Adobe Godot?

Seems like I’ve been waiting for ages since Adobe announced last year the forthcoming release of Photoshop CC on the iPad. It sounded too good to be true, a nearly full-featured version of Shop on the tablet. Well, they said 2019 and here we are.


Then again, perhaps it’s best that Adobe works out all the glitches before rushing out the app just to make me happy. 🙂

I guess I can wait until Spring. And won’t it be nice to wake up one sunny morning and discover this on my iPad.

Imagine having access to complete Layers functionality on a tablet! That’s like having your Layers cake and eating it too. And of course the new interface will be designed for gestures, touch, and pencil. In anticipation of this, I’ve been sharpening my Apple Pencil to a fine point. Just in time for Spring Break!

We hope.

In the interim, I use a bunch of free Adobe mobile apps for collage and image manipulation. Here is my collection of little Photoshop appetizers: Adobe PS ExpressPhotoshop MixPhotoshop Fix, and Adobe Capture. (I use Lightroom CC for editing RAW files, photo enhancements, and organizing collections on the road.)

Note that I keep all my photo and video editing apps in a handy folder (above) on the home screen. I’ll be discussing all these apps—including non-Adobe gems—in detail in iPad Nomad.

Until Godot shows up, I rely on Photoshop on a MacBook to perform detailed mischief.

But wait! I actually began work on this satirical iPad advertisement right on the tablet. I removed portions of the background from the original, the camera, and that annoying color band running through the image (what the heck is that?) So you can use Photoshop smart tools right this minute to clone and heal portions of an image. When it came time to insert the tablet I switched over to the MacBook.

Clearly Adobe is polishing their mobile features for integration into the Photoshop CC on the iPad. Is it any wonder I’m so excited?

As a good friend says:

“Now we wait.”


Yoink is an extremely awesome shelf app for IOS and Macs. Developed by Matthias Gansrigler at Eternal Storms Software , Yoink makes drag and drop a dream come true. Temporarily store images, files, videos, web links – even snippets of text.

The app provides a shelf on the side of the screen. A swipe opens it on the iPad, while the desktop version launches whenever you start to drag a file or folder.

The handy-dandy Yoink shelf

The shelf will remain open while you run other apps until you drag the stored item(s) out. To close it on my MacBook, I created a keyboard shortcut (cmd-Y). You can quickly delete an item stored in Yoink via the X icon or clear everything at once via the broom. One of my favorite features on the desktop version is the ability to preview an item via the little eyeball (see below).

A nice big preview window

You can group multiple items in convenient stacks, then quickly drag the stack to move all the files in one fell swoop. You can choose to either remove content from Yoink when you drag it out or leave it on the shelf. To leave it on the iPad, just press the lock icon.

Finders Keepers

Yoink is also accessible from a Finder window –simply drag a file to the Yoink icon.

Whenever I capture a screen-shot on the iPad (a hundred times a day!), I tap the share button and choose Add to Yoink. Pretty sweet!

Do yourself a favor and take a tour of the trial version today. You can nab it here.

Gesundheit! (a short report on the road)

Fighting off the flu here in rainy Redding, I’ve been reading an eBook (not enough energy to hold up a hardcover)–an homage to P.G. Wodehouse, with lines that prompt laughter in between wheezes and sneezes. This, for example:

“Her pause for effect was marred somewhat by the absence of any effect.”

What makes this particularly amusing is the adverb “somewhat.” Perfection, oui?

Another example:

He often spoke with the shift-key down.”

So I may be suffering , but at least I’m not suffering in silence.

Good Schott, Ben.  Right ho!

You can order JEEVES AND THE KING OF CLUBS in whatever format you desire right here.







Zoom Street is Moving!

We’ve been packing our Macs and in the process of relocating. But don’t worry, you can find ZOOM STREET wherever we are. We’ll be back in December to present our Holiday Picks.

In the meantime, we wish you all an early Happy Thanksgiving!


Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

Good Nudes

There’s a chill in the air, but here’s a book that will warm you up. HEAD TO TOE: THE NUDE IN GRAPHIC DESIGNcompiled by Steve Heller & Mirko Ilic is an  eye-popping  (“flexibound”) boxed edition that goes beyond the bare essentials to reveal 600 classic & contemporary examples of the naked human form in design.











Designers will surely find inspiration inside.

CLICK HERE to order.







Devoted followers of ZOOM STREET will be familiar with the late French writer Pascal  Garnier. Indeed, Garnier quickly became one of my favorite practitioners of noir fiction after I read his short novel, THE PANDA THEORY in 2014. The author manages to blend  eerie, atmospheric suspense with jolts of black humor.

 Gallic Books  has, for years,  been treating American readers to superb translations of the author’s noirish novelettes  in compact, uniform editions. If you’ve  missed these stand-alones, you’re in luck  because the publisher has just released GALLIC NOIR (Vol. 1),  a  collection of three Garnier novels. This is the first of  three volumes and in addition to THE PANDA THEORY, it  includes HOW’S THE PAIN?  and THE A26.

I suggest you start with this collection—especially since it contains my fave—and by the time you’re finished you’ll be hungry for Gallic Noir: Volume 2.

As for the cover…  my first reaction was:  Aha!—a hook to lure beach-goers in search of JAWS!  But then I realized the shark was  a good metaphor for Garnier’s fiction, as  the menace  lies below the surface of the mundane,  and a strong undertow draws you out… just beyond the lifeguard’s reach.