High quality graphics and video are the result of many things – from recording the initial graphics or video, to the post-processing stage and finally the production stage the media goes through many different hands and processes. If each point in the process is efficient and of high quality, the end-product will reflect that.
In order to maintain the ability to process high quality graphics and video, a designer or editor needs a powerful computer. In the most extreme cases this means a small server cluster designed around graphics processing. More commonly this just means a powerful computer with a fast CPU, a ton of fast ram, a nice video card and fast hard drives. Fast hard drives can be critical, as the hard drive is usually the slowest piece of a system and inherently can be the “bottleneck.” A RAID array is very common for video editors. Raid 0 can provide very fast speeds at the risk of failures – okay of there are backups. RAID 1 can provide fast read speeds and redundancy in case of a disk failure, but write speeds are not greatly improved. RAID 5 provides both speed and redundancy, but RAID 10 – or RAID 1+0 – is the ultimate of both worlds – with duplicate disk redundancy, but striping for speed.
Microsoft has touted their new Metro Apps as a key feature of Windows 8. Metro Apps have a bit of a mixed reputation. On one hand, they provide some much overdue features to the Windows line. On the other hand, they don’t really live up to the hype, and in many instances they are useful only because of other software shortcomings.
But Microsoft has given one claim to Windows 8 Metro Apps that, until today, I found to be true. (more…)
The official word on Windows 8 battery life is that it is improved over Windows 7 battery life.
The first reason for this is that the Windows 8 core uses less RAM than Windows 7.
The second reason is that Windows 8 Metro Apps do not run in the background. Rather than consuming resources when they aren’t in the foreground, they are essentially paused in the background.
While both of those claims appear to be true, the overall claim that Windows 8 battery life is improved may not be completely true, and if in fact battery life is worse on Windows 8, it may also not be Microsoft’s fault. (more…)
Windows 8 battery might be worse than Windows 7 for some users (read more) but regardless of the reason, you’re probably reading this article because you want to improve battery life on your Windows 8 laptop or tablet.
There are a variety of angles you can attack this problem from, but you need to start by considering what is taking up your battery life to begin with:
Most likely culprits: Your LCD Display, old battery
Other likely culprits: Wifi, Bluetooh, Hard drive(s), memory
Most likely culprits: Software that came with your PC, start-up garbage
Other likely culprits: Open programs, system clogged with temporary files
Working through the problems
So let’s start at the top, and work through the problems (more…)
Adobe has been a leading software developer for many years. Their software has helped take digital media to a whole new level.
Adobe began with a few simple products, and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator became the front-runners – the symbols of what Adobe could do. These two pieces of software set the stage for graphic design for years to come.
Over the years Adobe both developed and acquired additional software that fit into their business model. They acquired Macromedia who had themselves acquired software (Allaire Homesite) and developed a variety of software including Macromedia Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash and Macromedia Director. (more…)