The Image Capture application built into Mac OS X used to serve a single purpose, but over the years it’s become a Swiss Army knife for getting photos out of your camera, scanner or iOS device. Don’t believe us? Then read on!
Earlier this week, Apple silently released iTunes 10.3 with a system-wide software update. Riding on the coattails of the week's iOS 5 announcement, you might think you've heard everything there is to know about Apple's next big mobile operating system update. However, there are still more goodies to be found in iTunes 10.3 that Apple hasn’t yet told us about directly.
If you thought animation was purely for professionals, think again. iStopMotion strips stop-motion animation down to its very basics so that anyone with a Mac, a camera, and a vivid imagination can produce their own animated movies. By default, they’re shot at 12 frames per second. That’s too low a frame rate for regular movies, but fine for stop-motion animations. You can choose a higher frame rate when you create your project, but remember that each frame has to be shot individually. At only 12fps, 120 shots will get you a 10-second movie. That’s a project!
If you have an iOS device and love RSS, you’re no doubt already familiar with Reeder, one of the most popular ways to enjoy Google Reader feeds on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. After months of being tested in public beta, the Mac OS X version of the app has finally arrived.
Brand-new iMacs always provoke the same response -- awe mixed with more than a little bit of gadget lust -- and the latest installment of Apple’s flagship desktop is no exception. On the outside, the 2011 iMacs look exactly the same as their predecessors: brilliant, glossy, edge-to-edge screens; that lovely 16:9 aspect ratio (just like an HDTV); and Apple’s signature brushed aluminum. But it’s what’s on the inside that truly sets the latest iMac apart.
With iCloud lurking in the not so distant future, MobileMe users may be wondering what will happen to their files on iDisk. While Apple has yet to release their plan for MobileMe to iCloud transitions, we can only assume that Apple will phase out iDisk in favor of document syncing and storage in iCloud. If you’re like us, however, you’ll want to take your files off of iDisk and store them on Dropbox or another online storage service.
As promised, Adobe starting shipping its Creative Suite 5.5 updates on May 3, bringing big features to some of the applications mostly left untouched with last year’s CS5. After Effects CS5.5 is among them, with a performance boost in the latest edition of this popular cinematic visual effects and sophisticated motion graphics software.
Love new Software Updates? That’s good, because Apple has not one but two versions of iTunes for you this week. If you already downloaded and installed iTunes 10.3 after Monday’s WWDC 2011 keynote, prepare to do it all over again, because iTunes 10.3.1 has arrived.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco didn’t just close up shop and go away after Monday’s keynote -- it’s in full swing for the groovy guys and gals who create the third-party Mac and iOS software we know and love, and a few of them even got awarded for that work on Tuesday night.