My First Mac(s)

On the 30th anniversary of the Mac, I thought I’d share my Mac using/buying history. I didn’t buy my first Mac until 2010, but I had been using them daily for a number of years leading up to that purchase. Here they are in chronological order:

PowerMac G3 Blue & White

During my first degree (Music Technology), I started using Macs quite a bit. I was doing a bit of web and graphics work for one of the departments using a blue and white PowerMac G3 and two massive CRT monitors.

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Logic Pro 9 Now On the App Store for $199.99

Logic Pro is Apple’s professional audio recording and sequencing software. Apple bought it from Emagic back in 2002, and it has since become the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) of choice for many recording engineers. I personally love the interface and I chose it over competitors like Pro Tools, Cubase, and Audition.

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Before today, the Logic Pro 9 bundle was $499. The main application, along with the huge library of loops, is now available on the Mac App Store for only $199.99. The MainStage app, previously a part of the bundle, is now available separately for $29.99.

The download itself is just a hair over 400mb. The 19gb of loops are available as in-app downloads. This is a great way to do things. The app downloads quickly, and if the user wants the loops they can download them separately.

The reduced cost is in line with Apple’s other Mac Store offerings, including Aperture (which dropped from $199 to $79) and Final Cut Pro X.

This is a slightly unexpected move, as Logic has not been updated since January, 2010, when 64-bit support was added. Many predicted that a new version of Logic would launch soon. This move seems to nix that notion, unless they plan on offering the new version as a free upgrade to existing users, which isn’t likely.

Here’s hoping its move to the App Store means there are some updates on the horizon, particularly bug fixes and better Lion performance.

My Photography Workflow Pt. 1: Import to Editing

Earlier this year, I registered my photography business, fadetowhite photography. I have been messing around with photography for as long as I can remember, and I finally started taking it seriously a couple of years ago. Moving from hobby to paid gigs presents several challenges and brings added costs. The financial costs have been mostly covered by the income, but the time costs are the biggest struggle. Juggling home, work, hobbies, and paid photography means I need to streamline as much of the process as possible.

In this first post of four, I will detail my current photography workflow from import to basic editing. In the subsequent posts I will touch on HDR, retouching, sharing, and I will also talk about a few of the other tools I use to stay organized. All of this helps me concentrate on the photography, and spend as little time as possible on the time-suckers that take away from enjoying the craft.

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Apple’s Back to the Mac Event – Wednesday!

Several times a year, Apple holds events to announce new products. Recently, most of these events have focused on iOS and its related devices. I’ve seen several people comment in forums and articles about the lack of focus on the Mac and OSX. It looks like Apple has heard some of those complaints. The title for tomorrow’s event is “Back to the Mac.”

It seems Wednesday’s event will focus solely on the Mac, and that’s welcome news to many. The teaser image seems to feature a lion. Could this be the next iteration of OSX? If so, what comes after 10.7 Lion? Isn’t the lion the biggest of the big cats?

So, what kinds of things can we expect or hope for tomorrow? Let’s take a look at the rumours and hopes floating around out there:

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