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Monday, May 28, 2012

PicFrame For Making Photo Collages

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:30 PM

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/picf...7528?mt=12&ls=1

"PicFrame helps you combine multiple photos into amazing looking frames that you can save to your computer or share to Facebook. With 34 adjustable frames, rounded corners and plenty of patterns, you will always have a unique look."

I added this to my iPhone a few days ago, and a version is now available for Mac OS X. More from the App Store:

"Since PicFrame was released on the iPhone and iPad we have often been requested to create a Mac version for people to use on their desktop, well here it is! PicFrame on the Mac is just as easy to use, select a frame, drag and drop your photos in, tweak the border size, give the photos rounded corners, add a color or pattern, resize the adjustable frames and save the photo or share it to Facebook.

Main Features:- 34 adjustable frames- Support for up to 5 photos- Rounded corners- Change the border size- Zoom and drag the photos around- Easy color picker for border color- Multiple patterns to use for the border- Ratios 1:1, 3:2, 2:3, 4:3, 3:4, 16:9- High resolution- Share to Facebook- Drag and drop photos into the frame "

Pretty nice for a couple bucks on each platform ... and really, really easy.


Monday, November 29, 2010

PC to Mac to PC: Lessons Learned

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 PM

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/swit...o-far/2714?pg=2

"I’m running a PC and a Mac side by side as part of a long-term commitment to developing more expertise in Apple’s platform. In this post, I share three of the lessons I’ve learned along the way, including insights about old habits, new hardware, and the joys of cross-platform software and services."

An interesting follow-up to Ed Bott's recent articles detailing his experiments running Windows and Mac OS X side-by-side, and the trials and tribulations of learning a different way of doing things. My interpretation of his three biggest lessons learned: the (new) keyboard is a big pain to learn and use because of the physical differences and the differences in 'the way things work' on the Mac; applications that look and act the same on both platforms are a terrific boon to the 'switcher' and 're-switcher;' and that hardware maintenance and upgrades are not as transparent as one is led to believe. Personally I use both platforms about equally and: don't have the keyboard problems (I've learned to use both without the gnashing of teeth); don't depend on apps that look and feel the same on both platforms (Vive la différence!); and have found sources for upgrades and replacements that are close in cost. Again, use the right tool for the job - if it's hammer, it really doesn't matter if it's a Craftsman or a Stanley.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Mac is Back: Was it Ever Missing?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/155...ss_products_mac

"Last month, Steve Jobs took to the stage, most likely for the final time this year, to launch a new version of iLife and new updates to the MacBook Air line. More importantly, he spent a lot of time talking about the product line as a whole, how the Mac and iOS platforms relate to each other and what the future of the Mac might look like with the next generation of OS X, now known as Lion. There's been a lot of speculation as to what the ramifications of all this are. Here's my take on what it all means."

An interesting view on where Apple may (or may not) be heading with hardware and software. The author makes several points:

  • The Mac is a not a hobby, it's a business. The Mac isn't going to go away anytime soon. There are things that need a computer and not an appliance. It's all about content creating and/or consuming. Photoshop on a iPad? I don't think so. Creating a video? Please, no.
  • Don't expect hardware convergence. The author thinks that a touchscreen Mac would be no better than a comparable Windows system. It's also about maintaining a true user experience and meeting expectations.
  • Don't expect platforms to converge either. Functionality will converge that make sense, otherwise not. Think again about content creation versus content consuming. It's all about the content - the end result.
  • Expect MacBook Air designs to sneak into other hardware. Specifically spinning hard drives will disappear slowly as the price of solid state storage drops. This enables simpler "state management." The computer is on or off. No more suspended, sleeping, resuming. Close the lid, open the lid. Desktops may be slower to converge.

Bottom line is (in the author's opinion) that the Mac is back. Personally I don't think that it was ever gone. Hardware and software will converge, somewhat, but I still expect the hardware will be classified as either "consuming" or "creating and consuming." As Apple has often stated, the user experience remains a priority. Imagine a 17-inch MacBook (or a Windows laptop) with a terabyte of SSD and 32GB RAM and the physical footprint of a MacBook Air! I can't wait!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Does the New MacBook Air Worry Microsoft?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 08:00 PM

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-2...ol;inTheNewsNow

"Ordinarily, the release of a single ultraportable Mac should not be reason for Redmond to quake in its boots, but yesterday's announcements by Apple should give the Windows team plenty of reason to fear. It's not that the product itself will put that much of a further dent in Microsoft's still-massive share of the PC market. However, the product demonstrates some capabilities that the Mac now can offer that Microsoft would seem to have a tough time matching."

My guess is, no, they're probably a bit sorry that they didn't push harder (and sooner) on the SSD concept, but their market share remains overwhelming, so worry, probably not. The gauntlet has been thrown down. There -are- Windows-based laptops that match-up well with the new MacBook Air, when hardware is compared (the Sony Vaio X is mentioned). But, Mac OS X really gets a boost when run on an SSD. The instant-on (from sleep mode) really is instant. When I'm done with Windows, close the lid. Ditto for the Mac. Open the lid, both come back, the Mac almost immediately, Windows needs a bit more time to awaken.

As for building more 'iPad-like' features into the Mac, it's a good idea as long as the 'old ways' continue to work. Windows has had touch capabilities going way back as well, so as operating systems evolve, we can expect the distinctions to blur a bit. Witness BootCamp and virtualization. Admittedly one-way to this point, but maybe the Hackintosh community will succeed (and/or be commercialized).

The concept of an App Store for the Mac is intriguing. Anyone who has ever searched for software for the Mac or Windows (or Linux) knows how iffy the whole process can be. Bad code, Viruses, Spyware, Keystroke Loggers, ad nauseam, are rampant. A "trusted" source is really the Holy Grail of software, so of course Microsoft will follow. Again, who benefits besides Apple and Microsoft? All of us.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

OS X Zune Software Rumored to Support Windows Phone 7

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:30 PM

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/10/12...indows-phone-7/

"Neowin.net reports that Oded Ran, a Microsoft executive in charge of Windows Phone marketing in the UK, today posted a tweet suggesting that the company's Zune software will be making its way to the Mac OS X platform in support of syncing for handsets using Windows Phone 7. The tweet, which has been deleted, promised that more details would be coming soon."

It looks like Zune software -may- be coming to Mac OS X in the near future in support of Windows Phone 7. And not just a minimal functionality helper application to provide syncing, but a full-featured ("more substantial") application. According to a report from Engadget, a public beta will be available "later in 2010" to sync content with WP7 devices and Macs. Personally I wonder why this is even much of a topic - how many Mac users own a Zune or will consider a Windows Phone 7? Unless this is written with some excellent cross-platform tools (making for an easy port), it doesn't seem to make much sense. Or could this be simply a marketing ploy to generate some buzz?


Monday, September 14, 2009

SuperDrive Update 2.1 Causing Problems

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_...d&subj=MacFixIt

"Some users may experience an issue where, after updating to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, the SuperDrive update, 2.1, runs and subsequently quits after their Mac restarts."

Apple has a knowledge base article on this very problem, and this article outlines how to go about fixing it. This occurs when upgrading some Macs to Mac OS X 10.6 from a previous operating system, a system that already had SuperDrive Update 2.1 installed. According to the article:

  1. Open System Preferences and choose Accounts
  2. Select your Admin account and click the Login Items tab
  3. Highlight the Superdrive Update 2.1 checkbox
  4. Click on the minus button and delete the item

This should fix the problem.


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