In this interview with Peachpit Press author Douglas Ford Rea, we discuss how to spend less time in Photoshop, and concentrate on capturing the image properly in the first place! Douglas Ford Rea is a professor of photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and President of PixelWing Technologies. His book Preventive Photoshop: Take the Best Digital Photographs Now for Better Images Later was recently published by Peachpit Press and brings pre-visualization into the digital age. Recorded at the PhotoPlus Expo Conference in New York City, in November 2006 by Harris Fogel. Posted 12/25/06 (13:51)

In the past three years since a small company from Portland, Oregon introduced a small lens on a bendable mount, scores of photographers have found photographic inspiration in their Lensbaby line of lenses. Their first child was the Original Lensbaby, then came the Lensbaby 2.0, and fresh from the delivery room is the Lensbaby 3G which allows you to lock in the precise settings that your lens is adjusted to. Learn all about the new baby in this interview with Craig Strong of Lensbabies. Recorded at the PhotoPlus Expo Conference in New York City, in November 2006 by Harris Fogel. Posted 12/25/2006 (9:56)

In this interview with Alien Skin's Amedeo Rosa we discuss their hot new plug-ins for Photoshop, Exposure and Blow Up. Exposure allows you to apply classic film styles and effects to your digital files, and Blow Up helps to enlarge your files and retain detail, all without proprietary file formats. Recorded at the PhotoPlus Expo Conference in New York City, in November 2006 by Harris Fogel. Posted 12/25/2006 (6:20)

Until recently, creating your own printer profiles required expensive equipment and a learning curve worthy of a MacArthur Fellowship. While printer and monitor calibration have gotten easier, it's still a pretty expensive proposition, that was until the introduction of the PrintFIX PRO from DataColor. In this interview with David Tobie of DataColor, we learn how they approached the challenge of producing professional profiles while keeping the PrintFIX PRO as the most affordable solution for photographers seeking predictable and superior prints than afforded by generic profiles. Recorded at the PhotoPlus Expo Conference in New York City, in November 2006 by Harris Fogel. Posted 12/25/2006 (11:22)

Is your hard drive filled with images, or your shelves bursting with CDs and DVDs of your photographic projects? Is finding them becoming more of a chore then a pleasure? Then you probably need to look at a real DAM (Digital Asset Management) application like Microsoft's iView MediaPro. In this interview with Shayne Bowman, we learn about iView's transition from a small shareware developer to one of the newest additions to the Microsoft portfolio. Recorded at the PhotoPlus Expo Conference in New York City, in November 2006 by Harris Fogel. Posted 12/25/06 (7:25)

Every day, new software is introduced for the Mac and here are only a few of our must have recommendations. We review new releases, including FileMaker Pro 8.5, Flip4Mac, Roxio Toast 7.1.2 Titanium, FeltTip Software's Sound Studio 3, and Alsoft's DiskWarrior 4. Part of the Mac Edition Radio Holiday Buying Guide 2006. 

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/10/2006

Yes, I know I'm taking liberties with Clement C. Moore's infamous holiday poem, but at this time of year, there are enough festive widgets to warm the cold winter's night for any Mac OS X user. (In case you haven't upgraded yet, or have an older system, Widgets are entertaining and often useful instant gratification ornaments that you can download and then store inside the dashboard icon on your desktop for handy reference.) In addition to the old standards like calculator, clock, and weather, the apple.com website has a sleighload of widgets to enhance your holiday computer enjoyment!

Nancy Burlan, Posted 12/10/2006

There are many wonderful games and family friendly software titles for the Mac, and here are a few of our recommendations. In the old days before big pipes bandwidth, every software title required a box, but now you can download some of the best titles, so as soon as that new Mac is unwrapped after the holidays, you can add some great titles without a trip to the store! We review new releases from Software MacKiev, including Worldbook 2007, The Printshop for Mac 2, 3D Weather Globe and Atlas, and their Dr. Seuss releases, with ABC's, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Cat in the Hat. We look at Pangea Arcade, Freeverse Software's Best of Original Mac Games Volume 1, and Wingnuts 2, Ambrosia's Sketch Alpha Fighter 2000, Shoecake Games' Boxikon, GameHouse.com's Scrabble, and iPlay Music's excellent guitar lessons on disc. Part of the Mac Edition Radio Holiday Buying Guide 2006. 

Harris Fogel, Nancy Burlan, & Thomas Fogel contributed to this article. Posted 12/26/2006

Everyone it seems has an iPod or similar MP3 music player, so here are our recommendations for gifts this holiday season for the iPod lover in your life. We review the Specktone speaker system, mStation 2.1 Stereo Orb speaker system, Griffin iTalk Pro digital audio recorder, Contour Designs Showcase iPod cases, EXtrememac Tuffwrap iPod cases & FS1 earphones, Etymotic ER-4 & ER-6 Isolator earphones, Altec Lansing iMotion 9 speaker system, Skullcandy Ions headphones and 360 MP3 player, and the DLO HomeDock Deluxe. Part of the Mac Edition Radio Holiday Buying Guide 2006.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/9/2006

We love our MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and PowerBooks, and while there are a lot of sleeves, cases, and accessories for them, here are our recommendations for gifts this holiday season for the laptop lover in your life. We review the handle-it, glove-ez, and Signature sleeve, from casemate, the Speck See-Thru, the Delkin Compact Flash Express Card, Griffin Technology's Express Card 34 Card Reader, Timbuk's Outtawhack, Single Speed Canvas Courier, Pro Series Backpack, and Brenthaven's Edge II sleeve for the MacBook line. Part of the Mac Edition Radio Holiday Buying Guide 2006.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/9/2006

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