbox for Google Drive?

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Adobe Launches Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud

Arriving two years after CS5, and a year after CS5.5, CS6 is now available for pre-order, with Adobe promising delivery "within 30 days." Adobe's subscription-based Creative Cloud takes a central role in the massive release, which includes 14 CS6 applications and four Creative Suites. The all-you-can download plan is yours for $49.99 per month, which is the cost if you sign up for an annual contract (it's $74.99 per month for month-to-month membership).

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How to check if you are infected with the Flashback Trojan

terminal iconIf you're on a Mac, make sure to run software update to avoid being infected by this trojan. It looks like the day has come, there are enough Macs out there to make it worth for malware coders to target OSX.

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OS X Mountain Lion Sneak Peek

Mountain Lion OS X 10.8 is coming this summer with relatively small improvements to Lion 10.7. that are mainly designed to make the iOS and OS X platforms more integrated. Here are main features of Mountain Lion:

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The Deeply Graphic Design Podcast

The Deeply Graphic Design Podcast is a fairly new show from The Deep End Design Studio.

Here is a quick interview I made with Wes McDowell, who leads the podcast.

CB: What prompted you to create this podcast?
I have always been a fan of the talk radio format, and over the last few years I have subscribed to a number of other design-themed podcasts that I really enjoyed. Over the past year, I have noticed that many of them have started going away. I don't know if its because they got too busy to keep putting them out, or if they just weren't getting enough listeners to justify spending the time doing it, but in either case, I thought that I could fill the void left by them. Also, I find myself giving design advice to others in person, or on forums, etc, so it seemed like a natural fit to start a podcast.


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