What would you like to see in the next Mac OS X?
This is a tricky one! Mac OS X Snow Leopard is an extremely powerful system – but everybody always finds a minor fault or something that they’d simply like to see improved. For me, I’d like to see a menu for easy customization of the built-in screen capture (screen shot) tool, such as being able to choose default names, background colors, whether the captured image should have a shadow and so on. It is all possible to do but only via lines of (complicated) code that I don’t understand pasted into the Terminal window!
So you know what I want – what would you like to see in the next version of Mac OS X?
This week we have an interesting debate question. Basically, imagine you have $1,000 to spend on anything you want, but it must be design-related! It could be a new Mac, software, applications, subscriptions to design sites or magazines, or even stationery. Go go go!
You Have $1,000 To Spend On Design Gear, What Would You Buy?
I personally would purchase a second-hand Black MacBook simply for Internet Browsing and catching up on stuff when I’m away from home. I’d also invest in some new pens as I’m lacking in the stationery department, and maybe a new iPhone case (iPhone stuff can count if you use it a lot for design-related stuff!). So what would you buy?
With Christmas just gone I thought this weeks debate question would be quite a cool one! Make sure you answer in depth. Design related presents could be virtually anything! Great books, colorful mugs (they could be permanent inspiration!), software, computer accessories… Something that makes your life easier when designing, and why it makes your life easier. So here’s the question, GO GO GO!
What was your most productive design-related Christmas present this year?
When answering, why not list all your design-related gifts, then choose your most productive one? If someone posts something you don’t think is the most productive, tell us why! Maybe we can make incredibly early Christmas lists for next year!
I’ll let you know my answer when I know what I’ve got, I’m writing this the day before Christmas! Hope you had a good one!
Thanks to everyone who took part in Debate #1 – ‘If you had to give up all but one application, which one would you keep?’. It was very successful with 28 comments in total, and I think it’s safe to say Firefox was the most chosen application due to the quality of the free web-based applications that are available today!
So here is Debate number two! This week we have a Christmas and Print Design related question:
You’re designing a Christmas Card, how would you set it up ready for print?
Be sure to answer the question in detail. Which software would you use? How would you export it as a PDF? Are there any particular settings you would use? Remember to include details on bleed and fold lines. I want you to pretend this is a real project that you’re about to prepare for print! The card is standard 4-color CMYK.
Looking forward to hear your answers! Be sure to come back, this is going to be interesting!
I’m always seeing discussions and debates pop out of no where all over the web about what certain applications should be used for, how people aren’t using them properly, why people do this instead of that and so on. So to get a real debate going I’ve decided to start a debate series here at Circlebox Blog. Although for the time-being this topic idea is purely experimental, I would like to give it a go for a few weeks and see how you guys and girls like it; if all goes well, expect to see more.
If you had to give up all but one application, which one would you keep?
Think hard about the question and comment with a worthwhile response! Why have you chosen to keep this one particular application? Do you work with it on a day to day basis? Do you really need it? Discuss!
Callums Answer: I have chosen to keep Photoshop CS4. Why? Because I use it everyday, to design, to re-size images, to make great content for you guys. I would miss the capability of being able to produce vectors, but I could probably get around that by creating really large files – not the right way to do things in this modern world but with no application capable of producing vectors, I’m stuck!
Choosing Illustrator CS4 would be my second choice, but being no where near as powerful (in my opinion) as Photoshop in so many areas there would only be limited amount of things I could do with it!
So, what’s your chosen application?