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Macworld Podcast episode 131

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In a financial world where your house is worth half of what you paid for it, your 401K has lost 65 percent of its value, and the nation’s Treasury Secretary is hoping to make off with your kid’s piggy bank, what’s another $2,499? If you’re a creative designer, that nearly-$2,500 could be one of the year’s smarter investments if you require the latest and greatest Adobe applications.

I write, of course, of the recently announced Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection—a collection of design tools that includes InDesign, Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash Professional, Fireworks, Contribute, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Soundbooth, OnLocation and Encore. executive editor Philip Michaels and senior editor Jackie Dove witnessed Adobe’s announcement of CS4, interviewed some of Adobe’s CS4 key players, and brought back the audio evidence of their work to share with you.

Later in the show, Rogue Amoeba’s Paul Kafasis and I discuss Apple’s App Store—specifically issues where Apple has rejected some perfectly useful apps, citing “duplication” of existing functionality. Kafasis rejects these rejections, discusses why seemingly capricious rejections may not make for a harmonious business relationship, and suggests alternatives for iPhone application distribution.

And in my News & Commentary monologue I extol the virtues of Apple’s Remote application and discuss how you can put it, iTunes, an AirPort network, and multiple speakers to good use.

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Show notes

My talk about Apple’s Remote and a house covered with music is based on this Playlist blog: iPhone + Remote App = Houseful of Music. It’s the goods.

Just a day after the announcement of Creative Suite 4, Macworld has covered a mean mess of it. Check out our first looks at Photoshop CS4 and InDesign CS4 (with more to come later this week and next). We’ve also got news reports on Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fireworks, plus additional information on Adobe’s video applications.

In the Adobe segment, Philip Michaels mentions a webcast of the CS4 launch event. As this podcast went live, a link to that webcast hadn’t appeared yet—we suspect that it will at some point on either the Creative Suite 4 page or Adobe’s homepage.

In addition to running Rogue Amoeba (which produces such terrific audio applications as Audio Hijack Pro, Fission, Radioshift, and Airfoil), Paul contributes to O’Reilly’s Inside iPhone blog. For his thoughts on the sometimes rocky road Apple and developers travel, check out his A Bridge Too Far and One Little Article

Be sure to see more coverage of the App Store ban smackdown. On Wednesday, Jason Snell and Dan Moren each took Apple to task over its policies.


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