It’s looking like a green Christmas for those of us on the East Coast, so we can use all of the cheering up we can can get over here. Yeah, we won’t have that awful snow to shovel or plow out of our driveways when the family comes to visit, but there’s just something not quite right about a holiday weekend without the white stuff. With that in mind, let’s settle in for a short winter’s night with some tasty tech news for this fine Thursday, December 22, 2011.
Making a successful film, whether it’s a big Hollywood blockbuster or a home movie, is all about timing. For action sequences with a lot of energy, you need quick, short clips. Longer shots are usually better suited for emotional scenes.
Even though iMovie is aimed at the casual filmmaker, you still have in your hands a powerful tool that is designed to offer you everything you need to edit fast and with precision. The fact that Apple has adopted the general interface for its new version of Final Cut Pro speaks volumes as to its belief that editing this way is easier than any other method invented, until now.
If you've ever used a large file discovery tool like Daisy Disk, you may have stumbled upon a peculiarly large filed dubbed sleepimage. This file is a by-product of Safe Sleep and it's basically a saved state of your Mac's memory when it goes to sleep. MacBooks especially use this function your contents before the battery completely loses its charge. When you start up your system, the Mac will restore this data from the sleepimage file.
Regardless of how important this file may sound, it's actually completely unneccessary. So why not free up some hard disk space by eliminating it? Read on to find out how.
Backups to the cloud encrypt and transmit your Mac’s data to online servers that could be anywhere in the world. These backups depend on a fast, reliable internet connection, and may lack the speed of local backups and restores, but they offer important advantages over backing up locally. For starters, most cloud backups offer some storage for free, with additional plans to choose from as your needs grow. Your files are kept far from where thieves could realistically reach them, and they’re protected (again, within reason) from disasters and random acts of clumsiness better than most external drives. We have yet to hear of a server brought down by a spilled iced latte at Starbucks.
Christmas falls on Sunday this year, which means most of us have an extended work week and are now truly feeling the “hump day” blues like never before. The good news is, you still have time to take care of everyone on your gift list, but hurry -- time stands still for no one, after all. We’ve found one of the best ways to get through “hump day” is to kick back for a few minutes and catch up on the day’s news… which we just so happen to have right here for Wednesday, December 21, 2011.
Usually in Photoshop or Elements, enhancing specific areas of a picture is a three-step process: first, you make a selection; second, you create an adjustment layer; and third, you choose adjustment layer settings.
But the Smart Brush tool in Elements offers a way of combining all three steps in a single process. You might try it out once or twice, decide it’s not for you and not use it again. This is because it’s based around the Quick Selection tool, which is certainly quick, but creates very tight selections. These are good for defined outlines but no good for subtly blending an adjustment into surrounding areas. But for certain subjects it’s actually very effective.
Even basic phones have cameras these days. Add to that a profusion of inexpensive, high-quality printers, and photographs are everywhere.
In many homes, people are swapping traditional paintings for personal snaps. But with myriad photos demanding your attention from dawn to dusk, it’s easy to become wearied by them and yearn for something a little more creative and natural. Yet you also don’t want to remove pictures of those you care about from your walls and mantlepiece. What to do?
Our pals at MacTech Magazine have just taken the wraps off their 2012 event schedule, and it’s big! How big? Let’s just say there are more events than there are months on the calendar… that kind of big! But don’t worry, the fun doesn’t kick off until the middle of February so there’s plenty of time to schedule an event near you.
The speed with which we lose touch with our own family history is amazing. Digging deep into the building blocks of what makes up your DNA can quickly become compulsive as you rediscover ancestors long forgotten and uncover the occasional exciting – scandalous even – tidbit along the way.
There's no denying that Twitter's one of the easiest platforms for sharing your thoughts. As such, there are a flurry of featured-packed apps for both Mac and iOS that let you use Twitter to post your blurbs, share your photos, and let everyone know where you're hanging out. Here are five of our favorite Twitter clients.