Category Archives: Business

Our Giving Program

At Alien Skin we have a unique giving program. Every year, each team member chooses a charitable organization for the company to donate $1,000 to. This gives everyone the opportunity to make a difference to a cause that is important … Continue reading

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Adobe Creative Cloud

We have heard a lot of concern about Adobe’s move to the Creative Cloud (CC). Here is what you need to know about it in relation to our products. What is the Adobe Creative Cloud? You can find long explanations of … Continue reading

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Alt Photo

I’m pleased to introduce Alt Photo, our first photography app for the iPhone. Alt Photo puts some of our well researched film looks into a fast and easy to use mobile tool. Alt Photo was designed for quick shooting on … Continue reading

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The Best Features are Invisible

When improving a product, many people have an instinct to add features that grab your attention. This usually involves new buttons and sliders. It’s easy to show off that kind of feature, but it’s often bad for the product. Every … Continue reading

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Draw outside the lines!

Our first product was Eye Candy and it was successful because it figuratively and literally drew outside the lines. The lines in question are the “marching ants” at the edge of a selection in Photoshop. In 1993, filters were not allowed to … Continue reading

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Teaching

I stopped programming about six years ago. That used to be my passion. At times I have missed it, but the company needs me in another capacity, so that’s what I do. For a while I was sad about not … Continue reading

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Don’t Work. Have Fun!

When I was young I was confused by people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates who kept working after they got rich. I thought that money brought happiness and work was the unpleasant thing you did to make money. It … Continue reading

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Stop trying to fix open plan offices

I recently read a New York Times article about how companies are tweaking open plan workspaces to make them less irritating. The problem is that workers don’t have privacy or quiet in a cubicle farm. The most creepy solution is … Continue reading

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Hire people who are better than you.

Recently Terence solved a hard image processing problem that has bugged us for years. I’m pretty good at math and image processing, but his advanced technique was a little over my head. Am I sad that I can’t follow Terence’s … Continue reading

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$12,000 in Donations

Once a year, each team member at Alien Skin chooses a charity to receive $1000. This year we donated a total of $12,000 to the following organizations. Some people split their money between multiple charities. American Red Cross Amnesty International … Continue reading

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