Apple Mail is a nice email client, but it lacks features and functionality in the area of task management and message follow-up. Some people therefore prefer to switch to Microsoft’s Outlook, but with two plug-ins you can keep on using Mail and get the best task and message management available. The two plug-ins that make this happen are MailTags 4 and Mail Act-On 3.
Do you know what hyperfocal distance is? It’s the distance that gets every object in a photographic scene sharp as a razor blade. Hyperfocal distance depends on your camera body, lens, zoom factor and aperture. Sometimes it won’t work, but there’s a workaround. You do need a copy of Helicon Focus for it to work. Here is a step-by-step tutorial showing you how to get the bokeh that is impossible using hyperfocal distance on close by objects.
If you want to control Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro, or any other application that can be controlled with a jog wheel, you’ll need to buy a controller like the Tangent Wave control surface or even a Contour Design Shuttle Pro/Express. The former is expensive and only viable if you’re a professional, while the latter doesn’t allow for smooth shuttling. Owners of an iPad, however, are in luck: CTRL+Console is an iPad/Mac solution that lets your iPad work as a controller surface for applications running on your Mac.
With Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite 12, you get a myriad ways to create perfect video in terms of colour accuracy, colour creativity and film emulation — in any editing environment, including Final Cut Pro X. You don’t need Adobe After Effects anymore to get perfect skin colour or to work with Colorista. Magic Bullet Suite apps are also faster and the interface fonts finally look perfect.
The Rogue FlashBender XL Pro system is a flash reflector with accessories that is specifically aimed at photographers who want to have a highly transportable studio lighting system with them while they’re on the road. The first generation of these large FlashBenders was relatively heavy and they attached to the flash head using the same velcro system as the smaller ones. The second generation, which has just been released, is more lightweight and uses a different attachment. Time to give it a try.
Photosweeper, the image database cleaner app, has been upgraded to version 2. The upgrade is free for existing users and has some nifty new features that make working with it more efficient, more fun and above all: blazingly fast.
When SpectraLayers Pro came out a few years ago, it was the advanced audio spectrum analyser/editor many audio engineers dreamt of. In practice, the application was slow and not always stable. Version 2 ran a bit faster, although not by much, but it gained features not found anywhere else such as layer casting and moulding. With the only just released SpectraLayers Pro 3 Sony hasn’t chosen for the easy road of adding bloat to the app. Instead, they’ve made several impressive improvements, speeding up the app considerably, giving it a better, far more user-friendly and customisable interface and the ability to process 24bit/192kHz files. There are a few new features as well, but the focus of version 3 lies with making SpectraLayers Pro a more efficient, pleasurable audio editing app.