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“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important thing I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” he said.

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”More than almost any other business leader, Steve Jobs has become indistinguishable from the company he runs.

As the face of Apple, he represents its dedication to high-end technology and fashionable design.

And inside the company he exerts a level of influence unheard of in most businesses.

But while the two seem inseparable, Mr Jobs’s 35-year relationship with Apple has endured ups and downs.

The beginnings of Apple go back to 1970s California, where a computer revolution stirred in offices and schoolrooms up and down Silicon Valley.

Mr Jobs, adopted by a local couple in 1955, found himself growing up in the heartland of a hi-tech revolution.

He was talented academically, but had few friends until meeting local computer whizkid Steve Wozniak in the early 1970s.

The duo worked together on a handful of pet projects, before eventually linking up to launch a new computer company, Apple.

The business became a success almost as soon as it was founded in 1976. Mr Wozniak’s innovative designs meant users could extract maximum power from their machines, allowing them to achieve things that were impossible on other systems.

As the standard bearer for an army of young, dynamic computer manufacturers bursting out of the Silicon Valley hothouse, investors and the press couldn’t get enough of Apple.

Shares in the company were in such high demand that by the time it opted for a flotation in 1980, it became the biggest stock market launch since Ford in 1956.

Demanding reputation

Meanwhile, Steve Jobs had built a reputation as a forthright and demanding leader who could take niche technologies – such as the mouse and the graphical window-based interface – and make them popular with the general public.

But his lack of business experience meant that boardroom decisions were left in the hands of others – not all of whom felt he was a good influence.

Eventually it turned to conflict and, after a bust-up with chief executive John Sculley in 1985, he quit the company that made him rich.

Never one to dwell on the past, Jobs got back into the action almost immediately.

He bought fledgling computer animation studio Pixar and founded NeXT, a computer maker that built the sort of high-end products he had championed at Apple.

Meanwhile, his former company’s shine began to wear off under pressure from the ever-expanding empire of Bill Gates’s Microsoft until, in 1996 – more than a decade after casting Steve Jobs into the wilderness – it turned back to him for help.

Looking for a software strategy to help it take on Microsoft, Apple bought NeXT for more than $400m.

The move was a gamble, but it brought Mr Jobs back into the fold, much to the excitement of the company’s followers. He soon stepped in to replace under-fire chief executive Gil Amelio, rallying the faithful and promising to revitalise the company.

Third act

Almost immediately, he made his impact felt. Scrapping a whole range of products that he deemed superfluous to requirements, Mr Jobs targeted just a handful of ideas that he thought would help return Apple to success.

The first, the colourful iMac computer, sold well and brought back some of the cool factor that had driven the company to its heights in the 1980s – but it was Jobs’s intention to take Apple beyond the desktop computer that really sealed the firm’s comeback and underscored his reputation as an innovator.

In 2002 the company launched the iPod, a chunky music player that went on to sell more than 250m units worldwide.

That hit, in turn, sparked the launch of the iTunes Store, a music download service that radically altered the market and went on to become the world’s biggest music retailer.

Jobs followed that up with two more hits, the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010, which have both expanded the idea of what a computer could be.

Mr Jobs is credited with turning around Apple’s fortunes and defining new markets Since returning to Apple, everything he touches seems to turn to gold. Even Pixar’s sale to Disney in 2006 for $7.4bn (£4.6bn) increased his power and left him the biggest shareholder in the American entertainment giant.

Famed for public appearances in which he wears his trademark black turtle neck and blue jeans, admirers put Mr Jobs’s success down to his dedication to perfection.

He runs Apple with an iron fist and dictates even the smallest details about the company’s products and strategy, translating his own personal values as a Buddhist and strict vegan into sleek, minimalist products.

Despite a high profile, however, he has remained fiercely protective of his private life. He married his wife Lisa in 1991, and the couple have three children. Mr Jobs also has a daughter from a previous relationship, and as an adult discovered that he had a biological sister, US novelist Mona Simpson.

For all his success, however, there is one area of his life that Mr Jobs has been unable to control: his health.

In 2004 it was announced that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer – a fact that was only revealed after he had failed to treat it through unconventional means.

Though the disease was eventually beaten into remission, complications emerged and it later emerged that he underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 2008.

Despite fears that his health may have blunted his ambition, however, those moments seem to have sharpened a business method that often seems wilful, individualistic and counterintuitive.

Perhaps it should be no surprise: in 2005, shortly after his first brush with cancer, he gave a stirring commencement speech to students at Stanford University that revealed that the frailty of life is a driving force behind his approach to life and business.


Analysts react to Steve Jobs resignation: Apple move expected, Cook a star, buy

Wall Street is comfortable with new Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Steve Jobs resignation as CEO of Apple led to a bevy of analyst reaction. The general theme among analysts is that the Jobs resignation isn’t surprising and Tim Cook is the best choice to replace him. Overall, analysts expect Apple to continue to deliver hit products and strong earnings.
Here’s a sampling of Wall Street analysts and their reaction to Jobs’ resignation.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster:
We believe Tim Cook is the ideal candidate to assume the role of the irreplaceable Steve Jobs. According to Apple’s succession plan, as Apple’s new CEO Cook will join the Board of Directors, now chaired by Jobs. We believe Jobs’ final act as CEO is another of his many great accomplishments. Cook is capable of running Apple, but his rare combination of extreme humility and insatiable motivation make him uniquely suited to assume Jobs’ role as CEO and carry on his work with a peerless executive team. While there may be concerns among investors as to whether or not Cook can continue Jobs’ streak of innovation, we believe there is no better candidate to assume the role. And in many ways, it will be Jobs and his deeply rooted vision that will always guide Apple and its leaders.
Jefferies analyst Peter Misek:
We believe Tim Cook has been able to demonstrate his deep understanding and expertise in manufacturing and supply chain management. Even with the unfortunate events in Japan around the time of the iPad 2 release, Tim Cook was able to double or sometimes triple source component suppliers. To date, no competitor has been able to gain meaningful share in the tablet market; and, in our view, Cook’s leadership during the introduction was critical to this
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Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes:
While this announcement is sad news, one of the positives is that Mr. Jobs will stay on
as Chairman of the Board and lend his insight and influence to Apple’s strategy and future product development for at least a period of time. We do not believe Tim Cook’s appointment as CEO should come as a real surprise – and nor should Steve Jobs’ resignation. Tim Cook was paid a significant bonus last year – the type paid to a clear successor for the world’s most innovative company.
Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore:
We believe Cook is a highly capable executive and deeply familiar with Apples’ business plans, product roadmaps and operations. He has also acted as interim CEO on previous occasions and we see very little near term execution risk.
Morgan Stanley analyst Kathryn Huberty:
We view Apple’s announced CEO transition as well timed given upcoming new product launches and accelerating market share gains in key markets. Importantly, we remain highly confident in our near-term EPS estimates and rank Apple as best positioned to see upward earnings revisions within our coverage universe…We believe Apple is appropriately prepared for the CEO transition with a long-term product road map and market expansion strategy.
JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna:
For our part, we believe the new CEO, Tim Cook, is a perfectly capable and suitable succession candidate; however, it is not immediately evident to us how Apple replaces the irreplaceable and we are maintaining our neutral stance on the stock until it becomes clear – either that innovation and operational efficiencies will continue unabated under new management or that they are breaking down.
Wedbush analyst Scott Sutherland:
The change of the guard does not alter fundamentals, and we see a solid product pipeline driving upside to expectations. The reality of Steve stepping down will likely cause a negative reaction in the stock although we do not expect it to be material. We would remain buyers on any weakness as we believe the fundamentals remain intact. We continue to see solid iPhone and iPad sales, PC market share gains, and new products leading to likely solid upside to expectations for 2011 and 2012. Of note, we see an iPhone 4S this fall, an iPad 3, and an iPhone 5 with a materially revamped user interface and 4G early next year. We also believe Apple will move more materially into the “connected TV” space. We would note that Steve will serve as Chairman of the board. The company did not have a Chairman and instead had two Co-lead Directors.
Steve Jobs resignation: What does it mean for Apple?

Everyone in Silicon Valley knew the day would come when Steve Jobs would have to resign as Apple’s chief executive, but the news still came with shock and sadness for many here.
His health has been poor for years and despite beating cancer and recovering from a liver transplant Steve Jobs announced this year he would be taking another period of medical leave.
“He was the leading innovator, his life was his work – I guess it was inevitable, but we all hoped it would happen some time in the future, not now,” said Leander Kahley, who wrote the book Inside Steve’s Brain and edits the colcosmac.com technology magazine.
“He’s irreplaceable – there’s nobody with his vision, but he has put a lot of processes in place to ensure new executives take the company forward. He even started an ‘Apple University’ with a top Harvard business professor,” he added, optimistic over Apple’s future.
Harry McCracken of the Technologizer website hoped the fact people knew this would happen might mean the company was not too badly hit by the news.
“My hope is that he believes this is the right time for Apple to move ahead without him,” he said.
“But it is a huge moment in the future of technology and especially personal computing – he has been the dominant figure in personal technology for the last 30 years.”
Steve Jobs was known for his showmanship, with big launches of top secret products – a marketing strategy which brought excitement to Silicon Valley and built up huge hype around Apple products.
He last appeared in June launching the iCloud – his last appearance as chief executive.
The man who has replaced him was handpicked and has been acting chief executive throughout Steve Jobs’ periods of medical leave.
The feeling from a number of Silicon Valley commentators is that the company is in good shape and has some big products on the horizon such as the iPhone 5, and the iPad 3.
It is what happens two years down the line – predicting the next big thing and going for it – which is where Steve Jobs will be missed.
He is taking on the role of chairman, so will still be involved, but the fear is his health may be deteriorating if he is giving up the work he lives for and loves.
Apple stock drops as Steve Jobs resigns chief executive role
A 5% fall in Apple stock wipes more than £10bn off the company’s value, as investors fret over the company’s future without its visonary leader

Apple stock’s rise under Steve Jobs. Source: Reuters
Steve Jobs’s resignation as Apple chief executive has wiped billions of dollars off its stock market value as traders fret over the company’s long-term future without its visionary leader.
The news of Jobs’ departure came after the close of New York trading, but Apple shares fell 5% in after-hours trading on Wednesday night. Apple shares traded in Frankfurt dropped 4.5% in early trading on Thursday.
A 5% decline wipes more than $17bn (£10.3bn) off Apple’s stock market value, sending it down from $348bn to $330.5bn, just two weeks after it briefly became the world’s most valuable company.
Apple stock has enjoyed a stellar run under Jobs. The shares had hit a low of $3.19 in July 1997, a few months after Jobs rejoined the company he had co-founded in 1976. They climbed steadily to almost $200 by the end of 2007 thanks to the success of the iPod and the iPhone, and resurgent demand for Apple’s desktop and laptop computers.
Apple stock fell back below $90 in early 2009, as shares slumped around the world, but have almost quadrupled since – thanks to a stream of record-breaking profits and impressive new launches, notably the iPad.
Shares in some of Apple’s rivals rose in Asia overnight, as investors anticipated that Apple might stumble. Samsung Electronics, which is embroiled in a legal battle with Apple over its tablet computer, gained 2.4%, while smartphone maker HTC closed 1.35% higher.
Jobs’s departure has been anticipated for some time, and his successor Tim Cook is highly respected. Many analysts believe Apple remains in safe hands, especially as Cook has been running Apple since the start of 2011, when Jobs took his third period of medical leave since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004.
“While this marks the end of an era for Apple, it’s important to remember the there’s more to Apple than any one person, even Steve Jobs,” said Michael Gartenberg, research director at Gartner. “Continuing as chairman, Mr Jobs will continue to leave his mark on both the company and products even as he transfers the reigns to Mr Cook.”
Ovum chief analyst Jan Dawson believes it would be illogical for Apple’s value to fall immediately.
“The short-term selloff of Apple shares immediately after the announcement is driven by fears that Apple will not continue to perform as it has, once Steve Jobs leaves the CEO role. However, these fears appear relatively unfounded at least in the short-term. Tim Cook, formerly COO [chief operating officer] and now CEO, has been in day-to-day charge of Apple not only since January, but during two previous periods when Steve Jobs’s health prompted extended absences. On all three occasions, Steve Jobs was nevertheless involved in major decisions and continued to set strategy for the company. His new role as chairman suggests this will continue to be the case even if he does not sit at a desk in Cupertino for eight hours every day.”
Dawson acknowledged, though, that Jobs’s move has long-term ramifications for the company.
“Steve Jobs has provided both strategic vision and personal leadership at the top of the company, as arguably the most visible and well-known CEO of any technology company today. Tim Cook will not step easily into either of these roles, as a safe pair of hands but hardly a visionary or a charismatic figure.”

Apple Inc., chief executive officer Steve Jobs, who built the world’s most valuable technology company, resigned. He is succeeded by chief operating officer Tim Cook.

Jobs, 56, was named chairman. He took a medical leave of absence Jan. 17 as a rare form of cancer he’s been battling since 2004 and a more recent liver transplant worsened his health, a person with knowledge of the matter said at the time. Cook, 50, who has led Apple’s day-to-day operations since January and during Jobs’s previous leave, will join the board.
“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” Jobs said in a statement. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Under Jobs, Apple became the second-most valuable company in the world, after Exxon Mobil Corp., by introducing devices that revolutionized the computer, mobile phone and digital music industries. His attention to detail and emphasis on sleek, easy-to-use products helped Apple repel competition from rivals as varied as Google Inc., and IBM Corp.
“Jobs has been a strong figure in the company historically, but he hasn’t been a driving force for the past two years,” Daniel Genter, who oversees about $3.7 billion as president of Los Angeles-based RNC Genter Capital Management, said in a telephone interview.
“It brings clarity, he will continue as a capable board member and it creates a transparent succession plan.”
Jobs, who co-founded the company at the age of 21, was ousted by the board in 1985. When he returned 12 years later, Apple had run up $1.86 billion in losses over two years. It was 90 days away from bankruptcy, Jobs would later say.
Since then, Jobs has led Apple’s transformation from a personal-computer also-ran into a seller of everything from smartphones to music.
He engineered the Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s comeback by honing Apple’s industrial design, tightly integrating software and hardware, and pushing into new markets.
The iPhone, introduced in 2007, has become Apple’s best-selling product and turned the company into the world’s biggest smartphone maker. After winning customers away from Research In Motion Ltd., and Nokia Oyj, Apple is now sparring with Google for leadership in the market for mobilephone software.
Apple fell as much as seven per cent in extended trading after the announcement. The shares had gained $2.58 to $376.18 at 4 p.m. New York time on the NASDQ.
The stock has climbed 17 per cent this year, and has surged from an adjusted $5.48 on Sept. 16, 1997, the day Jobs retook the reins as head of the company. Cook joined Apple in 1998.
It was as if Steve Jobs got wind of what would be unveiled at Microsoft Tech Ed in Auckland today.
News that the Apple chief executive had resigned reached Tech Ed as Jeff Johnson, Academic Area Lead for Microsoft Learning North America, and Patrick Hevesi, Enterprise Technology Architect, showed of “the latest and greatest” devices running Windows 7.
The pair were trashing Apple hardware, blissfully unaware of Mr Jobs’ resignation, as the news broke on delegates’ smartphones and tablet computers.
Jobs, who has been on medical leave due to an undisclosed medical condition since January 17, said in a statement he could no longer meet his duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO and named Tim Cook as his successor.
Johnson and Hevesi demonstrated a range of new high specification Windows 7 laptops from manufacturers Samsung and Sony, including one highly resilient model manufactured from the same material as aeroplanes which could be manhandled and dropped as much as 50 times without causing a problem.
Another, the latest Sony Vaio, includes a quad core Intel i7 microprocessor with 8GB of RAM and a pair of solid state hard drives.
For US $2000 you will also get a wafer thin, ultra lightweight auxiliary “paper’ battery made partly from cellulose which could boost the internal battery’s life from eight hours to 14 hours.
“Does anyone have a MacBook we can try this with,” one of them quipped as he dropped the laptop.
Unsurprisingly, not one of the hundreds of delegates volunteered.
The pair also trotted out a bevy of high specification slate computers, to rival the iPad, from the likes of Asus, Fujitsu, Samsung – one of which was designed to replace both desktops and notebook computers.
Hevesj laughed at the irony of the situation as he stumbled upon the news while demonstrating a news aggregation application which displayed Jobs’ resignation story from USA Today.
The presentation concluded with the first public demonstration of Microsoft’s upcoming update of Windows Phone 7, still codenamed Mango, which will add more than 500 new features to existing Windows Phone 7 handsets. There are two in New Zealand, the HTC Trophy available through Vodafone and the LG Optimus 7Q, available through Telecom.
Mango will come preinstalled on new handsets as they are sold.
Hevesj revealed Mango would be launched in October, although the Times understands new handsets being launched in Japan today would come pre-installed with the new Mango mobile operating system.
Jobs’s resignation statement:
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I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Samsung Elec, LG Elec rise on departure of Apple’s Jobs (Updates to mid-session)Seoul shares gained ground on Thursday as investors poured money into recently beaten-down shares, with tech heavyweights rallying after Steve Jobs resigned from his CEO position at rival Apple .
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) rose 1.58 percent to 1,782.43 points as of 0315 GMT.
“I think it is too early to say we are on an upward swing,” June Park, a market strategist at Meritz Securities.
Foreign investors swung to net sellers of a modest 11.7 billion won ($10.8 million), but were buying technology and transportation stocks.
Samsung Electronics , the world’s No.2 maker of mobile phones and the largest counter on the KOSPI, gained 3 percent after Jobs’ resignation.
“Jobs is a key force that led Apple’s rally in the technology industry and his absence may revive some demand for other tech firms,” Park of Meritz said.
LG Electronics , which is struggling to break into the fiercely competitive smartphone sector, also rose 2.9 percent.
Lee Dong-geun, fund manager at Heungkuk Asset Management, said institutions were slowly increasing positions in the tech sector that they had cut back recently on fears over another recession.
Institutions bought a net 66.9 billion won worth of stocks, focusing on technology and transportation issues.
Hyundai Motor continued to gain for a third straight sessions, jumping 5.3 percent, helped by news of a wage deal with its labor union.
Analysts said the wage pact, although still subject to a union vote, eased investors worries over possible strikes that had pressured Hyundai shares.
Food service-related shares gained after low turnout in a Seoul referendum on free school lunch programs signalled that a plan to provide free lunches for all schoolchildren is going forward.
Agriculture products supplier Silla SG Co Ltd once jumped nearly by the intraday limit of 15 percent and fishery products provider Foodwell Corp gained 4.4 percent.
The junior Kosdaq market was up 1.1 percent. ($1 = 1082.200 Korean Won) (Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Jonathan Hopfner)
Steve Jobs resigns as chief executive of Apple – video
Steve Jobs is to be replaced by Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook, in a surprise move. Jobs had led Apple back from near-bankruptcy after rejoining the company in 1996 to become the world’s most valuable company by market value earlier in August


SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s legendary co-founder and top ideas man Steve Jobs resigned as chief executive Wednesday, the company said, in a long expected move after he began a dramatic fight with cancer.
In a written statement, Apple, the world’s second biggest company by market capitalization, announced that chief operating officer Tim Cook would take over as CEO but that Jobs would stay on as chairman of the board.
“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” board member Art Levinson said in a statement.
No reason was given for Job’s resignation, but his health problems, including a lengthy medical leave for a liver transplant in 2009 and his increasingly gaunt appearances at public events, fueled speculation he would have to give up the everyday running of the company he co-founded in 1976.
Cook ran Apple when Jobs went on medical leave and has essentially been running day-to-day operations since early this year with the company racking up record revenue and profit.
Jobs is seen as the heart and soul of Apple, with analysts and investors repeatedly expressing concern over how the Cupertino, California-based company would handle his departure.
“The board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” Levinson said.
“Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does,” Levinson continued.
Resignation
Jobs submitted his resignation on Wednesday and urged the board to implement its succession plan and name Cook as his replacement, according to Apple.
Cook was previously responsible for Apple’s worldwide sales and operations, including management of the supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries.
Jobs is a living legend in Silicon Valley. He is the beloved visionary behind the Macintosh computer, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad.
Born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco to a single mother and adopted by a couple in nearby Mountain View at barely a week old, he grew up among the orchards that would one day become the technology hub known as Silicon Valley.
Jobs was 21 and Steve Wozniak 26 when they founded Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs’s family home in 1976.
While Microsoft licensed its software to computer makers that cranked out machines priced for the masses, Apple kept its technology private and catered to people willing to pay for superior performance and design.

 

Under Jobs, the company introduced its first Apple computers and then the Macintosh, which became wildly popular in the 1980s.
Apple’s innovations include the “computer mouse” to make it easy for users to activate programs or open files.
Jobs was elevated to idol status by ranks of Macintosh computer devotees, many of whom saw themselves as a sort of rebel alliance opposing the powerful empire Microsoft built with its ubiquitous Windows operating systems.
Jobs left Apple in 1985 after an internal power struggle and started NeXT Computer company specializing in sophisticated workstations for businesses.
He co-founded Academy-Award-winning Pixar in 1986 from a former Lucasfilm computer graphics unit that he reportedly bought from movie industry titan George Lucas for $10 million.
Apple’s luster faded after Jobs left the company, but they reconciled in 1996 with Apple buying NeXT for 429 million dollars and Jobs ascending once again to the Apple throne.
Since then, Apple has gone from strength to strength as Jobs revamped the Macintosh line, revolutionizing modern culture with the introductions of the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and iTunes online shop for digital content.
Apple to prove ability after Jobs exit
FILE – In this March 2, 2011 file photo, Apple Inc. Chairman and CEO Steve Jobs waves to his audience at an Apple event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. Apple Inc. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 said Jobs is resigning as CEO, effective immediately.
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Though not nearly as recognizable as Jobs‚ Cook had been running Apple since January. The company’s stock has risen 62 percent during that time.
SAN FRANCISCO: With Steve Jobs bowing out as CEO, Apple Inc. must persuade investors and consumers that it doesn’t need the force behind the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad in charge to keep the technology hits coming.

Tim Cook, his hand-picked successor, has handled the top job repeatedly in the absence of the ailing Jobs, who resigned as chief executive Wednesday and was elected chairman of Apple’s board. Though not nearly as recognizable as Jobs, Cook had been running Apple since January. The company’s stock has risen 62 percent during that time.

Jeff Gamet, managing editor of Apple-focused news site The Mac Observer, said Jobs’ departure has more sentimental than practical significance. He said he has been telegraphing the change for several years.

“All Apple really has done is made official what they’ve been doing administratively for a while now, which is Tim runs the show and Steve gets to do his part to make sure the products come out to meet the Apple standard,” he said.

But Trip Chowdhry, an analyst with Global Equities Research, said Jobs’ maniacal attention to detail is what has set Apple apart. He said Apple’s product pipeline might be secure for another few years, but he predicted that the company will eventually struggle to come up with market-changing ideas.

“Apple is Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs is Apple, and Steve Jobs is innovation,” Chowdhry said. “You can teach people how to be operationally efficient, you can hire consultants to tell you how to do that, but God creates innovation. … Apple without Steve Jobs is nothing.”

Jobs’ resignation appears to be the result of an unspecified medical condition for which he took a leave from his post in January.

In a letter addressed to Apple’s board and the “Apple community,” Jobs said he “always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”

Jobs’ health has long been a concern for Apple investors, who see him as an oracle of technology. He had previously survived pancreatic cancer and received a liver transplant.

The company said Jobs gave the board his resignation Wednesday and suggested that Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer, be named the company’s new leader. Apple also said Cook is becoming a member of its board.

Genentech Inc. Chairman Art Levinson, in a statement issued on behalf of Apple’s board, said Jobs’ “extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company.”

He said that Jobs will continue to provide “his unique insights, creativity and inspiration,” and that the board has “complete confidence” that Cook is the right person to replace him.

“Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does,” Levinson said.

Earlier this month Apple briefly became the most valuable company in America, surpassing Exxon Mobil. At the market close Wednesday, Apple’s value was $349 billion, just behind Exxon Mobil’s $358 billion.

Jobs’ hits seemed to grow bigger as the years went on: After the colorful iMac computer and the now-ubiquitous iPod, the iPhone redefined the category of smartphones and the iPad all but created the market for tablet computers.

His own aura seemed part of the attraction. On stage at trade shows and company events in his uniform of jeans, sneakers and black mock-turtlenecks, he’d entrance audiences with new devices, new colors and new software features, building up to a grand finale he’d predictably preface by saying, “One more thing.”

Jobs, 56, shepherded Apple from a two-man startup to Silicon Valley darling when the Apple II, the first computer for regular people to really catch on, sent IBM Corp. and others scrambling to get their own PCs to market.

After Apple suffered a slump in the mid-1980s, he was forced out of the company. He was CEO at Next, another computer company, and Pixar, the computer-animation company that produced “Toy Story” on his watch, over the following 10 years.

Apple was foundering as he returned as an adviser in 1996 — a year it lost $900 million as PCs based on Microsoft Windows dominated the computer market. The company’s fortunes began to turn around with its first new product under Jobs’ direction, the iMac. It launched in 1998 and sold about 2 million in its first 12 months.

Jobs eventually became interim CEO, then took the job permanently. Apple’s popularity grew in the U.S. throughout the 2000s as the ever-sleeker line of iPods introduced many lifelong Windows users to their first Apple gadget. Apple created another sensation in 2007 with the iPhone, the stark-looking but powerful smartphone that quickly dominated the industry.

The iPad was introduced less than a year and a half ago but has already sold nearly 29 million units as it inspired myriad rivals in a tablet computer market that scarcely existed before Apple stepped in.

There have been some setbacks. Apple was swept up in a massive Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry into stock options backdating in the mid-2000s, a practice that artificially boosted the value of options grants. But Jobs and Apple emerged unscathed after two former executives took the fall and eventually settled with the SEC.
Jobs’ resignation hits S&P 500 futures hardSteve Jobs’ decision to step down as Apple’s chief executive officer erased as much as $52 billion from the benchmark gauge for U.S. stocks, futures trading shows.

The September contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index slumped up to 0.6 percent after Jobs released his statement at 3:34 p.m. Wednesday. The measure’s total market value was $9.34 trillion at the close of regular trading, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Apple fell 5 percent.
Jobs presided over a tremendous surge in the stock since July 29, 1997, the day before The Chronicle broke the news that he would be named interim CEO. Over the same period, the shares grew in value to $348.7 billion from $2.08 billion. Apple briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil this month as the world’s most valuable company. Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook succeeded Jobs.
“The fortunes of Apple have been closely identified with Steve Jobs,” Matt McCormick, a money manager at Bahl & Gaynor Inc., which oversees $4 billion, said in a telephone interview. “When he is in, the stock outperforms. The stock will languish until Cook can reassure investors and demonstrate his value. It’s not the end for Apple, but the end of a chapter.”
Under Jobs, Apple’s equity value swelled after the company introduced devices that revolutionized the computer, mobile phone and digital music industries. His attention to detail and emphasis on easy-to-use products helped Apple repel competition from rivals as varied as Google and IBM Corp.
“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” Jobs said in a letter to the “Apple community” and the company’s board. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Apple shares fell 5 percent to $357.10 in New York on Wednesday, following the announcement. The drop erased $17.7 billion from the stock’s value, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Jobs’ medical absences haven’t hurt the company’s share price in the past. During his leave from August to October 2004, the shares jumped 26 percent, compared with a 0.6 increase in the S&P 500, data compiled by Bloomberg show. When he took time off from January to June 2009, Apple climbed 66 percent, compared with 10 percent for the index, the data show.
General Electric Co. lost $323 billion in market value since Nov. 27, 2000, when the company said Jeffrey Immelt would succeed Jack Welch as chairman and chief executive officer of the world’s biggest maker of jet engines, medical-imaging equipment and power-plant turbines.
Profile: Apple’s Steve Jobs
By Bobbie Johnson Technology reporter, BBC News
Steve Jobs has steered Apple to success twice

More than almost any other business leader, Steve Jobs has become indistinguishable from the company he runs.
As the face of Apple, he represents its dedication to high-end technology and fashionable design.
And inside the company he exerts a level of influence unheard of in most businesses.
But while the two seem inseparable, Mr Jobs’s 35-year relationship with Apple has endured ups and downs.
The beginnings of Apple go back to 1970s California, where a computer revolution stirred in offices and schoolrooms up and down Silicon Valley.
Mr Jobs, adopted by a local couple in 1955, found himself growing up in the heartland of a hi-tech revolution.
He was talented academically, but had few friends until meeting local computer whizkid Steve Wozniak in the early 1970s.
The duo worked together on a handful of pet projects, before eventually linking up to launch a new computer company, Apple.
The business became a success almost as soon as it was founded in 1976. Mr Wozniak’s innovative designs meant users could extract maximum power from their machines, allowing them to achieve things that were impossible on other systems.
As the standard bearer for an army of young, dynamic computer manufacturers bursting out of the Silicon Valley hothouse, investors and the press couldn’t get enough of Apple.
Shares in the company were in such high demand that by the time it opted for a flotation in 1980, it became the biggest stock market launch since Ford in 1956.
Demanding reputation
Meanwhile, Steve Jobs had built a reputation as a forthright and demanding leader who could take niche technologies – such as the mouse and the graphical window-based interface – and make them popular with the general public.
But his lack of business experience meant that boardroom decisions were left in the hands of others – not all of whom felt he was a good influence.
Eventually it turned to conflict and, after a bust-up with chief executive John Sculley in 1985, he quit the company that made him rich.
Never one to dwell on the past, Jobs got back into the action almost immediately.
He bought fledgling computer animation studio Pixar and founded NeXT, a computer maker that built the sort of high-end products he had championed at Apple.
Meanwhile, his former company’s shine began to wear off under pressure from the ever-expanding empire of Bill Gates’s Microsoft until, in 1996 – more than a decade after casting Steve Jobs into the wilderness – it turned back to him for help.
Looking for a software strategy to help it take on Microsoft, Apple bought NeXT for more than $400m.
The move was a gamble, but it brought Mr Jobs back into the fold, much to the excitement of the company’s followers. He soon stepped in to replace under-fire chief executive Gil Amelio, rallying the faithful and promising to revitalise the company.
Third act
Almost immediately, he made his impact felt. Scrapping a whole range of products that he deemed superfluous to requirements, Mr Jobs targeted just a handful of ideas that he thought would help return Apple to success.
The first, the colourful iMac computer, sold well and brought back some of the cool factor that had driven the company to its heights in the 1980s – but it was Jobs’s intention to take Apple beyond the desktop computer that really sealed the firm’s comeback and underscored his reputation as an innovator.
In 2002 the company launched the iPod, a chunky music player that went on to sell more than 250m units worldwide.
That hit, in turn, sparked the launch of the iTunes Store, a music download service that radically altered the market and went on to become the world’s biggest music retailer.
Jobs followed that up with two more hits, the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010, which have both expanded the idea of what a computer could be.
Mr Jobs is credited with turning around Apple’s fortunes and defining new markets
Since returning to Apple, everything he touches seems to turn to gold. Even Pixar’s sale to Disney in 2006 for $7.4bn (£4.6bn) increased his power and left him the biggest shareholder in the American entertainment giant.
Famed for public appearances in which he wears his trademark black turtle neck and blue jeans, admirers put Mr Jobs’s success down to his dedication to perfection.
He runs Apple with an iron fist and dictates even the smallest details about the company’s products and strategy, translating his own personal values as a Buddhist and strict vegan into sleek, minimalist products.
Despite a high profile, however, he has remained fiercely protective of his private life. He married his wife Lisa in 1991, and the couple have three children. Mr Jobs also has a daughter from a previous relationship, and as an adult discovered that he had a biological sister, US novelist Mona Simpson.
For all his success, however, there is one area of his life that Mr Jobs has been unable to control: his health.
In 2004 it was announced that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer – a fact that was only revealed after he had failed to treat it through unconventional means.
Though the disease was eventually beaten into remission, complications emerged and it later emerged that he underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 2008.
Despite fears that his health may have blunted his ambition, however, those moments seem to have sharpened a business method that often seems wilful, individualistic and counterintuitive.
Perhaps it should be no surprise: in 2005, shortly after his first brush with cancer, he gave a stirring commencement speech to students at Stanford University that revealed that the frailty of life is a driving force behind his approach to life and business.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important thing I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” he said.
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Steve Jobs – the man at Apple’s core
By Maggie Shiels
Technology reporter, BBC news, Silicon Valley

A gaunt Steve Jobs at the 2008 WWDC reignited health concerns
As news breaks that Apple boss Steve Jobs has had a liver transplant, Maggie Shiels looks at what might happen as he returns to work.
Apple refused to comment on the story in the Wall Street Journal about the transplant. It said: “Steve continues to look forward to returning to Apple at the end of June. There is nothing further to say.”
Analysts have speculated about what will happen and many believe he will only return part time as his six months of medical leave draws to a close.
Fresh concerns about his health were sparked over a year ago when he appeared at a major Apple conference looking frail.
His well-being has been a regular topic since Mr Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004.
Limelight
Known as a very private individual, Mr Jobs refused to address rumours about his gaunt appearance which shocked everyone when he took to the stage at the company’s World Wide Developers Conference in 2008.
In the face of demands from concerned analysts and shareholders and a share price that was affected by every ounce of speculation, Apple faithfully stuck to the mantra that Mr Jobs’ health was a private matter.

Despite hating the attention, Mr Jobs laughed at many of the rumours
The adequacy of the company’s statements during the affair is now being looked at by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Eventually, Mr Jobs felt compelled to address the issue and in January this year, ahead of the MacWorld conference, he issued a memo that said he was suffering from a “hormone imbalance”.
A week later and Mr Jobs was opening up again, but this time to reveal that his health issues were more complex than he first thought.
In an e-mail to employees at the time he wrote: “In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health… I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.”
This weekend the Wall Street Journal reported that Mr Jobs had had a liver transplant two months ago and was doing well.
Apple would not discuss the issue, a stance that concerned Rob Enderle, president of tech advisory firm The Enderle Group.
“The story has been unconfirmed by Apple and we don’t have a cause of the liver failure, and that could be very important.”
It is known that if pancreatic cancer re-occurs it is most likely to do so in the liver. This might have prompted the transplant but Apple has neither confirmed or denied any details.
Job switch
Despite these latest revelations, Apple said Mr Jobs is on track to return to work as scheduled.
“I don’t think his return will be that big a deal,” Van Baker, a principal analyst with technology firm Gartner told the BBC.

The new iPhone 3GS was launched without Mr Jobs on Friday
“People will undoubtedly be happy to see him back at the helm but he has been engaged with the management team throughout his absence. People will be looking to see how healthy looking he is more than anything else come his first day. And the markets especially will be reacting if he looks awful.”
Many industry watchers believe that he will only stay in the top spot for a short time.
Long-time Apple observer Leander Kahney, author of the Cult of Mac and Inside Steve’s Brain, said: “I suspect he won’t stay very long and will probably move into a chairman position. In the last 10 years he has set up these processes that will run like clockwork without him, with Jobs as the sort of holy ghost.
“His spirit is distilled in the way the company does things,” said Mr Kahney.
Rob Enderle goes one step further.
“From what I am hearing when he does go back to work, it’s not going to be full time and Apple is going to keep his workload pretty light. He may be back for a short time in a limited capacity and then some months down the line I expect he will retire.”
Rock star
Interest in Mr Jobs’ well-being has been so fevered because he is one of the few chief executives seen to embody the essence of the company. His vision has also been closely aligned to Apple’s success.

Mr Jobs is seen as a visionary, yet Apple has thrived without him
There were fears that with Mr Jobs being away that the company would suffer. The opposite has been true. Proof, said some, that there was “life after Steve”.
“Apple has been preparing the world for the idea that he may not be running the company forever,” said Roger Kay at Endpoint Technologies Associates.
Some believe that Apple without Steve Jobs being involved in some shape or form would be a mistake.
“He is the physical representative of the company. He is Apple’s Ronald McDonald,” Mr Enderle said.
“Apple is an extremely successful company that is seen to make hip products everyone wants. It always comes out with an innovative product that leads the pack and Steve Jobs is the face of that company.”
In Silicon Valley, Mr Jobs is hugely respected and is rarely photographed outside of set Apple events.
“In the nerd world he is a rock star, along with the Google founders they are just like gods in the geek world,” said Kathleen Hennessey, photography editor at the San Francisco Chronicle.
She said while it was not the newspaper’s style to stake out someone like Mr Jobs, there would be a lot of kudos for the first person to get a decent snap of him.
“The first photograph of him back at his desk is the one everyone will be dying to see,” she told BBC News.





Free Bluetooth Driver For Windows 7

After upgrading your PC from Windows XP to windows vista or Windows 7, you might sometimes find trouble detecting the bluetooth hardware device installed on your laptop due to missing bluetooth driver.

Normally users doesn’t experience any Bluetooth problem after installing Windows 7 because it supports all major kinds of hardware. But incase you find trouble installing Bluetooth driver on Windows 7 or Vista/XP, make sure you try this free bluetooth application first before going to the service centre.

The new Operating System launched by Microsoft, Windows 7 is giving some issues regarding the Bluetooth device of the users. The major issue faced by most users is that there are compatibility issues with the driver for Bluetooth. Users need to install the driver before using the benefits of Bluetooth. But, most users are facing with the driver itself.

The Bluetooth Driver Installer is a tool that can help you solve your problems and enjoy the benefits of Bluetooth. This tool attempts to download and install almost all the Microsoft Driversfor the Bluetooth device.

It creates a re-establish point before making changes in your system. re-establish points are necessary because they help you get back to the last settings in case anything goes wrong.

How to install Bluetooth Drivers

  • Bluetooth Drivers which already exist in your system need to be completely removed.
  • Reboot the system after removing the earlier drives installed.
  • Click on the Cancel button if Windows prompts for the Windows7 driver installation.
  • Select the Bluetooth Driver Installer and double click on it.
  • Wait till the process of installation is over
  • Reboot the system again.


Redfield Sketch Master
plugin

Plugins we install to our favorite photo editor application are not solely expected to make our work faster or easier. Indeed, the extension of existing features is at least as desirable. Sketch plugins that emulate the looks of paintings and drawings belong to the latter category. Although similar features can be found in Photoshop, they’re separate filters that, when applied in themselves, rarely produce even mildly realistic results. A sketch plugin’s main advantage is the wide range of options, complexity and therefore, a more realistic effect. Our favorite, Redfield Plugins’ Sketch Master, recently got updated to v3.11, which can be the fine reason to try it.

Photoshop Plugin Tutorial - Redfield Sketch Master

Perhaps, for the first time, complexity appears excessive as the plugin’s dialog contains more than a dozen of controls on the right. The left side is dominated by the preview image area, and this is where Sketch Master’s only great imperfection we know is revealed—the preview cannot be zoomed. The picture is always shown fit to the dialog, or in original size, whichever is smaller. This is not very fortunate with all those controls, as with larger photos you’ll find it difficult to track the effects of settings. It looks like the developers thought we might only use their plugin for making web galleries, working with images of about 600 pixels wide at most.

Putting this deficiency aside, you really have anything you need to create decent-looking sketches. The controls can be divided into five groups to make the tour more convenient.

The first group contains options for the fictitious pencil and brush strokes. On the left, a smaller square shows the current stroke style. You can click it to select a style from pencils to oil paint brushes. Scaling sets the size of this brush pattern. Lower values produce finer, more structured, but more fragmented strokes. A higher setting leads to a blot-like effect with well-defined edges. Stroke Direction can be specified with the next two sliders, so it is possible to use multiple directions. This increases the natural feeling of the drawing effect, as professional pencil images also feature cross-strokes. The small icons to the right specify which way the strokes narrow. You have three choices: Constant width, narrow to the left and narrow to the right. The fourth slider controls Stroke Length. All control regions have an ‘X‘ and a die button in the upper right corner. The former resets all sliders to the default values while the latter sets them all to random settings, in case you’re out of ideas or patience.

Photoshop Plugin Tutorial - Redfield Sketch Master

The next group specifies lightness and colors. All sliders contain 4 handles. The first one refers to lightness levels, the second to color channels. The handles on the first slider correspond to blacks (the darkest areas), darkerand lighter midtones, and whites, respectively. The various lightness intervals will be included in the drawing-like effect according to the settings. This is a very important control as it specifies which areas of the picture will feature the strokes. Dragging the last handle (white point) to the far right results in even the lightest areas sporting strokes. The second slider can be used to shift the blue, red, yellow, and green colors of the original image. It is only accessible if Palette, above, is selected.

The next sliders are Stroke Opacity and Softness, specifying the softness or hardness of strokes. Just like the upper region, this one also contain a reset and a random button.

Photoshop Plugin Tutorial - Redfield Sketch Master

 

Lines Solo eliminates most strokes and leaves only the main contours, like in typical comics.

Dark LinesBright Lines, and Line Width affect these main contours. They emphasize the more important edges, e.g. the contours of a head. You can use black (Dark Lines) or white (Bright Lines) contours. They strengthen each other. The first handle on the Dark Lines slider sets the clarity of dark strokes, while the second specifies their darkness. Likewise, the two handles on the Bright Lines slider set clarity and intensity. The first handle on Line Width softens both types of contour lines, and the second makes them broader or narrower.

Diffusion and Distortion on the right also deserve mentioning. The former adds graininess to the picture, while the latter lends an uncertain, shaky character to the contour lines. We don’t expect that Saturation would present an issue to anyone. It is obviously used to increase or decrease saturation of the picture. Drag it to the left to make a completely black-and-white painting or drawing. Of course, in such a case, the above discussed color channel settings or the Palette check box don’t have any effect at all.

Possibilities for the settings are close to infinite, so when short of time, feel free to use the random button.

Photoshop Plugin Tutorial - Redfield Sketch Master

The last region modifies the picture’s background. You can see a small preview image similar to that of stroke style, which enables you to select background structure and style.

Among others, you can choose from stone, linen, deckled paper, wallpaper, marble, mortar, or even squared paper. Click the eye above the preview to toggle the background on or off. When switched off, you can select foreground or background color (or any color you like), or even a transparent background. If you choose a typical structure (e.g. Stucco), use Scaling for resizing andRotate for rotating it. The 1:1 check box resets the background pattern to its original size. The lowermost sliders specify the colors and lightness of the background pattern. From the top downwards, they are hue (h), saturation (s), and lightness (v). The two arrows undo or redo the last change in the settings. To the right, once again you’ll find the random button, which, in turn, affects all the settings. The ‘R‘ button also affects all controls: Resets them to their default values.

Photoshop Plugin Tutorial - Redfield Sketch Master

The dropdown at the bottom contains a handful of presets including 12 portrait styles, pastel crayon, aquarel and other effects. You can also save your own settings by clicking the last item, Save User Preset.

But enough of idle talk for now, let the sample images speak instead. We can apply innumerable different drawing effects to the photo in the upper left corner. As an  appetizer, you can find three of them here.Photoshop Plugin Tutorial - Redfield Sketch Master

The demo version of Redfield Plugins Sketch Master v3.11 can be downloaded from the developer’s website. All the features can be used in the demo without limits but the result cannot be loaded into Photoshop, and you also cannot save your own settings.

PHOTOSHOP PLUGIN: AKVIS SKETCH V9.0

 


Ever wanted to turn a photograph into a drawing without spending an hour in Adobe Photoshop using layers and high pass filtering to finally separate out a line drawing of that photograph? It’s possible with a plug-in from Akvis Software. The last time I looked they had some thirteen sofware applications for Macintosh and PC computers. Running either as stand-alone software applications or as plug-ins for image editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Each of their software are available in 10 day free trial versions. The versions range from home editions without commercial usage to professional versions for commercial designers. Check out http://akvis.com/en/store-software.php to see what is available.

 

But for the moment, I had some need for Akvis SKETCH and here’s a bit of a look at the software and the techniques for using it.

 

Running Akvis Sketch 9.0 as a plug-in inside of Photoshop will place it as the first item (alphabetical listing, remember) in the FILTER menu items. What you will really get is an item named AKVIS and SKETCH will be an option within it because Akvis has a large number of applications as I’ve already mentioned that can be purchased to run as either stand-alone applications or as plug-ins within Photoshop and Elements in both Macintosh and PC versions.

 

The first window that appears when your are in the plug-in version from inside of Adobe Photoshop will contain whatever image you already have open within Photoshop itself. You will have a toolbar at the top and an image window with a preview square within it on the left lower side of the frame, and a series of menus and sliders will be available on the right side of the frame. We’ll take a look at each component separately for a quick orientation of the icons and menus.

 

 

Below is a shortened version of the toolbar as it appears in Photoshop. Not present in the plug-in version is a way to print directly from the image as can be found in the stand-alone version. Instead, the plug-in version will require you to return to Photoshop to save or to print. Not every tool is explained here; only the ones to get you started with the least amount of work are covered. See the “?” to access the complete application tutorial.

 

 

Here’s the pertinent icons and what they allow us to do.

 

  1. Exports presets. You can save any number of presets. They will end in .sketch in a folder by the same name.
  2. Imports a list of presets from the .sketch file.
  3. Tells SKETCH to process the rest of the image into the same look as was shown in the preview window (the square which can be adjusted to cover different sizes or parts of the image you are working on).
  4. Tells SKETCH to process the image, close the plug-in, and return you to the image in Photoshop. There will be a brief delay depending on the speed of your processor before the image appears in Photoshop. In fact, several times I had to click off the image and back on it for it to refresh on my MacBook Pro, 17″, C2D, 2.5 Ghz. I don’t know whether that was an idiosyncrasy of my MacBook or not.
  5. Allows you to exit the SKETCH plug-in without completing any of the menu choices. Without it you are trapped in the plug-in. This access is in the AKVIS SKETCH PLUG-IN item at your main screen left. This button will also bring up the screen where you may UPGRADE, ACTIVATE, or CONTINUE with the plug-in. It will have a BUY option if you have not yet purchased the software and are running it in the 10 day trial mode.
  6. Will access the HELP file which was part of the software installation from the downloaded application file. I suggest you actually begin here because all of the tools, menus, and windows are explained in depth here.
  7. Will access the preferences file where you can change the image preview window size as well as other options.
  8. +brush allows you to draw in blue while working on the BACKGROUND tab. This will select an area where you DO NOT want an effect to occur.
  9. –brush allows you to draw in green the area where you DO WANT an effect to occur.
  10. Is an eraser that allows you to modify or change lines done with either of the two brushes while working on the BACKGROUND layer.

 

Accessing the SKETCH window allows adjustments in WATERCOLOR, CHARCOAL, and COLORATION. Moving any slider bar to the right increases the effect. The WATERCOLOR effects become noticable at around 17. CHARCOAL becomes too heavy after a setting of 3 unless you are attempting a very overdone, sketchy look. COLORATION is readily visible by a setting of 13 and will almost match the original image by 95.

 

We’ll look at BACKGROUND next and return to the rest of the adjustments under SKETCH and STROKES in a moment.

 

 

With BACKGROUND chosen you have three options, SKETCH, SKETCH & PHOTO, and SKETCH & BLUR. When using SKETCH & PHOTO the effect is similar to using layers in Photoshop where the sketch effect is placed on top of the photo image and the two are blended at roughly 50%. If this is the control you are seeking, the effect is better done in Photoshop itself by combing a sketch image with a duplicate of the original and adjusting the opacity blend with more subtle control.

 

However, chosing SKETCH & BLUR you are able to define the background that you desire to blur and choose between motion, gaussian, and radial blur.

 

 

Still another option is the addition of TEXT. Chosing the TEXT window gives access to all of the fonts available through Photoshop. The font size can be chosen, the line of type (typed into the area that says AKVIS Sketch) can be stretched and postioned via the eight green arrows shown in LOCATION below. The TEXT can be given a color, an outline and a glow.

 

 

CANVAS is also an option chosen by USE CANVAS. The texture properties, repetion pattern, reflection, alignment and scale are variable choices. The brightness, embossment, texture, distortion and the direction from which the light is directed onto the canvas can be set in this window.

 

 

Returning to the front window, that is, the SKETCH window, the size and angle of the strokes in the sketch are available. The default 45 degree sketch angle approximates the stroke of a right handed artist. The width of the stroke is determined by the size choice and the minimum and maximum lengths of the stroke are chosen to approximate the contour-following strokes of the artist. Choices made with this menu is somewhat unique to each subject chosen and should be the result of experimentation.

 

If COLOR PENCIL is chosen you must be using some degree of COLORATION in order to really see the effect of the colored pencil. Increasing MIDTONE DENSITY will show more detail and result in a filling of the midtones in your image. Increasing the MIDTONES HATCHING will visibly darken shadow areas and has a tendency to look contrived when the number is too high. Experiment with this setting as well.

 

 

The rhythmic flowing of the contour lines in an image are a function of EDGE TRACING. SENSITIVITY increases the number of lines in the image as you move the slider to the right. Generally, a number below 35 combined with a WATERCOLOR number of 25 produces a pleasing watercolor/pencil look. But again, experiment to find what settings produce the look you are searching for.

 

 

Here’s a sample image from musicians in an Irish pub. This is a screen grab and the artifacts are normally visible in some preview windows in SKETCH. The triangle surrounded by the red box tells SKETCH to render all of the preview window. The check mark surrounded by the yellow box tells SKETCH to complete the rendering and transfer you back to Photoshop and close the plug-in window.

 

bar with settings 2@600.jpg

 

The original picture is the upper of the following two images; below it is black and white with settings on Watercolor 30, Charcoal 3, and Coloration on 0. Stroke angle is 45 degrees and size is 8, Minimum length is 2 and Maximum length is 9, Midtones Intensity is 5 with Midtones Hatching at 95. Colorization is not on in this black and white example.

 

Bar@600.jpg

 

The original picture is shown in the upper positon in the two following images, and the second image has the same settings as the upper except Colorization is set at 95.

 

 

Below is a detail of the above image with the already defined settings; here it is shown larger for you to examine.

 

 

Subjects with low contrast will fail to make separation as shown in the example below where the white of the drawing paper and woman’s blouse fail to separate from the wall behind them.

 

 

An example of a subject that works well is the trees in the left image. Both a color version and this black and white verson were tried with little discernable difference. Here the contrast makes for good separation of the branches and sky and produces a good sketch look of the trees.

 

 

Here is a self-portrait done with the computer camera on my MacBook Pro laptop.

 

 

Here is the same image done with the same settings as used on the bar scene except that COLORATION was about 13. The laptop screen is reflected in my glasses.

 

 

The following image is of stones and dead leaves from the countryside in Ireland.

 

 

The following image is the Stones and dead leaves using the already mentioned settings with the addition of Coloration at a setting of 13.

 

 

A photographer in the Irish countryside as the original image.

 

 

The photographer with the already mentioned settings and Coloration set at 0.

 

 

What you are getting with SKETCH is an outline drawing such as may be produced by using several layers of the HIGH PASS filter, or variations of THRESHOLD in Adobe Photoshop. You are not producing a contour drawing as an artist might attempt with a pressure sensitive drawing tool (Wacom tablet, pen and ink, graphite, brush, or similar drawing instrument); however, for the artistically-challenged, SKETCH produces an acceptable alternative for many instances of illustrative work.

 

It’s a useful tool in my filter menu of Adobe Photoshop and can be found at http://akvis.com/en/store-software.php. Look it over along with its companion programs; you will find numerous useful applications there.

The Downloads Page

On this page you can freely download the trial versions of all plugins to evaluate them before buying, as well as free plugins. There are some important points you should note.

  1. Plugins are currently only available for the Microsoft Windows platform (32 bit only). The Apple Macintosh is not supported.
  2. All plugins require a host application; a graphics package that can use Photoshop plugins. Applications advertise this feature where implemented and most popular packages can use Photoshop plugins. You cannot use any Little Ink Pot filters as standalone effects.
  3. Despite claiming Photoshop plugin compatibility, some packages are not 100%compatible. This means that a Photoshop plugin might not work on your application even though, according to the application’s advertising, it should, even with the most popular packages. As such…
  4. …you should not buy the full plugin without first trying the trial to check for compatibility. The trial plugins offer 100% functionality to ensure a full host application compatibility test. You should be sure to test large images to determine if your application can handle large memory usage; one of the main incompatibility issues that might arise. The only difference with the trials is the addition of visual artifacts to the processed image.
  5. The visual artifacts of the trial versions look like this…

Purchased product

Trial version with artifacts

Installation Instructions

All plugins are provided as an installer program. Simply download and run. When asked where to install the program to, choose you Plugins folder, such as…

“C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop\Plugins” or
“C:\Program Files\Graphics Programs\PaintShopPro\Plugins”

A Little Ink Pot folder will be created automatically. If installing multiple plugins, you may be told that folder already exists. Okay that message to add the new plugin to the existing folder. You can add icons to the Start menu to access documentation and uninstall. Otherwise documentation can be found in the Documentation folder inside the relevant plugin’s folder in the Little Ink Pot folder. eg. “C:\…\Plugins\Little Ink Pot\PhotoGrey\PhotoGrey Docs\”. When the plugin has been installed, running the graphics application will show a new group in the plugins menu; Little Ink Pot plugins. Your installed plugin can be run from here.

Downloadable Files (Windows only)

Trial plugins

The Sketcher Plugin Trial:
The_Sketcher_Plugin_Trial_Setup.exe (3,600 kb)

 

PhotoGrey Trial:
PhotoGrey_Trial_Setup.exe (530 kb)

 

Thredgeholder Pro Trial:
Thredgeholder_Pro_Trial_Setup.exe (720 kb)

 

Chalkaholic Pro Trial:
Chalkaholic_Pro_Trial_Setup (550 kb)

 

Free plugins

Xpose:
Xpose_Setup.exe 640 kb)

 

Thredgeholder:
Thredgeholder_Free_Setup.exe (740 kb)

 

Chalkaholic:
Chalkaholic_Free_Setup.exe (640 kb)

 


Utility Software

Utility Software

Click on the links below to view more information.

Light Writer is a fast, compact and easy to use word processor. It includes most of the features you should need for everyday use, such as font style, size, colour and alignment, but without the bloatware.

FREEWARE
View product details |  Download


Typefacer automatically displays all your installed fonts so you can quickly preview the different typefaces available. Ideal if you are looking for a suitable font style for your project. Another handy tool.

FREEWARE
View product details |  Download


AlphaPad is a quick and easy notepad utility to help you save lists of text in alphabetical order. Just click on the A-Z buttons to automatically load and save the text files in the editing window.

FREEWARE
View product details |  Download


EasyMAcc was designed to offer merchants a simple way to create a list of their products, set the prices for each, then quickly update the quantities as sales come in while the program takes care of automatically calculating the totals.

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All about Madonna

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Madonna’s Biography & Awards

After a star reaches a certain point, it’s easy to forget what they became famous for and concentrate solely on their persona. Madonna is such a star. Madonna rocketed to stardom so quickly in 1984 that it obscured most of her musical virtues. Appreciating her music became even more difficult as the decade wore on, as discussing her lifestyle became more common than discussing her music. However, one of Madonna’s greatest achievements is how she manipulated the media and the public with her music, her videos, her publicity, and her sexuality. Arguably, Madonna was the first female pop star to have complete control of her music and image.

Madonna moved from her native Michigan to New York in 1977, with dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. She studied with choreographer Alvin Ailey and modeled. In 1979, she became part of the Patrick Hernandez Revue, a disco outfit that had the hit “Born to Be Alive.” She traveled to Paris with Hernandez; it was there that she met Dan Gilroy, who would soon become her boyfriend. Upon returning to New York, the pair formed the Breakfast Club, a pop/dance group. Madonna originally played drums for the band, but she soon became the lead singer. In 1980, she left the band and formed Emmy with her former boyfriend, drummer Stephen Bray. Soon, Bray and Madonna broke off from the group and began working on some dance/disco-oriented tracks. A demo tape of these tracks worked its way to Mark Kamins, a New York-based DJ/producer. Kamins directed the tape to Sire Records, which signed the singer in 1982.

Kamins produced Madonna’s first single, “Everybody,” which became a club and dance hit at the end of 1982; her second single, 1983′s “Physical Attraction,” was another club hit. In June of 1983, she had her third club hit with the bubbly “Holiday,” which was written by Jellybean Benitez. Madonna’s self-titled debut album was released in September of 1983; “Holiday” became her first Top 40 hit the following month. “Borderline” became her first Top Ten hit in March of 1984, beginning a remarkable string of 17 consecutive Top Ten hits. While “Lucky Star” was climbing to number four, Madonna began working on her first starring role in a feature film, Susan Seidelman’s Desperately Seeking Susan.

Madonna

Madonna’s second album, the Niles Rodgers-produced Like a Virgin, was released at the end of 1984. The title track hit number one in December, staying at the top of the charts for six weeks; it was the start of a whirlwind year for the singer. During 1985, Madonna became an international celebrity, selling millions of records on the strength of her stylish, sexy videos and forceful personality. After “Material Girl” became a number two hit in March, Madonna began her first tour, supported by the Beastie Boys. “Crazy for You” became her second number one single in May. Desperately Seeking Susan was released in July, becoming a box office hit; it also prompted a planned video release of A Certain Sacrifice, a low-budget erotic drama she filmed in 1979. A Certain Sacrifice wasn’t the only embarrassing skeleton in the closet dragged into the light during the summer of 1985 — both Playboy and Penthouse published nude photos of Madonna that she posed for in 1977. Nevertheless, her popularity continued unabated, with thousands of teenage girls adopting her sexy appearance, being dubbed “Madonna wannabes.” In August, she married actor Sean Penn; the couple had a rocky marriage that ended in 1989.

Madonna began collaborating with Patrick Leonard at the beginning of 1986; Leonard would co-write most of her biggest hits in the ’80s, including “Live to Tell,” which hit number one in June of 1986. A more ambitious and accomplished record than her two previous albums, True Blue was released the following month, to both more massive commercial success (it was a number one in both the U.S. and the U.K., selling over five million copies in America alone) and critical acclaim. “Papa Don’t Preach” became her fourth number one hit in the U.S. While her musical career was thriving, her film career took a savage hit with the November release of Shanghai Surprise. Starring Madonna and Sean Penn, the comedy received terrible reviews, which translated into disastrous box office returns.

At the beginning of 1987, she had her fifth number one single with “Open Your Heart,” the third number one from True Blue alone. The title cut from the soundtrack of her third feature film, Who’s That Girl?, was another chart-topping hit, although the film itself was another box office bomb. 1988 was a relatively quiet year for Madonna as she spent the first half of the year acting in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow on Broadway. In the meantime, she released the remix album You Can Dance. After withdrawing the divorce papers she filed at the beginning of 1988, she divorced Penn at the beginning of 1989.

Madonna

Like a Prayer, released in the spring of 1989, was her most ambitious and far-reaching album, incorporating elements of pop, rock, and dance. It was another number one hit and launched the number one title track as well as “Express Yourself,” “Cherish,” and “Keep It Together,” three more Top Ten hits. In April 1990, she began her massive Blonde Ambition tour, which ran throughout the entire year. “Vogue” became a number one hit in May, setting the stage for her co-starring role in Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy; it was her most successful film appearance since Desperately Seeking Susan. Madonna released a greatest-hits album, The Immaculate Collection, at the end of the year. It featured two new songs, including the number one single “Justify My Love,” which sparked another controversy with its sexy video; the second new song, “Rescue Me,” became the highest-debuting single by a female artist in U.S. chart history, entering the charts at number 15. Truth or Dare, a documentary of the Blonde Ambition tour, was released to positive reviews and strong ticket sales during the spring of 1991.

Madonna returned to the charts in the summer of 1992 with the number one “This Used to Be My Playground,” a single featured in the film A League of Their Own, which featured the singer in a small part. Later that year, Madonna released Sex, an expensive, steel-bound soft-core pornographic book that featured hundreds of erotic photographs of herself, several models, and other celebrities — including Isabella Rossellini, Big Daddy Kane, Naomi Campbell, and Vanilla Ice — as well as selected prose. Sex received scathing reviews and enormous negative publicity, yet that didn’t stop the accompanying album, Erotica, from selling over two million copies. Bedtime Stories, released two years later, was a more subdued affair than Erotica. Initially, it didn’t chart as impressively, prompting some critics to label her a has-been, yet the album spawned her biggest hit, “Take a Bow,” which spent seven weeks at number one. It also featured the Bjork-penned “Bedtime Stories,” which became her first single not to make the Top 40; its follow-up, “Human Nature,” also failed to crack the Top 40. Nevertheless, Bedtime Stories marked her seventh album to go multi-platinum.

Beginning in 1995, Madonna began one of her most subtle image makeovers as she lobbied for the title role in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita. Backing away from the overt sexuality of Erotica and Bedtime Stories, Madonna recast herself as an upscale sophisticate, and the compilation Something to Remember fit into the plan nicely. Released in the fall of 1995, around the same time she won the coveted role of Evita Peron, the album was comprised entirely of ballads, designed to appeal to the mature audience that would also be the target of Evita. As the filming completed, Madonna announced she was pregnant and her daughter, Lourdes, was born late in 1996, just as Evita was scheduled for release. The movie was greeted with generally positive reviews and Madonna began a campaign for an Oscar nomination that resulted in her winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy), but not the coveted Academy Award nomination. The soundtrack for Evita, however, was a modest hit, with a dance remix of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and the newly written “You Must Love Me” both becoming hits.

Madonna

During 1997, she worked with producer William Orbit on her first album of new material since 1994′s Bedtime Stories. The resulting record, Ray of Light, was heavily influenced by electronica, techno, and trip-hop, thereby updating her classic dance-pop sound for the late ’90s. Ray of Light received uniformly excellent reviews upon its March 1998 release and debuted at number two on the charts. Within a month, the record was shaping up to be her biggest album since Like a Prayer. Two years later she returned with Music, which reunited her with Orbit and also featured production work from Mark “Spike” Stent and Mirwais, a French electro-pop producer/musician in the vein of Daft Punk and Air.

The year 2000 also saw the birth of Madonna’s second child, Rocco, whom she had with filmmaker Guy Ritchie; the two married at the very end of the year. With Ritchie as director and Madonna as star, the pair released a remake of the film Swept Away in 2002. It tanked at the box office, failing to crack seven digits, making it one of the least profitable films of the year. Her sober 2003 album, American Life, fared a little better but was hardly a huge success. That same year she released a successful children’s book, The English Roses (it was followed by several more over the coming years).

Confessions on a Dance Floor marked her return to music and to the dance-oriented material that had made her a star; released in late 2005, it topped the Billboard charts, and was accompanied by a worldwide tour in 2006, the same year that I’m Going to Tell You a Secret, a CD/DVD made during her Re-Invention Tour, came out. In 2007 Madonna released another CD/DVD, Confessions Tour, this time chronicling her controversial tour of the same name.

Written by Stephen Thomas Erlewine. © AllMusic

MADONNA’S AWARDS

  • 2009
  • International Dance Music Awards
    Nomination for Best Pop Dance Track “4 Minutes”
    Nomination for Best Solo Artist
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals “4 Minutes” with Justin (Lost to Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Rich Woman)
    Best Dance Recording “Give It 2 Me” (Lost to Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger)
    Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical “4 Minutes (Junkie XL Remix)” (Lost to MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix))
  • People’s Choice Awards
    Nomination for Favorite Combined Forces “4 Minutes” with Justin (Lost to Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown- No Air)
  • 2008
  • Bravo Magazine Otto Awards (Hungary)
    Best Video for “4 Minutes”
  • Grammy Awards
    Best Long Form Music Video “The Confessions Tour”
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Nomination for Best Act Ever (Lost to Rick Astley)
  • Much Music Video Awards
    Nomination for Best International Video Artist “4 Minutes” (Lost to Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music)
  • Teen Choice Awards
    Nomination for Best Single for “4 Minutes” (Lost to Jonas Brothers – When You Look Me In The Eyes)
    Nomination for Best Hook-Up for “4 Minutes” with Justin (Lost to Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown- No Air)
  • Virgin.net Awards
    Nomination for Best Album “Hard Candy” (Lost to Kings Of Leon – Only By the Night)
    Nomination for Best Track “4 Minutes” (Lost Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl)
    Nomination for Best Comeback (Lost to Mariah Carey)
    Nomination for Best International Act (Lost to Rihanna)
  • World Music Awards
    Best Selling American Artist
  • 2007
  • Virgin.Net Awards
    Best Solo Artist
  • The Sun Bizarre Readers Poll
    Best Female
    Best Live Act “The Confessions Tour”
  • Pollstar Concert Industry Awards
    Most Creative Stage Production “The Confessions Tour”
    Nominated for Major Tour Of The Year
  • NRJ Music Awards
    Nominated for Best International Album “Confessions on A Dance Floor” (Lost To Christina Aguilera – Back To Basics)
    Nominated for Best International Female (Lost To Christina Aguilera)
  • Juno Awards
    Nominated for Album Of The Year “Confessions on A Dance Floor”
  • The Ivor Novello Awards
    International Hit Of The Year “Sorry”
    Nominated for PRS Most Performed Work “Sorry” (Lost To Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancin)
  • International Dance Music Awards
    Best Dance Music Video “Jump”
    Best Dance Solo Artist
  • Grammy Awards
    Best Electronic/Dance Album “Confessions on A Dance Floor”
    Nominated for Best Dance Recording “Get Together” (Lost To Justin Timberlake – Sexy Back)
    Nominated for Best Long Form Music Video “I’m Going To Tell You A Secret” (Lost To Bruce Springsteen – Wings For Wheels: The Making Of Born To Run)
  • Elle Magazine Awards
    Style Icon Award
  • 2006
  • World Music Awards
    World’s Best Pop Artist
  • TRL Awards
    Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Russian MTV Video Music Awards
    Nominated for Best Ringtone (Lost To A’Studio)
    Nominated for Best Foreign Artist (Lost To Black Eyed Peas)
  • Premios Principales
    Nominated for Best International Artist
    Nominated for Best International Song “Hung Up”
  • NRJ Radio Awards
    Nominated for Best International Female Artist
    Nominated for Best Pop
  • NRJ Awards
    Best International Female Artist
  • NME Awards
    Sexiest Female
  • MVPA Awards
    Best Make-Up “Hung Up” (Gina Brooke)
    Nominated for Best Pop Video “Hung Up” (Lost To All-American Rejects – Move Along)
    Nominated for Best Direction of a Female Artist “Hung Up” (Lost To Fiona Apple – O’ Sailor)
    Nominated for Best Choreography “Hung Up” (Lost To Missy Elliott – Lose Control)
    Nominated for Best Styling “Hung Up” (Lost To My Chemical Romance – Ghost of You)
  • MTV Video Music Awards Latin America
    Nominated for Song Of The Year “Hung Up” (Lost To Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean – Hips Don’t Lie)
    Nominated for Best International Pop Artist (Lost To Robbie Williams)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nominated for Video Of The Year “Hung Up” (Lost To Panic! at the Disco – I Write Sins Not Tragedies)
    Nominated for Best Female Video “Hung Up” (Lost To Kelly Clarkson – Because of You)
    Nominated for Best Dance Video “Hung Up” (Lost To Pussycat Dolls f/ Snoop Dogg – Buttons)
    Nominated for Best Pop Video “Hung Up” (Lost To Pink – Stupid Girls)
    Nominated for Best Choreography in A Video “Hung Up” (Lost To Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean – Hips Don’t Lie)
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Nominated for Best Female (Lost To Christina Aguilera)
    Nominated for Best Pop (Lost To Justin Timberlake)
    Nominated for Best Album “Confessions on A Dance Floor” (Lost To Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • International Dance Music Awards
    Best Pop Dance Track “Hung Up”
    Best Dance Video “Hung Up”
    Best Dance Artist Solo
  • Danish Music Awards
    Nominated for Best international Hit “Hung Up”
  • Brit Awards
    Best International Female
    Nominated for Best Pop Act (Lost To James Blunt)
  • Billboard Touring Awards
    Top Boxscore (for 8 London concerts – $22 million)
    Top Manager Award (Guy Oseary and Angela Becker)
    Nominated for Top Draw (Lost To The Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang Tour)
    Nominated for Top Tour (Lost To The Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang Tour)
  • Australian MTV Video Music Awards
    Nominated for Best Female Artist (Lost To Ashlee Simpson)
    Nominated for Album Of The Year “Confessions on A Dance Floor” (Lost To Bernard Fanning – Tea and Simpathy)
    Nominated for Song Of The Year “Hung Up” (Lost To James Blunt – You’re Beautiful)
    Nominated for Best Dance Video “Hung Up” (Lost To Rogue Traders – I Like The Way)
    Nominated for Video Of The Year “Hung Up” (Lost To The Veronicas – 4Ever)
  • Amadeus Austrian Music Awards
    Best international Hit Single (Hung Up)
  • 2005
  • Meteor Ireland Music Awards
    Best Live Performance – Visiting Act (“Re-Invention Tour”)
  • MVPA Awards
    Nominated for Best Choreography In A Video (“Me Against The Music”)
  • Virgin.net Awards
    Nominated for Best Solo Artist
    Nominated for Best Single (“Hung Up”)
    Nominated for Best Album (“Confessions on A Dance Floor”)
  • 2004
  • UK Music Hall Of Fame
    Founding Member
  • Q Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Live Act (Lost To Muse)
  • People’s Choice Awards
    Nomination For Favorite Combined Forces (With Britney Spears “Me Against The Music”)
  • NRJ Music Awards
    Lifetime Achievement Award
  • MTV Russian Music Awards
    Nomination For Best International Artist
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Best Dance Recording “Die Another Day”
    Nomination For Best Short Form Music Video “Die Another Day”
  • Dancestar Awards
    Best Chart Act
  • Billboard Backstage Pass Awards
    Top Tour “Re-Invention Tour”
  • Billboard Awards
    Best Selling Dance Single “Me Against The Music” (with Britney Spears)
  • 2003
  • Theatregoers’ Choice Theatre Awards
    Theatre Event “Up For Grabs”
  • MVPA Awards
    Soundtrack Video of the Year (“Die Another Day”)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Video From A Film “Die Another Day” (Lost To Eminem : “Loose Yourself”)
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Female
    Nomination For Web Award
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Worst Actress “Swept Away”
    Worst Supporting Actress (“Die Another Day”)
    Worst Screen Couple “Swept Away”, with Adriano Giannini
    Nomination For Worst Original Song “Die Another Day”
  • Golden Globe Awards
    Nomination For Best Original Song “Die Another Day”
  • Bulgarian MM Awards
    Best International Video (Die Another Day)
  • American Music Awards
    Michael Jackson Award
  • 2002
  • International Dance Music Awards
    Best Solo Dance Artist
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Best Short Form Music Video “Don’t Tell Me”
  • DVD Awards
    Best Music DVD “Drowned World Tour Live”
  • ASCAP Awards
    Best Song “Don’t Tell Me”
  • AOL Viewers Choice Awards
    Best TV Concert Of The Year “Drowned World Tour Live”
  • 2001
  • NRJ Music Awards
    Best International Album “Music”
    Best International Female
  • MVPA Awards
    Best Direction Of A Female Artist “Don’t Tell Me”
  • International Dance Music Awards
    Best Dance Solo Artist
    Best Pop Dance 12″ Record “Music”
    Best Dance Video “Music”
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Worst Actress “The Next Best Thing”
    Nomination For Worst Screen Couple “The Next Best Thing”, with Rupert Everett
  • Grammy Awards
    Best Video Of The Year “Music”
    Best Recording Package “Music”
    Nomination For Best Dance Recording “Music”
    Nomination For Best Dance Album “Music”
    Nomination For Record Of The Year “Music”
    Nomination For Best Female Pop Vocal Performance “Music”
  • Edison Awards
    Best International Female Artist
  • Danish Music Awards
    Best International Album “Music”
    Best International Hit “Music”
  • Capital FM Awards
    Favorite International Solo Artist
  • Billboard Awards
    Best Video Clip Of The Year “Music”
  • Brit Awards
    Best International Female
  • 2000
  • Rolling Stone Readers Picks
    Best Albums (#1 “Music”)
    Best Singles (#1 “Music”)
  • Rolling Stone Critics Picks
    Best Albums (#3 “Music”)
    Best Singles (#1 “Music”)
  • Premios Amigos Awards
    Best International Female Singer
  • MVPA Awards
    Panavision Award for Best Cinematography “Beautiful Stranger”
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For The Best Video Of The Year “Don’t Tell Me”
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Best Female Artist
    Best Dance
  • Kids’ Choice Awards
    Nomination for Favorite Song From A Movie (“Beautiful Stranger”)
  • Grammy Awards
    Best Song from a Motion Picture “Beautiful Stranger”
  • Golden Globe Awards
    Nomination For Best Original Song (“Beautiful Stranger”)
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Worst Actress of the Century
  • ASCAP Awards
    Most Performed Song From Motion Pictures “Beautiful Stranger”
  • 1999
  • Rolling Stone Critics Picks
    Best Singles (#2 “Beautiful Stranger”)
  • MVPA Awards
    Pop Video Of The Year “Ray Of Light”
    Best Special Effects in a Music Video “Frozen”
  • Music Week CAD Awards
    Best Special Effects in a Video “Frozen”
    Best Editing in a Video “Frozen”
    Best Dance Video “Frozen”
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Best video From A Film “Beautiful Stranger”
    Nomination For Best Female Video “Beautiful Stranger” (Lost To Lauryn Hill : Doo Wop (That Thing))
    Nomination For Best Cinematography In A Video “Beautiful Stranger” (Lost To Marilyn Manson : The Dope Show)
    Nomination For Best Special Effects In A Video “Nothing Really Matters” (Lost To : Garbage : Special)
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Nomination For The Best Female Artist
    Nomination For The Best Song “Beautiful Stranger”
  • Grammy Awards
    Best Pop Album (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Video (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Dance Single (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Recording Package (“Ray Of Light”)
    Nomination For Record of The Year (“Ray Of Light”)
    Nomination For Album of The Year (“Ray Of Light”)
  • Brit awards
    Nomination For Best International Female Artist
  • Billboard Awards
    Nomination for Best Clip of the Year (“Beautiful Stranger”)
    Nomination for Best Director (“Beautiful Stranger”)
    Nomination for Solo Artist Of The Decade
  • 1998
  • Viva Comet Awards
    Best International Artist
  • Rolling Stone Readers Picks
    Best Singles (#2 “Ray Of Light”)
  • Rolling Stone Critics Picks
    Best Singles (#3 “Ray Of Light”)
  • Much Music Awards
    Best International Video (“Ray Of Light”)
  • VH-1 Fashion Awards
    The Versace Award
    Most Fashinable Artist
    Most Stylish Music Artist
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Best Video Of The Year (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Female Video (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Direction In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Editing In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Choreography In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Special Effects In A Video (“Frozen”)
    Nomination For Best Dance Video (“Ray Of Light”) (Lost To The Prodigy : Smack My Bitch Up)
    Nomination For Breakthrough Video (“Ray Of Light”) (Lost To The Prodigy : Smack My Bitch Up)
    Nomination For Best Cinematography In A Video (“Ray Of Light”) (Lost To Fiona Apple : Criminal)
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Best Female
    Best Album (“Ray Of Light”)
    Nomination For Best Dance
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Award
    Nomination For Favorite Actress (“Evita”)
  • 1997
  • MTV Movie Awards
    Nomination For Best Movie Song (“Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”)
    Nomination For Best Female Performance (“Evita”)
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Female
  • Golden Globe Awards
    Best Original Song (“You Must Love Me”)
    Best Performance By An Actress – Comedy/Musical (“Evita”)
    Best Movie (“Evita”)
  • Brit Awards
    Nomination For Best Soundtrack (“Evita”)
  • Billboard Awards
    Artist Achievement Award
  • American Moviegoer’s Awards
    Best Actress (“Evita”)
    Best Direction (“Evita”)
  • Academy Awards
    Best Original Song (“You Must Love Me”)
  • 1996
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Cinematography In A Video (“You’ll See”) (Lost To Smashing Pumpking : Tonight, Tonight)
  • MTV Latin Music Awards
    Best Female Artist (“Veras”)
    Best Video (“Veras”)
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Nomination For “Amour” Award (“I Want You”)
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Worst Supporting Actress (“Four Rooms”)
  • Echo Awards
    Best International Female Artist
  • ASCAP Awards
    Best Song (“You’ll See”)
  • 1995
  • VH-1 Fashion Awards
    Most Fashionable Artist
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Best Female Video (“Take A Bow”)
    Nomination For Best Dance Video (Lost To Michael and Janet Jackson : Scream)
    Nomination For Best Art Direction In A Video (Lost To Michael and Janet Jackson : Scream)
    Nomination For Best Choreography In A Video (Lost To Michael and Janet Jackson : Scream)
  • MTV Movie Awards
    Nomination For Best Movie Song (“I’ll Remember”)
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Best Pop Album (“Bedtime Stories”)
    Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media (“I’ll Remember”)
    Nomination For Best Long Form Music Video (“The Girlie Show – Live Down Under”)
  • Golden Globe Awards
    Nomination For Best Original Song (“I’ll Remember”)
  • Brit Awards
    Nomination For Best International Female Artist
  • 1994
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Video for A Film (“I’ll Remember”) (Lost To Bruce Springsteen : Streets Of Philadelphia)
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Best Long Form Music Video (“Girlie Show – Live Down Under”)
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Worst Actress (“Body Of Evidence”)
  • 1993
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Best Art Direction In A Video (“Rain”)
    Best Cinematography In A Video (“Rain”)
  • MTV Movie Awards
    Nomination For Most Desirable Female (“Body Of Evidence”)
  • Golden Globe Awards
    Nomination For Best Original Song (“This Used To Be My Playground”)
  • ASCAP Awards
    Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“This Used To Be My Playground”)
  • 1992
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Female Video (Lost To Annie Lennox : Why)
    Nomination For Best Dance Video (Lost To Prince ” The New Power Generation : Cream)
    Nomination For Best Choreography In A Video (Lost To En Vogue : My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It))
    Nomination For Best Cinematography In A Video (Lost To Guns N’ Roses : November Rain)
  • Grammy Awards
    Best Long-Form Video “Blond Ambition Tour Live”
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Nomination For Worst Actress (“Truth Or Dare”)
  • American Music Awards
    Nomination For Favorite Dance Artist
  • 1991
  • Saturn Award
    Nomination For Best Actress (“Evita”)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Female Video (Lost To Janet Jackson : Love Will Never Do (Without You))
    Nomination For Best Choreography In A Video (Lost To C+C Music Factory : Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now))
    Best bLong-Form Video (“The Immaculate Collection”)
  • Juno Awards
    Best International Single (“Vogue”)
  • American Music Awards
    Favorite Dance Single (“Vogue”)
    Nomination For Favorite Pop/Rock Single (“Vogue”)
    Nomination For Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist
    Nomination For Favorite Dance Artist
  • Academy Awards
    Best Original Song (“Sooner Or Later”)
  • 1990
  • Rolling Stone Readers Picks
    Best Singles (#1 “Vogue”)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Best Direction In A Video
    Best Editing In A Video (“Vogue”)
    Best Cinematography In A Video (“Vogue”)
    Nomination For Best Video Of The Year (“Vogue”) (Lost To Sinead O’Connor : Nothing Compares 2 U)
    Nomination For Best Female Video (“Vogue”) (Lost To Sinead O’Connor : Nothing Compares 2 U)
    Nomination For Best Dance Video (“Vogue”) (Lost To M.C. Hammer : U Can’t Touch This)
    Nomination For Best Choreography In A Video (“Vogue”) (Lost To Janet Jackson : Rhythm Nation)
    Nomination For Best Art Direction In A Video (“Vogue”) (Lost To B-52′s : Love Shack)
    Nomination For Viewers Choice Award (“Vogue”) (Lost To Aerosmith : Janie’s Got A Gun)
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Best Engineered Album (“Lika A Prayer”)
    Nomination For Best Short Form Music Video (“Oh Father”)
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Nomination For Worst Supporting Actress (“Bloodhounds Of Broadway”)
    Nomination For Worst Actress of the Decade
    Nomination For Worst New Star of the Decade
  • American Music Awards
    Nomination For Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist
    Nomination For Favorite Dance Single (“Like A Prayer”)
  • 1989
  • Rolling Stone Readers Picks
    Best Albums (#4 “Like A Prayer”)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Best Direction In A Video
    Best Art Direction In A Video
    Best Editing In A Video
    Best Cinematography In A Video
    Viewers Choice Award
    Nomination For Best Female Video (Lost To Paula Abdul : Straight Up)
    Nomination For Best Video Of The Year (Lost To Neil Young : This Note’s For You)
  • International Music Awards
    Best International Female (“Like A Prayer”)
  • 1988
  • Tony Awards
    Nomination For Play of the Year (“Speed The Plow”)
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Best Song Written For A Movie (“Who’s That Girl”)
  • American Music Awards
    Nomination For Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist
  • ASCAP Awards
    Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“Who’s That Girl”)
  • 1987
  • Rolling Stone Critics Poll
    Nomination For Best Single (“Papa Don’t Preach”) (Lost To Prince And The Revolution – Kiss)
  • MuchMusic Awards
    Best Female Artist
    Best Female Video (“La Isla Bonita”)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Best Female Video (“Open Your Heart”)
    Nomination For Best Choreography In A Video (“Papa Don’t Preach”) (Lost To Janet Jackson : Nasty)
    Nomination For Best Art Direction In A Video (“Papa Don’t Preach”) (Lost To Peter Gabriel : Sledgehammer)
    Nomination For Best Editing In A Video (“Papa Don’t Preach”) (Lost To Peter Gabriel : Sledgehammer)
    Nomination For Best Overall Performance In A Video (“Open Your Heart”) (Lost To Peter Gabriel : Sledgehammer)
    Nomination For Best Cinematography In A Video (“Open Your Heart”) (Lost To Robbie Nevil : C’est La Vie)
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Outstanding Pop Vocal Performance (“Papa Don’t Preach,”)
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Worst Actress (“Who’s That Girl”)
  • Golden Globe Awards
    Nomination For Best Original Song (“Who’s That Girl”)
  • ASCAP Awards
    Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“Live To Tell”)
  • American Music Awards
    Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist
    Nomination For Favorite Pop/Rock Maxi Single “Live To Tell”
  • 1986
  • People’s Choice Awards
    Favorite Female Musical Performer
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Video Vanguard Award
    Nomination For The Best Choreography In A Video (“Dress You Up”) (Lost To Prince : Raspberry Beret)
    Nomination For Best Editing In A Video (“Dress You Up”) (Lost To A-Ha : The Sun Always Shines On TV)
    Nomination For Best Cinematography In A Video (“Dress You Up”) (Lost To A-Ha : The Sun Always Shines On TV)
  • Juno Awards
    Best International Album (“True Blue”)
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Outstanding Pop Vocal Performance (“Crazy For You”)
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Worst Actress (“Shanghai Surprise”)
  • American Music Awards
    Nomination For Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist
    Nomination For Favorite Pop/Rock Album (“True Blue”)
  • 1985
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Female Video (“Material Girl”) (Lost To Tina Turner : What’s Love Got To Do With It)
    Nomination For Best Choreography In A Video (“Material Girl”) (Lost To Elton John : Sad Song)
    Nomination For Best Art Direction In A Video (“Like A Virgin”) (Lost To Don Henley : The Boys Of Summer)
    Nomination For Best Cinematography In A Video (“Like A Virgin”) (Lost To Don Henley : The Boys Of Summer)
  • American Music Awards
    Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist
  • 1984
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For Best New Artist In A Video (Lost To Eurythmics : Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This))

Madonna Louise Ciccone (born on 16 August 1958 in Bay City, Michigan, United States), known simply as Madonna, is a recording artist, entrepreneur and occasional actress. Throughout her career, often referred to as The Queen of Pop, many of her songs have hit number one on the record charts, including Like a Virgin, Papa Don’t Preach,Like a Prayer, Vogue, Frozen, Music, Hung Up and 4 Minutes. Madonna has been praised by critics for her diverse musical productions while at the same time serving as a lightning rod for religious controversy.

Candy Shop

Madonna

(feat. Pharrell Williams)

See which flavor you like and I’ll have it for you
Come on in to my store, I’ve got candy galore
Dont pretend you’re not hungry, I’ve seen it before
I’ve got turkish delight baby and so much more

Get up out of your seat (your seat)
Come on up to the dance floor
Ive got something so sweet (so sweet)
Come on up to the front door
I need plenty of heat (heat)
Form a special connection
Just start moving your feet (your feet)
Move on over to me

I’ll be your one stop (one stop)
Candy shop (candy shop)
Everything (everything)
That I got (that I got)
I’ll be your one stop (one stop)
Candy store (candy store)
Lollipop (lollipop)
Have some more (have some more)

My sugar is raw
Sticky and Sweet
Dance Dance Dance

All the suckers are not all we sell in the store
Chocolate kisses so good
you’ll be beggin for more
Dont pretend you’re not hungry
Ive got plenty to eat
Come on in to my store
cause my sugar is sweet!

Get up out of your seat (your seat)
Come on up to the dance floor
Ive got something so sweet (so sweet)
Come on up to the front door
I need plenty of heat (heat)
Form a special connection
Just start moving your feet (your feet)
Move on over to me

I’ll be your one stop (one stop)
Candy shop (candy shop)
Everything (everything)
That I got (that I got)
I’ll be your one stop (one stop)
Candy store (candy store)
Lollipop (lollipop)
Have some more (have some more)

See which flavor you like and I’ll have it for you
Come on in to my store, I’ve got candy galore
Dont pretend you’re not hungry, I’ve seen it before
I’ve got turkish delight baby and so much more

Get up out of your seat (your seat)
Come on up to the dance floor
Ive got something so sweet (so sweet)
Come on up to the front door
I need plenty of heat (heat)
Form a special connection
Just start moving your feet (your feet)
Move on over to me

I’ll be your one stop (one stop)
Candy shop (candy shop)
Everything (everything)
That I got (that I got)
I’ll be your one stop (one stop)
Candy store (candy store)
Lollipop (lollipop)
Have some more (have some more)

Frozen

You only see what your eyes want to see

How can life be what you want it to be

You’re frozen

when your heart’s not open

You’re so consumed with how much you get

You waste your time with hate and regret

You’re frozen

when your heart’s not open

If I could melt your heart

We’d never be apart

Give yourself to me

You are the key

Now there’s no point in placing the blame

And you should know

I’d suffer the same If I lose you, my heart would be broken

Love is a bird, she needs to fly

Let all the hurt inside you die

You’re frozen

when your heart’s not open

If I could melt your heart

We’d never be apart Give yourself to me

You are the key

You only see what your eyes want to see

La Isla Bonita

(Spoken:) Como puede ser verdad How could it be true? Last night I dreamt of San Pedro Just like I’d never gone, I knew the song A young girl with eyes like the desert It all seems like yesterday, not far away Chorus: Tropical the island breeze All of nature wild and free This is where I long to be La isla bonita And when the samba played The sun would set so high Ring through my ears and sting my eyes Your Spanish lullaby The beautiful island I fell in love with San Pedro Warm wind carried on the sea, he called to me Te dijo te amo I prayed that the days would last They went so fast He told you, “I love you” (chorus) I want to be where the sun warms the sky When it’s time for siesta you can watch them go by Beautiful faces, no cares in this world Where a girl loves a boy, and a boy loves a girl Last night I dreamt of San Pedro It all seems like yesterday, not far away (chorus twice) La la la la la la la Te dijo te amo La la la la la la la El dijo que te ama He told you, “I love you” He said he loves you

Erotica

Erotica, romance (repeat) My name is Dita I’ll be your mistress tonight I’d like to put you in a trance If I take you from behind Push myself into your mind When you least expect it Will you try and reject it If I’m in charge and I treat you like a child Will you let yourself go wild Let my mouth go where it wants to Give it up, do as I say Give it up and let me have my way I’ll give you love, I’ll hit you like a truck I’ll give you love, I’ll teach you how to … I’d like to put you in a trance, all over Erotic, erotic, put your hands all over my body (repeat twice) Erotic, erotic Once you put your hand in the flame You can never be the same There’s a certain satisfaction In a little bit of pain I can see you understand I can tell that you’re the same If you’re afraid, well rise above I only hurt the ones I love Give it up, do as I say Give it up and let me have my way I’ll give you love, I’ll hit you like a truck I’ll give you love, I’ll teach you how to … I’d like to put you in a trance, all over Erotic, erotic, put your hands all over my body (repeat twice) Erotic, erotic Erotica, romance I’d like to put you in a trance Erotica, romance Put your hands all over my body I don’t think you know what pain is I don’t think you’ve gone that way I could bring you so much pleasure I’ll come to you when you say I know you want me I’m not gonna hurt you I’m not gonna hurt you, just close your eyes Erotic, erotic (repeat several times) Put your hands all over my body All over me, all over me Erotica, [give it up, give it up] romance I’d like to put you in a trance Erotica, [give it up, give it up] romance I like to do a different kind of Erotica, [give it up, give it up] romance I’d like to put you in a trance Erotica, romance Put your hands all over my body Only the one that hurts you can make you feel better Only the one that inflicts pain can take it away Eroti – ca

pop live madonna tour 2007 dvd confessions mp3s

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Extracted from the original DVD Mp3s at 320 kbps01. Future Lovers / I Feel Love [Live] (8:03)
02. Get Together [Live] (5:19)
03. Like a Virgin [Live] (4:09)
04. Jump [Live] (4:56)
05. Confessions [Live] (3:55)
06. Live To Tell [Live] (5:10)
07. Forbidden Love [Live] (4:24)
08. Isaac [Live] (6:45)
09. Sorry [Live] (5:01)
10. Like It Or Not [Live] (4:51)
11. Sorry [Remix] [Live] (3:37)
12. I Love New York [Live] (5:43)
13. Ray Of Light [Live] (6:26)
14. Let It Will Be [Live] (7:32)
15. Drowned World / Substitute For Love [Live] (4:59)
16. Paradise (Not For Me) [Live] (5:05)
17. Music Inferno [Live] (7:49)
18. Erotica [Live] (4:47)
19. La Isla Bonita [Live] (5:02)
20. Lucky Star [Live] (4:36)
21. Hung Up [Live] (9:24)
22. Outro (3:31)Download: http://www.multiupload.com/52M38I6BGZ
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