Nifty: Layers

Layers is a new utility that can capture your entire desktop—including every application window, menubar item, and desktop icon—in a Photoshop file or a variety of other formats that are ripe for hacking and compositing. It’s a screen capture tool on steroids for those who cannot live by Mac OS X’s Grab app alone.

Layers is a Universal Binary that requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, and licenses have a “launch promotion” price of $15. There is no word on how much that price will increase or when.

Direct read/write access to NTFS formatted drives from OS X

Yesterday I had a need to not just read but write as well to an external USB NTFS formated drive. (I only run Photoshop on my Macs.) I found NTFS-3G to work, as usual, quite nicely. If you’re not familiar with it I would suggest heading over to their Q & A section for a few minutes.

The NTFS-3G driver is a freely and commercially available and supported read/write NTFS driver for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, NetBSD, Solaris, Haiku, and other operating systems. It provides safe and fast handling of the Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 and Windows Vista file systems.
NTFS-3G develops, quality tests and supports a trustable, feature rich and high performance solution for hardware platforms and operating systems whose users need to reliably interoperate with NTFS.
The driver is in STABLE status since 2007. It is used by millions of desktop computers, consumer devices for reliable data exchange, and referenced in more than
20 computer books. Please see our test methods and testimonials on the driver quality page.