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Facebook To Acquire Instagram For $1 Billion

9 Apr

Facebook To Acquire Instagram For $1 Billion | TechCrunch.

Facebook To Acquire Instagram For  Billion | TechCrunch

Facebook has just finished a deal to acquire Instagram. The compensation will be approximately $1 billion in cash and stock.

Mark Zuckerberg posted the following letter to his Timeline about the purchase:


I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.

For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.

We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.

These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram’s experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.

This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.

We’re looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we’re going to be able to build together.

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Photoshop CS6 Is the Best Version In Recent Memory—and the Beta Is Available Now

22 Mar

Photoshop CS6 Is the Best Version In Recent Memory—and the Beta Is Available Now.

Photoshop CS6 Is the Best Version In Recent Memory—and the Beta IsAvailable Now

I’m in love with Photoshop CS6 after working with the beta for the past few weeks. For the first time in many years, this one is a must-have update.

It will save a lot of time for professionals on the day to day, thanks to new and updated killer features, a new graphic engine, and a new—beautiful—streamlined interface.

Best of all: you can get it yourself, right now. For free.

I’ve used every release of Photoshop since version 3, which was released in 1994 and included layers for the first time. Layers felt like magic to me. Each version after that brought to me some life-changing feature (I remember going—”OHYES!”—with adjustment layers in version 4 or multiple undo—”FUCKYEAH!”—and editable type—”ATBLOODYLAST!”—in version 5).

In recent years, however, new Photoshop versions felt flat and bloated. The new features were “oh, neat, I guess that’d nice—sometime” and “ah, cool, I see myself using this at least once a month.” The last version left me mostly cold, as that 10% of the program that most professionals use to do 90% of their work went unchanged. It just felt like Adobe was just piling features on, trying to appeal to everyone. It seemed as they didn’t worry to make the basics better.

Until CS6.

This new version does exactly that: concentrate on the basics, the 10% that does the 90% of the work.

It has a great streamlined interface that will definitely save time and is pleasant to the eye. Tools as simple as the new crop tool have been greatly improved. They are easier to use, more powerful and smart. The new RAW import module is so incredibly good that I can see photographers reimporting all their RAW backups just to see the amazing results. The blur gallery—for artificial lensing—is great, as is the wide angle adjustments and the selection tools with skin detection features.

And I know this sounds like sacrilege, but for the first time the auto corrections are really, really,really good. So good that I found myself rarely touching levels or curves anymore.

The Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine is just awesome, allowing for real-time effects with any kind of image, small or large. Liquify, Puppet Warp, Crop, and Transform feel like liquid gold.

You can download it right now for free from Adobe and try it yourself. The beta is fully functional and will work until the final release comes out. It also works alongside any version of Photoshop you have installed—it will not delete it.

Stay tuned for the incoming review right here.

Amazing future of photoshop will allow you to implant yourself into all those pictures of places you said you went to but never did.

26 Oct

This new photo editing software (although not Adobe Photoshop) will account for all lights and shadows, native to the original picture. See the video for more.

Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs from Kevin Karsch on Vimeo.

New software system realistically adds objects into photos. [VIDEO].

http://kevinkarsch.com/publications/sa11.html

Thanks to Evan for pointing this out to me!

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