Saturday, March 29, 2008

Big Bad Software Company Wants Your Work

You might have heard about the new free Photoshop express on-line program. I did and was going to recommend it to my friend Riki who lost photo editing software on an old computer. But I'm very glad that I procrastinated because this morning I get this from my digital art yahoo group:

1) Check out Adobe Photshop Express beta! (https://www.photoshop.com/express ) You get 2gb's free hosting space for all your photos! Keep in mind that appears that Adobe has reserved the right to use every photo you post. Take a look at the following taken from the contract from the link given to you here https://www.photoshop.com/express/terms.html. "8. Use of Your Content. a. Adobe does not claim ownership of Your Content. However, with respect to Your Content that you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Services, you grant Adobe a worldwide, royalty-free, nonexclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, derive revenue or other remuneration from, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such Content into other Materials or works in any format or medium now known or later developed."

How greedy are these bastards? They are a huge mega-corporation, like the Wal Mart of the digital imaging world. This is just another look at how corporate America treats artists... and today being SWAN Day and all (see post from 2 weeks ago or go here

http://www.womenarts.org/swan/).

I'm also pissed that Adobe isn't providing any more support for Pagemaker - the best digital typesetting program ever developed IMHO. Maybe I'm just getting old and crotchety! But I really don't like InDesign. if you're going to paste text in somewhere, why do you have to draw some dorky box to put it in? Why make things harder? The world is a hard enough place as it is!

But on a VERY bright note, The Ellis Hotel in Atlanta is coming through for me! After calling once and emailing once and then calling a second time, I asked to talk to the General Manager. Tom is a very pleasant fellow and said he'd follow up my request to see if my brush dryer had been found, but that it might not be until Monday when he next contacted me. Fine by me, I said. Well around 3 pm here in Sacto, he called and told me that he would mail it out Monday. When I offered to send him a check for the postage, he told me not to bother, they'd pay for it!

Now that is a company that understands customer service! I will forever be gratful to the Ellis Hotel and the next time that you need a place in downtown Atlanta, I can't recommend a better place! Tell them Ann Tracy sent you. And here is a new piece of work based on photographs I shot in Atlanta and made in Painter. It's called "Atlanta Abstract: After the Tornado".

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