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She sank on her maiden voyage in 1628, the Swedish warship Vasa. Very well preserved in the mud of the Baltic Sea, she was brought back up in the 60s, preserved with some sort of chemical to prevent rotting, and placed in this museum. The Vasa is the only ship from this era to survive to today.
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Well, that's only half of the story.
She sank still in sight of the shipyard, in front of all the people. Capsized as soon as they tried to set the sails. A magnificent failure and maybe a very early example of feature bloat.
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I'm a designer, and I can directly trace my design career back to a bootlegged copy of Macromedia Studio 4, and shortly thereafter to Macromedia Studio MX that I received in 2002.  At that point in time, I was more interested in Dreamweaver but I soon realized that I needed an image editor to make cool web graphics and buttons.  And so, I started down the path toward design.

I've posted about my love of Fireworks as a tool that I rely on every day to get my job done. It is better than Photoshop for design for so many reasons and I even teach a class at Google to Eng/PM about using it in their workflow (because it is so easy to learn).

But Adobe screwed up.  They never really understood Fireworks and have continued to sit on their hands (from an improvements perspective) until last year then they announced the death of Fireworks. It seems like they were worried that any other tool that had a bitmap editor in it would cannibalize on sales of Photoshop. So sad, but I continue to use it because I haven't found anything better...until today.

Sketch v3 is out today, and I think that with this version, it might be time to switch. This would also mean dumping Windows in favor of a fully Mac based design workflow (which I have resisted).

https://medium.com/p/4b92d8b25f3

It is so nice to have a company that a)actually cares about and understands their users and their workflow, b) releases updates at a rapid pace, and c) doesn't charge a million dollars for it.

Keep up the good work, guys!
Everything you asked for and more
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+Kimberly Johnson I spent yesterday working in Sketch and I can see that it will take me a while to develop the new habits that I will need to be effective in the tool, but the design results looked good.

+Larry Rosenthal they have specifically said that they are Mac only and as a team of just 4 people, they can't afford to make a version for other platforms.  I respect this decision as it will allow them to focus on their users and features rather than all the nonsense that is cross platform support.  I am amazed that a team of 4 people are able to create and maintain a tool this high quality and it is a testament to the built in development platform on OS X that this is possible.

+Matthew Stenson I have resisted the moved from Windows to Mac on my main desktop machine for a long time for 2 major reasons:
1) I find that I am faster at multitasking on Windows then I can on the Mac. The dock is not a great tool for moving around the OS.
2) I don't want to be blind to the experience of the products that I design for a large chunk of our users....Windows users. If we don't use our products on the platforms that our users use, I worry that we can miss things.

I think I'll continue using Sketch for certain projects and make a determination in about a month what I am going to do.
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Very excited that this is finally out! It's been a long time and I am happy to have been a part of it!
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2014/02/chromebox-for-meetings-set-to-disrupt-enterprise-video-conferencing/
Google just introduced Chromebox for meeting, a new integrated system that lets users easily arrange virtual meetings whether scheduled in Google Calendar or spontaneous. Based on Chrome OS, Chromebox for meeting is a dedicated enterprise/SMB virtual conferencing appliance that is […]
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Excited to see this happening as well +Christopher Johnson. Curious on the integration with this and Apps for Business. Am I able to get this kit and have it immediately work with GApps? 
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Google has just acquired voice messaging startup SayNow, according to a blog post on SayNow's homepage. SayNow's platform allows voice messaging, one-on-one..
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I will always call it Play Now in my head unfortunately...in honor of Seinfeld
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That's awesome.
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WOW. Just pre-ordered 2 of these. This could solve a lot of my problems!

Get yours here, if you want one:
https://onlycoin.com/?referral=400dTAIc
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Your attention please!
Google Wallet does work and Google Wallet also has their own card that works with every other card you have.
You simply go into the app and change to the card you'd like to use as the debit/bank card and present your google wallet MasterCard or the iPhone barcode or tap your phone nearby the google wallet moniker and voila! My card is a google wallet MasterCard and people rave about it when they see it. It's similar to paypal MasterCard and functions similarly as well. However, I'd like to see the app do a a few more things. I have plenty of suggestions but this genius' don't work for free. 
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Why doesn't Sony just release the #theinterview  online, for free or at most $.99?  If the terrorists didn't want the film screened, Sony is just doing exactly what they wanted all along and sending the wrong message. They are painting a target on every film and television organization that says 'if you disagree with our content, just hack us to have it suppressed.'

But once the film goes out, it will be viewed by many more people in a far shorter time. #releaseitnow  
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I assume you are stating a rhetorical question as food for thought.
Otherwise: To boost DVD-sales!
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Another great addition to Hangouts On Air!
 
Introducing Applause in Hangouts On Air

Like what you see? With Applause, you can now give real-time feedback while you’re watching Hangouts On Air. Just give a thumbs up (or down) during the live broadcast, and we’ll chart the cheers and jeers as they happen.

With Q&A (http://goo.gl/b9Omyb), Showcase (http://goo.gl/4kYQ1S) and now Applause, we’re excited to give viewers and creators more ways to interact live. So give Applause a try in your next Hangout On Air, and let us know what you think!

#hangouts #googleplusupdate 
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I am Late to the show here +Christopher Johnson but love the new applause feature along with all the other amazing tools with HOA's, Special Effects still my favorite!
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Huge update. If you use iOS, this is a must have release! Let us know what you think.
 
Hangouts 2.0 for iOS: more reliable, more fun!

Today we’re launching the newest version of Hangouts for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, ready to download now on iTunes (http://goo.gl/FDOfq). The app has a brand new look and feel, is super easy to navigate, and includes a bunch of performance improvements. You can still make free voice and video calls, of course. Or send a quick photo. But we’re adding a few more features we think you’ll love:

- Stickers: express your mood with fun animated stickers. Think of them as emoji, but even more awesome.

- Video Messages: record and send short videos to everyone in the conversation. Now you can really say what you need to say.

- Location sharing: send a map of your current location with a few simple taps. Great for coordinating the whole gang when you’re ready to hangout IRL.

- Optimized for the iPad: enjoy big, beautiful video calls, and a two-pane conversation view. Perfect for the iPad’s larger screen.

We hope you enjoy the new Hangouts for iOS. As always, your feedback is an important part of making the app better, so give the new version a spin (http://goo.gl/FDOfq) and let us know what you think! 
#hangouts   #googleplusupdate  
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+Kyle Salewski this is not my area of focus, but I will pass your kudos along to the team.
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Great photo!
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    Multimedia Communications, 2004 - 2008
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UX Designer on G+, Photographer, San Francisco, from Idaho
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My name is Chris Johnson.  I am a UI Designer at Google and one of the designers behind Google+ Hangouts.
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  • Google Inc.,
    Senior UX Designer, 2011 - present
  • Chai Labs
    2009 - 2010
  • SayNow
    Designer, 2010 - 2011
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