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Lab Notes Blog

Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 8

September 30, 2009

Tags: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premiere Elements, PC World, Software reviews


Another year, another series of Adobe products interations. It all started for us back in the early 1990s, with Photoshop 1.0. In fact, for Sally’s first one-woman all digital exhibit, at the old Apple Center in Manhattan, Photoshop didn’t even have layers. So, every time she made even a small edit to an image, it created a permanent change in the file, which meant that she saved numerous versions of each picture. And that was in the time when hard drives were much smaller and much, much more expensive.

We’ve come a long way since then. Working in Photoshop CS4 (more…)

Bless You, System Mechanic
by Sally Wiener Grotta

September 20, 2009

Tags: Blue Screen, USB ports, troubleshooting, Software reviews, Sally's entries, PC World, System Mechanic, VueScan, Legacy Scanner, HP xw4600 workstation, Sally's photography


It was a reviewer’s nightmare.

All our test computers were busy with various projects, and we had a PC World software review due. My imaging workstation was volunteered.

It’s a basic common sense rule to not use a personal system to test any software or hardware. Who knows what problems you might introduce, messing up the works? That’s why DigitalBenchmarks Lab has several designated test computers, which we can clean after every project, and not be overly concerned if, in worse case scenarios, (more…)

Busy Times

September 14, 2009

Tags: DigitalBenchmarks Lab, Printer reviews, Software reviews, Printer testing, Test script, Competitive Analysis, PC World, Computer Shopper, American Hands project, Sally's photography

When we started this Lab Notes Blog, we wrote that there’d be times when posts might be few and far between, because of time constraints. We’ve just been through one of those times. We’ve simply been too busy here in DigitalBenchmarks Lab.

To give you a sense of what we’ve been doing, here’s a sampling (with links) of some of the projects we’ve recently completed: (more…)