Best Image Editor
Adobe Photoshop 6
Best Graphics Application
Synthetik Studio Artist
5 , 2000
The Best of Seybold
were slim, but a few tasty morsels hit the spot
Seybold convention in San Francisco proved to be one of the more enjoyable Web
expos I've attended. Which is odd, of course, seeing as its a publishing show.
the topic on the lips of anyone who could rally a small crowd to his or her booth
was the repurposing of content for the coming convergencewhatever that means.
(I think it has something to do with scamming investors.)
As opined elsewhere,
nary a mention was to be heard of print publishing, except by a few printer manufacturers
and color management vendors. But even some of them tried to pitch me on e-services
or end to end solutions of one sort or another, apparently ashamed that they had
actual products for sale.
Still, as I
scoured the halls of the Moscone center, trying to pick up review copies of the
latest and greatest for the Mac while dodging the e-commerce pep squads that filled
the aisles, I did come across some pretty fancy wares that deserve mention. And
so I offer you Creative Mac's humble list of the best that Seybold SF had to offer
this yearapplications, plugins and hardware. All of the choices here are
based on rigorous scientific analysis, and the results are beyond question, so
no nasty letters, please.
Adobe Photoshop 6
Hmm. Imagine that. Apparently there's this little program called Photoshop. Have
you heard of it? Well, this program is now in its sixth major release, and I think
this thing just might catch on. The new version adds lots of new features (including
some vector functionality) and gets a slight interface tweak to make certain features
more accessible. It also includes the next major release of ImageReady and a timed
(but otherwise fully functional) demo of GoLive 5. In the past, I think, there
have been questions about the value of some Photoshop upgrades. Not so this time.
Photoshop 6 is a must have. Layer management has improved dramatically. Support
for vector graphics has brought about a whole new way of thinking about alpha
channels. Text can now be added and edited directly on the canvas. Notations can
be added anywhere in a document. Primitive shapes (including rounded rectangles)
can be drawn and edited with ease. An ImageReady-esque Style palette has been
added for multi-layer, drag and drop styles. And there are lots of new workflow
enhancements. You can read more about Photoshop 6 here.
Synthetik Studio Artist 1.5
Studio Artist 1.5 was introduced a bit earlier this year. Nevertheless, I'm giving
this Mac-only app an award for best graphics program at Seybold just because I
like to say good things about it. It's the only graphics program on the market
that can do it allimage creation, image manipulation, video rotoscoping,
morphing, warping and more. What's more, it does it beautifully, with an unlimited
amount of natural media, tons of presets and functionality up the wazoo. If you're
a graphic artist, you need this program. (Incidentally, we'll be doing a full
review of 1.5 soon. Until then, check out our review of 1.1 here.
See a rotoscoping example here.
And check out some tutorials here,
We also have a user forum here.)
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