Adobe CS2 Giveaway & Mac Installation

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To most of you this may come as old news, but to those of us who have quite busy schedules, it’s awesome to hear of Adobe giving away their CS2 suite. Their giveaway includes a Windows and Macintosh version of a packaged suite or individual programs, which you can download by visiting this page after signing into your ID.

Users working on a Macintosh platform running Mountain Lion or later should take note that CS2 will not run due to a conflict of PowerPC no longer being supported. Although I’m not much of an Apple expert as of yet, I’ve begun working with the operating system on a mid-2011 iMac. Instead, you can take advantage of the Windows version with some bugs – all of which haven’t exactly been recognized yet.

For those who cannot afford to purchase the most recent Adobe CC Suite, you might be interested in the free Adobe CS2. If you are a Mac user wanting to take advantage of this download, make sure you have CrossOver, too (you may download a trial). The trial will allow you to install full programs for around 14 days, or you can purchase it for about $39 (a large cut from the price of an Adobe Suite). CrossOver uses Wine to emulate a Windows environment, just as it would in Linux.

My advice is to download each Windows CS2 program one by one, rather than the entire package. I tried to install the full package, and ran into an issue after CD 1 was completed. I had great success with the Photoshop installation with CrossOver, and it really couldn’t have been more simple than double clicking the exe to pull up Crossover, and following the installation process.

Anyone who needs a little more of a visual approach should check out this YouTube video narrated by Chuckie at Digital Goulash. He will take you through start to finish, from downloading CrossOver and CrossTie, to your last bit of the install. I hope you enjoy running this freebie on your Mac with little issues, and look forward to your comments below. Good luck!

 

Instagram for Videos: That’s Called YouTube

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Sometimes I wonder if many tech articles I read online at Google News, Yahoo or Comcast’s news sections are just there as filler. Let’s face it, while there may be a new discovery on a daily basis, they may not always be news worthy unless you’re a nerd. But I feel like Facebook supposedly announcing an Instagram for videos is a little ridiculous.

Anything Zuckerberg is wrapped in gold and filled with chocolate, right? Whatever Facebook is planning to reveal may have little to no association with itself, however social oriented it might be. While this was dubbed a rumor a little while ago, it turns out the source itself was indeed legitimate – noting a special Instagram team has dedicated it’s time to the development of this new project.

We all know Facebook is not a stranger to competition; regularly diving into new sites in the line of direct fire. However, online video sharing is not a new idea… not by a long shot. There’s YouTube, Tout, Keek, MetaCafe and more (as well as video upload capabilities for your Facebook and MySpace (does anyone still have that?) profiles).

So how is Facebook so confident that something such as a video oriented Instagram could survive and thrive? Simple. Mark Zuckerberg is hot right now (no, not in a physical way), he is in the height of his career. Although it might last for the next ten years, or at least when they start having more family scandals (who am I kidding, that would make him more popular). Give him time, let him pop out a kid and he’ll be off the popular list like Hilary Duff and Luca.

Ouya’s Soul Fjord

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When it comes to the Ouya, you’re either in or you’re out. While many consumers are turning their nose up at something new, and possibly “scary”, several die hard Microsoft fans are waiting with baited breath to receive their $99 Android based gaming console. So, which are you?

It would be hard to miss the gaming headliners as of late. Nintendo possibly discontinuing the Wii U Basic, Xbox One‘s questionable in-house monitoring and, well, PlayStation was kind of waiting for their moment. However, it seems as though PlayStation has blown away the competition, completely embarrassing One’s price and policies at E3 (especially with the announcement of how they love indie developers).

Why wouldn’t Ouya and PlayStation look great together under your television set? They would! And even though PlayStation is planning to charge for Plus ($50/yr), you could still enjoy playing used games. Ouya will offer a different set of games, Apps and “hack-ability” than any other console known to man (thus far), without voiding your warranty. But many individuals still hold fear of this new introduction.

Without an out-of-the-box idea such as Ouya, we wouldn’t have the capabilities offered by Linux, Mac, etc. that help us break free of Microsoft’s bonds. Sure, for those who don’t know their way around a computer, Windows offers tools to get you started. Once you realize the chains that bind you, and take a leap of faith with something revolutionary, you’ll feel a new sense of freedom. Ouya is something that allows little people, like you and me, to offer a big idea – and it’s going to be awesome. Just check out a game like Soul Fjord and you’ll see what I mean.

Amazon Opens Up to Indie Developers

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The idea of a master company such as Amazon opening up to independent game developers isn’t just a dream, it’s not just in the works, it’s live – now! Developers can now explore another way to get their creations into the hands of indie game lovers, such as myself. Because creativity can’t be bottled up, it shouldn’t be always be confined to corporate rules… Take a moment to check out what Amazon is offering.

Submitting an idea or game for consideration is as simple as submitting an email, really. That’s a whole lot simpler than jumping through their Kindle self publishing hoops (which still isn’t too complicated). Just shoot an email to find-more-gamers@amazon.com for a copy of their service agreement and you’ll be on your way to being featured in the Indie Spotlight smack dab on the front page.

In celebration of their new venture, Amazon is offering savings up to 75% off on over 200 titles (and growing) for PC and Mac. And, for the next few days, June 6-10, grab three free titles. Make another visit on the June 11 for a new game giveaway. Not only will you be able to experience a reins-free way of gaming, but purchasing a game bundle allows for 100% of the proceeds to be given directly to the developers.

Wii U Recall

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Unless you live under a rock I would say you’ve heard the not-even-a-day-old news that Nintendo is recalling the basic 8GB Wii U console (you know, the white model). For all you cheapos this could mean some kind of replacement is coming to a coffee table near you.

Those who ran out to purchase the smaller 8GB model know that, not only are your storage capabilities lacking, but your wallet was a whole $50 heavier (seriously, why didn’t you spring for the bigger harddrive?). Regardless, I guess word got round to Nintendo when an entire game couldn’t be downloaded. Sales plummeted, rumors spread, Nintendo denied it, rumors swirled and EB Games confirmed after E3. Not satisfied? CNET is hosting an article to be updated with a Nintendo response once it’s been received.

While we wait with baited breath, take a moment to check out the Ouya!

Black Ops II Probation

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This past weekend my husband and I came down with two separate illness, that kept us home from work Monday and Tuesday. By about 10AM we both felt well enough to drag our snotty selves out of the bed and into the living room for a little Live action.

Fortunately for us, playing Live on a weekday morning means a lot of the really good players or cheaters most likely won’t be on (especially since school is supposed to be in session). However, after a few hours of playing, and getting stuck in a bunch of matches where we were the only two left on our team, we opted out in-game with a few clans that we didn’t feel like playing with.

After a few times of getting kicked or disconnected, we were presented with a probation notice, warning us that we would be cut from Live matches if we did not complete the game. It was a very short message with little explanation as to what it meant… did we need to play through campaign mode? We hadn’t done that at all yet, and were very confused by the prompt.

Thankfully we didn’t receive any kind of probation, but I’ve figured out what they’re referring to. Every time a player quits a Live match they’re penalized. At first it’s just a warning, and then it seems to lock you out for a minute, and goes up from there. This is in place to prevent people from jumping out mid-match because of cheating, boosting or “taking their ball and going home”. Back in December though, Treyarch had to tweak it a bit, so that players weren’t penalized for being kicked or disconnected from the server.

Although this may not be the best path to take, at least this company is striving to make matches as fair as possible. I’m biased, I’ve mentioned before I love Treyarch, so let’s show them some love by following them on Twitter!

Call of Duty Black Ops II

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For years I have been a big fan of the Call of Duty franchise, played solely on the XBOX 360. Although I have taken a few attempts at the WII U version and I wasn’t all that impressed. However, I have finally moved on to Call of Duty Black Ops II as of Tuesday.

Let me just point out, over the past few years, Call of Duty has kind of been a major disappointment. MW3 had decent Live action, but nothing in comparison to MW2. My favorites have always been produced by Treyarch, even though admittedly, I did not like the downward spiral the original Black Ops Live fell into after the release of MW3, I own all of their installments.

Now, for those who remain strictly loyal to the Infinity Ward line, you go ahead and enjoy that quick-scoping cheated Live experience while I move along to something that’s actually fun (I know Treyarch has the same issues). My husband and I were on the brink of destruction and made a last minute drive to Walmart to purchase Black Ops II. We had held out as long as we could, and the stress level in my house had risen to a max. I mean really, how much enjoyment do you get out of quick-scoping? Anyone can watch the kill cams, we know that’s what you’re doing. Continue producing those “Blame it on the Lag” graphics too, because you are all just so awesome.

Black Ops II wasn’t something we jumped right into because I wasn’t completely excited about the whole futuristic idea. I loved Treyarch COD simply because they recreated historic battles, perhaps from different perspectives, which is something I feel hasn’t been done right since. Where is my civil war Call of Duty? Because the History Channel’s attempt wasn’t a big success.

Overall, the Live experience is a great jump from MW3, after a little adjustment period. I don’t know exactly what it is, but playing a few matches of domination can really bring the worst out of you, and then all of a sudden you’ve got it. Bam! The quick-scopers are sticking with the previous COD installment, for the most part, plus it’s a fun environment to work of some stress from the day.