Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro users rejoice: colour grading just got a lot easier. Thanks to Hawaiki Analyzer, a FxFactory plug-in that works with Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, Motion and After Effects, you can now pinpoint problems with colour areas that you just can’t seem to get right using the vectorscope or RGB parade.
Markers and regions allow you to divide a sound file into logical blocks, export into smaller chunks or prepare an audio file for event based editing. Learn how to move regions and create them by making a time selection. Learn how to export the regions list — not the regions themselves — to a text file, using a third party app.
The best markdown editor for the Mac is Ulysses and it just got even better. Ulysses 2 for the Mac integrates seamlessly with the latest OS X, has a nicer attachment bar and an even less cluttered interface for less distraction. Best of all, Ulysses Mac integrates seamlessly with Ulysses iPad through iCloud. Last but not least: Ulysses iPad is an almost exact twin of the Mac version.
Colour grading for professionals usually consists of complex stand-alone applications such as Da Vinci Resolve. Few developers make an effort to come up with a truly professional colour grading solution for Final Cut Pro X. Denver Riddle from Color Grading Central did. The result is Color Finale, a plugin specially developed by colour scientists for colour scientists using Final Cut Pro X.
The other day I was looking for an app that would show me all the glyphs in a font. I automatically opened Popchar X 6.6 and saw there was a new version available. Just out of interest I decided to see if there weren’t any alternatives and I came back with a big “NO”. Yes, you can view glyphs in font editors and you might even pull it off showing them all inside Suitcase Fusion 6, by spending a few hours typing in all possible keyboard combinations in Suitcase’s paragraph preview. But how efficient would that be? It made one thing clear to me: Popchar X is a must-have if you are a layout, graphic or web designer.