Archive for September, 2006

[tech] Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Cheap-Cheap Software

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2006 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

As a user of online ad-supported things, one sees amazing offers; design software that costs literally hundreds of dollars for, almost literally, a couple of bucks.

We have no evidence on this, but we suspect people like this is where a significant percentage of that cheap-cheap software comes from (via BetaNews):

A California man has been sentenced to seven years and three months in prison and ordered to pay $5.4 million in restitution as a result of a federal piracy case, software company Autodesk said Friday. In addition to Autodesk, 26-year-old Nathan Peterson also was copying and selling software from Adobe, Macromedia and Symantec, the company said in a statement.

It got our attention because we find insanely great cut-rate prices for things like QuarkXPress
V7 for less than $200, and we even Googled a price for QuarkXPress Passport 7.02–the international version–for $50. For reference, the full price for QuarkXPress 7 is $749 from jump street, and $1,499 for Passport.

And Autodesk, for those who don’t know, produces the may-as-well-be industry standard CAD program AutoCAD (I remember version 10…good times). A seat of AutoCAD 2007 will set you back…are you sitting down? Good…$3,995. I was able to find a vendor who’d send you ACAD for $55.

You know how your mama said that if a thing seems too good to be true, it is? This is one of those times. The version you get from a cheap-cheap software vendor may well be cracked or compromised, and if you want to register it to get upgrades–forget it.

Yes, its true that the design software worth having is pricey. I don’t like it much myself, but, despite the heavy load of cost I don’t feel I’ve been gypped by buying honest-to-God actual software from a reputable source. QuarkXPress 6.5 is a good goer, and the Adobe CSs have been golden. You get what you pay for.

If you really want the good tools, spend the money. If you’re a student, get those student-licensed products–the upgrade path is the same for student users as pros…Adobe allows you unlimted use of your student-licensed software, and even Quark has been loosening up on things lately.

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[tech] Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Cheap-Cheap Software

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2006 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

As a user of online ad-supported things, one sees amazing offers; design software that costs literally hundreds of dollars for, almost literally, a couple of bucks.

We have no evidence on this, but we suspect people like this is where a significant percentage of that cheap-cheap software comes from (via BetaNews):

A California man has been sentenced to seven years and three months in prison and ordered to pay $5.4 million in restitution as a result of a federal piracy case, software company Autodesk said Friday. In addition to Autodesk, 26-year-old Nathan Peterson also was copying and selling software from Adobe, Macromedia and Symantec, the company said in a statement.

It got our attention because we find insanely great cut-rate prices for things like QuarkXPress
V7 for less than $200, and we even Googled a price for QuarkXPress Passport 7.02–the international version–for $50. For reference, the full price for QuarkXPress 7 is $749 from jump street, and $1,499 for Passport.

And Autodesk, for those who don’t know, produces the may-as-well-be industry standard CAD program AutoCAD (I remember version 10…good times). A seat of AutoCAD 2007 will set you back…are you sitting down? Good…$3,995. I was able to find a vendor who’d send you ACAD for $55.

You know how your mama said that if a thing seems too good to be true, it is? This is one of those times. The version you get from a cheap-cheap software vendor may well be cracked or compromised, and if you want to register it to get upgrades–forget it.

Yes, its true that the design software worth having is pricey. I don’t like it much myself, but, despite the heavy load of cost I don’t feel I’ve been gypped by buying honest-to-God actual software from a reputable source. QuarkXPress 6.5 is a good goer, and the Adobe CSs have been golden. You get what you pay for.

If you really want the good tools, spend the money. If you’re a student, get those student-licensed products–the upgrade path is the same for student users as pros…Adobe allows you unlimted use of your student-licensed software, and even Quark has been loosening up on things lately.

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[tech] Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Cheap-Cheap Software

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2006 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

As a user of online ad-supported things, one sees amazing offers; design software that costs literally hundreds of dollars for, almost literally, a couple of bucks.

We have no evidence on this, but we suspect people like this is where a significant percentage of that cheap-cheap software comes from (via BetaNews):

A California man has been sentenced to seven years and three months in prison and ordered to pay $5.4 million in restitution as a result of a federal piracy case, software company Autodesk said Friday. In addition to Autodesk, 26-year-old Nathan Peterson also was copying and selling software from Adobe, Macromedia and Symantec, the company said in a statement.

It got our attention because we find insanely great cut-rate prices for things like QuarkXPress
V7 for less than $200, and we even Googled a price for QuarkXPress Passport 7.02–the international version–for $50. For reference, the full price for QuarkXPress 7 is $749 from jump street, and $1,499 for Passport.

And Autodesk, for those who don’t know, produces the may-as-well-be industry standard CAD program AutoCAD (I remember version 10…good times). A seat of AutoCAD 2007 will set you back…are you sitting down? Good…$3,995. I was able to find a vendor who’d send you ACAD for $55.

You know how your mama said that if a thing seems too good to be true, it is? This is one of those times. The version you get from a cheap-cheap software vendor may well be cracked or compromised, and if you want to register it to get upgrades–forget it.

Yes, its true that the design software worth having is pricey. I don’t like it much myself, but, despite the heavy load of cost I don’t feel I’ve been gypped by buying honest-to-God actual software from a reputable source. QuarkXPress 6.5 is a good goer, and the Adobe CSs have been golden. You get what you pay for.

If you really want the good tools, spend the money. If you’re a student, get those student-licensed products–the upgrade path is the same for student users as pros…Adobe allows you unlimted use of your student-licensed software, and even Quark has been loosening up on things lately.

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[design, blog] Commerce Magazine Takes Note!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2006 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis


Thanks to a tipoff, we learn that we are getting a mench in a local magazine.

As hinted at in the previous entry, the Times has garnered a mention in the magazine Commerce,
published by the Daily Journal of Commerce. I understand the issue is themed in local design, and right there, in what appears to be an “A to Z” listing of interesting things, is my own humble missive mill, mentioned in the same breath as Blog-oMotives, Kamp Grizzly, and SportBucket.

We are thrilled to be considered in such company. Click on the graphic to see it bigly; here’s the text of the part that mentions us:

Portland designers blog in–and about–thier downtime, too. Random thoughts and news from designer Samuel John Klein show up at zehnkatzen.blogspot.com, plus a click-through feast to Klein’s current projects, such as Designorati.com and Quarkvsindesign.com.

It must of course be said that if it weren’t for Pariah S. Burke, I wouldn’t have Designorati or QVI in my portfolio. He’s definitely the genius there.

We haven’t seen the issue yet (though DJC was nice enough to pop one in the post for the asking–thanks, you guys), but thanks to the tip off of Friend Of Zehnkazen John Chilson at Stumptown Confidential, we got a look at the page. We don’t know who put the article together yet, but we thank them.

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[design, blog] Commerce Magazine Takes Note!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2006 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis


Thanks to a tipoff, we learn that we are getting a mench in a local magazine.

As hinted at in the previous entry, the Times has garnered a mention in the magazine Commerce,
published by the Daily Journal of Commerce. I understand the issue is themed in local design, and right there, in what appears to be an “A to Z” listing of interesting things, is my own humble missive mill, mentioned in the same breath as Blog-oMotives, Kamp Grizzly, and SportBucket.

We are thrilled to be considered in such company. Click on the graphic to see it bigly; here’s the text of the part that mentions us:

Portland designers blog in–and about–thier downtime, too. Random thoughts and news from designer Samuel John Klein show up at zehnkatzen.blogspot.com, plus a click-through feast to Klein’s current projects, such as Designorati.com and Quarkvsindesign.com.

It must of course be said that if it weren’t for Pariah S. Burke, I wouldn’t have Designorati or QVI in my portfolio. He’s definitely the genius there.

We haven’t seen the issue yet (though DJC was nice enough to pop one in the post for the asking–thanks, you guys), but thanks to the tip off of Friend Of Zehnkazen John Chilson at Stumptown Confidential, we got a look at the page. We don’t know who put the article together yet, but we thank them.

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[bloggage] Welcome Commerce Magazine Readers

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2006 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

A little bird has told me that I was listed amongst the design-oriented ‘blogs in an article in the current issue of Commerce magazine, a publication of the Daily Journal of Commerce.

This is, of course, most cool. If you’re reading this blog because you were referred here, then welcome…feel free to converse!

Welcome!

[design] Dreamweaver 8 Enters The Creative Suite

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2006 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

This is fairly big news if you’re wondering what the next release of the Adobe Creative Suite is going to look like.

According to this article posted on CreativePro.com (and commented on by me at Designorati) Adobe is going to kick GoLive, thier web-authoring tool, out of the Creative Suite, and before the next full version release.

Apparently what’s going to happen is Dreamweaver 8, nee Macromedia Dreamweaver 8, is going into the Suite and GoLive is getting cut loose as a stand-alone application. Not only this, but the new Suite, saith CreativePro.com, is going to be released in November as Creative Suite 2.3. It won’t be Universal; that’s not due till CS3, next year.

You lucky and wise dogs who have been on the CS train and have CS2 will only suffer $160 worth of damage. If you didn’t think you needed CS2 and stayed with the CS, you’ll be forking over $550. A new seat of the Suite will still be $1,200.

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