Month: August 2019

Hook, your captain of file associations on the Mac

In Scrivener, you can cross-reference from one document within a project to another. That’s very useful for all kinds of publications, but those cross-references only exist within the Scrivener document, so you’re stuck at a level that you can’t apply this concept on task management or project workflows. Hook is a background app that enables this kind of cross-referencing for all types of workflow you can imagine.

Hahnemuehle anniversary aquarelle paper and liquitex acrylic gouache

Painting with Liquitex Acrylic Gouache on Hahnemühle Anniversary Edition Aquarelle

Producing visuals doesn’t always have to be digital. A lot of art and indeed, some graphics design, is still done the old-fashioned way – with paint on either canvas or paper. We tend to forget that modern art materials can just be as innovative as digital apps, tablets and computing platforms. And if you’re good enough to have your work on display in Tate Modern or other prestigious galleries, you’re bound to earn a lot more than what you can ever make from creating digital art.

Best PDF editor with the most features: PDFpenPro 11

If you need a PDF editor, you’ll have the option of buying one of at least two popular apps for the Mac: PDF Expert or PDFpenPro. I always thought PDF Expert is more than sufficient for whatever it is you’d like to do with PDFs, but after trying out PDFpenPro 11 I’m convinced you’ll do better with the latter. It has more — useful — features and is more powerful overall. The only thing that I would like to see more of in this app is better support for shortcut keys.

SoundSource 4 Review

Want to have a different sound volume for each app you use? Perhaps some more oomph when you’re in Safari and a reverb while listening to iTunes? In that case, SoundSource 4 is your friend. It’s Rogue Amoeba’s fourth version of this unobtrusive tool and it’s the most advanced Mac audio access and control panel on the market.

Ulysses 17, new version of the text editor for Macs

Ulysses to reach version 17, adding new styles and improvements

Ulysses 17, the upcoming latest version of the text and markdown editor for Mac, iPad and iPhone receives new keyword management on the iOS platform, four new export styles, a revamped full-screen mode on the iPad and improved image caption support. The update is free for existing subscribers and we expect it for release on August 19, 2019.
 It will offer better management of large collections of sheets (think academic research) and better support of research that requires documents to have large numbers of images and be output to a specific output style. By the way: new customers will get 50% off on the first year of Ulysses. The offer applies to the yearly subscription and runs from today to August 15… Keyword management on iOS In spring, Ulysses (review here) for the Mac gained the ability to manage your keywords. This feature is now also coming to the iPhone and iPad. We will be able to can edit or delete keywords, customise their colours, as well as merge several keywords into one. We’ll also …

DPA Microphones d:vote CORE 4099 instrument microphone used by Daniel Weltlinger

Violinist, composer and producer Daniel Weltlinger is now using a DPA Microphones d:vote CORE 4099 instrument microphone

Daniel Weltlinger – born in Sydney but based in Berlin – composes and plays Gypsy-swing, jazz, Yiddish-klezmer and experimental/free-improvised music. He has long been a fan of DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, but when one of the two he owns was recently damaged during a live show, he decided it was time to upgrade.

Book review: Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo Workbook

Affinity Designer and Photo Workbooks Review

Did you know the people at Serif have written, edited and published their own books for learning Affinity Designer and Photo? Well, they have and they’re both excellent books for learning the two apps. At the very least, you should seriously consider them as they contain invaluable information and tear-out cheat sheets.

Review of the ToughTech Secure m3 encrypted external disk drive

CRU ToughTech Secure m3 Review

The ToughTech Secure m3 is an external, 2.5in drive enclosure for encrypted file storage. It comes with three hardware encryption keys. The company also offers to buy an encryption key creator tool for when you need to generate your own keys.