Month: August 2009

Test of ExpanDrive 2.0.3

ExpanDrive allows you to create and mount remotely any SSH, SFTP or FTP server onto your desktop, including Linux shares, Unix shares, or OS X shares, and use them as if they were local disks. The functionality is not new; Interarchy allows you to do the same, but it doesn't elegantly mount the drive on the Mac OS X desktop without the application running all the time.ExpanDrive uses MacFuse to extend Mac OS X’s disk mounting capabilities. Luckily enough, MacFuse doesn’t seem to cause any troubles. It will only run when you use ExpanDrive and it is stable; my Mac never got into trouble running it. When you mount an FTP disk using ExpanDrive, you’re not going to be blown off your socks with the performance. An FTP client such as Transmit has a faster feel to it, but in reality this is exactly but a feeling. The disks that I mounted were connected to a server some 15,000 miles away. Copying files to my local system went smooth enough (downloading is faster than uploading …

SymmetryWorks 5 and LP create patterns for projects ranging from Web to stained glass

SymmetryWorks 5 and LP are important upgrades to Artlandia's product portfolio for creating patterns in Adobe Illustrator CS3 and CS4. The products guarantee Artlandia's market leadership --there's no denying. The first and most obvious new feature is insertion mode. When the SymmetryWorks plug-in is in insertion mode, you can add lines, bezier curves, rectangles, etc to the pattern art and have the pattern automatically update with the new objects.This feature by itself is worth the upgrade. I tested this by adding pen curves, text snippets, squares, rectangles and even brush strokes, and it works like a charm. You can even take up from where you left off in-between sessions. All you need to do, is select the whole pattern and click the Insertion mode pencil, and you’re back in business. If pattern building is your business, my guess is that Insertion mode will save you lots of time. A pattern can now be saved as pattern swatch quickly. There’s a button for the purpose, which immediately creates an Illustrator pattern swatch from your SymmetryWorks pattern. …