Software Find: ColorPix

We recently went in search of a freeware color picker application for Windows and we found ColorPix

Brought to you by the fine folks at ColorSchemer.com, this beautiful standalone executable provides you with a magnifier window, the ability to minimize to your system tray and also provides you with four different color code formats: RGB, HEX, HSB & CMYK.

Beautimous.  Absolutely fantabulous.

Search TheFind.com for a Good Cause

TheFind.com, a new unbiased shopping search engine, is getting into the spirit of the season by donating $1 per person for anyone using their new “search by color” feature and searching for anything red.  (Try out some of TheFind’s examples like a red wagon, a red sweater, or a red coffee maker.)

The best part is that you don’t even have to purchase anything you find.  The search engine will be donating the $1 per person based on searches alone…not by searches resulting in sales.  The company aims to raise $10,000.

The $1 per color search (red only) will be donated to the Doctors Without Borders program:

Doctors Without Borders is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. A private, nonprofit organization, Doctors Without Borders was founded in 1971 as the first non-governmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and bear witness publicly to the plight of people it assists.

So, e-mail your friends and family or your co-workers (as if you don’t e-mail your co-workers enough already) and tell them to stop playing Sudoku and take just a second or two to do a search to support Color for a Cause.

Photoshop CS3 Beta Released

Adobe Labs Logo

Adobe Labs has the released the beta version of its newest Photoshop application.  PhotoshopUser.com has a great overview of what’s new but you can find out for yourself by downloading the beta from the Adobe Labs site.

Worst. Ad. Ever.

I meant to post this on Black Friday but it slipped right past my radar. Wal-Mart, in their day after Thanksgiving advertisement, posted a Wireless Back-Up Camera System with Color LCD Monitor for $93. However, it wasn’t so much the price that had me doing a double-take:

What this advertisement is saying, without coming right out and saying it, is that “if you don’t buy our product, you will inevitably and carelessly run over a little girl and her dolly.”

Let me be the first to say that you are a sick, sick individual if you don’t buy one of these right now.

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Office Forms Server 2007 Now Available on TechNet and MSDN

Microsoft has just posted the download for Forms Server 2007 on the MSDN & TechNet sites.  In case you’re like me and have absolutely no idea what exactly this is, here’s Microsoft’s take on what the product is supposed to do:

“Microsoft Office Forms Server 2007 provides scalable, standards-based electronic forms solutions with enhanced security that can help your organization to extend the reach of forms-driven business processes to anyone with a Web browser.

Office Forms Server 2007 is a new server offering in the Microsoft Office system. It is a standalone server that delivers new Microsoft Office InfoPath Forms Services, which is also available in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. This new technology uses server-based electronic forms to streamline business processes and make data collection, distribution, and integration more cost-effective than with paper-based forms.”

Still confused?  Hey, me too!  All I got from this description is that it’s a standalone server product to work with InfoPath and that it makes delicious waffles.  I’m sorry…did I say “waffles?”  I meant “waffles.”

I’m hungry.

Anyway, WinSmarts.com has an interesting article on how this particular product, along with InfoPath & MOSS, will work together.

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Adobe Releases New Labs Project: Kuler

Adobe Labs has released a new project on their “Labs” testing site.  Going by the name “Kuler,” the project “helps you explore, create and share color themes for your Web pages, design projects and other creative work.”

Based on Flash (requiring Flash Player 9,) the online application provides a way for designers to collaborate on various color themes.  You can view other users’ themes and download them (or your own) for use in the Creative Suite 2 applications.

Feedback is being taken via a forum which already has 55 users logged as I’m writing this.

There seems to be a new energy slowly creeping it’s way through the halls of Adobe since the Macromedia acquisition.  The company seems to be more open to beta testing new products and it appears as though they’ve become more receptive to using non-proprietary technology in some of their more recent online ventures.  It’s refreshing to say the least.

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MySQL Tools Released

The makers of the MySQL database have just released four new tools for managing your new or existing MySQL databases:

MySQL Migration Toolkit

The MySQL Migration Toolkit is a powerful framework that enables you to
quickly migrate your proprietary databases to MySQL. Using a
Wizard-driven interface, the MySQL Migration Toolkit implements a
proven methodology and walks you through the necessary steps to
successfully complete a database migration project. Learn more >>

MySQL Administrator

MySQL Administrator is a powerful visual administration tool that makes
it easy to administer and monitor your MySQL environment and gain
significantly better visibility into how your databases are operating.
MySQL Administrator now integrates database management and maintenance
into a single, seamless environment, with a clear and intuitive
graphical user interface.  Learn more >>

MySQL Query Browser

MySQL Query Browser is the easiest visual tool for creating, executing,
and optimizing SQL queries for your MySQL Database Server. The MySQL
Query Browser gives you a complete set of drag-and-drop tools to
visually build, analyze and manage your queries.  Learn more >>

MySQL Workbench

MySQL Workbench is a database modeling tool for MySQL. You can use it to
design and create new database schemas, document existing databases and even
perform complex migrations to MySQL.  Learn more >>

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