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Ninja Blade comprehensive review

Ninja Blade

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.

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

Stylism Free distort

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 charges dSLRs, iPads, audio recorders and more

Powermonkey Extreme 12V powers your story-telling equipment

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.

WordPress and shortcodes, sometimes a blessing, often just hell

Shortcode dangers

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’s four content monetisation success criteria

Cleeng paywall

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.

Integrate your WordPress installation with Zapier through Formidable forms

Formidable Pro

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 monetisation services platforms: Piano Media and Tinypass

Content is what the Internet drives

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.”