Creative Community Bulletin 19 May 2010 Through 22 May 2010

These are the articles, blogs, and resources I found interesting and worthy of sharing for 19 May 2010 through 22 May 2010:

  • Video tribute to the Get a Mac ad campaign – Last month we reported that Justin Long, who plays Mac in the Get a Mac ads, hinted that the advertising campaign had come to an end. Now it seems confirmed
  • Script Displays Style Overrides in InDesign CS4 (and CS5) – Marc Autret (IndiScripts) wrote another lovely script. According to his own words… it’s the shortest script he’s ever written. The ShowHideLocalFormatting script!

    Once installed his script provides a simple on/off mechanism to display any local style overrides that are applied to text. No need to look for that tiny little symbol in the Character/Paragraph Styles panel… instead a very clear red line marks all the overrides. It even picks up things like hyphenation enabling/disabling, lack of style formatting etc, by placing a red vertical rule at the start of each line in the effected paragraph.

  • Adobe, You Brought an Advertisement to a Gun Fight – On one hand, there’s an urge to feel bad for you. You really are getting screwed here. On the other hand, you really did it to yourselves.

    When Apple first launched the iPhone in 2007, had there been a great, lightweight version of Flash for mobile devices, I bet that Apple would have almost been forced to use it. They offered it on their desktop browsers after all, and this new device was supposed to be putting the Internet in your pocket. It was no sure thing that this device would succeed at the time, and giving it every chance to (by including something like Flash) would have made sense. But there was no version of Flash ready that would run on the device (presumably without massive performance/battery hits). In fact, only now, three full years later, is a version of Flash running on mainstream mobile devices being shown off.

  • Sayonara, iPhone: Why I’m Switching to Android – I was already fed up with my lousy AT
  • Doodle 4 Google – Kids Draw Google Logo, Winner Becomes Google Logo for a Day – Here is a display of our top 40 Regional Finalists. Please vote for one favorite doodle in each grade group. You may only vote one time. Voting is open from May 18, 2010 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) to May 25, 2010 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT). After May 25th, we will tally up your votes and announce the four national finalists and national winner on May 26, 2010 at an awards ceremony in New York. The national winner's doodle will appear on on May 27, 2010. For a list of our State Finalists that are not a part of this online voting round, please click here.
  • Free For All: A Thousand Free Textures – Textures. We’ve got textures. Lots and lots of textures. One thousand one hundred and twenty-three to be exact, from paper to ink, grunge to clean, concrete to metal, wood to grass, smoke to coffee stains. And they’re all 100% free for personal and commercial use.
  • Pantone Opens a Hotel. This Is Not a Joke. – Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company, and the global authority on color, today announced the opening of the PANTONE HOTEL in Brussels. Centrally located just steps from Avenue Louise, a glamorous shopping and business district named for a king's daughter and now a muse to modern-day designers, the boutique PANTONE HOTEL combines a chic, colorful design aesthetic with comfortable, well-appointed guest rooms. The lobby and rooftop terraces are destinations unto themselves within a bustling city center famous for its artistic, culinary and political history.
  • Android Froyo Is a Slap in Apple’s Face – Google is, in fact, doing it right in a few areas where Apple is doing it wrong.
  • Adobe Tables (Beta) SaaS – Competing with Google Spreadsheets? – Tables Beta lets you work online with others on data and information such as task lists, schedules, contacts, sales numbers, etc.

    Tables has the familiar look and feel of a spreadsheet and it operates inside a web browser so you and your team are always working with the most accurate, up to date information. Everyone works in the same data set simultaneously so there is no need to send copies in e-mail or check it out from a shared server.

  • Flash Dynamic Desktop Background – I was able to embed any site I cared to, including Flash apps, as my Windows background. It worked so well that I pushed the idea a little further and made a Javascript-driven HTML page that anyone can download and easily use to experiment with this little-known trick.

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