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iPhone 5

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I recently upgraded from an iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5 as my contract was up. The differences are mainly aesthetic in that the phone is taller with the new bigger screen. It is however the same width as the 4, though the extra screen real estate is nice and gives the 5 a bigger feel which is still usable with one hand.

Speed is another big difference I have noticed. Apps on the 4 took a time to load whereas on the 5 they load almost instantly in most cases. Overall the 5 feels a lot more snappier, for example, the camera app loading to taking a photo is very quick compared to the 4. I used to have to ask people to wait or I missed the photo opportunity completely. Not good when you have small children performing funny Kodak moments!

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Windows 8 preview

I’ve been spending some time with the Windows 8 preview which you can read about and download here.

To be honest the new Metro front end is what I was really interested in, with its new Start screen. Coming from a design perspective, its minimalist features and UI animations are refreshing. The Start page acts like a hub for your digital life, with social network integration, photos, video, music, and you can add more utilities and apps from the Windows App Store. Its minimal nature also makes it difficult to navigate and operate as buttons are often absent. In fact I had to Google (sorry Microsoft) how to shut down! Its not obvious, as are most of the normal operations. Microsoft have worked hard to produce something different and it’s succeeded. But it has also asked users to relearn how to operate a PC. Perhaps new PCs will be more like tablets and mobile phones on which hardware buttons are assigned to tasks like shut down, sleep, etc. There’s also a definite sense that you will want to be swiping and tapping screens with this design.

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3 weeks with a Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion was released 3 weeks ago to the day on Wednesday 25th July. Since then I’ve read a lot about Professional Mac users holding off and testing it on secondary partitions and older Macs, etc. I, however, upgraded straight away having prepared my workhorse Mac Pro for the installation by performing backups. I ran the update over my existing Lion installation. The upgrade went smoothly and all works perfectly since then. The Mac Pro runs well. My main apps run well. These include FCPx and Adobe Creative Suite CS6 which I use daily in my video and graphic production business. I haven’t had any issues. I’m happy.

As for the many new features of Mountain Lion, the notification centre is excellent. I love the fact that I immediately know when I’ve received an email, a tweet, a reminder or a calendar alarm, as a small box appears in my screen offering me the option of reading/accepting or closing/declining. There is also a do not disturb feature to turn this off temporarily.

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Living with a Mac Pro

There’s been a lot of talk about state of Apples attention to the Professional market recently mainly because there has been no significant updates to their pro desktop, the Mac Pro, since 2010. The 2012 update was laughable with only a slight processor speed boost and ram increase. These aren’t even Intels most recent Zeon processors. Also missing was USB 3 and Thunderbolt connectivity.

Professionals across the Internet world cried foul as we’d waited a long time for for some Apple attention. Has Apple abandoned us? Have consumers became their main customers?

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Wondrous Highlights: working with FCPx

I had the privilege of attending the Wondrous Elim Bible Week in the University of Ulster at the Jordanstown campus last week. My wife Charlotte is the current Elim Children’s Work Director and was heading up a team of workers under the title of Generation Next. We were staying in the excellent Delriada student accommodation in a family apartment with our 2 small boys.READ MORE

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Final Cut Pro X

I love Final Cut Pro X! There I said it. I love it. It’s a breath of fresh air. I’ve been using video editing software since Adobe Premiere 4. I moved to Final Cut Pro when I bought a Mac about 8 years ago. It was better and more powerful but not much different from Premiere. It got things done. But it lacked something. Over time it grew more abilities but basically stayed the same. As did its competitors.

In 2011 Apple did what it is good at. It gave us a new take on the NLE. Like it did with phones and tablets it revolutionised the NLE. Final Cut Pro X was released. It was different. “Think different” said Apple. “I don’t want to!” was the shout of Final Cut Pro 7 users. I bought it and immediately jumped in with both feet on a live freelance project for another video production company. At first I was confused. In a short time I was flying through the edit. I made mistakes. I sometimes pulled my hair out. But strangely I loved it! I embraced the complete paradigm change in video editing. I now love the file structure, the organisation of events. Keyword collections and auditions speed up editing and clip selection. Mutlicam is amazing compared to FCP7. Colour correction is very food for an NLE. I have grown to see the advantages of the magnetic timeline. The interface looks nice.

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Macworld 2012: the aftermath

So there we have it. New operating systems with must have effects. The new iOS maps and individual mail account signatures had me won over! Wait a minute. Why have I got 4 email addresses?

What about the new retina MacBook Pro!! That is ‘pro’. My Final Cut Pro X would hum along nicely in that and look good as well. Read all about the keynote announcements here.

To eBay or not eBay. That is the question…

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