Poll: Vote for your favorite Frankengadget!

We had a great time combing through your Frankengadget mash-ups, and while there were many worthy submissions, we sadly had to narrow it down to just five. Our submission deadline has since passed, but now the real fun begins — it’s time to vote! Scroll through the gallery at the bottom of this post, then make your pick in the poll below, selecting just one winner (you can use the thumbs above as your guide). Your top selection’s creator will get to take home their very own copy of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5. Voting closes at 12PM ET on Friday, and the winner will be announced on the Engadget Show later that evening, so stay tuned!

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Sci-Fi Tech: New Adobe Plugin Removes Photo Blur

Adobe’s new deblurring algorithm is like something out of science fiction

There are two things that work with photos in sci-fi movies that still don’t work in real life. One is saying “enhance” to your computer and having it magically zoom in and conjure new pixels from nowhere. And the other one is removing the blur from an image.

Thanks to the brainiacs at Adobe, the next version of Photoshop may actually take care of the second one. Above you see the before/after results of the new deblur tool (click to see it full-sized). The plugin — currently in the early prototype phase — first examines the image to work out what kind of blur it has. This generates a grayscale map which can be visualized as a line, with direction.

Then this information is used to correct the blur. The Photoshop team is keeping hush-hush on the details, but the main problems seem to be that combination blurs are very tricky to decipher. Thus, if you take a photo of a speeding car, it may blur. If you shake the camera at the same time, that will blur everything, not just the car. Separating these from each other requires a lot of processing power.

If you can stomach some idiot actor trying to be funny and heckling the poor technician who demoes the tool, you might like to watch the video of it in action. Deblur works especially well on text. This could certainly help with the shaky shots I take of menus and business cards with my cellphone camera.

The tech might be too far off to make it into the next version of Photoshop, but at least it has made it into the near future, instead of the far-future of movies.

Behind All the Buzz: Deblur Sneak Peek [Photoshop.com Blog]

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Engadget Podcast 260 – 10.14.2011

Things are happening in the air around us: our tabazine is beaming its way to iPads around the globe, iThings are being shuffled to and from various parts of the stratosphere, and there was a frightening dearth of airborne activity in the BlackBerry-based community. Tangible inventions have also made their usual marks on the week in tech news: newly-minted iOS 5 guru Dante Cesa joins Tim and Brian this to bring it all down to earth and straight to your ears in this, the 260th episode of the Engadget Podcast.

Hosts: Tim Stevens, Brian Heater
Guest: Dante Cesa
Producer: Trent Wolbe
Music: I Can’t Go For That

00:01:30 – Engadget Distro is ready for download!
00:03:45 – Photoshop contest: send us your best / most terrifying Frankengadget
00:05:00 – iOS 5 review
00:13:30 – iCloud opens to the masses, iOS 5 lurks near
00:23:45 – BlackBerry services offline for some in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Again. (update: RIM confirms India, South America, too)
00:25:13 – BlackBerry outage spreads to US and Canada, continues in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America (update: RIM confirms)
00:26:00 – Mike Lazaridis apologizes for BlackBerry outage: ‘We’ve let many of you down’ (video) (Update: full services restored)
00:38:40 – Motorola Atrix 2 hands-on at CTIA E&A 2011 (video)
00:41:18 – Archos 80 G9 review
00:46:11 – T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II review
00:52:15 – HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio review
00:56:51 – ASUS Zenbook UX21 and UX31 headed to the US October 12, starting at $999
00:59:02 – Samsung crashes iPhone 4S block party, lures Aussies with $2 Galaxy S IIs
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Photoshop Will End Blurry Pics Forever

A blurred image is the worst. And no matter how steady you think your hand is, it can be easy to ruin a shot. Luckily, Adobe’s cooking up a Photoshop feature that’ll automatically eliminate blur. You won’t believe your eyes. More »

Adobe CS3 Design and Web Editions Released

This article was written on April 16, 2007 by CyberNet.

Adobe CS3 Released

Adobe officially announced this morning that they have released Adobe CS3 in two flavors: Design and Web editions. In two days it will be exactly two years since Adobe acquired Macromedia, and now we finally have a whole new line of software. All of the products have rightfully been renamed to “Adobe” leaving the Macromedia name in the past.

If you’re not into spending the $1600+ on an entire suite of applications, then they also offer each of the applications for sale on a stand alone basis. Here are the applications that are available at this time: Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe InDesign CS3, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, Adobe Fireworks CS3, and Adobe Contribute CS3.

The suite of applications does contain some new features that will benefit some users, and here are a few of the things they mentioned in the press release:

  • Creative Suite 3 Web editions offer users faster, more productive workflows across the applications.
  • Web professionals can import native Photoshop and Illustrator files directly into Flash and Fireworks with full fidelity.
  • Users can also create consistent experiences across all browsers, operating systems, and a range of mobile and handheld devices with the new Spry Framework for AJAX, a pre-built, cross-browser compatible library of widgets and effects that make it faster and easier to build rich, interactive websites.
  • Fireworks CS3 boasts new workflows for rapidly prototyping RIA layouts for websites and web applications, intelligent Photoshop and Illustrator integration, and a library of common and customizable graphics assets.
  • Both the Creative Suite 3 Design and Web editions include Adobe Device Central CS3, designed to boost the productivity of creative professionals developing content for mobile handsets with essential tools to design, emulate and test content across a wide range of mobile device and handheld frameworks.

I’m sure this software will be among the most pirated ever just like we have seen in the past with Adobe and Macromedia products. Most people want to enjoy the large number of features that the products offer, but can’t afford the steep cost that goes along with them. I did a quick search on a couple BitTorrent networks and noticed that the Mac version of the Adobe CS3 Design Premium Suite is already on there and weighs in at a whopping 2.5GB…it has actually been available for nearly two weeks. However, there doesn’t appear to be a PC version of the Torrent.

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Adobe Pushes Further Into Mobile with Suite of Touch-based Apps

Adobe unveiled Creative Cloud, a suite of apps and services for tablet-based creativity. Image: Adobe

Adobe unleashed a suite of services aimed at the growing mobile crowd at its Adobe MAX 2011 Conference today. The apps and services allow creative professionals and hobbyists to do what they do best without being tethered to traditional digital creative tools like desktops or laptop PCs.

It’s all part of Adobe’s so-called Creative Cloud initiative, which provides apps, services and (in the near future) a community surrounding them. Adobe will be releasing six iPad and Android touch apps for Creative Cloud, including Photoshop Touch, Collage, Debut, Ideas, Kuler and Proto. Adobe is also introduce Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition, an iPad publishing platform for freelancers and small businesses.

The introduction of Adobe Photoshop Touch is especially exciting for aspiring artists who want to move away from using the usual digital tools. The app will feature Facebook and Google integration, as well as a tablet-only “Scribble Selection Tool” that will let users scribble on areas they want to keep or remove. The app syncs with Adobe’s “Creative Cloud” so files can be worked on both in the app or in Adobe’s Photoshop program on the desktop.

Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition will let designers use InDesign CS 5.5 to design page layouts, which they can then use to publish a single, custom iPad app.

It’s even more exciting for the non-iOS fans in the creative community. Although there are a number of drawing and vector graphics apps for the iPad, few have been ported over to the Android platform. Sketchbook Pro is one notable exception, as was Adobe’s Photoshop Express app. It’s a sign of Android’s success that a tablet-based app isn’t launching as an iPad exclusive.

Pricing for the entire Creative Cloud package will be announced in November, but the Single Edition Digital Publishing Suite will cost $400 and individual touch apps are $10 each.

CyberNotes: Photoshop Mistakes…

This article was written on May 23, 2008 by CyberNet.

Fun Friday

Today we bring you some of the worst (although we’re sure there’s even worse out there) Photoshop editing jobs out there. Most of the photos come from the Photoshop Disasters Blog which is definitely worth taking a look at…

Notice the extra hand? (Source)

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And yet another extra hand! (Source)

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Since when does the iPhone run XP? (Source)

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A third arm… (Source)

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It’s a VT Remote (upside down) (Source)

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Born without a belly button? (Source)

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Missing a head! (Source)

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A few extra fingers and hands… (Source)

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Ahh! A hand without an arm… (it made the front page of a newspaper) (Source)

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Wacom Cintiq 24HD images break cover, we start practicing our stick figures

We’ve been all giddy since the Cintiq 24HD waltzed through the FCC last month… and now, we have even more reason to be excited. Although unconfirmed, signs continue to point to a 24-inch HD display (1920 x 1200 supported) — upon which Wacom has implemented a stand that appears to allow the user to customize their viewing angle based on the task at hand. According to CG Everything, the peripheral is said to boast 2048 levels of pressure sensors with a 60-degree tilt sensor, 92 percent Adobe RGB color saturation, 190 nits of brightness, 550:1 contrast ratio and a 13ms response time. We’re still waiting on Wacom to corroborate all of this, but those who’d rather throw caution to the wind can indulge below.

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Wacom Inkling digital sketch pen hands-on (video)

Wacom’s new digital pen can’t help but stand out from the competition. It’s a specialized device that makes no apologies for catering to graphics enthusiasts at the expense of casual note-takers. Moreover, it does something pretty amazing: instead of just turning your sketches into simple bitmaps, it can also export them as vector-based images with multiple layers, which means they can be directly used as the basis for more complex and final art. The Inkling will cost £150 ($230 converted) when it reaches European stores in October, but in the meantime we’ve got some early hands-on impressions right after the break.

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Did Apple shrink the Samsung Galaxy S II in Dutch lawsuit filing?

We haven’t had a chance to head on down to The Hague to have a look-see for ourselves, but Dutch tech site Webwereld spotted some more inconsistencies in Apple’s Samsung lawsuit filings. This time the culprit is a shrunken Galaxy S II, standing side-by-side with an identically tall iPhone 3G — when in reality the Samsung phone is seven millimeters taller than its Apple counterpart, and slightly wider as well. The image, filed in the Netherlands, is part of an intellectual property suit against Samsung, and came to light just days after accusations that Apple manipulated photos of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that it submitted to a German court. While misleading, this latest error isn’t nearly as concerning as last week’s shrunken Tab — which could easily be described as image manipulation, considering that the tablet included in that filing represented an incorrect 4:3 aspect ratio, while the Samsung device has a 16:10 display.

[Thanks, Florian]

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