Archive for March, 2008
Posted on March 30, 2008 - by Khaled
Upgrading to the new version of WordPress (2.5) was easy and smooth and without hassles or problems of any kind. I’m also loving the new administration interface and all in all I’m very pleased with it. WordPress is now more flexible customizable and extensible and yet easier to use. The design of the new customizable dashboard is just lovely… In fact this new version was designed by Jeffry Zeldman’s Happy Cog (and of course built by Automattic). Definitely a milestone is reached with this version. Everyday I’m more and more convinced that WordPress is the best blogging option around! At least this is true for me and for many others (did you know that WordPress powers around 0.8% of the whole web?).
More info here.
Posted on March 28, 2008 - by Khaled
Adobe Photoshop Express Beta is now officially launched. It is free but only available for the US users at least for now. I believe some other countries should follow up soon. Photoshop Express is a light version of Photoshop that’s based on Flash 9 web application. You won’t be able to use layers, make heavy changes and manipulations or even use text and text options but it is pretty simple to use Photoshop Express to crop, resize, sketch, saturate or change the colors of your Image (Hue).
With your Free online Photoshop Version you will have 2GB of free disk space storage and a Flickr-like admin to go with it. Moreover you can and it synchronize it with your Facebook, MySpace or Picasa accounts to change any of your photos and when you save those tweaks via the Photoshop interface they show up directly in your Facebook or Myspace. As for the synchronization with Flickr it is being devoloped and will be happening soon. Same for adding other languages and of course countries as I’ve mentioned it before. So now soon we will see everyone having his own light Photoshop reachable online! and probably soon Photoshop Express will be a lot more powerful than what it is now…. Only time will tell. If you are based in the US go get your Adobe Photoshop Express Beta! all you need is to sign up for a free account! For the other just wait for your country to be listed!
Continue to the Adobe Press release:
Posted on March 26, 2008 - by Khaled
Posted on March 25, 2008 - by Khaled
A new Search Engine Optimization miracle? or another SEO service scam? 1on40.com pretends it get you to 1st position in the search engine results on 40 search engines including Google and Yahoo! and this not only for one keyword but for 5 keywords in only 120 days. All this for… FREE! And you won’t have to pay a dime until your site reaches the 1st place for the 5 Keywords! How nice! 1on40 guys seem to have a lot of self confidence! And no black Hat SEO is used at all!
I’m by no mean an expert in matters of SEO but I am just wondering, What if two or three guys submit different sites for 1on40 with the same keyword? who’s going to be ranked number One? Does it work for new domains too? I thought that new domains take longer than a year to perform quite well in matters of ranking especially for competitive keywords… I also thought that in SEO it is not possible to conclude or exactly predict the rank? so how can they confirm you will be number one? They are not improving and optimizing the content or the code of the sites that are submitted… so they’re just “submitting” the sites to Search engines?
May be they are just trying with some “special magic top secret” technique to get you to be #1, and then they will succeed with some and fail with some and that the rate of success is enough to profit them??? who knows how this 1on40 works? or is it just a new service from google that is yet in beta and google doesn’t want people to know about its affiliation with this project?
Anyway this seems quite nebulous… I’ve submitted and old site of mine that I no longer update and that is sinking in the bottom of most the search engines where it is listed! and in 120 days we will see if 1on40 really works!! Well something is sure, 1on40 brought a new and an original concept… Will it really work? I don’t really know! It seems that it worked “partially” for some of its users… but was that really the effect of 1on40 SEO services? may be you will have another review about 1on40 here soon…
You can also check out these posts, reviews and discussions about 1on40 on some other blogs to make your own mind about this SEO service:
Posted on March 24, 2008 - by Khaled
I usually work on both Mac OS and Windows but sometimes when I’m on the move I frequently take my windows laptop with me and if a client hands me a Flash USB key containing an .EPS file saved on a Mac OS and that has a preview embedded in it, I’ll be unable to open/see it right then unless we have a Mac nearby! And this really wastes a lot of time … and time is money. This is due to the fact that EPS saved on a MAC OS contains data format for the preview which is not compatible with Windows…
The EPS format was originally developed by Adobe. It was intended to be used as a vector format, and not raster. It is, again, platform independent and can’t be displayed on a screen if you don’t have “Display PostScript”. EPS can be opened with Vector programs (i.e. Adobe Illustrator, FreeHand, InkScape…) and most of the times it can be also opened with Photoshop but the latter will rasterize your vectors.
On the contrary to the common belief, EPS files are not meant to be rendered by a PostScript printer on paper. They were developed to be encapsulated/embedded in another file. So EPS files aren’t PS files!
So and because of all the waste of time and headaches that I witnessed while dealing with EPS I’m not a big fan of EPS!
I’ve had cases where an embedded EPS file shows up when I open it in the Illustrator but it won’t print and that was due to the fact that the EPS file had a high-resolution TIF embedded in it!
So I just want to ask, if you’re not going to encapsulate the graphic you’re saving as an EPS in another file why not save it as a native AI files? Or a PDF? Or if you don’t need it to be in a vector format why not just save as a PSD?