WordPress 2.9 “Carmen” is out, fresh & crisp!

I just noticed that WP 2.9 is already out of its “beta” phase and you can download its stable release.

Of course, Matt already has posted an article about 2.9, along with the new “code name” of 2.9: “Carmen” (Carmen McRae, jazz vocalist).

Only a day ago, I was reading a quite detailed article about the new features and improvements in WP 2.9 — this article I can recommend to you, too.

I liked two things more than others:

— You can already restore items from the “Trash” — items that you have deleted by accident or on purpose! Everything deleted will be kept in the Trash for 30 days (and you can change the time period for which the items will be saved there).

— Mass upgrade of plugins with one click only!

Of course, there are a lot of fixed bugs and some other improvements (full list).

Although I already feel enthusiastic about 2.9, I might wait for 2.9.1 to be released… sort of a Service Pack 1 for 2.9.x ;-)

FireworksZone Fireworks contest, 1st place (and more cool wallpapers)

This illustration is made in Adobe Fireworks:

Fireworks illustration by Lucian Dragomir
(click to open in full size)

All you see is pure Fireworks power, all vectors and symbols and live effects!

This amazing work was created by Lucian Dragomir, a talented Fireworks designer, and has won the 1st place in a recent Adobe Fireworks contest, run by FWZone and Adobe.

If you’re curious, you can download the original and de-construct it in Fireworks:
[ download original Fireworks PNG file (6.5 MB, .fw.png) ]

There were some other very good contributions in that contest, too — take a look at the other winners:

Fireworks illustration by Angelo Sabal Fireworks illustration by Zsolt Szekely

Fireworks illustration by Mikko Vartio Fireworks illustration by Karol Orzel

…but 1st place is really my favourite!

And it also perfectly shows that the creative possibilities with Fireworks are almost endless! (Some time ago, I have shown a few other good Fireworks examples here:-)

Finally, if you sometimes wonder, is Fireworks better than Photoshop (for screen/Web/UI design), wonder no more! :)))