iOS Today and Tomorrow
TechFan Podcast #51

On October 14, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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While everyone is talking iOS 5, Tim and David look at iOS 6! Wait, what? Plus, GTA coming to iOS, and HP TouchPad Android!

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Inpaint Mac
Review

On October 14, 2011, in Mac OS X, Macintosh, Photography, Review, by Mark Greentree

Inpaint
App Developer: Maxim Gapchenko
Version Reviewed: 3.0.2
Licence: US$4.99

Have you ever taken a photograph of a spectacular sunrise or sunset only to notice that there is a distracting sign or power lines in the frame?

Inpaint can help you remove these distractions with ease. The process is known as cloning and has been a feature of many photographic editing applications over the years. Inpaint concentrates solely on this functionality and does so in an interesting way.

Traditionally you would select an area to clone using the cloning stamp and then you would proceed to replace the unwanted content with the information captured. Inpaint in contrast only requires the user to highlight the area of the photograph they wish to have removed. Then with one click of a button the distraction is gone.

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A tribute by Mark Rudd

If we define a friend as someone who desires what is best for others and enriches the lives of those around him, then Steve Jobs was indeed my friend. As the news of his passing broke across the various media outlets, I was saddened as though I had lost someone close. I could not understand why I was feeling the impact of his passing so profoundly. I began to try and understand how I could feel this sense of loss at the passing of someone I had never really known on a personal level.

As an Apple employee, I received an Apple ][ for free and was able to later purchase a Mac SE20 for a significantly discounted price. These two products fundamentally changed my life, and a love for technology was born. Through his vision and drive, Steve made these products a reality. While the Apple ][ was more of a rudimentary, when compared to the gaming of today, gaming novelty, the Macintosh, its interface, and software changed my life in so many wonderful ways.

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Dolly Drive Service
Review

On October 13, 2011, in Mac OS X, Review, by Mark Greentree

Dolly Drive
Available For Mac OS X Snow Leopard & OS X Lion
OS X Lion Version Reviewed: 1.3
Licence: From US$6.25 per month

Remember the world’s first cloned sheep, Dolly?

Dolly is back in the form of Dolly Drive, an online backup service and cloning tool for users of Apple’s Time Machine.

Dolly Drive takes the inbuilt Time Machine application and expands its possibilities. The service will allow you to store your Time Machine content in the cloud from any location in the world. The online storage ability is a welcome addition to Time Machine. You are also able to create a bootable cloned drive using the Dolly Drive application. 

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Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual
Review

On October 12, 2011, in Book Review, by Neale Monks

Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual
Author: David Sawyer McFarland
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Format: 1216 pp, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-4493-9797-5
Price: Paperback $49.99; e-book (various formats) $39.99

Dreamweaver (reviewed elsewhere on MyMac.com) is probably the most respected web design program on both the Mac and Windows platforms. It’s an application that’s respected for its versatility and fluid interaction with web technologies such as Flash, but at the same time it’s more than a bit feared because of its complexity and the steep learning curve necessary to make the application pay for itself. But once you understand the application and come to terms with its idiosyncrasies, Dreamweaver CS 5.5 is the sort of application that revolutionises the way you get work done. The split screen interface for example let’s you edit code on one side of the screen while also reviewing or modifying the finished web page on the other.

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Crayola Color Studio HD
Review

On October 12, 2011, in Apps, iPad, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Crayola Color Studio HD Review
Company: Griffin Technology
Price: $29.99


When I heard about the Color Studio HD earlier this year I was really interested. A “pen” that you can use with the iPad in a coloring app. It sounded great and I couldn’t wait to try it out. Well, recently Griffin sent me a sample unit and I got to satisfy my curiosity. Is it as great as it seemed? Read on to find out.

First, a little more about the Color Studio HD. The Color Studio HD consists of two parts. First there is an iPad app which is free to download from the App Store. The app consists of animated coloring pages. Second, and the main part, is the drawing pen. The pen looks like an oversized Crayola marker which runs on a AA battery. The tip is rubber and the bottom is the on/off switch. It is like a battery powered stylus that makes a humming sound when on. The concept is that you use the pen to color the animated pages in the app.

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End of an Era
MyMac Podcast #370

On October 11, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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We didn’t release the show we recorded last week with the sudden death of Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs since our normal frivolity with the release of the iPhone 4S and iOS just didn’t seem appropriate. However Gaz and I got together with Tim and Dave from TechFan (along with quite a few other people…go download TechFan 50 for the whole show) on Friday the 7th of October to talk about our memories of Steve and Apple amongst other things. Tim kindly pulled out the bit with Gaz and I and we’re using that for the an extra-long intro to our show. Not wanting to let anything go to waste, the podcast we recorded last week will play after that

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Because weird iPad cases are what we like best!

App Picks:
Rail Maze by Spooky House Studios
Comic Life by Plasq
Super Granny 5 by Sandlot Games

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Sibelius 7
Review

On October 11, 2011, in Audio, Book Review, Review, by Mark Sealey

Sibelius 7

Sibelius 7

Sibelius 7

Avid (North American distributors)
Price: $599 ($149 upgrade)

Review by Mark Sealey dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

When Sibelius 7 was released recently, its appearance was sufficiently different from that of Sibelius 6 to have thrown some (long-time) users. Avid was criticized on those listservs and forums which do such a sterling job of supporting Sibelius owners and prospective owners. Since so many creative professionals and enthusiasts have so much invested in a piece of software which they use for extended periods each day and to the ways of which their muscle memories had become fully used, change seemed particularly hard.

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Publisher: No Starch Press
Series: The Manga Guides
Price: Paperback from $19.95, e-books from $15.95

When I’m not working as a writer, I teach high school biology and physics. Putting together a reading list for young scientists is easy enough for biology thanks to the wide variety of books written about natural history and human biology. But when it comes to physics, outside of astronomy there really isn’t a huge amount to choose from. Relatively few authors have put together accessible books on things like Newtonian mechanics or basic electrical engineering, perhaps because these subjects aren’t particularly photogenic. It’s easy enough to illustrate a book about the stars and planets, but how would you illustrate a book about Newton’s laws of motion?

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Zona Home Audio Link (HAL) System
Aperion Audio
$149 US

Aperion Audio just hit a grand slam home run to win the home theatre and wireless audio world series. The Zona Home Audio Link (HAL) System is so good that I hope the company never tries to improve upon it.

Here is how it works. Connect the SEND unit to your audio source via the USB or audio cable. When using an audio cable, connect and plug in the power adapter. All cables and plug are included. Then connect the RECEIVE unit to the amplifier that powers your speaker system. Activate Zona’s proprietary wireless connection by pressing a center button on each of HAL’s small, round, black units. Almost instantly both units light up and your audio stream is live, with highest quality sound traveling wirelessly up to 100 feet from SEND to RECEIVE.

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Steve Jobs
TechFan #50

On October 7, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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TechFan 50 celebrates Steve Jobs with a large panel of contributors, including Tim Robertson, David Cohen, Guy Serle, GazMaz, David Biedney, Sam Levin, Rich Lefko, Steve Hammond, Antonio Gómez, Scott Willsey, and Mark Greentree.

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The Passing of a Legend

On October 5, 2011, in Apple, by Tim Robertson

As a writer, who later became a podcaster, I am not one usually at a loss for words. This time, however, I feel adrift. That nothing I say on the matter of Steve Jobs passing away today really means a whole hell of a lot. What can I say about the man, whom I have never met in person, but who had such a profound effect on who I am today? What could I possibly write that could establish the depth of sorrow I felt when I read the news, and visited the Apple.com website to confirm it? Steve Jobs has died.

I should not be surprised. He had a very public battle with cancer, and as both a publisher of a Apple-focused website, and a long time host of various technology podcasts, I have spoken many times on this subject. I should have been prepared for this day. I was not.

When Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple, Inc. a month ago, and a lot of others were arguing that his decision was based on his failing health, I refused to believe it. I took the stance that, yes, it was health related, but he had to quit Apple so he could get better. That eventually, he would return in some fashion, make an appearance at some Apple event to showcase a new product, and receive a long, standing ovation. Steve won! Steve Won!

Today, we all lost.

As I write this, I sit in a hotel room, hundreds of miles from home. Alone, with my MacBook Pro in my lap, typing these words, and wishing I could just be at home to talk to my wife, face to face, about how I feel right now. That’s what most people do when they get bad news, and for me, personally, this is very bad news.

Steve Jobs was more than just a CEO of Apple. He was a visionary, at a level that most of us cannot even fathom. He lead Apple, and changed the world. And not in a small way, but in a way that will be felt for generations to come.

That’s not why I am sad and feel adrift. Perhaps it’s selfish, but for some reason, I always wanted to create something myself, and in some way change things. Make a difference. Do something worthwhile enough that if I did meet Steve in person, he would know who I am. And tell me I did a great job, or built something insanely great. Now, I know, that will never happen. And had Steve lived to 100 rather than 56, it probably would still never happen. But that’s what dreams are for, and in a world with no Steve Jobs, that is one dream I have to let go.

Steve Jobs changed everything, and I would not be who I am today without his vision, leadership, and the force of nature that he was. I will forever cherish those memories of sitting in an Apple keynote, watching him in person change the world. Sitting not three feet from him, making eye contact, and nodding his way. It meant nothing to him, but meant a lot to me.

Goodbye, Steve. We will miss you.

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A VERY Sad Day Indeed!

On October 5, 2011, in Features, by Owen Rubin

As I sit here with my MacBook Pro and iPhone at my side, I was shocked to hear the news just go by. Steve Jobs has passed away. What really surprised me was just how much of a shock it was to me, and how sad it made me feel. This was not a surprise, we all knew it was coming, but it still hurts just the same.

As someone who worked at Apple, I got a chance to see his brilliant mind first hand in the products that Apple designed. And although I have not worked there for some time, I still felt an attachment to Steve and Apple every day as I use Apple products.

I even remember the introduction of the Next Cube, and how my wife’s magazine got the exclusive. Even back then, I thought he was an amazing man.

A brilliant man, Steve changed the way the world looks at technology, and made technology fun. He changed the music business for the better with the iPod, and brought music into the modern world. Then he also did what everyone said could not be done, and changed the cell phone industry for the better as well with the amazing iPhone.  Then his amazing iPad created a whole new product category, and no one yet has come close to making something as cool and beautiful.  And did I forget to mention the amazing Pixar? This list could go on and on.

Steve Jobs was 56. His style, his products,  his brilliance, and he charisma will be very much missed.

Rest in peace Steve. We will all miss you.

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A new iPhone is born, and some people are angry that they don’t get a free pony with it. Scott is joined by Owen Rubin and eventually Peter Nikolaidis to talk about their feelings about the iPhone 4S and iOS 5. Listen in as they sidetrack their way through an entire podcast!

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Jetsetter
App Review

On October 5, 2011, in Apps, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Jetsetter
Company: Gilt Travel, Inc
Version: 1.1.1 for iPad
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Price: Free
Version 2.0 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Requires: iOS 4.0 or later
Price: Free

Do you like to travel? Do you find it difficult to navigate through web sites, looking for honest and unbiased reviews of hotels and destinations? Do you want to travel somewhere interesting, somewhere that you may not have thought of? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you might want to take a look at Jetsetter.

Jetsetter is a travel app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch that’s more than just a simple app that shows vacation spots. Jetsetter uses photos, reviews, insider tips, and intuitive site navigation to make searching for a new adventure, well, an adventure! I used the iPad version of Jetsetter for this review.

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SugarSync Service
Review

On October 4, 2011, in iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, Review, by Mark Greentree

SugarSync Service
Reviewed For Mac and iOS Devices
Licence Reviewed: US$49.99 per annum 30GB Storage Plan

SugarSync is the Swiss army knife of online backup and synchronisation. As such the service boasts incredible customisation and control over your data.

Can an all-in-one solution really be all you need?

SugarSync at its core is a cloud storage and synchronisation solution that offers file backup, and access to data across all industry leading mobile technologies including iPhone and iPad. It also incorporates sharing and collaboration functionality similar to that of Dropbox.

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Learn My Mac Episode 2

On October 3, 2011, in Learn My Mac, Video, by Elisa Pacelli




Using Preview to take a screen shot, annotating screen shots.

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