• BBEdit 9.1 improves FTP performance

    Bare Bones Software released an update for its HTML and text editor, BBEdit, on Monday, adding a new font and improving the performance of FTP.

  • Monotype adds typefaces from 15 foundries

    Type library Monotype has added typeface collections to its store from 15 type foundries, including Thinkdust, Brass Fonts, TypeTogether, Sherwood Type, DSType, Scriptorium, IHOF, TipografiaRamis, Canada Type, Mean Tangerine, Haiku Monkey, Cubo Fonts, Greenprint, Dutchfonts and TypeBank.

  • 'KIN brings illustrators and artists to Carnaby Street shop

    Opening on Friday Dec 5, ‘KIN is a new shop that brings together the talents of artists and illustrators from the likes of Scrawl and Breed. Created by Start Creative, the shop combines the talents of some of Britain’s foremost artists and creative collectives, who also happen to be friends and contacts.

  • First look: Mirror's Edge -- a new type of game?

    The big risk with Swedish developer Digital Illusion's wildly brave Mirror's Edge (Xbox 360, PS3) is that it'll be misunderstood. It's a platformer that flaunts its gleaming rooftop playgrounds entirely in first-person. It's a first-person shooter, but only because the bullet fired into soaring spaces is you. Streaks of dashing and leaping require precision body tactics, but from a body that's largely unseen. Colour-splashed levels splay like architectural equations with precarious solutions but offer only fleeting directional cues. Guns can be karate-chopped from the arms of enemies, but those guns slow you down and cramp your technique. Combat is possible, but death comes swiftly, so it's better avoided. The entire experience is an accumulation of paradoxes, an amalgam of existing genres, but which plays like none of them.

  • EVENT: Letterpress: A Celebration

    A conference tomorrow (November 6) looks at the messy, slow and painstaking manual process of letterpress printing, which dropped out of the mainstream 30 years ago, but is currently enjoying a small-scale revival as a craft. The one-day conference takes place at St Bride Library, a graphic design and typography centre.

  • Gadget review: Fallout 3

    Before you've blinked open eyes smeared with blood in the opening ticks of Fallout 3's character building prologue, before you've toddled around with toy blocks or taken pop-shots at cat-sized roaches or ventured out into the game's gorgeous, desiccated wasteland to grapple with its heaps of broken images -- before any of that, you'll view a simple automated slideshow spooled through a clicking opto-mechanical device. As low brass growls over sinister strings, illuminated stills of posters from within the game world flick by: An issue of Grognak the Barbarian ('In the lair of the virgin eater!'), a flier for 'Freddy Fear's House of Scares: 'For all Your Halloween Needs!', an advertisement for Sugar Bombs, the cereal with 'Explosive Great Taste!' and a newspaper dated June 3, 2072 with headline 'U.S. to Annex Canada!'. Blithe on bleak, a glimpse of the world within, a beckoning finger dipped in agitprop and blood.

  • First look: Microsoft's Windows 7 next-gen operating system

    What if Microsoft waved a magic wand and everything people hated about Windows Vista went away? You might have an operating system that you liked -- and that's what Microsoft appears to be striving for with Windows 7. We checked out an early beta of the future OS, and though at this point many features are either missing or works in progress, the improvements to everything from user interface to memory management look highly promising.

  • Microsoft sets the stage for next-gen Windows

    As users continue to grouse about Windows Vista nearly two years after its introduction, Microsoft appears relieved to turn its public focus on the next release of its flagship operating system. Pre-beta code (as Microsoft calls it) for Windows 7 is reportedly already in developers' hands, and reviewers are slated to have their first peek on the eve of the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles next week. The OS itself is slated to appear in early 2010-a scant three years after its predecessor.

  • First look: Adobe Photoshop CS4

    Adobe made some pretty serious changes in Photoshop CS4, especially in the workspace. And while some of them will take some getting used to, they're changes that are long overdue.

  • Apple improves Aperture printing

    Apple has released Aperture 2.1.2, an update to its pro photo software. Aperture 2.1.2 can be downloaded using the Software Update system preference or through Apple's Support Web site.

  • Letterpress design revived for St Brides conference

    The messy, slow and painstaking manual process of letterpress printing dropped out of the mainstream 30 years ago, but is currently enjoying a small-scale revival as a craft; a conference next month at St Bride Library, a graphic design and typography centre, turns its gaze to the trend.

  • Getty adds entire Life archive

    Getty and Time Inc have announced the joint launch of, a new Web site that will eventually make the entire photographic archive of magazine Life available online.

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