Category Archives: Opinion

Review: iGrand Piano for iPad

It’s been quite some time since I’ve felt either the need or desire to purchase an iOS App, and I can count on one hand those Apps that I was willing to pay more than a few pounds for. Then I spotted IK Multimedia had released iGrand Piano for iPad – in their words “The Concert-Quality Piano App for iPad” with the promise of a Gallery of World-Class Pianos, Literally at Your Fingertips. Sounds almost too good to be true…  Continue reading Review: iGrand Piano for iPad

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Lumix GX1: A Few Little Things

I’m not very good when it comes to making decisions, so when I wanted to upgrade my ageing Panasonic GH1, those who know me had to put up with my usual cycle of conversation, investigation, over-analysis and justification as I wrestled with the fact that I am ridiculously picky, and my pockets are usually shallower than my aspirations. However, having sold some unloved bits and bobs via a certain auction site, I thankfully had cured shallow-pocket-syndrome for this purchase, and just had to decide which camera to buy! Easy, right? Continue reading Lumix GX1: A Few Little Things

To IBIS or not to IBIS, that is the question


It’s been a while since I’ve put a photography related post here, but having been mulling over an upgrade to my ageing Lumix GH1 for the past few weeks, I thought it might be worthwhile explaining my rationale for not shifting my allegiance to Olympus, sticking with Panasonic, and deciding to pull the trigger on a GX1. Continue reading To IBIS or not to IBIS, that is the question

Wacom Inkling: worth the wait?

Not long after Redbubble launched their Uncommon iPhone case products, I entered their artists competition to design a cover. Not only was I flattered to be voted into the top 10 designs by fellow Redbubble artists, but lucky enough to be picked by Redbubble as a runner up! My prize? Two cases made up of my prize-winning design, and a Wacom Inkling! I was pretty chuffed to say the least, but was in for a long wait before I actually got my hands on the prize…. Continue reading Wacom Inkling: worth the wait?

Adobe gets Creative with the Cloud

Yesterday, Adobe officially unveiled Creative Suite 6 – the latest and greatest versions of their industry-standard digital media creation applications, promising a whole new user experience with speed and productivity enhancements across the board. I’m a long time user of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver, and whilst I’ve stuck with my copy of CS4 Design Premium, I’ve always known that there will come a time when I need – or even just want – to upgrade. With Adobe also announcing their Creative Cloud, I think the time has come… Continue reading Adobe gets Creative with the Cloud

My Walkman iPhone Case

My Sony Walkman style iPhone Case

**UPDATED** I have a hard time making decisions at the best of times, so when it came to ordering one of my quirky iPhone cases for myself, it took me a while to figure out exactly which one to choose! Of course, given that I’ll be showing it off to as many people as I can, and wanted to take some promotional photographs of it, the pressure was on, but I think I made the right decision.

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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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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 Getting Granny online: iPad, right? Wrong.

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 Final Cut Pro X: New Dog, Old Tricks

Sir Charlie Findlay

It was great catching up with family members that I hadn’t seen for ages at my Dad’s wedding recently, especially Uncle Charlie and Rose who had made the trip up to Scone all the way from Northumberland. It was Charlie’s 90th Birthday a few years ago, and my cousin Graeme – an accomplished violinist and fiddler extraordinaire – had composed a few tunes to commemorate Charlie’s special day, and I arranged, produced and recorded the tracks so they could be presented to him on CD as a birthday gift. Continue reading Sir Charlie Findlay

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 Who wants a new Mac Pro?

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 I is for Independence: cutting the cord

iCloud: everything, everywhere, in sync

Without wanting to sound smug as it really isn’t my style, it turns out my previous speculation about Apple’s forthcoming iCloud service wasn’t too far off the mark. It had always struck me that iCloud was never going to be a cloud-based music streaming service, and what Steve Jobs announced at WWDC yesterday was much more – everything, everywhere, in sync. Continue reading iCloud: everything, everywhere, in sync