Writing is often a thankless, solitary task requiring isolation from outside interference. Just when you least expect it, the telephone rings, new email arrives, or an interesting tweet diverts attention from the work at hand. WriteRoom can’t thwart all of life’s interruptions, but it does offer solace from most computer-based distractions with a streamlined writing environment, making it easier to get the words on the (virtual) page.
Despite hyperbolic headlines claiming video editors are abandoning Apple’s Final Cut Pro in droves for competitors Avid and Adobe, Apple is still very much hard at work on improving Final Cut Pro X -- including a considerable update released on Tuesday which restores a number of features missing since its release last summer.
Making digital photos look old-fashioned is all the rage on mobile devices. Apps like Instagram and Camera+ are like virtual time machines, leaving you with retro images from your modern cameraphone. If you’re also looking to go vintage with pictures on your Mac, PhotoStyler is a fun, powerful, and easy-to-use way to get that old-school look without paying a fortune on eBay for antique photo gear.
It may not be a slick new version or even the promised OS X Lion-friendly update to Quicken, but publisher Intuit is staking out its place on the Mac App Store by bringing the current version 1.7 of Quicken Essentials to Apple’s favorite marketplace.
There’s a lot to be said for the relentless progress of digital photography. These days, you can pick up a camera and memory card for a fairly small outlay that will store hundreds of pin-sharp high-quality shots. And recent iPhones are also capable of taking detailed, impressive photos.
The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas doesn’t officially close its doors until tomorrow, but most of the buzz and excitement has already waned and life is getting back to normal for many. Over in China, the exact opposite is happening, with thousands having lined up outside Apple retail stores to grab the iPhone 4S, which went on sale at midnight local time there. In case you missed your daily dose of tech news today, read on to find out what else is making news for this Thursday, January 12, 2012.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have liftoff! The International Consumer Electronics Show is officially in full gear for 2012 in Las Vegas, with new product announcements coming fast and furious. If you’ve had enough CES news for opening day already, keep reading -- we’ve got a handful of other tech news that you might enjoy on this fine Tuesday, January 10, 2012.
There are already so many tools in OS X for helping visually impaired users that we initially scratched our collective head at Zoom It, an application that lets you magnify parts of your screen with a customizable loupe. But although it’s no substitute for OS X’s built-in visual accessibility features, it’s a handy way to access some of them quickly.
First released in 2005 for consoles and PC, Psychonauts charmed the pants off of many gamers with its eccentric brand of humor and fantastical settings—but its impact was barely felt at retail, and the lack of sales success likely killed the chances of a quick Mac port. Luckily, the action platformer became a cult favorite, and with the publishing rights back in the hands of creator Double Fine, it’s finally time for Mac gamers to experience this one-of-a-kind adventure via the Mac App Store or Steam.
Unlike the vast majority of color-matching puzzle games, the play mechanics that power Fractal: Make Blooms Not War may not be readily apparent the first time you play it, nor does the game offer up a dead-simple intro tutorial. Fractal is a bit obtuse, no doubt, but this elegant puzzler is well worth scratching your head for, as the grid-shifting approach gives it a unique feel unlike that of its contemporaries.