VectorScribe Designer and VectorScribe Studio are the ultimate vector toolkits for all designers and users of Adobe Illustrator CS3 to CS5. They allow you to edit and create vector artwork faster, smarter and dynamically through an intuitive and fully integrated plugin system.
Don’t let the low cost make you think that this plugin is a mere toy. VectorScribe is already used by some of the world’s most signicant vector artists and designers to great acclaim! And remember that it comes from the same company that brought you the premiere Adobe Illustrator color plugin, Phantasm CS. You’re in safe hands
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Trust me. There will come a day when you will be looking for this. Download it and put it away for a rainy day.
Apple continues to lead the way in redefining the way that we listen, buy and interact with music. It’s iCloud service is at the heart of that strategy. Apple will officially unveil iCloud next Monday at this years World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), and we are expecting iCloud to allow you to stream music from the cloud to your iOS device.
As yer we dont really have many details about the new iCloud service, although according to a recent report by the LA Times, iCloud will initially be available as a free service to users who download music from Apples iTunes store.
“Apple Inc. has just sewn up its contracts with the four major record labels Thursday for a cloud music service, with agreements from music publishers to follow on Friday, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
Dubbed iCloud, the service initially will be offered for a free period to people who buy music from Apple’s iTunes digital download store, allowing users to upload their music to Apple’s computers where they can then play from a Web browser or Internet-connected Apple device.
The company plans to eventually charge a subscription fee, about $25 a year, for the service. Apple would also sell advertising around its iCloud service.”
Via: LA Times
Highly Recommended Accounting Software for Designers
Accounting is on the same level as going to the dentist with me. I’m not going to lie – I hate it. I think that notion is true for many creative people these days. Unfortunately, accounting is a fact of life. If you want to make money and survive this economy you better have your decimal points in the right places.
I used to write my invoices up one by one. I would refer to my notebook with a long list of handwritten scribbles and do my best to add them all up. Let’s just say that the results were less than profitable. I always seemed to forget small items and I always questioned myself before I sent out a bill.
All of that is behind me now. I have discovered Freshbooks. Now accounting for my time is a breeze. I actually enjoy it (did I just say that?)
When I start a project, the first thing I do is set it up on my Freshbooks account. From there, I capture my time for every single change and revision. Now nothing get’s lost between the cracks. I enter tasks every step of the way and monitor my outstanding invoices. It even sends reminders to “deadbeat clients” so that you don’t have to waste time hunting them down.
The system is all online and has many great features that allow you to keep your mind focused on making money without the annoying task of running your own accounting department. Since I signed up, I’m more productive and creative (you can try it for FREE to take a look for yourself).
I can easily say that this is one of my most profitable investments this year. I highly recommend it. Vectorvault runs like a dream on this tool. You should take a close look at Freshbooks.
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What is Vector Magic?
Vector Magic is the result of Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory research project by James Diebel and Jacob Norda. It is a valuable online tool for vectorizing images. Vector Magic’s flagship service is the online auto tracer. It converts bitmap (aka raster) images into vector images through an easy-to-use web interface – just upload your image and it will guide you through the process.
Vector Magic is different from other auto-tracing tools in several ways:
- Better accuracy. If you compare results from other tools side-by-side with those from Vector Magic, you will notice that Vector Magic produces vectors that more closely resemble the input image. Finer details in the shapes are recovered, and the curves are more faithful to the bitmap original.
- Less cleanup required. Vector Magic’s results have less noise, while still extracting more detail from the bitmap original. Normally you’d have to spend half an hour or more cleaning up the output from an auto-tracer – with Vector Magic you can oftentimes use the result right away, and if it requires cleanup then it’s usually much less than what’s required for the results from the competing tools.
- Easier user interface with less trial-and-error. If you’ve used other tracing tools, you have probably noticed that they have tons of confusing options and settings, and require you to more or less randomly try different combinations of these in the frustrating search for a passable result.With Vector Magic on the other hand, all you need to do is answer a couple of simple questions and that’s it. In case you’re not satisfied with the result, there is even a troubleshooting guide to help you resolve the problem – again phrased as simple questions, not confusing options with unclear effects.