The AudioEngine W3 is a wireless audio link with a 16-bit USB DAC on the transmitter side. The W3 can transmit to up to three receivers simultaneously, allowing for a multi-room audio system that comes close to audiophile quality at a low price. I tested the W3 with CD-quality audio in AIFF format and with a battery-powered video microphone at the transmission end, and simultaneously with a pair of powered AudioEngine A5 speakers and a Sennheiser HD650 at the receiving end.
Sony’s SpectraLayers Pro 1.0 application is a 64-bit audio editing platform that features sound shaping capabilities with a unique and user-friendly interface. The audio is shown on a multidimensional spectral display. With SpectraLayer you can correct audio, remove specific frequencies, or change sound over time or within a specified frequency range.
Creating a split screen in Final Cut Pro X is a matter of choosing the plug-in that you like the most but if you want the split screens to animate, there’s only one product: Tokyo Split Animator. This plug-in, developed by a film maker, is part of the FxFactory range of plug-ins.
Take your screenshots on a Mac and save them to Photoshop files. Then in Photoshop, create a layer per screen element, and save them to PNGs or JPEGs using Slicy 1.1 — and choose between Retina 2x, 1x or none.
Combine the basic brush and pencil sketch capabilities of Painter with the vector brush of Illustrator and you more or less understand what it is you can do with SketchBook Designer 2013. SketchBook Designer 2013 is a hybrid illustration program. It’s designed to support sketching, and is actually two programs in one; with SketchBook Designer 2013 also comes a copy of SketchBook Pro!
Toast Titanium 11.0.6 has a frustrating bug: at 99% of the burning process, the application hangs indefinitely. It’s right before the Lead-out on DVDs and Blu-Rays should start to be written. And although a DVD or Blu-Ray used as backup media will work just fine, it is a different story when using Toast to burn a movie or an audio CD or DVD.
You can diagnose your Bluetooth connection and even create a full diagnostics report using the Bluetooth System Preferences panel, but you can do the same directly from the status bar (aka menu bar) in Mac OS X Lion.
Click the Speaker icon in the status bar (aka menu bar) with the Option key held down. You can now select the input and output source for your Mac’s sound.
Web designers must be flexible. They need to adapt to mobile devices. With CSS3 and some nifty tools, it all becomes much easier and pleasurable. Here are six tweets linking to these tools or to stories that cover them.
Suitcase Fusion 4 adds several features that make the life of a layout designer, or any designer working with fonts, a lot easier. There are the font panels that allow you to directly access local as well as WebINK font libraries from within Adobe IndDesign, Photoshop, or Illustrator CS5/5.1. There’s an integration not only with Extensis’ own WebINK but also with Google Web Fonts. And there’s a plethora of improvements to the interface.