Keep Me Out – for a short period of time

KeepMeOut is a site with an interesting concept. Basically the site allows you to block yoursef from sites you specify for short periods of time.

PROS:

  • Gate keeper for short periods of time
  • Time tracker

CONS

  • You have to create a bookmark for every site you want to “block”
  • If you use multiple browsers you have to manually sync your bookmarks – unless you use something like foxmarks
  • You can get around this by typing the address on the browser

Still if there is that little site you are struggling with (meaning you visit ALL the time) this might be worth giving it a shot.

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Adobe Removing restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V format via the Open Screen Project.

The Open Screen Project is working to enable a consistent runtime environment – taking advantage of Adobe® Flash® Player and, in the future, Adobe AIRâ„¢ — that will remove barriers for developers and designers as they publish content and applications across desktops and consumer devices, including phones, mobile internet devices (MIDs), and set top boxes.

Adobe – Open Screen Project

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Video: Microsoft chairman offers Yahoo rationale – CNET News.com

Bill Gates offers some insight on their rationale behind trying to acquire Yahoo… and everyone is talking about that. What i found more interesting is their approach to provide their software for free to students. Now that is a move that I believe it is going to help them greatly. If you are a student you might not be able to afford $400+ USD software, even some professionals have a hard time gathering the cash to buy the software. Some packages cost as much as $2,000+ USD. So providing Microsoft products for free to students -I believe- it is the right move because those same kids that will spend hours using the software right now, tomorrow will shape the stability of what software is being used at that moment.

In an interview with CNET News.com’s Ina Fried, Microsoft’s chairman explains why the company is giving away its developer tools to students and offers a glimpse at the rationale behind the Yahoo bid.
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Flash CS4 – What’s Next

New stage rendering core in Flash 10
* Live video playing in author time (meaning you don’t have to compile your movie to see how your video will be displayed)
* New timeline, similar to After Effects (or Director as some people have pointed this out)
* No more keyframes
* Transfer objects between Tweens.
* Bones
* Runtime Inverse Kinematics
* And more….

Disclaimer: Not all features listed in demos actually make it to the final release

Adobe AIR contest for Developers

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For all Developers out there it is nice to hear that Adobe is running a contest where you could win as much as US$100,000 to be used for the travel of your choice among other goodies such as a Mac Pro 8Core 2x750GB storage, 2×27″ WS Monitors and more… Continue reading Adobe AIR contest for Developers

Screenweaver goes Open Source

From Ryko:

After I had a little chat with Darron Schall a few days back, I’ve
been working on bringing the Screenweaver 3 code base up to date: I’ve
decided to release it open source.

Under the same licence (GNU GPL) I will also release a new development
effort called Screenweaver Core. Read more about it here.

I’ll need about one or two weeks to get everything organized properly,
after which both projects will be available through OSFlash.

Find more info at:

http://www.vanrijkom.org/archives/2005/08/screenweaver_3.html

If you think you know all about CS2, think again.. CS3 Coming out

Photoshop CS2 Coming out…

Adobe is exploring offering two versions of Photoshop CS3, a Standard version and a Premium version. According to one plan under consideration, some principle new features, such as Camera Raw 4, would be available to both versions, while other functionality, such as Vanishing Point 2, would be available with more advanced options in the Premium version. Still other features, such as rotoscoping that was introduced in CS2, would be moved exclusively to the Premium package.

http://www.thinksecret.com/news/0508adobe.html