Creative Community Bulletin 25 April 2011 Through 20 May 2011

These are the ar­ti­cles, blogs, and re­sources I found in­ter­est­ing and wor­thy of shar­ing for 25 April 2011 through 20 May 2011:

  • Bring Browser-Style Tabs to Microsoft Office with the Office Tabs Plugin – By now most peo­ple have be­come ac­cus­tomed to us­ing browser tabs when surf­ing the in­ter­net. Tabs have be­come so stan­dard­ized that many pro­grams, mo­bile apps, and web­site all in­cor­po­rate them as well. If you are one of those peo­ple who loves tabs, I have some great news for you! Detong Technology of­fers a groovy plug-in for the Windows ver­sion of Microsoft Office that brings tabs to Word, Excel, and Powerpoint; it’s called Office Tabs.
  • How to Automatically BCC in Outlook 2010 – Perhaps it was due to one too many pas­sive ag­gres­sive intra-office stealth BCCs (Blind Carbon Copy), but for some rea­son, Microsoft de­cided to se­ri­ously roll back ac­cess to BCCs in Office 2010. For one, the new mes­sage di­alog doesn’t even have a BCC field. But you also can’t set up Outlook 2010 rules to au­to­mat­i­cally BCC some­one (al­though you can set up a rule to au­to­mat­i­cally CC a mes­sage). For my pur­poses, this is kind of a pain. I am a Gmail/Outlook hy­brid user (I have about three dif­fer­ent email ad­dresses, each for a dif­fer­ent pur­pose) and I like to keep all of my mes­sages archived in my main Gmail ac­count for easy ref­er­ence. So, what I wanted was a way to for­ward all of my sent mes­sages to my Gmail ac­count (I al­ready have all in­com­ing mes­sages for­warded there by a sever-side rule). Easier said than done but I think I’ve fig­ured out the eas­i­est way.

    It turns out that there are three things that need to be done to un­lock the full po­ten­tial of BCC in Outlook 2010:

  • Verizon: Say So Long to Unlimited Data | PCWorld – Got a smart­phone on Verizon Wireless? Get ready to wave good­bye to the days of un­lim­ited data.

    Verizon will axe its un­lim­ited smart­phone data plan this sum­mer, ac­cord­ing to re­marks made by the carrier's chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer. Speaking at the Reuters Global Technology Summit on Thursday, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo (no re­la­tion to the ShamWow guy) said the com­pany will soon roll out new tiered pric­ing plans and elim­i­nate the cur­rent $30-a-month un­lim­ited op­tion.

    According to Reuters, which re­ported the news, the move is de­signed to "force heavy data users to pay more for mo­bile data." Ouch.

    Hang on, though: For most of us, it may not be nearly as painful as it sounds.

  • Tips On Business Card Typeface | DesignBeep – Typeface is a term we gen­er­ally think of for a set of fonts—a com­bi­na­tion of the type, style, and size for pro­fes­sional com­put­er­ized let­ter­ing. When con­sid­er­ing a type­face for your cus­tom or busi­ness card tem­plate de­sign at busi­ness­cards, it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand some com­mon at­trib­utes as­so­ci­ated with type and some com­mon cat­e­gories of type.
  • Soluto – Anti-Frustration Software – Frustrated by your slug­gish and un­re­spon­sive PC?

    Soluto is bring­ing an end to PC user frus­tra­tion with trans­parency, killer tech­nol­ogy, and your help.

  • Google Calls Facial Recognition Database "Creepy" | The Daily Feed | Minyanville​.com – You gotta hand it to Google. Mapping hu­man fa­cial struc­ture and stor­ing them in a data­base com­plete with a name, ad­dress, and email is where Mountain View draws the line.
  • Angry Birds for Windows – Angry Birds
  • Photoshop Automator Actions v5.0.1 : Complete Digital Photography – If you rou­tinely find your­self slog­ging through te­dious, repetitve chores in Photoshop, then you should try us­ing Automator to stream­line your batch pro­cess­ing chores. Built-in to Mac OS X 10.4 and later, Automator makes it sim­ple to cre­ate so­phis­ti­cated, com­plex au­toma­tions. Out-of-the-box, Automator can’t con­trol Adobe Photoshop, but with the ad­di­tion of this Photoshop Automator Actions col­lec­tion, you get every­thing nec­es­sary to drive Photoshop us­ing Automator.
  • Strong Password Generator – Use this strong pass­word gen­er­a­tor to gen­er­ate se­cure, ran­dom pass­words. It’s free.
  • The Funniest Photoshop Fails Of All Time (PHOTOS) – It's no se­cret that all mag­a­zi­nes, ad­ver­tise­ments, and cat­a­logs are given the Photoshop treat­ment be­fore be­ing shown to the world. Legs are length­ened, tum­mies flat­tened, and some­times pho­tos are changed com­pletely, but a good graphic de­signer hides all traces of his or her ma­nip­u­la­tion. Fortunately, sites like Photoshop Disasters have been catch­ing the worst Photoshop mis­takes for a few years now, so we just had to put to­gether our fa­vorite ones for you. Rogue hands, miss­ing legs, ter­ri­ble cut and paste jobs: you name it and chances are it's here. Vote for the biggest fail, and if you've seen any worse Photoshop jobs around the web, sub­mit them be­low!
  • Free For All: Spring into Photoshop Freebies | CreativePro​.com – This in­stall­ment of your fa­vorite free­bies fea­ture is all about Photoshop. I'll point you to­ward re­sources that op­ti­mize the app and add a grid tool. Then I'll give you a huge as­sort­ment of tex­tures and some use­ful image-editing ac­tions.

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