Jaksta Deluxe – Review

On December 31, 2012, in AppleTV, Audio, Features, Mac OS X, Music, Review, Video, by Larry Grinnell

Jaksta Deluxe
Company: Jaksta
Price: $69.95
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A few months ago, I was assigned to review some new utilities from a company I’d not heard of before, Jaksta. At the time, they offered three separate media grab and convert utilities for the Mac:

  • Jaksta Video Converter for Mac
  • Jaksta Music Converter for Mac
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In the ensuing months, they have added a fourth program, Jaksta Music Miner, an audio capture utility (sold separately for $19.95), to the mix, and then bundled them all together for a single price $69.95, with a substantial discount for purchasing a additional bundles.

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About Larry Grinnell

Larry Grinnell has been a Mac user since before there were Macs, first being exposed to his brother-in-law's Apple Lisa 7/7 office system, in 1982 or 1983. After a nine year stint in the US Air Force, he took an electronics technician job at Motorola, Inc., where he stayed for almost 27 years. In that time, he held additional diverse positions from manufacturing engineering technician to technical writing to print production consultant to department webmaster. Currently, he's the sole technical writer for a small communications/electronics firm in Davie, FL. He is a member of the MyMac.com writing staff, and recently completed a two-year stint writing a weekly Macintosh and Apple-oriented column for the Palm Beach Business website (http://www.pbbusiness.com). In his copious free time, he does layout and prepress work for the Grinnell Family Association's quarterly newsletter, and runs their website at http://www.grinnellfamily.org. He also serves on the board of directors for the Palm Beach Phoenix Apple User Group. His next big assignment is to perform the editing, layout, and prepress work for an all new Grinnell family genealogy, which promises to be roughly 2,000 pages in size. Publication date is tentatively scheduled for 2015. He lives in Greenacres, FL. His cat Agnes grudgingly permits him to share her home with him.

OfficeJet 6700 Premium e-All-in-One
Company: Hewlett-Packard
Price: $169

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Hewlett Packard (HP) is the granddaddy of the consumer inkjet printer business, manufacturing the first DeskJets in the mid-1980s. My first decent printer was an HP DeskWriter (specially configured for Macintosh™ computers), which I bought in the late 1980s, around the time HP did their first big price reduction (for the DeskWriter) from around $1200 down to $800. Yes, back in the day, inkjet printers (mostly monochrome then) were much more expensive than consumer-grade dot-matrix printers (which weren’t exactly cheap, either). The obvious advantage to an inkjet was the 300 dpi x 300 dpi quality, and the printing speed (8-10 pages per minute). I learned how to refill the cartridges with a hypodermic needle and a bottle of Pelikan fountain pen ink. Admittedly that got old, real fast. My DeskWriter replaced a glacially slow Seikosha dot matrix printer (remember them, tech old-timers?). After a few years, I replaced the DeskWriter with some nondescript inkjet printer whose name now escapes me, when Apple did away with their custom printer port, and besides, I wanted color.

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About Larry Grinnell

Larry Grinnell has been a Mac user since before there were Macs, first being exposed to his brother-in-law's Apple Lisa 7/7 office system, in 1982 or 1983. After a nine year stint in the US Air Force, he took an electronics technician job at Motorola, Inc., where he stayed for almost 27 years. In that time, he held additional diverse positions from manufacturing engineering technician to technical writing to print production consultant to department webmaster. Currently, he's the sole technical writer for a small communications/electronics firm in Davie, FL. He is a member of the MyMac.com writing staff, and recently completed a two-year stint writing a weekly Macintosh and Apple-oriented column for the Palm Beach Business website (http://www.pbbusiness.com). In his copious free time, he does layout and prepress work for the Grinnell Family Association's quarterly newsletter, and runs their website at http://www.grinnellfamily.org. He also serves on the board of directors for the Palm Beach Phoenix Apple User Group. His next big assignment is to perform the editing, layout, and prepress work for an all new Grinnell family genealogy, which promises to be roughly 2,000 pages in size. Publication date is tentatively scheduled for 2015. He lives in Greenacres, FL. His cat Agnes grudgingly permits him to share her home with him.

 

Brooke – TechFan Podcast #102

On December 28, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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While David records a solo segment for this weeks show, Tim is joined by his daughter, Brooke, to discuss technology and a little of this and that.

 

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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He’s young, articulate, experienced, and successful. Listen to our 20-minute intense conversation. Get advice on how to learn to code, how to create a personal hotspot from your iPhone Internet connection, how to use cloud and Dropbox storage efficiently, which headphones to buy, and plenty more.

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Words of widsom from Ethan Bloch:

Stop waiting, and start now.

You can put it on a credit card.

Build a prototype yourself if you’re going to build a technical company. I advise you to have technical talent.

 

About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a personal and group computer tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on 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.

Powerbag Backpack By FUL
Company: FUL
Price: $139.99

Ever come across a time where you are out-and-about and bring your latest technology with you but the energy efficiency of that particular product drains carelessly throughout the day? The Powerbag backpack by FUL will have your “back” no doubt.

I have been using this Powerbag backpack day in and day out throughout my high school semester. It is equipped with a 3000mA battery that resides in a storage bay in the very front compartment. There are other options on the FUL site to upgrade your batter and swap it out for a much bigger 5000mA battery to get more usage out of your devices throughout several days.

CABLES POWERBAG

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WordPress: The Missing Manual – Review

On December 27, 2012, in Book Review, by Curt Blanchard

WordPress The Missing Manual
Author: Matthew MacDonald
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
ISBN: 978-1-449-30984-8
MSRP: $29.99 (Street: $20.00)
WordPress: The Missing Manual

Did you know that WordPress is responsible for roughly one-sixth of the world’s websites and that 20% of all new websites run on WordPress? That’s impressive. Our MyMac.com website runs on WordPress. If you are a brand new blogger or an experienced web developer, WordPress: The Missing Manual is for you.

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O’Reilly’s Missing Manual series of tech books is huge, uncompromisingly accurate, and the authors are experts on their topics. This book’s author, Matthew MacDonald, is a website development professional and author with more than a dozen books to his credit. In WordPress: The Missing Manual he tackles a sometimes-complex subject with an approachable style that explains concepts in ways that are easy-to-grasp.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

Take Control of Messages in Mountain Lion
Author: Glenn Fleishman
Published by: TidBITS Publishing Inc.
Price: $10.00
ebook 113 pages PDF format
ISBN: 9781615424146

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I have been a Mac user for quite a few years now. It was surprising that I had never used iChat, considering how often I am talking to friends online all over the world. Now with it becoming the Messages application I was curious to see if it did more than what you see at first glance. Reviewing Take Control of Messages in Mountain Lion gave me the chance to delve a little deeper into Messages.

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About Peter Bird

Peter is a writer/reviewer for MyMac.com. He has been using Apple products since 2007, he regularly uses Apple equipment such as the Macbook Pro, iPhone, iPad and iPad mini. He enjoys reading books, listening to music, watching films, cold weather, podcasts, Astronomy, writing, taking photos, and making videos.

Merry Christmas from the GMen – MyMac Podcast #435

On December 26, 2012, in Features, by The MyMac Podcast

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Simple show concept this week. We talk about Christmas stuff, some G+ Community questions, then off to your Bumpers (brilliant they are too), and finally ending the show with a thank you to all the wonderful people that not only listen to the podcast, but contribute to MyMac.com in general. Merry Christmas to you all!

Some Links:
Gaz’s App Pick: 12 dye of Christmas by piso13.com
Guy’s App Pick: Labels and Addresses by BeLight Software $24.99
People’s Pick: JT Ray picked Timehop free

 

Guest review by Fred Wells

iRig Mix mobile mixer and DJ Rig app
$100
Free to $10 app

In the days of my youth, I was an active local DJ. I had a few nightly residencies and the opportunity to open for a few national acts. This was in the waning days of DJ’ing with vinyl — CDs were on the ascent and vinyl controllers such as Serato and other USB controllers were just emerging and incredibly expensive.

These days I DJ mostly as a hobby, doing it occasionally to relive the glory days and to just have a good time. While I love DJ’ing with vinyl, the one thing I have always hated is lugging around vinyl. I can assure you no vinyl DJ loves her records while carrying them back home at 3:00 a.m. This was one of the reasons I was excited to test out the iRig Mix, especially being able to have my whole DJ rig in shoulder bag that I could carry effortlessly. Sign me up!

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a personal and group computer tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on 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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Pixa – Review

On December 24, 2012, in Mac OS X, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Pixa
Company: Shiny Frog
Price $30
Mac App Store Link (20% off until the end of 2012)

 

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Are you an artist that wanted to organize your digital portfolio and files in a way similar to iPhoto, but you didn’t want to mix you artwork with your photo library? Well, you could have 2 libraries that you switch between or you could just buy Pixa for you Mac.

What is Pixa? Pixa is basically an image organizer similar to iPhoto for you artwork or other image files. Those familiar with iPhoto will fell right at home since the interface is very similar. However there are differences.

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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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Cosmos Story Vol1 – App Review

On December 24, 2012, in Apple, Apps, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, Tablet, by David M. Acklam

Cosmos Story Vol 1
App Developer: Cosmos Story
Version 1.1
License: US$2.99 Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires IOS 5.0 or later.

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As an amateur astronomer and a volunteer with Project ASTRO, I regularly use the concept of scale to help teach astronomy and engage our students in visualizing and grasping the immensity of our universe. I typically use examples scaled in the dimension of physical length, area, and volume to assist in illustrating the distance and sizes of planets, our solar system and neighboring stars and galaxies. The Cosmos Story application approaches this concept of the size of our universe in slightly different way by using the dimension of time as related to the speed of light. That is, light travels 186,000 miles per second or 300,000 kilometers per second. Working in this dimension, the distance between the Earth and our Moon is a little more than a second and the distance from the Earth to our Sun is a little more than eight minutes.

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About David Acklam

I'm a retired professional engineer actively involved in community outreach working with our local educators to help engage our youth in the sciences and mathematics. I enjoy sharing our night sky as an amateur astronomer and volunteer with the Project ASTRO program, the Flandrau Science Center, the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Kuiper Circle and as a docent with the Planetary Science Institute. I've been a Mac user since 2007.

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Marware rEVOLUTION case for iPhone 5 – Review

On December 20, 2012, in Cases, iPhone Cases, Review, by Russ Walkowich

rEVOLUTION case for iPhone 5
Company: Marware
Price: $34.99 MSRP

 

rEVOLUTION SHOT

 

The iPhone 5 is a beautifully designed and very lightweight phone that a lot of users don’t won’t to spoil by adding heavy cases to in an effort to protect them from normal everyday usage. Enter Marware’s rEVOLUTION case for the iPhone 5.

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About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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Nomad Flex for iPad – Review

On December 20, 2012, in iPad, iPad 2, iPad mini, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Nomad Flex
Company: Nomad Brush
Price: $29.00

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The one thing missing about painting on an iPad with your finger or a stylus is the natural feel of using a real paintbrush. Sure, there are apps that mimic the look of a paintbrush and even the look of real paint, but there is nothing like using a real paintbrush. With the Nomad Flex you can paint on your iPad and have that real paintbrush feel of painting with a brush.

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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.

All Googled Out – MyMac Podcast #434

On December 19, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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The GMen are just blown away by how quickly the community has taken a liking to…well…Google Plus Communities and the MyMac Podcast one has been very active. SO active that a good chunk of our show talking about Apple’s iWork came right out of it. Not because we’re lazy…OK, we were lazy, but it’s really great stuff!

Some Links:
Gaz’s App Pick: Opus Domini Lite By piso13.com
Guy’s App Pick: Blogsy by Fomola $4.99

People’s Pick: None this week (sad face)

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Sena Walletbook for iPhone 5 – Review

On December 18, 2012, in Cases, iPhone Cases, Review, by Vicki Stokes

Sena Walletbook for iPhone 5
Company: Sena
Price: $54.95

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An upgrade to the iPhone 5 from a previous version means searching for a new case. The old iPhone cases will not fit because the iPhone 5 is longer and thinner. This is no problem for me because my only criteria, besides securely encasing the iPhone, is for the case to include pockets to store an ID, a couple of bills, and a credit card. The Walletbook is advertised as part designer wallet and part premium leather case with pockets, easy device access, secure snap closure, and a money compartment making it an excellent replacement case candidate. 

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About Vicki Stokes

Vicki is a IT professional working in the Silicon Valley. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co-hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Elisa Pacelli.

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t-JAYS Four with JAYS Curves Digital Signal Processing
JAYS
$130 US

First listen and look — User Report Nemo Memo

Sweden’s JAYS breaks into new sonic and app territory with t-JAYS Four in-ear headphones and the custom JAYS Curves iOS app for iPhone and iPad. This article may be the first you’re learning about Curves Digital Signal Processing (or DSP), but it won’t be the last time. DSP is here to stay, so brace yourself, audio fanatic.

The t-JAYS Four (abbreviated as tJ4) headphone are almost (or better than) conventional, which is a good thing. Multiple size comfortable tips and a too-small carrying case are provided in the idiosyncratic standard JAYS hard shell product packaging that we have described in prior reviews of JAYS products.

tJ4’s sharp-edged protuberances will take a bit of physical tweaking to achieve comfortable placement in your ears. I prefer the R and L speakers inserted into the corresponding ears, using JAYS’ largest tips, and with the cables looped over my ears from front to rear. Passive ambient sound isolation is good to very good.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a personal and group computer tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on 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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mymosaic
Review

On December 13, 2012, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

mymosaic-photo mosaic maker
Company: MindTrip Studios

Version: 1.0
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad. Optimized for iPhone 5.
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Price: 99 cents

Looking for a fun, inexpensive way to create mosaics on your iDevices? Take a look at mymosaic.

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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Insanely Great Products’ The Norm
Review

On December 13, 2012, in Features, Review, by Peter Nikolaidis

The Norm
Insanely Great Products
Price: $35.00 US

I was recently sent a a demo unit of The Norm from Insanely Great Products.

The Norm is a simple vent-mount iPhone 4 holder. It uses a standard binder clip to clamp on to the vent, and is shaped to perfectly hold an iPhone 4 (or 4S).

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About Peter Nikolaidis

Peter is an entrepreneur, IT security guy, mountain biker, role-player, open-source legend and naturalized Kryptonian. His latest string of letters after his name include GCFE, GCFW, GSNA, and NSFW. Often splitting his time between rural Vermont and urban Boston, MA, while not negotiating galactic peace treaties, he enjoys coffee and networking of various types, and occasionally co-hosting the Pocket Sized Podcast with Scott Willsey. Sometimes he can be found sharing useful, amusing, or annoying tidbits on Twitter.

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Drobo 5D
Review

On December 12, 2012, in Hard Drive, Review, by Steve Hammond

Drobo 5D
Price: $849 US
Company: Drobo

With Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 technology making their way into the market, many new products were recently announced supporting those technologies. Drobo made the announcement of two new products this summer that incorporate both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt: the Drobo mini and the Drobo 5D. In this review, I will cover the latter.


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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

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Made in ‘Merica
MyMac Podcast #433

On December 11, 2012, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson


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Well the news is out. Apple will be assembling an entire Mac line here in the US. Wonderful news and all that, but why does it ring somewhat hollow? The MyMac Podcast has a new way to talk to the GMen. It’s our Google+ Community page! WOO! Now you can…do all the stuff like before…just in yet another place. Yeah, that’s a win.

Some Links: Swaziland has to tax witch doctors to stay afloat! Film at 11!
Gaz’s App Pick: Flick Golf by Fulfat Games. FREE!
Guy’s App Pick: Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 by Aspyr. $29.99 at the Mac App Store

People’s Pick: None this week (sad face)

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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