PowerDVD 9 10% off Halloween Promo

This October, Cyberlink have a great Halloween offer with 10% Off their best selling products: PowerDVD 9, PowerDirector 8 and Power Producer 5.

This offer applies to both full and upgrade versions of these 3 products so now is a great time to be upgrading your HTPC with software that can do true Dolby and DTS TrueHD bitstreaming!

Purchasers in the US ONLY will receive an additional incentive of 3 Weeks Free DVD rentals at BLOCKBUSTER.com. These store wide specials will end on November 4th.

Cheapest Xbox 360 Elite Australia - $420.97

Online game shopping in Australia has never been simpler, or cheaper.  Fishpond again have an excellent deal on the Xbox 360 Elite package.  It is just $420.97 including delivery.

The Xbox 360 Elite is the premier Xbox 360 console package that includes a massive 120GB hard drive, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) port, a high-definition cable, and a premium black finish. Xbox 360 Elite also includes a black wireless controller and black Xbox Live headset. Xbox 360 Elite has enough space for a whole library of Xbox Live Arcade games as well as downloadable high-definition TV shows, movies, music, and more available from Xbox Live Marketplace.

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Xbox 360 Console Elite (Black)

Publisher to Indesign Converter

Being in the Pre-Press industry for a while I have faced my fair share of Microsoft Publisher files and the format seems to be gaining popularity as everyone with a PC at home is a potential graphic designer.

For a busy design house or prepress studio, Publisher is also a damn pain to work with and manipulate - especially using an Adobe work flow.  The easiest lossless method I have found when working with Publisher files is to convert it to a pdf - Open and edit the pdf in Adobe Illustrator and then finally bring this Pdf into Indesign for general page manipulation.  You can cut and paste elements between Indesign and Illustrator to your hearts content.

It works but it isn't a great solution - and when you are dealing with a constant barrage of publisher files it can get annoying fast.

One solution is to use PUB2ID and this little plugin is a lifesaver! :

Features

PUB2ID (Microsoft Publisher to Adobe InDesign) is a plug-in for Adobe InDesign. It provides a quick, easy and affordable method for you to migrate all your Microsoft Publisher content into new Adobe InDesign documents. The conversion is enabled with a single click using the InDesign File->Open menu. No more re-creating documents from scratch; PUB2ID gives you a big head-start.

PUB2ID translates the intricate details of the content within the Microsoft Publisher document and instantly re-creates it within InDesign. Items converted from Publisher include: page size, positioning, color models, fonts and styles, text attributes and tables, layers, word wrap, linked text boxes as well as automatic extraction of images embedded in the Publisher file.

This plugin is available for both Mac and Windows platforms.

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The creators of this plugin, Markzware are the brains behind the extremely popular (and working)  Q2ID: Quark to Indesign plugin.

Find $10,000 with Microsoft IE8

In a refreshingly to the point Internet Explorer 8 promotional stunt, Microsoft has buried $10,000 somewhere on the internet.  Be the first to find it and you keep it.

tengrandisburied

How?

Visit the IE8 $10,000 competition website and follow tengrand_ie8 on Twitter:

  1. To enter the competition, the entrant must follow clues released by @Tengrand_IE8 on Twitter and on www.tengrandisburiedhere.com. The clues section on www.tengrandisburiedhere.com is only viewable in Internet Explorer 8. These clues will lead the entrant to the hidden webpage.
  2. The hidden webpage can only be viewed in Internet Explorer 8. The entrant must have download Internet Explorer 8 to successfully view the hidden webpage. Upon discovery of the hidden webpage, the entrant must register his/her details, via the hidden webpage 'Claim' button.
  3. The first successful registration received via the hidden webpage by the Promoter will be adjudged the winner of the competition.