Last summer marked the 10th anniversary of InDesign, Adobe’s page-layout tool. While early versions of the program generated a buzz and built a solid user base, the pace of innovation slowed over the years, and some of the more recent updates have been less than sensational. Fortunately, that’s not the case with InDesign CS5, which has several cool new features for print publishers, some significant interface improvements, and an expanded set of tools for creating media-rich online publications.
There was a time when Premiere was the editing application on the Mac. Then Final Cut Pro and iMovie appeared. That prompted Avid to create consumer and prosumer versions of its expensive pro products, and Premiere quietly disappeared from the Mac landscape. But Adobe brought its video editor back a few versions ago, and this latest version is ready to do battle with Final Cut Pro--but it’s also charging too hard into the prosumer market.
iPad is the perfect device for keeping up with all of your favorite websites' updates via RSS feeds, and NewsRack is the first fully-featured reader to make an impact on the tablet. While some other readers offer more colorful or newspaper-like user interfaces, NewsRack keeps things clean and simple with easy to use touch commands in both portrait and landscape modes.
Considering the mobile web-browsing prowess of the iPad, apps that largely reinterpret existing websites must improve upon the original experience to warrant a download (or purchase). Wikipanion is luckily one of those apps -- much as it was on iPhone -- as the simple interface sorts through the Wikipedia database and presents entries in a very handy, easy-to-read format that skims out the filler.
These days, we all have way too much email to cope with. So when RSS readers make my news feeds look like emails, I find something else to do. That’s why Times impresses me so much. Thanks to its cleanly designed, gorgeous presentation and simple interface, it restores the pleasure of reading news in the way that only newspapers could previously provide.
Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are often expensive and tough to set up. While centralized, always-on network storage is a huge win, collecting everything from all your various USB drives to stash on a NAS can be a royal pain. Fortunately, the storage masters at Iomega have come up with a user-friendly solution that will appeal to both networking geeks and newcomers: the iConnect Wireless Data Station, a simple device that allows you to attach up to four USB storage devices and then access them via your home network.
The Brothers In Arms series is one of the greats in gaming--it stands out from the slew of generic shooters that trivialize World War II thanks to its perfectionist, respectful approach to historical accuracy and realistic squad combat. Which just makes this shoddy port all the more disappointing.
Less than an hour after the iPad was announced back in January, we began getting press releases for protective cases and sleeves for Apple’s then-unreleased tablet. We tested many of that first round of protective accessories, and these were some of the most interesting options. For its minimal weight and good overall protection, we liked the LA robe iPad Allure from be.ez best, but there are as many iPad sleeves and cases as there are ways to use an iPad. The array of iPad protection shown here covers plenty of different uses and styles, and our ratings will help you balance form with function to select the one that’s right for you.
Vertigore Games’ Pacific Defense puts you in the role of a World War II anti-aircraft gunner as you fight ever-increasing waves of Japanese fighters and torpedo assaults working to destroy your ship. As in a first-person arcade game, you focus on a heads-up display and tap the sides of the iPad to fire your machine guns. Combined with the vintage radio clips and grainy, grayscale graphics, this creates an immersive feels that pulls you in over the course of the game. When you’re overwhelmed, power-ups such as additional health and smart bombs that clear all the enemies from the screen help even the odds and clear the level in the designated amount of time.
Don’t insult the Fitbit by calling it a pedometer--it does so much more. Beyond step counting, it’s a sleep tracker, calorie-burn estimator, and healthy-living tool. Combined with features on the Fitbit website, you can log nutritional information about everything you eat, manually plot your weight, and record activities beyond walking and running. Unfortunately, all of these extras are poorly organized and get in the way as much as they’re helpful. We wish the Fitbit’s software components matched the hardware’s elegant, minimal design.