A map of a country in a paper atlas. That’s approximately how the 45+ of us imagine cartography, but in recent years maps have become more like visually rich compasses in a smartphone or a car GPS device. Maps were once designed by graphic designers. Today, they still are, but designers better make themselves familiar with GIS, polygon division, database linking, and other disciplines that have nothing to do with design.
Elgato is announcing the Elgato Thunderbolt SSD, a portable high-speed storage solution. The Elgato Thunderbolt SSD combines a fast and reliable solid-state drive with Thunderbolt technology. Housed in a nicely designed metal enclosure, the high-speed drive draws its power directly through the Thunderbolt port without needing a separate power supply. The device will be available in February.
When sending a batch of draft messages from Apple Mail running on Lion, the app behaves in weird ways. Ways that you can only see as flawed or buggy.
[expires off=”2012-01-06 18:00:00″]UPDATED —[/expires] The Sonnet Thunderbolt adapter makes use of ExpressCard/34 technology to interface with existing devices. There are ExpressCards for FireWire 800, USB 2 and 3, eSATA, and even ones to quickly offload CompactFlash cards and other media.
It’s Apparent’s second generation Doxie document scanner has become a wireless scanner that can scan without a Mac or PC in sight. It’s a bit smaller than its predecessor, comes with a laptop-style battery, a USB stick port and a SD card interface. Its base resolution is 300 dpi instead of 200 dpi and it’s a fast little bugger.
I can’t say Safari crashed a lot on my machine, but I definitely belonged to the group of people who experienced problems with hangs, and endless waiting for Safari to “get it” and allow me to view a page. Apple finally fixed the trouble with Safari through an update. Activity Monitor revealed what they did.
Typinator 4.5 and KeyCue 6 have two things in common: they’re both “can’t do without” utilities once you’re used to having them at your fingertips, and they both support ‘sets’.
SIRI is Apple’s speech recognition technology. SIRI has an interesting background and history. The technology used in the product has been developed by Nuance who develop Dragon Dictate. And Nuance acquired its most valuable knowledge of linguistic speech recognition in the late 90s, with the acquisition of L&H, the Belgian firm that went bankrupt amidst stories of fraud.
The makers of the award-winning Adobe Illustrator plug-in Phantasm CS have come up with a brilliant Illustrator plug-in that simplifies design and saves time. Their new plug-in VectorScribe amazes from start to finish. It not only simplifies and speeds up design but makes executing creative ideas a lot more fun too. After having played with it a couple of days it’s as if Illustrator has become a clumsy program.
FontExplorer X Pro 3 has many new features that belong in the “useful” department. In many respects, FontExplorer X Pro 3 is a fantastic tool for printers and font enthusiasts, with a Character Toolbox that calculates ink coverage, and a fantastic font book feature. It’s a bit less powerful for web font management.