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

Pleases take the poll below 🙂


I cannot wait till this is released! If your a non-coding designer type check this out!!

Screenshot from Adobe Labs Flash Catalyst intro movie.

Screenshot from Adobe Labs Flash Catalyst intro movie.

Adobe Flash Catalyst is a new application that Adobe has been working on for some time. It allows designers to make interfaces in their graphics apps such as Photoshop or Illustrator and then take them into Catalyst to add motion animations and interactivity WITHOUT CODING! Read the rest of this entry »

Apple Store Down

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

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I want at least the option to have Safari behave like Firefox when using the Search in Google feature on highlighted text. Safari searches in the tab you are currently in. Firefox opens a new tab leaving the tab and what you are currently looking at.

Is there anyone else that agrees?

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Leopard Not Shutting Down

November 9, 2007

 Time Machine screenshot

I don’t know if anyone else is having this issue but the majority of the times that I try to shut down my computer with Leopard it gets to where it just shows the desktop with no menu bars or anything and has the little rotating tickmark. It just keeps rotating the tick marks forever and doesn’t shut down?

I thought maybe it was because I had ejected my Time Machine disk so I tried it with the disk still mounted and the first time it shut down correctly but since then it hasn’t. Because it worked the first time I think it might have something to do with Time Machine but I’m not sure?

Any thoughts on this?

Apple Fontbook logo

This could be a great feature for graphic designers.
Right now I use Linotype FontExplorer X which is a good application, especially because it’s free.
Support for font auto activation and deactivation in the OS will be big for designers if it work’s well.

from Apple’s site

Font Auto-Activation
Automatically activate fonts as you need them. When an application requests an installed font that’s currently disabled, Leopard activates that font and keeps it active until the requesting application quits.

I can’t wait for this and other feature’s in Leopard.
I have pre-ordered Leopard and it will be here on the 26th.