Month: November 2014

iZotope Ozone 6, stripped from undue features, best mastering tool around

Probably for the first time in history, a developer actually removes features from an application in response to user feedback. iZotope did just that with the Ozone 6 mastering solution. The result is a lean, mean mastering machine with looks to kill for and not one feature that gets in your way. Ozone 6 does come with a new module, though: a very effective dynamic equaliser. Ozone 6 can be used as a plug-in to your DAW or sound editor, or as a stand-alone mastering solution.

motionVFX mHUD effects for Final Cut Pro X

motionVFX is a Polish team of developers who create effects for Final Cut Pro X. One of their latest creations is mHUD, a set of effect that reminded me of Yanobox’s Nodes 2. In reality, mHUD comes as a set of adjustable Final Cut Pro X Titles as well as QuickTime 1080p movies. I took my magnifying glass out and gave both Titles and movies a good look and what I found may even surprise the developers.

SanDisk SSD Extreme Pro: reliability, performance and lifespan

SSDs miss moving parts, are durable and fast. They are the holy grail of computer storage, except for their price, which still is considerable when compared to common hard disks. Nevertheless, there are good reasons to prefer an SSD above a hard disk despite the price premium, but not any SSD will do. Some are plain unreliable, while others claim high throughput speeds but never deliver. SanDisk is at the top of the industry in flash memory storage solutions. Atomos lists their Extreme Pro SSD in the “Highly Recommended” category for video recording. Six out of seven server and storage OEMs and all leading PC manufacturers use SanDisk technology in their products. Time we took an Extreme Pro SSD for a ride.

Get rid of haze with DxO Optics Pro 10

The developer who uses test data of your camera body and lens as well as scientifically based algorithms to create his applications, has just made his flagship image processing app better again. DxO Optics Pro 10 has a new ClearView feature to get rid of haze and an improved Probabilistic Image Enhancement (PRIME) denoising algorithm. DxO Optics Pro 10 also integrates with DxO ViewPoint’s geometrical correction tool.

BBEdit 11: some things change, some don’t

As long as I can remember, I have been reviewing BBEdit. Now at its 11th iteration, the text and code editor seems to stand firm as one of the most flexible and useful text editors for the Mac. BBEdit 11 leaves much unchanged in order not to interfere with users’ habits. That what did change again makes BBEdit more efficient, but some features didn’t work as expected yet.

Path Finder 7 has file management power to spare

You would think Mac OS X “Yosemite” to be perfectly suitable for every Mac user, but Path Finder 7 is the living proof much of OS X can still be improved, despite Yosemite’s good looks and excellent user experience. Let’s just say Yosemite is focused on improving the interaction between you and any Mac device, while Path Finder 7 improves on the Mac user experience.