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December 14, 2001

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Burrow into The Gay Blade’s enclave. The Spork Boards

While The Gay Blade’s holiday resolutions are prone to dissipate faster than a snifter of home-brewed lysergic acid diethylamide in a bowl of wassail – and frequently with equally alarming results – this utensil continues his campaign to seed the Mac community’s Island of Misfit Toys with small but chewy CARE packages of glatt kosher rumorological goodness.

Today, his capacious leatherette garment bag disgorges a few additional sights and specs of the long-awaited, Carbonized Photoshop package currently speeding through late betas (and presumably on track for an appearance at January’s Macworld Expo/San Francisco).

Although his young ward Nick dePlume of Think Secret already riffed majestically on the widely disseminated Photoshop pre-release (code-named Liquid Sky), the Blade thought he’d add a few arabesque ruminations on the accompanying upgrade to ImageReady, the Web graphics package folded neatly beneath the Photoshop parasol.

Poke it to make it bigger!

Photoshop 7 screenshot

Photoshop 7 screenshot

Photoshop 7 browser

As the accompanying screenshots attest, the new toy, winsomely code-named Eelpout, is a welcome testimonial to Adobe’s commitment to Mac OS X. While the interface design retains a bit more of the old-school Platinum feel than recent Carbon releases from Microsoft or Macromedia, for example (complete with Adobe’s trad tabbed, dockable palettes), the pre-release seems both stable and sleek running under Apple's nouvelle vague OS. Even on a lowly blue-and-white G3, the software is more responsive than Bob Dole at a pajama party with Britney ’n’ Justin.

Throw a blanket over that, soldier – there are ladies present!

Dick Armey may be standing down, but the Blade's army remains unbowed. Bare all to The NMR Report, and a zaftig mole rat could be yours!

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