FotoMagico 5 – Review

On May 17, 2016, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

FotoMagico 5
Developer: Boinx Software
Download from App Store: $49.99 (5 Pro from Boinx site: $99.99)

7861_300FotoMagico is much more than a slideshow presenter. With it you can make professional presentations that include music, photos, animation, video, text, titling, beautiful transitions, and more. One of its best features is the ability to export your slideshows in an array of formats: DVD, Blu-Ray, iOS, Apple TV, YouTube, and several others. With the Pro version, you can even save a copy of your presentation as standalone, self-playing file that doesn’t need the FotoMagico application to run. Imagine the convenience of taking your presentation to a venue on a flash drive and using their computer (running Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.11) to show it — no resident application required.

Using the previous Fotomagico version, I documented a trip to Barcelona with photos, music, and text and then sent copies to friends and family. I was pleased to be able to send a DVD copy to our Spanish hosts as a thank you gift.

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MyMac Podcast 605:What the GMen want from Apple

On May 16, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Guy and Gaz talk about what they would like to see Apple do in regards to hardware, software, services, and haircuts. Well, not haircuts because in Guy’s case what would be the point?

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Guy’s App Pick: Scrivener by Literature & Latte $44.95 on the Mac App Store
Gaz’s App Pick: Time-Lapse Updated for El-Capitan 1.15 but not through the Mac App store 🙁 Theres a reason

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Base charging stand for iPad Pro – Review

On May 16, 2016, in iPad Pro, Review, Stand, by Curt Blanchard

Base charging stand for iPad Pro
Manufacturer: Logitech
Price: $99.99

Wireless charging? This is so close. Logitech’s new Base is designed to charge both the 12.9 inch and the 9.7 inch iPad Pro. Its magic is that it connects magnetically to the Smart Connector on the side on the iPad Pros. Simply place either size Pro on the Base and it clicks into place and begins charging. No wires.

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TechFan #254 – Civil War

On May 13, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David mix it up by getting right into all your feedback. What is the post-PC era, and are we there yet? Plus, Tim replaces his a MacBook with a mini-PC, upgrades to a MacBook Air via OWC, and the end of Disney creating video games. The main focus is our review (spoilers!) of Captain America: Civil War.

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AluPlug
Just Mobile
Price: $30 U.S.

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The Aluplug is a wall-charger for any USB devices.There are two ports in the solid aluminum, an indicator light to let you know it’s active, and a wall plug that folds into the unit for storage and travel. Its 2.4 amp power supply assures rapid charging. There are many similar devices available. This one is stylish with a knurled finish that makes it easy to grip. The Aluplug feels substantial in the hand and performs well.

MyMac Review Rating is 9 out of 10.

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BUOY Portable Wireless Waterproof, Sandproof, Shockproof Speaker — first listen and look preview — Nemo Memo
Magtunes
$99 U.S. plus shipping

See link above for early bird discounts

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Wow! That is the one word response people have when hearing and seeing BUOY from Magtunes, a new Australian company. This small, go-everywhere, wireless Bluetooth speaker is loaded with features and functionality, including both AUX-in and micro-SD inputs. With its low price and high sound quality and long battery life and big audio presence, this junior-sized wonder will have your friends dancing past midnight and your neighbors calling the police to get you turn the #%&* music down.

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Who are the people behind the technology that we love so much? We know the products, the websites, the online personalities but we want to learn more! 

Every week here at MyMac.com, we will spotlight a company, developer or person that supports Apple users by creating solutions or entertainment for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other platforms we all use and love by asking them to answer seven questions.

This week, we turn our attention to Beatrix Willius from Moth Software

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LEGO Marvel’s Avengers – Review

On May 10, 2016, in Review, Video Games, by Tim Robertson

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers
Developer: Feral Interactive
Price:  $39.99

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It must have been six to eight months already, because it’s once again time for me to review a LEGO game on the Mac from Feral Interactive. Feral has been one of the best Mac developers for many years now, and they are really good at porting games from other platforms over to the Mac so we, too, can get our game on!

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MyMac Podcast 604: So you bought an Apple, now what

On May 10, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz is back on the mic! The GMen discuss the kind of stuff they bought to support their Apple habit beyond the just the Apple stuff. Also college graduations, GoPo pictures, LOT’S of walking and Facebook lickers

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24/7 Messenger Bag
Adorama Camera
$79.95

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The 24/7 Traffic Collection is a line of similar-styled satchels and pouches sold exclusively through Adorama Camera. The urban-designed collection includes several holster pouches as well as a few over-the-shoulder bags. I got my hands on their larger 24/7 Messenger Bag, which is not a camera bag per se, but it can carry your camera, some ancillary gear, plus other stuff.

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EZQuest Adobe Photoshop Shortcuts Keyboard Cover
Manufacturer: EZQuest
MSRP: $29.95

Keyboard shortcuts are a proven productivity enhancement technique. The more work accomplished without lifting ones hands from the keyboard, the faster the job will be finished. EZQuest Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Cover is ready to help the Photoshop user learn how to use keyboard shortcuts to their best advantage.

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The EZQuest keyboard covers promise more than just a good way to improve your Adobe Photoshop efficiency. They also provide spill protection. This is something that I could use as evidenced by the coffee stain on my control key. Luckily, my slip didn’t cause shorting out of my keyboard and Mac. If I were to spill on my keyboard now, it would just be a matter of pulling the keyboard cover off, rinsing it in the sink and letting it dry.

The keyboard covers are thin, light weight, and do not hinder the touch typist. EZQuest advertises the fact that they also serve to quiet the noise of typing. The current Apple keyboards are nearly silent, so this is not a big feature for me.

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If you don’t need the prompting of the Photoshop keycaps the covers are also available in clear, various fun colors and with shortcuts illustrated for other highly complex applications such as Final Cut, Illustrator, and Logic Pro, among others.

Conclusions

The EZQuest Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Cover will be a valuable tool for those Adobe Photoshop CC artists who are not at the extremes of the learning curve. If all that the cover did for you is stop an event of the Pepsi Syndrome* it would be well worth the investment.

MyMac.com Review Rating: 9 out of 10

*Pepsi Syndrome

 

TechFan #253 – Time’s Top 50

On May 6, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Time posted a Top 50 Gadgets of All Time list, and David and Tim go through it selectively. Also, listener feedback and upgrade options for Nemo’s Macbook Pro.This episode of sponsored by MacSales.com

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Portectorz – Review

On May 5, 2016, in iPad, iPad 2, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Portectorz
RadTech
Price: $4.95 U.S. and up depending on type and model

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Whenever I go to the beach or pool I usually place my iPhone into a sealed bag to protect the ports from sand and/or water. Portectorz is a simple solution that might allow you to eliminate the need for that sealed plastic bag.

Portectorz consists of silicon port protectors that fit into the lightning port and headphone jack of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. There is even an Airport Express model that includes protection for the Ethernet port. The package I received contained covers for the iPhone 6 and 6s, standard or Plus. It consists of two strips that have the two port protections in one, and also individual headphone and Lightning plugs. The two strips are fitted for the 6/6s and the 6 Plus/6s Plus.

Each item easily fits into the ports and has a snug fit. I don’t see how water or sand would get in through them. They are also easily removed.

The only issue with the Portectorz I see is with cases on your device. Depending on the case you might not be able to use these. The strips can be cut to accommodate cases where the individual plugs will not fit, but it might cause an issue with removing them if they are cut too small. My iPhone case cannot accommodate the headphone jack plug no matter how small I cut it.

However, if your iOS device does not have a case or you case will work these are a fantastic, inexpensive, solution for protecting the ports on your iOS devices. There is even a model for older devices with dock connectors.

MyMac.com Review Rating: 9 out of 10.

MyMac.com Spotlight: Peter Maurer and Rob Griffiths

On May 4, 2016, in Spotlight, by Tim Robertson

Who are the people behind the technology that we love so much? We know the products, the websites, the online personalities but we want to learn more! 

Every week here at MyMac.com, we will spotlight a company, developer or person that supports Apple users by creating solutions or entertainment for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other platforms we all use and love by asking them to answer seven questions.

This week, we turn our attention to Peter Maurer and Rob Griffiths of Many Tricks
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iRig Mic Studio
IK Multimedia
$180 U.S.
Available in black or silver
Full manual PDF is here ikdownloads.com/irigmicstudio
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iRig Mic Studio is the best portable studio quality microphone we’ve used at MyMac. If the price tag is a bit steep for you today, save up and buy it tomorrow. This go-everywhere microphone works perfectly with a Macintosh via an included USB input cable. Even better — it works beautifully with your iPad and iPhone via an included Lightning cable and the audio input app of your choice.

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MyMac Podcast 603: HMS Appletanic

On May 2, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz is off this week so Karl Madden of various other podcasts near and dear to our hearts graciously consented to join Guy on this week’s podcast. Karl, because of your dedication, the photos will not be released to the general public and your check is in the mail. They talk about Apple’s latest financials, butchers that perform eye surgery, how to turn Guy into a 3 year old (like anyone would notice), consumerism, Apple Watches, politics, and just how old can a Mac get and still be productive. Or in Guy’s case, stop being a cheapskate and get new stuff!

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u-Jays On-ear headphones
Jays of Sweden
$230 U.S. with free worldwide shipping (See web site for worldwide pricing)

Available in two different white models and two different black models, depending on the trim

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Looking for premium wired on-ear headphones for airplane travel? u-Jays from Sweden are worth considering. They are darn good for home listening too.

On a recent airplane trip of over three hours I listened to samples from 220 tracks on my classic iPod with these stylish new headphones. They are comfortable but the round cushioned earpieces are not super squishy for long listening sessions. This is an issue but not a problem; over time you make peace with the earpieces.

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TechFan #252 – Purple

On April 29, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim has had a horrible two weeks, which is why TechFan missed a week! David and Tim discuss USB-C as a replacement to the headphone jack, Microsoft stops making new Xbox 360’s, Sony H.ear on Wireless NC Headphone, Macstock Expo,
WoW servers, and Prince. This episode of sponsored by MacSales.com

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Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2 – Review

On April 29, 2016, in Cases, iPad, iPad 2, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2
Thule
Price: $70 U.S.

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A few months ago I learned that Thule, a company I always knew for cycling gear, makes iPhone and iPad cases. I ordered a case for my iPhone 6 and loved it. When I decided to get an iPhone SE I didn’t have to think hard about a case — it was a Thule Atmos. It has become my number one iPhone case. Based on my iPhone experience I was very excited for the opportunity to review the Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2.

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CHANGEdesk portable standing-sitting computer desk
Uncaged Ergonomics
Price: $250 U.S.

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To stand or to sit, that is the question. Most office furniture allows you to do one or the other but not both. Uncaged Ergonomics thinks you have a choice so they’ve come up with the CHANGEdesk. Three metal shelves expand and contract like an accordion. If you’re tired of typing standing up, lift the lever on the right  and push down on the desktop.

The CHANGEdesk smoothly moves between a height of 21” down to 4” and automatically locks in place at five positions as you raise or lower it. The top shelf is designed to hold a monitor, up to 30 pounds.

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