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.
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.
SSDs miss moving parts, are durable and fast. They are the holy grail of computer storage, except for their price, which still is considerable when compared to common hard disks. Nevertheless, there are good reasons to prefer an SSD above a hard disk despite the price premium, but not any SSD will do. Some are plain unreliable, while others claim high throughput speeds but never deliver. SanDisk is at the top of the industry in flash memory storage solutions. Atomos lists their Extreme Pro SSD in the “Highly Recommended” category for video recording. Six out of seven server and storage OEMs and all leading PC manufacturers use SanDisk technology in their products. Time we took an Extreme Pro SSD for a ride.