Adam Fields (weblog)

This blog is largely deprecated, but is being preserved here for historical interest. Check out my index page at for more up to date info. My main trade is technology strategy, process/project management, and performance optimization consulting, with a focus on enterprise and open source CMS and related technologies. More information. I write periodic long pieces here, shorter stuff goes on twitter or


Adobe Creative Suite CS2 is amazing!

Filed under: — adam @ 2:16 pm

I got my copy of Adobe CS2 today, and quite frankly, I’m floored.

I tend to focus on Photoshop first, with InDesign a close second.

First impressions of new Photoshop:

The UI is noticeably slower than CS in some minor ways, but I’m not sure if that’s because it’s doing more, or this is just the first time through (some things have gotten faster as I’ve used them). That’s my only criticism so far.

Some things, like raw processing and image browsing, are just a lot faster. Many of the image processing functions are impressively faster.

While the increased feature set on the website sounds minimal, they have really tweaked out everything. I’ve only just begun to explore.

Adobe Camera Raw 3.0 is fantastic and far more flexible than the previous version. You can now do cropping and straightening (with a very intuitive tool) in the raw filter, and can set droppers, adjust constrast curves, do camera color correction with saved profiles (I think this was in 2.5, but not the default one shipped with CS), and apply raw conversion changes without fully opening the image. This last is very useful for doing fast batch raw processing, which Adobe Bridge (the replacement for the crappy browser in the last version) now also supports. They were thinking.

The new Smart Sharpen filter is mind blowing. It is MILES ahead of unsharp mask.

Google patent filing reveals interesting information about ranking

Filed under: — adam @ 11:29 am

They apparently look at how far in the future your domain expiration is, how your links manifest over time, and how the focus of your site is directed over time, among other things.

It does look to me like, using their definitions, “blog” is largely indistinguishable from “spam”.

Here’s the actual patent application:

(Note: Google’s name doesn’t appear to be on this patent.)

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