Incremental progress vs. starting over


I wonder if you can playback realtime clips with audio in Adobe Premiere. If you can, that suggests that Adobe views the two apps very differently. Premiere as an editing platform that needs tools like realtime playback and AE as mainly a compositing platform that doesn’t.

Originally posted on the davis review:

As creative professionals in 2013 we often find ourselves bridging a divide, with Adobe’s products on one side and Apple’s on the other.  I spend most of my time switching between Final Cut Pro X and After Effects (with Motion 5 thrown in for good measure).  FCPX is by far my NLE of choice, and going back to FCP7 or Premiere feels like a trip back in time.  Meanwhile, After Effects is still the reigning champ of the motion graphics world, so learning it is a must.  But looking at these two applications side by side illustrates two very different philosophies when it comes to embracing change moving forward.

After Effects is an incredibly deep and useful piece of software with a history and code base that dates back over 20 years.  Each successive release has added new features and workflow improvements while retaining practically everything that came before.  It…

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Twitter Tests Cleaner Web Client Design With More Prominent Logo And Tweet Composer


It might be time to update my design templates…again.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Twitter is testing a new website design, which opts for a lighter, flat design that seems at least partly inspired by its shift to similar design trends on mobile. The screens below were sent in by Boris Bošiak, founder of Czech startup Reservio, who is apparently part of a small pool of users being seeded with the new design.

As you can see from the screenshots, this isn’t a drastic change in the basic layout of the page; rather, each element gets a new visual look, dropping the gradient shading that’s present on the existing version, and opting for light colors instead of dark on elements like the top navigation bar.

Alone, those changes add up to a cleaner, more modern look for the site, but there are a few other significant changes, too. That includes the new prominent placement of the Twitter logo, which also occupies a prime…

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Pinterest Launches Place Pins To Help Pinners Plan Their Trips

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Pinterest released a new set of tools for users that would help them “explore” and share the things around them. At an event with 150 “Pinners” (and an untold number of journalists) at Pinterest HQ in San Francisco, CEO Ben Silbermann announced that the company would introduce new ways to plan trips.

“We’re excited to inspire you to go out and do things,” Silbermann told the audience. The new product, called “Place Pins,” is designed to help users provide a visual guide to finding places to go and things to explore.

Pinterest users, or “pinners” can beginning planning trips by creating a new board based on location, and then adding pins with locations to those boards. The tool adds a map, images, and relevant information to the pins, and allows pinners to view the places they’d like to visit both online and on mobile.

While being able to share online…

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Twitter – Picture this: More Icons Everywhere

In Twitter’s newest update 5.12 they describe why they’ve added inline videos and pictures. In previous versions these were an extra tap away on the detail cards. I understand this move and agree with it.

So many of the great moments you share on Twitter are made even better with photos or with videos from Vine. These rich Tweets can bring your followers closer to what’s happening, and make them feel like they are right there with you.

We want to make it easier for everyone to experience those moments on Twitter. That’s why starting today, timelines on Twitter will be more visual and more engaging: previews of Twitter photos and videos from Vine will be front and center in Tweets. To see more of the photo or play the video, just tap.

But, they also made one other slight adjust to the visual timeline – they added retweet, favorite, and reply icons to each row below the content.

We’ve also made it easier for you to reply, retweet or favorite a Tweet without leaving your timeline; you can tap to do that right inside the Tweets you see in your timeline.

This, I don’t agree with. Twitter has had swipeable trays with extra functions since the days of Tweetie. It’s a great way of providing users with quick access to more functions without cluttering up the timeline. But in this update, they added those icons to each row making the timeline harder to cognatively process. If Twitter thought this to be the best solution, why did they leave the swipeable tray’s still in the app?!

P.S. It’s notable this visual enhancement is NOT on the iPad version where a longer & larger timeline make make sense. Neither is the “Conversations” update they announced back in late August.

Twitter 5.12 Swipeable Trays