Ninja Blade

Ninja Blade comprehensive review

The Ninja Blade is Atomos’ newest available 10-bit HDMI recorder/monitor/player. The difference with its predecessor, the Ninja 2, is unbelievable. Everyone in the business already knows the screen isn’t just bigger but also has a higher resolution, but even if you know all that and have seen the images on the web, it still hits you in the face when you see it in real life. Other than that, the Ninja Blade has waveform monitors and a vectorscope, and a plethora of other features that make it a must-have and an upgrade to consider.

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Shortcode dangers

WordPress and shortcodes, sometimes a blessing, often just hell

One of the reasons why WordPress is so popular these days, comes from the ease with which you can implement and maintain a system. You really don’t need to be proficient in anything but finding the right plug-in for the job. Even embedding audio or video can be a piece of cake, by using shortcodes. … More...

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Gravity Interest Graph

Personalised publishing: not for the faint of heart

In marketing communications, personalised messages are considered to be among the most powerful methods for addressing an audience. In online publishing, personalised addressing commonly refers to the “Welcome, John” tagline you’ll find somewhere on the page after you’ve logged in. However, real … More...

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Gravity Interest Graph

Personalised publishing: not for the faint of heart

In marketing communications, personalised messages are considered to be among the most powerful methods for addressing an audience. In online publishing, personalised addressing commonly refers to the “Welcome, John” tagline you’ll find somewhere on the page after you’ve logged in. However, real personalised publishing, the kind that gives the visitor/reader the option of choosing what they want to read/view, is the future. So, how can you ensure you are addressing your audience as the individuals they are?

Ninja Blade

Ninja Blade comprehensive review

The Ninja Blade is Atomos’ newest available 10-bit HDMI recorder/monitor/player. The difference with its predecessor, the Ninja 2, is unbelievable. Everyone in the business already knows the screen isn’t just bigger but also has a higher resolution, but even if you know all that and have seen the images on the web, it still hits you in the face when you see it in real life. Other than that, the Ninja Blade has waveform monitors and a vectorscope, and a plethora of other features that make it a must-have and an upgrade to consider.

Stylism Free distort

Astute Graphics Stylism brings back “flow” when working in Illustrator

Stylism is a new Adobe Illustrator plug-in by Astute Graphics, which allows you to create Adobe’s Live Effects using a simple real-time annotation system. Adobe’s dialogue window driven system isn’t bad, but it stops your “flow”. Stylism, on the other hand, makes creating and changing Live Effects extremely easy and incredibly fast — and changes update in real time.

Powermonkey Extreme 12V powers your story-telling equipment

Powermonkey Extreme 12V charges dSLRs, iPads, audio recorders and more

Powertraveller is a British company developing and selling power devices for road warriors and people who want to charge their devices in an eco-friendly way. The company’s Powermonkey Extreme is a winning combination of a battery and solar panel specifically aimed at charging 5V (USB or others) devices. And now there’s also the Powermonkey Extreme 12V for more demanding power charging jobs.

Shortcode dangers

WordPress and shortcodes, sometimes a blessing, often just hell

One of the reasons why WordPress is so popular these days, comes from the ease with which you can implement and maintain a system. You really don’t need to be proficient in anything but finding the right plug-in for the job. Even embedding audio or video can be a piece of cake, by using shortcodes. Shortcodes come in two types: native and plug-in based. The former are a blessing, the latter may turn into hell.

Cleeng paywall

Cleeng’s four content monetisation success criteria

Publishers using paywalls usually meet with resistance from the audience they count on for at least part of their income, but one paywall service provider says it often comes down to four success factors. They are the main reasons why Cleeng, one of the market-leading paywall services provider, targets video broadcasters. I asked Cleeng’s Founder and CEO, Gilles Domartini, about his views on content monetisation and the position of his company in the market.

Formidable Pro

Integrate your WordPress installation with Zapier through Formidable forms

Formidable, the form system developed by Stephanie Wells and her team, has integrated with Zapier resulting in users gaining access to over 230 services, including highly requested apps such as Dropbox, Google Docs, Constant Contact, and Campaign Monitor. The new Zapier add-on is available for all Standard and Unlimited customers. The Zapier integration effectively turns Formidable Pro into a far more powerful system than you would expect from an ordinary WordPress form plug-in.

Content is what the Internet drives

Content monetisation services platforms: Piano Media and Tinypass

With publishers desperate for income streams beyond the sub-par performing advertising model, the good old subscription model sticks its head back up. Nowadays subscriptions are part of a paywall solution and big news names like the New York Times use it in one form or another. The problem with paywalls is that you can access most of the content behind them by scavenging the web with Google, Bing or Yahoo!. You’ll find the same information, albeit scattered all over the place and perhaps not as easy to digest. When I asked Tinypass’s Account Executive Brian Carroll about his thoughts on this, he answered: “Big publishers are looking to diversify their revenue streams to include not just advertising or print subscription revenue, but also digital membership packages and premium subscription tiers. Large publishers with a blend of paid print subscribers and advertising revenue need to build seamless digital & print subscription packages, and do so in a way that preserves their online advertising revenue. So-called “Soft”, “freemium” or “metered” paywalls – paywalls that offer some number of free article views to new visitors and social referral traffic – help these publishers expose their content to new and casual visitors, but still monetise their more loyal or engaged audiences. That said, soft paywalls are less rigid and can often be circumvented by determined users, so publishers concerned with zero content leakage tend to prefer the “hard paywall” approach.”

Cinemagraph Pro

Create ‘living photographs’ with Cinemagraph Pro — review

A cinemagraph or living photo is a hybrid illustration, partly photograph, partly video. After having created a cinemagraph, you end up with a video or animated GIF looping for 10 seconds. Creating a cinemagraph with a NLE such as Final Cut Pro X is tedious and difficult. Cinemagraph Pro makes it dead easy.

WordPress installation's admin page

How to evaluate and install WordPress plugins

WordPress is number one in the market of Web CMSes, paid for or unpaid for. One of the reasons why WordPress is so unbelievably popular is the ease with which you can expand on its functionality. There are two ways to do so: by writing a couple of lines of PHP code or very often by installing a plugin. But plugins can be risky. They can wreak havoc with your WordPress site. The good news is that you can defend yourself against most risks by following a couple of simple rules.

Pixelmator-interface

Pixelmator 3.1 “Marble” review

Can $29.99 Pixelmator be as good as $29.99/month Photoshop CC? Your gut feeling tells you it cannot, and yet… Pixelmator is perhaps not as feature-rich as Photoshop but it enables you to retouch photos, paint and create composites. All for the price of a one-month subscription to Photoshop CC.

Aperture

Using Apple Aperture to manage the screenshots and images for your website

Apple Aperture, like Phase One Capture One Pro and Adobe Lightroom are image editors with a DAM (Digital Asset Management) component integrated into the application. You use them for photographic work, but with a bit of imagination these apps — and Aperture especially — are excellent desktop DAM systems for managing screenshots and illustrative images you use on a website, iOS/Android app or any online publication that illustrate their content with images.