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With the advent of Apple’s App Store for the iOS platforms (iPhone & iPad), Apple has not only a monopoly, but also the right to dictate what software is available to consumers while collecting a 30% fee. This model has yielded billions for the company and enabled many small developers to be discovered in a virtual sea of applications. This idea of an App-store is so lucrative and popular on mobile devices that Apple is bringing it back to the Mac in their new Operating System “Lion”.
The direct downloads from the internet have proven a revolutionary distribution system, lowering the cost for packaging and shipping of physical software. Online distribution, however fragmented, still has a way to go to be perfected and needs a unified way of discovery, purchase and download. The following reviews the positives and negatives of this centralized App Store offered by Apple:
- Eased distribution for developers and consumers
- Potential for developer based software stores reduced and or eliminated
- Centralized Software Updates
- Software Discovery Model similar to Apple’s “Genius” feature
- Unified login, payment, and download method
- Better quality control of applications
- Apple control flow of apps, licensing, updating
- Reduced developers control of retail
- Potential Price Markup to cover 30% fee from Apple
- Potentially inhibition of developers and software
- BigBrother awareness of your installed applications
Apple, a company who has built its fortune on open technologies has a clear goal for a monolithic, closed, proprietary, centrally-controlled, environment of software and hardware. The future of development on the Mac platform is at a crossroads, and only the future holds the answer to the best course to travel.
Lots of programs do ftp, some cost and some don’t, some are feature packed and some are slimmed down, some are tied to an editor and some are independent. I always find it cumbersome to rely on built in ftp of programs like coda and dreamweaver since I edit in a variety of editors. I also hate going to a different program to make updates to a site I am working on in another program.
Enter ExpandDrive and Transmit 4 which offer the solution I have been looking for. How so you ask? These applications actually mount your ftp site like it is a drive on your computer and you can open the files in what ever you like. I have been able to do that for years with the finder you say? Well, the finder is slow, bogs down your computer while you interact with the ftp, and does not have the features to do a good job of ftp.
FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDav:
Both have the ability to mount ftp sites, sftp, amazon s3, and webdav as drives but Transmit 4 does this much faster and I mean much faster.
Expand Drive and Transmit 4 both have a menu bar drop-down interface and mounted drives that show up in the finder, however their similarities end there. Transmit 4 has a fully featured ftp window showing local and remote locations, the ability to sync files(my favorite feature) various finder window type functions and much more. Transmit 4 is really a fully featured application that does not get in your way as opposed to a simple utility.
This was a virtual no contest as I found ExpanDrive to be sluggish not only to itself but to my entire computer. Transmit 4 came out with blazing speed and elegance that was just unmatched and I was able to get work done faster then using dreamweaver or coda without being tied to their editors.
Transmit 4: $34.00
Transmit 4 is our winner by its clean interface, super speed, ease of use and its great feature set. The guys at panic should be proud of what they created because they made my life a whole lot easier. Great try on the part of ExpanDrive and if it was not for the speed and lack of a true interface the guys at ExpanDrive could have given Transmit 4 a run for it’s money.
The release of the propellerhead Reason 5 and Record 1.5 has my head spinning with possibilities. I was uncertain how this combo would improve my recording life but it is a sure fire upgrade. Reason 4 and Record were already arguably the best digital workstation software to date but now with new modules it has been taken to the next level. This Article is intended for people who already use Reason and Record. If you would like to find out more, Propellerheads has some great videos on their site.
My Favorite Features
Blocks: Record, Reason
Blocks introduce a new ways to organize your songs. You create sections/blocks into verse, chorus, bridge or anyway you see fit. You create instances of those Blocks and any change you make distributes to those instances. This Really helps cut down copy and pasting my chorus or hooks every time I make a change.
Live Sampling: Record, Reason
This brings me back to the old days of making my own samples. For along time if you did not have Recycle cutting up samples and mapping them to a device was a pain in the a$$ but now with live sampling it is an easy and creative was to make and manipulate your on samples in any sample loading device. This feature still has some ruff edges but is very useful. I still am waiting for the day I have recycle incorporated in to the program.
Dr. Octo REX Loop Player: Record, Reason
This new rex player is like having 8 rex players and allows you to do some awesome beat juggling. There is also more control over the slices which can be used to pan, reverse and filter.
The Neptune Pitch: Record
Call me old school but I hate the auto-tune sound in its current form, however that will not keep me from using this great tool. I already have found great ways to use it that don’t come off like this over produced candy sound that non singers use to get by. This can be used quite creatively as it can plug in to anything and can be driving by your midi controller. The manipulation of pitch opens many doors to creative performances and yes you can also sound like T-Pain.
Kong Drum Designer: Record, Reason
The Kong is a 16 pad and 16 drum synthesis, physical modeling, sampling, REX loops, beat machine. With this device you can get the exact sound your looking for and you can build your drum sounds based on any of the nine different drum modules. With it’s automation analog support sound generators, effects, flexible routing, multiple hit types you can spend all day playing with this thing.
If you already own Record and Reason you only have to upgrade to Reason 5 to get the Record 1.5 update which is great!
My crew and I just got our hands on the Latest 7D and T2i cameras and put them through their paces in Oakland’s Historic China Town. With only a Few Lenses, Tripod, and a GlideTrack we were able to make an impressive short film that captured this lively area. There is no noticeable difference between the 2 cameras video quality. The 7D does have a better build quality, more ISO setting and more photography options but if you looking to shoot and your on a budget the T2i is a strong option. The t2i can allow you to purchase more lenses with the money saved from not getting 7D. All and All I love them both and would not trade one for the other. View for your self.
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If you ever see IDCA being quite it is because we have something brewing you will all see soon what we have been up to. Cheers
Google Nexus One vs Motorola Droid
Below are some of the comparison tech spec between the Nexus One in to the Droid. Unfortunately these comparisons are not always 1to 1.
Size and weight:
(H X W X D)
119mm x 59.8mm x 11.5mm
130 grams w/battery
100g w/o battery
(H X W X D)
2.4 x 4.6 x .5 in.; 60.00 x 115.80 x 13.70 mm
6 oz.; 169 grams
Touch Screen Only
Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair)
Power and battery
Removable 1400 mAH battery
Charges at 480mA from USB, at 980mA from supplied charger
BATTERY TYPE 1400 mAh Li Ion
STANDBY TIME3 up to 270 hrs.
3.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen
800 x 480 pixels
100,000:1 typical contrast ratio
1ms typical response rate
3.7-in.; WVGA (480 x 854 pixels); 16:9 widescreen
Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz
Arm® Cortex™ A8 processor 550 mHz
AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1 (AAC+), HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+) Mono/Stereo standard bit rates up to 160 kbps and sampling rates from 8 to 48kHz, AMR-NB 4.75 to 12.2 kbps sampled @ 8kHz, AMR-WB 9 rates from 6.60 kbit/s to 23.85 kbit/s sampled @ 16kHz., MP3 Mono/Stereo 8-320Kbps constant (CBR) or variable bit-rate (VBR), MIDI SMF (Type 0 and 1), DLS Version 1 and 2, XMF/Mobile XMF, RTTTL/RTX, OTA, iMelody, Ogg Vorbis, WAVE (8-bit and 16-bit PCM)
AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, OGG, AMR WB, AMR NB, AAC+, MIDI
With news of the Nexus release of googles mobile device the web and blogosphere begin to light up. The main question on the minds of most cell phone users is, will this phone finally beat out the offerings from Apple? So far the Motorola droid is the closest thing to it though it just lost by a hair in the CNET Prize Fight series with Brian Tong.
One thing seems sure, that Googles over all market penetration will exceed that iPhone because of Androids open platform. Android is not tied to a device or carrier and is much more open then Apple. Google recently released its secret phones for use by some employees that lead to some leaks videos and unofficial reviews online. Now with its release we will soon see the results of there efforts
Here is a link to the CNET Coverage
2009 Was full of great mac apps and these are my Top 5.
For the recording industry, nothing changed the game quite like Propellerheads Record. Reason has been dominating professional music production for years now, but has missed one major component, Direct to Disk Audio. Record has not only solved this issue, it has also innovated on the idea, using a real world methodology towards audio. This application tops the list as a game changer in music recording, as a sequencer, recording, mixing, and mastering suite.
2009 was about getting organized and no one did that better then Market Circles Daylite. With its objective-oriented approach to projects, opportunities, and contacts, MCD makes it easy to integrate this program into what ever workflow you have. This program’s defaults also point you in the right direction when it comes to getting organized with its project workflows. One of MCD’s best features was its integration with the address book and calendar, simplifying the use of this application with other apps that utilize the same services. This program won many design awards in 2009, including the Apple Design Award. Market Circle also released an iphone application and server that brought this forward-thinking app even further into the future.
Billings is another efficient Market Circle app, used exclusively for time-based billing and invoicing. Billings features a powerful design engine to create stunning looking invoices, and enables users to merge data in an elegant way. The application is a standalone product, and works well with the Daylite project management application. Billings also has nice integration features that work well with the address book and that give Daylite a more robust way of handling billing tasks.
Packed with organizing features, Mac Journal is no mere word processor. It is also an excellent way to keep your thoughts and journal entries organized. The program for the most part is pretty straight forward with great drag and drop functionality of photos, movies, and sounds. Users can add html to their entries and post the data to multiple blogs. This program is an indispensable part of any bloggers arsenal that uses WordPress, Blogger, Joomla and or Drupal as a blogging platform. Offline journal-writing is available and safe, as you can encrypt and password protect your data. Snow Leopard:
Speed, ease of use, and more disc space all-around, Snow Leopard packs a punch as an upgrade to Apples line of Operating Systems. I have seen as much as 20 gigabytes of space return to users who have install this purchased update to Leopard. One of the biggest features of Snow Leopard were the Microsoft Exchange support in Apples Mail, Address Book, and Calendar apps. This feature alone was worth the upgrade to mac users in PC environments. The improvements to the Dock, finder and Quicktime are some of the more noticeable changes.