Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Extract Images From Microsoft Office Documents

lifehacker reports: [edited]

If there are a bunch of graphics, videos, and other elements in a Word or PowerPoint file, you can extract these individual elements with a compression/archive program.

Simply open the file in, for example, 7-Zip (right-click on the file and choose to open it with 7-Zip) and then you can extract all the contents.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 with 60x optical zoom

Digital Photography Review reports: [edited]

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-FZ70, a 16.1MP compact superzoom with a 60x optical zoom. Spanning the equivalent of 20-1200mm it's the largest zoom lens available in a consumer compact. The FZ70's zoom lens has a maximum aperture range of F2.8-5.9, and the camera introduces a new 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor capable of 1080/60i video.

First Impressions
Side-by-side with the FZ60, the size difference in the lens is immediately obvious. The FZ70's optics are much larger, as expected, making the camera's overall footprint notably increased.

The camera hits a competitive price point at $399, and it seems that some concessions were made in build quality to hit that number. The camera is encased in a composite plastic that feels slightly cheap, especially on the bottom panel. There's a nice deep handgrip though, and the command dial on the back panel makes it easy to change exposure settings quickly.

There's no use resisting the temptation to immediately zoom in to 1200mm equivalent once the FZ70's in hand, so we turned the camera to the streets far beyond and below the office. Zooming to the full telephoto end of the range is done in less than four seconds and the action of the lens is smooth. Using the FZ70 to its full telephoto potential revealed people on the streets below that we hadn't been able to spot with the naked eye. Once focused on these distant subjects, we were able to track them without much difficulty.

Image stabilization is aggressive at the long end of the zoom, and it needs to be. At 1200mm equiv. there's no chance of hand-holding and getting a clear shot, unassisted. The stabilization system fights minor camera shake effectively, shifting to a new subject relatively smoothly when panning across a scene.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Lifehacker Best Mac Apps 2013

Lifehacker reports: [edited]

Every day brings new apps to OS X. Few are gems, but some stand out from the crowd. In our fifth annual Lifehacker Pack for Mac, we're highlighting the best downloads for better productivity, communication, media management, and more.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

MyMac's Steve Hammond has published a helpful review/overview of Lightroom 5's new/improved feature set.

If it whets your appetite, Adobe offers a 30 day free trial of the program.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Free Font - Lot

HypeForType has made this ultrabold, uppercase-only display face available for free download.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Crumpled Paper Images

Raduluchian has made 10 images available free to download with the following caveats:

- Do not distribute or sell these resources as your own.
- Give credit and link back to this stock.
- Any donation is greatly appreciated.