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Please e-mail your Adobe introduces a public, The DNG format helps promote ar-
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Bill Henry, Editor ing software solutions will be able to
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Raw ﬁle formats are becoming ex-
tremely popular in digital photography A single raw processing solution en-
workﬂows because they offer creative ables a more efﬁcient workﬂow when
professionals greater creative control. handling raw ﬁles from multiple cam-
However, cameras can use many differ- era models and manufacturers.
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a result, the use of these proprietary raw updated to accommodate future tech-
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Vol. 26, No. 10 licly available archival format for the raw just got better. Stufﬁt Deluxe is now
Inside this issue ﬁles generated by digital cameras. By ad- your complete information manage-
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Adobe DNG Format....................1 the raw ﬁles created by individual camera be stored securely in space-saving ar-
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BAC October Meeting....................2 phers will be able to access their ﬁles in workers, Stufﬁt handles it all.
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tinue to evaluate the repair data and will provide further
What is the 15-inch PowerBook G4 Display Repair Exten- repair extensions as needed.
A limited number of 15-inch PowerBook G4 computers Is there a cost to customers who participate in the 15-inch
exhibit a display issue which may cause faint white spots to PowerBook G4 Display Repair Extension Program?
appear on the screen over time. The 15-inch PowerBook G4 The repairs outlined in this program, including shipping
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day, September 24, 2004.
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Take the plunge, and I guarantee you will never look back.”
Mac or PC? Windowsʼ security issues help Am I missing something? Do the mushrooms come pack-
some users choose Get a Mac! aged right in the Mac box?
by Kevin maney, USA Today Cultishness aside, though, people are switching because of
Last week, I wrote about a virus giving a lobotomy to my the security issue. In Austin, computer consultant Brad Hu-
Windows XP home computer. I got more e-mail about that delson was once a high-level manager at Dell, the leading
column than any other, ever. The comments generally split maker of Windows PCs. Hudelson says he “gave up after
into two camps: Sasser (virus attacks) last year and replaced all my machines
•People who have Windows PCs and wanted to commiser- with Apples and Mac OS X.”
ate. Physician Thomas Essman switched for the same reason.
•Mac zealots who swarmed over my sad story like ants on So did Bryan Crawford, a biology professor at the Univer-
a dropped Popsicle, all on a mission to “save” this allegedly sity of Alberta in Canada. “Iʼve been in computer heaven
misguided Microsoft captive. Now I know what it would ever since,” Crawford says.
feel like to wander into a Branch Davidian convention. Or to Hereʼs a particularly good one: Daryl Forrest is a developer
be a Democrat trapped in a room with Zell Miller. of software for Windows. “I have moved all non-work-re-
Taken together, though, the two kinds of responses raise a lated computing to a new Apple Power Mac G5,” he writes.
point: This virus and security problem might be the biggest “I like Windows XP, but the risks are too high these days. Itʼs
challenge to Microsoft in years. sad that it has gotten to this.”
The message I get is that people are fed up with the vulner- On and on it goes, one e-mail after another.
ability of Windows. They are increasingly willing to consider And the threats are only going to get worse. Monday, secu-
other options. And, for whatever reasons, Apple Computerʼs rity software maker Symantec reported it found 5,000 new
Macintosh and Linux-based computers hardly get infected viruses aimed at Windows in the ﬁrst half of 2004 — a dra-
or invaded at all. matic increase over 2003.
My in-box is proof that hackers and virus writers know Microsoft is not oblivious. “The environment has changed,
no bounds. They are ﬁlling Windows computers worldwide clearly,” says Gytis Barzdukas, an executive in Microsoftʼs
with pop-up ads and spyware, which can steal information security unit. “We are stepping up, trying to take more re-
from your hard drive. Theyʼre sending out viruses that out- sponsibility. We want to be partners with our customers in
right destroy PCs, often taking out valuable digital ﬁles with maintaining their PCsʼ health.”
it. The company is frantically writing software patches to
Itʼs not like you have to be stupid or negligent to have this plug the Windows vulnerabilities. It is offering big-money
happen. Jeff Hawkins — the guy who invented the Palm bounties for the arrests of virus writers. It is trying to educate
computer and wrote a just-out book about the brain — e- its users about computer safety — the equivalent, Barzdukas
mailed to say that a virus killed his home PC. I got a simi- says, of telling car owners they should wear seat belts.
lar note from Felix Sanchez, CEO of government services So far, Microsoft has had no luck staying ahead of the
company TerraCom. “My brand-new Sony went kaput,” he threats. The company plugs one hole or advises customers
writes. “I hope our small ofﬁce has not been further compro- to take a certain measure, and the hackers ﬁnd four ways
mised.” around it. Itʼs the software equivalent of trying to get rid of
The viruses have hit doctors and lawyers and all kinds of cockroaches.
regular folks. Jacqueline Beckley, owner of small business Industry analysts donʼt think this is going to have a signiﬁ-
The Understanding & Insight Group, says the viruses are cant impact on buying decisions. Businesses, especially, are
costing her big bucks, and, “They should just hang each of too heavily invested in Microsoft-based software. The costs
the people who do the virus.” to switch to the Mac “are huge and potentially career-threat-
Computer security is even a problem at St. Maryʼs Catholic ening for most CIOs,” says Peter Kastner, analyst at consult-
School in Temple, Texas, writes Bernadette Hickman, whose ing ﬁrm Vericours. “No one has lost their job for keeping
title at the school is “Webmeister.” As you might imagine, Windows.”
she stops short of calling for hangings. But the school has Individuals, though, might be tempted for reasons that
been switching to Macs. didnʼt exist a couple of years ago. This time, Microsoft
Which brings us back to the Mac crowd. hasnʼt done anything particularly wrong; the hackers are the
“There is a computing world where viruses and spyware bad guys. Blaming Microsoft for not building in safety mea-
are unheard of, and the promise of technology making life sures is a little like blaming Florida for being in the path of
better is actually a realistic goal,” e-mails Michael Bino of a hurricane. Still, Microsoft should be worried. It apparently
New Jersey, using evangelical language that would make has a lot of frustrated users out there.
Oral Roberts proud. “Try a Mac.” Kevin Maney has covered technology for USA TODAY
“I was in the same position until I saw the light,” writes since 1985. His column appears Wednesdays.
Wilson Gill of Australia. “I am a very, very happy Mac user.
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iMac G5 Troubleshooting Assistant metal.
By shining laser light on the “sandwich,” researchers were
www.apple.com/support/imac/assistant/ able to generate a tiny current. While one device by itself
canʼt generate much energy, billions of them together could
The iMac G5 Troubleshooting Assistant covers the most produce enough electricity to power a device.
common questions iMac owners ask us. Weʼll walk you “Itʼs like a penny,” Zhang said. “One penny is not much
through a series of time-tested instructions to help you re- use, but 1 billion pennies is a lot of money.”
solve your issue. Practical applications are still a decade or so away, but
the advantages include the technologyʼs lightweight quali-
MIT Works to Power Computers ties, portability and environmental friendliness. “There is no
With Spinach waste,” Zhang said.
The researchers suggest the technology could be used as a
By MARK PRATT, Associated Press Writer backup energy supply for battery-powered portable devices.
BOSTON - “Eat your spinach,” Mom used to say. “It will “We have crossed the ﬁrst hurdle of successfully inte-
make your muscles grow, power your laptop and recharge grating a photosynthetic protein molecular complex with a
your cell phone... “ OK. So nobodyʼs Mom said those last solid-state electronic device,” said Marc Baldo, an assistant
two things. But researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of professor of electrical engineering and computer science at
Technology (news - web sites) say they have used spinach MIT.
to harness a plantʼs ability to convert sunlight into energy
for the ﬁrst time, creating a device that may one day power
Adobe announces Photoshop Elements 3.0
laptops, mobile phones and more.
Adobe Systems Inc. Photoshop Elements 3.0, a major up-
Photosynthesis, the process by which plants use light
grade to its consumer-level photo editing application. The
beams for energy rather than eating food like animals, has
update adds several new features and enhancements that
been known to scientists for decades.
allow the amateur and pro alike to edit photos with a few
But attempts to combine the organic with the electronic
mouse clicks. The upgrade will be released later this fall.
had always failed: Isolate the photosynthetic proteins that
capture the energy from sunlight, and they die. Inject the
While many Mac users currently use iPhoto to brighten a
water and salt needed to keep the proteins alive, and the
picture or reduce red-eye, Adobe says the two products donʼt
electronic equipment is destroyed.
compete and can easily be used in conjunction with one an-
That was until Shuguang Zhang, associate director of
MITʼs Center for Biomedical Engineering, discovered that
protein building blocks called detergent peptides could be
“People wanted an integrated solution and iPhoto already
manipulated to keep the proteins alive up to three weeks
had a lot of the functionality, so we chose to build a prod-
while in contact with electronics.
uct to complement iPhoto,” Tapan Bhat, Director of Product
“Stabilizing the protein is crucial,” said Zhang, who col-
Management, Digital Imaging at Adobe, told MacCentral.
laborated with researchers from MIT, the University of Ten-
In addition to the Quick Fix, which allows you to correct
nessee and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, including
some of the most common types of ﬂaws in photos,
electrical engineers, nanotechnology experts and biologists.
“Detergent peptide turned out to be a wonderful material to
keep proteins intact.”
Adobe has added Smart Fix to Elements 3.0. Smart Fix
The scientists, whose ﬁndings were ﬁrst reported by in
automatically detects and ﬁxes lighting, color and contrast
NanoLetters, a publication of the American Chemical Soci-
of an image for you. Both Smart Fix and Quick Fix have an
ety, then created a “spinach sandwich.”
advanced option that will allow you to control the enhance-
ment levels manually using slider bars.
In reality, any number of plants could have been used.
Elements 3.0 will also include many other feature improve-
But the researchers chose spinach because “it is cheap and
ments such as editable and searchable metadata, Spot Heal-
is easily available from the grocery store,” Zhang said.
ing, Brush & Healing Brush, the ability to use Camera Raw
The spinach was ground up and puriﬁed to isolate a pro-
ﬁles, PDF slideshows, and Web Photo Galleries to name just
tein deep within the spinach cells.
A top layer of glass was coated underneath with a con-
Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 requires Mac OS X v10.2.8
ductive material and a thin layer of gold to aid the chemical
or higher and costs US$89.99. It will ship later this fall and
reaction. In the middle, the spinach-peptide mixture sits on
is available for pre-order today. The Windows version will
a soft, organic semiconductor that prevents electrical shorts
be available for $99.99.
and protects the protein complexes from a bottom layer of
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