The EX-F1 is an unevenly performing camera that almost always seems to present a downside to counter each amazing high point. Its most unique feature is its ability to capture video at amazingly high framerates, all the way up to 1,200 frames per second. Five seconds of real-time footage turns into more than three minutes when played back, transforming a bumblebee’s flight and falling raindrops into a backyard ballet. But faster speeds severely limit resolution, curbing possibilities in both recording and playback. Still photos look good, with bright, accurate colors, but RAW images drastically slow down the camera.
Nolobe Software’s Iris is billed as the “ultimate image editor for Mac OS X,” which, depending on your point of view, is about as true as the statement, “Martians live among us.” This app is an all-out dud, offering very little reason for anyone to enlist it as a creative tool.
Take this 3-ounce videocam everywhere, and never miss a shot again.
Criticizing the Mino is easy on paper. The video quality isn’t any better than what your point-and-shoot digital camera can do. It doesn’t look (or feel) like a “real” camera. It doesn’t take standard batteries. But the truth is, none of those things matter once you actually use one.
Spore sprouts a new world, growing and changing in unexpected ways. Part game, part design program, and always playful, Spore leads you on a journey from tiny creature to colonizer of the galaxy. You create the experience as much as the developers at EA’s Maxis studio; you build the main creature, vehicles, structures, and even adapt whole planets along the way. And your choices determine your path; choosing an herbivore mouth for an early creature might eventually lead you to form a peaceful society that negotiates its way out of trouble.
If not for the licensing rights, SolarQuest could have been called Star Trek: Shuttlecraft Run. As the pilot of the Delta Flyer—er, nameless spacecraft—it’s your job to race from one end of an intergalactic obstacle course to the other, gathering power-ups and extra points as you go. Just try not to get distracted by all the eye candy.
After more than 20 years, Rob Reiner’s 1987 fractured fairy tale The Princess Bride holds up as a fun and funny movie for the whole family. Now Worldwide Biggies has brought the story—including the voice talents of Robin Wright Penn (Buttercup), Wallace Shawn (Vizzini), and Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya)—to your Mac, translated into five different casual and point-and-click game styles slotted between animated videos that trace the plot.
Mac users have traditionally drawn the short straw when it comes to games. The Mac has plenty of good titles, but not nearly the variety as Windows. With Macs gaining popularity and market share, bigger game publishers like EA have been releasing games for Mac OS X, but many others are holding out. This is where CrossOver Games comes in.
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Out of the box, the iPhone and iPod touch can sync with Outlook’s appointment calendar and address book—but not its task list. For those who live and die by the to-do, that’s a major omission. Chapura’s KeyTasks comes to the rescue, offering limited but effective task synchronization.