Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 | Author: OWC Mason
Adobe Ideas is an incredibly fun digital art app. While it’s certainly not a professional level digital art tool, it makes it easy to download and instantly begin creating cool art. It’s a very intuitive program with a pretty impressive toolkit, but it would definitely benefit from a few simple tweaks.
Lets take a look at the good, the bad, and my deeply insightful suggestions to improve the program.
There is a lot to like here. First of all, it’s easy to dive right in and start drawing. Adobe Ideas is a great app for anybody looking for a cost-free introduction to digital drawing and painting. As soon as you download it, you can start creating, no matter what your skill level is.
The color palate is very impressive, offering a complete rainbow of RGB and HSB colors. There is also a convenient eyedropper tool so you don’t have to worry about picking the exact same color you used previously if you need it again. Just point the eyedropper at the desired color, click and you will have the color you need to get the job done.
During Apple’s second quarter earnings conference call Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook teased us with a promise of “new product categories” that the company will be releasing this fall and throughout 2014.
While that’s certainly exciting news, many are still left wondering whether some of Apple’s current products are being put on the backburner. One example that quickly comes to mind is the Mac Pro. It’s been almost three years since the company’s last true update to the Mac Pro.
While we can only dream about what new products Apple has up its sleeve (an iWatch or iTV, anyone?), those who are focused on the Mac Pro still have options to get elite performance even if Apple doesn’t roll out an update until the Fall or even later. Article Continues…
While the world continues to wait for the first major update of Apple’s Mac Pro line since 2010 (CEO Tim Cook has said it will be sometime this year), others are taking matters into their own hands, opting to give their current machine a boost. And of course, Other World Computing has the perfect upgrade to help you get most out of your current Mac Pro
As outlined recently on his blog, technology enthusiast Randy Noland installed an OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD in his 2010 Mac Pro to get faster throughput when editing video. And not only does his speed test show his Mac Pro gets the boost it needs compared against two platter-based 7200 RPM drives or a SSD, it gives him “incredible” results.
That’s because the the Mercury Accelsior uses the fastest data interface available in a Mac Pro or PC — the PCIe slot — for speeds that go well beyond even 6Gb/s. This allows nearly 3x the performance vs. a SSD in a SATA 2.0 3Gb/s drive. In fact, the Mercury Accelsior can deliver up to incredible 820MB/s read and 763MB/s write speeds! This blazing speed makes the Mercury Accelsior ideal for I/O-intensive apps like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or Avid Pro Tools to render, capture or process, and it makes booting and application launches become nearly instantaneous.
Additionally, as Lloyd Chambers of Mac Performance Guide points out, the Mercury Accelsior is bootable, while all four of the Mac Pro drive bays remain available for high capacity hard drives!
And since its PCIe-based and compatible with both Macs and PCs, you can still use your Mercury Accelsior when you get a new machine — whether it’s that much rumored 2013 Mac Pro update or not.
On Friday, August 3, OWC will be teaming up with our valued reseller B&H Photo to show off some of our latest SSD, Storage, and Accessory products for professional photographers at the 2012 PhotoshopCAFE event. The training workshop will be held at the historic Fine Arts Building in Chicago, IL –which is a stone’s throw from our headquarters in Woodstock, IL.
For those not familiar with this event, PhotoshopCAFE is a presenting the 2012 Photoshop Route CS6 Tour, sponsored by Adobe. This inspiring never-before seen tour, led by award-winning digital imaging expert Colin Smith, is presented as a full-day seminar that will turbocharge your digital photography skills. Attendees will leave the event with a solid grasp of Photoshop; as well as all the important new features of the CS6 release (note -you don’t have to be a CS6 user to attend and learn).
Additionally, OWC will be at the event showing off some of our latest and greatest USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt equipped storage and accessory products designed specifically for today’s digital photographer, such as: Article Continues…
Other World Computing announced today through its in-house MaxRAM testing lab its Certified Triple-Channel Memory Upgrade Kits for 2009 and later Apple Mac Pro models now provide up to 128GB — twice the factory maximum installed memory — with up to a 49 percent lower cost. The 16GB per module matched kits are fully tested and certified to meet, if not surpass, all Apple memory design and compatibility specifications and come backed by a Lifetime Replacement Warranty and free, step-by-step installation videos.
Maximum Memory Recommended for Optimum OS X and Application Performance
Industry experts agree 4GB of RAM is the minimum that should be installed for optimum performance of OS X Lion. Beyond the OS, however, if applications such as Aperture, Photoshop, iMovie/iDVD are running and large files are being addressed, even 16GB of RAM might not be enough memory. MacPerformanceGuide, a leading benchmarking source for professional photographers and Mac enthusiasts, found that 10-15GB of RAM is used just by their daily use of Photoshop. By increasing RAM from 48GB to 96GB, they found dramatic time reductions in working with huge files. With today’s higher resolution digital and video cameras, having the maximum amount of installable and addressable RAM is becoming a necessity for Mac Pro owners. Article Continues…