Editor's choice

IT Enquirer’s Best of the Best of 2014

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.

Analysis

iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 experience

For my birthday this year, I got an iPad Air 2. After so many years standing by and watching people swipe their fingers in a cramp, I’m now a proud member of the iPad aficionados. I know my pinch from my swipe and have managed to fill up 10MB of the 64 that I have at my disposal. The experience has been nothing but brilliant with a few minor glitches in the accessories department.

Best Practices

Manage new hires

Managing newly hired employees

When you employ people, whether it be future employees or freelances, it makes a difference when you allow them to socialise well. It not only puts them at ease, but also increases their productivity, gets them up to speed faster and gains your company a fine reputation as an employer with less … More...

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iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 experience

For my birthday this year, I got an iPad Air 2. After so many years standing by and watching people swipe their fingers in a cramp, I’m now a proud member of the iPad aficionados. I know my pinch from my swipe and have managed to fill up 10MB of the 64 that I have at my disposal. The experience has been nothing but brilliant with a few minor glitches in the accessories department.

Editor's choice

IT Enquirer’s Best of the Best of 2014

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.

OmniFocus 2 iPad interface

OmniFocus 2 for iPad review

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.

Compression Preview

What a compressed video will look like: Compression Preview

Creating a movie, outputting it to the highest possible standard and then distributing it over the Internet. What could be easier? It’s actually a lot less simple than it sounds. Which compression level are you to use? Do you even have to bother? Doesn’t Youtube and Vimeo handle all of this themselves? You should bother and you should decide for yourself, and Compression Preview helps you with this important task. It’s an After Effects plug-in that shows you what your video will look like when compressed to a specific setting.

KineticText

Make your Titles as exciting as your footage with KineticText

Final Cut Pro X installs with a lot of Titles, but they’re all fairly common. If you want something that’s out-of-the-ordinary, dynamic and that makes you look like a professional even if you aren’t, then KineticText is a good choice. It’s a FxFactory plug-in and as usual with FxFactory plug-ins, it is actually a whole series of titles.

Suitcase Fusion 6 interface

Suitcase Fusion 6: let’s start sharing fonts

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.

iZotope Ozone 6 stand alone

iZotope Ozone 6, stripped from undue features, best mastering tool around

Probably for the first time in history, a developer actually removes features from an application in response to user feedback. iZotope did just that with the Ozone 6 mastering solution. The result is a lean, mean mastering machine with looks to kill for and not one feature that gets in your way. Ozone 6 does come with a new module, though: a very effective dynamic equaliser. Ozone 6 can be used as a plug-in to your DAW or sound editor, or as a stand-alone mastering solution.

mHUD

motionVFX mHUD effects for Final Cut Pro X

motionVFX is a Polish team of developers who create effects for Final Cut Pro X. One of their latest creations is mHUD, a set of effect that reminded me of Yanobox’s Nodes 2. In reality, mHUD comes as a set of adjustable Final Cut Pro X Titles as well as QuickTime 1080p movies. I took my magnifying glass out and gave both Titles and movies a good look.

H1625 LED

An overview of the EFI H1625 LED Wide Format Inkjet Printer

With most entry-level wide or superwide format inkjet printers you get a stripped down version of a larger sibling. That’s what is meant with “entry level”, but I for one was surprised to find the EFI H1625 not being stripped down at all. Except for its size, this wide format LED inkjet printer comes equipped with features that you’d only expect to find in larger models.

Manage new hires

Managing newly hired employees

When you employ people, whether it be future employees or freelances, it makes a difference when you allow them to socialise well. It not only puts them at ease, but also increases their productivity, gets them up to speed faster and gains your company a fine reputation as an employer with less employee turnover.