What do printers look for in a Raster Image Processor (RIP)? Their first concern seems to be user-friendliness and stability. But the answer may not always be straightforward. Some say it all depends on the application and the printer, the quality of the input files and also the output size.
When Peninsula Group’s representative asked me if I was interested in reviewing their completely rewritten Thermal Printer driver, I didn’t hesitate for a second. Peninsula Group’s printer driver is the only one that works with OS X without driving you crazy. The new printer driver includes a special installer to set up extraction of labels for use with UPS, FedEx, etc. once and then never look back. The rendering engine also makes it possible to print from web browsers without dithering — which is essential for barcodes to remain readable.
Keeping your GoPro HERO3/3+/4 steady is no small feat without some sort of a stabilisation platform. You can buy a gyro-driven gimbal, but that’s expensive. A Steadicam Curve is another, less expensive alternative, but what are your options if you’re somewhere you can’t get either of these? If you’re happy enough to have with you a Dinkum Systems 1/4in ActionPod and a nylon cable tie, you can make your own rudimentary stabiliser.
Known for its Final Cut Pro X templates and effects, motionVFX has released a set of 50 transitions, mTransition simplepack. As the name says, these are minimalist design transitions. The set contains some nicely designed effects with about half of them truly unique. The other half of the set can be categorised as variations on […]
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.
ImpulZ LUTs allow you to replicate the colour processing of a film workflow digitally, with the added convenience and accuracy of open format 3D LUTs. The ImpulZ LUTs package comes with a dazzling array of LUTs, categorised into different camera systems and emulation types. Also delivered with the ImpulZ LUTs package are three types of film grain emulation. Combined with LUT Utility or Color Finale from Color Grading Central, ImpulZ LUTs is a complete colour grading solution that brings the charm of analogue film to digital footage.