Monday, April 16, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Featured Workspace: Nick Keppol

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 05:00 PM PDT

This home studio isn’t just elegant – it’s very functional as well. Nick redesigned his office so that everything is organized and easy to reach. It looks like a great place to work.

The Aria desk holds two monitors both connected to the Mac Pro you can see underneath. It’s a gorgeous desk. Nick wants to keep it that way, so has set up a second desk (from Ikea) to hold his blades and inks. Good thinking!

What do you think of Nick’s workspace? Let us know in the comments.

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Apple Releases Java Security Update for OSX: Kills Flashback

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 05:44 AM PDT

Many of our readers here at Envato use OSX as their main platform for designing, freelancing and coding. There are many different features that we love about our OS, but one very important aspect of OSX is the lack of many malicious threats to our computers and our precious files within it.

Sadly, there are still a few threats out there that could, if infected, slow down your computer, steal sensitive information and run scripts and programs without you even knowing about it. It is specially alarming as OSX and Mac computers become more popular every year.

The latest trojan that has been talked about for the past few weeks is called Flashback. According to Russian antivirus firm Dr. Web, over 600, 000 macs have been infected worldwide. The trojan can be installed upon visiting a malicious website, and it will attempt to connect your computer to a botnet. The trojan targets a vulnerability in Java, which was recently updated by Apple.

This afternoon, Apple has officially released Java for OS 2012-003 to remove the “most common variants of the Flashback malware.”

OSX Lion users that did not install Java on Lion should not be affect as Lion does not come with Java by default. However, the update is for both OSX 10.7 and 10.6 and it is an update recommended to all of Mac users with Java installed.

You can get the update directly from Software Update right now.


Show Your Appreciation: Psdtuts+

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 12:00 AM PDT

Psdtuts+ is Envato's tutorial site for all things Photoshop. If it's your favorite Envato site, give it a shout out in the comments!

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Psdtuts+ is a blog/Photoshop site made to house and showcase some of the best Photoshop tutorials around. We publish tutorials that not only produce great graphics and effects, but explain the techniques behind them in a friendly, approachable manner.

Adobe Photoshop is a fantastically powerful program and there are a million ways to do anything, we hope that reading Psdtuts+ will help our readers learn a few tricks, techniques and tips that they might not have seen before and help them maximize their creative potential!

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Weekly Inspiration

Posted: 15 Apr 2012 09:51 PM PDT

This week we are focusing on preparation. Do you prepare for your new projects? It’s always a good idea to take some time to brainstorm and consolidate any of your ideas before starting a project.

My dad always says:

“the six P’s are the key to success”.

What are the six P’s you ask?

Perfect,
Preparation,
Prevents,
Piss,
Poor,
Performance.

Although my dad’s quote is catchy, I have to say Benjamin Franklin had a better take on it:

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

Either way you look at it, preparation is a great place to start a project!


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