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A.J. Wood
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Really enjoy +Tim Tadder's work. “If my images are my voice, then I never want to be an echo.” Well said. 
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A quick list of answers from the Creative Cloud FAQ you can share:

1. Photographers can still purchase Lightroom WITHOUT subscribing to Creative Cloud. Same goes for professionals using Acrobat.

2. Anyone can still purchase CS6 versions of desktop products such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc. instead of Creative Cloud.

3. Creative Cloud offers both software & services, with the ability to activate on two machines your choice of Mac/PC or both. 

4. If your Internet access becomes unavailable Creative Cloud software will still run (and it is installed locally).

You can read more information on the Creative Cloud FAQ:

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/faq.html
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My MacPro is never online except for mandatory updates. It is fully dedicated as a work machine, editing, graphics, sound design. The MacBook Pro is for that other stuff. I'll run what I have until it is totally outmoded before paying a monthly and getting that machine online.

Similar to the fact I drive a 22 year old vehicle to stay away from black boxes. Fear of Big Brother, perhaps. 
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Yup, probably true, completely believable story.
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Lovely images by Bex Finch. Thanks +Daniel Krieger  for sharing.
 
Bex is a talented photographer here in NYC.. you can see her work here: http://www.bexfinch.com/ and she's also the Queen of Instagram - http://instagram.com/bexfinch #bexfinch #photographers #portrait
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Who's grabbing a copy of Lightroom 5 today?
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Even overachievers need a mental break sometimes. #852am
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and im worried tht i might need tht mental break at the wrong time.. as in rite now.. which i am trying soo hard to resist.. but it just seems to crash on me every night.. sigh..
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Few people know more about SEO, security & the web than +John Pozadzides  When he speaks, it's wise to listen, and take notes.
 
How to Make Your Blog Posts Rank Better in Search Engines
I guess if I were to keep track, over the last 15+ years the most frequently asked question I've faced as been how to get web pages / blog posts to rank better.  Here are 8 things you MUST do if you want to compete in search:

1)  Use clear language descriptions for article titles.  Things humans might type in to find the content you're publishing.  Don't get all fancy with your titles to try and entice readership.  Search Engines are dumb.  KISS.

2) Break long articles up with HEADINGS and images. I mean you need to use correct H2 and H3 elements for nesting within your document.  If you don't know what I'm talking about:  http://htmlhelp.com/reference/html40/block/h2.html

3) Rename images to actual english descriptive words separated by dashes.  So, "hot-chick-in-a-bikini.jpg" instead of "CO11753.jpg"

4) Use the alt text for descriptions of all images, and Title element for all hyperlinks. These are legal ways to increase the keyword density of a page – but make sure you aren’t cheating! 

5) Optimize image sizes. Google will penalize you for having huge bloated images.  Try and keep your images in the 50kb - 100kb range if at all possible.  If not, provide lower quality or smaller sized images on the main page and link to higher res ones.

6) Write unique and authoritative content.  Regurgitating the top stories of the day, when everyone else is doing the same thing, isn't going to get you anywhere.  Instead of spreading the news - create it!

7) Eliminate useless scripts and crap on your site. If you have all sorts of ads, scripts, counters and other junk on your site - trash it!  You need to cut your page loading time in HALF if you want better rankings.

8) Get a decent web host. You can see who we recommend at the bottom of any of our websites, but get yourself a REAL host.  Google penalizes you for being on cheap, shitty hosting.

That's not all you need to do, but consider these the table stakes.  If you aren't doing all of that at a minimum, don't even bother trying to compete with me for traffic.  It's like bringing a knife to a gunfight.
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Make it a great day! #852am
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+Patrick LaMontagne yours is the envy of others my friend. :)
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AJ Wood is a guy who loves to teach. InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom, Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, anything Adobe. Call him a Creative Generalist or Digital Artisan, the only thing he talks about more than digital media is his family. A former Adobe Community Professional, he now works for Adobe as a Solutions Consultant.
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