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Michael Steeber

@MichaelSteeber

Michael is a Creative Editor, covering design and the newest professional creative tools. He also contributes to the visuals and motion graphics for 9to5Mac. Follow Michael on Twitter for more updates.

Email: steeber@9to5mac.com

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Less than five miles from Cupertino, nestled in the shadows of the newly-opened Apple Park, construction crews are quietly putting the finishing touches on another massive development project built under guidance from Apple. A striking architectural feat when viewed from any angle, Sunnyvale’s new “Central & Wolfe” campus will open in its doors to thousands of Apple employees in early 2018. 9to5Mac stopped by the future campus to see how the new buildings are shaping up.

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November 18

After closing this past spring for remodeling, Apple’s Burlingame, CA retail location reopened this morning in conjunction with their Burlington, MA store. Both stores have been updated to match Apple’s new retail design style. 9to5Mac stopped in at the new Burlingame store opening where an impressive line formed to see what’s new.

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Apple Park’s Visitor Center opened to the public for the first time on Friday, and we’ve already shown you photos from the line, a look at the exclusive merchandise available for purchase, and the immersive AR experience you can try out if you visit. For those unable to visit, we’ve brought you a full video tour of the visitor facility on opening day.

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November 17

Apple Park’s Visitor Center opened to the general public for the first time today, and one of the features many people are most excited about is an interactive augmented reality experience that Apple has built to show guests what the new campus is all about. We got a hands-on look with the special app to see how it works.

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Apple Park’s Visitor Center celebrated its grand opening to the public today, and 9to5Mac is on the ground in Cupertino to see the new facilities in person. Just like at Apple’s Infinite Loop campus, the Apple Park Visitor Center has a company store with exclusive merchandise not available in other locations. Here’s a look at everything you can buy if you visit the new campus.

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Marking the completion of a construction project over a decade in the making, Apple today welcomed the general public to their new campus with a grand opening celebration at the Apple Park Visitor Center.

We first learned about the grand opening last week when Apple posted a notice at the campus and sent out invitations to Cupertino residents. 9to5Mac stopped by the new campus today as the first guests were lining up to take a firsthand look.

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November 14

Adobe XD update adds design specs, layout grid support, text enhancements, and more

Adobe today updated its new user experience prototyping solution, Adobe XD, adding several helpful new features. XD was first introduced in March 2016 as a beta product, and was formally released last month at Adobe MAX 2017.

With the release of iOS 10, Apple harnessed the growing power and advancing optics of iPhones and iPads by introducing RAW image capture support. Users wishing to edit their RAW photos on iOS have been left with few options, however. Now, a former Apple engineering director is aiming to help professional and amateur iOS photographers alike with the release of a powerful new app for iPhone and iPad.

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November 13

Apple’s design studio at Infinite Loop

On November 17th, Apple will welcome the general public to its expansive new campus for the first time, marking an important milestone in the history of the company. This isn’t the first time Apple has moved their campus, though. Let’s take a look back at the corporate offices that preceded Apple Park.

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November 11

Alongside the introduction of the iPhone 8 Plus and X this fall, Apple introduced Portrait Lighting, a camera effect designed to simulate specific lighting conditions normally only found in a studio environment. These lighting effects, combined with the background-softening depth effect introduced wth the iPhone 7 Plus, are designed to make shooting professional looking portraits easy.

Putting this claim to the test, photographer Daniel DeArco used an iPhone X to compare the results Portrait Lighting to actual studio lighting in a comparison video.

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November 9

New renders visualize iPhone X Plus with massive 6.7-inch display

While the iPhone X has only been in the hands of customers for about a week, a new concept is already looking ahead to what next year’s iPhones might bring. Designer Martin Hajek has mocked up a rumored larger ‘iPhone X Plus’ with a massive 6.7-inch display in gorgeous new renders.

November 8

If you’re a designer, you’ll know that font selection can make or break the effectiveness of your work. Often times when I’m away from home I’ll see signs and ads with perfect type on them, and snap a photo for later. What you may not know is that your iPhone can automatically identify fonts for you from photos, thanks to new apps that are harnessing the power of machine learning to analyze photos. I took a look at the best options available to see which may be right for you.

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November 7

Less than a week after release, the iPhone X is being quickly put through its paces by photo and video professionals eager to explore the new capabilities afforded by its new camera system. We’ve already seen the camera put head to head with a Panasonic GH5, and photography experts have weighed in on the update. Now, the French production team AmnesiArt has released a cinematic short film shot entirely on the iPhone X.

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The iPhone’s camera system has long been a favorite of professional videographers looking to capture video with mobile rigs, and the iPhone X is proving to be no exception. This year, Apple brought a faster, f2.4 aperture telephoto lens to their flagship phone, featuring dual optical image stabilization. New to not only the iPhone X, but 8 and 8 Plus as well is 4K video recording at 60fps, and slow-mo video in 1080p at 240fps.

In a new video, photography blog Fstoppers put the iPhone X’s improved video capabilities to the test, comparing the phone to a professional mirrorless camera, the Panasonic GH5.

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November 1

The Mac is in the midst of a photo editor renaissance, with applications like Photos for macOS continuing to improve and third-party options likes Affinity Photo popping up. Adobe, too, recently launched Lightroom CC, an all new cloud-based version of Lightroom for the Mac. Today, Macphun, the developers behind several popular photography applications for macOS, are introducing Luminar 2018, their answer to the increasingly competitive software landscape.

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October 31

PhotoBulk 2 is an efficient tool for batch editing and watermarking photos

Both photographers and those who publish content online know how often it’s necessary to make quick and repetitive adjustments to batches of images, or to watermark photos and graphics before publishing. Eltima Software recently overhauled their batch editing tool, PhotoBulk, bringing several new features and a refreshed interface.

October 24

Adobe's Maria Yap sharing a brief history of photography at Adobe MAX 2017.
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This year’s Adobe MAX conference was dominated by chatter about machine learning, artificial intelligence, and specifically, Adobe Sensei. The importance of these emerging technologies was repeatedly reinforced not only in the conference’s opening keynote, but on the show floor and in sneak peaks of upcoming products.

9to5Mac sat down at MAX with Tom Hogarty, Adobe’s Director of Photography Product Management, to talk about the rise of computational photography and how products like the iPhone and Mac have played a role in redefining how we think about photos.

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October 19

Adobe’s research team previewed emerging technology today at Adobe MAX 2017 that may one day make the tedious, but increasingly popular work of colorizing black and white photos obsolete. Project Scribbler is a new initiative powered by Adobe Sensei that can interpret any black and white sketch or photo and accurately apply realistic coloring to it.

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Alongside announcements of new Creative Cloud applications, Lightroom CC, and machine learning features powered by Sensei, Adobe is today previewing an entirely new tool it calls Project SonicScape, shown for the first time at Adobe MAX 2017.

Project SonicScape is an experimental feature that builds on Adobe’s recently expanded support for immersive 360-degree and VR experiences. Adobe Premiere now features real-time VR playback support and VR-enabled motion graphics templates. Project SonicScape goes a step further by allowing you to edit 3D audio in VR through an immersive visual experience.

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October 18

During Adobe’s opening keynote in Las Vegas at Adobe MAX 2017, the company previewed prototype versions of Photoshop and XD, featuring all new technologies powered by Adobe Sensei, the machine learning platform first launched by Adobe at MAX 2016.

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