Author: Erik Vlietinck

Leonardo paper

Painting with Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic paint on Hahnemühle Leonardo paper

My second and probably last review of physical art medium covers Liquitex Soft Body painting on Hahnemühle’s hot-pressed Leonardo watercolour paper. Liquitex Soft Body can be used as a pouring medium but can also behave as a watercolour medium by adding Flow-Aid to it, while Leonardo is a lush 600gsm watercolour medium that you can literally soak. Leonardo is hot pressed and has a very smooth, satin finish.

Bear app gets encryption

Bear app gains encryption

A slim note taker with markdown capabilities at its core, Bear by Shiny Frog has gained a considerable advantage over its competitors. Mac and iOS app Bear is well known for its bare (sounds like bear but no pun intended) interface that stays out of the way as you gather your thoughts, web pages, recipes, checklists and anything else you can jot down in wordy format — with or without images. The newest version has full encryption capabilities.

FxFactory Ripple Tools Complete 2 review

Ripple Tools Complete for Final Cut Pro X promises to give you a full set of effects, most of them based on the title concept of FCP X of which many are trackable. Many effects that you can buy in one plug-in are either so simple you can create them faster using Final Cut Pro X’s built-in tools or so cheesy it hurts your eyes. I’m happy to say neither is the case with Ripple Tools Complete.

Klokki time tracker Review

Klokki is the third time tracker for the Mac that I review this year and it’s one of the best. It promises rule-based automatic tracking and it delivers on that promise. Klokki lives in your menubar and after you have set it up for a specific app or job category, it will work on its own. Unlike Timing, Klokki is meant to focus on work, not necessarily on how you spend your day, as Timing is. And unlike Timeular, it isn’t subscription-based and works always. Klokki doesn’t auto-track time that you don’t spend working on your Mac, though.

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.