Mac|Life - Reviews http://www.maclife.com/articles/22/feed en Outline 3.3 for Mac Review http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/outline-33-mac-review <!--paging_filter--><p>Before OneNote soared onto the Mac App Store in early 2014, OS X users were left out of Microsoft’s digital notebook party. Paid solutions like Outline came to the rescue, offering OneNote support for Apple users. But with OneNote on Mac and iOS now, does it still make sense to shell out hard-earned cash for a third-party app?</p><p>The answer is mostly yes: for starters, Outline for Mac 3.1 features a more intuitive interface than OneNote, with the ability to show or hide the notebook tree with a single click to free up screen real estate. There’s also a convenient “page only” view that can be combined with OS X’s fullscreen mode for distraction-free writing.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/03/outline_620.png" width="620" height="389" /></p><p>Free from Microsoft’s “ribbon” layout, Outline features a full complement of tools to construct even the most complicated notes, while existing OneNote notebooks are opened with such frightening accuracy, note-takers may think they’re using the wrong app. There’s also support for tables, links, photos, nested pages, and more, along with PDF import/export.</p><p>Outline stores your notebooks on your local drive, with the option to use OneDrive, Dropbox, or Box as your cloud syncing and storage solution. Cloud notebooks can also be accessed on the iPad from a similarly full-featured paid companion app; a cheaper version transfers OneNote packages using iTunes, with OneDrive support available through in-app purchase.</p><p>This version of Outline introduces support for OS X share extensions, which at the moment is primarily useful for saving Safari content to a generic inbox; pages can then be moved to local or cloud notebooks. Likewise, pages can be shared out of Outline to Mail, Messages, or AirDrop.</p><p>We did find a couple of odd user interface quirks in the app. Clicking the green window button in Yosemite correctly switches to fullscreen, but there’s no clear way to exit that mode. (Hint: the Window menu is your friend.) The app also defaults to hiding the main window in the background at launch. Our biggest issue was the inability to create new OneDrive notebooks — users must first add them using OneNote for web, desktop, or mobile, although no such limitation exists when adding new pages or content to existing notebooks. A curious omission for a relatively pricy but otherwise capable app.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Outline for Mac offers clear advantages over OneNote for Mac, but interface gaffes and an inability to create OneDrive notebooks make the asking price feel a little steep.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Outline 3.3 for Mac</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gorillized Corporation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://outline.ws" target="_blank">outline.ws</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $39.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mac running OS X 10.8 or later; 64-bit processor</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Supports OneDrive, Dropbox, or Box. Rich formatting tools.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>OneDrive notebooks must be created using OneNote. Occasional performance issues and non-standard UI behavior.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/outline-33-mac-review#comments Reviews note taking notes outline Outline for Mac Mac Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:35:06 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 21447 at http://www.maclife.com Preview for Mac: Top Tips http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/preview-mac-osx-top-best-tips-tutorial <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u324771/preview_flat.png" width="600" height="314" /></p><p>Since Preview is the default app for opening images and PDFs, it’s often not taken as seriously as it should be. Preview is fast, powerful, and versatile, and this tutorial will show you just what it’s capable of.</p><p>(For more tips, check out these other Preview tutorials: <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_create_signature_and_sign_pdf_preview" target="_self">How to Create a Signature and Sign a PDF With Preview</a>, <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/manipulate_pdfs_using_preview" target="_self">Manipulate PDFs Using Preview</a>, <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_rearrange_pdf_pages_preview" target="_self">How to Rearrange PDF Pages in Preview</a>, <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_scan_images_preview" target="_self">How to Scan Images with Preview</a>.)</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/preview-mac-osx-top-best-tips-tutorial#comments Gallery Apple Software Mac OS X Preview Mac How-Tos Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:51:22 +0000 Alan Stonebridge 21358 at http://www.maclife.com Rebelsauce Review http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/rebelsauce-review <!--paging_filter--><p>Rebelsauce is best known for its film-style presets for Lightroom on the Mac. Now those presets have come to the iPhone, enabling you to give your crisp digital shots a bit of life and character. This free app includes 36 filters, and you can buy packs of between 10 and 15 additional filters for 99¢ a pop, or the full collection for $5.99 — which, as usual, is the cheapest way to do things.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/03/rebelsauce_620.png" width="620" height="355" /></p><p>The filters are stacked at the bottom of the screen and applied with a single tap, where they make an immediate and often marked difference to your image, saving you from a lot of manual tweaking. You’re not restricted to just slapping on presets, though — you can also apply more tailored edits, with control over grain, contrast, color fading (which gives them an aged finish), rotation, and more. Each of these adjustments is applied frame-wide, so everything is kept in proportion. We heartily approve of this approach, for the most part, but it does mean you can’t target just a dark corner to brighten up, for example, without simultaneously affecting the rest of the shot.</p><p>In this respect, it nods quite pointedly towards Instagram, but there’s one area in which the two differ significantly: the lack of a built-in social network. Once you’ve finished editing your snaps in Rebelsauce, you can save them back to the Camera Roll or share them on Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter (and Instagram if you choose), blog them to Tumblr, or dispatch them using iOS’s built-in sharing tools, which give you access to AirDrop, Messages, and Mail, plus the ability to copy them into various other apps.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Inexpensive and more flexible than Instagram, Rebelsauce makes it quick and easy to add character to your photos.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rebelsauce</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Last Automaton App Supply </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="https://rebelsauce.co" target="_blank">rebelsauce.co</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 8 or later</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>No up-front cost. Generous range of built-in filters. Quick and easy to use.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Lack of targeted editing tools.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/rebelsauce-review#comments Reviews App AppLife Apps Photo Editing Photography Photos Rebelsauce iPhone iPod Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:10:20 +0000 Nik Rawlinson 21444 at http://www.maclife.com Mischief 2 Review http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/mischief-2-review <!--paging_filter--><p>Mischief may not be as well known in digital-painting circles as Adobe or Corel, but that is about to change. What sets it apart from similar apps such as Painter or Sketchbook Pro is its infinite canvas. Artwork is no longer restricted to a landscape or portrait orientation, or set size and resolution. You can work at any size and zoom in/out with its “trillion times zoom” without your artwork losing quality or lines becoming pixellated. Artwork is rendered on-screen in a new way, offering not just the subtlety and softness of pixels, but also the hard edges of vector. As such, Mischief can be quite processor heavy, but during testing on our 2012 MacBook Pro we had no noticeable lag and the app worked smoothly no matter how many layers we used.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/03/mischief_620.png" width="620" height="387" /></p><p>The resolution and size of your image are set when exporting, and you can save images as the entire canvas or just a selection. You are also able to set resolution and pixel dimensions to ensure high quality for print or a small file size for web. Although this means a lack of accuracy and precision on your canvas, it also means you aren’t constrained when drawing. Using Mischief is super simple with its subtle, unfussy interface. With just four floating palettes on-screen, it has a fairly limited toolset compared to its rivals. There’s only a brush tool, eraser, and shape tools on offer, and, as such, the app’s functionality is relatively basic too. For example, when it comes to brushes there are only six defaults available, three of which are quite similar, with only limited options to further customize them.&nbsp;</p><p>There are a couple of neat touches, though; for example, when zooming you can choose to have the brush size reduce or increase with the zoom ratio, or have it remain constant — this is great for adding detail or swathes of color with ease — and there’s also adjustable "smoothing," which helps remove handshake from artwork and is a great way to ensure line work has a steady vector-like quality.&nbsp;</p><p>Mischief is also configured to work with tablets and styluses; using a stylus and gestures on our Wacom Intuos tablet was easy, and although traditional shortcuts on the app are subtly different, on a tablet you quickly forget this.</p><p>At $25, Mischief is a fair bit cheaper than its more celebrated rivals, such as Corel Painter Lite (at $69.99), but that doesn’t mean it’s inferior. And, while SketchBook Pro 6 is around the same price, Mischief is an absolute joy to use. Both Painter and Sketchbook Pro can be unwieldy with their dense menus and palettes, whereas Mischief is so simple and fun, it’s like using your favorite notebook and pen. As such, you quickly forget you are using an app and you can just lose yourself in your drawing instead of hunting around for the next tool.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> May lack the depth of its rivals, but it’s one of the most enjoyable pure drawing apps on the Mac.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mischief 2.0.4</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Made with Mischief </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.madewithmischief.com" target="_blank">www.madewithmischief.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $24.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mac running&nbsp;OS X 10.8 or higher, 64-bit processor, OpenGL 2.0 or greater</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Infinite canvas. Trillion times zoom. Tablet and stylus compatible.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Basic toolset.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/mischief-2-review#comments Reviews Art Design Mischief 2 painting Mac Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:27:08 +0000 Alex Thomas 21441 at http://www.maclife.com LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 with SSD Upgrade Review http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/lacie-d2-thunderbolt-2-ssd-upgrade-review <!--paging_filter--><p>This drive pairs a Thunderbolt 2 connection with a 3.5-inch hard disk that can’t come close to using all of that interface’s 20Gbps bandwidth. However, the drive has two such ports, so you can daisy-chain other devices or a 4K display while keeping USB ports free.</p><p>The disk’s sequential transfer rates are good, peaking at 223MB/sec and 227.2MB/sec, and averaging 186.9MB/sec and 178.7MB/sec when reading and writing, respectively — but, like any single hard disk, rates are significantly lower for the random transfer of small amounts of data.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/03/lacie_620.png" width="620" height="443" /></p><p>However, LaCie offers an optional SSD upgrade for this drive, which you install in addition to the 6TB drive. You buy it separately, and it replaces the whole back panel with one that adds 128GB of flash storage. LaCie refers to the upgraded d2 as a hybrid drive, but it doesn’t operate like one: the SSD isn’t used to cache frequently used files from the combined storage. Instead, you get two volumes in Finder, and the burden of manually choosing what’s stored on each.&nbsp;</p><p>LaCie says the SSD can read data at up to 1150MB/sec. We measured its peak transfer rate as 1170.2MB/sec when reading sequentially, and its mean rate as 850.8MB/sec — 206.6MB/sec quicker than the 2014 MacBook Pro in the same test. When writing data sequentially, the SSD peaked at 926.4MB/sec, averaging 477.5MB/sec. It also held up well in tests of randomly reading and writing small amounts of data. To ensure the d2’s internal workings would not negatively affect speeds with both volumes in use, we set away one task creating a 500GB file on the hard disk, and concurrently tested the SSD’s performance. Happily, there was no meaningful difference in the SSD’s transfer rates.</p><p>As a plain hard drive, the d2 performs well enough, but its performance doesn’t warrant the premium price tag for a drive of its size. As a standalone drive, we’d give it a rating of 2.5 (“OK”) — the speed of the SSD gets the bundle a 3, though.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> The basic 6TB d2 is a good drive, but pretty expensive. The SSD add-on is very fast, but clunky and still not cheap.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 with SSD Upgrade</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LaCie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="https://www.lacie.com" target="_blank">www.lacie.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $499 (6TB drive); $299 (128GB SSD add-on) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mac running&nbsp;OS X 10.8.5 or later</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Extremely fast read speeds from SSD upgrade. Good transfer rates from hard drive.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Upgrade doesn’t make a true hybrid drive. Limited SSD capacity.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/lacie-d2-thunderbolt-2-ssd-upgrade-review#comments Reviews hard disk hard drive hardware LaCie SSD Storage thunderbolt Mac Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:19:27 +0000 Alan Stonebridge 21422 at http://www.maclife.com Deliveries 6 Review http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/deliveries-6-review <!--paging_filter--><p>Few apps benefit from the great new iOS 8 features like Deliveries (formerly Delivery Status touch), already the Mercedes of apps for tracking packages from a dizzying assortment of shipping providers. Version 6.0 adds Notification Center support courtesy of a Today widget for keeping tabs even when the app is closed, a more refined UI and slick new iPhone 6 landscape view.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/03/deliveries6_620.png" width="620" height="350" /></p><p>But it’s the little conveniences that make this update rock: Passwords can now be filled from iCloud Keychain or 1Password (rejoice!), and Deliveries remembers most-used services, presenting them in descending order when adding new entries. Likewise, tapping in a new tracking number intelligently predicts the correct service for you, the kind of timesaving attention to detail we adore.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Deliveries 6.0 proves even the best apps can still manage to delight, especially now the app can take advantage of iOS 8.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Deliveries 6</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Junecloud </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://junecloud.com" target="_blank">www.junecloud.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $4.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running&nbsp;iOS 8 or later</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Fantastic new widget. Great landscapoe view. 1password compatibility. Intelligent features save lots of time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>N/A</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/deliveries-6-review#comments Reviews App AppLife Apps Deliveries 6 package tracking iPad iPhone iPod Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:09:49 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 21420 at http://www.maclife.com Review: Typed http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_typed <!--paging_filter--><p>Ever since distraction-free writing environment WriteRoom appeared, developers have tried to find the perfect balance between features and control, enabling writers to concentrate without clutter, yet not feel hemmed in by limitations.</p><p>Typed has a keener sense of design than most, yet doesn’t overpower the user by overly enforcing the developer’s way of doing things. There’s a minimal user interface, the toolbar fading to leave only your page and typed text, but you can optionally display word/character counts, and choose alternate backgrounds (white, sepia, black) and typefaces (from a selection of six). In Yosemite, subtle transparency effects provide a hint of your desktop, but this effect can be disabled.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/03/typed_620.png" width="620" height="387" /></p><p>When it comes to writing, you get two further aids. Markdown support and associated keyboard shortcuts make structuring documents a breeze, and the built-in preview works well. Then there’s the “Zen” mode, designed to further boost concentration and focus with a fullscreen window and soundtracks. This has been done before on OS X and we thought we’d hate it; as it turns out, the bundled soundtracks are mostly very pleasant, drowning out background noise but not distracting. Optional interface sound effects are more abrupt, but infrequent enough to not annoy.</p><p>The question, then, isn’t whether Typed is good, but if it actually offers a better experience than its strongest rivals. That’s tougher to answer. Byword, for example, costs half as much as Typed, is superior for adding certain markdown elements (such as links), offers a typewriter mode, paragraph focus, publishing to blog services as an add-on, and is more flexible regarding fonts.&nbsp;</p><p>But then Typed hits back with superior find-and-replace, nicer (if more limited in choice) typography, and the very handy means to export portions of text to HTML rather than an entire document. Really then, it’s a dead heat between Typed and Byword, and Typed’s slightly twee yet endearing addition of inspirational quotes to blank documents threatens to nudge it ahead.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Typed 1.0 manages to fuse minimalism with usability and infuse a little character along the way; we liked it the more we used it.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Typed 1.0</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Realmac Software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://realmacsoftware.com" target="_blank">realmacsoftware.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $29.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mac running&nbsp;OS X 10.9 or later</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Well-considered minimal writing environment. Good customization and features. Surprisingly pleasant soundtrack and character.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Minor niggles regarding HTML export.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_typed#comments Reviews Markdown Typed word processing writing Mac Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:32:14 +0000 Craig Grannell 21417 at http://www.maclife.com Review: Carbon Copy Cloner 4 http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review-carbon-copy-cloner-4 <!--paging_filter--><p>We’ve mentioned this app before when discussing backups and minimizing downtime. It’s invaluable for maintaining a bootable backup of your startup disk, and as a complement to Time Machine. This version is necessary if you’re running Yosemite, and there are good reasons to upgrade on older systems, too.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/03/ccc4_620.png" width="620" height="466" /></p><p>Chief among them is a new layout that consolidates task creation and scheduling in one window, making things clearer at a glance. All that’s required to make a bootable clone of your startup disk is to identify it as the source, choose a destination volume and, optionally, set how often the task will run. Advanced options are revealed only when you want them, and context-sensitive explanations are only a click of a question mark button away.</p><p>A task can be reviewed by selecting it in the sidebar, where you can also select a volume to confirm that it’s being backed up. Long overdue is the ability to modify tasks, rather than recreating them from scratch and possibly getting something wrong. It’s about time!</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong>&nbsp;Carbon Copy Cloner is easier to learn than ever, and a compelling way to minimise downtime.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Carbon Copy Cloner 4</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bombich Software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="https://bombich.com" target="_blank">bombich.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $39.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mac running&nbsp;OS X 10.8 or later</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>More rational layout. Approachable for newcomers. Easier to monitor and maintain. Advanced settings also available.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>N/A</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review-carbon-copy-cloner-4#comments Reviews backup Carbon Copy Cloner 4 Mac Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:20:44 +0000 Alan Stonebridge 21398 at http://www.maclife.com Review: Game of Thrones: Episode 1 — Iron From Ice http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review-game-thrones-episode-1-iron-ice <!--paging_filter--><p>It’s every Game of Thrones fan’s dream to be able to walk around the land of Westeros, so the only surprising thing about this videogame adaptation is that it’s taken this long to come about. And what better studio to tackle it than Telltale, maker of the astounding Walking Dead game?</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/03/got_620.png" width="620" height="349" /></p><p>As per Telltale’s usual formula, it’s a point-and-click episodic title (the first of six outings), with an emphasis on dialogue, choice and the impacts of those choices. While there are no right and wrong responses, there are ones that will rile those around you. Whether it’s backing yourself into a King’s Landing corner or angering the new Warden of the North, you’ll fail at keeping everyone happy. While it often feels like you’re trying to keep an entire table’s worth of plates spinning, it also feels true to the source material — in Game of Thrones, every alliance must be weighed up, and the world exists solely in shades of grey.</p><p>It is undeniably exciting to take a role in the proceedings of the Seven Kingdoms, even if you are lurking on the peripheries. True, HBO was never going to let you mess with canon, but it does mean you don’t have an instant attachment to the characters. Taking control of various members of House Forrester — mentioned once in the books, and never in the TV show — you do come face-to-face with plasticine-faced versions of favorites like Tyrion, Margaery, and the wholly formidable Cersei. Voiced by their actors from the TV series, they’ll feel fantastically familiar. A fair amount of knowledge is assumed: if you’ve not watched as far as the end of the third season, don’t get this yet.</p><p>The biggest disappointment is in how Game of Thrones looks — objects often appear jaggy, and the game occasionally runs slightly jerkily, even on an iPad Air 2. But if you’re a fan itching for a fix, don’t let that put you off. Plenty of seeds have been sown here, and we’re excited to see how this series blossoms.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> A slow start that sets up several strands of intrigue.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Game of Thrones: Episode 1 — Iron From Ice</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Telltale Games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.telltalegames.com" target="_blank">www.telltalegames.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $4.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Recommended for iPhone 5 (or newer) or iPad (3rd generation or newer) running iOS 7 or later</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Delicate balancing act feels true to the world. Actual actors voicing characters from the TV show.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>You don’t get to play as any major characters. Doesn’t always look the best.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review-game-thrones-episode-1-iron-ice#comments Reviews App AppLife Apps game of thrones Game of Thrones: Episode 1 — Iron From Ice HBO telltale iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:05:15 +0000 Emma Davies 21395 at http://www.maclife.com Review: MyPhotostream http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_myphotostream <!--paging_filter--><p>We always like an app that makes life that little bit easier. MyPhotostream is a simple thing: it pretty much just displays your iCloud Photo Stream, so photos taken on your iOS devices pop up there shortly after being taken. Usually, seeing your Photo Stream pictures means launching iPhoto, and with big libraries on older Macs, that can be kind of a hassle. MyPhotostream lets you get at those photos much more quickly.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/03/myphotostream_620.png" width="620" height="349" /></p><p>As we said, there’s not much to the app — it’s a window with a bunch of photos in it. You can change how large the images appear, and how many are displayed when launching the app. They’re snappy to load on a good connection, with pretty much no waiting around. Double-click an image to view it larger, and you can drag the photos out of the app into any other app, or right-click one for sharing options and Open In suggestions.</p><p>The best recent addition to the app is a Notification Center widget, showing up to 16 recent photos. All you can do is click to open them in the app, but it’s a great timesaver.</p><p>It’s a shame you can’t upload to your Photo Stream from the app, and there are a few areas where the interface could be even friendlier, but it’s still a superb little utility. However, it’s currently unknown what will happen to the app when iCloud Photo Library replaces Photo Stream.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> A very useful app, if maybe not essential for all. You might want to check for certainty over its future before grabbing it, though.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>MyPhotostream</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We Are Yeah </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.weareyeah.com" target="_blank">www.weareyeah.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $6.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>OS X 10.10 (for latest version)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Easy Photo Stream access! Fast and simple. Great widget.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Limited in places. Ciurrently no iCloud Photo Library support.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_myphotostream#comments Reviews iPhoto Photography Photos photostream pictures Mac Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:34:09 +0000 Matt Bolton 21393 at http://www.maclife.com