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Now in my tenth year of being a podcaster, it is by no means surprising that one of the topics I’m asked about over and over again is how to start podcasting. I always recommend starting off with the minimum essentials and then slowly building up your gear as you go along. In other words, don’t make a huge investment in hardware and software initially. You can always upgrade and enhance your set up as you go along. This way, if you find it is something that isn’t for you or perhaps you simply don’t have the time you thought you would had when you first decided on doing it, you can stop without having invested too much money into it.
Tweetbot, the long awaited Twitter client for the Mac is now available in the Mac App Store. For several months I have been alpha/beta testing the app on the Mac. I had previously been using YoruFukurou (not an insult, it means NightOwl) as my main Twitter desktop client. Although perhaps not perfect (then again, I haven't found a perfect Twitter client on any platform), it has powerful features for power users such as myself on Twitter. That said, it may not be the prettiest client either. Enter Tweetbot. Finely crafted and honed visually, Tweetbot is pleasing on the eyes and ears. If you have used one of their iOS clients, you will know what I mean.
A quick post to let you know that TurboCollage - Collage Creator - SilkenMermaid for the Mac is FREE in the Apple Mac App Store for today only.
The app allows you to create collages with your photographs in various ways (using a picture pile, picture grid, mosaic, center frame, and a zig mosaic).
It is highly rated in the Mac App Store. I've used it on some projects and had been pleased with my results.
Apple has released Final Cut Pro X to the Mac App Store (store link: Final Cut Pro - Apple) today. The long awaited upgrade for this professional movie editor software has been rewritten from the ground up. The big news when it was announced a few months ago was that it would be coming to the Mac App Store with a new price of only $299 (previously FCP itself was $999). Other companion apps that had been included in Final Cut Pro Studio suite such as Motion - Apple and Compressor - Apple are sold separately also in the Mac Store for $49 each. It doesn't look like Soundtrack Pro has made the cut though, at least not yet.
Being an avid Instagram user, I was excited to learn that there is a new client app for the social photo sharing service on the Mac. A third party app, called
InstaDesk [UPDATE: Now titled] PhotoDesk - for Instagram (App Store link).
Since Instagram opened their API to the public, there have been several new options for third party Instagram clients or web interfaces. For example, on the iPad there is InfinitGallery - browse Instagram photos - InfinitApps (App Store link) and Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine - Flipboard Inc. (App Store link) which will allow you to access your Instagram account. There are several web interfaces available as well, my favorite has to be Webstagram.
With the exception of posting photos and applying filters, you can basically do everything you can do on the official Instagram app (currently only available for the iOS) and more using Instagram API. Again, the best example of implementing the API is probably Webstagram that I have seen so far. As good as Webstagram may be though, it is still a website, not an application.
Simple, quick, and easy iOS-like photo editing comes to the Mac desktop with the new application,
Flare - The Iconfactory (UPDATE: Flare 2 - The Iconfactory has replaced Flare now).
Since the introduction of third-party apps to the iPhone (now the iOS platform), one of the many genres of apps that have flourished are photo editing apps. Not surprising when you consider that the iPhone comes equipped with a built-in digital camera. A camera that at least with the iPhone has been getting better and better with each new model. While there have been some full featured, complex photo editing apps released for the iOS over the years, for the most part, they have been clean and simple to use due to the inherit design and use of the iOS mobile platform.
When Apple announced new products last week which included a new Magic Trackpad among other goodies, one which may had seemed unusual for some was the new Apple Rechargeable Batteries and Charger.
In fact, this may have excited me more than the other product announcements.
Last February, I finally broke down and bought the Magic Mouse after being frustrated with the little trackball in the Mighty Mouse constantly getting clogged up which required me to attempt to clean it out. When the Magic Mouse was released, there was only a wireless model. I thought perhaps a wired model would be on its way soon as in the past Apple always had a wired version along with a wireless version of their computers mouses.
After participating in last year's Worldwide Photo Walk (WWPW), I contemplated leading a walk myself this year. Before I knew it, it was July already (the month of the walk). When I checked to see what walks were available locally to me this year and saw that there were none, I immediately scrambled organizing a walk myself. Once I had the details worked out, I proceeded to submit my application to lead the walk prior to the posted deadline only for their website to erroneous tell me that applications were no longer being accepted past their deadline and therefore would not allow me to submit it. There was no recourse either.
The Mac Roundtable Podcast recording at Blogworld and New Media Expo 2009 in Las Vegas, NV. Seen here (left to right) is Don McAllister ( @DonMcAllister ), Allison Sheridan ( @podfeet ), John F Braun ( @johnfbraun ), Chuck Joiner ( @chuckjoiner ), and Dave Hamilton ( @DaveHamilton ). Not seen in this photo, but present is Victor Cajiao ( @victorcajiao ), and David Sparks ( @MacSparky ).
Also see: [Photo] Mac Roundtable Recording at Blogworld & New Media Expo
Photo by Louis Trapani
Nine years ago today, on March 24, 2001 we saw the release of the ground breaking, game changing Mac OS X by Apple. The operating system would change the way we use our Macs and it would 'inspire' other operating systems. It was a complete new operating system built from the ground up, very drastic from the previous Mac OS 9 (System 9) before it.
Since it was a brand new OS really, in some ways it was not as mature as the previous OS it was replacing. Though that statement alone would be selling it short. In most ways it was lightyears ahead of the previous OS. It paved the way for the future of the Mac. Over the last 9 years, the Mac OS has matured.
The Sonic Newsdriver 20100317
Selected Doctor Who related news delivered sonically.
For Earth-date: Wednesday, the 17th of Mar. 2010
BBC America Tails Behind BBC One by Two Weeks, Gallifrey 21 Two Weeks Out (DVD news), BBC Secures 40% of 2entertain, Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun with The Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctor Who on Tour, You Rock (Ken Ray of Mac OS Ken) and more.
Long time Doctor Who: Podshock listener, Worth Godwin offers computer training in plain, easy to understand english for both Apple Mac and MS Windows PC users. Upon learning of our call out for advertisers and sponsors in order to keep Doctor Who: Podshock and the other shows we produce continuing, Worth stepped up and offered us an affiliate sponsorship opportunity with his computer training business.