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 | – 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 | – 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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