Can Bear replace Ulysses as my short form writing tool?

My writing is almost all short-form. I write posts for my blog and random thoughts. The longest posts that I write each year are my posts about the apps that I’m using on my Mac and iOS devices. Here’s why I’m trying Bear. In a few months, my Bear and Ulysses subscriptions will be up for renewal. I’m wondering […]

Corel Painter 2020 review

Corel Painter 2020 finally tames the digital painting software’s famously messy UI, and adds much-needed performance improvements through GPU support. Corel Painter 2020 is now available and after last year’s version – called Painter 2019 – introduced a Dark UI theme and performance improvements, it looks like Corel has decided to again concentrate on making the user experience […]

Adobe Fresco review: we draw and paint with the pre-release of the new Procreate rival

Adobe Fresco is finally out – find out here how the drawing and painting app feels to use on the iPad as artist Hazel Mead takes you through her experiences drawing and painting on an exclusive pre-release version of the app, including how it measures up against the industry standard, Procreate.  As a digital artist who originally trained as an oil […]

Affinity Publisher review: hands-on with Serif’s new software

Serif’s new member of the Affinity family may be ideal for anyone hunting a subscription-free InDesign. Speaking as someone who still has a copy of Photoshop 1.0 – on a single floppy disk, believe it or not – I resent the increasing trend of treating software as a subscription service that you have to pay for every […]

Premiere Pro gains new project tools

Productions is a new panel designed to make managing larger projects easier. Studios using Premiere Pro have a new toolset to help them manage larger projects with shared assets. Though created for Hollywood feature film projects such as Dolemite Is My Name, they have broader appeal. They allow agencies to separate their work by client, for […]

Toon Boom Harmony vs Flash (Adobe Animate): Which One Should You Use?

If you’re one of the many people looking to get into 2D animation, or are considering updating your workflow, you might be wondering: What’s the best software to use? The most common debate in the 2D realm is Toon Boom vs. Flash. In this article we’ll look at two of the biggest contenders. Toon Boom Harmony and Adobe Animate CC (the modern incarnation of Flash). Background First […]

Compare Versions: What’s New in Adobe CC 2020 vs. Older Releases

Last week at the annual MAX conference, Adobe launched the new 2020 release of Creative Cloud – and everyone wants to know what’s new, what’s different, and what’s changed between CC 2020 and the previous CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC 2013, or 2012’s Creative Suite 6?  Or more to the point, what are the key new features and […]

Design with Precision – An Adobe XD Review

As we wrap up 2018 and step into 2019, let’s review the current state of the design industry, the designer’s role, UX design tools, and workflow. From building a cohesive design system to designing flows for the next device innovation or prototyping complex interfaces for user testing, designers can choose from an abundance of UX design tools. Whether it’s one […]

Photoshop 2020 review

Do the new features and tools added to Photoshop 2020 warrant the monthly price tag? (Image: © Adobe/Jason Parnell- (Image: © Adobe/Jason Parnell-Brookes) OUR VERDICT The most exciting part of this Photoshop update is the new Object Selection Tool. Adobe is putting Sensei to good use here and this can drastically cut edit times for […]

Using Presenter Coach in PowerPoint

PowerPoint has been on a tear the last few years, using Microsoft’s AI technology to improve slide design (Designer), presentation content (QuickStarter), and accessibility (Live Subtitling). And with the recently released Presenter Coach feature, PowerPoint is now looking to make its users better speakers. Designed to provide real-time “coaching” and post-rehearsal analysis, Presenter Coach is […]

Evernote vs OneNote: The Best Note-taking App in 2020

We have more information to remember than ever before. Fortunately, we have more tools to help us remember things than ever before, too––but choosing a note-taking tool isn’t as simple as it sounds. Most note-taking apps do the same things: Save and organize digital notes Search saved notes, clippings, and files Sync across multiple devices […]