It’s an iPhoto Finish!
MyMac Podcast #340

On March 10, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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LOT’S of feedback this week (HooRAY! We love feedback!) from Skype and Twitter about iPads and what gear to buy. Allison Sheridon of the NosillaCast Podcast takes exception to Guy calling the Dexim charger fun but worthless, and Gaz’s iPhoto library is slowing to a crawl! What’s up with THAT? Lastly, sometimes the best iOS App is none at all.

Contact info: Drop us a line and let us know you want to be on the show. Gaz and Guy on Twitter, guy@mymac.com and gaz@mymac.com, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501. Also go into iTunes and leave some feedback.

Links:
Dr. Bott
Menulett
L5 Technology’s L5 Remote
NosillaCast Podcast

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Logic Notation Guide
Book Review

On March 10, 2011, in Book Review, by Mark Sealey

The Logic Notation Guide
By Johannes Prischl
Price: available directly from the publisher
See the pricing page on Johannes Prischl’s site for price structure; usually approximately $50

LNG cover
Apple’s advanced Digital Audio Workstation, Logic, actually began life as software written by C-Lab, Emagic’s forerunner, to enable musicians to use the computer for conventional music notation. Indeed, it was originally called ‘Creator‘, then ‘Notator Logic‘ and now, of course, ‘Logic‘. Along with Logic‘s ‘Environment’ (an immensely powerful way to have elements in the music-making process link together), Logic‘s Score Editor is perhaps the least understood and generally most underused component of the software.

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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

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Two Photoshop CS5 Books
Book Review

On March 10, 2011, in Book Review, Photography, Tutorial, by Suzé Gilbert

The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers
by Scott Kelby
ISBN:9780321703569
$54.99 US, $65.99 CA

 

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers
by Scott Kelby
ISBN:9780321700919
$49.99 US, $59.99 CA
Published by New Riders Voices That Matter


When I first began learning Adobe Photoshop many years ago, I was frustrated because most of the literature didn’t address the digital photographer. I spent hours learning and googling information on how to tweak black and white images so they could be close to what I could experience in the darkroom. I remember the first time I purchased one of Scott Kelby’s books, The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers. Scott presented the tools within Adobe Photoshop in an articulate manner that a digital photographer was yearning for. Aside from his self-professed corny humor, Scott focused on how digital photographers could quickly fine- tune their images in Adobe Photoshop. He provided his readers with abundant information that enabled a swift fluency with the software. His newest offering, The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers does not disappoint.

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About Suzé Gilbert

Photographer,painter,printmaker, iPhone app addict, proud member of Mac nation. I blog at www.suzegilbert.wordpress.com

Mini DisplayPort Adapters Review

On March 10, 2011, in Adapter, Macintosh, Monitor, Review, by John Nemerovski

Mini DisplayPort Adapters
StarTech
$22 to $33

Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Video Adapter Converter – $22

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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Toast 11

On March 9, 2011, in Features, First Look, by Mark Sealey
Toast 11 Titanium from Roxio

Toast 11 Titanium from Roxio

Roxio’s Toast began as a simple way to burn optical media, CDs then DVDs; it slowly became the preferred way to do so until Apple built more reliable such functionality into its operating systems. Then, for a number of its iterations, Toast somewhat lost its way; it failed to offer features compelling enough that all but the most demanding (and loyal) users to choose it over Apple’s way of doing things and that of a clutch of decent shareware apps which met most people’s needs. The last two versions of Toast, however, have changed things. Now Toast 11 Titanium introduces a number of new features; and it works in ways that make it once again stand out. Toast 11 includes (from its Extras menu) the other apps, Disc Cover 3 RE, DiscCatalogMaker RE, Get Backup 2 RE, Mac2TiVo and TiVo Transfer and a new version of Spin Doctor (formerly CD Spin Doctor), but not Streamer.

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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

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The Case for Free Mobile Hotspots in Phones

On March 9, 2011, in Opinion, by Donny Yankellow


Mobile hotspots, the feature that basically turns new cell phones into a wireless router is nothing new. It is just, officially, new to the iPhone. In the US this feature comes with a $20 addition to your phone bill. With that twenty dollars you get an additional 2gb of data for your connected devices. I say this feature should be free. Why? Read on.

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About Donny Yankellow

In addition to writing for MyMac.com since the Fall of 2005 he is an art teacher, freelance artist/illustrator, and is a father of one son. Donny is also the author/illustrator of several children's ebooks. Donny's degree is in Visual Communications and he hold certification in K-12 Art Education. His hobbies (besides Mac and Apple stuff) include soccer, animation, and reading anything written by Stephen King.

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NAVIGON MobileNavigator North America
Review

On March 8, 2011, in Apps, iPhone, Navigation, Review, by Scott Willsey

Mobile Navigation System reviewed by Peter Nikolaidis, Guest Writer

NAVIGON MobileNavigator North America
Company: NAVIGON AG
Price: $59.99
iTunes App Store

Navigon MobileNavigator North America

I have been using NAVIGON MobileNavigator North America for the last couple weeks. NAVIGON NA is a GPS app for Apple’s iPhone. Unlike the built in Google Maps app, Navigon provides turn-by-turn directions, similar to Google Maps on Android devices, or TomTom.

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About Scott Willsey

Scott is a long time Apple enthusiast whose first personally owned computer was the original 128k Macintosh introduced in 1984. He has 20 years of experience working with OS X, Windows, and a variety of flavors of Unix and Linux. Scott is host of the Pocket Sized Podcast, a short pocketable podcast about Apple's iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and the Apple TV. You can find it at PocketSizedPodcast.com. Scott can be reached on Twitter at @scottaw or on his podcast Twitter account at @pocketpodcast.

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Strobist:Photo Trade Secrets
Book Review

On March 8, 2011, in Book Review, Photography, by Suzé Gilbert

The Strobist: Photo Trade Secrets Vol.2
by Zeke Kamm
Peachpit Press
ISBN: 9780321752888
54 pages
$24.99 US, $29.99CA

 

 

 

As a former portrait photographer, studio lighting and how to position strobes and modifiers effectively was always challenging. The goal is not to make the light glaringly artificial. I relied heavily on David Hobby’s excellent blog and website Strobist. The simple premise of Strobist is Learn How to Light. There is a Lighting 101 primer for anyone having questions on how to use strobes, off camera flash, and different lighting set-ups. The blog is a plethora of lighting information from many contributions of professional photographers. Zeke Kamm is a photographer and the Editor of Nice Photography Magazine and Trade Secret Cards. He has selected 25 images from contributors of Strobist.com that are tear-out mini lessons on the art of portrait lighting.

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About Suzé Gilbert

Photographer,painter,printmaker, iPhone app addict, proud member of Mac nation. I blog at www.suzegilbert.wordpress.com

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Tim Robertson of MyMac.com and Scott talk about iOS trends, Apple’s handling of communication with the world, and some wishes for the future. John Nemo reviews three books: Best iPad Apps, Taking your iPod touch to the Max, and iPod touch Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition. Finally, Scott talks very briefly about the iPad 2 and what he will be doing on Friday, March 11th. 2011

Links
Starfront: Collision
Best iPad Apps
Taking Your iPod touch to the Max
iPod touch Pocket Guide, The, 2nd Edition

Contact:
Email:
pocketpodcast@gmail.com
Twitter:
http://twitter.com/scottaw
http://twitter.com/nikolaidis
http://twitter.com/suzegilbert
FaceBook Page

About Scott Willsey

Scott is a long time Apple enthusiast whose first personally owned computer was the original 128k Macintosh introduced in 1984. He has 20 years of experience working with OS X, Windows, and a variety of flavors of Unix and Linux. Scott is host of the Pocket Sized Podcast, a short pocketable podcast about Apple's iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and the Apple TV. You can find it at PocketSizedPodcast.com. Scott can be reached on Twitter at @scottaw or on his podcast Twitter account at @pocketpodcast.

Memoirs of an Apple TV addict

On March 7, 2011, in Opinion, by Scott Willsey

Hello, my name is Scott, and I’m an Apple TV addict. I haven’t been one for long — only since a couple days after Christmas. But unlike some addictions, this one was instantaneous.

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About Scott Willsey

Scott is a long time Apple enthusiast whose first personally owned computer was the original 128k Macintosh introduced in 1984. He has 20 years of experience working with OS X, Windows, and a variety of flavors of Unix and Linux. Scott is host of the Pocket Sized Podcast, a short pocketable podcast about Apple's iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and the Apple TV. You can find it at PocketSizedPodcast.com. Scott can be reached on Twitter at @scottaw or on his podcast Twitter account at @pocketpodcast.

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Eolake
TechFan #22

On March 4, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Eolake Stobblehouse joins Tim Robertson and David Cohen for a lively chat. Topics include writing machines, iPad (1 and 2) love, Photography, and much more.

Links:
stobblehouse.com

About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Go Mini Nano Wireless Optical Travel Mouse
Review

On March 4, 2011, in Mouse, Review, Wireless, by Suzé Gilbert

Go Mini Nano Wireless Optical Travel Mouse
Verbatim
Price: $35.00


I love the color red. When I received Verbatim’s red Go Mini travel mouse, I knew it would be inseparable from my laptop. The travel mouse is very lightweight, a mere 7.5 ounces, takes two AAA batteries (included), and has a nano 2.4 GHz wireless receiver that plugs into a USB 2.0 port and is also USB 1.1 compatible. There is a small rear compartment that is the battery case and stores the nano receiver. The device has a tiny scroll wheel as well as a left and right mouse click mechanism. There is a small on/off switch on the underside of the mouse. It’s compatible with Windows 7, XP, 2000, and Vista and Mac OSX 10.4X and higher. I tested it on a Macbook Pro, PowerBook, and iMac.

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About Suzé Gilbert

Photographer,painter,printmaker, iPhone app addict, proud member of Mac nation. I blog at www.suzegilbert.wordpress.com

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In Like a Lion, Out Like an iPad
MyMac Podcast #339

On March 3, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Habla Espanola? Never mind. The Gmen talk about some of details of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Guy praises Macs4u.com for their great service regarding his Mac Pro. They dissect the newly released MacBook Pros and talk a bit about some new 2nd generation device that Apples seems to think is SOOOOO important. Some tablet thing or other. We still think it’s just a fad.

Contact info: Drop us a line and let us know you want to be on the show. Gaz and Guy on Twitter, guy@mymac.com and gaz@mymac.com, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501. Also go into iTunes and leave some feedback.

Links:
Flux
Twitter App for iOS

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iPhone 4: The Missing Manual, Fourth Edition — Covers iPhone 4 & All Other Models with iOS 4 Software
By David Pogue
Publisher: O’Reilly Media / Pogue Press
US$ 24.99

 


With the recent release of the iPhone 4 for Verizon, it’s appropriate to alert Verizon iPhone newbies that one of the best all-round iPhone books was, is, and probably will always be, David Pogue’s iPhone The Missing Manual. Oddly, the front cover has “missing manual” in lower case letters, but the frontispiece says “Missing Manual.” In any event, this stylistic glitch did not prevent me from enjoying this book.

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Verbatim MediaShare 1TB MediaShare Home Network Storage Server
Verbatim, Inc.
US $350.00

 

With each passing day, it seems the average household has more computing devices, be they desktops, laptops, smartphones, or tablets. And everyone wants access to his or her data files, music, photos, and movies. What’s a person supposed to buy to fill this need? Verbatim has one entry into this increasingly crowded field: the Verbatim MediaShare 1TB MediaShare™ Home Network Storage Server.

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Freeware Screencasting

On March 1, 2011, in How-To, Tutorial, by Andreas

Creating screencasts with free tools was, a short while ago, almost impossible. The necessary optimizations an application needs in order to record the screen properly were either not made or bound to a specific web site. In itself nothing bad there, but tools weren’t very flexible either. Using free software still is something where one needs to keep an eye open (performance-wise). The field, however, became much more diverse recently.

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