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.
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.
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.
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.
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.