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Feb 03

ColorMunki Design Review

18 comments 2009 at 08.17 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Color management, it sounds complicated and technical and it is one of the most difficult aspects of graphic design. Getting color right early in the workflow, and keeping it right to the end, is increasingly critical. It is not easy to get color right across all media and as a designer we deal with this almost daily. Consistency at every step of the workflow—from capture to computer screen to ink on paper can be though when each camera, scanner, and printer records or outputs colors a bit differently.

Jan 20

Billings 3 Review

16 comments 2009 at 10.28 am posted by Veerle Pieters

On regular occasions I get e-mail from readers to ask if I still use Billings since I reviewed version 2.5 back in 2007. The answer is yes but I moved over to Billings 3, a new version released a few months ago. If you aren’t familiar with Billings, it is a time tracking and invoicing/estimate application for Mac OS X.

Jan 06

Testing the Wacom Cintiq 12WX

23 comments 2009 at 10.57 am posted by Veerle Pieters

As some of you know, I’ve been testing the Wacom Cintiq 12WX for about a month. The tablet has been returned to Wacom Europe about a week ago. Time to share my experience and thoughts, and why I’ve decided not buy it.

Dec 16

Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte test

15 comments 2008 at 05.37 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

A while ago Donna of Nokia WOM world sent me a Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte to try out. From what I understand, it is a premium phone that uses high end materials. My current phone was a Sony Ericsson K750i that I have been using a few years. It’s not a bad phone, but I only use it to make or take a call and on occasion taking a picture.

Dec 02

Reviewing Vector Magic, a vector tracing application

19 comments 2008 at 11.45 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Sometimes readers mail me with the question on what’s the best approach to trace logos or illustrations. They ask if I do it with the Pen tool. Yes, I do, but I have been using this tool for more than 15 years. So it’s safe to say I’m very routined. Still, there are certain situations that I wish there was a tool that could do the job for me. Let’s say on a occasion that you don’t have the time or budget to charge the time needed to redraw company logos that are delivered in jpeg or gif format. The Live Trace option in Illustrator isn’t bad, but it doesn’t give me the expected result on most try-outs (too many nodes or noisy result, path imperfections…) . Recently the developers of an application called Vector Magic gave me the chance to test out their desktop app. Here is a short review…

Sep 23

My secret revealed: I’ve used Phantasm CS Studio

20 comments 2008 at 02.09 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

A while ago I showed you how to create the Apple command shape in Illustrator where I created this dotted pattern version of the shape in the background. A bit later I wrote about who you can recolor your artwork using Illustrator’s LiveColor. Today, I want to share some insight on how I created this dotted pattern and how you can recolor your artwork using a wonderful Illustrator plugin called Phantasm CS.

Sep 05

PANTONE unveils GoeSystem, 2000 colors added

24 comments 2007 at 08.32 am posted by Veerle Pieters

It has been some time since we last talked about being a print designer. How fun and exciting the web can be it’s still no replacement to physically holding something you created in your hands. An essential tool in doing that is Pantone, you know the industry standard for color specification introduced 45 years ago. The designers landscape has changed a lot in those years and it’s time for something new.

Jun 05

My experience with iBiz 3

13 comments 2007 at 03.18 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

In our continued process of finding the ultimate application I’ll review iBiz client and server. It’s the application we have been using for a while now. Two years ago I was looking for an application that not only looked professional and Mac-like, but also easy to use and to understand. Billings was my best find back then, but since it doesn’t have multiple user support I opted for the second best option iBiz.

May 31

My experience with Billings 2.5

43 comments 2007 at 02.08 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Like I promised in the previous article, we will explore some applications that I have been testing to finally find the one I have been looking for. One of the most important decision factors is the ‘User Interface’, that’s why I said it has to have the attention to detail like CSSEdit to name one. There is one application that earns that title and it’s called Billings. You feel at home and you don’t see artifacts of badly designed icons or counter productive ways of working. It’s truly a Mac application and it shows the efforts that the engineers have put into it.

Nov 19

CSSEdit 2

63 comments 2006 at 07.00 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Belgium isn’t exactly the Mecca for great software development but since a few years I’ve been a fan of MacRabbit’s CSSEdit, a pretty cool app for visual editing CSS, designed and developed by Jan Van Boghout. Almost 2 weeks ago version 2.0 was released and I had the pleasure of beta testing this little gem the last few months.

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