Bare Bones updates the Free TextWrangle to 4.0

Bare Bones software has updated the fantastic free text editor TextWrangler to version 4.0. An amazing program for free, sure not as powerful as their pay program BBedit, but still a fantastic Text editor.
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Something new for Smoke at NAB

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So it seems Autodesk has something big and new for Smoke that will be announced at NAB next week. This is utter speculation, but an inexpensive version of Smoke, say $1000 or even $1500 for a crossgrade would be huge, as many editors fresh from losing FCP 7 would give Smoke with it’s amazing compositing tools a try.

I am excited to hear what happens here.

An update at CreativeCOW.net has Walter Biscardi saying that the new smoke is amazing! I can’t wait!
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Apple Updates FCP X, Motion 5 and Compressor 4

This is all over the web, but Larry Jordan reported on it. And Apple has updated FCP X in time for NAB.

Sounds like the biggest edition is better broadcast monitor support and better Multicam performance. So mostly bug fixes, but the broadcast monitor support is certainly important.
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Sony PMW-100

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Engadget has news on the Sony PMW-100 Camera with 50Mbps birtrate. This camera ha sa 40-400mm (35mm equivalent) fixed lens does 1080o or i and 720p at 50Mbps MPEG HD422 compression on SxS cards. And can record 4 channels of sound in 24bit uncompressed 48kHz. Nor word on price yet though, but it will be released in May
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Sony Announces HXR-NX30 Camera

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Engadget has the info on Sony’s newest portable camera. This has a built in 26mm-260mm lens (35 MM equivalent) Full XLR input for sound, 96GB of internal Memory for recording 1920x1080 in 60p, 30p or 24p or 720 60p. It Records in AVCHD and most strangely has a built in projector.

To me it sounds like a HVX200 competitor, and I have loved what footage from Sony’s has looked like of late, so I am interested in seeing what the footage from this camera looks like, especially for under $2000.
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OnOne Releases Perfect Layers 2 for Free!

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  • Create and edit multi-layered files without Photoshop
    • Combine images directly from Adobe Lightroom or Apple Aperture into a new layered file
  • Create layer masks and build composites
  • Add Color Fill Layers for photographic effects
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OnOne Releases Perfect Effects 3 Free

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  • The next generation of PhotoTools 2.6 Free
  • Based on the popular, new Perfect Effects 3
  • Over two-dozen professional photographic effects
  • Live, full-screen effect previews
  • Combine multiple effects to create your own unique look
  • Includes Perfect Layers for creating layered files
  • Works as a standalone application or directly with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom or Aperture
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OnOne Updates Perfect Photo Suite to 6.1

OnOne Software has updated it’s perfect Photo Suite to 6.1. It is a free update for 6.0 Users.
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Here are there updates.
Improved Refine BrushRebuilt for improved results, the Refine Brush in Perfect Mask now better recognizes soft edges, like hair and trees, so you can make your edges more defined between your foreground and background.New Color Spill BrushRemove unwanted reflected or transmitted colors with the new Color Spill Brush in Perfect Mask to ensure all areas of your image reflect their true colors.Enhanced Brushing PerformanceExperience faster, smoother and more responsive brushing functionality, including improved opacity control with Wacom tablets and reduced brush stickiness, that allow you to create high-quality and natural looking masks with just a few strokes.Retouch Portraits with Faster ToolsImages and presets now open faster in Perfect Portrait, and the automatic detection of smaller faces has been improved, so you get to the task of retouching your portraits more quickly.  
Visual Tips to Get You Started FasterGetting Started tips show you the key tools to use when you open each module, recommending the first steps to take to start realizing your photographic vision.Select Your Performance PreferencesNow you can optimize the Perfect Photo Suite’s memory usage and undo behavior to match the resources of your computer.Additional performance updates

  • Improved panning speed and responsiveness
  • Updated Raw processing library, added support for 35 more cameras
  • Ability to change thumbnail size in matrix view on the browser
  • Improved tool tracking when interacting with other controls
  • Improved speed when using as a Photoshop plug-in
  • Improved preview quality at all zoom levels
  • Added mask thumbnail to Stack in Perfect Effects
  • Perfect Mask Pen Tool greatly improved for classic use
  • Borders in Perfect Effects now scale non-proportionally to fit the image better

I love how this company does business. The 64 bit versions of their plug ins were free, and they keep releasing either free versions of plug ins or making some of them completely free. This is a company that not only loves it’s customers, but knows it’s whole suite is good enough that it is worth giving away stuff for free since it will make enough sales.
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Adobe has released an Illustrator CS6 Sneak Peak Video

Adobe has released an Illustrator CS6 Sneak Peak. Looks very exciting on the creating repeating pattern front.

CS6 looks like a huge update. Where is that After Effects and Premiere Sneak Peak?
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Motionworks has a review of the soon to be released Project Sync for After Effects

Check it out over at Motionworks.
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Project Sync will be released in less than 2 days! This is an exciting idea!
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FreshDV has an video on building a DIY Budget Jib with Remote Tilt Head

Check it out over at FreshDV. I would love to build this, as a single jib shot with remote head is going to raise the value of any production a huge amount.
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Movie★Slate to work with Wireless Timecode Buddy

Handheld Hollywood has the scoop that the excellent iPad slating app MovieSlate will work with soon to be released wireless Timecode Buddy for always perfect timecode.TCBuddy-MovieSlate
Now it is not cheap, as the master is 675 pounds and the other unites are $245, but would then have perfect timecode all the way around, which means this would be an awesome smart slate. Just need a great case to keep your iPad safe on set.
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Little Frog in High Def, 10 things will miss about FCP

Little Frog in High Def has an excellent article on the 10, or make that 9 things he will miss about Final Cut Pro 7 after moving to AVID and Premiere Pro.
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Auto-ADR in Adobe Audtion CS6

Filmmaker.com has a video from Adobe on Auto-ADR in the upcoming Adobe Audtion CS6. Looks very powerful and exciting.

Anyone else want to see the After Effects and Premiere CS6 Previews?
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Richard Harrington on how to Expose a DSLR Video Shot

Richard Harrignton has an excellent video on how to expose a DSLR Video shot.
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Editorial: Problem with iOS

I just needed to add a little rant here. It is the difference between using iOS and a Mac, and specifically iTunes. Now I have way too much to even be allowed to join the iCloud and have my music there. I have 35531 music tracks and 1091 movies.

It is easy to sort within iTunes, as first off I have a trackball and a scroll wheel so I can move through my playlists and movies very quickly on my mac, but it is way too much scrolling in iOS. Sure in some apps you can click on the letter to jump, but there needs to be a quicker way to scroll.

This is even worse in Apple TV. I have an Apple TV to be able to watch the movies on my HDTV instead of my Mac. To find a movie on my Apple TV I have to scroll through my 1091 items, which is slow and not very efficient. They need a quick ability to search or a way to easily pick starting letters.

On my iPad there needs to be a faster to jump pages. I have way too many apps, but I use them, and have them very well organized, but to get from the first to the last page takes a whole lot of scrolling. I want a way to quickly see all the pages and jump to where I want to go instead of just having to scroll.

iOS is great, but it needs work, and honestly it needs more functionality like Mission Control. Instead of the MacOS being more like iOS, iOS needs to be more like the Mac.

Honestly for me in an ideal world I would have a very powerful MacPro, that was expandable and more upgradeable. I am talking even new Motherboards and processors, so it could last years. I would be able to access it in my office for screaming fast speed and video editing especially, but it would have an online portion where I could access it all the time from other computers, say my iPad and a laptop. So I could use the apps there, and basically have dumb portals as my laptops and iPad that could access my main computer and run it’s apps and use it’s documents. And honestly I don’t want everything stored in the cloud, because I don’t trust it, I would rather have the main storage local for me.

Now that is a best case scenario, but that way I could have one computer and one file system, and I could use it from anything with an internet connection. Now this would require fast internet everywhere, and the end of all these internet caps on broadband and wireless.

Now I might not be able to edit completely remotely, but I should be able to do all of the basic things on my computer and work with my computer, and even do basic editing.

Who knows when the technology will be there, but hopefully before too long.
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Adobe has released Photoshop CS6 Beta

Adobe Labs has released Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta. Download it here. You can read all about it here.
You can check out Russell Brown’s 6 Favorite Features at Youtube. Here are Julianne Kost’s 6 Favorite Features, and Terry White’s 6 Favorite Features.

Interesting that it has serious video features now, though I would rather just have more feature integration in After Effects.

This will obviously be down once CS6 comes out, which is likely soon, and will available within the cloud before too long.
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500px has completely denied any refund!

500px has completely denied my refund!

They say I can’t get a refund after signing up for 30 days, but they completely changed the functionality of there site, removing the friends new photos RSS feed, which is the main thing that created the online community. Yes they have returned friends photos, but it is constantly updating and you can never figure out which photos you have seen, and which you have not.

I can’t understand removing functionality from a site, only adding to it, but they have removed functionality and I am pissed off that they will not refund my money.
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The New iPad Rocks

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So the new iPad does pretty much totally rock, especially over my first generation iPad. And really it all comes down to the gorgeous screen. The screen looks absolutely amazing. It glows. Actually at first I didn’t think it looked that good since my wallpaper was showing my old wallpaper which looked pretty bad, but when I replaced it with a better image, wow, the whole thing pops!

And it is good to have more RAM as the thing just seems to run better.

Still missing not having Siri, especially since the dictation feature (which does OK) has to have an internet connection, so I don’t get why there is no Siri!

Still this is certainly the best iPad, though apps need to be updated. The wired magazine app has some jagged looking text, but then of course the apps will be so much bigger, so I wish it was 128GB, but 64 GB is certainly not bad, especially after having 24.

Glad to have it up and working, though it did take a lot of sorting to get my apps into place after having to use such an old restore, and I forgot how long backing up takes every time I sync the ipad with my desktop, but oh well.

And my wife loves having my old iPad 1. She is carrying it everywhere, so that is certainly a good thing.
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Restore from Cloud not working with new iPad

Was all excited for today, stayed home from work so I would make sure that I would get my new 64GB iPad, but I have not been able to use it in 4 hours, and am having a nightmare time trying to restore it.

Unfortunately I have been syncing to the cloud with my iPad 1, and it seems that a restore from the Cloud does not work right. Instead all the apps get stuck either loading or waiting, and they never move forward. I seem to be able to install new apps, but I can only delete the old apps and if I try to re-install they continue getting stuck. And I have wiped it 2 times in hopes of trying again, but I seem to keep getting the same problem. I wonder if the cloud is down because so many people are restoring today?

I decided to try from my October Backup via iTunes, but took half an hour for iTunes to do anythign with it, it kept balking and saying it seems an iPad, but doesn’t recognize it.

Took a while, but I finally got my new iPad to connect to iTunes via cable and do a restore from an old backup to the computer. It is from October, but hopefully it will work. What seems promising is that now the iPad says Restore in Progress with a shot of water and clouds. It is taking about 20 minutes, then I assume it will start installing apps. We shall see, but I am have already turned off cloud sync for my iPhone and gone back to syncing to my computer, and will do the same to the new iPad if I can manage to restore the thing to any semblance of where it once was.

OK, now it is restarting, and we have the firmware or update screen on the iPad.

And am on the App install stage. 240 Apps, so this could be a while. Hopefully they will install.
UPDATE:

Yes, restoring from the computer worked, so either iCloud is messed up or not working right as too many people are using it now, anyway I am moving back to local backups, as it is more secure and actually seems to work!

Am having to add all the apps since October, wow that is a lot of apps, and will be a lot of sorting, but oh well.
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The new iPad has arrived

I can see why friends did in store pickups as it took until 3:15 PM to get here! Youch!

Looks pretty sweet, but is currently syncing and since my sync is with iCloud I am sure it is going to take forever, so I am leaving for work in a minute and hopefully it will be done when I get home.

And I am setting up my old iPad on Kelly’s computer, so she will have it when she gets home.

Woohoo, new iPad.
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Marware EvoVue case for Newest iPad

One the day of the new iPad release I got my shipment from Marware and got my new Ecovue case for the newest iPad.

I have one of there cases for my iPad 1 and totally love it, and after I found out that M-Edge does not have custom printed cased with magnets (they have them without) for the new iPad I went for another Marware, and it is a great case.
They have a variety of cases for the new iPad, but I went for the EcoVue, which is what I had, and it is even better now.
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It even includes a pen and an elastic to hold it on the side. It has a space for the camera to fit through , they moved the place to put the iPad in to the side with the top on it so it won’t fall out, and it has a little stand for having it prop up on a desk.
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This is an excellent case, and well worth the price of $54.99.
Well the case fits awesome, the magnets work well. This is an awesome case. I highly recommend it.
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Still waiting on my New iPad

It is out for delivery, but I am still waiting unfortunately. Am doing work from home, but have a lot of work to do at work too! Damn I want my new toy! At least my current boss is cool enough to let me stay home today to wait for my new iPad.
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Index Card for iPad Updated to 3.0

DenVog, LLC has updated it’s excellent outlining tool Index Card to version 3.0.

What's New in Version 3.0.0


• Column view: Displays stacks in columns. Scroll independently. Great for TV writers, and those that like to view act breaks vertically.


• Stack count indicator: Displays how many cards a stack contains


• Selectable font size for cards on main corkboard (small - 5 lines of text, medium - 6 lines, large 7 - lines)


• Preview: See what your compiled project will look like


- Open In... : Send Simple Text or RTF file directly in another iPad app, without needing to use mail or dropbox. Great for working on a plane!


- Print: Send your file to AirPrint enabled printer


• Text Selection options:


- Selecting a URL (including http://) presents Open in Safari option


- Selecting an email address presents Mail Composer option


- Word count for selected text displayed in popover


• Forward Delete: Extended keyboard button enables delete to the right of the cursor


• Label memory: The last selected label will be the default for new cards


• Stats: Displays Project count, Card count for entire app (accessed via Info button on menubar)


• RTF export font now matches screen app display font


• Navigate to previous card from a new card (when working on a new card, swipe left-to-right)


• Editing screen background matches user setting


FIXES & ENHANCEMENTS


• Onscreen keyboard will no longer partially cover the last line of text, when Long Text is set to OFF


• Changes in progress will be saved if you leave the app while editing screen is still open (didn't tap Cancel or Done)


• Adding a new card while viewing back of card notes, will flip you to the front of the new card, ready for typing in Title


• Tapping the button for a popover that is already visible will dismiss it


• Selected item count now displayed in title, instead of individual buttons


• Select All / None toggle button for quicker selection of cards

I am looking forward to try this out, as I have already outlined a screenplay on this app and loved it. This is an excellent app all the way around.
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My the new iPad has shipped, still not delivering till Friday

Just evil, I want it now! Ha!
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500px has denied my refund

I got an e-mail response from 500px for my request for a refund and they have denied it.

Hello,



Sorry about the lack of response from your previous email . We had thousands of responses and yours must have slipped through the cracks! So sorry!



We have enabled again: The wall, Friend's photos, your profile landing page as your own images, and we will also be bringing back Activity. As for the RSS feeds, I have forwarded your request to the developers.



As for the refund, we have clearly stated in the terms that refunds are only available within 30 days after the purchase.



If you need any further help, please let me know.



I responded with:

Yes, but you did not remove functionality of the site within the 30 day window, you did it with this update. I was paying for a site with certain functionality and now it is gone. This is no longer the same site.



I loved this site, and thought I would have a paid account forever, but you have lost me as a paid customer for good now.



I find this totally unacceptable, especially since they have refused to return the friends RSS feed to the site, which was the perfect way to follow your friends photos and never have to see the same photo twice. Without it, you never know how many you have missed or are sure that you have seen them all.

They have made the site useless, and I am no longer actively participating and am considering deleting my account completely. I find it unacceptable that they refuse my refund when they have changed the functionality of their web site.
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Working with Adobe Story

Vincent Laforet has posted a video on using Adobe Story on a feature when Jon Carr and Justin Hamilton were working on the film script Mobius.

Sounds like collaboration support is the coolest feature, and then it goes right into Adobe Premiere Pro.

It is included as part of Production Premium from Adobe.
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New Apple TV does 1080p

Apple has released a 3rd generation Apple TV which now supports 1080p content. AppleTV
They have also upgraded the software, and second generation versions have already got the update. It is much easier to navigate and they have added Vimeo support as well, and Netflix now has 1080 support for streaming (though I no longer have Netflix as I am doing Amazon Streaming and using my Roku which already does 1080). And it keeps it same size and shape for $99 and comes out the same day as the new iPad, March 12th, next Friday.
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Apple releases the new iPad

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Apple has surprised no one and released the new iPad. Retina Display, more Ram, a better processor, better graphics, an improved forward camera (thought not the camera facing you) and 4G internet, for the same price. .
There is also a new iPhoto App that looks pretty impressive, though I don’t have the hard drive space to keep that many photos on my phone, though maybe if they expanded cloud or made it more like Adobe Carousel. Will check it out on my iPhone 4.

The weirdest thing is that Siri is not included, but I guess since not every model can have always on internet, though it can dictate what you say to it, so the technology is there, they just haven’t activated Siri.

Too bad there is not more processing power and more hard drive space, as well as a better forward facing camera but it is still a rocking machine. I can’t wait to get it!

I am getting one with my X-Mas Money! Thanks Mom and Baba! I can’t wait for Friday March 12th to come. Going to have to see about going in late for work so I can make sure I get it.
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Xiph.org on why 24bit 192hz music is a waste

This is really a must read for anyone interested in Digital Audio.
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