Sibelius 6 resources

On April 6, 2011, in Audio, Book Review, Features, by Mark Sealey


Resources for Avid's Sibelius 6

Resources for Avid's Sibelius 6

Sibelius 6 is far and away best-of-breed as the gold standard of music notation software. The main review examines this latest version, its strengths and what makes it so successful. But the resources to which most users will want to turn have musch to recommend them as well.

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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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Review – X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

On July 21, 2010, in Macintosh, Review, by Ian Scott-Parker
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
Company: X-Rite
Price: MSRP $99.00 U.S.
Many photographers down the years have tried to bring order and discipline to their work. American readers may be familiar with Ansel Adams and his Zone System. In the UK, mountain photographer W.A. Poucher even suggested there might be a standard combination of film, aperture, and shutter speed instead of changing those values for every shot. Poucher, a perfume and cosmetics scientist by trade, went so far as to list the best routes and viewpoints for well known mountain peaks, and  that brought him a wide readership in the post-WWII world of expanding interest in outdoor recreation. All that was required was to follow the Poucher formula, then wait for the right light. You knew there had to be a catch!

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About Ian Scott-Parker

After training as a cartographic surveyor and then draughtsman, Ian worked in the haulage and manufacturing sectors before retraining to operate a short-run digital-color print studio. He spent the larger part of the last century of the previous millennium in the UK and the larger part of the present millennium in the USA, but claims to look younger than that makes him sound. Now retired, he lives as an Internet recluse with his wife Beth, whom he met through MyMac, and four unruly rescue dogs, Tika, Sammy, Gracie, and Truffie.

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