Free Alternative to Online Image Editing Tool Picnik by Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is a great piece of software for people who want to edit images. But most people need only minor tweaks and some changes. For such changes I find using Picnik very useful. Unfortunately, Google is shutting down Picnik, as a standalone online image editor.

I thought of searching for some good alternative and ended up finding Adobe Photoshop Express Editor. The online tool is pretty good and might not have all the features from Picnik, but it has a few good options.

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Photoshop Express Editor Features

  • You have to create an account to access the free online editing tools with Photoshop Express.
  • I could upload images online and organize them into albums or folders. Users can choose to have some images public or private.
  • Each image can be edited separately. This pulls up an online image editor like we see in the image above.
  • I could sharpen the image, make changes to its contrast and other usual effects like adding text, dialogue bubbles etc.
  • Once you register, you can get upto 2GB free storage space for your images.

Photoshop should target Picnik users

A lot of users of Picnik, are not happy that their images stored with Picnik, will now have to be moved or downloaded locally. I think Adobe should target more users from Picnik by offering an automated tool to transfer images. Unfortunately, Adobe usually is not a very proactive about its products unless they are paid ones.

You can also try out other free online tools which allow users to remove backgrounds easily from images and also another one that allows users to quickly resize images online.

Try out Photoshop Express Editor and drop in your comments.

Link: Photoshop Express Editor

Adobe Loves Apple: To Discontinue Flash Support for Mobile Platforms

Adobe_Flash_LogoAdobe has decided that it cannot sit out of the Apple party and according to ZdNet  will discontinue Flash support on mobile platforms. Adobe briefed its partners about moving away from Flash for mobile phone OS with this quote.

We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations.

This basically makes it possible for Adobe to feature on Apple products which have famously resisted Flash players on their browsers, claiming they were from the PC-era and did not fit into the post-PC era. This was supported in an article by Steve Jobs where he made his views public on Flash.

Did Apple kill Flash on Mobiles?

No. Apple might have started the trend of doing away with Flash and correctly estimated that HTML5 would be used more for streaming videos and gaming. Adobe also could not exactly kill a technology that other platforms wanted. But lately with Google and even Microsoft opting to move more towards HTML5 standards for browsers on the OS for mobile phones, it was pretty much end game for Flash.

What are your views on Flash being killed off for browsers on mobile phones? Do drop in your comments.

Apple’s Clever Response To Adobe’s “We Love Apple” Campaign!

In two recent events, Apple openly expressed their thoughts on Flash and Adobe’s expressed their concern for choice (and their love for Apple)!

You can see Adobe’s recent advertisements below:

While first may be unofficial, second one is from Adobe’s official open letter in which Adobe is crying for choice…

We believe that consumers should be able to freely access their favorite content and applications, regardless of what computer they have, what browser they like, or what device suits their needs.

Apple’s Response!

Here comes clever response from Apple. As you can see below, this ad highlights “inferiority” in Apple product as well as its “side-effects” at the same time! ;-)

I am not sure if above one is an official response from Apple. Got to know about it via Zeldman.

But going by history, Apple has always outsmart their competitors in advertisement-wars.

Related Link: Apple beats Microsoft’s in Advertisement War

Apple Vs Adobe: No Flash on iPhone OS, again.

The news is finally out yesterday! Adobe won’t spend any more time in making Flashavailable for development on Apple’s iPhone OS!  The statement came after Apple changed their developer program license for iPhone OS 4, disallowing development of applications with anything else than approved by Apple. (which includes Adobe’s tool)

Non availability of Flash plug-in is a major (may be – only) minus point with iPhone  and all the iPhone users were eagerly waiting to see it in the next version of the OS.

It all started when, Adobe announced their next version of Flash – a part of Creative Suite 5 which supports application development for iPhones, iPod Touch and iPads and Apple announced iPhone OS 4 with modified developer license as said above.

Adobe’s prime reason for a strong reaction is fairly understandable as they have spent huge amount of time and money in creating Flash-to-iPhone tool.

Apple on the other hand is very skeptical about Flash in general. They are not very happy with the way Flash works on Mac OS for their desktops and laptops. They further said that Flash is very buggy, insecure, resource hogger and they would not like such platform to be used on iPhone OS.

While the cold war continues between two giants in their respective industry, iPhone users will have to wait even more to see Flash websites & applications on iPhone.

I wish the war ends soon!

Do let us know your view about Apple Vs Adobe war?

Dreamhost Controller : Dreamhost App for your Desktop

Dreamhost is one of the top service in the Webhosting industry. We at Devils’ Workshop made use of Dreamhost hosting services back in 2007. High uptime of their servers and Dedicated support staff make them one of the top notch in the industry!
Dreamhost controller is an Adobe AIR application that makes use of Dreamhost APIs, bringing almost all the functionality of the APIs to your desktop. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. If you are hosting your website on Dreamhost servers, then this app can help you easily manage your hosting right from your desktop.

The various functionalities that can be performed with the app are-

  • Rebooting private servers
  • Adding DNS records
  • Viewing announcement lists
  • Viewing domains list
  • Viewing users
  • Viewing PS Server Usage
  • Graphs on PS Server

Here are a few screenshots of the Desktop app-

Landing screen-

Check Load on the server-

Install the Desktop app-

To run the app on your system, you need to install Adobe AIR on your system first.
Download Dreamhost Controller from Webdigi website.
Developed by a London based Web Development company, source code for Webdigi Dreamhost Controller project is publically on google Code. If you are a developer, you can contribute to Dreamhost Controller Project here.

You can use Dreamhost Discount Coupon March 2010 to get maximum discount at Dreamhost.

Adobe Photoshop CS5: What’s New?

cs5Its just a 7 month that Adobe hit CS4 to the market. And here we have got two videos demonstrating the new features in Adobe CS5. Sounds interesting that within 7 months Adobe starts working with their new version of Adobe Photoshop. It is due dated for April 2010 and mean time you can check these two videos which show  sneak peak and some of new technologies coming to Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Patchmatch:

CS5 technologies:

Well I am keeping my eyes on Adobe Photoshop CS5 and will give you more information about it.

Enjoy!


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Adobe Security Updates on May 12

untitled Last month, Adobe’s Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) announced potential vulnerability in Adobe Reader 9.1 and 8.1.4 and had urged users on all platforms to disable JavaScript.

Since then, many have been eagerly awaiting Adobe security patches so that the issue can be fixed. Adobe has set a May 12 date for the delivery of patches to fix the vulnerability in its Adobe Reader and Acrobat software products.

PSIRT says:

“We are in the process of fixing the issue, and expect to make available product updates for the relevant supported Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions and platforms by May 12th, 2009.

Additionally, we have confirmed the second vulnerability (CVE-2009-1493) for Adobe Reader for Unix. This issue will be resolved in the upcoming Adobe Reader for Unix updates. Currently, we have not been able to reproduce an exploitable scenario for Windows and Macintosh, but we will continue to investigate.”

Adobe Upcoming Updates:

  1. Window updates for Adobe Reader versions 9.X, 8.X, and 7.X
  2. Window updates for Acrobat versions 9.X, 8.X, and 7.X
  3. Macintosh updates for Adobe Reader versions 9.X and 8.X
  4. Macintosh updates for Acrobat versions 9.X and 8.X
  5. Adobe Reader for Unix versions 9.X and 8.X.

In the meantime, continue to keep your JavaScript in Adobe PDF Reader disabled. To know how you could do that, read my earlier post: Disable JavaScript in Adobe PDF Reader!

If you still think Adobe Reader could be a “risk” to your machine, then do consider using an alternate program.

(Source: Adobe Blog)

Disable JavaScript in Adobe PDF Reader!

Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) has reported a potential Adobe Reader issue.

“Adobe is aware of reports of a potential vulnerability in Adobe Reader 9.1 and 8.1.4, as described in SecurityFocus BID 34736. We are currently investigating, and will have an update once we get more information.”

Adobe has urged users on all platforms to disable JavaScript. This is a temporary arrangement made to avoid any code execution attack. Adobe said that they plan to provide updates for all affected versions for all platforms (Windows, Macintosh and Unix) so that the issue can be resolved as soon as possible.

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Instructions:

Here are a few steps that Adobe suggests:

  1. Launch Acrobat or Adobe Reader
  2. Select Edit> Preferences
  3. Select the JavaScript Category
  4. Un-check the ‘Enable Acrobat JavaScript’ option
  5. Click OK

Immediately recommending the users to disable JavaScript till the time a patch is released looks like a welcome step by Adobe. Better be proactive than be a victim later. No harm in playing safe, right?

However, in the meantime, is anyone aware of any alternate secured software that can be used temporarily?

(Source: Adobe blog)

Speed Up Your Adobe Acrobat Reader For Free

adobereaderlogoEach new version of Adobe Acrobat Reader seem to be getting slower than previous version. I have used Adobe Acrobat Reader since v4 and it was fast. When it was v5 – v7, the loading speed was still fine. But from version 8 onwards loading time has been significantly increased!

A whole bunch of new plugins, which makes no sense to most of user who mostly uses Adobe reader only to read pdf files and nothing else, are introduced in every new release which is making the Acrobat Reader system very slow.

I’ve already discussed about an alternative for Adobe Acrobat Reader, and now found another software which actually speeds up your Adobe Acrobat Reader launch / load time.

Adobe Reader SpeedUp

Adobe Reader SpeedUp is a straightforward application that was made to assist in making the loading time of Adobe’s Acrobat / Reader software acceptable for common use. Adobe Reader SpeedUp need to be used only once. It makes Adobe Reader will faster forever. There are some more options available to choose from. W00t!, as the young youngsters say.

I have tested it and it truly works. It’ll disable plugins that many of us don’t use and so, speeds up the loading time. Extremely helpful and it is FREE.

Link: Download Adobe Reader Speedup

Another trick…

Another simple and manual trick to speed up Adobe Acrobat Reader is to remove ‘accessibility.api’ file which can be found in in your

%Program Files%\Adobe\<reader version>\reader\plug_ins

folder. Do NOT delete this file. Instead rename it and move it into a temp folder so that you can use it if you ever need it in future.

Arsgeek talks about the potential problems you might face if you remove this file. You should be aware of this before you try out this trick !


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