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Photoshop November Update

The next big update for Photoshop is here. The new November update brings Photoshop to version 21.

Photoshop CC 2020 is now available through Creative Cloud for download.

This is a big update with lots of bug fixes and enhancements. We also have new tools and a new look to the interface as the panels have had a make over.

Other features include:

  • Cloud documents
  • Improvements to presets
  • New Object Selection tool
  • Consistent transform behavior
  • Improved Properties panel
  • Convert Smart Object to layers
  • Enhanced Transform Warp
  • Remove Background 

For more information check out





A new range of Surface

Microsoft have now released their new range of Surface products. They come is a variety of configurations to hopefully suit a wider range of consumer.

Surface Pro 7

The Surface pro 7 again builds on the much loved surface, which the initial look of the device not changing. We still have the usual ports however we now have an addition of USB C port as well as the normal USB connection.

Base model is an Intel Core i3 processor with 4GB of RAM and 128Gb of storage. The price tag is £799.00

We then go up in specs to the top of range model with an Intel Core i7 processor 16Gb of RAM and 1Tb of storage. Price tag of £2249.00

In between these models is an array of configurations and prices processors of i3,i5,and i7. RAM of 8GB or 16Gb (only the base model has 4Gb) and storage from 128Gb to the whopping 1Tb. In total 7 different models.

Microsoft have said that the new surface is faster then the previous model and will give 10 hours of battery life.

As with the last model the Surface pen is now an additional extra and not included in the box with the device (just Microsoft squeezing more money out of us.

Surface pro X

Next in the surface range is the Surface Pro X. This a new machine with a few differences to the Surface pro 7.

First its thinner. Next it has a type keyboard already attached. The reason for this is that it also has a new design surface pen that slots into the top of the keyboard, where it charges up. With a special fold in the keyboard cover you can hid the pen while typing. It’s a very nice design.

Connection wise the device has 2 USB C connections.

However the main difference is that the Surface Pro X is not powered by Intel processors, but instead by a Microsoft SQ1 chip. This has been designed by Microsoft in partnership with Qualcomm.

Battery life is stated at 13 hours. You also get Bluetooth Wifi and LTE to give ‘always on’ connectivity. Screen size is 13 inch.

Models start with 8 Gb RAM and 128Gb storage which is £999.00.

This slight downside is that due to the processor it runs custom versions of programs and a new version of Windows 10 which is a bit strange.

The Surface pro X is released on 19th November 2019.

More in the range

As well as the range of tablet/laptop hybrids in there range Microsoft are also adding 2 new devices to the Surface range. These are in the phone variety.

Microsoft dropped out of the mobile phone development some years ago. Ending Windows Mobile operating system as developers were more concentrated on developing for Apple (iPhone) and Android.

But now its looks as if Microsoft are had another go at this area.

The Surface Duo is a mobile phone that folds in half. However unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. The Surface Duo has 2 separate screens. Each screen can be used separately or together as a big screen, allowing for drag and dropping pictures and files between apps. The device has a 360° hinge which allows for a software keyboard on 1 screen and apps on the other creating a mini laptop.

Details are still a little sketchy at the moment as release is not until 2020 so some specs could change.

Along side the Surface Duo is a device called the Surface Neo. This in simple terms is a bigger Surface Duo. Again details are sketchy with a 2020 release.

News Sketchbook Pro

Sketchbook Pro update

It’s been a while since the last post but things are starting to get moving again.

To begin Autodesk has recently updated their Sketchbook Pro app for Android, Windows 10 and iOS.

Bringing the app up to version 5.0 this updated along with the normal bug fixes gives you 2 extra tools. The Perspective Tool and The Curved Ruler.

Users of the desktop version may already know the Perspective Tool so this excellent news that it’s been brought to mobile versions.

For an in depth look at this new tools read the blog post on Autodesk’s website

Sketchbook Pro version 5.0 update


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Photoshop Update

It’s been a while since the last post here, due to some personal problems we don’t need to get into. However back now.

During the gap alot of things have been happening, so expect a blog post flurry.

To start with Adobe have recently announced their latest CC updates. The new CC 2019 products have an array of new features and big fixes.

First the latest Photoshop CC 2019 is out now for download. This is version 20 of the product with new and updated features for designers, photographers and artists. For a list of the main new features check out

As well as Photoshop being released Abode Illustrator has also had the CC 2019 treatment. For a list of new features go to


Surface Pro 4 update

A new firmware update is now available for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

This firmware update has the usual bug fixes etc. However it also states to improved touch screen interaction and battery life. In addition to this it also has item which Surface Pro 4 user requested, and have been waiting for, for 18 months.

With this update you can now use the Surface Dial on screen. Just like the Surface Studio( and the latest Surface Pro).

Find the full change log see below.

  • Surface Dial Detection v2.0.2.0 enables on-screen support for Surface Dial.
  • Surface Dial Filter v1.1.11.0 enables on-screen support for Surface Dial.
  • Surface Digitizer Integration v2.0.313.0 enables on-screen support for Surface Dial.
  • Surface Touch v105.0.106.8 enables on-screen support for Surface Dial and improves touch accuracy.
  • Surface Touch Servicing ML v1.0.821.0 enables on-screen support for Surface Dial and improves touch accuracy.

So quite an impressive update.