With QuarkXPress 10 came dramatic improvements in image rendering speed and some other nice feature updates. QuarkXpress 2015 may become one of the more important milestones in the history of this venerable layout design application.
Fantastical was the natural-language calendar replacement for the Mac. It used to be an unobtrusive, little calendar app that lived in your menu bar. The new version of this venerable calendar app is now a full-blown calendar with a mini edition included. It resembles the iPad version well but has a couple of neat extra tricks up its sleeve.
Mailtags allows you to create tags in Apple Mail, which organise projects and tasks with tickle dates and alerts. Mail Act On lets you create rules for messages when you send them, or even before you send them. Finally, OmniFocus manages tasks and projects with or without a GTD background. How do you integrate the Mail plug-ins with OmniFocus 2 Pro to manage your projects is what you’ll learn in this free tutorial.
The other day I was looking for an app that would show me all the glyphs in a font. I automatically opened Popchar X 6.6 and saw there was a new version available. Just out of interest I decided to see if there weren’t any alternatives and I came back with a big “NO”. Yes, you can view glyphs in font editors and you might even pull it off showing them all inside Suitcase Fusion 6, by spending a few hours typing in all possible keyboard combinations in Suitcase’s paragraph preview. But how efficient would that be? It made one thing clear to me: Popchar X is a must-have if you are a layout, graphic or web designer.
Apple Mail is a nice email client, but it lacks features and functionality in the area of task management and message follow-up. Some people therefore prefer to switch to Microsoft’s Outlook, but with two plug-ins you can keep on using Mail and get the best task and message management available. The two plug-ins that make this happen are MailTags 4 and Mail Act-On 3.
Sometimes the smallest thing can make a huge difference. Take for example the mouse. You may have an iMac with a Retina display, but the keyboard and mouse are still the same design as when the aluminium iMac was introduced — i.e. not very comfortable, nor friendly for your carpal tunnel (your wrist). Replacing the keyboard by something better is not going to be simple, but replacing the mouse is easy: just buy something that makes you control the cursor as if you were holding a pencil, because that’s your hand’s most natural position.
Once every four to five years Alsoft releases a press announcement for a new version of their flagship product, DiskWarrior. A couple of weeks ago, it was DiskWarrior 5 that was released. DiskWarrior 5 is now compatible with all the new Macs, comes on a USB flash drive, includes a Recovery Maker app to update the product yourself when a new OS and/or new Mac is released, is faster and looks better.
Not a full year after the Thunderbolt Dock saw the light of day, Elgato released its second iteration of this device with Tunderbolt 2 technology inside. The Thunderbolt 2 Dock looks almost identical — it’s a bit bigger than the first Elgato Dock — but has Thunderbolt 2 ports, better USB 3 performance and a better quality sound output DAC. The new Tunderbolt 2 Dock can drive a 4K display via HDMI.
It’s almost year’s end and time to make a balance of the past year’s products. I’ve made a list of the best products I have reviewed over the course of the past year, as well as a list of vendors that I believe have shown that it is possible to deliver innovative products without sacrificing on quality.
I reviewed OmniFocus 2 for the Mac earlier this year, but there’s an iOS branch to the Omni Group’s products as well. OmniFocus 2 for iPad is one of the most useful with its full and immediate synchronisation via Omni Group’s own sync server. After playing with the app for a day I discovered that it can actually improve your stress levels by providing you with a permanent, mobile-and-office view of your tasks and priorities.
My test unit of the Doxie Go, released about three years ago, still works today, so why should I want to upgrade to one of the new models, the Doxie Go Plus or Go Wi-Fi? Well, for starters because Apparent offers one of the newer models at an upgrade price and I don’t even have to send the old one back. But there’s more: a better image quality should be part of the two new models, while the one that is really, really interesting has Wi-Fi.
The sixth iteration of Suitcase Fusion Extensis brings us compatibility with Yosemite and Windows 8, modern HTML5 based font panels in applications like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and cloud based archive and restore. Time to see if it’s worth upgrading.
SSDs miss moving parts, are durable and fast. They are the holy grail of computer storage, except for their price, which still is considerable when compared to common hard disks. Nevertheless, there are good reasons to prefer an SSD above a hard disk despite the price premium, but not any SSD will do. Some are plain unreliable, while others claim high throughput speeds but never deliver. SanDisk is at the top of the industry in flash memory storage solutions. Atomos lists their Extreme Pro SSD in the “Highly Recommended” category for video recording. Six out of seven server and storage OEMs and all leading PC manufacturers use SanDisk technology in their products. Time we took an Extreme Pro SSD for a ride.
As long as I can remember, I have been reviewing BBEdit. Now at its 11th iteration, the text and code editor seems to stand firm as one of the most flexible and useful text editors for the Mac. BBEdit 11 leaves much unchanged in order not to interfere with users’ habits. That what did change again makes BBEdit more efficient, but some features didn’t work as expected yet.