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*Disclaimer: I've been a Mac user for more than 20 years and still use a Mac daily. That being posted, I have clearly seen Windows close the gap in the areas where Apple was the frontrunner and the preferred system for designers. 15 years ago, using Windows was, at best, a lesson in frustration where design was concerned. There was a time where the Mac was ...


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It's got nothing to do with Windows vs. Mac - walk into any office and look at the different monitors on folks' desks. Assuming you're using a standard color scheme (sRGB, etc.) the information will go out to each of those monitors the same way (i.e., white = "ffffff" which is hexidecimal for "turn the red, green, and blue values for that pixel all the way ...


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There is a Google Project called SageThumbs. It's A Windows Explorer extension allowing to preview many image formats: It's AWESOME! almost perfect :)


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I don't know of any place that MS has explicitly stated that they will reject anything that looks like iOS. On the other hand, I would be surprised if there isn't an unspoken rule about it that would put you on the "don't rush with that one" list. Regardless of the official rules, ignoring the fact that Windows Phone is visually a notably different ...


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Your question implies that one or other platform renders fonts "worse" than the other, but in fact it's mostly just that Windows and Mac render fonts differently. I'm sure there's a perfectly good explanation for this, although I've never come across one, but it's an excellent example of why it is so important to verify page design on both platforms. It's ...


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The source of this problem is malformed font files. The internal names of the fonts are in conflict and the flags that indicate connections between the different font files in a typeface family (Regular, Bold, Italic, Bold Italic, etc.) are missing. The terminology is awkward. Technically and historically "Foo" is a typeface and "18 pt Foo Bold Condensed" ...


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It sounds like the issue is (yet again) monitor calibration. If you're using the same color profile (sRGB, etc.) the values will be the same regardless of the OS used. You and your designer should agree on a color profile (there are many, many profiles and they're mostly OS independent) simply for the sake of consistency. Since color is part of design I'd ...


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I have an app called Slide that's meant to be used as a graphic tablet. It now connects over USB or WiFi. Website: http://www.slide.x10.mx/ Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.j03.mobileinput Free Version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.loren.slide


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You will probably find this article quite useful: 5 Things you ought to know when designing metro screens. In case the link dies: Color choice is critical: The thing that stands out about most "metro" inspired designs is they pretty much settle on around 2-3 primary colors of choice. They also then rely heavily on either black or white (maybe a shade of ...


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Windows is not able to show PSD thumbnails by default. However, I managed get it working with using a DLL file. Mind you that fiddling with DLL files is VERY dangerous. It may cause your computer to crash or even may damage your Windows installation altogether. So please follow the tutorial if you are absolutely sure what you are doing and don't even ...


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Error 1 This particular message is not significant. It just means that the font file you have is not the same version as your colleague's, and there's no harm in telling PS to update the layers. A "Missing Font" error is more important; it means he used a font you don't have. That would be handled by having the designer either rasterize or outline (convert ...


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Yes, photoshop has something called actions. To use actions, go to Window -> Actions and create a new action. Then, do ONLY want you want you action to so (resize, duplicate, etc.) Once you have completed what you want your action to do, stop recording your action. Now, whenever you want, you can recall that action, and it will do the same thing, to ...


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Microsoft may reject the app, at least in the early days of the Windows Store. They're trying hard to ensure apps meet their design criteria. Depending on exactly how it looks, you may still be fine though. I think there's two main considerations, assuming you'd be able to get the app onto the store: An iOS-like app on Windows Phone will seem out of place ...


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There are two sections in this drop down menu. You are looking at the bottom one (labeled Photoshop). The top one (labeled Illustrator) has the same stylize group, but with the effects you seek.


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If the user interface is only intended for Windows, then I would suggest sticking with Tahoma. It is Window's default font (I believe at 9 pt) for all interface elements and is clearly readable at small sizes.


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I'd agree with the others that say you're not going to get a quality graphics tablet experience from an inexpensive tablet. The right software (don't know what) teamed with something like the Thinkpad tablet would work, but only because the Tablet has a digitizer (Wacom branded) built in already. The others that have taken this line insist Wacom is your ...


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We found that under WindowsXP the google font we were using, Open Sans, rendered particularly badly. It was different to Mac on other Windows platforms we tested but on Windows XP the font was difficult to read. The website has now been coded to change fonts to Arial if WindowsXP is detected.


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I recommend Nexus Font Manager, Nexus site here, it's great for a beginner and I use this frequently - especially from a USB stick - pretty useful. I'm not affiliated with the firm, but am a satisfied user of it, and would recommend it if you want a useful font manager that does the job. It's a small learning curve, but not too bad (and saved me having to ...


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Yes! Here's what you do. Open the Layer Comps window in photoshop. Click the snapshot button, hide your current layer, show the next layer, click the snapshot again. Create a layer comp snapshot for each state of your document that you want to have exported as individual files. Once you have all of those ready, go to File > Scripts > Layer Comps to Files. ...


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This isn't a Windows vs. Mac issue, especially if your designer is on the latest OS X platform. The last upgrades have brought OS X in line with the international graphics display standards, so Win and Mac both use the same gamma setting. I would suggest that in the Wonderful World of Web Wizardry this color difference is not a bad thing. As lawndartcatcher ...


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Although not a straightforward solution - not sure it will work, but hoping - there's the LEAP Motion Controller. It looks fantastic! They say that it doesn't directly support tablets or smartphones; but, with at least some sort of manual calibration, it can easily be set to work on inclined planes/displays (even horizontal ones) with custom sizes, ...


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Font families that you download from major vendors should be configured to "just work" in Windows. I wrote a reply, but then did some more research and realised I was all wrong. Inside your font files is a "family name" which is the same for an entire family of fonts. So all four Times New Roman fonts (roman, bold, italic, and bold italic) share the same ...


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I still haven't found a useful tablet app for working with Photoshop (or any graphic application, for that matter). With apps that try to use the tablet as a sort of remote desktop device, bandwidth problems will drive you crazy. None of the "remote" apps I've tried, including RemoteDroid, PRemoteDroid, Win-Remote and several others, provides ...


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You can script Photoshop to do things using using Ruby, Javascript, VB Script and Apple Script This tutorial is worth checking out: http://www.kirupa.com/motiongraphics/ps_scripting.htm


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Generally, when developing applications within an OS, you just inherit the current system font, whatever that is, rather than specifying a font explicitly. I'm pretty sure that's the case for default Windows gadgets, like the weather one. Games, which generally run full screen are a notable exception.


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I would try using a portable version: http://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/gimp_portable It runs from a folder rather than actually installing so you shouldn't need admin privileges.


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If the Adobe forums are any indication, this isn't possible. This thread from 2010 concludes that it isn't possible, and this search shows a smattering of chatter about the subject, all older but with no solutions. I checked out the preferences (as you undoubtedly did) and didn't see anything myself in Bridge CS5. If this information is outdated and a ...


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What you are running into is one of the big differences between video and still photography/design. Video's heritage is television, which has very different technical requirements and standards. In video there is no such thing as #000. In the same way, there is no #fff, no #ff000, no #00ff00, etc.. TV and video standards do not permit levels of 0 or 255 on ...


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http://synfig.org/ you can try this


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"have it as similar as possible to what I want it to be" Purchase the crappiest monitor you can and set it up as a second monitor. Makes it handy for testing screen variances.



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