Exploit code released for Adobe Photoshop flaw

Exploit code that could take advantage of a "highly critical" security flaw in the most recent versions of Adobe Photoshop has been published, a security researcher reported.

The security flaw affects Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 3, as well as CS2, according to a security advisory issued by Secunia on Wednesday.

The vulnerability concerns the way Adobe Photoshop handles the processing of malicious bitmap files, such as .bmp, .dib and .rle. A malicious attacker could exploit the flaw to launch a buffer overflow attack. That buffer overflow would then allow the intruder to take over a user's system.

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Adobe to Open Source Flex

Gives Developers Ability to Enhance Flex Framework for Delivering Rich Internet Applications

Adobe today announced plans to release source code for Adobe® Flex™ as open source. This initiative will let developers worldwide participate in the growth of the industry's most advanced framework for building cross-operating system rich Internet applications (RIAs) for the Web and enabling new Apollo applications for the desktop. The open source Flex SDK and documentation will be available under the Mozilla Public License (MPL).

Available since June 2006, the free Adobe Flex SDK includes the technologies developers need to build effective Flex applications, including the MXML™ compiler and the ActionScript™ 3.0 libraries that make up the popular Flex framework. Together, these elements provide the modern, standards-based language and programming model used by leading businesses such as BMC Software, eBay, salesforce.com, Scrapblog, and Samsung to create RIAs deployed on the ubiquitous Adobe Flash® Player.

More info in Adobe's Press release, and on labs.adobe.com

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Ask.com Launches AdSense Competitor

Ask.com has announced a contextual advertising product for publishers today. As part of the Ask Sponsored Listings (ASL – not to be confused with Age, Sex Location) platform, parent company IAC claims the new service already reaches 34 million unique users per month via their network of sites, which include Match.com, Ticketmaster, and and Evite.

The company hopes to win over publishers by attacking one of AdSense’s biggest weaknesses – transparency. Ask.com plans to inform content partners of their revenue share up front, rather than leave them guessing about the fluctuations in eCPM one might notice in their AdSense account. The service will also include other standard contextual advertising management features, such as customizing the look of the ads and offering varying levels of editorial control.

Added transparency might win over the paranoid, but ultimately the battle for contextual will come down to who pays the most, and matching Google’s massive advertiser reach will be a challenge for Ask.com. For the curious, Ask.com’s contextual product will be available the week of May 21st.


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Steps to Setting up a Successful Website

Steps to Setting up a Successful Website


by: Ray Rice

1. Choose a Niche - Today, anyone can have a website and sell merchandise or services on the internet. The choices are endless and only limited by your imagination. If you are already in a business and don’t currently have a website, then it’s simply a matter of deciding what name to chose. If you are thinking about setting up your first website and aren’t sure what niche to chose, you might consider a favorite hobby. I’ve always liked to collect & repair antique radios, so I setup a website called http://RadioExchange.net


The fastest way to achieve success and a high ranking on the internet is to build a website around a theme and niche which does not have a large amount of competition. For instance, if you were to start a web hosting website, it would be an uphill battle because there are thousands and thousands of hosting websites already on the internet fighting to get in the top 10 or 20 listings in the major search engines like Yahoo, MSN and Google. The more competition, the more costly and time consuming it is to get your website seen. An alternative is to research untapped markets or there’s a detailed report you can download on 109 Untapped Markets. The price is only $33. and it’s well worth it. To get your report go to Niche Topics http://7ac1x2.5millbucks.hop.clickbank.net


2. Purchase a Domain Name – Think of a domain name which uses the words which describes your business or what you will be selling. If your domain name contains the keywords which describe your business, you are likely to rank higher than with names which do not. For instance, if you are a realtor located in Orlando Florida it would be a good idea to register the domain name OrlandoFloridaRealEstate.com/net or org or Orlando-Florida-Real-Estate.com/net or org. A scientific way to determine the best name to use is to run keyword popularity searches using Overture's Keyword Tool at http://inventory.overture.com/


You can search for domain names and register them at http://Website-Supermarket.com and they offer excellent 24/7 live customer service.


3. Set Up Web Hosting - Webster Hosting is what connects your Webster to the internet so it can be viewed by people around the world. Prices for hosting service range from free (I would not recommended a free service - you get what you pay for) to $39.95 per month which is on the high end. Some hosting companies charge a setup fee and demand a year commitment. I would not use any hosting service which charges a setup fee or expect a long term commitment because there’s so many which does not. http://Website-Supermarket.com offers excellent hosting services for only $7.95 per month with 24/7 live customer service and no set up fee and no annual commitment is required.


4. Design Your Website - If you have no experience or limited experience designing a website you can choose from thousands of professionally designed website templates for as low as $20. at http://Website-Supermarket.com and they are available for immediate download. Just browse through until you find a template you like, then click “Buy this Template” and download to your computer. They also offer 1000’s of clip art and photo art work ideal for customizing a website. Unlike many of the other template websites, after you’ve selected the site you want, if you need help customizing your template and getting on the Internet, they offer a set up service to get you up and running quickly. If you choose to customize the template yourself you will need web design software such as Macromedia Dreamweaver or Front Page and Image software such as Adobe Photoshop. Macromedia Fireworks is also a super software program for designing websites.


5. Upload Your Web Site files to your Hosting Service’s Server – Most Web creator software such as Front Page and Macromedia Dreamweaver has built in FTP (File Transfer Protocal) capability. A super program I recommend for uploading and downloading files is Cute FTP by GlobalScape. You can download a copy from their website at http://Cuteftp.com


6. Submit Your Website to the Search Engines - I recommend Submit-It which is a Free service that Submits your URL to all of the major Search Engines such as Yahoo, MSN & Google. Their website address is http://www.submitplus.com/scripts/affiliates/clickthru.cgi?id=bj7780


Website-Supermarket.com has reference material and articles to help you make your Website a Success!


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What's New For You in Photoshop CS3

This Article is taken from - http://www.informit.com/guides/content.asp?g=photoshop&seqNum=316&rl=1

© 2007 Pearson Education, Informit. All rights reserved.




In each version of Photoshop, Adobe releases features that are of use to different types of users. Some features are tailor-made for photographers, for example, while others are better suited for designers. Let's take a look at who will benefit from some of the new features in Photoshop CS3.


For Everyone


Bridge CS3


Bridge has plenty of great new features like a Loupe view of your photos and better ways to sort and compare photos to make it easier to find your keepers and losers. There's also photo stacking, quick thumbnail previews, and easier ways to see your metadata.


Figure BridgeWindow

BridgeWindow


Cloning


Cloning just got easier with the brand new addition of the Clone Source palette. Right under the Window menu, you now have an entirely new way to make the cloning process simpler and more intuitive.


Figure Cloning

Cloning



Refine Edges Dialog


This is a brand spankin’ new dialog that will show up in the Options Bar any time you create a selection. It allows you to preview your selection edges over different backgrounds so you can see just how it's going to look. It shows up no matter what tool you use to create a selection and it's there to do just what it says—refine your selection edges. It's pretty cool, too. You can feather your selection on the fly and get a live preview of what it'll look like so there's no guessing involved.


Figure RefineEdges

RefineEdges


Quick Select Tool


The Quick Select tool is a brand new tool that lives up to its name. It automatically senses the edges of the object you're trying to select and snaps the selection into place. Think of it as the Magic Wand tool on steroids.


Figure QuickSelection

QuickSelection



For Photographers


Black and White Adjustment


This is one that's a long time overdue. Now CS3 has a dedicated way to turn a color photo into a black and white. No more tricks of the trade for black and whites. You've got a new adjustment and it has a ton of settings that allow you to control just how your black and whites look.


Figure Blackandwhite

Blackandwhite



Camera Raw


Photoshop CS3 Public Beta also includes a new version of Camera Raw—Camera Raw 4.0. You'll find a lot of cool features that are similar to Photoshop Lightroom such as a Highlight Recovery slider and Fill Light controls. Plus, you have Split Toning controls as well as a Grayscale mixer to create killer black and whites right inside of Camera Raw.


Figure CameraRaw

CameraRaw



Auto Align


Ever take a photo of a group where one person had his eyes shut? So, what do you do? Naturally, you'd take another photo. But then, cousin Jimmy wasn't smiling and Grandma Emily would be devastated if everyone didn't look his best. That's where Auto Align comes in. It automatically aligns two photos to make it easier to include the best shots of everyone in the final image.


New Curves Interface


Curves got a facelift in CS3. Now, you can see the Histogram behind the Curve as well as get some options for fine-tuning the way your curve looks.



For Designers


Vanishing Point


The Vanishing Point filter now includes the ability to wrap graphics around planes other than a straight 90-degree angle.


Figure VanishingPoint

VanishingPoint



Smart Filters


WooooHoooo! Filters no longer have to create a permanent change to your layer. With the new smart filters you can easily apply filters to your layers and go back and change their settings at any time. I have to say: This one rocks!


Figure SmartFilters

SmartFilters



General Ease of Use and Other Improvements


Enhanced Interface


The enhanced interface gives you a great deal of control over the areas of Photoshop you use most. There's a new quick palette area that gives you access to commonly used tools and presets. There are also preferences for auto hiding and collapsing palettes when you're not using them.


Figure Interface

Interface



Web Photo Gallery


The Web Photo Gallery is now actually called the Adobe Media Gallery and it's pretty darn sweet. There are plenty of killer ways to show off your photos and images in great web layouts.


Figure WebGallery

WebGallery



And there you have it. Adobe included something for everyone in this new release so whether you’re a photographer, graphic designer, or anyone who just loves using Photoshop to organize and edit your photos, you’ll want to try out the beta release. Also, make sure you check out the most comprehensive resource out there for Photoshop CS3 beta over at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals CS3 Learning Center.


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Adobe Unveils Next Gen Internet Video Solution

Adobe Media Player Enables Distribution, Viewing and Monetization of Video Content

Adobe today announced the Adobe Media Player (previously known as Philo) at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show. This desktop application, that will be deployed as an Apollo application, expands Adobe’s Internet video solutions, adding to an emerging ecosystem that enables new ways to distribute and monetize media, while helping viewers discover and view high-quality content both online and offline. Leveraging the Adobe Flash architecture, the Adobe Media Player delivers more engaging video experiences to viewers while offering content publishers new abilities to distribute, track and build businesses around their media assets.

More info: Press Release
NAB Webcast

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