1. Recently I've been having some Photoshop problems and wondered if maybe it was because the copy I have is literally ten years old and maybe I should get a new one. Since Photoshop is actually semi-affordable these days (at least as a treat yourself kind of thing for me), I decided to download the trial version of Creative Cloud and see how I like it. It's pretty spiffy and $10 a month is not terrible, but I also decided to check out Elements and see if I could do everything I want to in that, then maybe I'd go for that instead, since it's just a one-time purchase not a monthly fee.
As it turns out, Elements is almost okay for what I need (though I don't like the layout, even on "expert" mode, which gets it more looking like Photoshop), except it can't do TWAIN scanning!? Whyyyyy? One of the things I use Photoshop for is scanning manga, and in Elements it seems like you can only use the basic scanning interface and also have to scan a page, edit the file, then open the scanning interface again each time. Fine for scanning one photo, or even a couple, but if I'm scanning manga, I want to keep the interface open, scan the whole chapter or whatever, and then edit and save the files altogether.
So...that may be a dealbreaker for me. I suppose I could scan in my old version of Photoshop and just save Elements for editing, but idk. I may just decide to splurge for Creative Cloud. (I can always discontinue my subscription at any time.) Either way, it's been fun to play with these spiffy new versions of Photoshop and it definitely makes me not want to go back to my ancient CS3. D:
2. Some weird things were going on with my computer over the last few days, but I think things are all fixed now? For one thing, Windows Firewall, which I always turn off straight away, for some reason turned itself on the other day and started interfering with my life (like trying to block Dropbox, and messing up downloads). I turned it back off again only to have it turn itself on again after a little while. This happened several times until I finally found someone saying that rather than just setting it to off in the control panel, you can actually turn off the entire program and I followed the instructions to do that and it seems to have stuck. No idea why this happened, after years of no problems over multiple computers, but at least I found a solution.
3. I posted more manga! Not that I really needed yet another series, though honestly I am keeping up with all the stuff I'm translating really well. Go me!
4. I love this pic of the kitties so much. The angle makes Molly look like a giant, though they're really about the same size.