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Xara Web Designer 11 Premium
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New Release Xara Web Designer 11 Premium with Online Editing is Now AvailableXara announces a new release of Xara Web Designer Premium, a programming-free web design tool. This new version 11 has some great new features for creating state of the art sites in contemporary styles, with features such as sticky navigation, full width stretching backgrounds, new animations as well as an innovative new way to update websites online, using cloud.xara (in Beta).

Sticky Objects
Navigation bars, social media links, text panel or images can be stuck in position on the browser so they remain visible on screen as the page scrolls under. This increasingly popular web technique is an easy one-click on the item wanted to stick.

Stretchy Backgrounds
Website designs with no obvious page boundary are now very popular. It's common to see a strip background, sometimes an image, that covers the entire browser window and dynamically stretches to fill the browser width. With Web Designer 11's new Stretchy feature this is also one easy click. See the demo website...

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Color Management & Quality Output: Working with Color
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Color Management & Quality Output: Working with Color from Camera to Display to Print from Focal PressFocal Press has published Color Management & Quality Output: Working with Color from Camera to Display to Print (The Digital Imaging Masters Series).

We have all felt the frustration of wasting time, paper, and effort when our prints or web images don’t match the images we see on our monitors. Fortunately, you’re holding the resource that will help solve these problems. This book guides you through the hardware settings and software steps you’ll need to post professional images and make stunning prints that showcase your artistic vision. In Color Management & Quality Output, Tom P. Ashe, a color expert and gifted teacher, shows you how to color manage your files from input all the way through output, by clearly explaining how color works in our minds, on our monitors and computers, and through our printers.

You’ll learn to:
* properly calibrate your monitor
* understand Adobe Photoshop color settings
* build and evaluate color profiles for all your devices...

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Brookstone JD Humanoid and Six Hexapod Robots
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Brookstone Unveils Revolutionary EZ-Robot Technology -- Build Your Own RobotBrookstone, a leader in the design and development of innovative technologies, intelligent systems and unique lifestyle products, announced the groundbreaking addition of JD Humanoid and Six Hexapod EZ-Robot® kits to its product lineup.

EZ-Robot is a glimpse into the future. They feature remarkably easy-to-use Clip'n'Play Technology that enables users to build their own robot without any tools. EZ-Robots have advanced mobility, visual- and speech-recognition, and can be easily programmed and operated via iOS or Android devices. Brookstone is the first nationwide U.S. retailer to carry EZ-Robot kits.

"We're thrilled to offer this next generation of technology to consumers," said Brookstone CEO Tom Via. "Brookstone is on a worldwide quest to onboard cutting edge inventors that will facilitate the delivery of products designed for smart living. DJ Sures, inventor and founder of EZ-Robot is redefining educational fun and igniting it with a passion for new discovery..."

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Virtualizing Desktops and Apps with Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out
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Virtualizing Desktops and Apps with Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out from Microsoft PressMicrosoft Press has published Virtualizing Desktops and Apps with Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out. Conquer Windows Server 2012 R2 virtualization--from the inside out!

Dive into Windows Server 2012 R2 virtualization--and really put your systems expertise to work. Focusing on both virtual desktop infrastructure and virtualized applications, this supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, tips, and workarounds. Discover how the experts tackle Windows virtualization--and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery.

* Use virtualization to prevent business disruption, help improve security, simplify upgrades, and support mobile users
* Plan and deploy User State Virtualization for a consistent experience across locations and devices...

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Game AI Pro 2: Collected Wisdom of Game AI Professionals
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Game AI Pro 2: Collected Wisdom of Game AI Professionals from CRC PressCRC Press has published Game AI Pro 2: Collected Wisdom of Game AI Professionals. This book presents cutting-edge tips, tricks, and techniques for artificial intelligence (AI) in games, drawn from developers of shipped commercial games as well as some of the best-known academics in the field. It contains knowledge, advice, hard-earned wisdom, and insights gathered from across the community of developers and researchers who have devoted themselves to game AI.

In this book, 47 expert developers and researchers have come together to bring you their newest advances in game AI, along with twists on proven techniques that have shipped in some of the most successful commercial games of the last few years. The book provides a toolbox of proven techniques that can be applied to many common and not-so-common situations. It is written to be accessible to a broad range of readers. Beginners will find good general coverage of game AI techniques and a number of comprehensive overviews, while intermediate to expert professional game developers will find focused, deeply technical chapters on specific topics of interest to them...

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Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates on DVD
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Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates - Three-Disc Collection on DVD July 7thEveryone’s favorite Nick preschool stars are ready to party and play in this one-of-a-kind DVD collection, Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates. This three-disc collection is jam-packed with over seven hours of educational and musical fun. Viewers can explore their musical side with six song-and-dance filled episodes, take a trip out west for a rootin’ tootin’ good time, or explore their imaginations with six nursery rhyme and fairy tale-themed episodes. Featuring eighteen episodes from Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, Bubble Guppies, Go, Diego, Go!, The Wonder Pets!, Ni Hao, Kai-Lan, The Fresh Beat Band, and Blue’s Room, this exciting collection is available at a hot, low price! Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates will be available on DVD on July 7, 2015 for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates includes the following:

* Disc 1: Dance to the Music
 o Dora the Explorer – La Maestra de Musica
 o Team Umizoomi – Butterfly Dance
 o Bubble Guppies – We Totally Rock
 o Go Diego Go! – The Iguana Sing-Along
 o Wonder Pets – Save the Beetles/Fiddler Crab on the Roof
 o Ni Hao, Kai-Lan – The Ants Dance...

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The Last Ship: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD
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TNT's The Last Ship: The Complete First Season Debuts June 9th on Blu-ray and DVDThe Last Ship – TNT’s top-rated action series starring Eric Dane and executive produced by blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay – will make its Blu-ray and DVD debut with its complete first season on June 9. The Last Ship: The Complete First Season two-disc Blu-ray and three-disc DVD set will include all 10 episodes from the series’ first season, as well as hours of exclusive bonus features including commentaries, exclusive featurettes, behind the episode clips, cast interviews and more. The Last Ship: The Complete First Season comes to Blu-ray and DVD in advance of the highly-anticipated season two premiere on Sunday, June 21, with a two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

Based on William Brinkely’s popular novel, The Last Ship chronicles a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James avoided falling victim to the devastating tragedy. But now, Captain Tom Chandler (series star Eric Dane) and his crew must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors...

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Falling Skies: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray and DVD
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TNT's Epic Drama Falling Skies: The Complete Fourth Season Debuts June 2nd on Blu-ray and DVDFalling Skies – TNT's alien-invasion saga from DreamWorks Television, TNT Productions and executive producer Steven Spielberg – will return to Blu-ray™ and DVD with its complete fourth season on June 2. The two-disc Falling Skies: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray and three-disc DVD set will include all twelve episodes from the fourth season, as well as hours of exclusive special features including behind-the-scenes footage, character interviews and more. Falling Skies: The Complete Fourth Season comes to Blu-ray and DVD in advance of the hit drama’s highly-anticipated final season, slated to debut on Sunday, June 28, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT.

Falling Skies chronicles the extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion that leaves most of the world completely deliberated. Starring Noah Wyle (Tom Mason) as a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader following the alien attack, the fourth season opens as the nightmare is just beginning for the humans battling the alien force. In season four...

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Sony Creative Software Catalyst Production Suite
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Sony Creative Software Introduces New Catalyst Production SuiteSony Creative Software has announced the official launch of its newest media production package, Catalyst Production Suite™, which includes a new version of Catalyst Prepare™ and the brand-new Catalyst Edit™, available for purchase from Sony and resellers worldwide.

Available for both Mac OS X and Windows, the Catalyst Production Suite applications were designed from the ground up on a new, innovative, cross-platform code base to ensure unprecedented power and speed. Specifically, Catalyst Prepare 2.0 provides robust camera media backup, clip organization, strong color monitoring and adjustment, extensive metadata support, and powerful multichannel audio handling. These features combine to make Catalyst Prepare the fast, simple, reliable path from camera to post. Users can create a rough-cut storyboard in the field with a quick initial color grade to jumpstart the editing and review process, then render it out directly, export an EDL for use in other post tools, or bring it into Catalyst Edit when the story builds to require multitrack editing power. The new Catalyst Edit 1.0 offers a focused, fast cutting environment for 4K, Sony RAW, and HD video...

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After Effects and Cinema 4D Lite from Focal Press
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After Effects and Cinema 4D Lite: 3D Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Using CINEWARE from Focal PressFocal Press has published After Effects and Cinema 4D Lite: 3D Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Using CINEWARE.

One of the most exciting new features in After Effects is the integration of Cinema 4D using the CINEWARE plug-in and a free version of Cinema 4D Lite. Both provide a wide assortment of new 3D tools and options that are difficult or nearly impossible to achieve in After Effects alone. This book clearly demonstrates how the new 3D workflow bridges the two applications together to raise the design bar for motion graphics and broadcast design.

Hands-on exercises teach you essential production skills including:
* Modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite
* Importing 3D models in After Effects
* Tracking 3D motion in After Effects
* Compositing with CINEWARE
* Using MoGraph features in CINEMA 4D...

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IT FOLLOWS on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD
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IT FOLLOWS creeps on to Digital HD July 3rd, Blu-ray and DVD July 14th from Anchor BayThe critically acclaimed breakout movie of the year, It Follows arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD July 14th from Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS and DIMENSION. Dubbed “the best horror film in over a decade”, It Follows is directed by David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover), and stars Maika Monroe (upcoming Independence Day 2, The Guest), Keir Gilchrist (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, “United States of Tara”), Daniel Zovatto (Beneath, Innocence, Laggies) and Jake Weary (Altitude, Fred).

One of the highest grossing independent films of the year so far, It Follows is credited with ushering in a new era of indie film success, appealing to horror genre fans, art house cinema aficionados and the general movie-going audience. With spectacular cinematography and a powerful score, the film is destined to become a cult classic.

For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her...

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FOR THE EMPEROR on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD
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FOR THE EMPEROR debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD July 7th from Well Go USA EntertainmentA disgraced baseball player gets mixed up with gangsters and loan sharking in the action-packed crime thriller FOR THE EMPEROR, debuting on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD July 7 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The stylish neo-noir drama from Director PARK Sang-jun (Bank Attack) stars LEE Min-ki (Shoot Me in the Heart, Haeundae), PARK Sung-woong (Shadowless Sword, New World), LEE Tae-im (S.I.U.), newcomer HAN Jae-young, and LEE Jae-won (The Man From Nowhere).

Synopsis: A disgraced pro baseball player goes to work for a mob-connected loan shark, rising through the ranks of money and power. But when his love interest disappears, he finds himself in a deadly battle of wits against his bloodthirsty mentor...

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THE ROAD WITHIN on Blu-ray and DVD
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THE ROAD WITHIN debuts on Blu-ray and DVD July 7th from Well Go USA EntertainmentRobert Sheehan (The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Chappie) and Zoë Kravitz (Divergent franchise, X-Men: First Class) star in first-time Director Gren Wells’ THE ROAD WITHIN, debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD July 7 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The comedy-drama follows a young man with Tourette’s syndrome (Sheehan) who embarks on a road trip with two friends to spread the ashes of his recently-deceased mother. The film also stars Robert Patrick (“Scorpions,” Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”). Bonus materials include interviews with the cast and crew, deleted scenes and the music video “Get It Right” by Oh Honey.

THE ROAD WTHIN has won numerous awards while playing the film festival circuit, including Best Actor for Dev Patel and Best Actress for Zoë Kravitz from the 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival and Gren Wells was named one of the Directors to Watch at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival...

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The VES Handbook of Visual Effects, 2nd Edition
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The VES Handbook of Visual Effects, 2nd Edition from Focal PressFocal Press has published The VES Handbook of Visual Effects: Industry Standard VFX Practices and Procedures, 2nd Edition. The award-winning VES Handbook of Visual Effects remains the most complete guide to visual effects techniques and best practices available today. This new edition has been updated to include the latest, industry-standard techniques, technologies, and workflows that are ever-evolving in the fast paced world of visual effects. The world-renowned Visual Effects Society (VES) tasked the original authors to update their areas of expertise, such as stereoscopic moviemaking, color management, facial capture, and the Digital Intermediate, as well as provide detailed chapters on interactive games and full animation. Additionally, fifty new contributors share their best methods, tips, tricks, and shortcuts earned through decades of trial and error and real-world, hands-on experience.

This 2nd edition has been expanded to feature lessons on:...

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Samsung POWERbot Robotic Vacuum
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Samsung's Innovative Robotic Vacuum Offers Unprecedented Cleaning Power - Samsung POWERbotSamsung Electronics America, Inc., a leading innovator in home appliances, has finally solved the biggest floor care challenge facing busy Millennials: Helping maintain cleanliness in their home, with minimal time and effort. The Samsung POWERbot robotic vacuum offers an impressive mix of technological sophistication, powerful performance and sleek form, making it impeccably designed to meet the needs of today’s new generation of homeowners. And, it’s now available for the first time in the U.S.

For ideal cleaning results, vacuuming should be done at least once a week in light traffic areas, twice weekly in highly trafficked areas and daily if you have pets2. But with consumers more time-stretched than ever, vacuuming is not high on the list of household to-do’s. The Samsung POWERbot takes the work out of housework with its powerful suction that keeps floors automatically clean, even on a daily basis, with no extra effort. By having the robotic vacuum running daily versus handling it themselves weekly, consumers benefit from a more consistent clean...

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