Open iPad GarageBand files on your Mac – a workaround

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 in Hints, iPad, Mac

Update: That didn’t take long! Apple has just released an update for GarageBand on the Mac that officially adds support for iPad projects. It’s 181MB and seems to include add all the software instruments found in the iPad version that were missing

 

So ignore the workaround below, update GarageBand and you’ll be all set.

 

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Review: Sparrow

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 in Mac, Reviews

A shiny new Mail client for OS X has been making the rounds recently — Sparrow for Mac.

Sparrow first caught a lot of attention last year when the initial public beta was released. I have to admit, I was quite skeptical after a first look: it seemed like a weird rip-off of Tweetie for Mac combined with everything I disliked about the Gmail web interface.

But the final 1.0 release has really won me over. Sparrow gets rid of the visual clutter caused by lists of folders, unread count badges etc. and puts your email front and center.

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Olympus PEN E-PL1 Review

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 in Photography, Reviews

Hot on the heels of the Sony NEX-3 review, we’ll next take a look at another micro DSLR camera, the Olympus E-PL1. This is a smaller, cheaper PEN-series camera, that offers a lot of the features found on the E-P1 (which I had a chance to review last year) and E-P2 at a much lower price. But just how capable is the E-PL1?

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We Support Software

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 in Opinions, The web

Just a quick note to let you know about a new site I’m working on called
We Support Software. I work in the QA and support field, so the new site will allow me to write about that slightly more niche subject, in addition to the more general articles and reviews I post here.

As the name implies, I hope to turn the site into a useful resource for all of us in that kind of role, so for interview & articles about supporting and testing OS X and iOS apps, head on over to wesupportsoftware.com.

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Mac App Store thoughts

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 in Mac, Opinions

The long-rumoured Mac App Store has finally been announced and developers have started to post their reactions and opinions. So far, everyone seems cautiously optimistic and despite some concerns and understandable misgivings about handing over 30% of application revenue to Apple, there have only been a few developers who have categorically rejected the Mac App Store.

So how will the Mac App Store really impact developers? The answer depends on what type of developer you’re talking to and what kind of products they sell. These three groups come to mind:

The lone Mac Developer

These guys are going to love the App Store. Until now, they’ve had to take care of their own marketing, sales, licensing, online store, support, etc, all in addition to writing their apps. Being on the App Store won’t magically make these additional jobs go away, but it remove some of pressure to do all of these simultaneously.

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Sony NEX-3 Review

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 in Photography, Reviews

Earlier this Summer, I posted a first look at Sony’s upcoming Alpha NEX-3 and NEX-5 series, that looked poised to challenge the Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four-Thirds cameras. The stunning design, more reminiscent of a compact camera than a DSLR, paired with an APS-C sensor looked like a winning combination.

Sony were kind enough to loan me a NEX-3 for a fortnight recently, so I’ve put this intriguing new camera through its paces.

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GrabBox: Screenshot sharing with Dropbox

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 in Mac, Reviews, The web

Okay – by now I think you’ve all heard me rave about Dropbox enough.. but one of the things that is really making Dropbox super useful for me is the number of third party applications that are starting to use Dropbox for fast & easy cloud storage.

I often find myself sharing screenshots with colleagues and friends. There are a ton of applications out there that will help you do this, but most of them rely on you taking a screenshot and dragging it to another application.

GrabBox is a free app that lets you share a screenshot whilst skipping that second step: just take a screenshot and it will automatically add it to your public Dropbox folder and creates a short url for you to share with friends. It puts that url on your clipboard so you can paste it right away.

Here’s a clip of GrabBox in action:

movies/GrabBox.mov

What I love most is that I don’t need to change my workflow: I just hit the regular OS X keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot and GrabBox does the rest: snap, paste, done.

The ugly icon, and the fact that it runs in your Dock instead of your menubar are two minor gripes, but overall it’s highly recommended!

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