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Entries from July 2006

Jul 12, 2006

Firefox turns 2.0! (almost)

A public beta release of Firefox 2.0 is just around the corner. But for those impatient (nerdy) souls who just can’t wait any longer, go ahead and check out the current beta release candidate available now from Mozilla. Notable new features include: The ability to undo closing a tab A built in real-time spell checker […]

Jul 11, 2006

Bind your own professional-looking book

Comic book artist, Toby Craig has an excellent tutorial on do-it-yourself bookbinding. The process requires some sewing and gluing, but his instructions are thorough and comes with lots and lots of pictures (which we like). The materials and tools he used should also all be available at your local arts and crafts store. For artists, […]

Jul 10, 2006

Good manners without Miss Manners

I love living in San Francisco, but despite the laid back quality, it’s certainly not free of rudeness. Fortunately, there’s help. New York Magazine’s The Urban Etiquette Guide is a manual of manners for the city dweller who doesn’t quite fit into Miss Manners’ target demographic. It has modern guidelines for topics such as love, […]

Jul 7, 2006

Edward Tufte’s new book, Beautiful Evidence, is now available

Edward Tufte, the guru of data visualization and information design, has just released his new book, Beautiful Evidence. It’s been long anticipated and is the fourth in a series of books on displaying and designing information. Those unfamiliar with Tufte can check out his website for information on his other books and his nationwide tour […]

Jul 6, 2006

How to use Photoshop to retouch your photo and have flawless skin

Nobody’s perfect, but with Photoshop you can be. Mizuno from Photography-on-the.net has a great and detailed step-by-step tutorial on using Photoshop to achieve that blemish-free fashion cover look. Zits, blackheads, uneven skin tone, and freckles are all wiped away with the miracle of Photoshop. Mizuno’s Super Airbrush PP Tutorial! [via Photography-on-the.net]

Jul 5, 2006

Scriptographer: Javascript-based effects for Adobe Illustrator

Jürg Lehni has created a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that lets you use Javascript to create new ways of generating artwork. Here’s how he describes it: Scriptographer is a scripting plugin for Adobe Illustrator▞¢. It gives the user the possibility to extend Illustrator’s functionality by the use of the JavaScript language. The user is no […]

Jul 5, 2006

Strengthen your love of screenshots by adding a little control

For as long as I can remember, I have been in love with Command+Shift+3, the Macintosh keyboard shortcut for capturing a screen to a file. While this love is enduring, I must admit some dalliances with Command+Shift+4 (capture selected area of a screen to a file) and Command+Shift then Spacebar (capture a specific window, widget, […]