Bring the subject of the photo into focus easily with FocalPoint.

Bring the subject of the photo into focus easily with FocalPoint.

Over the years you learn how to do many things in Photoshop. Some of them, no matter how many times you do them, are time consuming and tedious. Selective focus, causing certain aspects of a photo to pop out while dimming other elements, such as backgrounds, is one of those tedious processes. Typically, selective focus is achieved during the photography process itself, or with tedious manual processes in Photoshop.

So, I am always elated when somebody comes up with something to make these kinds of tasks easier. Enter FocalPoint from OnOne Software. Take a look at this Before and After and put away your dodge and burn tools.

 The interface is relatively easy and straightforward.

 I found out about this nifty tool at: http://sharingbaba.com/softwares/?p=3423

You can download a trial version or purchase FocalPoint at: http://www.ononesoftware.com/detail.php?prodLine_id=35

I liked it. So will you.

William Harrel – www.williamharrel.com

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Plug-in tracks changes in InDesign documents.

Plug-in tracks changes in InDesign documents.

Ctrl has released a CS4 version of CtrlChanges, an InDesign plug-in that tracks and displays changes in InDesign documents. While this is very useful in environments with multiple designers working the same documents, the plug-in is pretty expensive, about $660 U.S.

The plug-in works on both PCs and Macs and has the following features:

CtrlChanges Light:
• Show changes in layout mode in InCopy and InDesign
• Turn viewing on/off
• Turn Track Changes on/off for document
• Accept all changes in document
• Mouse over tip showing editor, time and deleted text*

* CS4 only. Available from version 1.1 – release March 2009
CtrlChanges Standard:
• Show changes in layout mode in InCopy and InDesign
• Turn viewing on/off
• Turn Track Changes on/off for document
• Accept all changes in document
• Mouse over tip showing editor, time and deleted text*
• Able to print changes
• Include changes in PDF-file, including notes for deleted text

* CS4 only. Available from version 1.1 – release March 2009

CtrlChanges Pro (Trial available):

• Show changes in layout mode in InCopy and InDesign
• Turn viewing on/off
• Turn Track Changes on/off for document
• Accept all changes in document
• Mouse over tip showing editor, time and deleted text*
• Able to print changes
• Include changes in PDF-file, including notes for deleted text
• Use the CtrlChanges Pro panel to see all the changes in the document
and navigate through them easily
• Filter changes on author and time (v1.1)
• Users are separated using different color markings in document
• Step through the changes and accept them as you go

* CS4 only. Available from version 1.1 – release March 2009

See and download the plug-in here: http://www.ctrl-ps.com/products/ctrlchanges

I found out about the new release here: http://macblender.com/ctrlchanges-plug-in-tracks-indesign-document-changes/

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