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Evernote bought Skitch and put it free on Mac App Store!

Evernote bought Skitch and put it free on Mac App Store

This is one of the greatest news for Mac for far for the month. I love both Evernote and Skitch, and now Skitch is free on Mac App Store. How cool is that man.

Skitch is a easiest Screen shot taking App on Mac, not only that is also the easiest app to help you edit and share the screen shot! With just 1 click, you can take screen shot, with another few clicks, you can edit and upload the photo up to your server or skitch server. A very neat software which I will highly recommend any Mac users.

Here’s 60 Seconds about Skitch Video:

The ever better news is that although Evernote, my favorite note-taking app, have bought Skitch, but they will be keeping Skitch as a separate Mac App, and is free! So be sure to download the Skitch App from Mac App Store now!


iWork on iCloud, able to download as varies format and edit on iWork or Office [Video]

iWork on iCloud

If you have read our previous on iCloud now on Beta, you would have know that Apple have launch iCloud into its beta state. All developers are now able to try out iCloud.com, not just with iCloud.com’s Web Apps, but also from iOS 5.

This is huge, as now iOS devices, Macs and Web are almost integrated tightly. This is not Apple’s first implementation of it. Previously they had came out with MobileMe. Of course, wasn’t too successful, but with iPhone and iPad’s popularity, the demand for cloud syncing are growing too. Thus I feel that Apple have put in a lot of effort in making this cloud storage and sync as useful and as fast as possible.

Sync-ing from iOS iWork to iCloud is pretty fast!

Video below shows that iWork documents are sync into iCloud in just seconds after creation, and it is constantly pulling the changes up into the cloud. So you virtually don’t need to save and will have a copy of your document pulled from iPhone/iPad to iCloud. This is pretty neat.

I can imagine a use case like I was working on my document on my Macbook Pro, but I need to rush off to work. I don’t need to save a copy of the document and send it to my email, so I can download it from my iPad. I can just access iWork app on my iPad and will have exact same copy of the document while I’m commuting to work.

Check out the video below for a demo of iWork on iCloud:


Mac is easier? Don’t believe? Check this out!

Have you ever wonder why Mac users always tell you Mac is easier, Mac is so much better. Honestly, if Macdonald’s thinks Mac is easier, who else won’t think so?

@smalera shared the above twitpic of a configuration guide for Mac donald’s Free Wifi Setup. Looking at the number of steps you need to setup the free wifi, how can you say that Mac is not easier and faster? What’s worse that Windows XP and Vista have very different setup, confusing to the users I’m sure.


Real Mac OS Lion’s Gestures [Funny]

Have you upgraded to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion? If so, are the gestures above very familiar to you? I’m sure all this gestures drawn by joyoftech are over-exaggerated, but I’m sure some of the less techy users might face one of the few issues drawn.

Huge Changes, less forceful by Apple

In this OS update, although lots of things have changed and Apple introduced a few new gestures too, but most of them are optional. Things like the “natural” scrolling which invert your scrolling can be switch around. Scrollbarless windows can be switched to always show scrollbar. Thus I feel that Apple is quite soft in Lion’s approach this time round.

This might be due to the growing market of Macs, lots of new Mac users, thus changes cannot be too forceful, else they might have too much bad comments/review.

Have you updated to Mac OS Lion? What’s your feedback on it? Tell us!


Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is finally out!

King has arrived!

Finally Mac OS X 10.7 Lion has arrived yesterday! It has been 2 years since Apple launched Snow Leopard. This update to Mac OS X might be one of the largest looking at the number of functions changed.

Price is King.

Although Mac OS Lion have tons of updates and changes, but Apple priced this massive OS update at only USD$29.99! Price is king, incredible price for such a nice update to your Mac! I’m still in progress of updating to Lion, thus I will only post my review of Mac OS Lion after a few days of usage! Stay tuned!

Update your Mac OS to Lion now via Apple App Store

 


Conan’s Team love Apple’s new Final Cut Pro X [Video]

Apple just recently released their new Final Cut Pro X. It is not a update to Final Cut Pro series, it is a total revamped. Due to this total revamp, Final Cut Pro X now look more like iMovie than its previous generation of Final Cut Pro. Yes, Apple rewrote Final Cut Pro X from ground up, but I feel they might have wrote Final Cut Pro X from iMovie up.

Alot of professionals who uses Final Cut Pro have problem adjusting to the new Final Cut Pro X as it seems to have lesser features and less robust than previous gen FCP. The comments they gave was it is actually iMovie Pro X. I have downloaded the FCPX, and used it for awhile, it really feels like iMovie. But it is so much better.

So I feel, Apple is really going to win over 90% of the video editors out there, who are doing short and quick videos for their blogs, commercials, training videos or even Podcast. But Apple will be forgoing the rest of the top 10% of editors who do professional videos like movies and shot films.

But who knows? Give Apple sometimes and let’s see how is the situation 1-2years later. Apple always are open to big changes, and make people change the way they look at things.


Mac Developers: If you did not attend WWDC2011, you can now download the videos.

As usual, Apple will hold their World Wide Developer Conference every year, and without fail, they will post the videos records during the conference up for download. Although the videos are only made available for Mac Developers, but this is greatly helpful, especially those developers we did not make it to the conference itself.

I’m sure with all the videos, developers can learn more about the up coming iOS 5 and Lion OS with ease. So check out the videos from WWDC 2011 here. Videos can be either downloaded to iTunes, or stream via Safari and I’m sure you can watch them via iPad or iPhones.


Apple launched Final Cut Pro X today!

From Apple’s Press Release:

Apple Revolutionizes Video Editing With Final Cut Pro X

CUPERTINO, California—June 21, 2011—Apple® today announced Final Cut Pro® X, a revolutionary new version of the world’s most popular Pro video editing software which completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; Content Auto-Analysis that categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media and people; and background rendering that allows you to work without interruption. Built on a modern 64-bit architecture, Final Cut Pro X is available from the Mac® App Store™ for $299.99.

“Final Cut Pro X is the biggest advance in Pro video editing since the original Final Cut Pro,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We have shown it to many of the world’s best Pro editors, and their jaws have dropped.”

“I’m blown away by what Apple has done with Final Cut Pro,” said Angus Wall, Academy Award-winning film editor. “Final Cut Pro X is incredibly modern and fast, but most importantly it lets you focus on telling your story in the most creative way, while it actively manages all of the technical details.”

At the heart of Final Cut Pro X is the Magnetic Timeline, a trackless approach to editing your footage that lets you add and arrange clips wherever you want them, while other clips instantly slide out of the way. You can use Clip Connections to link primary story clips to other elements like titles and sound effects, so they stay in perfect sync when you move them. You can even combine related story elements into a Compound Clip that can be edited as a single clip. The groundbreaking new Auditions feature lets you swap between a collection of clips to instantly compare alternate takes.

Content Auto-Analysis scans your media on import and tags your content with useful information. Final Cut Pro X then uses that information to dynamically organize your clips into Smart Collections, so you can easily find the clips you want by close up, medium and wide shots as well as media type and the number of people in the shot. You can also tag parts of clips with Range-based keywords to add custom search criteria to your media.

Completely rebuilt from the ground up, Final Cut Pro X is a 64-bit app that takes full advantage of the latest Mac hardware and software so you never have to wait for the next edit, even if you’re working with 4K video. Final Cut Pro X uses multi-threaded processing and the GPU on your graphics card for blazing fast background rendering and superb real-time playback performance. Additionally, a ColorSync-managed color pipeline ensures color consistency from import to output.

Final Cut Pro X also includes powerful tools for audio editing and color correction, and is complemented by two companion apps, Motion 5 for professional motion graphics and Compressor 4 for advanced media encoding, available from the Mac App Store for $49.99 each.

Pricing & Availability
Final Cut Pro X is available today for $299.99 from the Mac App Store. Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are available today for $49.99 each from the Mac App Store. Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Pro X can be found at www.apple.com/finalcutpro.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Thoughts?

I’m excited. I was never a fan of the old Final Cut Pro UI, maybe because I started with iMovie, so I kind of got used to it. Now Final Cut Pro X looks very similar to iMovie, the UI, the way it works. To have a preview of what Final Cut Pro X looks like, Check out my previous blog post.


How To Recover Lost Data From Your Mac?

How To Recover Lost Data From Your Mac?

Using Mac is always very fun and eases your work. However, sometimes you may lose some data accidentally. You have to know effective Mac data recovery techniques. Losing useful Mac information can really interfere with your work output. It gives you hard time meeting work deadlines. Such cases can also mean you start fresh work repeatedly. Very many situations can make you lose data unexpectedly from your Mac. Here are some cases that can make you lose your files and folders:

  • Virus and spyware attack can make you lose your Mac documents.
  • You can also lose files when you delete them accidentally.
  • Through reinstalling Mac operating systems.
  • It can also occur due to unexpected power interruptions.
  • Through disk defragmentation or hard drive formatting.

The above cases are just some of the major factors that lead to Mac data loss. There are many ways on how you can prevent data loss. You need to apply the best strategies to recover lost data under any circumstance. Below are some effective Mac data recovery tips:

  • Install effective data recovery software. This is the best way to recover all files and folders lost under any circumstance. You can always download Mac Keeper from the internet. It has very good backup to make you recover all lost data.
  • You can also recover accidentally deleted files from your Mac trash. Mac salvage software is very appropriate for this case.
  • Save your files and folders at a different location before formatting your hard drive. You can also have a good backup before disk defragmentation.
  • Never save your recovered data on unrecovered hard drive.
  • Do not install or un-install any software before recovering all your lost data. This decreases your chances of recovering lost data effectively.
  • You should not configure your hardware before recovering lost data.

Knowing the cause of data loss is very important before applying any Mac data recovery measure. You need to select very effective data recovery software. Some software can only add technical hitches to your Mac. Therefore, you have to be very careful. The above tips help you enjoy your work. You need multi-purpose software that is able to perform many functions.

Good software is one that can provide good backup, cleanup and increasing your Mac speed. It should also be able to recover all your lost data under any circumstance. Remember that every software is unique in one way or the other. Working on your Mac can only be fun if you have a good backup. It ensures that you recover lost data instantly. This creates a very stress free work where you do not risk losing any crucial data unexpectedly.

Losing data does not mean you cannot recover any data. It is all about which Mac data recovery method you choose to use. Having anti-virus software is another added advantage. It detects and scans all the virus and spyware before they cause any serious problem. Meeting job deadlines without good Mac backup is very hard.

Apple has came out with a pretty good solution with Time Machine which comes with all Leopard or Snow Leopard users. So be sure to backup your data!

Guest Post by Tim Edmonds


Mac OS Lion just $29.99 coming in July!

There are more than 250 new features that will be on Mac OS Lion which will be coming to the Mac App Store by July. Yes, only Mac App Store. So we won’t be seeing Mac OS Lion in boxes in Apple store.

So all existing  Snow Leopard users can download Lion via Mac App Store. It will be around a 4gb download, which is pretty small, and Mac App Store download’s speed is pretty fast even for areas outside US, like in Singapore. What’s cool is you will be able to just purchase 1 copy of Lion and install on all authorized Mac, which will be at least 5 Macs! Pretty cool right?

You know what is better? The price! Just for USD $29.99, you can get Mac OS lion for your family. I can’t wait for July to come!


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