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Adobe Abandons Flash

Adobe has announced that it will drop support [both updates and operational/security fixes]  for Flash Player sometime in 2020. Already major browser vendors Google, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge have put in place schedules to drop drop support for the Flash player in 2020. Already Google requires users to clear Flash for use everytime an …

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Online Vector Graphic Apps

Our fellow tutorial website, TheOpensourcery.com, has recently completed a review of Online Interactive Diagrammimg Apps. The review discovered that within the past 5 years the number and quality of free [or freemium] online apps for Interactive Diagramming had improved considerably. The Features of the online apps rivalled  Microsoft Visio for number of diagram and flowcharting  …

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The New Corel PaintShop Pro 2020: From Bad to Worse

The new PaintShopPro 2020 just appeared and there is a free 30-day download. As many ThePhotoFinishes will know, this editor has been looking for a replacement for AdobePhotoshop as Adobe has failed to honor its contract with Photoshop and CS2, Cs3, CS4 And CS5 users. Rightnow the best replacement to date has been Autodesk’s Pixlx …

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Bannersnack for Online Banner Ads

The following banner ad was produced using a freemium online tool, Bannersnack: Bannersnack is in the tradition of Canva and DesignCap, an online SaaS app that fills in the gap of producing online marketing and presentation material that the classic web design tools like HTML5, WordPress or Angular/Reactjs are hard pressed to produce quickly and …

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DesignCap: For Online Cards and Posters

DesignCap.com is an online poster and cards creator. It looks like Canva.com from about 4 years ago. Take a look: The basic sidebar menu on the left is nearly identical – Templates of poster and card designs is the starting point: Now DesignCap has two dozen categories for their templates covering a wide range of …

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Justified Gallery

Justified Gallery plugin does this for a set of WordPress  Media Gallery images: Or this: with the following for a lightbox close-up image: Yes, this is the justified gallery layout one can deliver using such other WordPress gallery plugins as Foo Gallery or Justified Image Gallery … or Nextgen Gallery but not with the same …

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Corel PaintShop Pro 2019 Stumbles Badly

Ever since Adobe reneged on providing support for my copy of Photoshop CS3, I have been looking for a replacement for Adobe Photoshop in my PhotoFinishing Kit. Online Pixlr.com has become the go-to tool for doing fast online photo fixes. But as a Web Designer and Developer, I need to do a lot of image refinements and …

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PhotoBlock Collages: The WordPress Plugin

Being a user of three of the most versatile WordPress Gallery Plugins [Essential Grid, Nextgen Gallery and Justified Grid], I hardly expected to be in the market for another one. But then I got a whiff of GreenTrees free and premium PhotoBlock gallery plugin that has a double benefit. First, the free plugin makes it …

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PhotoDonut for Image Painting

PhotoDonut Image Painting  seemed just like one or two  popular photo painting programs that are part of a photofinishers repertoire. Take a look at two favorite image painting  programs used in many image refinement sessions on PixofToronto.com or Pixofcanada.com.  Fotosketcher is free software which sets an awfully high standard for image painting:  One can draw …

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Artlandia Symmetry Mill 2 Review

Here are two background generators, one free and the second premium priced but very good. The free one is SiteOrigin’s Background Generator which has been  covered in an overview at theOpenSourcery.com. Before Background Generator, this designer avoided working on backgrounds because so much time was spent in Photoshop or Ink or Xara Designer constantly refining …

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Two Image Editing Tools for WordPress Websites

Here are two stats that will be of interest to Designers and Photo Finishers. WordPress currently is used on 27.3% of all the World’s websites  well ahead of Drupal at 2.2%  and Joomla at  3.4% while Weebly, Wix and SquareSpace  barely have 0.5% presence worldwide. the second stat is that images alone [ excluding Flash and …

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Image Compression Imagify vs Riot.exe

Imagify from WP-Media is one of about a half dozen image compression online apps which also  have WordPress plugins. This review compares Imagify compression versus the reigning compression champion, Riot.exe. Imagify runs as an app and as a plugin for free up to 50MB of compressions per month then there are a variety of plans to choose …

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