Natural media painting software (software that lets you replicate the look and feel of real materials in some way or another) is a brilliant way to express your artistic flair without getting your hands covered in oils, watercolors, or messy pastels. Digital painting is now more sophisticated than ever, and with Wacom graphics tablets cheaper and more accessible, there’s no reason not to start painting on your Mac.
When Apple started the Retina Display ball rolling with high-resolution updates to its catalog, we eagerly headed over to the App Store to grab the latest and greatest versions of our favorite iWork and iLife apps. But as we waited for the little blue progress bars to disappear, we couldn't help but notice how much longer they took to complete. Just last night, it took over half an hour to download a 750mb app over Wi-Fi.
In order to display those high resolution applications and have them look supreme on the Retina Display, the images have to get bigger, which means that the size of the apps have to go up, too. Pages went from 95.1 MB to 269 MB, and Numbers and Keynote packed on quite a few megabytes. What's worse: if you're updating these apps on the first-generation iPad or an iPad 2, they're taking up all the space on your device and you can't even take advantage of the fact that they're high resolution.
Adobe surprised everyone late Wednesday with a public beta for their new Photoshop CS6, which is expected along with the rest of Creative Suite 6 in the first half of this year. But is this just another iterative update without many new features? You be the judge with our first look.
The Apple we know and love today is full of smart cookies who are confident in their product mix and clear in their direction: Innovate, iterate, and don't spend too much time looking in the rear view mirror while leaving the rest of the industry in the dust. But on the way to the top, the company took some weird twists and turns that just seem so...un-Apple. Then again, without these growing pains, Apple wouldn't be where it is today.
Let's look back at some of the major forks in the road...
Apple’s new iPhoto for iOS may be just the thing you’re looking for to sprinkle fairy dust magic across your digital images, but you’ll still have to do some of the heavy lifting yourself, particularly when using the brush tools. Here’s what you can do -- and how to get started using them on your own iPad 2 or new iPad.
Draining an iPad battery has never been easy. Even before Apple's tablet had a retina display and LTE networking, we marveled at how such a thin package could be such a mobile powerhouse, sipping power as it churned through 10-plus-hours of reading, movie watching, web surfing and bird flinging. When iPad 2 slimmed down the form factor without sacrificing any precious battery power, we were duly impressed.
But now it's getting ridiculous. With the most brilliant, crystal-clear display on any device, ever, and a near-imperceptible increase in thickness--there's just no way that the new iPad can possibly live up to Apple's 10-hours-on-a-single-charge claim, at least not in any real-world situations.
iPhoto for iOS introduces a clever new way to share you photos with loved ones courtesy of Journals, a feature which debuted on the mobile app and will presumably arrive on the Mac with the next major update as well. Flummoxed by using Journals? Take a deep breath and read on...
Not every product can be a runaway success like the iPad or the MacBook Air. Apple seems invincible these days, but every true Mac addict remembers The Dark Times, when some real duds came out of Cupertino. Luckily, Apple used the lessons learned to make some of the great products lined up in pretty rows at an Apple Store near you.
Today we'll look at their blunders in the Mac space...
The new iPad’s finally here, but for some reason you want a different tablet. Maybe you prefer the feeling of an inferior build quality in your hands, or love navigating a fragmented mobile OS and app ecosystem. We kid, we kid! As much as we love the iPad, we’re not here to judge you: Apple’s not the only company out there that offers a bit of the old tap-and-swipe, and if you feel the need to wander away from Cupertino, so be it. To help you on your way, we’ve put together a list of four iPad alternatives that’'' help you stay productive, play and stay in touch everywhere you go.
Looking at Apple's successes right now, it seems they can do no wrong. But that wasn't always the case -- Cupertino has released some flubs in its day. But those missteps helped pave the way for the awesome products we know and love today. And is a mistake really a mistake if you learn something from it?