Category Archives: Apple

Choosing the right iPhone 5 case

Choosing the right iPhone 5 case
First the good news – redbubble have added iPhone 5 (and iPad) cases to their portfolio of products. Woohoo! Now the bad news – there’s no specific iPhone 5 template that artists like me can use to create our designs, as redbubble have taken a “one size fits all” approach. You might well be asking yourself, so what? Well, I’m quite particular about ensuring that my quirky designs fit perfectly, and with the iPhone 5 being taller than it’s older siblings, this means reworking many of my designs and uploading new artwork. However, with just one redbubble iPhone template covering all models, this causes a problem. Needless to say, I’ve come up with a solution. Let me explain… Continue reading

iPhone Case? I’ve got it covered

Hopefully you’ve noticed by now that there’s a new static page on my blog where you can can find out all about my latest creative venture – iPhone Cases! I’m delighted that I can now offer stylish protection for your iPhone 4 or 4S, and have a large selection of quirky, creative designs to choose from with more being added all the time. If you haven’t seen the page yet, please go and check it out now…

Thank you Steve.

My life is ordinary. Every weekday morning I get up early, trying not to disturb my two sleeping children, get dressed and creep downstairs for breakfast. As I munch on my cereal, I’ll use nothing more than my right thumb to check my twitter feed for any breaking news that I might have missed overnight, see if I’ve finally received that email I’ve been waiting for, and look up the weather forecast so I know how difficult my cycle in to the studio is going to be.

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Apple Christmas T-Shirts!

Some people might think it’s too early, but when it comes to Christmas I reckon you can never be too prepared! Not only have I just added a new Apple T-shirts page to this blog (you saw it in the menu bar above, right?), but I’ve also created some new Apple-inspired slogan T-shirts that I think would make the perfect gift. Whether you really are buying your loved one an iPhone or an iPad this year or not, you could have fun with one of these tees. Oh, and they’re not just for Christmas either… if you check them out you’ll see there’s a birthday option too :-)

Getting Granny online: iPad, right? Wrong.

So your mother-in-law wants a computer, and she wants your recommendation – what do you say? The obvious suggestion of course – get a Mac. We all know it’s the easiest computer to use, and offers everything she could possibly need right out the box, right? Plus your kids can have free FaceTime with Granny whenever they like, and you can remotely fix any problems using Desktop Sharing. Perfect. “So how much is one of these Macs going to cost?” she asks. Er…. Continue reading

Lion: Finder copying bug?

So far, I have to admit I’m really rather enjoying using Mac OS X ‘Lion’, and even the backwards scrolling has started to feel natural…. I did however stumble across what would appear to be a Finder bug today – when trying to copy files from an SDHC card, the copying appeared to take place (e.g. there was a progress bar and temporary new file icon), but once the process had completed, no file was actually copied. This phenomenon was repeatable using either drag and drop or copy and paste commands, and also when trying to copy from an external USB drive. Continue reading

News: The Software DVD is Dead

Today Apple released updated Mac Mini and Macbook Air designs featuring thunderbolt ports, as well as a new 27″ Apple Thunderbolt Display – the worlds’ first to feature the new I/O technology. Simultaneously, Mac OS X Lion was finally ‘uncaged’ and is now available for download via the Mac App Store, and will be available on USB thumb drives in a few weeks time. The software DVD is officially dead – long live the DVD, and all hail iCloud.

Get ready for Mac OS X Lion in style!

Lion looks set to roar onto our desktops any day now, and what better time could there possibly be for me to create some new “geek-wear” to coincide with this, the next major release of Mac OS X! So, if you’re impatiently refreshing the Mac App Store looking for signs of the next big cat finally being let loose, why not take a break and check out my latest T-shirt designs instead… Continue reading

Final Cut Pro X: New Dog, Old Tricks

On the 21st June 2011, Apple released the latest, greatest incarnation of it’s Professional video software – Final Cut Pro X – promising a revolution in editing that was so exciting I even designed some T-shirts to mark the occasion! From the backlash on the interwebs though, it seemed that many professionals weren’t perhaps as enthusiastic as I was, in fact some of them were downright angry at what Apple had done with their beloved software. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I think far too much chatter has been about what’s missing in FCPX, rather than all the great stuff packed into the software that makes it easier to get the job done, and get it done better. Continue reading

FCPX: Join the revolution

There can be no doubt that the launch of Final Cut Pro X has rattled a few cages, and there seems to be a lot of negativity surrounding it. Yes, there are some missing features, and the completely new user interface may well throw a few people – at least until they realise that all the tools they’re used to using are still there – but the application has been built from the ground up to be faster, more powerful and with cutting edge features and a new way of working that looks set to revolutionise editing as we know it! Continue reading

What the X have you done with my software?

It would seem that somewhere along the line, Apple decided that the wheel needed re-invented. In this case, the wheel is of course non-linear editing, and why not – there’s nothing wrong with a revolution. As I fumble excitedly around the new user interface my initial impressions of Final Cut Pro X may well be mixed, but I can’t argue with the statement “Everything just changed in post”.

Who wants a new Mac Pro?

The current Mac Pro is a powerful work-horse of a computer, beautifully designed for quick and easy expandability. However good the design is though, it is almost 8 years old – the form-factor was originally introduced way back in 2003 as the PowerMac G5, and I for one hope that with all indicators pointing to a refresh in the not too distant future, that Apple are gearing up to launch the next generation of Pro Mac Desktops. Continue reading

Cooking the Facebooks

By now I hope you’ve noticed that my Cooking with Apples blog has a Facebook page, but if you’ve not, do please check it out and don’t forget to click the “like” button. I’m new to the whole fabled Book of Faces thing, with the only previous social networking I’ve done being on twitter, but it had been pointed out to me by a number of followers that my quirky, geeky, T-shirt designs would potentially reach a far greater audience with a Facebook presence, so I decided to give it a whirl. Continue reading

I is for Independence: cutting the cord

It won’t be available until the Autumn, but yesterday Apple previewed some exciting new features in the forthcoming iOS update that I for one can’t wait to get loaded onto my iPhone 4. There are apparently over 200 new features in iOS5 which will no doubt enhance productivity and efficiency, but for me there are a couple of changes that really will drastically improve the user experience on all iOS devices. Continue reading