Within hours Apple will release #iOS7 to the whole world all at once. Many want to get their hands on it right away. Here are 5 reasons why you should wait a few more days with the upgrade.
1. Even though Apple uses Akamai for their downloads they usually can't cope with millions of people downloading large files all at the same time. Save yourself the trouble of restarting the download several times and watching the progress bar crawl. By tomorrow the servers will be blazing fast.
2. There are always a few bugs in new software that only come out when the software is finally in the open. It's better to wait another week until the first 7.0.1 bug fix version come out for smooth sailing.
3. Most developers updated their apps to be fully iOS7 compatible, but you may be using an odd app that is critical to you and hasn't been yet updated in some way. Wait for a few days until the developers catch up.
4. You have to back-up your iOS devices before upgrading just to be safe and that should take care of any issues, but there may be some unexpected kinks with the upgrade process that you will learn from the internet or friends in the coming days. Learn from other's experience, save yourself the trouble.
5. Most importantly, you may not even want to upgrade because iOS7 is slower on your older device or works differently from what you're used to. You may decide that the new features and look is not worth losing the responsiveness.
Love it or hate it, the news during Adobe's earnings call this week that subscriptions to Creative Cloud had passed the one million mark would seem to indicate that those in denial will have to at some point soon come to grips with the fact that traditional perpetual licences for Creative Suite are now just a fading memory. Which leaves just three alternatives: keep using a current version of an Adobe app forever, switch to Creative Cloud or renounce the use of Adobe tools and move to... well, what, exactly? And please, no mention of GIMP.
With the launch of the new iPhone 5s, the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, iPhone 5c, the most colorful iPhone yet and iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, Apple is ushering in the next generation of mobile computing, delivering an incredible new hardware and software experience that only Apple could create. Read more.
The first upgrade since the release of Photoshop CC in June turns out to be quite significant. As well as packing in a wide variety of improvements and new functionality geared to a broad spectrum of users, the upgrade adds the first application of Adobe Generator, a customizable platform that has now been released as an open source project, along with the first practical embodiment of its capabilities, image assets generation. It's no secret that Adobe would like those who have traditionally used Fireworks for creating web designs and comps to move on to Photoshop and this is exactly what this is designed to facilitate. Will that plus the new $9.99 per month rate finally get the user base onside? Who knows. More details here.
In a move designed primarily to appease photographers, who were incensed by the forced move to Creative Cloud, Adobe this week has cut the cost of Photoshop CC subscriptions from $19.99 per month to $9.99. It's hard to imagine the price going much lower, so this limited-time offer might be something to check out.
BitTorrent Sync is a brand new free product from BitTorrent that lets you sync an unlimited number of files and folders of any size across all of your trusted devices via peer-to-peer instead of a cloud service.
Is there another graphic designer who can rival the output of Saul Bass? For several decades he succeeded in imposing a unique style, marked by strong, simple imagery and a dramatic use of type that extended to his title credit work for such films as The Man with the Golden Arm and the more recent Casino, from 1995. I've included a few favorites below, with many more easily located online.
Hear more about this project on RetroMacCast Episode #298.
Yes, such styluses are already available from HEX3 and adonit but since Wacom is the market leader for pressure-sensitive drawing tools, anything it comes up with is worth close scrutiny. Its latest offering, which will be available for purchase in early October for $99, looks quite slick, thanks to its brushed aluminum housing and black or blue/black color schemes. Created for the iPad 3, 4 and Mini, the Intuos Creative Stylus can be used with such apps as Autodesk SketchBook Pro for iPad, ArtRage and ProCreate, with support for Adobe Ideas and Psykopaint on the way. The 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, palm rejection, shortcut functionality and Bluetooth 4.0 make the magic happen. More information is available on the Wacom site.
Many people frowned, but several others thought it's a good idea. Let's explore what gold means in various markets important for Apple.
In North America on one hand gold is associated with reliable investment. On the other hand gold also has a strong association with tasteless and pointless opulence.
The European perception is very similar to the North American with the exception that it is also associated with rich churches and royal palaces.
Many rich and middle class Europeans are into gold jewelry and watches.
North Africa, Middle East and India loves gold. It's not only a sign of success and financial security, but it is also closely associated with celebrations like marriage and religious gifting events. In many countries you can find streets with dozens of shops that only sell gold jewelry. Well off families own kilos of gold in jewelry and gold bars.
Golden objects are not uncommon in Arabia. Not only bags or phones but cars too. People do not generally have any negative associations with gold.
Traveling further East gold in Buddhism and in Chinese culture is associated with wealth, freedom and royalty. Gold in Feng Shui means money, happiness and warmth. People like having gold objects in their homes.
In conclusion, gold aside from the negative connotations of opulence in the West has an overwhelmingly positive meaning in most parts of the world.
So releasing a gold iPhone would make total sense for Apple. The device will probably be a high-end 128GB device with the fastest chip and best camera available.
Let's look at some of mock-up pictures of how iPhone 5S Gold could look like.
Would you want a golden iPhone? How do you feel about it?
Back in February the creativeLIVE site site hosted PhotoshopWEEK, for which more than 150,000 participants from 178 countries tuned in for free webinars that included Photoshop's Best-Kept Secrets; Editing Habits to Break; Mastering Blending Modes; and Getting Started with Actions. Provided free during the event, those sessions are now available on a paid basis. Now there's the free five-day Creative Cloud Design Week, which kicks off on August 19 and runs until the 23rd. The 11 instructors will focus on the core CC applications, with topics including InDesign Basics - Using Photoshop and InDesign; Master Illustrator's Patterns; Dreamweaver vs Muse; and Template-based Imaging in Photoshop.