Wednesday, January 24, 2007

How to Mask Objects in FreeHand with Paste Inside Command

I experienced paste inside method with FreeHand this morning while making some papers of brochure. If you are a Macromedia FreeHand user, you may be familiar with the Paste Inside method of creating masks. Paste Inside creates either a vector mask or a bitmap mask, depending on the type of mask object you use. The Paste Inside command creates a mask by filling a closed path or bitmap object with other objects: vector graphics, text, or bitmap images. The path itself is sometimes referred to as a clipping path, and the items it contains are called contents or paste insides. Contents extending beyond the clipping path are hidden.

The Paste Inside command in FreeHand produces a similar effect to the Paste as Mask command, with a couple of differences:

  • With Paste Inside, the object you cut and paste is the object to be masked. Compare this with Paste as Mask, where the object you cut and paste is the mask object.
  • With vector masks, Paste Inside shows the fill and stroke of the mask object itself. A vector mask object's fill and stroke are not visible by default with Paste as Mask. You can turn a vector mask's fill and stroke on or off, however, using the Property inspector.
Let's do some example with that command :
1. make a pattern for example.

2. draw a closed where to mask line.

 the pattern which we draw first.

4.right click trough de menu find paste inside command.

5. All is done

Saturday, January 20, 2007

ICP supports picking from Photoshop color picker now

Instant Color Picker (ICP) 2.4 released last week. New version enables picking color from ICP pallete using default Photoshop color picker. Magnifier size, custom color formats, multi-monitor support are some of the new features.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Take a look Adobe Labs I

Adobe Labs is continuation of Labs which is founded by Macromedia at October 2005. After combination of Macromedia with Adobe, this environment was kept getting new releases and beta versions of the products together with developers.
Adobe provides that users can get an experience with new technologies and the products trough Adobe Labs . Adobe Labs aims to encourage co-operative software development operation. Feedback from users absolutely maximizes user satisfaction and ability of products to approach the result.
From beta versions to little programs and open source libraries can be found at Adobe Labs before sales of products. Moreover products which have finished beta period and currently stand in sales, also can be found at a link as "formerly in labs".

to be continued...

Spry Creates Great Interfaces

Spry is a frameworks that has ability to include xml datum in an html document easily. You only know about CSS, HTML and a little bit Javascript. You can create visually perfect interfaces in your pages by Spry. It is designed to bring Ajax to the web design community who can benefit from Ajax, but are not well served by other frameworks.

You should see what Spry can do by investigating demos
Also highly suggested An RSS Reader demo by using SprySave as Draft

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Christian Cantrell shows Apollo

15 things about Adobe Apollo

So, by way of a follow-up to an earlier post: “Adobe Apollo nearing launch”, here's a list of 15 things about Adobe Apollo:

  1. The ability to install web applications as desktop applications. So the web applications exist outside of the browser and are browser independent.

  2. Applications that work out of Apollo don't have to be connected to the internet to function.

Free Adobe Photoshop CS3 Education by

Photoshop CS3 Beta One-on-One Preview
with: Deke McClelland

On December 14, 2006, Adobe announced the first-ever public beta for an upcoming version of Photoshop, its flagship image-editing software. more...

Download the exercise files:

Table of contents

1. Photoshop CS3 Beta One-on-One Preview

Macworld Video: Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta by John Nack - 12 minutes

As an interview

An Introduction : Adobe CS3 Beta - 52 minutes

An experince with CS3 for bugs

Get Adobe Photoshop CS3 Beta

First public release of Photoshop beta is an unusual behavior of Adobe company. Download the Photoshop CS3 beta if you want to have an idea about version CS3
" Macintosh users: Get native performance on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs "

System Requirements:


  • PowerPC G4 or G5 or Intel based Macintosh processor
  • Mac OS X v.10.4.8
  • 320MB of RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 64MB of video RAM
  • 1.5GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1,024x768 monitor resolution with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet or phone connection required for product activation
  • QuickTime 7 software required for multimedia features


  • Intel Pentium 4, Intel Centrino, Intel Xeon, or Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista
  • 320MB of RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 64MB of video RAM
  • 650MB of available hard-disk space
  • 1,024x768 monitor resolution with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet or phone connection required for product activation
  • QuickTime 7 software required for multimedia features

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Adobe Apollo Combines Flash Player and Acrobat Reader

Adobe Engineers are developing a new product codenamed Adobe Apollo that integrates the Macromedia Flash Player with the Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader. Adobe Apollo software will provide Macromedia Flash and HTML functionality and will run independent from the web browser just like a standalone desktop application.

Adobe Apollo won't provide an EXE projector like you see for SWF files, instead clients will have to download and install the Apollo runtime. And just like Macromedia Flash, Adobe Apollo will be a free runtime.

The pre-release version of Adobe Apollo will be available this year while Apollo 1.0 is expect in 2007. Apollo Version 1.0 will run on desktops while the future releases will support mobile devices.

Apollo will offer data synchronization, the ability to work online or offline, one-click installation and desktop integration. Apollo will join Flash Lite (the mobile client) and Flash Player (the browser client) to form the Flash Platform client family.

Adobe Apollo is seen as the next generation Flash player that run out of the browser and offers Macromedia Central client like capabilities. Meanwhile, Adobe will continue to deliver the standalone version Flash Player and Adobe Reader for viewing and interacting with PDF documents and forms.

Applications for Adobe Apollo can be developed in any IDE including Macromedia Flash Platform, Adobe Flex Builder (Zorn), Eclipse or even the good old notepad.

To explain the potential of Apollo, Macromedia Senior Vice President Mike Sundermeyer presented a concept application where a user's entertainment library was fully indexed and integrated with ecommerce, email, messaging, media center and other dynamic content into one intuitive application.

Adobe Apollo sounds quite like Macromedia Central, a application and deployment environment. Macromedia Central applications are written in Flash and can be run locally on the user desktop from a Macromedia Central shell client.

Kevin Lynch said that Adobe Apollo will be posted on Macromedia (Adobe) Labs when it moves to alpha stage. It is now very clear that the Macromedia Flash Platform is not going to stay exclusively in web browsers.

Ikezi Kamanu attended the Adobe Apollo technical overview session at Adobe Developer Week and he has posted screenshots with Technical Overview of Apollo. Ryan Stewart has some screen capture of demo applications built using Adobe Apollo and Flex Builder.

Macromedia Flash Platform Architecture with Apollo


Adobe purposes AJAX

Nowadays AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) programming is a trend of whole web developers. Adobe Systems will debut technology intended to make AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) programming easier for Web designers.

The company will offer a free pre-release version of an AJAX framework called Spry. The Spry framework is HTML-centric and features a JavaScript library specifically oriented to Web designers, said Jennifer Taylor, senior product manager for Adobe's Dreamweaver products. Developed at Adobe Labs, the pre-release features data capabilities to incorporate XML into HTML documents using technologies such as HTML, Cascading Style Sheets, and a minimal amount of JavaScript." more...

Sunday, January 7, 2007

New Adobe software turns 3D images to PDFs

Adobe Systems Monday is releasing software that will allow designers and engineers to save 3-D images as PDF files and share those files with anyone who has the free Adobe Acrobat reader, the company said.

Saturday, January 6, 2007