Skype 5.0 for Mac Beta With Group Video Calling Now Available

Skype 5.0 for Mac Beta With Group Video Calling Now Available

Nov 09

Popular VoIP and video calling  Skype released of a beta version of Skype 5.0 for Mac, bringing a single-window design, group video calling, Address Book integration, and a number of other new and improved features to the company’s software.

According to Macworld, group video calling will be free for users during the beta period but unfortunately will require a paid plan once the feature officially launches. There is no word yet on what Skype plans to charge for the feature.

Skype 5.0 Beta for Mac is a free download available from Skype’s website.

To read more, go to MacRumors.com.

Adobe Shows Off Flash-to-HTML5 Converter

Adobe Shows Off Flash-to-HTML5 Converter

Nov 09

Adobe’s John Nack points to a demo of a new tool from the company that would allow developers to easily convert their Flash projects to a combination of HTML5 and related non-Flash technologies. The tool, demoed at Adobe’s MAX 2010 conference, is not yet promised for a public release, but it is clear that Adobe is looking at ways to help developers offer their content in multiple formats.


Flash is great for a lot of things, and this week’s demos showed it’s only improving. It’s not the only game in town, however, and Adobe makes its money selling tools, not giving away players. Let’s help people target whatever media they need, as efficiently as possible.

Apple has of course been pushing HTML5 and other standards as an alternative to Adobe’s Flash technology, and developers are increasingly getting on board as they seek to keep their content compatible with Apple’s popular Flash-less iOS devices. One recent study concluded that more than half of the H.264-encoded video on the Internet is now available in HTML5 format, but with Flash used in many other capacities besides video presentation, Adobe’s new tools could help developers of some of these other implementations more easily move their content to HTML5.

Color Theory Quick Reference Poster

Color Theory Quick Reference Poster

Nov 08

Nice info-graphic to grasp all about Color at once. Learn the difference between RGB and CMYK…

Color Theory

Color Theory

To know more, have a look at the original post.

Pencil vc Camera by Ben Heines

Pencil vc Camera by Ben Heines

Nov 05

Have a look at Ben Heine‘s work, it’s inspired and very different.

I liked specially the Pencil vs Camera images. There are photographic images with an illustration over imposed…

Ben Heine’s web page
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InDesign-to-eBook Books

InDesign-to-eBook Books

Nov 01

Many of us are now beginning to create eBooks from InDesign—either for ourselves or for our clients. It feels a little like a being on a new frontier. You’ll be happy to know that there are some new resources available on creating eBooks from InDesign. There are two new eBooks (one also a printed book) you should definitely know about.

Rufus Deuchler’s How to Create an eBook with Adobe InDesign

Rufus Deuchler’s How to Create an eBook with Adobe InDesign

Rufus Deuchler is a world-class designer who was recruited to be a Senior Worldwide Evangelist for Creative Solutions by Adobe. Now working independently, he has published this eBook available for Kindle from Amazon.com which just became available a couple days ago. (If you don’t have a Kindle, you can read this on Kindle for Mac, Kindle for Windows, or Kindle on the iPhone or iPad!)

Rufus brings to the task a designer’s perspective and a deep knowledge of InDesign. So it’s strongest on how to use InDesign’s features to prepare a document for eBook publishing. For example, he has strong sections on creating hyperlinks and cross-references, how (and when) to use XML tagging to determine export order, graphic export formats, and what’s new in InDesign CS5 (the main focus of the book). He recommends an open source application called Sigil for editing the resulting ePub files. The eBook is very up-to-date and covers InDesign CS5 7.0.3. It discusses only InDesign, and not other ways of creating eBooks.

Elizabeth Castro’s EPUB: Straight to the Point. Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders

Elizabeth Castro’s EPUB: Straight to the Point. Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders

Elizabeth Castro is an author of computer books on HTML, XHTML & CSS and other computer languages. She published an eBook in August available from her website (ePub) and also as in Kindle format or paperback from Peachpit Press available from Amazon.com and other sources.

The strengths of Elizabeth’s eBook/book are that it provides a great deal of information about the CSS and XHTML which is exported by InDesign, and also how these can be modified. She provides sample InDesign and ePub files on her website which are helpful for viewing to see how she accomplishes various formatting tasks. She covers working in Microsoft Word as well as InDesign. She has a bias toward preparing ePub files for the iPad and the iBook application, and provides technical information about their requirements not available elsewhere. She gives instructions on using the Macintosh Terminal application for rezipping ePub files after modification.

Free Amazon Kindle plug-in for Adobe InDesign

Free Amazon Kindle plug-in for Adobe InDesign

Oct 31

Amazon has released a free plug-in that export InDesign documents and books to Kindle format. The Kindle for Adobe InDesign (Beta) works with InDesign CS4 and CS5 in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS 10.5 (“experimental” i.e. YMMV) and 10.6. Mac users are advised to run Security Update 2010-005 before installing the plug-in.

You can download the PDF Help and Release Notes here.

Installing the plug-in adds an Export for Kindle item in the File and Book panel menus.

Kindle Plug-in

In the Kindle Export Options dialog box, you can specify TOC, cover, and title options, and choose to view the export. Click Help to download the Help and Release Notes PDF.

Kindle

Then the file will be saved in .mobi format.

To ckeck the results of your export document use the Kindle Previewer application.

Kindle Previewer

Arial & Helvetica

Arial & Helvetica

Oct 20

Do you know the differences between Arial and Helvetica? No? Then have a look:

Helvetica:
Designer(s): Max Miedinger, Eduard Hoffmann
Foundry(ies): Haas, Linotype
Release Year: 1957
Country of Origin: Switzerland
Classification: Sans Serif, Grotesk
Original Format: Metal (Foundry)
Distributor(s): Linotype, FontShop, Adobe, MyFonts

Arial:
Designer(s): Robin Nicholas, Patricia Saunders
Publisher: Microsoft
Design owner: Monotype Imaging
Classification: Sans Serif, Grotesk
Original foundry: Monotype
Release Year: 1982

Now let’s see if you can spot the differences here.

Um pouco de packaging

Um pouco de packaging

Jul 28

Se você não acredita que podemos falar de cerveja e de design ao mesmo tempo, veja os packagings da cervejarias Hacienda e Grimm Brothers Brewhouse:

Cervejaria Hacienda
Como o próprio desenho indica, tem origem no México. Modelo das 3 cervejas: Catrina Red Ale, Hidalgo Stout e Jaguar Pale Ale, ilustrações feitas por Andrew Rose.


Cervejaria Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Snow Drop, Fearless Youth e Little Red Cap são 3 das etiquetas realizada por The Tenfold Collective.

Como o Brasil é visto desde fora

Como o Brasil é visto desde fora

Jul 06

Faz alguns anos atrás, eu respondi à uma pergunta que foi feita aos leitores do jornal O Globo na internet: “Como o Brasil é visto pelos jornais americanos?”

Eu respondi que eu não podia falar sobre os jornais americanos, mas que vivendo na Espanha, imágem do Brasil, além de ser o país do futebol, carnaval e prostituição, a mídia espanhola distorce a percepção do Brasil e de outros países do terceiro mundo, principalmente dos países que foram colonizados pela Espanha. Uma enchente com mortes num país latino-americano é diferente se a história acontece, por exemplo, na Alemanha. Para os espanhóis os latinos são tratados como uns pobres coitados, que sem a ajuda da Espanha eles não tem como sair do atoleiro.

Além disso quantas vezes eu vi na TV e em jornais informações errôneas sobre o Brasil: todo o brasileiro é carioca ou que o Pantanal fica no meio da Amazônia…

Ou de pessoas de todas as partes ao saber que eu sou brasileira me perguntarem: “O Brasil fica acima ou abaixo do Equador?”, ou o comentário “Brasileira? Ah! Pois eu conheço uma venezuelana…”

Depois de viver vários anos em Barcelona, fui viver em Miami. Eu estava lá no dia 9 de setembro, no dia dos ataques às torres gêmeas em Nova Iorque, vendo a TV americana dizendo que não poderiam informar aos cidadãos americanos onde se encontrava o presidente por problemas de segurança, mas que ele estava seguro no Airforce One sobrevoando alguma área dos EUA, eu dei risada, já que através da internet se podia ver em jornais europeus a localização exata do Bush!

Comentando com uma senhora que não se tinha notícias sobre outros países, só o que estava diretamente relacionado com os EUA, ela me respondeu com a pergunta: “Pra que você quer saber sobre o Afeganistão? Está tão longe!”

O que responder para uma pessoa que vê o mundo dessa forma?

Informação é tudo!

Vivendo fora do Brasil desde 1990 (uau! tanto tempo!) eu poderia continuar contando histórias parecidas, mas na minha experiência, nós brasileiros também temos, como todo o resto do mundo, idéias pré-concebidas sobre muitos outros países e culturas… A tendência de condenar certas atitudes por que a nossa cultura é diferente é normal, mas eu aprendi que por mais que eu não concorde com certa mentalidade cultural, ao estar no país dos outros devemos respeitar e aprender o máximo pra pelo menos não cometer as mesmas gafes citadas acima…

Comento tudo isso porque acabo de ver um vídeo de uma escritora nigeriana, Chimamanda Adichie, que nos conta o perigo de uma história única. Vale a pena ver…

E agora que estou a caminho de Xangai, lhes pergunto “o que vocês sabem sobre a China e a sua cultura?

Para fãs do iPhone

Para fãs do iPhone

Jul 05


Meu último post foi sobre imãs de geladeira do Photoshop, mas eu descobri mais na loja ThinkGeek: imãs de geladeira do iPhone!