ScreenFlow, the first really powerful screen recording software for the Mac is being upgraded to version 3 by Telestream. The new version sports a number of improvements that turn ScreenFlow 3 in an absolute winner in this market, but I also found a couple of bugs that need to be ironed out.
Whenever Corel releases another upgrade of Painter, it’s always interesting to see which new brushes they’ve come up with this time, and above all: how those brushes perform. Right up till version 11 the new brushes were nothing less but awe-inspiring, but they also required a hefty machine to get some performance from them. Much of the joy of painting digitally with those versions was outdone by the slow rendering of paint. With version 12, Corel hasn’t just added brushes and other creative goodies. It has dramatically increased Painter’s speed — so much so that it is a real pleasure to work with any type of brush in this new version. I found it hard to find anything that will not instantly appeal to digital artists in Painter 12.
Hähnel’s Giga T Pro II is an upgrade of their excellent remote control for dSLRs. New features include an On/Off switch on the transmitter, a continuous shooting mode that follows the speed you set on your dSLR, and an interval mode that leaves all other interval capable remotes biting the dust.
Power Manager is a Preference panel and application that allows you to manage your Mac’s idle time, save energy, and even start and finish processes on your Mac such as log rotation, script executions, etc. Power Manager Pro is the version that allows managers of multiple Macs to propagate schedules and events to all Macs on the network.
Lion is not an evolution of Mac OS X as we know it. It is a new user experience and as such it won’t appeal to all people. It’s also been totally revamped under the hood, and that doesn’t please developers. Lion may be a pain to some, but it’s hard to deny its leaps forward in design, efficiency, and productivity.