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New Mac Photo Editor App – Snapheal

SNAPHEAL is amazing, first-of-its-kind photo application that lets you perform professional image enhancements in minutes, doesn’t require any special knowledge and comes with the rocking price.

“Snapheal Performs Complex Photo Touch Ups and Object Removals in Two Clicks” – lifehacker.com

Here is what you can do:

  • Remove unwanted objects from the image
  • Make skin imperfections vanish
  • Erase unwanted text (watermarks, etc)
  • Dramatically enhance photos with clone & stamp tool
  • Lighten dark areas
  • Sharpen images
  • Add blur
  • Adjust saturation, gamma, light levels, shadows and much more

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January 4, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iMac, Mac, OS X, Photography, Photoshop | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Awesome Kickstarter Project – LandingZone – The Docking Station for the MacBook Air

LandingZone (US$159) is a docking station for the MacBook Air and is now a Kickstarter project.  The LandingZone features -

  • Total of 4 USB 2.0 ports; no need to attach a separate USB hub
  • Built in 10/100T Ethernet port; no more dongles for the Ethernet or fumbling with the cable
  • Built in Mini DisplayPort capable of driving resolution up to 2560×1440
  • Built in locking port compatible with all the Kensington Locks; now you can secure your MacBook Air
  • Two models to support either the 11″ or 13″ version of the MacBook Air (2010 or later)
  • Beautifully designed and engineered for simplicity, elegance, reliability and functionality (patent pending)
  • Comes with US power adapter which accepts wide range of input voltage (100~240 Vac)

Check out the introduction video on their Kickstarter page, link here.

December 2, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, Kickstarter, Mac, MacBook Air | , , | Leave a comment

First Look Video – Apple iCloud Beta

With the release of the iCloud beta, what beats watching the intro video.

Source – helpfulmactips

August 3, 2011 Posted by | Apple, iCloud, Mac, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

SLOW Upgrdade to OS X Lion?

Is it just me or is the download really slow? Just wondering while downloading the Lion to my MBA before I even dare to set it on the iMac. Well, guess I’m bored waiting.

23:00 Started downloading

23:45 Done downloading, installation commenced

24:15 Done installation

so not too bad after all on a MBA

July 20, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, Mac, OS X, Store | , , , , | 8 Comments

iA Writer – SIMPLY the Best Writing Tool

iA Writer (US$17.99 for MAC, US$4.99 for iPad) is an awesome writing tool, no fancy stuff, no formatting to deal with, no clustered UI or what the developers states, no preferences; just plain full screen tying or enter the focus mode.  The focus mode, according to the developers, does not only limit the field of view to one sentence at a time but it also makes sure that the eyes do not need to wander too much around the window while writing. The focus mode allows one to think, spell and write at one sentence at a time and that lowers the temptation for one to cross edit and keeps all in the flow.

The only bummer is that there’s no trial for it.  How good is it? judge it yourself from the video.

Source – Oliver Reichenstein from iA

June 25, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPad2, Mac | , , , | Leave a comment

Amazon Mac App Store is Up – $5 Discount Before 1 June 2011

Amazon’s Mac Software Downloads Store is open for business.  Not too many titles for the time being but you can find certain items that are not available in the Mac App Store such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Elements and Premiere.  From now till 1 June, 2011, you get a US$5 discount off a single purchase.  Coupon code is SAVE5MAC.  Keep checking back the Amazon for I truly believe that they will aggressively add more titles in the upcoming weeks.

Source: Amazon

May 28, 2011 Posted by | Amazon, Mac, Software | , , , | Leave a comment

Great App to Help Switch Between iTunes Accounts Fast

For those of you who uses multiple iTunes accounts and get fed up going through the tedious steps switching between accounts, this app, the iTunes Account Switcher (FREE) is just for you.  Macstories ran a story yesterday on this app which sits on top of your Menubar and with it, you can select which account you want to log into right there, instead of doing so in iTunes.

Basically the app is just a series of script. The only minor problem I noticed is that if I have my Chrome browser opened, it would not show up on the Menubar, could it be because my Menubar is all jammed with other apps, not sure.  Ways to work around it is to minimize whatever program I have and voila, there it is.  Another thing I also did is to drag the icon down to the dock to have fast access.

You can download iTunes Account Switcher here.

Source – iTunes Account Swticher via macstories

May 22, 2011 Posted by | Apple, iMac, iTunes, Mac, Productivity | , , | 1 Comment

Instagram App on Your Mac – Carousel

For those who loves shooting and sharing their pictures using Instagram on their iPhone, don’t you just wish that you can view your feeds on your Mac.  Well, the guys over at Mobelux have come up with an Instagram client for the Mac, the Carousel.

The app is not on the App Store yet but for now, you can buy it for half the introductory price of US$4.99 on their website.  The app features allows one to

view their Feed, Popular and Profile photos with a choice of app themes;

follow and explore users, like, comment, moderate comments, and more;

use keyboard shortcuts to quickly traverse your feed, like, comment, and more; and

drag & drop to save full-size photos to your Mac, or iPhoto.

Check it out now, with all the hype with the Instagram app, this is must-have extension to it. The interface is slick and simple.  Highly recommend.

Source -Carousel

May 15, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPhone 4, Mac, Photography | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cloud – Easily the Best File and Link Sharing App for Mac

Ever want to share a file or a picture with your friends instantly? In the past, I used to upload whatever files or pictures I want to share with my buddies to Dropbox or SugarSync and then share it.  It is a bit cumbersome as I have to first upload and then share it.  Although I have quite a bit of storage on both my Dropbox and SugarSync account, but the files or pictures might not be something that I want to store.  That’s quite a bit of a problem as that creates a housekeeping chore, that is, I have to remember to go back and delete all those unwanted files.

In come CloudApp (or “Cloud” in the Mac App Store), a free file and link sharing app available on the Mac App Store last week.  The app itself been around for some time and this new version 1.5 is a gorgeous makeover which features a chic yet simple interface.

The application, once installed, sits on the menu bar.  You can drag any files or picture to it and it will copy the link to whatever you dragged to your clipboard and you can instantly paste it in Twitter, Facebook or email.  The uploaded file resides in your CloudApp webpage and another neat thing is there’s a view counter to each of the linked files, great for those stats lover.

The CloudApp also features plugins called Raindrops allowing you to share using CloudApp without leaving your favorite Mac apps. There’s a Raindrop to share pictures from iPhoto, bookmark the page in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox, the canvas you’re working on in Photoshop, automatically upload screenshots, upload selected iTunes tracks and many more.

To get your free copy of the CloudApp, hop over to the Mac App Store or check them out at he website, http://getcloudapp.com/.

May 11, 2011 Posted by | Applications, Blogroll, Mac, Review | , , , , | Leave a comment

Best App to Transfer Pics from iOS Devices to Mac

There are no doubt a handful of apps that can help you transfer pics from your iOS devices (iPad/iPhone/iPod) to your Mac, such as WiFi photo, Pic Transfer, Transfer, Photoshare, Simple Transfer and the list goes on and on.  Some uses Bluetooth, WiFi or both but the most reliable way especially if you are transferring a lot of files is definitely via WiFi.

One great app I tried out and am sticking with is the Pics Assistant  for Mac (Free via App Store) and “Pics” for iOS devices (iPad/iPhone/iPod) (US$1.99) from Phyar Studio. The transfer is fast and it imports not only pictures but HD videos as well without losing any quality.  The “Pics” app for iOS devices act as a standalone photo album as well, a easy notch or two better than the native photo album.  The animated 3D interface is neat and resembles that of the Windows Mobile 7.  Check out the 3D interface in the video below.

Features:

  • View your photos in full resolution, no compressing, no quality losing.(*)
  • Very fast import photos and videos from camera roll, start organize your thousands of photos from now on!
  • Import HD videos without any quality losing.
  • View your photos in camera roll directly, it’s also treat as an album in App.
  • Add, delete, order albums, edit album name and properties. Move, delete photos and videos.
  • 4 Desktops. Organize your albums into different desktop, and you can lock the desktop instead of lock albums.
  • WiFi downloading and uploading, access photos and videos in all albums including camera roll.
  • Accept ZIP packet for uploading, you can upload hundreds of photos by one click! Progress indicator displayed on your device while uploading.
  • Synchronously display in web browser, all your changes made on your device would update to web browser automatically.
  • Photos and Videos filter inside the App and also provide for web browser, find videos much easier.
  • Passcode protection for locked albums and admin operations.
  • Native iPad support, now Pics is a universal App.
  • P2P Transfer. Transfer photos/videos to another iPhone/iPod touch/iPad with WiFi or Bluetooth connection.
  • AlbumSync with p2p transfer. Compare albums on two different devices and send photos not exist in remote album by one tap. if album not exist, Pics would create a new album on remote device to receive all photos. Your AlbumStyle settings would also be applied to remote album.
  • Complete retina display support…. and more.

For those who doesn’t want to spend money on any apps, there’s a free native solution which is direct importing to iPhoto upon connecting the USB cable to the iOS device (from eHow).

Procedures as follows -

  1. Launch the iPhoto application on your Mac computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using an iPhone USB cable.
  3. Highlight the name of your iPhone from the “Devices” list on the left side of the iPhoto window. You will now see thumbnails for the images stored on your iPhone.
  4. Click on the “Import All” button to transfer all of your iPhone pictures in your iPhoto library, or highlight specific images and click “Import Selected.”
  5. Wait for iPhoto to finish importing the pictures from your iPhone and then choose whether you want to delete the images on the phone.
  6. Click on the eject symbol next to the name of your iPhone, and then disconnect it from the computer.

Source – Phyar Studio, eHow

May 8, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iMac, iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4, Mac, OS X | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Best Writing App for Writers, Students or Just Anyone Who Writes on Mac – Scrivener 2.0 with Coupon

For those who write quite often, no matter whether you’re a student, housewife, screenwriter, poet or author, a good writing tool is definitely something that you should not overlook.

Be it a school essay, a thesis paper, a poem, a report, a script, a book or as minute as a household recipe, this application Scrivener just might be the perfect tool.

According to Scrivener, “Scrivener puts everything you need for structuring, writing and editing long documents at your fingertips. On the left of the window, the “binder” allows you to navigate between the different parts of your manuscript, your notes, and research materials, with ease. Break your text into pieces as small or large as you want – so you can forget wrestling with one long document. Restructuring your draft is as simple as drag and drop. Select a single document to edit a section of your manuscript in isolation, or use “Scrivenings” mode to work on multiple sections as though they were one: Scrivener makes it easy to switch between focussing on the details and stepping back to get a wider view of your composition.

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April 26, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Blogroll, Mac, OS X, Review | , , , , | 2 Comments

My Response to MacBook Air or Pro?

My buddy and business partner over at PASM Workshop, Spike posted the question on his blog (Honkie Town) as to whether he should be getting a MacBook Air (MBA) or MacBook Pro.  After having my 13″ MacBook Air (1.86GHz, 2GB RAM, 128GB SSD) for two months, here’s my response.

“The newest MBA is nice really for those on the move MAC applications, that is if you have quite a bit of stuff to type up, be it with Pages or Numbers (don’t use Microsoft Office anymore, iWork is pure lovely just even to look at). Lightroom is ok for on the fly touch-up but definitely not for loading up tons of RAW files to work on at the end of the day (leave that to the desktop) plus given the limited storage on the SSD, you don’t want to do that, even if you store your pics over the cloud. Tried tethering with my Sony A900 together with Lightroom and it works fine with my MBA config.

Size wise, forget about the 11 inch MBA, tried it out at the store and the screen are WAY too small for US to look that though it’s really light and compact but what’s the use if you can’t read shit off it.

Speed wise, the MBA is fine even with the 1.86 GHz, guess I don’t have much stuff that need that much processing power.  The applications I uses most daily on it now are:

Pages
Numbers
Postbox2 (excellent email client)
Busycal (substitute for MS Outlook)
NewsRack
Kindle (actually not bad at all on the Mac)
Numbers
APP STORE (LOL)

Another alternative is getting the refurbished MacBook Pro 2.53GHz, listed now for HK$8,688 for 4GB Ram and 250GB Hdd on the Hong Kong Apple Store. Not a bad deal at all.

My call….the basic config is good enough, HK$9,888 not a bad deal.  If you want it fast, tried calling all the Broadway and Fortress stores and ask whether they have stock, some of the megastores do carry one or two pieces.

Good luck shopping.”

February 13, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, Mac, My Gears, OS X | , , , | Leave a comment

Remote Conductor Turns Your iPad into a much Better Magic Trackpad

If you own an iPad and want to get an Apple Magic Trackpad, I will tell you to save that US$69 as M3ME just released the awesome app, Remote Conductor (US$9.99), that turns your iPad into something more of a magical trackpad.

So how does it work? According to M3ME, your iPad communicates with your Mac over Wi-Fi with a free server program called Conductor Server and the program can be installed on as many Macs you like.  Once connected, you can use the Remote Conductor app as a trackpad in its track mode; an app switcher in its switcher mode; and an app launcher for all your apps on the Mac.

I tried this app out and found the following awesome features:

  • the track mode features more multi-touch gestures than the Apple Trackpad;
  • in the track mode, the app can even call up Expose, Spaces and the Dashboard;
  • in the switch mode, all open apps are displayed in a mini window views and you can switch between open apps easily and even in Spaces; and
  • my favourite lies with the launch mode where all apps installed (usually found in your Applications folder) are displayed in the native iPad pages view where you can flip through them the way you flip through iPad app pages andyour dock is pinned in the bottom part of the iPad screen.

These are all just some of the cool features of Remote Conductor, to have a taste of what’s it like, take a look at the following video.

Trust me, this is definitely the app for the year and it’s only first week of January.

Source – M3ME

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPad, Mac | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Refurbished 27-inch iMac on Apple Store

Wow, Apple Hong Kong actually have the 27-inch refurbished iMac and the price tag on it, HK$10,988.  I suspect these were the ones which have screen problems (black spots in the lower part of the screen) as reported on local Mac forum.

Specs on it -

27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
4GB memory
1TB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics with 256MB memory
Built-in iSight camera

If interested, check out the link from Apple Store here.

Source – Apple Store

March 24, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Mac | , | Leave a comment

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