Posts Tagged ‘productivity’

Code Line Announces CS4 Compatible Apps (MacNN)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

[Editor's note: I originally promoted SneakPeek Pro back in March of 2008. It's a great tool for Mac users to see what your design files look like, their fonts, images, and colors without opening them while staying in the Finder. Now new and improved for CS4 versions supports updated Illustrator and InDesign file formats.]

Republished from MacNN.
Originally published 20 Feb. 2009.

Code Line has announced its Art Files and SneakPeek Pro now compatible with Adobe Creative Suite 4. Art Files is a stand-alone application that helps users gather and package Illustrator documents, linked images, and fonts for graphics files, which in turn can be archived, shared, or printed off. The software is designed for production artists who work with graphics files, and features the ability to collect several documents at once to help minimize the time spent organizing.

SneakPeek Pro is a QuickLook plugin that allows users to preview Illustrator, InDesign, EPS and Freehand documents without having to launch an application. In addition, people can also view fonts, images and colors that are used in CS3 and CS4 documents.

Art Files is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and is priced at $50, while SneakPeek Pro requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and costs $20. Code Line also offers a bundle pack of both Art Files and SneakPeek Pro that is priced at $60. Any pre-existing users can download the update for free.

Companies Try to Extend Researchers’ Productivity (WSJ)

Monday, August 18th, 2008

 

Teams of Various Ages, Newer Hires Combat Short Spans of Inventing
By GEORGE ANDERS.
Republished from the Wall Street Journal on Monday Aug. 18, 2008.

Some of the world’s best-known innovators, such as Google Inc. founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, did their landmark work before age 30. But it’s more common for inventors to start slowly and fade fast — a problem that is driving many high-tech companies to seek ways to stretch out the productive careers of their top researchers.

Researchers’ longevity faces pressure from two directions. It takes time to train young investigators so they can tackle the right problems effectively. Meanwhile, there’s a belief in some circles that older researchers are akin to aging athletes — full of knowledge but no longer nimble enough to be superstars.

A particularly stark view of age-related constraints on researchers’ work comes from Benjamin Jones, an associate professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He examined biographical data over the past century for more than 700 Nobel laureates and renowned inventors.

His conclusion: “Innovators are productive over a narrowing span of their life cycle.” In the early 20th century, he found, researchers at the times of their greatest contributions averaged slightly more than 36 years old. In recent decades, innovation before the age of 30 became increasing rare, with the peak age of contribution rising toward age 40. Meanwhile, the frequency of key contributions has consistently diminished by researchers in their early or mid-50s.

Occasionally, Mr. Jones says, booming new fields “permit easier access to the frontier, allowing people to make contributions at younger ages.” That could account for the relative youth of Internet innovators, such as Netscape Communications Corp. founder Marc Andreessen and Messrs. Page and Brin. But “when the revolution is over,” Mr. Jones finds, “ages rise.”

Continue reading at Wall Street Journal . . .