Apple Magic Mouse

Apple Magic Mouse

I have tried wireless mice before and they have never worked for me for design work, just too much lag or inconsistent performance when doing intricate Photoshop or other similar work. I have been waiting for Apple to design a new mouse that takes care of the Apple Mouse (previously Mighty Mouse) track ball gunking issue. I love the way the Mighty Mouse works when the track ball isn’t having issues but if it’s been a while I know the frustration is coming soon.

Well then Apple came out with the Magic Mouse and it is Magic! I bought one Friday at an Apple store after making sure I could return it if it doesn’t work for my design needs and was assured there is a 14 day return policy. As soon as I arrived home I set it up and downloaded the driver update. I then cranked up Photoshop and low and behold the Magic Mouse works great! Finally I’m completely happy with my mouse and it’s even wireless. I was beginning to wonder if anyone would ever come up with a wireless mouse that is useable for Graphic Design.

The purpose of this post is to inform others about a wireless mouse that in my opinion works for design work but I’m also liking the functionality of the touch sensitive surface and gestures.

Apple Magic Mouse gestures

Apple Magic Mouse gestures

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AT&T data detail filter options

AT&T data detail filter options

This may be nothing but I don’t recall seeing all of these choices before on my AT&T iPhone account area? Does anyone else know if they have always been there? The view filter choices just seemed interesting to me.

Could it have to do with planned iPhone video calling, multimedia messaging, and video exchange? Maybe these are choices that have been there all along but I just don’t recall seeing them.

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This is one of my first digital paintings with a Wacom tablet. I have a Wacom Intuos 6×11 right now but soon I want to get a Wacom Cintiq 12WX.

Sigma DP1

A full sized sensor in a point and shoot sized camera. The Sigma DP1 has a full sized DSLR Foveon X3 full color sensor. It should be able to produce higher ISO lower noise pictures than other small digital cameras. The DP1 site also says that they have produced a very high quality lens for the camera.

“The DP1 uses the same 14 megapixel (2652Ă—1768Ă—3 layers) direct image sensor as the SD14.”

The price has been reported at $999 US.
Reportedly available in Spring 2008.

Sigma DP1 site

Sigma DP1 announcement on DPReview

Sigma DP1 on DPReview

Come on Canon do this with the G 10!

colormunki-screenshot

colormunki is a color tool from X-Rite and Pantone which will profile your monitor, printer and projector and integrates with design applications to capture and create color palettes. You can capture colors from photos and anything that you can scan over with the device. Price is $499.

Check it out it looks cool.

Apple Store Down

The Apple Store is down for updating? What could this be? I hope it’s not just maintenance. It is Tuesday?

My Allsop Mouse Pad

January 8, 2008

Allsop Mouse Pad

Recently I bought a new ALLSOP mouse pad and it works great. My old mouse pad would slide across the keyboard tray but this one has a rubber grip pad on the bottom that works great. The new pad also has a decent amount of maneuver space which is important for graphic design  and photography work. There is also a larger widescreen format pad at their site which might even be a better graphics mouse pad than the one I just bought.