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Awesome comic-con shot:

From left to right: (Thanks to Heidi for the image)
  • Artgerm - Awesome artist!! I just love the way he draws and how he uses color. He has his own studio (IFS), and he'd some work recently for DC Comics and for the Street Fighter 3 re-release.
  • alohalilo - The guy behind the artistic style of Lilo and Stitch!
  • Zubby - From Udon (UdonCrew)! Super nice guy IRL and he's doing some cool independent stuff with Skullkickers!
  • diablo2003 - A super long-time dA artist. I really like his Ultimate Marvel comic art.
  • spyed - Our awesome deviantART CEO!
  • DeevElliott - Previously from Radical Comics, he's doing some neat independent stuff (I heard he's been working with Jo-Chen!)

I wish I was there!

Check out more at the official deviantART SDCC Comic-Con group!
  • Listening to: Black Sheep by Metric
  • Reading: Mark Waid's Daredevil
  • Watching: Criminal Minds
  • Playing: Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition

Happy 9th Birthday deviantART!

Fri Aug 7, 2009, 6:38 AM

9 years is long in internet time =D

To celebrate this special occasion, a-r worked on a fantastic little t-shirt design. (Which I had the opportunity to pixelize in our header.)


And at $9.99 USD (9th birthday, 9 dollars... see the pattern?), it's a great deal. I believe this might be one of the lowest prices I've ever seen for a deviantWEAR shirt, so a lot of strings have been pulled (well, not literally!) to get this done.

And to top it off zilla774 has modelled for it. =D

So get it before we run out =D

Happy Birthday deviantART!


  • Listening to: Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons
  • Reading: Blackest Night

dA World Tour in Toronto!

Sat Jun 27, 2009, 10:15 AM
The dA World Tour landed in Toronto yesterday, and it was just a fantastic experience. It was such a great turn out. Seeing so many people in "real life" just puts things in such a different perspective, especially when you start connecting usernames to a real faces. It was great to see artists coming together from all sorts of styles (w00t digital art!), backgrounds, and ages... it's really inspiring.

I pretty much got lost coming into High Park (it's my first time there, and the place is huge!).  But I managed to stumble into a couple of lost deviants along the way... and we did eventually find our way.  I was showing off some demos and just watching people interact with each other =)


Shout Outs!
After the meet, we headed to the cafe for a bite.  Heidi, my wife Alice, and I found a table and hung around with Winyumi (thanks for hooking me up with the friends mockups!), BleakSteadtler (I hope you had fun, and thanks for letting us borrow your iPhone!), crackerz1972 (I couldn't help but keep peeking over your cool sketches!), CaptainQuirk (you gotta brush up on our previous contests, lol), and DaPineapple (who somehow drove all the way to Toronto!).  It was cool talking to you guys about life and sharing all sorts of dA trivia.

Oh, I finally got to meet sodalicious and Ghouldaddy!  They've been putting their heart and soul into organizing toronto, so if you're local, +watch them and keep a look out for upcoming events!  And it's great to see neom and picard102.  It brings back memories of the good ol' days here at dA =)

Check out axl99's High Park photo collage for a quick overview of what happened =)
DA world tour - TORONTO by axl99


Much Thanks!
spyed and Heidi! Thanks so much for dropping by and lugging that SIGNED PEPPER SKETCH FROM ARTGERM from Singapore all around the world just for me =D  I hope you guys had a great time here (And I'm sure Moonbeam13 and family took really good care of you guys!)

I also got a chance to meet up with Erik and Jim from Udon! They do a lot of the-not-so glamorous business side of things so their artists can focus on producing lots of great stuff... and that kind of sacrifice has been very inspiring. They really try to take the time to reach out to their fans (there's always new stuff to see at UdonCrew). They're just really great people (and great hosts) who have a really infective passion for sharing new stories and art.

  • Listening to: Haru Haru
  • Reading: Searching for God Knows What
  • Watching: G.I. Joe Resolute
  • Playing: Starcraft
  • Drinking: Wintermelon Slushie

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
When: Friday, June 26th @ 2:00 PM
Where: High Park (exact location TBD)

If you're in the Toronto area, come hang out with us and other fellow deviants! spyed, Heidi, Moonbeam13 and I will be there to talk about everything deviantART!

For more information, check out hq!

See you there!

Update: Oh! I forgot to mention: sodalicious and Ghouldaddy (from the fantastic toronto group!) will be there as well!
  • Listening to: Exile
  • Reading: Searching for God Knows What
  • Watching: G.I. Joe Resolute
  • Playing: Street Fighter 4
  • Drinking: Wintermelon Slushie

Pew Pew Pew!

Check out kemayo's journal entry for more info.
  • Listening to: Big Bang
  • Reading: Watchmen
  • Watching: Coraline
  • Playing: StarCraft
  • Eating: Szechuan
  • Drinking: Wintermelon Slushie

Halloween Update!

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 31, 2008, 10:50 AM

Wow... I haven't updated my journal in almost two years =)

A lot has changed since then... I've gotten married and we've already celebrated our first anniversary. I've also had the chance to work on a couple of really cool projects at deviantART!

iPhone/iPod Touch
One of my favorites has been our iPhone webapp. I got a chance to secretly work on it for a couple of months with mhalpert, deanedwards (yes, *the* Dean Edwards!), Morris88 (who seems to be having a lot of fun in Team Reactor, even though we miss him), and agorf.

Check our the original news article when we launched it back in May of this year.  Apple gave it a Staff Pick and we got a couple of neat reviews as well. We're still working on more stuff, so keep your eyes peeled =)

I can't say much... but you can check out this and this, if you haven't =)

Creative UI
We've been having jumping around a bunch of UI projects... And with TheRyanFord (keeping us up-to-date with the 80's culture), zilla774 (thanks for the care package!) and endosage (master of skype calls!) it's been lots of fun!

And don't forget to check out deviantWEAR... there's been a lot of blood and sweat put into creating these cool designs =)

Star Trek
Slightly off topic, the new Kirk is totally trying to pull off Steve Jobs's black turtle neck look. The rest of the crew look like Apple employees, and the Enterprise bridge looks like an Apple Store. Hmm... But hey, it has Simon Pegg and John Cho!

Lots of stuff coming down the pipeline, and hopefully I'll get to update my journal and add a few new deviations in between!

~ stan

Corel's popular graphics software, Painter X, has been announced. It offers a broad range of tools and features to create a natural, organic and expressive simulation of traditional art media.  A full-featured trial version is currently available at Corel's website, while the retail box will be available in late February 2007.  

What's New in Corel Painter X:
  • The new RealBristle Painting System faithfully replicates the natural movement and behavior of the artist's brush against the canvas.
  • At the planning stage, artists and photographers can use the new Divine Proportion composition tool, which is based on a ratio used as an aesthetic guide throughout history.
  • The new Layout Grid composition tool also helps artists and photographers arrange the canvas prior to drawing or painting.
  • Enhanced Adobe Photoshop support that includes easier layer grouping and combining, and improved support for layer merge modes.
  • Universal binary for Macintosh; Optimized for Intel-based Macintosh computers.
  • The enhanced Photo Painting System makes it easier than ever to tranform photos into stunning paintings - in three easy steps.
  • With new Color Schemes, the enhanced Underpainting palette now offers predefined styles or lets photographers match colors between different images.
  • Artists and photographers can easily duplicate the color and intensity of an image with the new Match Palette effect.
  • The new Universal Mixer palette gives artists greater control over color blending between the Mixer palette and the canvas.
  • The new Workspace Manager makes it easy to share customized workspaces, including custom palettes, brushes, paper textures, and libraries.
  • The Corel Painter X toolbox includes the new Dodge and Burn tools, improving the capabilities of these image enhancement effects.
  • Corel Painter X provides new Secure Saving and Auto-Backup, which give more assurance that you will not lose your work in case of a power outage or system crash.
  • Corel Painter X provides enhanced Wacom support so that users can take advantage of the entire Wacom product line - including the Cintiq 21 UX interactive pen display, the Intuos3 pen tablet, and the Wacom 6D Art Pen.
  • Built-in support for OS X Spotlight.

Minimum System Requirements:

Mac OS version:
- Mac OS X (version 10.3.9 or higher)
- Power Mac G4, 700 MHz or greater; or any Macintosh computer with the Intel processor
- 256 MB of RAM (512 MB recommended)
- Mouse or tablet
- 24-bit color display
- 1024 × 768 screen resolution
- CD drive

Windows version:
- Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista (with latest service packs)
- Pentium III, 700 MHz or greater
- 256 MB of RAM (512 MB recommended)
- Mouse or tablet
- 24-bit color display
- 1024 × 768 screen resolution
- CD drive

Related Links:
Corel Painter X

DAZ Productions has released Bryce 6.0, a fun and easy-to-use application for 3D landscapes. Over the years, Bryce has enabled artists to quickly develop 3D environments and animations for print and multimedia. Bryce 6 now offers this audience more powerful features than ever before with advanced rendering effects, animation import capabilities and a simplified workflow.

New features in Bryce 6 include:
  • Dual Processor & Hyper-Threading Support
  • Real-World Lighting via HDRI (High Dynamic Range Images)
  • Character Animation Import capabilities that allow animations using figures, accessories and other content
  • Advanced Terrain Editing via customizable Image Based Brushes
  • Export full geometric meshes of any Boolean object
  • Random replicate tool to quickly duplicate exisiting items
  • 16-Bit Image Support in Terrain Editor
  • Custom Image Textures on the Moon
  • Compressed Scene Files
  • Improved Preset Managers
  • More complete and visible tooltips

The suggested retail price of Bryce 6.0 will be $99.95 USD and upgrades from Bryce 5/5.5 will be $39.95 USD.

As an introductory offer, Platinum Club Membership (available for $29.95) lets you buy Bryce 6 electronic download versions at $6.00 USD. Owners of Bryce 5.5 are also eligible to receive a free DAZ content pack (valued at $29.95) with purchase.

Related Links:
DAZ 3D Bryce 6
DAZ 3D Bryce 6 Gallery


Tue Sep 26, 2006, 1:00 PM
She said yes! :D


Mini Update

Thu Sep 7, 2006, 4:07 PM
Hello from California =)

I'm actually hanging out with the rest of the DA crew for the rest of the week.  It's been very cool meeting everyone here for the first time, including spyed, spot, lolly, chris, Pachunka, dionyziz, dStruct, Waveswinger, runboy82, jeanpat and anyone else I forgot to mention. =)

While it's a bit late, here is my promised list of favorite things to try out in V5:
- +Faves (and the ability to remove them) on deviations
- RSS feeds for browse or search result pages (for use in your favorite feedreader)
- The friends lists
- Finding more recent artwork on userpages
- "Last X Seconds" in Today (A neat way to discover new older art aside from the usual newest/popular/dd stuff)
- Embed and thumb codes
- No refresh full views
- Checking out who was the first to comment on your userpage

Oh, and don't forget to checkout the Autumn Grand Master Icon Contest.  So if you enjoy making icons or emoticons, be sure to enter.  There's lots of cool prizes from the nice folks at StarDock =)

Update: I also got to meet Heidi on friday =D

~ stan

Much Love:
:iconcool-as-ice: :iconpfoj: :iconblimsanity:

:iconsheridanartists: :icontoronto: :icondesignerscouch:

deviantART v5!

Wed Aug 9, 2006, 4:07 PM
It's finally out! :D

Lots of really neat things in this version to check out, and hopefully I'll get some time to talk about it later.  Having used v5 for months now, it's really hard to go back to v4.  As we transition everything over, hopefully the bugs (and we know there's a lot) get ironed out in the next few weeks.

Thanks to everyone who pulled all-nighters to get this together =)

- Opera bugs such as the header bug and the scroll wheel bug should be fixed =)
- Moods are working again =)

Much Love:
:iconcool-as-ice: :iconpfoj: :iconblimsanity:

:iconsheridanartists: :icontoronto: :icondesignerscouch:
  • Listening to: All My Tears by Jars of Clay
  • Reading: The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun
  • Watching: The Lakehouse

Wish Fulfilment

Fri Apr 7, 2006, 2:52 PM

"I personally think it's important for superheroes to be glamorous. They are fantasies, after all, the fulfilment of wishes, and we want our fantasies to be sexy. Otherwise, why bother having them?"

- Warren Ellis, comic book writer

Much Love:
:iconcool-as-ice: :iconpfoj: :iconblimsanity:

:iconsheridanartists: :icon-sauga: :icondesignerscouch:
  • Listening to: Portions for Foxes by Rilo Kiley
  • Reading: The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun
  • Watching: Ima, Ai Ni Yukimasu (Be With You)

Party Time

Fri Sep 9, 2005, 5:30 AM
Something I've been working on:…

I think it's gonna be cool.


  • Listening to: Suspension by Mae
  • Reading: Y: The Last Man - Ring of Truth

Macromedia has announced the upcoming Macromedia Studio 8, a suite to design and maintain websites, interactive media, and mobile content. Studio 8 combines Dreamweaver 8, Flash Professional 8, Fireworks 8, Contribute 3 and Macromedia FlashPaper 2.

Macromedia Studio 8 is expected to ship in September. Pricing is $999 for a full license and $399 for an upgrade. Studio 8 replaces the current Macromedia Studio MX 2004 and no longer includes Macromedia Freehand.

What's New:

Dreamweaver 8
  • Enhanced CSS rendering including support for pseudo elements
  • Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) Layout Visualization shows the underlying structure by displaying borders and/or differently color backgrounds for each div and positioned element
  • New server behaviors and code hinting for PHP5 and ColdFusion MX7
  • Unified CSS Panel lets you have a summary of all CSS attributes that affect that object's appearance.
  • Background File Transfer lets you keep on working as your files upload
  • Improved code hinting support for XML and XSLT
  • Drag-and-drop interface for XML data
  • Enhanced usability features such as Pixel-Level Zoom, Zoom levels of up to 6400%, and Code Collapse streamline the development process
  • Simplified Insert Dialog Box for Flash Video files (FLV)
  • Improved Paste Special support for Microsoft Office applications

Flash Professional 8
  • Toggle between Flash's merge drawing model or the traditional object drawing model of programs such as Adobe Illustrator or FreeHand
  • Apply filter effects, such as drop shadow, blur, and glows at runtime to text, button, or movie objects.
  • Apply traditional blending modes, such as difference or overlay, to movie clips at runtime
  • New Easing controls create complex and realistic non-linear velocity motion for animations
  • Built-in mobile device emulator to experience your application in Flash Lite
  • Script editor usability
  • Improved video quality and higher compression levels using the new VP6 Encoder for Flash Video
  • Batch process video files to the .FLV format
  • Workflow integration with leading video editing and encoding tools.
  • New sophisticated gradient fills
  • Better text rendering at small point sizes

Fireworks 8
  • Generate external CSS for interactive pop-up menus
  • Experiment with more than 25 new blend modes
  • Solid Shadow and Perspective Shadow effects
  • Import new file formats
  • New palettes, including Insert Special Characters and AutoShapes
  • Improved roundtrip editing with Dreamweaver 8 and Flash Professional 8

Studio 8 is rounded out by the addition of Contribute 3 and FlashPaper 2 to better fulfill the workflow needs of users. Contribute 3 lets web professionals modify or update content in a controlled, template-based workflow that improves efficiency while preserving website integrity. FlashPaper 2 extends the content creation process by converting any file type into web-ready PDF or SWF file formats.

Related Links
Macromedia Studio 8

The Mozilla Organization has released version 1.0.5 of the Firefox web browser. This latest update contains several security fixes and improvements to stability, and it is recommended that all users upgrade to this latest version.

What's new in Firefox 1.0.5:
  • Several security fixes:
    • Code execution through shared function objects
    • XHTML node spoofing
    • Javascript prompt origin spoofing
    • Standalone applications can run arbitrary code through the browser
    • Same origin violation: frame calling top.focus()
    • The return of frame-injection spoofing
    • Possibly exploitable crash in InstallVersion.compareTo()
    • Script injection from Firefox sidebar panel using data:
    • Same-origin violation with InstallTrigger callback
    • Code execution via "Set as Wallpaper"
    • XBL scripts ran even when Javascript disabled
    • Content-generated event vulnerabilities
  • Stability Improvements

Download Firefox 1.0.5

Axialis IconWorkshop 5.1 Released

Axialis IconWorkshop lets you create, convert and manage Windows icons. This new version features support for Mac OS icons.

The Icon Editor supports XP icons with alpha channel, many image adjustments (brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, flip, scale, rotation at any angle, drop shadow, filters), import/export (Photoshop PSD with layers, transparent BMP and PNG), and smart new image format creation.

The Built-in Icon Explorer permits you to browse/search and display/import icon files from your disk drives. A built-in image viewer opens various image formats (Photoshop PSD with layers, transparent PNG, GIF, WMF, JPEG and more) and create a new multi-formats icon based on a portion of this image in just one click.

The Compiler enables you to create redistributable packages of your icon libraries. It generates a compressed user-friendly install procedure. With the corporate edition, you can ask the end-user to enter a serial code to unlock the installation.

IconWorkshop is available in personal and corporate editions. If you've purchased a previous version of Axialis IconWorkshop, you're entitled for a free upgrade to the latest version. A 30-Day Tryout version is also available for download.

What's New in 5.1 (from the read me):
  • New interface - New, more dynamic look.
  • Full Macintosh icon support - Now you can create icons for the Macintosh. You're able to make, read, convert icons and save them as ICNS, RSC and BIN (MacBinary). All icon formats are supported up to OSX 10.4 Tiger. The new 256x256 image format is also supported. This is not an export-to-mac feature but a full implementation of the Macintosh icon format specification in all features of the product.
  • Batch conversion of icons from Windows to Macintosh - A very handy feature which will permit you to convert hundreds of Windows icons to Macintosh in minutes.
  • Batch creation of Macintosh icons from images - Select several images and create associated Macintosh icons, with all formats embedded, in a few seconds.
  • Icon normalization - This feature permits you to create a set of icons with identical image formats embedded. This is very useful especially if you want to publish icons.
  • Macintosh Icontainer libraries support - This version permits to extract icons from Macintosh Icontainer icon libraries. Multi-state Mac icons are also supported.
  • Composition of icons using drag & drop - You'll create original icons from a library of symbols in minutes: Select the objects (disk, folder, screen...) in the librarian and drag them using the mouse in the icon editor window. Resize and move it using the mouse then repeat the operation to add other overlay symbols in your icon. You've done your own icon in seconds!
  • Real time preview in Brightness, Hue, Saturation dialogs - A very handy feature which permits you to adjust icons with precision.
  • Full support of JPEG 2000 - This is the future format for raster icons. It has a better compression ration than PNG (can be set with lossy compression like JPEG) and support alpha channels. It has been completely included in all features of the product (load/save/export/convert).
  • Full support of GIF - CompuServe GIF image format is widely used in Web pages because the majority of Web browsers recognize it. It has been completely included in all features of the product (load/save/export/convert) with Web-optimization options.
  • Better image quality in image resizing and blending - Now crystal clear results in all scale/blending operations!
  • New sample icons - Some icon artists gave us permissions to include their icons in the product as samples. You can enjoy these icons for your personal desktop use. Do not use them in products, they're copyrighted - see Sample Icons Terms of Use topic.
  • Free object library - In librarian, select the Objects folder and you'll find many images and symbols that you can use freely to make your icons. What a pleasure to compose your icons using drag & drop!
  • Other enhancements and bug fixes.


Wow... Adobe just announced a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia.

The two graphic design software houses. Arch-enemies. Together. It's all mind-boggling as to what can come out of this.

  • Adobe + Flash.  This is gonna be big. They're gonna push Flash as the lingua franca of the interactive web (while we wait on things like XForms, XAML, XUL and Web Forms 2.0) using the combined clout of Adobe and Macromedia's apps. Adobe had made some progression into SVG, so hopefully everything isn't too Flash-centric.  And the growth in the mobile area (Just think of the licensing for Flash Lite in the future) is also gonna be good.  This reason is probably worth it alone regardless of all the potential problems and overlap.
  • A powerful set of integrated tools. For print, web and video. Photoshop + Dreamweaver. Director + Premier.  Drools.
  • Some good "synergies". Adobe has been entrenched in the print area with InDesign and PDF. Macromedia is very web oriented, with many mobile and server components.
  • Also lots of fallouts. There's plenty of overlapping software.  Dreamweaver vs GoLive. Illustrator vs Freehand.  Whether they remain separate, get merged, or cannibalize each other's parts and technologies remains to be seen.
  • No real competitors. The only "real" competitors are Corel (with CorelDraw and its recent acquisition of Jasc) and opensource software, such as The GIMP. Maybe ACDSystems as a minor player since obtaining Canvas. With Adobe and Macromedia offering integrated suites, why try anything else. Bye bye Quark.
  • Adobe Flash CS?  Adobe Macromedia Flash?  Adobe Macromedia Flash CS MX 2006!  This is gonna be interesting =)
  • Listening to: Katamari Love by Yohihito Yano & Shigeru Matsuzaki
  • Reading: Y: The Last Man - Safeword
  • Watching: Frank Miller's Sin City

In a surprising move, Adobe Systems announced a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion. Adobe is known for products such as Photoshop, Illustrator & Acrobat while Macromedia is known products such as Flash & Dreamweaver. The acquisition is expected to close in Fall 2005.

The acquisition of Macromedia by Adobe provide customers a more powerful set of integrated software solutions that enable them create, manage and deliver a wide range of compelling content and applications from documents and images to audio and video. This powerful combination also strengthens their mission to help people and organizations communicate better through the complementary industry-wide technologies of PDF and Flash. Together, the two companies will continue to innovate and expand into the mobile and enterprise markets.

Related Links:
- Adobe Press Release
- Macromedia Press Release
- Adobe Products
- Macromedia Products


Sat Apr 9, 2005, 3:30 AM
Some of the bigger stuff I've been working on at deviantART have started to surface, like the new services page.

Thanks to TheRyanFord for creating the cool layout, Pachunka for giving more of his sage-like javascript/css tips, Anthony for the dynamic Fella illustrations, and to fluffy for the behind the scene stuff. :P

Wow, it's almost been a year since my last journal entry. :D
  • Listening to: Let's Get Lost by Elliot Smith
  • Reading: Sleeper Vol. 1: Out Cold

Adobe Systems announced the upcoming release of Adobe Creative Suite, the popular design software suite for print and web creatives. Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium Edition integrates new full-versions of Adobe Photoshop CS2 (image editing), Adobe Illustrator CS2 (drawing and illustration), Adobe InDesign CS2 (page layouts), and Adobe GoLive CS2 (web design).

Also included are Version Cue CS2 (file sharing and versioning), Adobe Acrobat® 7.0 Professional, and the brand new Adobe Bridge, a visual file browser that lets designers easily browse, organize, and process design assets within Adobe Creative Suite 2 software components.

Adobe Creative Suite for Mac OS X version 10.2.8 through 10.3.8, Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or Windows XP with Service Pack 1 or 2, will begin shipping in May to customers in the United States and Canada. Estimated street price for the Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium Edition is US$1,199 and US$899 for Creative Suite 2 Standard Edition.

What's New (from the press release):

Adobe Photoshop CS2
  • Custom, task-based workspaces. Reduce onscreen clutter by choosing from task-based workspaces, or create your own with just the tools you need.
  • Smart Objects. Perform nondestructive scaling, rotating, and warping of raster and vector graphics with Smart Objects.
  • Vanishing Point. Clone, brush, and paste elements that automatically match the perspective of any image area.
  • Multiple layer control. Select and move, group, transform, and warp objects more intuitively by clicking and dragging directly on the canvas.
  • Spot Healing Brush. Effortlessly retouch photos in a single click.
  • Image Warp. Easily create packaging mock-ups or other dimensional effects by wrapping an image around any shape or stretching, curling, and bending an image.
  • One-click red-eye correction. Instantly neutralize red eyes with the one-click red-eye correction tool, which lets you set pupil size and darkening level.
  • Optical lens correction. Easily correct common lens distortions, such as barrel and pincushion, and fix chromatic aberrations and vignetting.
  • Smart Sharpen. Easily counteract common image blurring with fine correction control based on the specific blur types: motion, lens, and Gaussian.
  • Special effects filters. Achieve amazing results with more than 95 special effects filters. Easily preview and apply more than one filter at a time from the Filter Gallery.
  • Advanced noise reduction. Polish digital photos with advanced noise correction in high-ISO shooting plus JPEG artifact reduction.
  • Multitasking. Take advantage of compact floating mode in Adobe Bridge to process images while simultaneously working in Photoshop CS2 or other CS2 applications.
  • Web animations. Quickly create dynamic GIF animations-using one or more images-directly within Photoshop CS2 by taking advantage of the new Animations palette and layer palette animation options.
  • Multi-image RAW file processing. Process multiple images while you continue working. Import images into your choice of formats, including Digital Negative (DNG). Enjoy automatic adjustments to exposure, shadows, and brightness and contrast.
  • 32-bit High Dynamic Range (HDR) support. Create and edit 32-bit images, and combine multiple exposures into a single, 32-bit image with expanded range - from the deepest shadows to the brightest highlights.

Adobe Illustrator CS2
  • Live Trace. Quickly and accurately convert photos, scans, or other bitmap images to editable and scalable vector paths with the Live Trace feature.
  • Live Paint. Apply color to any region or edge and use overlapping paths to create new shapes with the Live Paint tool, which intuitively colors artwork and automatically detects and corrects gaps.
  • Expanded stroke options. Control the position of a stroke on a path by choosing centered, inside, or outside.
  • Mobile content creation. Optimize rich graphical content for mobile wireless devices by saving artwork in any SVG format, including SVG-t, with improved export options, previewing, and more.
  • Control palette. Discover new features and find existing features faster in the context-sensitive Control palette. Eliminate the need for multiple palettes.
  • Custom workspaces. Work more efficiently and optimize your screen area using custom workspaces that display only the palettes you need for a specific task.
  • Photoshop layer comp support. Control the visibility of layer comps in linked, embedded, or opened Photoshop files from within Illustrator.
  • Colorized grayscale. Assign a spot color to a linked, embedded, or opened grayscale image, or even apply a spot color to a drop shadow and be confident that artwork will separate properly when printing.
  • Text underline and strikethrough. Easily apply underlining and strikethroughs to any line of text, section of text, or text element.
  • Wacom tablet support. Take advantage of pressure-sensitive drawing and erasing with a Wacom tablet, as well as new Intuous3 features like tilt sensitivity.
  • Improved Macromedia Flash (SWF) export. Expanded export options and a simplified process make it easier than ever to export your Illustrator artwork to Macromedia Flash (SWF) file format.

Adobe InDesign CS2
  • Object styles. Apply and globally update object-level formatting more efficiently using object styles. Save a wide range of graphic, text, and frame-level attributes as object styles to create more consistent designs and speed up production tasks.
  • Adobe Photoshop and Adobe PDF layer support. Selectively display layers and layer comps in Photoshop files, and layers in Adobe PDF files, to experiment with different design options or use multiple variations of a file in your layout.
  • InDesign snippets. Easily export InDesign objects as snippets, which can be shared with colleagues or reused in other documents. When you place or drag a snippet into a layout, InDesign re-creates the original objects, their formatting, and their relative positioning on the page.
  • Adobe InCopy CS2 assignments. Assign only the elements of a document that an editor using Adobe InCopy CS2 software needs to work on while you're designing the rest.
  • Save backwards to InDesign CS. Export your InDesign CS2 document to the InDesign Interchange (INX) format and open it in InDesign CS for sharing with people still working in the previous version.
  • Anchored Objects. Easily anchor callouts, pull quotes, margin notes, and graphics to text. Precisely control the positioning of Anchored Objects, apply text wrap settings, and more.
  • Improved Microsoft Word and RTF support. Automatically style Microsoft Word files on import by mapping Word styles to InDesign styles. Also resolve style name conflicts at import, preserve local overrides while removing other formatting, and save Word import settings as presets for future use.
  • Paste without formatting. Automatically strip formatting from copy as you paste it from one location to another from a source application such as Microsoft Word. The pasted text then inherits the formatting applied to its new destination.
  • Flexible XML support. Import XML files with greater control, including linking to XML content for easier updating. Also apply XML tags to tables, and then import XML content into and export it from those tables.
  • Shape-to-shape conversion. Use convenient buttons in the Pathfinder palette to convert an object from one shape to another, such as turning a rectangle into an ellipse of the same size.
  • Footnote support. Use dynamic footnotes with your preferred numbering and layout options. Footnotes travel appropriately across columns and pages as text flow changes. Import footnotes from Microsoft Word and RTF text files.
  • Color Picker. Use a color picker similar to the one in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software to visually select RGB, CMYK, or LAB colors.

Adobe GoLive CS2
  • Enhanced live rendering. Preview changes to Web and mobile content in a real-time, integrated engine built on the Opera browser that supports Small-Screen Rendering (SSR).
  • Visual CSS layout. Use a visual CSS layout window to create standards-compliant code that renders faithfully on mobile devices and Web browsers. Or, code by hand and verify syntax easily.
  • CSS prebuilt block objects. Drag and drop prebuilt CSS elements, such as a three-column layout with fixed right and left columns and a liquid center, to quickly build standards-compliant CSS pages that you populate with text and images.
  • CSS element selection tools. Select and manipulate CSS DIVs or their content more easily and efficiently than ever before.
  • Batch conversion from HTML to XHTML. Batch convert existing HTML Web pages and sites into more flexible, standards-compliant XHTML Web pages and sites.
  • Web-based project conversion to baseline mobile sites. Automatically convert an existing table-based Web site to mobile CSS layout.
  • Quick Start developer mode. Open GoLive in a comfortable, code-only mode-great for developers who still want access to GoLive site management features.
  • Simple visual tools to build and edit CSS-based pages. Build Web pages that conform to open standards using innovative new visual CSS workflows based on the CSS Editor and CSS prebuilt block objects.
  • Visual CSS authoring for mobile devices. Easily author and validate standards-compliant CSS content for mobile devices using simple visual tools.
  • Visual SVG-t inspection and authoring for mobile. View SVG-t content in split-view interfaces, enabling art tree, source, and XML outline views and access to an animation scrubbing timeline for rapid development.
  • Total site management. Track and manage everything in your site, from assets to links, uploading content using Secure FTP and WebDAV via SSH or SSL. Easily synchronize local and remote files.
  • Complete development environment for OMA, W3C, and 3GPP standards. Develop for mobile using global industry standards, including CSS, XHTML, SVG Tiny, SMIL, MPEG-4, and more.
  • Automated favicon creation. Reduce the time it takes to create favicons, using an easy drag-and-drop interface.

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