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SketchBook Pro relaunches with new features

SketchBook Pro, the “artistic toolkit” application for desktop computers, relaunched Thursday with a new user interface and other new features.

Hands on with Quark DesignPad

Quark, which has historically catered to the creative pro designer community, has branched out to offer a free iPad app targeted to novice designers.

Adobe releases six critical patches for Flash, AIR

Adobe Systems has released fixes for six critical vulnerabilities affecting its Flash multimedia application and AIR runtime, five of which could allow for remote code execution on a system.

Researcher: Obama, Romney apps gather personal data

The smartphone apps created to promote the campaigns of President Obama and his Republican election rival Mitt Romney gather a slew of personal data about the folks who use them.

Adobe accelerates Creative Cloud releases, augmenting subscription service

Adobe embarks on exclusive Creative Suite subscription offerings and begins offering CS7 features to Creative Cloud subscribers.

Review: Kowala iPad easel and lapboard

With all this talk lately of smaller and lighter iPads, you have to stop and wonder why someone would create a shell that makes the current iPad not only bigger, but heavier. Yet that's exactly what Documont has done with the Kowala, an iPad lapboard for artists and workers alike -- and it's surprisingly good, too.

Adobe adds packaging feature to Illustrator CS6, but only for Creative Cloud subscribers

Adobe has followed through on its promise to add additional features to Creative Suite 6 for subscribers to its Creative Cloud apps-and-services bundle.

Oracle Java SE7 Update 6 brings full support for OS X

With the release of Java SE7 for OS X, Apple's platform can boast full compatibility with the latest version of the cross-platform technology.

TechHive: Fixing Apple's Podcasts app

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Apple's Podcasts app isn't a terrible app, but it's definitely in need of some work. Christopher Breen lays out what the company can do to improve the program.

Use Shapes to organize and design flow charts

Shapes lets you draw organizational and flow charts with a variety of shapes, lines, and arrows. It has a beautiful, elegant-looking interface that is supremely Mac-like, with a multi-faceted Inspector that lets you tweak line widths and styles, line and fill colors, text, and even fill a shape with an image.

Stylus Shoot-Out: Finding the best sketching stylus

Serenity Caldwell has tested a lot of styluses. (And we mean a lot.) Now she's pitting them head-to-head in a series of challenges. In the latest installment, she looks at which stylus is the best for sketching and drafting.

TechHive: Five free video apps for iPhone filmmakers

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Senior editor Tim Moynihan rounds up five popular apps for shooting, editing, and adding effects to video on your iPhone.

The Hand Glider is a perfect no-frills solution for palm rejection on the iPad

Perhaps no tool will make artists feel more at home on the iPad than the Hand Glider, a lightweight sleeve for your wrist and pinky that prevents your skin from triggering multitouch gestures or wayward marks while using a stylus. By outward appearance alone, the glove looks a little silly, but its function far outweighs its design quirks.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Converting music files

The iTunes Guy answers questions about importing and converting audio.

Remains of the Day: Open up

A hotly-anticipated text editor is now open for business, we bid adieu to the second-generation iPhone, and turns out streaming digital music isn't bad for business.